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    Hello,

    I am considering reapplying for Cambridge to study either History and Politics or Law

    I am predicted three A*'s in English Literature, History and Theatre Studies with an A predicted for an AS in Government and Politics.

    My GCSE's were abysmal as I got 1 A, 3 B's, 6 C's

    I have offers from York and Cardiff to study Law, however I am very much considering reapplying for Cambridge as I desire to study in Oxbridge (Applied to Oxford last year)

    I feel that at an interview I might be able to impress, however I was not given an Interview at Oxford. I have heard that Oxford interviews a far smaller percentage of its applicants compared to Cambridge and 80%.

    If I reapplied would I have any chance of:

    - An Interview
    - An Offer

    Advice from anyone that has been through this sort of situation would be very much appreciated.

    Thanks
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    (Original post by Turkleton)
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    If I reapplied would I have any chance of:

    - An Interview
    - An Offer
    I'm pretty sure you'd get an interview (I think Cambridge actually interview around 90% of candidates), but as you must have heard hundreds of times, in reference to offers it's a lottery. You may find that History and Politics is more fruitful purely because some academics think Gov Pol and Theatre Studies are doss subjects, and if you can justify taking one of them because it's directly relivant to the course then it could only be benificial. Whatever you do, don't think of Oxbridge as the be all and end all - as it stands you already have offers from world-class universities. As far as I know, as long as you can prove that you were academically a late bloomer (which your brilliant predictions/results do), they don't mind average GCSE results too much.

    Hope this was helpful, good luck!
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    (Original post by Turkleton)

    I am considering reapplying for Cambridge to study either History and Politics or Law
    You are aware that you'll have to pay the new £9,000 fees, aren't you, even if you don't get in to Cambridge (which is most likely)? Is it worth the extra cost?
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    I'm planning on doing much the same thing (applied to oxford this year).

    However, obviously with fees going up you'll incurr around 18,000 extra in lovely student debt. Obviously this is nothing compared to mortgage/potential increase in earnings but its still pretty pricey for another roll of the dice (which is all an oxbridge application can be said to be).

    Personally, I'm applying to some relevant and v. well payed gap year schemes, but I'm also accepting the offers I have now and will then either pull out (of Ucas) or not based on my results in august (which you can do). If I get 3/4/5 A*s... then definitely, if I just get 1 its a bit of a waste of time.

    hope this helps...
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    Glad that I am not the only one considering this sort of thing.

    However, I am just curious as to how one might go about finding payed gap-year schemes as it sounds intriguing.

    Thanks very much for your advice.
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    (Original post by JD17)
    I'm planning on doing much the same thing (applied to oxford this year).

    However, obviously with fees going up you'll incurr around 18,000 extra in lovely student debt. Obviously this is nothing compared to mortgage/potential increase in earnings but its still pretty pricey for another roll of the dice (which is all an oxbridge application can be said to be).

    Personally, I'm applying to some relevant and v. well payed gap year schemes, but I'm also accepting the offers I have now and will then either pull out (of Ucas) or not based on my results in august (which you can do). If I get 3/4/5 A*s... then definitely, if I just get 1 its a bit of a waste of time.

    hope this helps...
    Glad that I am not the only one considering this sort of thing.

    However, I am just curious as to how one might go about finding payed gap-year schemes as it sounds intriguing.

    Thanks very much for your advice.
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    well, I applied to do PPE, so economics-related gap year schemes are fairly common.

    I can't really think of any legal/hist/pol related gap year schemes that are amazingly well paid, although a couple of wannabe lawyer friends have thrown up a kind of cleric job at a court, legal executive or something?

    Politics I suppose the best route is to work for a local mp or something similar as a researcher (although v. possibly unpaid).

    Citizens advice bureau? Again voluntary but quite useful for law.

    Any charity work

    Teaching abroad

    Grunt work at tescos - pays well anyway

    and there are a million other possibilities. Basically if you're going to do a gap year, you've just got to make it so good that

    a) your application is improved a hell of a lot
    b) even if you don't get in you've got a killer cv when you leave uni.
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    I'm considering reapplying for English

    With your grades at A level the only reason I can think of for you not getting an interview is the admissions tutors being snobby about theatre studies, not seeing it as academic enough etc etc :/

    I'd phone up the admissions office before and ask what their policy on it is, i.e. whether they'd discriminate against you for it. Also ask about GCSE grades because that might have been the reason, if so then think about retaking some of them?

    The interviews are horrible though, just a warning, my interviewer at Cambridge was the nastiest person I've ever met...going for a different college this time.
 
 
 
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