Disrupted Studies: Guidance for applicants

We realise that there are some issues that cannot be discussed fully within the personal statement in your UCAS application. These are often things of a sensitive nature. The University of Sheffield's Disrupted Studies scheme provides you with an opportunity to tell us more about any circumstances that have caused, or may still be causing, significant disruption to your post-16 studies, or to any GCSE subjects that are needed as part of our course entry requirements.

Please read this guidance carefully and ensure you liaise with your UCAS referee prior to completing our Disrupted Studies form.


The Disrupted Studies form should only be completed if you are applying for one or more undergraduate courses at the University of Sheffield. We have decided not to publish a list of qualifying criteria, although examples of circumstances that would qualify for consideration are provided on the Disrupted Studies homepage. All we ask is that you use the form to tell us about circumstances that have affected you and which have been outside your immediate control.

Completing the Disrupted Studies form

Part One of the Disrupted Studies form should be completed, signed and dated by you, the applicant, including the following information:

  • Specific information about any extended absences from your studies that were caused by these circumstances (for example dates/times)
  • A demonstration of how these circumstances have affected, or may go on to affect your ability to meet our standard requirements for admission to your chosen course(s)

Part Two of the form is for your UCAS referee to complete. All sections of the form must be completed in full before it is returned to us.

We ask that you provide supporting evidence with your Disrupted Studies form (for example a doctor's letter), but we understand that in some situations this may not be possible. Where such third-party evidence is not available we may go back to your referee for further corroboration.


Where possible, Disrupted Studies forms should reach us at the same time as the UCAS application. In terms of invitation to interview or issuing offers, we cannot guarantee to consider any information received after this deadline. However, information will still be accepted until 31 July of the year of application.

All Disrupted Studies forms may be subject to further review when exam results are released.

What happens to the information you provide?

The information will be passed to the academic selector(s) for the course(s) you have applied for, who will assess it in accordance with the University's Student Admissions Policy.

Information submitted via the Disrupted Studies form will be recorded on your applicant record. This will enable us both to assess the results of the scheme and to provide you with any relevant pre-entry support. All data is held in accordance with Data Protection protocols and will not be shared beyond the University of Sheffield.

If you are accepted under the Disrupted Studies scheme and go on to register as a student at the University, we will pass your details to our Disability and Dyslexia Support Service or Student Transitions and Support team, as appropriate.

Please note that information provided via the Disrupted Studies form does not guarantee the offer of a place, nor a lower offer than stated in our published course entry requirements.