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Medical School A Level Resit Policies

On this page, you’ll find the A-Level resit policies listed for each UK Medical School.

The table below should provide you with the best guide for deciding which universities to apply to if you’ve re-taken AS modules or A-Level exams.

If you are unsure about any of the information provided, please don’t hesitate to call up the admissions tutors of the relevant universities to double check!

The A-Level resit policies for each university below is accurate at the time of writing on the 6th November 2017. All information taken is from the relevant pages of the universities’ websites, as well as admissions tutors.

Medical SchoolA Level & AS Level Resit Policy
AberdeenIf candidates fail to achieve the entrance requirements at the first attempt due to very exceptional personal difficulties, supporting documentation must be supplied and sent directly to the Medical Admissions Office to verify extenuating circumstances leading to this underachievement, when the UCAS application is submitted. AS module re-sits are permitted providing the final three A-Levels are undertaken simultaneously over two years of study.
BartsThey will expect you to achieve the required A/AS Level results over the normal two year period (for example, Year 12 and 13). Within this period, you can re-sit modules within qualifications without prejudice to your application. However, at the end of the period you are required to have completed the appropriate full examinations and achieve the minimum entry requirements.
BirminghamThey do not accept resits.
Brighton & SussexYes, BSMS will consider re-sit applicants. However, due the large number of applications that they receive, we will ordinarily only consider applications from individuals who have slipped a grade in one subject and obtained a B (so from A levels AAB/A*AB/A*A*B but predicted to AAA/A*AA/A*A*A, including Biology and Chemistry). Anyone below AAB after two years of study, or who is not predicted an A at retake, would only be eligible to apply after receiving AAA including Biology and Chemistry after 3 years of study. So BSMS will consider your application if you gain their entry requirements (AAA including Biology and Chemistry) but only after 3 years of study and on already obtaining their entry requirements. Alternatively, if there are clear and strong mitigating circumstances, you may ask BSMS to consider your application on exceptional grounds. You will need formal evidence of your claim.
BristolApplicants are expected to take three A-levels in one two-year sitting. However, we will consider applicants who are completing resits of GCSEs and/or A-levels (or equivalent level 3 qualifications). A maximum of one resit is allowed in any one subject.
CambridgeOne or two modular AS/A2 unit resits are allowed, when it can be clearly seen that the results previously obtained are not in line with previous academic performance. If you are planning on retaking a large number of exams, you must be able to explain on your UCAS reference and/or extenuating circumstances form why this is so.
CardiffCardiff will consider applications where modules have been re-sat in either AS levels or A-Level qualifications if they are to be taken during the standard two year A-Level period. Re-sits for applicants taken outside this 2 year period will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.
DundeeNo resits accepted, qualifications have to be obtained at the first sitting. The selectors do not consider applications based on retaken examinations.
EdinburghNo resits accepted. All examination grades must be obtained at the first attempt of each subject. Those applying with resit qualifications will not be entered into the selection system unless under very exceptional circumstances (for which verified evidence has been provided prior to UCAS application).
ExeterResits accepted. Exeter Medical School does not discriminate against applicants who have re-taken part or all of a qualification and will treat an achieved or predicted qualification grade in the same way irrespective of whether or not re-takes are involved.
GlasgowNo, resits are not normally considered. The required grades must be obtained at one sitting (over the standard 2 years) and at the first attempt. Resits will only be considered in exceptional circumstances, for which you should contact the Admissions office prior to submitting your application.
Hull & YorkThey accept results obtained by resitting modules within the initial two year programme of post-16 education in order to achieve their typical grades. For example, you can resit AS modules during your A2 year. Applications are also welcome from students who achieved AAB at first sitting and are taking one additional year of study to achieve AAA. They do not not normally consider applications from those who achieved lower than AAB and are re-sitting, unless there were extenuating circumstances at first sitting (and these were communicated to your school or college at the time). They will consider documentary evidence of these circumstances prior to your application, and they might then agree to accept resits on an individual basis.

ImperialResit examinations are not normally accepted as they expect candidates to achieve their qualifications in a single sitting.
KeeleIf you are re-sitting your A-levels, or have taken more than two years to complete them, you must wait until you have your final grades before applying.
King's College LondonThey will consider applications from those who might be resitting one or more of their school qualifications. However, applications from students that have achieved, or are predicted to achieve KCL's typical entry requirements in the first sitting, may be more competitive overall than students who have not reached the grades required upon the first attempt. For this reason, and particularly if multiple resits have been taken, they would recommend that referees include further information within the application to provide context for the student’s circumstances.
LancasterLancaster Medical School will consider applications from applicants who have taken longer than 2 years to achieve the required grades at A-level, if the applicant otherwise meets the GCSE criteria and the non-academic entry requirements. This includes those who are resitting their A-levels (one or more subjects) or are taking additional A-levels after the end of year 13 or repeated all of year 12. In absence of mitigating circumstances, you must have achieved AAB or ABB in your A-Levels at the first attempt. Otherwise, all AS and A2-levels must be at least grade C, at the first sitting, regardless of the mitigating circumstances. All resit applicants must achieve the required grades after 3 years of study at A2 level. Applicants who have taken longer than 2 years to achieve the required grades at A-Level (or equivalent) should mention this and reflect on the circumstances in their UCAS personal statement.
LeedsThey would only consider re-sits in exceptional circumstances as they consider such candidates to have a significant advantage in improving their grades. The grades would have to be significantly better along with extenuating circumstances to account for why the appropriate grades were not achieved first time around.
LeicesterResits of A-Level exams or, A-Levels taken over more than two years, will not normally be considered, unless the applicant has substantial mitigation and has received confirmation from the medical school that this will be accepted prior to applying.
LiverpoolApplications from candidates resitting advance level examinations may be considered if the applicant otherwise meets the GCSE criteria. Applicants must acknowledge and reflect on their need to resit in the personal statement. Any mitigating circumstances should be noted in the personal statement and as appropriate in the academic reference. If an offer is made resit applicants might expect it to be higher than typical (i.e. minimum of A*AA).
ManchesterA-Level exams should be taken at the same sitting, after no more than two years of study.
NewcastleApplicants must have achieved the necessary A-Level grades at the first attempt. In extreme circumstances, they may consider extenuating circumstances.
NorwichIt is expected that students complete their full A levels (AS and A2) over two years. If a student completes study outside of this period, including repeating the AS Year, they will still be considered. However, they would be expected to demonstrate a higher level of achievement, reflecting the longer study period, as detailed in their entry requirements. Any applicant resitting all or part of an A level is required to include their original grade on the UCAS application form. A level resits will only be considered if a minimum of ABB or A*A*C was achieved in the first sitting.
NottinghamIf you are sitting the modular A-levels, Nottingham will accept up to one module re-sit for every subject you are taking to full A-Level, providing the re-sit is taken within the two years you are studying A-levels.
OxfordOxford's entrance requirements are: three A-levels at A*AA grade or equivalent qualifications, taken in the same academic year. Nevertheless, they recognise that students sometimes fail to achieve their potential on first attempt at school because of extreme circumstances beyond their control. Examples would include disruption caused by change of school or system, severe discontinuity of teachers, bereavement and one-off debilitating illness. Under these sorts of extenuating circumstances an applicant resitting A-Levels might be considered.
PlymouthResits of modules done within the standard 2 year period are accepted. If you achieved minimum of AAB after taking your A2 exams, resits are accepted within a 3 year sitting as long you are predicted at least an A in the subject where you previously achieved B.
SouthamptonApplicants who are retaking their A Levels (A2)/GCSES/or equivalent qualifications are not normally eligible for consideration for BM5 or BM6. In exceptional circumstances retakes may be considered on a case-by-case basis for applicants to the BM6 programme and mature non graduate applicants over the age of 21 to the BM5 programme. In addition retakes for BM5 school leaver applicants may be considered if the applicant was previously made an offer for BM5 Medicine at Southampton.
SheffieldSheffield School of Medicine does not consider applicants who are re-sitting final A2 examinations.
St Andrew'sCandidates who take more than the normal number of years to obtain their qualifications will only be considered if there have been extenuating circumstances that are fully documented. The re-taking of AS modules would be allowed as long as the A2 qualifications were achieved after 2 years of study.
St George'sA-Levels must be completed within two years.
UCL (University College London)A-Levels must be taken within the standard two year period.
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