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Oxford vs Cambridge: Computer Science

I want to study CS at Oxbridge, and I think they both have two main courses which they offer. At Oxford you can do BA (3 years) or MCompSci (4 years) degrees. At Cambridge you can do BA (Hons) 3 years and MEng 4 years. some are integrated masters which I would like to do (lmk if thats a bad idea). However why does one seem to be specifically a cs masters, and the other not? cambridge is number 1 in the uk atm, so maybe thats a better choice? but whats up with the different masters?

I'm in y10 and I'm doing CS, 2xEng, 3xScience, Maths, Latin, Spanish and French at GCSE, Addtional maths FSMQ, and I want to do CS, Further Maths, Maths and Physics at A level
Original post by lucie_l157
I want to study CS at Oxbridge, and I think they both have two main courses which they offer. At Oxford you can do BA (3 years) or MCompSci (4 years) degrees. At Cambridge you can do BA (Hons) 3 years and MEng 4 years. some are integrated masters which I would like to do (lmk if thats a bad idea). However why does one seem to be specifically a cs masters, and the other not? cambridge is number 1 in the uk atm, so maybe thats a better choice? but whats up with the different masters?
I'm in y10 and I'm doing CS, 2xEng, 3xScience, Maths, Latin, Spanish and French at GCSE, Addtional maths FSMQ, and I want to do CS, Further Maths, Maths and Physics at A level

As an A-Level physics veteran, really make sure you have an interest in it, otherwise studying will feel like a chore and slipping behind is very costly, as its super difficult to catch up, I've watched many who got 7/8/9 in their GSCEs, fail because they didn't study for it, idc how smart you are lol, you gotta put a lot in, to get a lot out.

CS is also quite hard, content is super easy, literal GCSE shite, but the coursework is an absolute nightmare if you aren't amazing with extended writing and aren't prepared for a 120+ page piece of coursework that may take a few sleepless nights of work.

Maths is easy, dw about that.

I cant speak on FM, I didn't do it.

Now computing in Oxbridge, you'll be getting the same education at either institution during first year, a lot of discrete mathematics, programming, linear algebra etc. What could interest you is the optional modules in your 2nd and 3rd year, as these may vary with the uni. I.e. my firm is LSE Data Science Bsc, which offers finance modules that Sheffield Data Science doesn't. Another thing you need to consider is entrance exams, these are not easy lmao, Cambridge has the easier one, TMUA.

To further aid your chances of getting in and securing an interview, buff up your personal statement by doing CS related stuff while content is easier in year 12, find stuff to do, online courses, lectures etc. Its also better to do it in year 12 because early year 13 will be spent preparing for your entrance exam (TMUA or MAT (Oxford)).

NOW, don't start worrying about this now, you have a whole year until you gotta start stressing about uni, enjoy your last year in secondary, I wish i enjoyed mine more because, if you're applying to a TOP TOP uni like I did, you'll be grinding for 2 years straight almost everyday, no fun allowed lmao.

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