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The Extenuating Circumstances Form (ECF) is designed to ensure that all Colleges of the University of Cambridge have the information they require, to accurately assess applicants who have experienced particular personal or educational disadvantage.

It helps Admissions Tutors by providing, first, context against which they can judge the academic record of an applicant, and, secondly, information useful in assessing an applicant’s performance at interview. Please do not use this form for COVID-19-related educational disruption, which should be declared by the applicant on a separate form that will be provided to them. 

If the information on this form is to be considered when Colleges are deciding which applicants to call for interview, it must arrive by 26 October 2021. Forms received thereafter will be considered as part of post-interview decision-making and should be sent at the earliest opportunity. 

The ECF should normally be completed and submitted by the applicant's school/college. Please note, in those cases where the applicant's school/college remains unaware of the full circumstances, the applicant’s doctor or social worker may complete the form on the applicant's behalf. 

To complete an Extenuating Circumstances Form on behalf of an applicant, please select the College to which the applicant has applied, from the list. Where the applicant has applied to an unspecified College, select 'Open Application' and if you don't know which College the applicant has applied to, select 'COLLEGE NOT KNOWN'. 

Submit an Extenuating Circumstances Form

Forms will be available from late August 2021.