Maths - A*, Further Maths - A, Computing - A, Physics - A.
University of Manchester – BSc(Hons) Computer Science and Mathematics with Industrial Placement.
Can you remember when or why you started to enjoy Maths?
“When I got good at it. In Primary school I was never good at it and I didn’t have amazing teachers but in year 7 at St Josephs I had a really good teacher who taught us stuff beyond the year 7 syllabus (Mr Roberts who now coincidentally teaches at Commonweal!) and for years 10 to 13 I also had really great teachers. It does make a massive difference to have good teachers, I mean, if you’ve got good teachers then you’ll enjoy the lesson a lot more.”
What job are you hoping to get in the end?
“I’d rather not get an office job because I think I would find that boring, so something exciting first, whether that’s a job or maybe doing stuff like travelling, but… I reckon being a pilot would be nice.”
What was your favourite part about A level Maths?
“The lessons, I mean, if you don’t enjoy the lessons you shouldn’t be doing Maths. Maths and Further Maths meant 18 hours of Maths lessons a fortnight at A level.”
What made you pick the university you are going to?
The University of Manchester’s School of Computer Science is both the longest established and one of the largest University Computer Science Faculties in the country with great industry links, which is good because I want an opportunity to do internships during holidays and I have a placement year. Also they offer financial rewards if you get an A* in Maths. As an institution they are also still making huge contributions to new technologies worldwide plus Manchester is a great city!
What made you switch to a joint Computer Science and Maths degree from a plain Computer Science degree?
“I like Maths and I realised looking at the University of Manchester Computer Science course modules that I probably wouldn’t be doing as much of it anymore and would just be doing computer science, and that made me sad because I genuinely like Maths lessons. However, I didn’t want to choose a pure Maths degree as Computer Science is something I have also enjoyed massively at A level. If I had to choose between them, I’d always pick Computer Science.”
Would you recommend taking Maths to the Year 11s coming up next year, or the Year 12s that made the mistake of not choosing it? Why?
“Yes, go for it, providing you can do and enjoy Maths; I would recommend it in a heartbeat. It’s not an easy subject by a long shot, but it is by the far the most rewarding in terms of how many universities and employers recognise it as one of the best A levels that you can do. On average, by taking A level Maths you will earn in a lifetime a quarter of a million more than someone who didn’t … I read that somewhere….”