Extenuating circumstances

If your education has been significantly disrupted through health or personal problems, disability or specific difficulties with schooling, please send an Extenuating Circumstances form (PDF, 281kB) to our Enquiries Team.

How we use information about extenuating circumstances

The information provided on the form will be treated confidentially, and will help us to accurately assess your academic performance in light of your extenuating circumstances.

  • Submitting an extenuating circumstances form does not guarantee that the University will make you an offer, or that we will accept you if you do not meet the conditions of your offer.
  • Extenuating circumstances may be considered if you narrowly miss the terms of your offer and the University has places available after all exam results have been published, if we are notified before we receive your results.
  • If any allowances are made once your extenuating circumstances have been considered, this will be based on how they have affected your qualifications and examination performance. They will not be considered when assessing the rest of your application, such as the personal statement or reference.
  • We cannot assess or comment in advance of your application whether your application is likely to be successful in light of your extenuating circumstances. Any application submitted that does not meet our minimum requirements is therefore done at the applicants own risk. 

We will only refer to any extenuating circumstances information you send us during the year in which you apply. If you have sent us information while applying in a previous application cycle, you will need to submit a new form. However, you may not need to re-submit further evidence unless requested.

Extenuating circumstances at the time you apply to the University

If your studies have been affected by ongoing adversity, please submit an extenuating circumstances form at the time you apply. We can then take this into account when we assess your application. You must send us the form, or notify us that you plan to do so, within four weeks of submitting your UCAS application. 

We cannot take into account any extenuating circumstances information sent to us once an unsuccessful decision has been published, unless you have sent us the completed form (or notified us that you will be sending the form) within four weeks of submitting your application

Extenuating circumstances after you have applied to the University

If your application is successful and you have been made an offer, you can still submit a form to us detailing any extenuating circumstances that may affect your examination performance later in the year.

If you experience extenuating circumstances after you have submitted your application, but before you take your exams, you should inform the relevant exam board(s) for consideration. Your school/college can help you do this and may be able to offer personal support and advice.

You should also let us know by submitting an extenuating circumstances form as soon as possible after they occur, so that we are aware of the situation when we receive your results. Please note on the form whether or not you have notified exam boards. 

We must receive your extenuating circumstances form before we receive your exam results.

The final deadline is either 31 July 2017 or two weeks before your exam results are published, whichever is earliest. We will not be able to consider any information received after your results.

Extenuating circumstances form

Completing the form

Please specify which parts of your studies were affected. The supporting section of the form should be completed by a teacher, doctor or relevant professional. Additional evidence (eg a doctor's note) should be included where appropriate.

Extenuating Circumstances form (PDF, 281kB)

Where to send your form

Please send your completed form and supporting documents by email, fax or post to our Enquiries Team. If you are sending multiple documents please make sure your UCAS or Common Application number is clearly written on each document.

If you have any further questions about this process, please contact our Enquiries Team.

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