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    (Original post by AshleyT)
    Well every exam period unfortunate circumstances have occurred that have affected my exams. Like something happened the night before one of my maths exams in January and resulted in me getting an E when i should have got an A...I never minded so much though because i just worked hard to retake .

    This June though uh..things went a bit out of control and lasted beginning of April -> End of June...

    So in my UCAS reference it was just mentioned i've had a difficult time but worked hard to overcome it by staying after school to do work etc. No specifics were given.

    I'm applying to Edinburgh . Couldn't find anything on their site though in regards to computer science and what they prefer.
    I think you would be best writing to them now (probably direct to the Admissions Tutor in Computer Science department) and as it is Edinburgh try and do it before the Scottish exam results come out in early August.

    I'd suggest a short letter giving some basic details and suggesting who they could contact for confirmation - e.g. your school or a GP or other professional person involved and who knows what effect your circumstances have had on you and your well-being. You could also say you would be happy to discuss it further with someone if they wish to contact you.
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    (Original post by Elynnor1811)
    what qualifies as extenuating circumstances?
    Well generally you just know i suppose. Things like being really ill etc can count too.
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    (Original post by Aethelred)
    I think you would be best writing to them now (probably direct to the Admissions Tutor in Computer Science department) and as it is Edinburgh try and do it before the Scottish exam results come out in early August.

    I'd suggest a short letter giving some basic details and suggesting who they could contact for confirmation - e.g. your school or a GP or other professional person involved and who knows what effect your circumstances have had on you and your well-being. You could also say you would be happy to discuss it further with someone if they wish to contact you.
    Thanks much for this advice .
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    It was put in my reference. Other than that though, you should check with the uni on any specific questions you have to make sure you don't waste a choice.
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    (Original post by AshleyT)
    Curious, when did you send a letter to the university? Or when have you been advised to if you are going to? And if you are comfortable with sharing, what were they?
    Thanks .
    Mine were included in my teachers reference and I didnt need to do anything else.
    My Mother was diagnosed with cancer just before my study leave for AS exams and it just ********** my whole A-Levels up really. But since then I've had a year out and got accepted to go after my interview yesterday!
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    I wasn't advised to send any form of letter to my unis - but when I went for my auditions, I wrote beforehand explaining my situation and how I wouldn't be able to perform. Most of which were okay with it and supportive, others.. let's say couldn't have given a rats ass I couldn't physically play :hmmm:

    My music teachers took 5 months to realise I was never going to be able to perform half of my music coursework, were totally useless and undeniably unsupportive. Even asking me several times to perform in concerts, even though I was physically unable to and making a joke out of my situation :banghead:

    I think, but i'm not too sure, my reference included details about my special consideration. I had an operation on my wrist in March, after having to take a year out of playing the piano - couple months onwards, my standard of playing still hasn't returned..

    Safe to say, results day is going to be mighty interesting for me! Oh, and I apologise for my post turning into a rant :p:
 
 
 
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