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Year in industry

I would like to give myself the best chance of studying at a highly prestigious institute in the U.K. I am not confident in my chances of getting in this year but have been given offers by other unis. Is it possible to request to deffer entry to these unis and do a year in industry to strengthen my application and then apply to my favourite unis next year (in my gap year). i.e. apply next year through ucas after having accepted a deferred entry to another uni. If not what is my best course of action if my priority is to get into an oxbridge standard university.
Answered by Alison Patterson
Hi Caleb,

You cannot have two live UCAS applications. If you want to re-apply for 2017 entry you cannot be holding a deferred offer of a place from the 2016 (current) UCAS cycle.

If you want to go to Oxford or Cambridge you will need top grades in your A levels (and probably AS levels). Read all the information on the university websites. A year in industry, though very useful (depending on what course you want to study) will not be enough without the A level results.

If you want to go to Oxford you will also have to take entrance exams in your subject choice.

It is a gamble to wait a year for Oxford and Cambridge and it would be best to decide at results time. If you get stellar results it might be worth it.

So, be patient, work towards top A level results and focus your energy on this at the moment. At results time you can hunt in Clearing/Adjustment to upgrade to a different university, but Oxford and Cambridge will not have vacancies in Clearing.

So, your priority now is to achieve those top grades because they are your passport.

Best of luck with your application!

Thanks,
CUG

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