Hi! First post and all that. I'm looking to apply to Oxford for a Physics and Philosophy course, this coming year.
For AS I'm taking Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Philosophy and Ethics (with unfortunate emphasis on religious P&E!), and Psychology, though am planning to drop Psychology this coming year. Oh, and General Studies, but I can't imagine that counts for anything much!
Unfortunately, due to my teacher being absent since shortly after Christmas (a result of illness), the head of department is considering postponing our third AS (FP4) unit 'til January 2013, lest our entire class fail. As it's a Further Maths course and ours was one of only two teachers available for the subject, our education has been heavily disrupted in it.
Do Oxford or other universities have any standard procedure to compensate for such scenarios?
I'm concerned because this will, of course, mean I don't have a complete Further Maths AS at the time of my application - could this hinder my chances of attaining an interview?
Alternatively, is there an e-mail address available for these kinds of questions, or for specific tutors/departments? (I've been looking but so far to no avail!)
I am not a genius at Oxford applications or anything maths related :P but I should hope that in this instance, because the head of department is postponing it (and it's nothing that is your fault), I don't think there should be any issues. If it were something else, for example you had gone on holiday and missed the exam, then they may be more harsh. But in this I don't think it will disadvantage you Just do your best to write a strong supporting personal statement (if you haven't done so already) and really express your passion for the course.
If you enter the result as Pending on your application and your reference gives a predicted grade then it will not make any difference to you getting an interview. I imagine they will also mention the disruption in your reference. Good luck