Please check this page and the UCAS coronavirus web pages regularly for updates on how 2020 university admissions will be managed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We understand that this is a very difficult and unsettling time for our applicants and students, and we wish to provide an update on our current position with regard to admissions.
We shall update this advice as more information becomes available on precisely how the award of grades for 2020 qualifications will work. We would like to reassure you that we will do all that we can to support you in progressing to Keele University.
We have emailed all new incoming students further information regarding registration with the School of Medicine.
A Level Results
Monday 17 August
The following is a statement issued by the University at 5.30pm on Monday 17th August
Further to the government's announcement this afternoon regarding the change that A Level results will now be based on the teacher/centre assessment grades (these are the grades provided by your School or College to the awarding body prior to external moderation not the original predicted grade that was submitted in support of your UCAS application).
We are pleased to confirm that Keele University will guarantee places based on new teacher/centre assessment grade for the vast majority* of our programmes. We are awaiting further information from Ofqual and UCAS on how these new results will be sent to us and will update applicants as soon as we have further information.
*There are a small number of programmes in health and veterinary medicine where there are clinical placements, where we may have to instigate deferred places due to capacity limitations.
Please note the following specific points regarding medicine:
- We are only able to deal with enquiries from you if had an offer for medicine at Keele for 2020 entry and had made Keele your firm or insurance choice.
- Final A-Level grades based on your centre-assessed grades (CAGs) will be made available to universities via UCAS. While you may send us your CAGs to make us aware of your position, we will only be able to make our decisions on applications when we have all of the final grades from UCAS.
- If your place has already been confirmed on the basis of calculated grades, that decision will not change. For other applicants, we shall only be able to confirm your place if you CAGs meet or exceed the conditions of your offer. For most applicants this will be AAA. If you had a lower contextual offer or a BBB offer for the health foundation year, those are the conditions you will have to meet.
- The number of places available for medical students is set by the Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC). We cannot presently commit to take more than this number of students in 2020. We are awaiting guidance from the DHSC and Department for Education (DfE) about possible changes to these maximum numbers. In the event that we do not have sufficient spaces to take all students now meeting their offer conditions for 2020, we might have to offer you deferred entry in 2021 if your place has not yet been confirmed.
Thursday 13 August
We would advise any applicant who (a) has not had a place confirmed, (b) has missed the terms of their offer and (c) is appealing their results/taking autumn exams to email us on firstname.lastname@example.org to update us of their circumstances.
Updated Friday19 June 2020
The Department for Education (DfE) has indicated that A level grades will be awarded as usual this year, and that these grades will reflect students' work during their A-level studies. The English qualifications regulator (Ofqual) is currently running a consultation on precisely how this process will work, and it is likely that a similar approach will be adopted across all four nations of the UK. We anticipate that recommendations will be made at a national level regarding any issues specifically affecting courses with capped student numbers (including medicine and dentistry). We cannot make any statement on this matter until such recommendations are announced.
We cannot make definite commitments in advance regarding how we will deal with offer-holders who do not meet the academic conditions of their offers in July/August but meet them subsequently as a result of appeals or supplementary exams.
The following outlines the principles we intend to follow based on current information. Please note, however, that details may change in response to announcements by Ofqual, DfE, the Office for Students (OfS) and/or UCAS.
Decisions for 2020 entry will be made on the basis of grades confirmed by 7th September.
A level grade appeal results/ re-marks
We will treat results that are upgraded after 7 September, in response to appeals, as equal to the same results achieved in July/August. However, it will probably not be possible to confirm places for 2020 at that point and offers might have to be deferred to 2021. Note that Ofqual currently proposes to allow appeals only from exam centres (schools & colleges), not from individual candidates. If you intend to ask for a re-mark of your grades, you must inform us as soon as possible after the publication of grades in August.
Supplementary A level exams (possibly September/October)
Ofqual is proposing that students who do not wish to accept the grades awarded on the basis of teacher assessments will be able to take exams early in the 2020-21 academic year instead. Results of these exams are expected to be available in December 2020. If you hold an offer for 2020 entry and intend to take these exams you must inform us as soon as possible after the publication of grades in July/August.
Grades awarded on the basis of late exams will count as 2020 grades; we will treat these as equal to the same grades awarded in July/August. However, it will not be possible for you to commence the medicine degree programme in with grades awarded so late; these offers would therefore be carried over to 2021.
As we do not currently know how the UCAS system will handle applications under these circumstances, please contact the School of Medicine directly, once you have received your initial results, to inform us of your status.
2020 A levels taken in 2021
If you began year 12 in September 2018 and plan to take final A-level exams in the summer of 2021 (i.e. 3 years after commencing), we will treat these as your first attempt and you will be eligible to make a new application for 2021 entry.
If you are in this situation, and if you had an offer for medicine at Keele for 2020 and held us as Firm or Insurance choice, we will not require you to take UCAT again for your 2021 application. We will also reinstate your conditional offer for 2021 as long as you inform us before 30 Sep 2020 that you intend to reapply. Note that you might wish to take UCAT again if you also wish to apply to other medical schools.
If you are in this situation but did not have an offer for medicine at Keele for 2020, we will require you to take UCAT in the 2020 test season and go through the full application process, including R+R form submission and interview (if shortlisted).
Please note that you must include the grades you were awarded in 2020 (including practical annotation) within your new UCAS application, however, we will not use those grades in any decisions on your eligibility for interview or offer.
Those undertaking a degree will need to wait for guidance from their own University and we suggest that they contact us when they know more.
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We have recently circulated an update to applicants from the Occupational Health Team. At the current time we do not require a GP signature on the health questionnaire. However, you should still request a vaccination history from your GP practice. This can normally be requested via email. This information should include your full name and date of birth. Completed forms should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
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If applicants decide that they wish to defer entry after they have already submitted their UCAS form, they must complete our Request to defer entry to Medicine by 31 May. We would not usually consider requests to defer entry once examination results have been published.
Individual requests for feedback from unsuccessful applicants only will be considered between 1 April and 31 July 2020. Please submit requests to email@example.com