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    Hi, so I submitted my UCAS application a while ago, and I've had 3 offers back so far. However, we have had an oil spill at my house which will mean that we will likely be moved for 6 months+ due to floors being taken up and work being done on our house. Would it be worth telling universities about this in the hope of them lowering offers, due to the massive disruption it will cause? I know they do contextual offers based on location, schools and other things; but a family moving to temporary rented accommodation just as exams are coming up is rather stressful, and it would be much easier if I didn't have to worry about uni offers too.
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    To be clear, contextual offers usually only lower your offer by a grade or two- they won't usually suddenly give you an offer of EE, or similar.

    However, I do think it's worth mentioning this to unis, even if it's just so it's on record if they're trying to decide who to be lenient to on results day. You will probably be asked to provide supporting evidence- do your parents have a letter or something you could scan in, explaining the reason for the move? I would also get your referee to write a supporting statement explaining that you're a good student, and how this might affect your studies.

    I'm not sure how unis will view this, but it's worth a try.
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    (Original post by megansifford99)
    Hi, so I submitted my UCAS application a while ago, and I've had 3 offers back so far. However, we have had an oil spill at my house which will mean that we will likely be moved for 6 months+ due to floors being taken up and work being done on our house. Would it be worth telling universities about this in the hope of them lowering offers, due to the massive disruption it will cause? I know they do contextual offers based on location, schools and other things; but a family moving to temporary rented accommodation just as exams are coming up is rather stressful, and it would be much easier if I didn't have to worry about uni offers too.
    How many months until your exams?

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    How many months until your exams?

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    Exams start in June, so 6 months from now is August, which is after exams.
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    Exams start in June, so 6 months from now is August, which is after exams.
    So not exactly 'just as exams are coming up' is it? Your exams are about four months away.
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    So not exactly 'just as exams are coming up' is it? Your exams are about four months away.
    We've already had mock exams, and my college is starting the revision process for exams.
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    This would come under the banner of extenuating circumstances rather than contextual offers: you are experiencing short-term disruption, not long-term disadvantage.
    That said, it's still worth letting your universities know. Drop them a short email or phone call and see what they need - some will have a specific form, others will accept just an email from you or your school. I wouldn't expect too much leniency - having to move out 4 months before your exams is a relatively moderate extenuating circumstance but it's always better to let them know before results rather than afterwards.
    I wouldn't expect a lower offer, just an agreement to take your circumstances into consideration if you do miss your grades.
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    (Original post by megansifford99)
    Hi, so I submitted my UCAS application a while ago, and I've had 3 offers back so far. However, we have had an oil spill at my house which will mean that we will likely be moved for 6 months+ due to floors being taken up and work being done on our house. Would it be worth telling universities about this in the hope of them lowering offers, due to the massive disruption it will cause? I know they do contextual offers based on location, schools and other things; but a family moving to temporary rented accommodation just as exams are coming up is rather stressful, and it would be much easier if I didn't have to worry about uni offers too.
    That won't qualify for a contextual offer, but you *might* get some allowance from the exam boards. Although I'd say it's unlikely. Speak to your examinations officer.

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    And, as above poster, there's no harm notifying your universities.

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    That won't qualify for a contextual offer, but you *might* get some allowance from the exam boards. Although I'd say it's unlikely. Speak to your examinations officer.

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    It wouldn't qualify for special consideration from the exam boards either - it needs to be something that happens around the time of the exams.
 
 
 

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