What A-levels do you need to study computer science?

Are you thinking of studying computer science or computing at university? Make sure your A-level choices keep your options open for when the time comes to shortlist degree courses.

Some computer science courses will require maths – and for a handful of courses, further maths is also preferred, but many others will accept you with just GCSE-level maths. 

Essential A-levels (or equivalent)

  • Maths for some courses. 

Useful A-levels (or equivalent)

  • Computing
  • Further maths.
  • Physics.
  • Philosophy.
  • ICT.

Take a look at individual computer science and computing courses on Which? University to find out the most popular subjects students studied before attending.

Similar subject areas...

  • Computer information systems.
  • Information technology.
  • Software engineering.
You may find these subjects have different A-level requirements to computing, so if you want to keep your degree options open, be sure to check the entry requirements of specific courses before you finalise your choices.


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