Year 13: Medical Application Update

Published: 15 April 2020

Written by 
Connor @BecomingaDr Team


Year 13:

If you are an aspiring medical student, you may have concerns about how the current international health crisis could affect your application to medicine. Becoming a Doctor is here to listen to your concerns, and where possible provide reassurance and answers.

For students who are still waiting to hear from the universities they have applied to, check the medical school websites for updates on their admissions, interviews and offers.

Below we have summarised the latest statements from UCAS, the governing body responsible for university applications applications.


All UK university applications are submitted through UCAS. The team at UCAS have been working tirelessly to devise a fair and practical solution for the cancellation of the 2020 summer exams. They, together with Ofqual, have come to a decision regarding students grades. Educational institutions will provide exam boards with information regarding the grade they believe you were most likely to achieve had exams happened normally and to rank their students, in order, within each of these grade boundaries.

Exam boards will consider multiple forms or evidence when grading students:

“non-exam assessment; the results of any homework assignments or mock exams; and any other records of student performance over the course of study” – Ofqual/20/6607/2

UCAS has also released the following statement:

“For those applying to higher education, we expect them to be treated fairly and consistently, and universities and colleges to consider these grades in the same way as any qualifications from previous years”

If you have concerns regarding your application or your grades, get in touch with your educational institution. Otherwise, you can contact UCAS directly here.

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Elliot is a St George’s graduate currently working as an F1 Doctor in East London. As the first in his family to apply to university, Elliot is well aware of the barriers that can be faced in trying to get to medical school. He is passionate about widening access to medicine for underrepresented groups.
 He was the representative for St George’s on the BMA Medical Students Committee, and has done lots of work with local schools and colleges to raise awareness of medicine as a career, as well as working on admissions policies with the widening participation team St George’s. Elliot is part of the @BecomingaDr outreach team and National Health Careers Conference Team.