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Your application may still be considered, but it is very important that you indicate on your form why your studies may have taken longer than usual. We place a real emphasis on proven academic ability to ensure that we admit applicants who are best suited for the demanding course we deliver at Oxford. Candidates who have taken 3 years to achieve what most do in 2 may not be viewed as competitive, so it is important to present a clear and valid argument for why your studies went beyond the usual 2 year time frame.

Reasons might include disruption caused by change of school or system, severe discontinuity of teachers, bereavement or a debilitating illness.  

We take pains to treat each application individually and would always take such mitigating circumstances into account, if they are brought to our attention: a clear note should be made of these circumstances in the school reference.