Effect of gap year when going uni Watch

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Hey guys,

After getting 11A*s and 2As at GCSE, I flopped my AS Levels for whatever reason and got ABBB, which I know has seriously hampered my uni application. I've applied for economics at Oxford, Warwick, UCL, Bath, and Nottingham, and got offers from the last two. I was rejected from Oxford yesterday which I wasn't surprised by at all, considering how relatively weak my AS grades were. The thing is, I know I'm capable of doing better and getting straight A*s at A level, and I know that by doing so, I would have a much better chance of getting into Oxbridge/LSE if I reapplied after Year 13 with my (potential) grades in hand. Warwick and UCL are amazing unis too and I'd love to get an offer from them, but chances are that you only go to uni once and so the opportunity to go to Oxbridge/LSE is one that I want to take, hence why I'm considering taking a gap year and reapplying as a much stronger applicant.

My biggest worry abut taking a gap year is eventually going to uni with people who are younger than me, cos obviously I've always been with my own age group in school. Does it actually matter tho? For those of you who have gone to uni after taking a gap year, did it feel weird being with the year below in uni? And were you guys able to socialise and be friends with the second years while you were there too? Idk if these are stupid things to be worried about lol but rn I'm so unsure as to what to do so hearing of others' experiences will definitely help
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Hey guys,

After getting 11A*s and 2As at GCSE, I flopped my AS Levels for whatever reason and got ABBB, which I know has seriously hampered my uni application. I've applied for economics at Oxford, Warwick, UCL, Bath, and Nottingham, and got offers from the last two. I was rejected from Oxford yesterday which I wasn't surprised by at all, considering how relatively weak my AS grades were. The thing is, I know I'm capable of doing better and getting straight A*s at A level, and I know that by doing so, I would have a much better chance of getting into Oxbridge/LSE if I reapplied after Year 13 with my (potential) grades in hand. Warwick and UCL are amazing unis too and I'd love to get an offer from them, but chances are that you only go to uni once and so the opportunity to go to Oxbridge/LSE is one that I want to take, hence why I'm considering taking a gap year and reapplying as a much stronger applicant.

My biggest worry abut taking a gap year is eventually going to uni with people who are younger than me, cos obviously I've always been with my own age group in school. Does it actually matter tho? For those of you who have gone to uni after taking a gap year, did it feel weird being with the year below in uni? And were you guys able to socialise and be friends with the second years while you were there too? Idk if these are stupid things to be worried about lol but rn I'm so unsure as to what to do so hearing of others' experiences will definitely help
Don't need to worry about being older than anyone else at all I went to uni in Scotland, and the way the education system works is that I went from being one of the youngest in my year to being older than most of second year which was rather odd! People are mixed in age anyway, and most people just assume you're exactly the same age - someone assumed I was much younger than them and were shocked when I was a year older!


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