This profile of St George's London highlights this medical school's entry requirements, typical offers, student numbers, competition ratios, teaching and learning methods, course structure, demographics and history.
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St George's offers a five-year integrated MBBS degree, emphasising the patient-centred approach to Medicine and the importance of interprofessional care. Teaching is delivered through lectures, tutorials, seminars, PBL, and clinical placements, with anatomy taught through dissection and prosection. Case-based learning helps students integrate theory with real clinical scenarios. St George's is closely affiliated to St George's Hospital, located in Tooting (SouthWest London).
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St George's London medical school establishment date: 1733
Years of course: 5
Total medical students: 1370
Average year cohort: 274.0
A Level typical offer:A*AA-AAA
Advanced Higher typical offer:AA
IB typical offer:36 points
A Level results must include Chemistry and Biology.
Please note, this is the minimum entry requirement, but you may receive an offer ranging between AAA – A*AA at A Level.
General Studies and Key Skills are not accepted.
GCSE results must include a minimum of 5 subjects at grade B (6) or above, including English Language, Maths and Science (Double or Triple Award).
GCSE resits are accepted.
Advanced Higher results must include Chemistry and / or Biology.
Scottish Higher results must include Chemistry and Biology.
English Language at Standard Grade 2 or higher is required.
National 5 subjects not specified
IB applicants must achieve overall score of 36 in academic subjects (including TOK and EE).
18 points at Higher level, including grade 6 in Biology and Chemistry.
At Standard level, a minimum score of 5 must be attained in Maths / Maths Studies and English Language, if a B grade not achieved in GCSE Maths and English.
As explained on the website, St George's has two widening participation schemes (Contextual Offer and Contextual Consideration), both open to undergraduate applicants. Medical school entry criteria based on 'Adjusted Criteria List' for students attending low-performing non-selective schools allow some applicants A-Level offers of AAB.
For uniform comparison of medical student admissions each year across all UK medical schools, we rely on annual reports from the Office for Students (OfS) entitled 'Medical and dental intakes'.
|Admission year||Total students admitted this year||Home places||International places|
|300 students in this cohort||275 Home students||25 International students|
|270 students in this cohort||255 Home students||20 International students|
|280 students in this cohort||260 Home students||20 International students|
|260 students in this cohort||235 Home students||25 International students|
|255 students in this cohort||235 Home students||20 International students|
|255 students in this cohort||240 Home students||15 International students|
Competition ratio data reported here is from the 2019-20 admissions cycle, as confirmed by MedSchoolGenie Freedom of Information (FOI) requests from this period.
Please note: Due to ongoing impact of Covid-19 since March 2020, UK medical schools have not yet released competition ratio data for the 2020-21 admissions cycle. Applicants should keep in mind that coronavirus-related lockdowns and other restrictions affected the entire UK education sector, so competition ratios were most likely distorted during 2020-21. MedSchoolGenie will update here when further competition data becomes available.
Applicant percentages of success
From reported competition ratios, it's possible to calculate percentages of success at various stages of the application process.
Numbers of applicants competing in latest admissions cycle
Based on reported numbers of applicants securing places, we can use competition ratios to estimate how many applicants have been competing at each stage of the most recent admissions cycle.
Please note: Estimates of competition factors from 2020 onwards may be less reliable than in previous years because UK medical schools have not yet reported competition ratios for the 2020-21 admissions cycle. MedSchoolGenie will update here when more recent data on competition ratios becomes available.
Case-based and problem-based learning, tutorials, lectures, anatomy sessions, and self-directed study.
Clinical work introduced from the beginning of year 1 through short community placements
First 2 years focus on clinical science, clinical attachments begin in year 3.
As described in its Medicine programme specification, teaching methods include: "Small group work, lectures, expert tutorials, clinical and communication skills workshops, self-directed work, online learning reading, staff feedback and supervision, clinical placements. Problem based learning (PBL) and case-based learning (CBL), clinical placements."
As explained in discussion of intercalation on this medical school's website, an optional intercalation year would extend the course duration: "Five years, full time (or six with Intercalated BSc)", which could be supported by a range of external funding sources.
Years one and two:
Years one and two at St George's introduce students to pre-clinical Medicine, covering themes such as: ‘Life Support' (cardiovascular and respiratory), ‘Life Cycle' (inheritance and reproduction), ‘Life Protection' (infection and immunity), and ‘Life Maintenance' (endocrine an GI), among others. Short clinical attachments allow students to observe application of theory from the first two years of the course.
Year three at St George's gives students equal teaching through lectures, PBL, and clinical placements. Earlier modules are revisited in further clinical detail, priming students to specialty teaching in geriatrics, primary care, and surgery. Students can also undertake a student-selected-component in order to develop research and poster presentation skills.
Years four and five:
In years four and five students learn exclusively through clinical rotations, through a variety of specialties. Obstetrics & gynaecology, neurology, and psychiatry are a few examples of disciplines that students learn from. Year five ends with a six week elective, in which students can experience healthcare overseas, followed by three weeks of preparation for foundation training.
This chart highlights gender and disability data reported by St George's London to the General Medical Council (GMC), which has compiled this information into spreadsheets as part of its medical school annual return (MSAR) data sets.
Please note this data is retrospective, and that future numbers can vary from preceding years.
For comparison, we also include below all demographic data reported by this medical school to General Medical Council.
|Reporting year||Female students||Male students||Students with declared disability||Students without declared disability|
|2017-18||54.3% female students||45.7% male students||13.2% students with disability||86.8% students without disability|
|2016-17||52.2% female students||47.8% male students||14.0% students with disability||86.0% students without disability|
Established in 1733, St George's has claim to be the oldest medical school in England.