Personal Statement and References
You will be asked to submit a personal statement with your application. This statement should outline your reasons for applying to the MPAS, demonstrating evidence of experience and the transferable skills you gained from this.
You will need to provide one reference. This should be an academic or professional reference. See the “apply” tab for more information.
Work Experience and Insight
We understand the challenges for our prospective applicants applying for healthcare course 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 clinical experience requirements for prospective applicants for our courses which would normally require these.
Despite the relaxed requirements, 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.
Occupational Health Check
Should you receive an offer to study at St George’s, you will be required to complete a health check and be declared fit to study and practise by the Occupational Health (OH) department before you begin your studies.
The following vaccinations are mandatory for all healthcare students before you begin your studies:
As part of the process, you will also be screened by the OH team for Chickenpox, Tuberculosis, HIV and Hepatitis B and C.
We do not currently require you to have been vaccinated against Covid-19, but we strongly recommend that you get double vaccinated before the start of your studies, unless medically exempt.
When admitting candidates to study and practice as a health practitioner, we have an obligation to both patients and to the individual student. Candidates who are concerned about a health issue are advised to contact us.
Disclosure and Barring Service Check and Additional Declarations
This course will include work with children and vulnerable adults, so you will be required to submit a series of declarations.
If you are invited to an interview, we will request some additional information from you, regarding your criminal record, educational history and employment history. You will also have the opportunity to make any other declarations that you’d like us to be aware of. We may not able to consider applicants who were suspended from previous study/work due to fitness to practise issues or failure in assessments/examinations.
If you are made an offer, you will be required to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. More information about this is sent to applicants as part of the admissions process.
Previous Studies in Physician Associate Studies, or a Clinical Course
If you studied but did not complete a Physician Associate Studies, or another clinical course, please provide formal evidence as to why you withdrew when you apply, and no later than 1 February in the year of application. Please email the team ensuring you include your UCAS personal ID number and programme name in the subject line. Applicants will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
Recent Engagement in Education
Due to the demanding nature of the Physician Associate Studies programme, it is important that applicants can demonstrate recent engagement in education, and so your degree should have been awarded within the last five years However, we are able to accept degree results from more than five years ago if you have been working within healthcare since graduating. Please ensure this information is included in the Employment section of your UCAS application.