At King’s, we understand that there are times when unexpected circumstances occur, such as an illness, bereavement or difficult family circumstances, which can affect your ability to study or complete an assessment. We call this a Mitigating Circumstance.
If you believe you are/were affected by mitigating circumstances that affected the grades you need to apply to King's or meet your offer, then you should notify King's as soon as possible. The Admissions Office have detailed webpages called "Mitigating circumstances and the admissions process" for undergraduate applicants and postgraduate applicants, which include information on how circumstances are assessed and the possible outcomes.
What should I do if my mitigating circumstance will affect my performance in an exam?
With the help and support of your school or college, you should submit an Admissions Mitigating Circumstance Form within two weeks of your affected exam.
If you are unable to complete the form, you can ask your school or a relative to fill this form on your behalf. Please also inform the awarding body of your personal situation before completing this form. We can only consider a mitigating circumstance affecting exam results if your awarding body does not offer a mitigating circumstances process.
My mitigating circumstance has affected my predicted grades. What should I do?
So that we can take your circumstances into consideration when reviewing your application, you should:
- Submit an Admissions Mitigating Circumstance Form.
- Ask your college/school teacher or UCAS advisor to send a statement to the Admissions Team, in support of your form. The supporting statement must include your name, UCAS Personal Identification Number (PID) and the programme you are applying for and must be sent within two weeks of the date you submit your Admissions Mitigating Circumstances Form.
My mitigating circumstance has affected my GCSE (or equivalent) grades, what should I do?
So that we can take this into consideration when reviewing your application, you should:
- Submit a Admissions Mitigating Circumstance Form.
- Ask your school teacher or UCAS advisor send a statement to the Admissions Team, in support of your form. The supporting statement must include your name, UCAS Personal Identification Number (PID) and the programme you are applying for and must be sent within two weeks of the date you submit your Admissions Mitigating Circumstances Form.
- If you have been in touch with your awarding body about your personal circumstance, please send evidence of this to the Admissions Team.
What should I do if mitigating circumstances will affect my UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) or Law National Aptitude Test (LNAT)
Unfortunately, we are unable to grant special consideration for issues affecting your UKCAT or LNAT. To avoid any issues with either a UKCAT or LNAT, please schedule your test as early as it is possible to do so, to allow you to re-schedule the test if you are unable to take this on the scheduled test date.
My mitigating circumstance will affect my academic performance on an externally awarded exam. What should I do?
You should contact the awarding body to see if they have a mitigating circumstance process that would take into consideration any circumstance which will affect your exam performance.
You should complete and send the Postgraduate Mitigating Circumstances Notification Form to email@example.com, along with any supporting evidence, and call the Admissions Office [+44 (0) 20 7848 7000] to highlight the submission of this form to ensure the form is seen as early as possible and no deadlines are missed. These circumstances can then be evaluated by the relevant Admissions Tutor and Admissions Manager, and the appropriate action can be taken in regards to the assessment process.
Important to know:
- Unless in an exceptional circumstance, any mitigating circumstance submissions sent to us after two weeks of your affected exam will not be considered in order to allow us to assess your submission fairly among other candidates.
- Any circumstances disclosed after an interview selection day or an unsuccessful decision are also unlikely to be considered.