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Still worth applying to UCL computer science without taking further maths a level?

I am in year 12 and interested in applying to UCL for computer science next year. I take Maths, Computer Science and Physics with A*A*A predicted grades. The requirements are A*A*A and do not specify that Further maths is required, however OI'm worried that the vast majority of offers may only be given to students taking further maths. Does anyone know if this is the case and if its still worth applying? I'm also concerned that despite them not saying three A*s are required, most applicants will have those grades. Can anyone let me know whether or not this is the case?
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I am in year 12 and interested in applying to UCL for computer science next year. I take Maths, Computer Science and Physics with A*A*A predicted grades. The requirements are A*A*A and do not specify that Further maths is required, however OI'm worried that the vast majority of offers may only be given to students taking further maths. Does anyone know if this is the case and if its still worth applying? I'm also concerned that despite them not saying three A*s are required, most applicants will have those grades. Can anyone let me know whether or not this is the case?

Hey, Coventry University Student Ambassador here! 👋

These predicted grades are amazing! I'm sure any university will be happy to have you. Don’t worry or compare yourself against other applicants. While most computer science courses mention Maths as a requirement, that's not always the case, let alone Further Maths. In my personal opinion, Further Maths is overkill for computer science as most of that wouldn’t even be used.
As an example, our Computer Science BSc course entry requirements are:

BBB to include one from Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Further Mathematics, Computer Science, Computing, or Design Technology. Excludes General Studies.

And with your current A-Levels, you tick all three of them! Computer Science courses should be designed to introduce you to programming concepts and algorithms as a beginner, computer systems, and working with data. On the maths side, it should introduce you to mathematical skills within the scope of Computing Professionals. Requiring Further Maths is outside the scope of what you would need during your course, and having a technical or mathematical background should be enough to meet those requirements.

I wouldn’t be too concerned about your subjects as those three are pretty strong in most courses. Focus on doing your best for your finals and look into a variety of universities that have a computer science curriculum that piques your interest. And while you’re at it, you could check out our Computer Science BSc course as well! Best of luck!

Dorna | Coventry University Student Ambassador

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