Thanks very much for the advice, all! I found it particularly interesting hearing what's been said about employment prospects, but strangely I think it's more a matter of my own pride, over what employers think - I'd just like to be able to say that I went to Oxford, I suppose.
However, I suppose that this isn't worth the extra £24,000 I'd pay in fees.
I'll still wait and see what my 'feedback' from the college/faculty says, and if necessary, if they are too vague, I could always write to the admissions office and try and get some more specific information back from them. At the very least I'd want my PAT score back. Oh, and to those of you asking how the PAT went - it was a mixed bag.
I felt it went okay, but then after days of evaluating it in my head, I began to realise many silly little mistakes I'd made. I feel that if it was the PAT that had let me down, it would definitely be something I can reconcile. But, as I've said, I'm not sure whether all this fuss is worth paying the extra fees, and having an entire year out. It's a bloody long time!
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