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    I'm thinking of doing a third year, not because I'm failing (I'm predicted to achieve the grades I need for Oxbridge), but because I came into college thinking of doing chemistry but now I want to pursue classics. However I'm not doing courses that really apply to classics, I'm doing classics and French but that's it.

    I want to do a third year to take history and philosophy/archaeology, and I'll use my spare time to work to earn money for uni.

    Would Oxbridge (especially Oxford) frown upon doing a third year for these reasons?


    Why would they - if you complete 5 + A2 Subjects and some work experience. Many take GAP year ( and add more A levels too) and then apply to Oxbridge. You may have to have good explanation about the course selection/ change in your PS.

    I'm not sure that taking history and philosophy will really improve your application for classics. Your choice of A level subjects is not particularly important: it's far more important to be able to demonstrate enthusiasm & suitability for the course. Having said that, your A level choices are already fine.

    I don't think a third year is necessary - Classics as far as I know is essentially like MML (Modern Languages) in that you learn a language (Ancient Greek/Latin) and is fairly literature-based.

    The Cambridge website:

    says that no specific A-levels are required, but evidence of an ability to learn a language is nice, which you have already from French. I'm sure they'd be looking much rather into evidence of the enthusiasm you have for the subject and general aptitude (i.e. good exam scores).
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