What is an “extenuating circumstance”

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Qwerty7654321
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Hello, looking to apply for uni this year, and am currently retaking an Alevel.
Looking at lots of unis they say they don’t except retakes unless due to “extenuating circumstances”
Obviously I couldn’t sit my Alevels due to COVID-19 this year, does this count?
I’m just not sure because obviously I couldn’t control it, but it’s not a circumstance specific to me.
Just wanted to know if anyone had any incite on this? Thanks
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(Original post by Qwerty7654321)
Hello, looking to apply for uni this year, and am currently retaking an Alevel.
Looking at lots of unis they say they don’t except retakes unless due to “extenuating circumstances”
Obviously I couldn’t sit my Alevels due to COVID-19 this year, does this count?
I’m just not sure because obviously I couldn’t control it, but it’s not a circumstance specific to me.
Just wanted to know if anyone had any incite on this? Thanks
Are you applying for medicine because most unis accept retakes, could you give some examples if not.
COVID would not be a extenuating circumstance as you can sit the Autumn Exams.
Are you sitting the Autumn Exams or Summer?
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Obviously I couldn’t sit my Alevels due to COVID-19 this year, does this count?
No - because that happened to everyone.

You can ask each Uni or look on their website to find out if they are making any concessions to CAG A level people.

Extenuating circumstances is the impact of close family bereavement, own/family member illness, serious injury, major family/home disruption etc.
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I think a lot of Uni's will be be implementing a one off policy with regards to this years AL's and the subsequent 'retakes'.

I would check with your target unis directly and not worry if it falls under the extenuating circumstances criteria.
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