Mitigating circumstances

Applicant Mitigating Circumstances

We aim to be as inclusive as possible and, therefore, will give due consideration to any mitigating circumstances that may have affected your academic achievement.

The University’s policy regarding mitigating circumstances applies primarily to our current students but also provides a definition of mitigation and depicts the kind of unusual circumstances which may receive special consideration. Possible circumstances may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Personal health
  • Close family health (first degree relatives)
  • Domestic circumstances
  • Educational disruption

If you believe that your academic achievement has been affected by any of the above we may be able take these issues into account when assessing your application.

GCSEs:

Please note that we will not accept GCSE results below our minimum requirements: Grade B/6 (A100) or 5/C (A199) in English Language, Mathematics and Chemistry/Biology or two Sciences even if you have mitigation.  However, we may accept re-sits in some cases, as described below. 

English Language can be resat once without mitigation but resits in any other subject will only be considered if there has been prior agreement from the admissions tutor. To gain prior agreement you must email medadmis@le.ac.uk (A100) or medfound@le.ac.uk (A199) explaining what circumstances affected your performance in your Science or Maths GCSE and providing relevant evidence.

A levels over 3 years:

Repeat of year 12 or 13 without having sat the A-levels concerned – please email medadmis@le.ac.uk explaining what circumstances affected your performance in your A-levels and providing relevant evidence..

Year 13 resit – if you achieved ABB (BCC A199) at first sitting, provided you had an A (B) in either Biology or Chemistry, then you do not need to apply for mitigation but should just resit the two subjects. Should you be made an offer this may be adjusted eg A*A. You must state your first sitting results on your UCAS form.  You can apply during the year you resit them with predicted grades

If your grades were lower than ABB (BCC A199) at the first sitting, we will not consider an application with predicted grades. You must resit the A-levels and attain AAA (BBB A199) and then apply the following year.

NB. All mitigation requests and supporting documents must be received by midnight of the 1st October of the year in which you apply (i.e. two weeks before the UCAS deadline).  If we do not receive mitigation by this date then it will not be considered and the scoring of the application will be carried out on the basis of no mitigation.

If mitigation is received by midnight of the 31st August of the year in which you apply, we will give you a definitive response as to whether we will or will not accept it before the UCAS closing date. After this date we are not able to guarantee a response before the UCAS closing date.

No decision on mitigation will be given via the telephone.

A100 examples

GCSEs Action
Chemistry – A
Biology – B
Mathematics – A*
English Language – C
Resit English Language to achieve the minimum ‘B’
Chemistry – A
Biology – C
Mathematics – A*
English Language – B
Email medadmis@le.ac.uk with an explanation as to why mitigation should be considered. Attach the evidence.
A Levels Action
Year 12 Repeat Email medadmis@le.ac.uk with an explanation as to why mitigation should be considered. Attach the evidence.
Biology - A
Psychology - B
History - B
Resit Psychology and History.
Apply with predicted grades.
Biology - B
Psychology - A
History - B
Email medadmis@le.ac.uk with an explanation as to why mitigation should be considered. Attach the evidence.
Biology - B
Psychology – B
History – B
Resit all three A-levels.
Apply with achieved grades of at least AAA.