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Uni mitigating circumstances

Hi I’m a year 12 student. In the past year I have lost 3 close relatives and 4 in the past years. One just weeks before my GCSEs. I’m wondering whether unis would take this into a account when considering my application
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Reply 1
Contextual offers and mitigating circumstances are two different things.

Contextual offers are where a University gives lower grade offers to those who fulfil specific 'widening participation' criteria such as 'in-care', low performing school, free school meals or living in specific postcode.

What you are talking about is Mitigating Circumstances - where an applicant is given extra consideration because of something that may impact their results like a bereavement, family disruption etc, and they may still be accepted as a 'near-miss' on Results Day if they just miss their offer grades - but does not mean they get a lower grade offer to begin with.

For Mitigating Circumstances, there will either be a specific form to complete and send to that Uni at the same time as you apply through UCAS (example from Bristol Extenuating circumstances | Study at Bristol | University of Bristol), or some Unis will accept an emailed letter from your school. You should also ask your school to include basic info about this in your UCAS reference.
Reply 2
Thank you for the clarification

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