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reapplying to Oxford

hi everyone,
I applied to Oxford but was unsuccessful post-interview. I did receive feedback and this was it:
- interview, my first one was a rating of 6.5/10 and my second one was worse, to give context a good score for an offer was 7.7/10 which is what they said
- written work, my essay was a bit below average
- HAT, I did good and scored the average for those who received an offer

so the main thing was my interview and considering I was close (or I like to think so) i'm not sure what I should do next. is there any point in reapplying? I would still love to go to Oxford!

I tried looking at other options such as deferral and then apply in the year that i'm not at uni yet but apparently this doesn't work, also taking a first year at a diff uni and then applying to Oxford while im there - no one told me this doesn't work but they said it probably won't be successful and you need to have certain circumstances. I have already accepted firm and insurance unis on ucas and im not sure if its late to consider taking a gap year. I have been reluctant to take one as I don't think it would benefit me but if that's the only thing stopping me from going to Oxford then I might as well do it.
should I just wait until Results Day? as if I get the grades that Oxford require then I take a gap year..?
Was this for history single honours or joint honours, and which unis/what course have you currently firmed and insured? Also how much worse was your second interview score?

Generally speaking, my advice to most people is not to reapply if you have secured a place at another good uni :nah:
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Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd
Was this for history single honours or joint honours, and which unis/what course have you currently firmed and insured? Also how much worse was your second interview score?
Generally speaking, my advice to most people is not to reapply if you have secured a place at another good uni :nah:
single honours, ucl and then qm both for history, and my second interview was 5.5 I think?
ucl is a good uni so I wouldn't mind going there
Original post by LS2906
single honours, ucl and then qm both for history, and my second interview was 5.5 I think?
ucl is a good uni so I wouldn't mind going there

I think, since you're reluctant to take a gap year, my advice would be to just go to UCL! Once you're there, you'll most likely settle in very well and forget about Oxford altogether :smile:
You risk putting yourself through disappointment again. A below average essay was likely a significant factor as well as below par interview performance. UCL is a good place to study.
Taking a gap year you don’t really want to take on the off-chance of getting into Oxford next year sounds like a recipe for unhappiness. It raises the stakes even further and puts a lot of pressure on you.

There is very little chance of them accepting you as a transfer from UCL.

I would honestly accept the place at UCL and move on with your life. Apply to Oxford for postgraduate if you still really want to go there. UCL is a great university.

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