I'm EU student completing my last year of high school in my country. However, due to health and family issues I'm "forced" to take a year off. Lately I've been considering applying for History and Politics at University of Oxford for the next year ( I've seen the city, researched the course, talked to a few students and I fell in love with Oxford uni). So my first question is: Would I be disadvantaged because of this gap year?
My second question is in regards to my qualifications, on their website it is stated that prospective students should be (preferably) taking History to A-levels. As I stated, I wasn't thinking of applying to unis in UK and in my country there are different subject requirements, for example Social sciences are considered to be ideal for student applying for Politics, International Relations, Law...while from what I've read it seems that they aren't considered to be particularly strong subject in UK. To get to the point: I was thinking, that during my gap year I would enter "Fast Track A level course" and do three of : History, Philosophy, English literature or Government and Politics. What do you guys think about this? I'm fairly sure I would be able to do well (as self-studying is something I've been doing for a while due to my problems with health) but would it be viewed as something too strange?
Sorry for this "novel-length" post. I would be glad for any advice/views. Many thanks in advance
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