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Reapplying for 2023- is it wise?

I have an offer from UCL to start 2022, but feel I may want to try again for engineering at Cambridge or Imperial next year. The only universities my mind is set on are Cambridge, Imperial and UCL in that order.

My BIG worry is this: what if I dont get any offers next year at any of these universities? At the moment I have UCL. I'd like to give it another go if I get 4 A*s, but know that its a chance.

At Cambridge I was pooled and rejected this year. At Imperial I was interviewed and rejected.

Any advise? What are my options if none of the above and Durham/Bristol give me an offer next year? Do I have to do A Levels again?
You won’t have to do A-levels again, if you get 4A*’s this year, they are your Α-level results for good. UCL is a very good university for engineering, there is no guarantee you will get in next year to imperial or Cambridge and you run the risk of losing all 3 options.

If you are happy to take that risk, then go for it.
If none of your choices gave you an offer, you would have to consider options in clearing. Doing your A-levels again is pointless if you already have the right grades. I think this is very unlikely, by the way, getting 0 offers is very unusual (4 rejections for medicine is very common but that's about it) and usually, provided you've applied realistically, only a few unlucky combinations of choices would enable it. I don't know enough about Engineering to say whether this eventuality is realistic with your choices.

You can't apply for universities while holding a deferred place either.
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No you cant defer a place and reapply.

If you are hankering after Cambridge then have another go - you will always wonder what might have happened if you don't.
However, be careful what you wish for. Lots of people dont actually like being at Oxbridge once they get there, and there is no evidence that it automatically gives any real advantage later. It isnt the Uni 'badge' that defines your career, its you. And Cambridge will still be there for postgrad.
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@McGinger @_gcx and others, thanks. No, the universities and courses I seek are not open to clearing. The reason 0 offers is likely is because I only want to apply to Cambridge, 2 courses at Imperial and 2 at UCL.
Original post by Bambap
@McGinger @_gcx and others, thanks. No, the universities and courses I seek are not open to clearing. The reason 0 offers is likely is because I only want to apply to Cambridge, 2 courses at Imperial and 2 at UCL.

Sorry if I'm a bit abrupt, but this just seems silly to me. Why only these 3 universities, what's so special about them? If you get 0 offers, your choices are either to go through clearing (which will likely leave you at a "less esteemed" university than if you applied realistically with your 5 choices, since many of them will be full by that point) or reconsider going to university. There isn't really any third option. (well you could apply a third time, but again I'd say this is silly) Even if you want to stay in London, there are universities like QMUL you could apply to as well. If not, there's plenty of "close seconds" to apply to.

If you are worried about not getting into UCL reapplying (I don't see why not - though I would investigate their policy on reapplicants), then I think you should just go to UCL.
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Original post by Bambap
@McGinger @_gcx and others, thanks. No, the universities and courses I seek are not open to clearing. The reason 0 offers is likely is because I only want to apply to Cambridge, 2 courses at Imperial and 2 at UCL.

Take what you have. You could end up with nothing next year and the best universities wont have courses in clearing. You would be running a huge risk applying to 3 highly competitive universities.
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Original post by swanseajack1
Take what you have. You could end up with nothing next year and the best universities wont have courses in clearing. You would be running a huge risk applying to 3 highly competitive universities.

thank you. A huge part of me agrees with you. This time round I applied for natural sciences. but now feel engineering maybe better. Civil? Mechanical? Chemical? It all sounds so exciting. I don't know. it's eating me, this indecision. I chose natural sciences because I thought its broad enough to let me dwell on the indecision for a bit longer. But of the places I want to go to, only Cambridge has a proper natsci department. Maybe engineering is funner. I dont know. Maybe I'll lose it all.
Original post by Bambap
thank you. A huge part of me agrees with you. This time round I applied for natural sciences. but now feel engineering maybe better. Civil? Mechanical? Chemical? It all sounds so exciting. I don't know. it's eating me, this indecision. I chose natural sciences because I thought its broad enough to let me dwell on the indecision for a bit longer. But of the places I want to go to, only Cambridge has a proper natsci department. Maybe engineering is funner. I dont know. Maybe I'll lose it all.

Engineering is often better in non RG universities who specialise in it. Places like Oxford Brooks and Coventry old polytechnics are huge in this area. If you want to take Engineering look fully into it. @Muttley79 can you add your expertise in this area.
Original post by Bambap
thank you. A huge part of me agrees with you. This time round I applied for natural sciences. but now feel engineering maybe better. Civil? Mechanical? Chemical? It all sounds so exciting. I don't know. it's eating me, this indecision. I chose natural sciences because I thought its broad enough to let me dwell on the indecision for a bit longer. But of the places I want to go to, only Cambridge has a proper natsci department. Maybe engineering is funner. I dont know. Maybe I'll lose it all.

What A levels are you studying? Why are you focused on those universities?

Many of my top students look elsewhere for Engineering as you get a better 'mix' of modules and a year in industry. Bath and Brookes are also strong in Formula Student which puts your theoretical knowledge into practical application - this is what employers are looking for.
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Original post by Bambap
I have an offer from UCL to start 2022, but feel I may want to try again for engineering at Cambridge or Imperial next year. The only universities my mind is set on are Cambridge, Imperial and UCL in that order.

My BIG worry is this: what if I dont get any offers next year at any of these universities? At the moment I have UCL. I'd like to give it another go if I get 4 A*s, but know that its a chance.

At Cambridge I was pooled and rejected this year. At Imperial I was interviewed and rejected.

Any advise? What are my options if none of the above and Durham/Bristol give me an offer next year? Do I have to do A Levels again?

im tryna do exactly what ur doing for UCL, pleaseeee give me advicee
Original post by _gcx
If none of your choices gave you an offer, you would have to consider options in clearing. Doing your A-levels again is pointless if you already have the right grades. I think this is very unlikely, by the way, getting 0 offers is very unusual (4 rejections for medicine is very common but that's about it) and usually, provided you've applied realistically, only a few unlucky combinations of choices would enable it. I don't know enough about Engineering to say whether this eventuality is realistic with your choices.

You can't apply for universities while holding a deferred place either.


for that deferred place thing, what would happen if some one, not me...never told the uni they were reapplying, they allow gap year, u resit exams, get into desired upper uni and then reject the ones that gave u deferral

Illegal?? lol
Original post by Bambap
I have an offer from UCL to start 2022, but feel I may want to try again for engineering at Cambridge or Imperial next year. The only universities my mind is set on are Cambridge, Imperial and UCL in that order.

My BIG worry is this: what if I dont get any offers next year at any of these universities? At the moment I have UCL. I'd like to give it another go if I get 4 A*s, but know that its a chance.

At Cambridge I was pooled and rejected this year. At Imperial I was interviewed and rejected.

Any advise? What are my options if none of the above and Durham/Bristol give me an offer next year? Do I have to do A Levels again?

i have a bunch of questions for you but i can't direct message cus i got a new account (3 days)

please tell me ur predicted grades for when UCL mechanical engineer BEng or MEng accepted you, I'm tryna figure out if u need predicted maths an A* or just an A.

personally i got A*A*A*A
(in this order) Phys, eng lit, bio and maths ----- but got rejected
so was it cus of maths predicted grade, personal statement, GCSE's?

none of them r very good, but tryna go thru people whove got accepted to see which was the main error,

could retake as long as A in maths is fine as predicted (acc got it and dnt wanna retake)

PLEASE HELP!!
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sorry maybe tool late now as a reply. But reapplied with 4 A*s in FM/Math/Chem/Phys and got offers from Oxford, imperial and two others but not UCL!
Original post by Username1_2_3
i have a bunch of questions for you but i can't direct message cus i got a new account (3 days)

please tell me ur predicted grades for when UCL mechanical engineer BEng or MEng accepted you, I'm tryna figure out if u need predicted maths an A* or just an A.

personally i got A*A*A*A
(in this order) Phys, eng lit, bio and maths ----- but got rejected
so was it cus of maths predicted grade, personal statement, GCSE's?

none of them r very good, but tryna go thru people whove got accepted to see which was the main error,

could retake as long as A in maths is fine as predicted (acc got it and dnt wanna retake)

PLEASE HELP!!
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Original post by Bambap
sorry maybe tool late now as a reply. But reapplied with 4 A*s in FM/Math/Chem/Phys and got offers from Oxford, imperial and two others but not UCL!


Congratulations and well done backing yourself, that attitude and Oxford education will help you for the rest of your life. Congratulations again and best of luck.
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Original post by Bambap
sorry maybe tool late now as a reply. But reapplied with 4 A*s in FM/Math/Chem/Phys and got offers from Oxford, imperial and two others but not UCL!

Wow what did you do in your gap year? I’m considering taking one to reapply for medicine
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Original post by Sarah O
Wow what did you do in your gap year? I’m considering taking one to reapply for medicine

it was an unplanned gap year so was not easy. I spent time until December preparing for the Oxford and Imperial interviews and doing a job directly relevant to the degree so I could talk about it if asked. It was a dead boring job. Once interviews were done I got a job at a major retailer. Again it was really boring. I also did tutoring, volunteering, travelling and was caregiver to my grandad. In the latter months of the gap year I found one an office-based job that I enjoyed. Good luck with your reapplication!

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