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banned6y, 10m agoPosted 6 years, 10 months ago
To take computer science in Uni what a levels do you need to take?What would be prefered by top class uni's.
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banned6y, 10m agoPosted 6 years, 10 months ago
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#1
I did an AVCE in ICT which is equal to a 2 A levels.. I got into UNI with that.
#2
The top, top Uni's all need Maths a level, but other than that there isn't really any preference. Many good unis don't ask for Maths though; Newcastle, Liverpool, Lancaster, East Anglia and Royal Holloway don't ask for it (at least for the courses i'm doing - all Comp Sci with Industrial Placement).

A computing a level isn't even needed as they will teach you what you need to know; though learning a language either way would be preferable just to get you going.
#3
most places will want maths and computing lol, and others dont matter so much, you will 100% need a science subject, maths is the best since a lot of computing science courses involve maths, top class unis will want straight A's in all your a levels, (by top class i mean oxford, cambridge, london st andrews etc)
#4
I am currently studying Computer Science at Hull...

At A level I did Computing (A), General Studies (A), Politics (B), Business Studies (B), Maths (D). They would've let me in with 240 points though as some other people I know got in with much lower than me. I get a £1500 a year scholarship from Hull for my A-level grades though so may be worth checking out any potential unis to see if they have anything similar in place.

Most people will tell you that you should take subjects like maths, physics and computing at A-level to prepare you for the course and I tend to agree. Some unis say you must have a maths A-level, and almost all say you must have maths C or above at GCSE too, but most aren't too bothered about the rest of the subjects. :thumbsup:
#5
also you tend to need more than the min entry requirements, edinburgh for example is one of the top computing science unis in britain, theyre entry requirements are 4 B's at scottish highers, 240 ucas points,but there is no chance in hell of getting into endinbugh with that lol
#6
Depends on the Uni.
#7
I did a 2 year Computer studies HND and then 2 years at UMIST to finish my degree in Computer Science. Didn't have any qualifications but had been working in Computing for 4 years so was allowed credits for that.

Worth looking at different ways to getting to Uni, don't always need qualifications.
banned#8
to get into top unis do maths, physics and computing at the minimum. maybe take a 4th a-level and make sure you do lot of extra curricular activities.

You need a high grade in maths though.
banned#9
Weird thing is though many uni's don't ask for computing in a level.Defianatly maths and a science.
Most people have told me computing in a level is not that important to uni's,and is based more on maths and science.
#10
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Weird thing is though many uni's don't ask for computing in a level.Defianatly maths and a science.
Most people have told me computing in a level is not that important to uni's,and is based more on maths and science.


Yes this was definitely the case when I applied, but I've also found that a lot of the stuff I learnt in computing has helped me at university.
#11
I recommend you doing a MCSE, MCSA or a CISCO qualification. These and experience are more valid in the field of IT support than a degree.
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