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COVID-19 Updates From The Medic Portal

Understandably, some of you may be worried about how COVID-19 will impact your examinations and medical school applications. The Medic Portal has created this page to be a resource hub for any queries you may have.*

*The COVID-19 situation is changing quickly. Often from hour to hour! We’ll do our best to keep this page as up-to-date as we can. But it’s always worth double-checking the latest updates from governmental and institutional sources.

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Latest COVID-19 Updates:

The government has announced school closure and cancellation of exams/assessments in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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UCAS:

This update was given by UCAS the week commencing 23 March 2020. 

UCAS has stated that currently, “the higher education admissions process are working flat out to find a solution that’s efficient, fair and in your best interests.”

UCAS has also said that it will “ensure that your hard work to date will not go to waste and that no-one is unfairly impacted in this process by the COVID-19 virus.”

UCAT:

This update was given by UCAT the week commencing 23 March 2020. 

UCAT has said they “fully expect testing to go ahead in 2020.”

It is likely that the timeline for UCAT will shift – registration and booking may open later than normal and testing will commence later than the July start period.

BMAT:

This update was given by BMAT the week commencing 23 March 2020. 

Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing has stated they do not expect COVID-19 to affect the BMAT September or November sittings.

GCSE/A-Level:

This update was given by the Government the week commencing 16 March 2020:

Boris Johnson has confirmed that GCSE and A-Level examinations that were due to take place in May/June period have now been cancelled.

A-Level

The UK government has requested Ofqual (exam regulator) to create a process that will provide students with a calculated grade for A-Levels. To ensure fairness of your academic performance, your grade will be based on your teacher’s honest judgement. This will include looking at:

The government intends to give these calculated grades to students by the end of July. If you do not feel the grade reflects your performance, you will be given the opportunity to sit the exam later in the year. There is no confirmed time frame of when this may occur, but the government has stated it will happen at the earliest reasonable chance.

2020/2021 Entry:

Work experience:

Many clinics, GPs, and hospitals are cancelling placements due to the pandemic. We will be updating this section with safe alternatives in due course.

Offers:

Some universities are still in the process of releasing offers for 2020 entry.

This update was given by the Government the week commencing 23 March 2020:

The University Minister has asked universities not to change offers made to undergraduate students for the next two weeks. This includes converting conditional offers to unconditional offers or changing entry requirements.

Interviews:

Some medical schools are postponing 2020 entry interviews until later in the year – please contact the admissions team for better clarity on this matter.

Open Days:

It is very likely that many open days that were due to happen in April will be postponed for the foreseeable future. Updates will be given here as and when we receive them. 

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