Examinations, your offer conditions and admission to St George’s
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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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
to discuss your situation.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your situation before proceeding.
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 email@example.com to discuss your situation.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
to discuss your situation.
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.
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.
You can find out more information and our detailed course terms and conditions here
Please do not hesitate to contact the Admissions team on email@example.com
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.