This page is part of the Christ's College, Cambridge application support for UK students and provides information for students with a disability, Specific Learning Difficulty or long-term illness.
We encourage you to disclose any disability, Specific Learning Difficulty, or long-term illness (including mental health conditions) in your UCAS application. This information will be treated in confidence. It will be used to arrange any support you need if you are invited to interviews, and to help you in your studies if your application is successful. Your application won't be adversely affected, it'll be processed in exactly the same way as any other application, and considered on the same academic grounds as all other candidates.
Concerned about applying?
A good way to get a realistic idea about what studying at Christ's is really like and whether it is for you is to read student profiles. There are also a number of films on the university website about disabled students studying at Cambridge. For access guides for College and University buildings, see the Accessibility and Disability Resource Centre Access Guides
|Sept||If your course requires an assessment that requires registration, and you need adjustments, there's an early registration deadline for modified papers.|
|UCAS application including disclosure of disability, Specific Learning Difficulty or long-term illness (including mental health conditions)|
Candidates who declared a Specific Learning Difficulty or long-term illness in their UCAS application / who receive any kind of adjustments for school exams (for any reason) are asked send us
Note that if you do not receive adjustments, we will still need you to send an adjustments form and document confirming your disability, Specific Learning Difficulty or long-term illness.
|After 23 Oct||We will email you if we have any questions about your current adjustments (if will help us greatly if you provide full detail on your Adjustment form to avoid too much of this additional correspondence)|
|Second half of November||You will find out if you are invited for interview. If you are invited for interview, note that we will not be able to provide information about adjustment arrangements at this stage (please do not be concerned).|
|Before "College registered" Admissions Assessments||Individual emails are sent to students with a disability, Specific Learning Difficulty or long-term illness to confirm what adjustments will be made on the day of your Admissions Assessment.|
|Late November||Individual emails are sent to students with a disability, Specific Learning Difficulty or long-term illness to confirm what adjustments will be made on the day of interviews.|
|December||Interviews take place (online in all cases)|
|late January 2024||Decisions are sent to applicants|
|March-July||The University Accessibility and Disability Resource Centre will be in touch with offer holders who declared a disability, Specific Learning Difficulty or long-term illness in their application about steps for your transition to student life at Cambridge. There will be advice, information about arrangements you may need, details of Disabled Students Allowances if relevant etc. Full detail will be in the email.|
Adjustments form and accompanying evidence document
(deadline: 23 October)
All candidates who declare a disability, Specific Learning Difficulty or long-term illness are required to send an Adjustments form and accompanying evidence document by 23 October (23:59 UK time). Even if you do not need adjustments, we still need confirmation of your disability, Specific Learning Difficulty or long-term illness and confirmation that you do not need adjustments, if that makes sense.
The form and how to send it will be part of the current applicants section published on 20 September (nothing to worry about).
The Adjustments Form should be completed fully even if there is some repetition of details that are already in your UCAS application or on an Extenuating Circumstances Form.
The accompanying documentary evidence is normally provided by your school or college (but could be provided by a GP) and confirms your disability, illness or Specific Learning Difficulties and any allowances currently given in school or college if relevant e.g. a letter confirming previous assessment, dates undertaken, Local Authority Statement etc. You should NOT send a full Educational Psychologist report at this stage unless there is particular reference to the support that you require that will help us to make appropriate adjustments to our assessment and selection procedures.
If your education has been seriously disrupted or disadvantaged
If your disability, Specific Learning Difficulty or long-term illness has seriously disrupted or disadvantaged your education, we would also encourage you to also have an Extenuating Circumstances Form sent. This provides additional context. To clarify, here is a comparison of what the forms do.
and accompanying document
|Extenuating Circumstances form|
This is needed for all candidates with a disability, Specific Learning Difficulty or long-term illness and provides
This is needed by some candidates (if relevant) and provides
Some students will send both, others will only submit the Adjustments form and accompanying document. Details of how to send an Extenuating Circumstances form will also be included in the current applicants section published on 20 September.
Managing the 23 Oct deadlines
Please bear in mind that there are quite a few deadlines on 23 October (including the additional questionnaire) - we will make it very clear in the current applicants section what you need to do (and how to do it!), but it will help you in this period if you:
- Ensure that you have the relevant document ready and saved as a pdf on your computer (don't leave it until that week to get hold of the document)
- Do not leave everything to the last minute. Once your UCAS application is submitted, you can start working on the additional form, so students whose UCAS application is submitted a little earlier than 16 October have a few days extra to work on the additional form and other 23 October deadlines.
- Please be especially careful if you are applying for Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, Medicine or Natural Sciences as these subjects have their written assessment on 18 October. It would be a good idea to submit your application nice and early so that you can get your additional form done and focus on your preparation.
The Cambridge Accessibility and Disability Resource Centre
The Accessibility and Disability Resource Centre (DRC) is-wide centre the university-wide centre that offers guidance, information and support. It is useful contact for applicants with a disability, Specific Learning Difficulty or long-term illneess (including mental health conditions). Do feel free to get in touch with them if you want to.
When students arrive in Cambridge, the Accessibility and Disability Resource Centre works with your College and your university department to make appropriate arrangements for students.
- UCAS information for students applying with a disability, Specific Learning difficulty or long-term illness
- The University website has more information for disabled students applying to study at Cambridge.
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