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Are you still accepting applications for courses to start in autumn 2020?

We are still accepting and assessing applications for some of our undergraduate courses for students who wish to start in autumn 2020.  You can find all courses which are still accepting applications on the UCAS website.   

If you are interested in finding out more about our postgraduate courses and applying for 2020 entry, please check out our website course pages.  

If you want to hear first-hand from current students at St George’s, check out our UniBuddy page to chat to students from all our courses about their experiences of life at St George’s.  

Is Clearing and Adjustment happening in summer 2020? What courses will be included for St George’s?

Based on previous years, it’s likely we will have places available in UCAS Clearing and Adjustment for all our Undergraduate courses, but we will not be able to confirm this until we receive the grades from all of our offer holders in the summer. For updates on Clearing and Adjustments including which of our programmes may have places available, please continue to check our website. In the meantime, you can register your interest in Clearing or Adjustment in 2020 so we will be able to send you useful information in the coming weeks about Clearing and Adjustment.  

If the course I apply for requires a Multiple Mini Interview, how will that be undertaken?

During Confirmation and Adjustment, we will be conducting remote interviews, either over the phone or via video. Full guidance will be provided to you about the process to follow. 

If you are considering applying for 2021 entry, we will be returning to in-person MMIs as soon as it is safe to do so, although this may mean some early interviews are still conducted remotely. Our priority remains providing a fair admissions process to all of our applicants, so we guarantee that all interviews will be assessed equally regardless of format, and attending a remove interview will not disadvantage your chance of being offered a place. 

The remote interview day will mirror the in-person MMIs as much as possible and your answers will be recorded and viewed by up to 8 trained assessors after the interview.  

Due to COVID-19, I will find it difficult to secure work experience in healthcare. What do you advise?

We understand the challenges for our prospective applicants for medicine and allied health courses trying to gain work experience at this time, particularly in clinical settings. 

In response to the government’s social distancing guidelines, which have a significant impact on all areas of life, we have chosen to relax our work experience requirements for prospective applicants for our courses which would normally require these for 2020 or 2021 entry.   

Despite the relaxed requirements, we still require our applicants to have an understanding of the realities of working as a healthcare professional and to show they have the necessary skills and attributes for their chosen career.   

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

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

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

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 on applying, including how to make your application stand out.  

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

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

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   

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

GAMSAT  

GAMSAT usually have two periods of testing each year, in March and September. The March sitting was cancelled but the September sitting is due to take place, although registration is likely to be delayed. For the most recent information, please see the GAMSAT website.  

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.  

Who can I contact if I have more questions?

If you are a prospective applicant, please feel free to contact our course enquires team via email to study@sgul.ac.uk 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 admissions@sgul.ac.uk.  

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