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The FAQs below are relevant to those starting an undergraduate course at St George's, University of London in Autumn 2020.

If you are currently living outside the UK, or you are an international student, please also see our FAQs for international applicants

We are working hard to provide a comprehensive set of FAQs for postgraduate applicants and offer holders. This webpage will be updated as soon as possible with further information.   

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

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What will happen now that schools have been closed, and exams cancelled?

We are aware that UK schools have closed, and summer exams have been cancelled, and that many schools around the world are also closing. We will continue to respond to further information as the situation becomes clearer. We are in contact with UCAS, as well as the Medical Schools Council and our aptitude test providers to ensure our processes are in-line with the latest information provided. You can read more about the different arrangements on the UCAS website.

If you have applied to us and not heard back  

If you are waiting to hear the outcome of your application, please note we are continuing to assess applications and make offers to eligible applicants using the entry requirements published on our website. We aim to have communicated a decision to all applicants within two weeks of submission of an application or an interview if part of the requirements. 

If you have been invited to an interview 

We will now be holding all interviews remotely, over the phone or via video. Our priority remains providing a fair admissions process to all of our applicants, so we guarantee that all interviews will be assessed in the same way regardless of format, and attending a remote interview will not disadvantage your chance of being offered a place. 

If you have received an offer from us  

If you are an offer holder, we will wait until we have received your final results before proceeding. While the way you attain your final results may have changed, we will continue to follow our standard practice of matching your results to your offer conditions. We understand that these are exceptional circumstances - if you are not able to meet the conditions outlined in your offer then we will consider other elements of your application or performance during the admissions process. This may include reviewing your previously achieved qualifications, interview scores (where applicable), personal statement and reference to inform the outcome of your application. 

The latest update to all Undergraduate offer holders was sent on 9 June – please see here. We encourage you to check this website regularly, but please be assured that we will be in touch regularly over the coming months.  

If you are a self-directed learner (e.g. home-schooled, following distance-learning programmes or studying independently)  

We are awaiting further guidance from the examination regulators about this issue and we know that they are prioritising advice on it in the coming weeks. We understand that these are exceptional circumstances and so if you are not able to meet the conditions outlined in your offer then we will consider other elements of your application or performance during the admissions process. We may review your previously achieved qualifications, interview scores (where applicable), personal statement and reference to inform the outcome of your application. We will provide further details to relevant applicants as soon as this is available. 

Can I defer my start date if I want to take the autumn exam instead of accepting my calculated grades, or if my qualification results are delayed? How will my application be affected?
Can I still start in 2020, or can I defer my start date? 

We want to give our applicants the best chance of meeting the conditions of their offer and so are working hard to develop solutions that are fair to you and fit into the academic year.  

All our undergraduate programmes at St George’s will start as usual in September 2020, so unfortunately, it will not be possible for you to start your course in 2020 if you do not meet the conditions of your offer in the summer. However, we are hoping to be able to defer your entry to 2021 if you don’t initially meet the conditions of your offer, but are able to do so later in the year, either through sitting the autumn exam, or if you receive delayed results.  

The way we will process this is still under discussion with UCAS – it might mean we have to list your application as unsuccessful and then accept it again for 2021 entry, but this is not yet confirmed. We will ensure the latest information is available here once confirmed solutions have been agreed across the sector.  

Will taking the autumn exam count as a retake? 

No, we will not consider your autumn exams as a retake of your calculated grades. 

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.  

Will you adjust the offer you already made to me for entry in 2020 to a UG course? 
We are not currently planning on adjusting any of the conditions listed in our offers. If you have concerns that you will not be able to sit an exam needed to meet the conditions of your offer, please contact Admissions on admissions@sgul.ac.uk to discuss your situation.
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. We are in contact with English Language test providers and will update applicants in due course should there be any changes. 

One of our most frequently requested English Language tests is IELTS, who are publishing country-specific updates, with many test centres around the world re-opening. 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.

When is the last point at which I can meet the conditions of my offer for a UG course for 2020 entry?

Undergraduate offer holders for 2020 entry have until 31 August 2020 to meet the conditions of their offer, unless otherwise stated in their offer. If you have concerns that you will not be able to meet the conditions of your offer by that date, please review our FAQ about deferring your application, or contact Admissions on admissions@sgul.ac.uk to discuss your situation.   

Can I defer my entry to 2021/22 academic year?
We will consider any request to defer – requests which are received by us before an offer has been made will be accepted, whilst those received 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 is conditional on meeting Fitness to Practise requirements (Occupational Health and Police Check). When will I receive more information about these?
We are working to ensure our applicants can meet our Fitness to Practise requirements whilst following social distancing. We will email all firm offer-holders in mid-June with further details.
Will I need a health check before I enrol on my course in September, even if it’s not a condition of my offer?
In line with our standard requirements, most applicants are required to complete an occupational health check prior to enrolment. Students studying Biomedical Science and Clinical Pharmacology do not usually require occupational health checks. We will contact you directly if this will be required due to Covid-19. 
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 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.  

 

Our plans for the 2020/21 academic year 

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What are your plans for Undergraduate students starting in 2020/21 academic year?

The safety and wellbeing of our students and staff remains our priority and we have been working hard on arrangements for  students who will join the St George’s community as a new Undergraduates at the start of the 2020/21 academic year.  

Our latest update to Undergraduate offer holders, covering teaching and learning, campus safety and how we will be supporting you to have a positive and fulfilling university experience was sent on 9 June. Read it here.  

What are you doing to make sure the university campus is safe, especially as you are located on the site of a hospital?
Although the university shares our site with St George’s Hospital in Tooting, our campus is located within two separate wings of the site. We are working very closely with our colleagues in the St George’s University Hospital NHS Trust to ensure we are following all Government guidelines and to ensure that the whole site is as safe as possible for all staff, students and visitors. 
I want to apply for on-campus accommodation. What should I do?
Applications for our accommodation at Horton Halls are now open for Undergraduate students – you can find out all about our accommodation, look at frequently asked questions and submit an application here. If you have any questions about accommodation, please email the Accommodation team on accommodation@sgul.ac.uk.    
I am classed as vulnerable/clinically extremely vulnerable to risks from COVID-19 and am worried I will not be able to come to the campus in September, what should I do?

The safety and wellbeing of staff and students remains our top priority.  

If you are currently identified as vulnerable / clinically extremely vulnerable to risk from Covid-19, please email the Admissions team on admissions@sgul.ac.uk to let us know. This will help us to engage with you individually over the next few months as more details of plans for each course become available and in light of relevant Government guidance. 

What equipment will I need to access online learning and support?
Please see this page for more details about the technology required. If you will struggle to meet this requirement, please get contact us via IThardship@sgul.ac.uk to discuss potential support options available.
What study skills and academic support will I have when I join St George’s?
Our Academic Success Centre provides comprehensive academic support to students and the full range of support can be delivered successfully via virtual means. Our learning development lecturers are working with programme teams to ensure that the transition to online teaching takes account of how students learn best and ensure that online delivery is accessible to all. Staff from the Academic Success Centre will be available within each course next term, providing specific sessions designed to support students to make the most of their studies.  
Will the library be open at the start of the academic year?

Our library staff have delivered their full range of services remotely since March and have worked closely with academics and publishers to give the best possible access to electronic resources, including many e-books and electronic journals. This will continue next term, and library staff will be offering all new students a comprehensive induction, one to one and group support via remote means and will be embedding information skills training into each course, where appropriate. We are exploring plans to offer some library services on-site over the summer which we hope to be able to continue into the next academic year, including silent study space, learning spaces, some computer access and printing (which is free for all students).

Will facilities be available on campus from the start of the academic year?

We are already exploring plans to offer some on-site services at the start of the next academic year, but the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff is our top priority so this will happen as part of a phased return to site over the coming months, always in line with Government guidance. As part of our plans for returning to site, detailed risk assessments of our activities will be undertaken at the appropriate time before any re-opening. This will include facilities like the Students’ Union rooms and social areas. Some food outlets and essential shops are open on-site, with measures in place to follow necessary Government guidance. We are exploring plans to offer some library services on-site over the summer which we hope to be able to continue into the next academic year, including silent study space, learning spaces, some computer access and printing (which is free for all students).

 

Fees and Funding

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What financial support is available to me?

Our Student Finance team are on hand to provide and to ensure that finance is not a barrier to students starting or continuing their studies.  

Eligible students can apply for a repayable loan to cover the costs of their tuition fees and living costs. Non-repayable bursaries and grants are also available for students from lower-income households and/or care-experienced students. Any student in financial hardship can also apply for additional support from our hardship fund. For some courses, NHS bursaries and help towards costs of travelling to placements might also be available. 

If you have any specific student finance queries, please email the Student Finance team on studentfinance@sgul.ac.uk

Am I eligible for a new £5,000 NHS bursary? If so, how do I apply?

In January 2020, the Government announced that students studying Allied Health degrees at university are set to receive an additional £5,000 per year of NHS funding from September 2020. The additional funding will be provided on top of existing support, including student loans and bursaries and does not need to be paid back.  

We are pleased to announce that the following courses offered by St George’s are eligible for the additional funding – Occupational Therapy BSc, Physiotherapy BSc, Physiotherapy MSc (pre-registration), Diagnostic Radiography BSc, Therapeutic Radiography BSc, and Paramedic Science BSc.  

There will also be extra payments worth up to £3,000 per academic year for eligible students, including funding towards childcare costs, funding for students who are studying in a region that is struggling to recruit and funding for new students studying a shortage specialism (at St George’s, this will apply to Diagnostic Radiography and Therapeutic Radiography students).  

The grants will be administered by the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA), and there is more information available on their website

Eligibility criteria for the new funding will be the same as the wider NHS Learning Support Fund payable to students ordinarily resident in the UK and studying at a university in England.

 

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