Hi folks. In short, I was rejected from Oxford this year for Maths and Computer Science, and I'm considering reapplying next year.
I have an unconditional offer from a Scottish university to begin in first year (Scottish courses are a year longer, so 1st year in Oxford would roughly be 2nd year at this university), for Maths and Computer Science (and you take another subject in first year - this is decided just before you start, but if I can I'll hopefully take Statistics), and I'm planning to take it (gap years aren't the best idea for maths). However, I feel that the course at Oxford (particularly on the Computer Science side) is considerably better suited to my interests in the subject. (I should add that I'd still be happy to go to the Scottish university regardless). My decision on whether or not to reapply would mainly be based on the feedback I recieve from Oxford, particularly the MAT score (I feel I did well, but perhaps I did worse than I thought?) and the interviews - I'd only consider a reapplication if earning a place would be feasible
So I've got a few questions regarding the process, from those who have done it before, or those who would know more about the process (such as BrasenoseAdm ):
* Is your application treated differently from someone who's in their last year of school (or someone who's taken a year out)?
* I understand that your own institution would need to "release" you before the application would be accepted. In your experience, are instititions quite willing to do this, or is it something that's generally quite difficult?
* In terms of your reference, I understand that it's generally preferred that it comes from a member of academic staff at university. Would I be disadvantaged if, for whatever reason, I couldn't get a reference from them and had to get a reference from a teacher at my old school or something like that?
* Based on the information I have so far (the university exam period, and the interview timetables), the time for attending interviews would likely clash with exams at the university (a number of Scottish universities have exams in December as well as in May/June). For anyone who has experience with this, how flexible are other universities/Oxford in regards to working with you on this? For example, do universities generally understand and let you resit, does Oxford allow you to have interviews via Skype or something along those lines
(I understand that generally this isn't allowed with UK applicants)
, or would I basically be out of luck?
I understand that quite a bit of this information varies depending on which university you're talking about, but any help that's available would be great, If I was going to reapply, I'd want to do so with the knowledge that an application wouldn't endanger my time at another institution (e.g needing to skip exams without permission to attend interviews).
... and the ones that won't