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    (Original post by Magnesium)
    Same here :eek: Hopefully it'll all go a little better by November
    Wooooo!! :woo: The excitement is turning into past paper churning right now, I'm hopefully channelling it well. Yesss, fingers crossed!!

    What are you applying for and what college?
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    Anyone know when we're likely to hear back from Oxford? Does it vary from college to college?
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    (Original post by Tweald)
    Anyone know when we're likely to hear back from Oxford? Does it vary from college to college?
    Well not until late November I assume, people need to sit the various aptitude tests before they can make a decision.
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    (Original post by Tweald)
    Anyone know when we're likely to hear back from Oxford? Does it vary from college to college?
    (Original post by antigone-)
    Well not until late November I assume, people need to sit the various aptitude tests before they can make a decision.
    You might get a confirmation that your application is being considered but the interview invitations won't go out until a week or two before you're due to come for interview. So, yes, late November is about right.
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    (Original post by thechemistress)
    Sent off my application to UCAS now, so I've officially applied :O scary times :lol:
    Hey I'm a med hopeful too I'm glad to have found one person who is going to apply to Oxford medicine as me.It seemed impossible
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    (Original post by BJack)
    You might get a confirmation that your application is being considered but the interview invitations won't go out until a week or two before you're due to come for interview. So, yes, late November is about right.
    Thanks!
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    (Original post by Tweald)
    Anyone know when we're likely to hear back from Oxford? Does it vary from college to college?
    Some of the guys here who are already at Oxford actually answered this for me recently a few pages back! Most of them got a generic confirmation email around first or second week of October, then a little later got an email detailing the written work requirements and where to send it, with invitation for interviews coming in November, around 1-2 weeks before the interview date.

    Please correct if that's wrong, Oxford folks! But as far as I recall, that's about right
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    Any other Maths applicants with sub par GCSEs?
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    (Original post by Louisb19)
    Any other Maths applicants with sub par GCSEs?
    Lol, subpar everything CS applicant here!! Well, apart from my predicted grades, reference and PS. Basically a yolo application with the hope of the MAT saving my butt.

    Good thing I spoke to the admissions tutor before applying, he seemed very understanding about the circumstances behind the subpar stuff.

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    (Original post by Princepieman)
    Lol, subpar everything CS applicant here!! Well, apart from my predicted grades, reference and PS. Basically a yolo application with the hope of the MAT saving my butt.

    Good thing I spoke to the admissions tutor before applying, he seemed very understanding about the circumstances behind the subpar stuff.

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    How subpar though? I've got 3 A* predicted and i'm taking AS & A2 FM this year on top of the 3 subjects I'm doing in college. I got mediocre AS grades (AABC, C in History, B was 1 ums off an A in Physics and I got 96% for Maths) and mostly B and a few A grades for GCSE. Im just praying that I ace the interview/MAT so I stand a chance! Oxford is my aspirational though so I'm not gonna be surprised if I get rejected right away.
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    Hello everyone.

    I am considering having a year off, possibly applying this year but asking if I can defer for a year, or maybe I will not even apply until next year, when I will have my results.

    I wonder how common this is, and would I need to declare it at the outset, or could I ask to defer once (if) I get an offer?

    Also, is it likely that colleges would resist this (I plan to travel rather than study), because as a Classicist there is a risk that I would lose some of the intense study of Latin and Greek that I have put in over the last 2 years?

    I am not 100% sure I want to defer yet, but I would like to get a feel for the declaration/process and how it would be viewed.

    Any thoughts would be welcome.

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    Gez.
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    (Original post by Louisb19)
    How subpar though? I've got 3 A* predicted and i'm taking AS & A2 FM this year on top of the 3 subjects I'm doing in college. I got mediocre AS grades (AABC, C in History, B was 1 ums off an A in Physics and I got 96% for Maths) and mostly B and a few A grades for GCSE. Im just praying that I ace the interview/MAT so I stand a chance! Oxford is my aspirational though so I'm not gonna be surprised if I get rejected right away.
    Same as your grades, then somehow bombed my Scottish Advanced Highers - BCD. With the C and D being coursework anomilies as I got 80% and 95% in the written exams. On track for A*A*A in A-level Maths, Further Maths and Economics, all of which I'm doing in a year.

    Dunno how GCSEs translate, something like 3A*s, 5 As.

    Likewise, I just hope I can do well enough in the MAT to get an interview, probably won't get one with what I have though.

    (I do have extenuating circumstances for the prior performance however)
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    (Original post by Gerald DGrilla)
    Hello everyone.

    I am considering having a year off, possibly applying this year but asking if I can defer for a year, or maybe I will not even apply until next year, when I will have my results.

    I wonder how common this is, and would I need to declare it at the outset, or could I ask to defer once (if) I get an offer?

    Also, is it likely that colleges would resist this (I plan to travel rather than study), because as a Classicist there is a risk that I would lose some of the intense study of Latin and Greek that I have put in over the last 2 years?

    I am not 100% sure I want to defer yet, but I would like to get a feel for the declaration/process and how it would be viewed.

    Any thoughts would be welcome.

    Best,
    Gez.
    Hi, I don't know how Oxford would respond...but as someone who takes Latin and Greek too have you considered doing a catch-up course just before you started (were you to get in)? The week-long Bryanston Greek camp in the summer is really good. Just an idea if you were looking to justify your capability at the start of the uni course.
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    guys!! for your personal statements are you leaving lines between the paragraphs? (idk if they'll be able to distinguish my different paragraphs if i don't leave lines but leaving lines means less room for writing)
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    (Original post by SLMS)
    guys!! for your personal statements are you leaving lines between the paragraphs? (idk if they'll be able to distinguish my different paragraphs if i don't leave lines but leaving lines means less room for writing)
    If you've got a few characters/lines to spare do it, it looks a lot neater and clearer. If not, I'd say it's not worth compromising on any of your content just for line breaks.
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    (Original post by Gerald DGrilla)
    Hello everyone.

    I am considering having a year off, possibly applying this year but asking if I can defer for a year, or maybe I will not even apply until next year, when I will have my results.

    I wonder how common this is, and would I need to declare it at the outset, or could I ask to defer once (if) I get an offer?

    Also, is it likely that colleges would resist this (I plan to travel rather than study), because as a Classicist there is a risk that I would lose some of the intense study of Latin and Greek that I have put in over the last 2 years?

    I am not 100% sure I want to defer yet, but I would like to get a feel for the declaration/process and how it would be viewed.

    Any thoughts would be welcome.

    Best,
    Gez.
    This is the faculty's response to it -

    About 10% of successful candidates are given places for deferred entry, and all colleges are willing to make such offers. Colleges are generally prepared to offer a deferred place to any candidate worthy of an undeferred place, but they usually do not offer more than one or two deferred places per subject, in order not to disadvantage the following year's candidates. Some applicants for deferred entry may either be offered an undeferred place or encouraged to apply again the following year. If a second college is willing to offer a deferred place to a candidate who wants one when the first-choice college offers only an undeferred place, the offer of a deferred place has precedence. But do bear in mind that it is crucial, if you are applying for a language-based course, to have a plan for how you will maintain your linguistic skills between leaving school and starting at university.
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    Hey Guys,

    does someone know whether there is an advantage (higher chance of getting an offer) in applying to a college with tutors that specialise in the field you are interested in? For example, would applying to college X whose tutor specializes on Y be advantageous when I'm also interested in Y and even work on a VWA (equivalent to EPQ) in that field? I'm applying for medicine and thought about making an open application, but this seems an important point...

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    (Original post by OxSarah)
    Hey I'm a med hopeful too I'm glad to have found one person who is going to apply to Oxford medicine as me.It seemed impossible
    Aha, nice to meet you there don't seem to be many of us medics on this thread :O
    Oxford medicine is soooo hard to get into, I'm not exactly holding my breath on it :lol:
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    (Original post by Elatadi)
    Hey Guys,

    does someone know whether there is an advantage (higher chance of getting an offer) in applying to a college with tutors that specialise in the field you are interested in? For example, would applying to college X whose tutor specializes on Y be advantageous when I'm also interested in Y and even work on a VWA (equivalent to EPQ) in that field? I'm applying for medicine and thought about making an open application, but this seems an important point...

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    It will be beneficial if you discuss it in your PS but it won't raise your chances or anything. Just be confident in it in case you get an interview
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    (Original post by thechemistress)
    Aha, nice to meet you there don't seem to be many of us medics on this thread :O
    Oxford medicine is soooo hard to get into, I'm not exactly holding my breath on it :lol:
    Hiya
    I'm a hopeful medic too!

    I can't wait to just get my UCAS application in now! I'm so nervous though, I loved Oxford and it's medicine course from what I saw on the UNIQ summer school programme


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