All I've heard about this application year for Oxbridge was that it was a really terrible year to apply to Oxford. Apparently this is because of the new A* system at Cambridge which would've discouraged a lot of people from applying there (consequently apparently Oxford saw a 10% rise in application numbers).
This definitely fits with what I saw at my school where everyone who applied to Oxford was rejected without interview, and the people who applied for Cambridge both got interviews, with one of them eventually getting an offer.
My question is: do you think this trend will continue for 2011 entry? or will there be a backlash to applying to Oxford after this one bad year?
Sorry for the rambling!
Competition is always fierce regardless of which year it is.
Cambridge give more interviews than Oxford anyway- think the figure is something like 95% for Cambridge and 70% for Oxford. Mind you I could be wrong
If you're good enough, you'll have a good chance of getting in no matter where you apply. It'd be far more advisable to go for the 'better' course (in your opinion), or better city, or what other preferences you'd consider, rather than 'competitiveness', because they're both very competitive.
remember, those who applied to Oxford instead of Cambridge this year because they were scared of the A*, were probably not the strongest candidates. They may not have seriously increased competition for places.
Yeah, the same thing happened at my school - loads of people chose Oxford over Cambridge as they didn't offer A* or look at module scores. Many were rejected without interivew due to the admissions tests and we had a lot more people get into Cambridge. I think it will even out again once people are more used to the A* system.