Would I be competitive for Oxbridge or Ivy League?

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Hey, I'm going to be applying to University in October this year. I kind of want general advice on what actions I should take given my circumstances.
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I got 94% average UMS including 96% in AS Math but did A2 as part of Further Math and only got an A. Is Oxbridge/Imp Math a possibility? Alternatively, would I be a competitive candidate if took another year after my A-Levels to fast-track AS & AL Physics and apply for engineering?

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Subjects: Math, Further Math, Polish, Graphic Comm, Welsh Bacc.
In terms of UMS I had:
AS Pure Math - A - 141 out of 150 - 94%
AS App. Math - A - 89 out of 90. - 99%
AS Polish - A - 86 out of 100 - 86%
AS Graphics - A - 156 out of 160 - 98%
AS Welsh Bacc - A - 87 out of 90 - 97%
Which averages to roughly 94% UMS - which is acceptable.

However, as I am doing Further Maths, I did the full A-Level in which I attained:
A2 Pure Math - A - 186 out of 210 - 89%
A2 App. Math - B - 114 out of 150 - 76%
This resulted in an 'A' overall.

Based on this year's performance, I am confident that next year I will get at least A*A*A*AA in Mathematics, Graphic Design, Welsh Baccalaureate, Further Mathematics and Polish in that order (and at best A*A*A*A*A* of course.)

Is it worth applying to Oxbridge and Imperial for Mathematics or is it all over? I wanted to study Maths, but as of recent I have been interested in doing Engineering. Hence, I'll apply for DE at Imperial but that's putting a lot of eggs in one basket. If I finished my 5 A-Levels and took another year out to quickly do Physics, would I be competitive for Oxbridge and Imperial engineering?
I've also been thinking about applying to American Ivy League. Do you think I would be competitive there?
I don't know what to do. I really don't want to go to some average Uni.
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(Original post by QuachyIMP)
Hey, I'm going to be applying to University in October this year. I kind of want general advice on what actions I should take given my circumstances.
TL;DR:
I got 94% average UMS including 96% in AS Math but did A2 as part of Further Math and only got an A. Is Oxbridge/Imp Math a possibility? Alternatively, would I be a competitive candidate if took another year after my A-Levels to fast-track AS & AL Physics and apply for engineering?

The Long Dog:
Subjects: Math, Further Math, Polish, Graphic Comm, Welsh Bacc.
In terms of UMS I had:
AS Pure Math - A - 141 out of 150 - 94%
AS App. Math - A - 89 out of 90. - 99%
AS Polish - A - 86 out of 100 - 86%
AS Graphics - A - 156 out of 160 - 98%
AS Welsh Bacc - A - 87 out of 90 - 97%
Which averages to roughly 94% UMS - which is acceptable.

However, as I am doing Further Maths, I did the full A-Level in which I attained:
A2 Pure Math - A - 186 out of 210 - 89%
A2 App. Math - B - 114 out of 150 - 76%
This resulted in an 'A' overall.

Based on this year's performance, I am confident that next year I will get at least A*A*A*AA in Mathematics, Graphic Design, Welsh Baccalaureate, Further Mathematics and Polish in that order (and at best A*A*A*A*A* of course.)

Is it worth applying to Oxbridge and Imperial for Mathematics or is it all over? I wanted to study Maths, but as of recent I have been interested in doing Engineering. Hence, I'll apply for DE at Imperial but that's putting a lot of eggs in one basket. If I finished my 5 A-Levels and took another year out to quickly do Physics, would I be competitive for Oxbridge and Imperial engineering?
I've also been thinking about applying to American Ivy League. Do you think I would be competitive there?
I don't know what to do. I really don't want to go to some average Uni.
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can't speak reliably for the rest but I don't see you being especially competitive for Cambridge, they're looking for incredibly high mathematical ability and would expect strong A* grades in both maths and further maths (many colleges actually require the A* in further), as even candidates with those grades may still struggle with STEP which is also required for entry. Cambridge may be an outlier here though as their maths course is generally thought to be exceptionally challenging and they do want only the very best at maths. it's not a guaranteed rejection with your grades but I would recommend that you consider Oxford more out of the two of them

taking physics as a single a level in your gap year is unlikely to make you any more competitive for maths at Oxbridge, but would greatly improve your chances for engineering as it tends to be a requirement for entry
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can't speak reliably for the rest but I don't see you being especially competitive for Cambridge, they're looking for incredibly high mathematical ability and would expect strong A* grades in both maths and further maths (many colleges actually require the A* in further), as even candidates with those grades may still struggle with STEP which is also required for entry. Cambridge may be an outlier here though as their maths course is generally thought to be exceptionally challenging and they do want only the very best at maths. it's not a guaranteed rejection with your grades but I would recommend that you consider Oxford more out of the two of them

taking physics as a single a level in your gap year is unlikely to make you any more competitive for maths at Oxbridge, but would greatly improve your chances for engineering as it tends to be a requirement for entry
Yeah, I think I agree. I emailed Oxford Admissions stating my results and asking if I would still be a competitive applicant.They have not replied yet but I'm looking forward to what they say. I also emailed Imperial.

I think I'm leaning towards the option of taking Physics in a gap year and applying for Engineering at Cambridge, Design and Mechanical engineering at Imperial and if that fails, I'll apply to the US Unis.

Thank you for your perspective!
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