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, 284kB) to our Enquiries team. Find guidance on completing the form below.

When we consider extenuating circumstances

The information you provide on the form is confidential. It is used to help us 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. 

We may consider extenuating circumstances if you narrowly miss the terms of your offer and the University has places available after all exam results have been published.

How we consider extenuating circumstances

  • We consider the effect of extenuating circumstances on your qualifications and examination performance.
  • We do not consider extenuating circumstances when assessing the rest of your application, such as the personal statement or reference.
  • We cannot say in advance whether an application is likely to be successful or not in light of extenuating circumstances.
  • Any application that does not meet our minimum requirements is submitted at the applicant's own risk. 

When to submit extenuating circumstances 

We only look at the extenuating circumstances you send us during the year that you apply. If you sent in extenuating circumstances for an application in a previous UCAS cycle, you will need to submit a new form. We will tell you if you need to re-submit further evidence.

You have extenuating circumstances at the time you apply to the University

If there have been ongoing issues affecting your studies, or if these have affected any qualifications taken in a previous year, please submit an extenuating circumstances form at the same time that you apply through UCAS or Common Application. We can then take this into account when we assess your application. A completed form should be submitted within four weeks of your application. Contact our Enquiries team immediately if there will be a delay in submitting the extenuating circumstances. 

You have extenuating circumstances after you have applied to the University

If you experience extenuating circumstances after you have submitted your application through UCAS or the Common Application, but before you take your exams, you should inform the relevant exam board(s). Your school or college can help you do this and may offer support and advice.

You should also tell us and you must send us an extenuating circumstances form as soon as possible. We must receive your extenuating circumstances form before we receive your exam results.

Please note on the form whether or not you have notified the exam board(s). If your extenuating circumstances have already been taken into account by the exam board(s), we will not normally be able to consider them as part of our admissions process.

Deadline for telling us about extenuating circumstances

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

We recognise that some applicants may choose not to apply to university in the year that they take their exams. Therefore if you have already completed your qualifications by the time you apply to Bristol, and you feel that you experienced significant disruption which affected those results, then please send us an extenuating circumstances form within four weeks of submitting your UCAS application.

If you already have a decision on your application

If you already have an offer from us, you can still submit extenuating circumstances that you think may affect your examination performance later in the year.

Applicants who submit an extenuating circumstances form after an unsuccessful decision has already been made can only by reconsidered if the form was submitted within four weeks of applying through UCAS. Otherwise we cannot reconsider.

Completing the extenuating circumstances form

  • Please specify which parts of your studies were affected.
  • A teacher, doctor or relevant professional must complete the supporting section of the form.
  • Include additional evidence (eg a doctor's note) if appropriate.

Download the Extenuating Circumstances form (PDF, 284kB).

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 questions about this process, please contact our Enquiries team.

Current students

If you are a current University of Bristol student, and want to report extenuating circumstances relating to your degree work, please use the extenuating circumstances form on the current students web pages.

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