Rejected without interview Watch
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I got rejected from trinity college without interview- looks like I'l be going to warwick (got an offer).
I'm about 70% sure it was my a level grades that let me down, but I did well in other maths-related activities so I'm still a bit unsure.
A levels (I applied after finishing a level):
A* maths, A f.maths, C physics
S in STEP II (didn't take any other step exams)
Distinction in maths AEA
Bronze medal in BMO1 (olympiad)
EDIT: Sorry, I didn't specify a question. Basically, I just want to know how likely it is that they merely rejected me without interview due to my grades. It seems a bit odd that they wouldn't even give me a chance, given that they could have made me retake a few modules (by giving me a hard offer) if I did well at interview...
If you genuinely believed that you could have done much better, then it might have been better to resit anyway and aim for A*A*A + 11 and then apply, but there's still no guarantee of an offer - Trinity maths is highly competitive!
Warwick is a great university for maths and you should enjoy your time there
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Thanks davros for the reply. Yeah, they probably lost hope in me after seeing that C in physics, but they could've at least gave me an interview. I don't care too much, just the fact that they're willing to reject strong candidates because of a levels (which are trivial really compared to my other achievements) makes me wonder what they're after.
I understand what you're getting at, but you really shouldn't be so dismissive of A levels because if they really are "trivial" then there really isn't an excuse for falling down on them! A typical Trinity applicant is probably going to have A*A*A* as well as your other achievements, so you're going to have to have very good mitigating circumstances for the A and the C (if anything, an A in F.Maths is more concerning than a C in Physics for a Cambridge Maths applicant ).
Anyway, glad you're going through with Warwick - good luck!
Dont feel bad about it, think about how many apply, and how few get interviews, many who get rejected at this stage will be far better than you so dont feel its unfair.
You will have a fab time at Warwick, dont think of it as second best to Oxbridge, its a great place and based on the reputation of the Maths dept there my friend has secured an awesome job for when he graduates already, and he is a fresher! (He turned down Oxford for Warwick)