I’m planning a gap year: will this affect my chances of being admitted?

Absolutely not. We welcome applications for deferred entry and treat candidates planning a gap year in exactly the same way as other applicants. However, we do ask that Mathematicians requesting deferred entry make arrangements to keep their maths skills honed. Furthermore, if you are planning a gap year, it is a good idea to have a constructive plan (particularly if you can demonstrate that the plan will enhance your understanding of your subject!)