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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.

Guidance for course enquirers

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I am a prospective applicant wanting to apply for 2021 entry. How can I find out about the University? Are all open days cancelled?

Although it is not possible at this time to run events on campus such as Open Days, there are still plenty of ways to find out more about studying at St George’s.

You can sign up for one of our webinars for prospective applicants or chat to students on any course at any time on our UniBuddy page

Check out our new Explore St George’s hub for prospective applicants for lots of useful information, including course details, our Get Started video, and top tips for applying, including how to make your application stand out.  

You can also take a look at our profile on The Student Room, or follow us on Instagram – make sure to check out the Highlights to see what’s been happening recently. 

How can I make my application stand out?

Further information about what you can do to prepare a competitive application for any of our courses can be found here

We understand the challenges for our prospective medicine and allied health applicants trying to gain work experience at this difficult time, particularly in clinical settings. In response, we have relaxed our work experience requirements for 2021, for courses which normally require these. But we still require our applicants to understand the realities of working as a healthcare professional and to show they have the necessary skills and attributes for their chosen career.

If I take a gap year between year 12 and 13 due to the current circumstances, could I still apply?

Yes. If a gap between years 12 and 13 has been a break from education, this will not impact on the two-year rule that some of our programmes have regarding the time limit for Level 3 qualifications.  

I received results in Summer 2020, but I still want to take my exams, how will my application be affected?

If you are an applicant who received an offer from St George’s for 2020, but were unsuccessful due to the grades issued to you, we may be able to honour your offer for 2021 entry. Please see the guidance for undergraduate applicants guidance for undergraduate applicants for further information.  

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 

Do I still need to complete an aptitude test if I want to apply for medicine to start in October 2021?

Yes, you will be required to take an aptitude test for consideration in 2021. If you are applying to the 5-year undergraduate Medicine course, you will need to take the UCAT. If you are applying to the 4-year graduate entry programme, you will need to take the GAMSAT. 


UCAT has released a statement to confirm that testing will go ahead in 2020. This year, you can opt to take the test at home or in a testing centre. You can register to take the test from 1st July by visiting the UCAT website.    


The GAMSAT website confirms that tests will take place from 28 September to 11 October 2020 and registrations opened in July. 

Can I apply for an elective at St George’s at the moment?

All St George’s medical electives have been cancelled until further notice, and we are not accepting applications for any future electives at this point in time. As soon as applications re-open, we will update this website.

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.
Who can I contact if I have more questions?

If you have not applied yet, please feel free to contact our course enquires team via email to or phone +44 (0) 203 897 2032 (usual opening times: Monday to Friday from 10am- 12pm and from 1pm-4pm). 

If you have already applied to St George’s, please email our admissions team on

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