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How much do Cambridge take extenuating circumstances into account?
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What extenuating circumstances, exactly?

Cambridge doesn't have retakes or anything, but they have a system of allowances. These are obtained through your Tutor/Senior Tutor via the Applications Committee - a 'department' within the university. More information is here:

http://www.student-registry.admin.ca...ions-committee
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For applying to Cambridge for an undergraduate course?
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Cambridge doesn't have retakes or anything, but they have a system of allowances. These are obtained through your Tutor/Senior Tutor via the Applications Committee - a 'department' within the university. More information is here:

http://www.student-registry.admin.ca...ions-committee
She means when applying. If your Nan dies when you're doing your AS levels or your failing school's on a sink estate. Contextual offer stuff.
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She means when applying. If your Nan dies when you're doing your AS levels or your failing school's on a sink estate. Contextual offer stuff.
Thanks for that

rosieblue Personal troubles such as these could be mentioned in a reference, and Cambridge always admits students after all aspects of the application have been considered. Your school should be able to say whether you can apply using one of the outreach schemes
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rosieblue is this for engineering specifically or Cambridge in general?
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rosieblue is this for engineering specifically or Cambridge in general?
I think I want to apply for engineering so yes
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How much do Cambridge take extenuating circumstances into account?
They take extenuating circumstances seriously.

So, when you apply to Cambridge you complete your UCAS as normal, but you also complete a couple of other forms.

Firstly, everyone completes the SAQ (Supplementary Application Questionnaire), This is like a very detailed UCAS form.
http://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying/saq

And then, if needed, their separate ECF (Extenuating Circumstances Form) informs Cambridge about any significant circumstances that may have affected you or your education.
http://www.undergraduate.study.cam.a...umstances-form

In addition, contextual aspects, such as being at an "underperforming" school, etc, are also taken into account. But that's slightly different to ECs. http://www.undergraduate.study.cam.a...ontextual-data

All applications are then assessed and reviewed holistically, taking ECs and contextual information into account as necessary.


Are you in Y12? What A-levels, or equivalents, are you doing?


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I'm doing German, Maths and Physics and hoping to do an AS in Further Maths next year.
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I'm doing German, Maths and Physics and hoping to do an AS in Further Maths next year.
It might be worth checking with Cambridge about "only" having AS FM. I suggest you ask about it (and their approach to ECs) in the thread currently being hosted by Peterhouse Admissions. They are very helpful and the advice applies across Cambridge not just Peterhouse (unless they state otherwise).

https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=4557886
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They take extenuating circumstances seriously.

So, when you apply to Cambridge you complete your UCAS as normal, but you also complete a couple of other forms.

Firstly, everyone completes the SAQ (Supplementary Application Questionnaire), This is like a very detailed UCAS form.
http://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying/saq

And then, if needed, their separate ECF (Extenuating Circumstances Form) informs Cambridge about any significant circumstances that may have affected you or your education.
http://www.undergraduate.study.cam.a...umstances-form

In addition, contextual aspects, such as being at an "underperforming" school, etc, are also taken into account. But that's slightly different to ECs. http://www.undergraduate.study.cam.a...ontextual-data

All applications are then assessed and reviewed holistically, taking ECs and contextual information into account as necessary.


Are you in Y12? What A-levels, or equivalents, are you doing?


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I'm in Y13 and thinking of applying to Cambridge However, due to illness, surgery and two family deaths last year, my AS maths and further maths grades are significantly lower than I was working at before this. I'm looking to complete the ECF but I'm worried that my low UMS will mean I won't even be considered. Is it still worth applying? I am retaking my maths exams btw to boost my grades. I am predicted A* A B (in maths) and I'm looking to take my B upto an A through class work.

Thanks
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Hi.

I'm in Y13 and thinking of applying to Cambridge However, due to illness, surgery and two family deaths last year, my AS maths and further maths grades are significantly lower than I was working at before this. I'm looking to complete the ECF but I'm worried that my low UMS will mean I won't even be considered. Is it still worth applying? I am retaking my maths exams btw to boost my grades. I am predicted A* A B (in maths) and I'm looking to take my B upto an A through class work.

Thanks
That's exactly what the ECF is for.

However having predictions below the typical requirements may still cause a problem. You can certainly apply now, and if necessary reapply next year with grades achieved.


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