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    My mother has been chronically ill for the duration of my life, and I have been her carer for 6 years. During the holidays and study leave before my exams my mother was once again admitted to hospital, the journey to the hospital is a 5 hour round trip; very rapidly the balance of revision and visiting her became a juggling act. I came out of my gcse's with 6 A*'s despite these difficulties.
    I wondered if my predicament would count as 'extenuating circumstances' or not for my university application and to what extent the university (hopefully Oxford) would understand?
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    (Original post by studier1)
    My mother has been chronically ill for the duration of my life. During the holidays and study leave before my exams my mother was once again admitted to hospital, the journey to the hospital is a 5 hour round trip; very rapidly the balance of revision and visiting her became a juggling act. I came out of my gcse's with 6 A*'s despite these difficulties.
    I wondered if my predicament would count as 'extenuating circumstances' or not for my university application and to what extent the university (hopefully Oxford) would understand?
    You got 6 A*'s? I'm not seeing why you need extenuating circumstances...
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    (Original post by studier1)
    My mother has been chronically ill for the duration of my life, and I have been her carer for 6 years. During the holidays and study leave before my exams my mother was once again admitted to hospital, the journey to the hospital is a 5 hour round trip; very rapidly the balance of revision and visiting her became a juggling act. I came out of my gcse's with 6 A*'s despite these difficulties.
    I wondered if my predicament would count as 'extenuating circumstances' or not for my university application and to what extent the university (hopefully Oxford) would understand?
    Sorry to hear about all that :sad: but it sounds like you have fairly decent grounds for extenuating circumstances. If you could also get your school to back that up in writing then I think you should get extenuating circumstances.

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    (Original post by studier1)
    My mother has been chronically ill for the duration of my life, and I have been her carer for 6 years. During the holidays and study leave before my exams my mother was once again admitted to hospital, the journey to the hospital is a 5 hour round trip; very rapidly the balance of revision and visiting her became a juggling act. I came out of my gcse's with 6 A*'s despite these difficulties.
    I wondered if my predicament would count as 'extenuating circumstances' or not for my university application and to what extent the university (hopefully Oxford) would understand?
    I am not certain exactly what you are asking. I infer from your post (but I'm not at all sure I'm right) that you are in Year 12 and are hoping that your school will allude to your personal circumstances in your UCAS reference to explain your relatively poor(!) GCSE results. If this is the case then yes, they can do this, there are no rules on what schools can refer to in a reference and it would seem a reasonable thing to put.

    However, I am not sure if you are also hoping that you could gain special consideration from the exam boards (it's too late for GCSE and too early for AS (bluntly, something would have to go wrong nearer to your exams) if you're Y12).
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    Yes.

    Get it all documented ect and contact the unversity.

    6A*'s is pretty good by the way. But i see what you mean

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    (Original post by studier1)
    My mother has been chronically ill for the duration of my life, and I have been her carer for 6 years. During the holidays and study leave before my exams my mother was once again admitted to hospital, the journey to the hospital is a 5 hour round trip; very rapidly the balance of revision and visiting her became a juggling act. I came out of my gcse's with 6 A*'s despite these difficulties.
    I wondered if my predicament would count as 'extenuating circumstances' or not for my university application and to what extent the university (hopefully Oxford) would understand?
    If these circumstances have had an adverse impact on your achievement at GCSE then your referee should certainly mention them in your reference, but only with your express agreement. I would suggest contacting individual unis and asking them what their view might be, and then discussing with your referee how much and what information should go in to your reference. The key issue is whether there is a gap between what you would have been expected to achieve and what you actually got, and whether that gap is explained by the impact on you of your mother's illness. You don't say how she is at the moment, but if there is also the possibility of your AS level results being affected, this needs to be covered in your reference as well.

    Oddly enough, I reckon Oxford will be the least of your worries on this one. If you do well enough in any aptitude tests (eg the HAT, the ELAT) you will be called to interview, which gives you the chance to show your potential regardless of the GCSE results. It's the unis that don't interview that will particularly need your referee's comments.

    (Original post by Knalchemist)
    You got 6 A*'s? I'm not seeing why you need extenuating circumstances...
    But what if s/he would otherwise have achieved a full house of A*s? The issue is if there is a gap between potential and actual achievement that the OP's circumstances explain.
 
 
 
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