Personal circumstances are always considered. However, this does not guarantee that you will be accepted. For reasons outlined in other FAQs, we only want to accept strong students who are capable of being successful in the programme. Thus we will want to be certain that the circumstances that affected your A-level results will not result in poor performance at University. We will also probably want to discuss your situation (in strictest confidence) with a teacher who can comment on your overall academic ability.
UCAS applicants will receive a much greater allowance for personal circumstances than Clearing applicants. This is because
1) for UCAS applicants we will have your personal statement, GCSE results, letter of reference, and previous ASUB and A-level results to hand. We can therefore make a more informed decision
2) UCAS applicants have already indicated a preference for studying economics at Royal Holloway. All else being equal we would much prefer to have students that want to be here
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