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Mitigating circumstances

Do universities really consider applicants with low gsce grades due to circumstances? Especially russell group universities??
depends on what you consider low
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Original post by iwanttobeamedic.
depends on what you consider low


Some 5/4s
Original post by mara.zz
Some 5/4s

you're better off looking at unis that don't consider GCSE's, even with mitigating circumstances they wouldn't allow for you to apply with low grades, only for you to apply with a resit. It is also dependant on what you want to study, for medicine or dentistry it wouldn't be enough though.
Reply 4
Original post by iwanttobeamedic.
you're better off looking at unis that don't consider GCSE's, even with mitigating circumstances they wouldn't allow for you to apply with low grades, only for you to apply with a resit. It is also dependant on what you want to study, for medicine or dentistry it wouldn't be enough though.


I wanna go into law?
Original post by mara.zz
I wanna go into law?


ohhh okay then it should be fine but do double check on the individual uni but it should be fine even without circumstances it’s not a focus
Yes, as an overall profile, they may make exceptions where there is something major that meant your GCSEs were impacted. However, they will not excuse low grades in any required GCSE subjects and would expect you to retake these in Sixth Form to get the required grades - typically Maths and/or English depending on degree subject.

Each Uni has a different process for considering mitigating circumstances. Most have a specific form that you and your school need to complete, others may just accept a formal letter from your school. Check on each Uni website and if you can't find the info, email the Uni and ask.

As one example, here are the details for Bristol - Extenuating circumstances | Study at Bristol | University of Bristol
And btw, Bristol's assessment criteria for Law is GCSE 20% | A-Level 40% | LNAT 40% - so you can see that GCSEs are not that important and your A level predictions and LNAT performance are far more important.

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