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Following the recent Government announcement that summer exams will not be going ahead as planned, we are waiting to hear from relevant bodies on what the alternative arrangements will be for allocating grades. These FAQs were accurate as of 4 January 2021 and will be updated as soon as we have further information.

The FAQs below are relevant to those who have applied to an undergraduate course at St George's, University of London in Autumn 2021. 

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Examinations, your offer conditions and admission to St George’s

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I have received results in 2020, but want to take exams in 2021. What should I do?
New applicants 

If you are a new applicant to St George’s who received grades in 2020 but would like to take your exams this year, we are pleased to be able to accept your application. You will need to apply through UCAS by the course-specific deadlines and ensure you include predicted grades for your 2021 exams on your application. 2021 exams will not be considered as resits, and we will accept either your 2020 or 2021 results, whichever is higher. We will also consider results from the autumn and summer series of exams for 2021 entry, but please be aware that Medicine applicants will only have their first attempt considered. 

UCAS are preparing some advice to guide you through completing your UCAS application if you have more than one set of results on your application, and invite you to call the UCAS Customer Experience Centre for bespoke advice on your individual circumstances. 

T: 0371 468 0 468 

Applicants who received an offer

If you are an applicant who received an offer for 2020, but were unsuccessful due to the grades issued to you, we will be pleased to honour your 2020 offer for 2021 entry if you go on to meet the conditions of your offer in 2021. You will not be required to reinterview or retake the aptitude test (if applicable).

You will need to let us know that you would like us to consider you for 2021 entry, which you can do by completing our online form here.

Will taking exams in 2021 after being issued grades in 2020 count as a retake?

No, we will not consider autumn 2020/summer 2021 exams after being issued 2020 grades as a retake as long as it is your first attempt. If you took the autumn series of exams, and then also took the summer series of exams for the same subject, this would be considered a retake. Most of our courses do allow exams to be retaken, but please note for Medicine applicants, only your first attempt (either autumn 2020 or summer 2021) will be considered.

Will taking the autumn exam count as taking a third year to achieve my grades, therefore, falling outside the two-year rule some programmes have?
No, unless you have to take part in additional education, we will not consider the autumn exams as a third year of study. We will view them as a delayed completion of your second year of study. 
What happens if I take the autumn exam and achieve a lower grade than my calculated grades?

We are pleased to confirm that we will accept whichever is your highest grade across both the calculated grades or autumn exams. This decision has been made by Ofqual (the Exams Regulator in England). 

Can my offer be reinstated if I initially chose you as my insurance choice?

If your firm choice is also reinstating 2020 offers, we advise you to go to you firm choice, but if you would like to be considered for 2021 entry, you are welcome to reapply.

If your firm choice has confirmed that they will not be able to honour your 2020 offer, then you are welcome to request we reinstate your offer at St George’s. We would require written confirmation from your firm choice that they are not honouring your 2020 offer. This should be emailed to in conjunction with completion of the online form.                

Can I take exams in the autumn 2020 and summer 2021 series of exams?

Yes, you can take some exams in autumn 2020 and others in summer 2021. However, please note, we have varying policies around what will be considered a retake. If you took the autumn series of exams, and then also took the summer series of exams for the same subject, this would be considered a retake. Most of our courses do allow exams to be retaken, but please note for Medicine applicants, only your first attempt (either autumn 2020 or summer 2021) will be considered.

Can I defer my entry to the 2022/23 academic year?

Yes, we will consider any request to defer. Requests which are received by us before an offer has been made will be accepted, whilst requests after an offer has been made are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Admissions on to discuss your situation.  

My offer is conditional on meeting Fitness to Practise requirements (Occupational Health and Police Check). When will I receive more information about these? 

Instructions on how to complete your Fitness to Practise requirements will be sent to those holding a firm offer by mid-June 2021.

One of my offer conditions is to meet English Language requirements, but the test centre is closed. Do I still need take a test?

Offer holders are still required to meet the English Language conditions of their offer, as set out in their offer letter. 

One of our most frequently requested English Language tests is IELTS, who are publishing country-specific updates. Further information can be found here.  

A list of alternative English Language tests that we accept can be found on our website. This includes the internet-based TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) which you are able to complete from home. More information about this test can be found on the TOEFL website. Please email the Admissions team on if you intend to take the internet-based TOEFL in order to meet the conditions of your offer.  

If you are unable to take an any of the alternative English Language tests listed on our website, we may consider the IELTS Indicator test. Please contact Admissions on to discuss your situation before proceeding. 

Where can I find out more information about course terms and conditions?
You can find out more information and our detailed course terms and conditions here.
Who can I contact if I have more admission questions?

Please do not hesitate to contact the Admissions team on if you have any queries. Email response times are likely to be slower than usual, so we thank you for your patience in awaiting our response.  


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