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    Hi there,

    So I originally planned to attend University in the 16/17 cycle however due to personal circumstances I decided to withdraw quite late on.

    As such I am now on a gap year where I am hoping to get some work experience before I reapply next year.

    I was wondering what aspects of my application will change since I'm reapplying.

    For example:
    - Should I completely rewrite my personal statement or just amend areas with new information?
    - How would my applications to universities that I've previously applied to be affected (especially if they rejected me last year?)
    - How much topping up in my subjects should I be doing? (I'm hoping to study Computer Science with Mathematics btw)
    - I will be applying to some quite prestigious universities (Imperial, UCL), how much will they mind that I've taken a gap year?

    Any information you can give me would be really helpful since I'm pretty in the dark about the whole thing and spend quite a bit of time worrying about what I don't know.

    Thanks for your help.
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    (Original post by atja)
    Hi there,

    So I originally planned to attend University in the 16/17 cycle however due to personal circumstances I decided to withdraw quite late on.

    As such I am now on a gap year where I am hoping to get some work experience before I reapply next year.

    I was wondering what aspects of my application will change since I'm reapplying.

    For example:
    - Should I completely rewrite my personal statement or just amend areas with new information?
    - How would my applications to universities that I've previously applied to be affected (especially if they rejected me last year?)
    - How much topping up in my subjects should I be doing? (I'm hoping to study Computer Science with Mathematics btw)
    - I will be applying to some quite prestigious universities (Imperial, UCL), how much will they mind that I've taken a gap year?

    Any information you can give me would be really helpful since I'm pretty in the dark about the whole thing and spend quite a bit of time worrying about what I don't know.

    Thanks for your help.
    - you don't have to completely rewrite it, but refreshing it with any gap year experiences, etc is a good idea.
    - they don't mind. Universities dont bear a grudge...
    - depends. Are you currently meeting their typical requirements?
    - they don't usually mind and it can be a positive thing. Check with specific universities to be sure.

    And review this thread:

    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=1749934
    The gap year and reapplying questions thread


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    (Original post by jneill)
    - you don't have to completely rewrite it, but refreshing it with any gap year experiences, etc is a good idea.
    - they don't mind. Universities dont bear a grudge...
    - depends. Are you currently meeting their typical requirements?
    - they don't usually mind and it can be a positive thing. Check with specific universities to be sure.

    And review this thread:

    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=1749934
    The gap year and reapplying questions thread


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    Thanks for the quick reply, this helps a lot.

    I do meet the requirements for the universities I wish to apply for however I've heard that with maths sometimes universities will get worried if you've taken a gap year since they think that you'll loose a lot of your maths that's why I was asking.

    I have read that thread and it was useful I just wanted a bit of clarification on these areas.
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    (Original post by atja)
    Thanks for the quick reply, this helps a lot.

    I do meet the requirements for the universities I wish to apply for however I've heard that with maths sometimes universities will get worried if you've taken a gap year since they think that you'll loose a lot of your maths that's why I was asking.

    I have read that thread and it was useful I just wanted a bit of clarification on these areas.
    As I said, check the universities own views. You are considering CS *with* Maths, so the maths gap-year "concern" is not necessarily so significant. But doing a bit of maths during your gap year can certainly be "a good thing".
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    (Original post by jneill)
    As I said, check the universities own views. You are considering CS *with* Maths, so the maths gap-year "concern" is not necessarily so significant. But doing a bit of maths during your gap year can certainly be "a good thing".
    Thanks for your help, I'll be sure to do that.
 
 
 
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