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    I am on track to study history for 3 years instead of 2 but this is down to my mental state. I think I suffer from depression but I will be seeing a doctor very soon about my instability. I flopped year 1 because I was very depressed and so I restarted completely with different subjects but I chose to do history again. Will the universities I apply to reject me for taking 3 years to study an a level if I am diagnosed with depression? I have aspirations of going to Cambridge to study Law but now it seems more unlikely than ever.

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    The best place to start is reading the admissions policies of the universities you'd like to apply to, and if this doesn't give any clarity I wouldn't hesitate in contacting them. Every uni is slightly different in that some may not accept 3 years, some do with extenuating circumstances such as yours, and some will with extenuating circumstances but insist that they can't unless the exam board was aware of the circumstances and you may need supporting evidence in your PS/reference and in the form of a letter from your GP etc. Good luck with your application, hopefully it won't hold you back
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    Thank you for replying

    I was looking at Cambridge's and I honestly can't tell whether any of them apply to me. I'll take your advice and give them a call

    (Original post by jsg9)
    The best place to start is reading the admissions policies of the universities you'd like to apply to, and if this doesn't give any clarity I wouldn't hesitate in contacting them. Every uni is slightly different in that some may not accept 3 years, some do with extenuating circumstances such as yours, and some will with extenuating circumstances but insist that they can't unless the exam board was aware of the circumstances and you may need supporting evidence in your PS/reference and in the form of a letter from your GP etc. Good luck with your application, hopefully it won't hold you back
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    If the reason you took 3 years to take A levels is related to a health issue, or other extenuating circumstance, you can usually notify a University about this. It doesnt guarantee you an offer but it might excuse the extended A levels. You will however have to have a diagnosis and be receiving treatment - 'I think I have depression' is not enough - you will need written 3rd party confirmation of your condition and a letter from your school explaining what impact this has had on your studies.
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    Yep, that's why I'm seeing a doctor soon and if I don't have depression then what can you do? I'll have to suck it up and continue on! Thanks for replying.

    (Original post by returnmigrant)
    If the reason you took 3 years to take A levels is related to a health issue, or other extenuating circumstance, you can usually notify a University about this. It doesnt guarantee you an offer but it might excuse the extended A levels. You will however have to have a diagnosis and be receiving treatment - 'I think I have depression' is not enough - you will need written 3rd party confirmation of your condition and a letter from your school explaining what impact this has had on your studies.
 
 
 
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