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These FAQs were accurate as of 30 April 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 the 2021 admissions cycle. 

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Changes to examinations and the 2021 admissions process

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I’m an undergraduate applicant, and my 2021 exams have been cancelled. What should I do?

The Government has confirmed that this year, students will receive grades awarded and determined by teachers, with students only assessed on what they have been taught.

We will confirm your offer based on these grades.

We will not be asking you to complete any other form of assessment, and our admissions process will continue in the same way as in previous years.

We know that the closure of schools, and cancellation of exams has been disruptive to students, and will have this at the forefront of our minds when assessing applicant’s potential based on the grades they are awarded this year.

I’m a graduate applicant, and my degree results are being delayed. What should I do?

For most of our programmes, we will be able to accept degree results awarded by the 31 August 2021.

Hopefully this will provide enough time for your current university to confirm your final grade. If your degree certificate has not been provided to you by that date, we can also accept an email, letter, or view of a student portal that confirms your final grade.

If you are concerned you will not obtain your degree by 31 August 2021, or are applying to one of the following programmes, please email admissions@sgul.ac.uk quoting your course and your ID number for us to discuss this with you further.

  • BSc Paramedic Science
  • MBBS Graduate Entry Medicine
  • MSc Physiotherapy
  • MPAS Physician Associate Studies.
I’m an applicant taking private/independent exams, what will happen to my application?

We understand that this year, private applicants will be assessed in a similar way to other students with exam boards issuing grades based on a variety of assessment material.

We advise you to contact the exam board for further details, and to let us know if there are any problems with you obtaining a grade.

We know that the impact of the pandemic has led to many exam centres closing, or having to cancel exams which has been disruptive to applicants.

We will have this at the forefront of our minds when assessing applicant’s potential based on the grades they are awarded this year.

If I am offered an interview, will I need to attend in person?

We are running remote interviews for the entirety of the 2021 admissions cycle.

For most of our programmes, this will use a remote Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) process, where we ask you to submit videos of your answers, however on occasion, you may be interviewed by Microsoft Teams instead.

Learn more about our MMIs here.

Last year, you reinstated the conditional offer for those who were impacted by the pandemic. Will you be doing this again for 2021 entry?

Last year, we ran a process to allow applicants who were unable to take the exams needed to meet the conditions of their offer, or were unhappy with their issued grades and were intending on taking the autumn series of exams, to have their conditional offers reinstated for 2021 entry instead.

We did this because we recognised that applicants were no longer in control of meeting the conditions of their offers as they have been in the past.

Whilst we will always strive to remain as flexible and fair as possible, there has not yet been a decision on whether we will run the same reinstating processes again.

Please keep checking this part of the website for updates.

If I am unhappy with my 2021 results, what shall I do?

You are welcome to appeal your decision which might lead to a change in your grades.

This is a process that you conduct with your school so speak to them for information on how to appeal.

Our initial advice would be to wait to see if we are able to confirm your offer first – you may still do well enough to receive an unconditional offer, even if you feel as though you should have been awarded different grades.

Your application and offer conditions

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I have received an offer, when do I need to decide on my firm and insurance choices?

For the 2021 admissions cycle, most applicants have until 10 June 2021 to make their firm and insurance choices.

This is the case even if you have deferred your entry to 2022.

Make sure you keep this date in mind as UCAS might decline your places on your behalf if they don’t hear from you.

I am holding a firm offer with you. When will I know if my place is confirmed?

Most applicants will hear from us on A Level results day which, this year, is on 10 August 2021.

You may have your place confirmed before this date if you are taking a qualification where the results are released earlier, but generally, don’t worry if you don’t hear until then.

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 admissions@sgul.ac.uk to discuss your situation.  

My offer was reinstated after the impact the pandemic had on my exams in 2020. What will happen to my application now?

Last year, we ran a process to allow applicants who were unable to take the exams needed to meet the conditions of their offer, or were unhappy with their issued grades, to have their conditional offers reinstated for 2021 entry instead. We asked applicants in this position to complete an online form. If you are an applicant who took part in this process, the questions below may help in understanding what is happening with your application.

I have not received an update on UCAS Track, what shall I do?

We are in the process of issuing conditional offers to all eligible applicants in your position. You will have an update on UCAS Track by 20 May 2021. 

I have received an update on UCAS Track, what are the next steps?

If you registered to sit your exams as part of the autumn series only, we have now received your results via UCAS.

We will be in contact with you to discuss your results and we will continue to update you by email.

Please be aware that most of our programmes include Fitness to Practise conditions, so it is unlikely that you will receive an unconditional offer from us until the summer, even if you know you have now met the academic conditions of your offer. We aim to have contacted everyone in this position by 31 March 2021.

If you have applied for our 5-year undergraduate Medicine programme, you should have already heard from us. If we have not been in contact, please do not hesitate to email the Admissions team quoting your ID number and the subject line ‘Reinstated offer: Autumn series’.

If you registered to sit your exams across the autumn and summer series, or the summer series only, we know you may be feeling worried about the impact of the summer exams being cancelled.

The Government has confirmed that this year, students will receive grades awarded and determined by teachers and that applicants who are studying independently can receive a grade via their exam board. We will confirm your offer based on these grades.

We will not be asking you to complete any other form of assessment, and our admissions process will continue in the same way as in previous years.

We will be updating these FAQs for applicants in this position as soon as we have further information, and more information about private applicants can be see above.

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 admissions@sgul.ac.uk 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 admissions@sgul.ac.uk to discuss your situation before proceeding. 

Who can I contact if I have more admissions questions?

Please do not hesitate to contact the Admissions team on admissions@sgul.ac.uk 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. 

Course information

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What is the university’s financial position - could this impact on whether my course goes ahead or not in the autumn?

While the current coronavirus crisis is challenging for the whole Higher Education sector, as it is for many other sectors, we are confident that the changes we are making in successfully adapting our organisation to this new environment will enable the University to weather the pandemic and ensure courses continue to run as planned.

As the UK’s only specialist health university, our work has never been more relevant and we are seeing a peak in interest from those who are passionate about pursuing a career in healthcare and science.

We are committed to ensuring that our students continue to receive excellent support and a high-quality teaching experience. 

To find out more details about how we are preparing for new and returning students, please read the other FAQs in this section.

Where can I find out more information about course terms and conditions?
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