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Understanding mitigating circumstances for undergraduate applicants

If you are applying for an undergraduate course, find out more about what we consider as mitigating circumstances and how to tell us about your circumstances.

About mitigating circumstances for undergraduate applicants

We understand that sometimes students can under-perform during their studies due to mitigating circumstances and therefore, if your studies or exams have been significantly disrupted by circumstances beyond your control, you should complete and return the mitigating circumstances form. This is to make sure we take everything into consideration when we assess your UCAS application.

We will thoroughly assess your mitigating circumstances form alongside your application, and use the information that you provide to help us assess your academic performance in light of your individual circumstances. We will treat the information and any additional documents that you provide in the strictest confidence.

If you submit a mitigating circumstances form, it does not guarantee that we will make you an offer or that we will confirm your place at the University if you do not meet the conditions of your offer.

We will not make a lower offer based on the information you provide on the form.

When we receive your application we can see information about your educational or socio-economic background which allows us to consider the context in which you have been studying. You do not need to complete a mitigating circumstances form to provide this information as we will take your application into careful consideration through our contextual admissions process.

When we consider mitigating circumstances for applicants

We consider mitigating circumstances when we are deciding whether or not we are able to make you an offer.

If you do not meet the conditions of your offer, we may also consider mitigating circumstances when we are deciding whether or not we are able to confirm your place on the course.

Examples of mitigating circumstances

In order for us to consider mitigating circumstances you will need to show how the circumstances have affected your studies. We do not have a set criteria for circumstances that we will consider, however typical examples include:

  • bereavement
  • serious, acute or chronic illness
  • serious illness of a close family member or partner
  • significant caring responsibilities, care leavers or living independently (estranged students)
  • significant adverse personal circumstances
  • significant disruption to the provision of education at school or college
  • any other factor that has had a serious and significant impact on your academic performance

If you have a disability or long-term health condition, we will typically only consider this a mitigating circumstance if:

  • there were no appropriate adjustments made for studies or exam performance
  • you had an acute episode of illness which had a particular impact on a period of study or your exam performance

You should contact our Disability Service for information about the support available for current students at Bath.

When to submit your form

You can submit the form after making your UCAS application. If your mitigating circumstances have impacted on your previous performance or your predicted grades please submit the form as soon as possible after making your application so that we may take your circumstances into consideration when we assess your application.

If you have already submitted a form and would like to share additional information with us later in the admissions process, you can email us.

Please submit the form as soon as you know about any circumstances that may affect your final exam performance.

If you submit your form after your final examination results have been released we may not be able to take your circumstances into account. We strongly recommend you submit your form before 31 July 2020.

If you have applied to the University in a previous year and provided mitigating circumstances documentation, please make sure that this is updated with your new application.