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Provision for a final Discretionary attempt is set out for the following courses:

Please note that MBBS and MBBS International students can only apply for ONE discretionary attempt for the duration of the MBBS programme.

For the programmes listed in the list, students are permitted two automatic attempts at an assessment (first attempt and one resit). Students who fail an assessment at resit (second attempt) will be considered in accordance with the Procedure for consideration for a final discretionary attempt at an assessment (PDF).

There are two routes by which students might be permitted a third and final attempt – ‘Fast-Track Route' and ‘Full Consideration Route'.

Programme-specific fast-track criteria have been published alongside individual Programme Regulations and Schemes of Assessment and can also be accessed by clicking on the programme titles in the list above.

You can find more information about the two routes in the Final Discretionary Attempt FAQs (PDF).

Fast-Track Route

You will be notified by Examinations Team or your Programme Lead/Administrator regarding whether you have been ‘fast-tracked' or require ‘full consideration' normally within 3 working days of the Board of Examiners meeting. Board of Examiner Meeting dates can be found in the Examinations Calendar. If you have been fast-tracked, you need to confirm in writing to your Course Team that you wish to take up the fast-track offer.

Full Consideration Route

If you have not been granted a fast-track third attempt by the Board of Examiners, you are still able to make a written application to a Discretionary Panel for a third attempt. Depending on your programme of study, you will be notified by either the Examinations Team or your Programme Lead/Administrator around the time the results lists are published of the need to apply for Full-Consideration. You should expect to receive ratified overall results/grades within 3 working days of the Board of Examiners meeting. Board of Examiner Meeting dates can be found in the Examinations Calendar. The Discretionary Panel will decide whether or not you will be permitted to repeat the assessment(s) for a third and final time.

Before applying for Full Consideration for a discretionary attempt, you should read the following documents:

How to apply for Full-Consideration by the Discretionary Panel

Download the Discretionary Panel Application Form (Word) and submit to the Student Conduct and Compliance Team, along with any supporting documentation, by the relevant deadline. 

  • Email: Miss Frances Stannard and Denise Chase.

  • Mail: Student Conduct and Compliance Team, St George's University of London, Governance, Legal and  Assurance Services, Ground Floor, Hunter Wing, SW17 0RE

Students are encouraged to submit up to two academic references in support of their application and to provide evidence for any circumstances referred to on the application form. Advice about who to approach for an academic reference is provided in the FAQs.

Attach all documentation as one PDF document when submitting by email. If you are submitting a hard copy, please  do not staple documents together or place documents in a file.

Documents should be submitted in the following order:

  1. Discretionary Panel Application Form

  2. Evidence (eg medical records, death certificates, major extra-curricular contribution etc)

  3. Academic References (no more than 2)

  4. Other supporting documents

When to apply

The course specific dates for each programme are listed in the table below. The cut-off time for submitting documents is 12 noon on the day of the deadline.

ProgrammeStudent deadline for submitting Discretionary Panel applicationDate Discretionary Panel outcomes will be available to students

BSc Paramedic Science ( Year 1 & 2 Resit)

20 September 2019

1 October 2019

BSc Healthcare Science (Year 1 Resit)

23 September 2019

3 October 2019

BSc Diagnostic Radiography (All Years Resit)

23 September 2019

2 October 2019

BSc Therapeutic Radiography (All Years Resit)

23 September 2019

2 October 2019

BSc Physiotherapy (All Years Resit)

4 October 2019

14 October 2019

BSc Paramedic Practice (All Years)

4 October 2019

16 October 2019

BSc Occupational Therapy (All Years Resit)

8 October 2019

17 October 2019

FD Healthcare Practice

28 October 2019

5 November 2019

BSc Biomedical Science (Year 2 Resit)

24 October 2019

4 November 2019

BSc Healthcare Practice (All Years)

25 October 2019

4 November 2019

BSc Paramedic Science ( All Years)

29 November 2019

11 December 2019

BSc Biomedical Science (Year 3 and Intercalated Resit)

25 October 2019

4 November 2019

BSc Healthcare Practice (All Years)

10 January 2020

22 January 2020

Appealing the Outcome

Under the terms of the Procedure, students have the right to appeal an outcome under certain circumstances. The process for this is outlined in paragraph 4 of the Procedure. 

Support and Advice

The Vice President for Education and Welfare is able to meet with students to guide them through the student procedures and provide general advice and support.


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