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The application procedure for care leaver students is exactly the same as for all other applicants – you must apply online through UCAS and by the normal UCAS deadline.

When applying it’s important that you indicate in your UCAS application that you’ve spent time in local authority care. This is to ensure that you receive all of the support available to you. This information is held in strict confidence by the University.

When completing your UCAS application, after you’ve entered your personal details you’ll be asked whether you’ve spent time in care in the ‘Additional information’ section. If you have spent time in care please select 'Yes'.

If you have answered 'Yes' please also complete the 'Duration in care' question to indicate the total length of time you have been in care for.

For more information, see the UCAS Care Leavers Guide.

Indicating that you’re a care leaver doesn’t mean that you’ll be singled out or separated from other applicants – the information simply enables us to ensure we have appropriate support in place.

Extenuating Circumstances Form

If you’ve had significant educational disruption or disadvantage that you feel may impact on your application to Cambridge, it may be appropriate for your school/college to provide us with relevant information by completing the Extenuating Circumstances Form.

If your school/college is unaware of the circumstances, your doctor or social worker can complete and submit the form instead.

Mature student care leavers

If you'll be aged 21 or over by 1 October in the year in which you hope to come to Cambridge and you haven't already completed a higher education course, then you'll be applying as a mature student. For further information on applying as a mature student, please see our Mature and Affiliate students pages.

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