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    I've had a rather bumpy couple of years of education. However, after taking my retakes in my gap year I'm looking at getting A*A*A* in my A levels. I applied to unis this year for English and have firmed a place at KCL which I really love! However, I'm now having second thoughts and considering applying for Classics instead and when I told my tutor this he suggested taking another year off (instead of simply transferring whilst at King's) because theres a likelihood I could get into Oxford or Cambridge as apparently they accept 50% of Classics applicants. I'm unsure what to do. I'd love to go to Cambridge but then I don't really want to put university off for yet another year!
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    Research Oxbridge to see if you'd actually want to study the course there. Some students don't like the uni, or the college system, or the method of teaching or anything. So find out if one of them feels as good to you as KCL does, rather than just listening to your tutor's opinion. You also need to do some research on their admission statistics rather than just believing what you're told, and find out whether your other grades are going to meet their requirements.
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    (Original post by NoSpeakNewSpeak)
    I've had a rather bumpy couple of years of education. However, after taking my retakes in my gap year I'm looking at getting A*A*A* in my A levels. I applied to unis this year for English and have firmed a place at KCL which I really love! However, I'm now having second thoughts and considering applying for Classics instead and when I told my tutor this he suggested taking another year off (instead of simply transferring whilst at King's) because theres a likelihood I could get into Oxford or Cambridge as apparently they accept 50% of Classics applicants. I'm unsure what to do. I'd love to go to Cambridge but then I don't really want to put university off for yet another year!
    Honestly, your best bet is transfer at Kings, as it is very high ranked for classics
    If you are desperate to give oxbridge a go though, then go for it as ultimately it's your 3 years at uni!
    However you may be at a major disadvantage if you were to take 2 years out before reapplying, especially if you are resitting after certification, as this may affect your chances at oxbridge in comparison to other candidates who have achieved these grades in the normal time-frame. However this is something you should contact the universities themselves about to check.
    Meanwhile, are you certain you have enough to do for another year? Oxbridge may look negatively on your two years out unless you can prove that you have been doing something relevant to classics. And of course there is no guarantee of acceptance at Oxbridge anyway.
    There is always the option of calling up KCL and getting them to 'release' you. You could then apply for classics courses through UCAS extra, or go through clearing- last year there were classics courses at russell group unis such as Exeter and warwick.
    I'm in a similar situation- firmed an offer, now decided I want to reapply for classics! The classics course at where I've firmed isn't great though, so I'm going to have to wait till results day to see what I get and then decide whether to go through clearing or reapply. PM me if any questions!
 
 
 
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