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What do universities see on application?

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    (Original post by gavinlowe)
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    Hello. Do you see/know whether someone has made a previous application (to universities not including Oxford)? Thanks.
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    (Original post by Margulis)
    Hello. Do you see/know whether someone has made a previous application (to universities not including Oxford)? Thanks.
    Sorry for the delay in replying.

    No we don't. Of course, we would spot if you've been taking a gap year and are applying post-qualification.
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    (Original post by britchick)
    Brilliant. Thanks very much.
    when you put in your a-level qualifications, you can add in individual module results. but they're not automatically there, so if you don't write them in, the admissions won't see them.
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    (Original post by gavinlowe)
    Sorry for the delay in replying.

    No we don't. Of course, we would spot if you've been taking a gap year and are applying post-qualification.
    Do universities not like people spending 3 years at college to get more respected A Levels? Not to improve their grades! For instance, I want to do this;

    (Completed) Year 12: AS English Language, AS Biology, AS Religious Studies and AS Psychology.

    Year 13: AS English Literature, A2 Biology, A2 Religious Studies and A2 Psychology.

    Year 14: A2 English Language, A2 English Literature and another AS or AS+A2 (in one year) of my choice.

    This way I will have 3 respected A levels (English Literature, Biology and Religious Studies), 2 less-respected, but adored, A Levels (English Language and Psychology) and an AS in a subject I take a interest in e.g. Sociology, Mathematics, etc.

    Other positives include;
    - It would broaden my mind and knowledge base by studying more A Levels.
    - I love education dearly and would adore an opportunity, if college allows it, to stay an extra year!
    - It would give me more time to do; volunteering, work experience, extra reading, the decision making process of concluding exactly which university I would like to go to, etc.

    The biggest con is if universities will not like this plan and, effectively, it harms my UCAS application.

    Note - I have AAAA(A) at AS (extra in General Studies.) I have been predicted, by my college, to achieve A*A*A*A* at A2. I was hoping to get this by Year 13: A*AAaa or AAAaa and this by Year 14: A*AAAAA, A*AAAAa, AAAAAA or AAAAAa.
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    (Original post by EnigmaticSpirit)
    Do universities not like people spending 3 years at college to get more respected A Levels? Not to improve their grades! For instance, I want to do this;

    (Completed) Year 12: AS English Language, AS Biology, AS Religious Studies and AS Psychology.

    Year 13: AS English Literature, A2 Biology, A2 Religious Studies and A2 Psychology.

    Year 14: A2 English Language, A2 English Literature and another AS or AS+A2 (in one year) of my choice.

    This way I will have 3 respected A levels (English Literature, Biology and Religious Studies), 2 less-respected, but adored, A Levels (English Language and Psychology) and an AS in a subject I take a interest in e.g. Sociology, Mathematics, etc.

    Other positives include;
    - It would broaden my mind and knowledge base by studying more A Levels.
    - I love education dearly and would adore an opportunity, if college allows it, to stay an extra year!
    - It would give me more time to do; volunteering, work experience, extra reading, the decision making process of concluding exactly which university I would like to go to, etc.

    The biggest con is if universities will not like this plan and, effectively, it harms my UCAS application.

    Note - I have AAAA(A) at AS (extra in General Studies.) I have been predicted, by my college, to achieve A*A*A*A* at A2. I was hoping to get this by Year 13: A*AAaa or AAAaa and this by Year 14: A*AAAAA, A*AAAAa, AAAAAA or AAAAAa.
    I don't think universities would have any issues with what you're proposing (at least, I wouldn't), as you're clearly planning on using that year to improve your education. The one thing you should ask yourself, though, is whether it's the best use of a year of your life.
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    (Original post by gavinlowe)
    I don't think universities would have any issues with what you're proposing (at least, I wouldn't), as you're clearly planning on using that year to improve your education. The one thing you should ask yourself, though, is whether it's the best use of a year of your life.
    It definitely is! I couldn't imagine wasting time with a gap year. As aforementioned, I love education and would love to stay at college and complete more A Levels and give myself an edge in my applications to universities. I hope Cambridge and other top institutions view my decision in a favorable light too! Thank you.

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