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Cambridge extenuating circumstances

I’m currently in year 12 looking to apply to cambridge for psychology and behavioral sciences to girton college in october. I plan to do deferred entry to start in 2026.

I achieved 8777777666 in my gcses however I had extraneous circumstances of having camhs treatment. I am currently predicted A*AB so will need to get these grades up a bit before applying but considering that i plan to apply to a slightly less competitive college and take a gap year, are these gcses with extenuating circumstances good enough to apply ? do i have any chance of getting in ?

thanks !
Reply 1
i also am applicable for contextual offers at other unis if that helps to give some more context on my situation although i do go to a high performing state grammar school (i know that cambridge doesn’t do contextual offers)
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and i did gcse psychology and got a 6, will this hold me back too ? considering i’d want to do a psychology degree. (in fairness we had 6 teachers over the course of the two years and i missed a few lessons due to my treatment)
I would certainly recommend giving it a try; from my personal experience they take extenuating circumstances quite seriously, and especially if you get your predicted grades up to par with standard offer should be enough to show under normal circumstances you'd achieve well.
Original post by Anonymous #1
I’m currently in year 12 looking to apply to cambridge for psychology and behavioral sciences to girton college in october. I plan to do deferred entry to start in 2026.

I achieved 8777777666 in my gcses however I had extraneous circumstances of having camhs treatment. I am currently predicted A*AB so will need to get these grades up a bit before applying but considering that i plan to apply to a slightly less competitive college and take a gap year, are these gcses with extenuating circumstances good enough to apply ? do i have any chance of getting in ?

thanks !
Just as a note, the competitiveness of a college shouldn't affect your overall chances of getting into the university. They are well aware of people trying to game the system. It's true that Girton takes a disproportionately higher number of people from the pool but that doesn't mean that they have lower standards for direct applicants.
Original post by Anonymous #1
I’m currently in year 12 looking to apply to cambridge for psychology and behavioral sciences to girton college in october. I plan to do deferred entry to start in 2026.

I achieved 8777777666 in my gcses however I had extraneous circumstances of having camhs treatment. I am currently predicted A*AB so will need to get these grades up a bit before applying but considering that i plan to apply to a slightly less competitive college and take a gap year, are these gcses with extenuating circumstances good enough to apply ? do i have any chance of getting in ?

thanks !
Have you thought of considering this? Foundation Year | University of Cambridge

It seems to be geared towards people who've experienced extenuating circumstances and significant disruption to their studies. They will likely take lower grades at A Levels into account if you are still affected by any issues 🙂 I hope things are going well for you now ❤️
Original post by AnaaaElec
Have you thought of considering this? Foundation Year | University of Cambridge

It seems to be geared towards people who've experienced extenuating circumstances and significant disruption to their studies. They will likely take lower grades at A Levels into account if you are still affected by any issues 🙂 I hope things are going well for you now ❤️
Only issue for OP is you can't progress onto PBS after the foundation year
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Original post by melancollege
Just as a note, the competitiveness of a college shouldn't affect your overall chances of getting into the university. They are well aware of people trying to game the system. It's true that Girton takes a disproportionately higher number of people from the pool but that doesn't mean that they have lower standards for direct applicants.
surely there would be less people applying for the places ? so even if the standard is the same then there are less people applying who meet that standard ? or have i got this totally backwards ?
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Original post by AnaaaElec
Have you thought of considering this? Foundation Year | University of Cambridge

It seems to be geared towards people who've experienced extenuating circumstances and significant disruption to their studies. They will likely take lower grades at A Levels into account if you are still affected by any issues 🙂 I hope things are going well for you now ❤️
thank you for this ! unfortunately you can’t progress onto pbs after the foundation year ☹️ thank you for your help though x
Original post by Anonymous #1
surely there would be less people applying for the places ? so even if the standard is the same then there are less people applying who meet that standard ? or have i got this totally backwards ?

They take more people from the pool to account for this. Remember the admissions directors will have thought of every trick that you as an applicant will have thought of
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Original post by Anonymous #1
and i did gcse psychology and got a 6, will this hold me back too ? considering i’d want to do a psychology degree. (in fairness we had 6 teachers over the course of the two years and i missed a few lessons due to my treatment)
Your GCSE grade profile is not a showstoppers as many people with similar grades have got in, but of course you need to do brilliantly at A-levels, ideally 3x A* have a great PS, and do well at interview. Your 6 in Psychology might be an issue though, plus applying to Girton will make little/no difference to your chances of getting in. There have been cases where colleges have taken no candidates at all from those that have applied to them directly, and just taken them from the pool. They take the best applicants they can find from across the uni.

Probably still worth applying if you are on track to get the required A-level grades.
Original post by lalexm
Your GCSE grade profile is not a showstoppers as many people with similar grades have got in, but of course you need to do brilliantly at A-levels, ideally 3x A* have a great PS, and do well at interview. Your 6 in Psychology might be an issue though, plus applying to Girton will make little/no difference to your chances of getting in. There have been cases where colleges have taken no candidates at all from those that have applied to them directly, and just taken them from the pool. They take the best applicants they can find from across the uni.

Probably still worth applying if you are on track to get the required A-level grades.
thank you 🙂 do you reckon i should consider retaking psychology this year ?
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Original post by Anonymous #1
thank you 🙂 do you reckon i should consider retaking psychology this year ?
Yep maybe, if you think you can improve your grade, and assuming you are not doing Psychology for A-level. If you are, and you are being Predicted A or A*, then I don't think you need to. Happy for others to jump in and correct me though as not sure.

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