Vivienne Durham: It is not uncommon for students to have second thoughts
It is not uncommon for students to have second thoughts prior to starting higher education, but that adage about “a bird in the hand being worth two in the bush” comes to mind.
Your daughter has a confirmed university place for this autumn. If she wishes to re-apply to Cambridge for the next academic year starting in autumn 2017, she will need to reject her current university offer and submit a new application via Ucas before October 15 2016.
Her updated Ucas personal statement should include plans for a constructive gap year.
However, your daughter’s IB results are no guarantee that she will be successful in gaining a place at one of the most competitive universities in the world. Cambridge University was placed second in the 2015 QS World University rankings for psychology and 380 candidates applied for 80 places for psychology.
The Cambridge admissions process is rigorous; selection interviews will seek to test a student’s ability to work through problems and assimilate new ideas, beyond the intellectual complexity of A-levels or the IB Diploma.