COVID-19: April Update - What We Know So Far?

In our last post, we explained that the 2020 GCSE and A-Level examinations would be cancelled, due to the challenges that the COVD-19 outbreak has brought. You can visit our last post by clicking here.

In UCAS’ most recent update, the government has requested that universities across the UK stop making unconditional offers, so that students will not feel pressured to accept them over the offers that you may actually want to take instead.

UCAS has also decided that their deadline for applicants to decide on their firm and insurance university choices would be extended (this used to be in May)- this extension would hopefully give students and their families more time to consider what would be best for them.

In the meantime, why not get online and get involved with some virtual open days that are being hosted by various universities.

The University of Leicester is hosting their own Medicine Digital Taster Day on the 21st April 2020! Click here to find out more.

To summarise:

  • For students with a conditional offer, your offer will become unconditional if you meet all the offer requirements

  • Remember that grades will be decided by teachers and is based off all of the schoolwork/homework/assessments/mock exams/previous exams you have taken.

  • You’ll also have a chance to appeal against your grade and sit your exams if you are unhappy with them

  • If you hold an unconditional offer, this remains as it is

  • If your initial application is unsuccessful, UCAS Extra and Clearing will still be available for you to apply to

  • Those applying privately will need to get in touch with the universities or colleges they have applied to.

Most importantly, look after your well-being - in the coming weeks we'll be writing more articles on this!

As always, please be in touch with any questions or worries that you have!

This piece was written by our resident tutor, Niha Hussain, a medical student at the University of Birmingham.

This piece was reviewed by Dr Pooja Devani, @step2med.

As always, please do not hesitate to email us for advice on hello@step2med.co.uk

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