This guide outlines the A-Level resit policies for each UK Medical School, to help you understand how Medical Schools view A-Level resits.
If you’ve had to re-take AS modules or resit your A-Levels, you should use the table below to work out whether you can reapply to medical school.
If you’ve had to resit your A-Levels because of extenuating circumstances, many Medical Schools will accept this if you meet select criteria.
The table below gives full detail on what each Medical School’s A-Level resit policy is. You can either search for a specific med school or go down the list that has been ordered alphabetically.
|Medical School||A Level & AS Level Resit Policy|
|Aberdeen||A Levels are to be taken together in one sitting over a maximum of two years of study. If 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.
|Anglia Ruskin||A Level resit grades at AAA will be accepted as long as they are taken within the two academic years prior to the time of application (at first sitting applicants should have achieved AAB or BBB for a Widening Access to Medicine (WAMS) application).
|Aston||Applicants who are re-sitting exams will only be considered if they had exceptional circumstances which led them to under-perform in their exams. The referee must provide a brief explanation in the accompanying UCAS reference. Both the referee and applicant must also provide evidence to support the exceptional circumstances if requested to do so.
Applicants must achieve their final qualification profile for consideration in no more than three academic years i.e. allowing for 1 re-sit year attempt only.
|Barts||Barts only consider applications from students who are resitting their A-levels if they are protected under the Equality and Diversity Act 2010.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org as early as possible and no later than 1 September of the year of application, with the reasons for your request and appropriate evidence.
|Birmingham||Birmingham will consider only very serious life events occurring at an important stage in education; such as, absence from education for a significant period of time through illness or unexpected death of a close family member. Following discussion and receipt of independent evidence, they may, for example, consider applicants who study A Levels over 3 years.
For all other situations, you are strongly advised to discuss your circumstances with the medicine admissions team in good time and you should not apply until a decision has been made. We will not consider evidence submitted after the UCAS deadline.
|Brighton & Sussex||Yes, BSMS will consider re-sit applicants. However, due to the large number of applications that we receive, we will ordinarily only consider applications from applicants who have slipped a grade in one subject and obtained a grade B (so from A levels AAB/A*AB/A*A*B but predicted grade A in the re-sat subject.
Anyone below grades AAB after two years of study, or who is not predicted a grade A in your re-sit, would only be eligible to apply once receiving grades AAA including Biology and Chemistry after 3 years of study.
Anyone retaking their AS level year can apply if predicted A level grades AAA including Biology and Chemistry. If you do not meet any of these requirements but believe you have exceptional circumstances that affected your A level studies, you may ask us to consider your application on these grounds; however, you will still need to be predicted or need to have achieved our entry requirements.
If we accept your mitigation, we will require formal evidence to support your claim. Please contact email@example.com in advance of an application to discuss your circumstances.
|Bristol||Applicants 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.|
|Buckingham||Buckingham accepts applicants from candidates who have had to resit their A-levels (or equivalent school leaver exams), as long as their total A-levels are completed within a two year period.|
|Cambridge||Applicants should recognise the importance of being able to cope with the pressures associated with taking exams and use them as an opportunity to demonstrate their abilities and progress by achieving as highly as possible first time in any form of assessment. [...] As such, a student's application is unlikely to be adversely affected by their resitting one or two modules. On the other hand, there would be concern about an applicant's potential to be successful at Cambridge if they need to resit numerous exams, particularly where only a marginal improvement is achieved.
You should state your intention to resit any exams in your Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ). Where there are particular reasons for underperformance in qualifications it is useful if these can be outlined in the school/college reference. In some cases, it may be appropriate for your school/college referee to complete an Extenuating Circumstances Form. Normally, however, applicants are not encouraged to make an application based on persistently re-sitting examinations to improve grades
|Cardiff||Cardiff does not accept applications from applicants who have had to re-sit a year of their A-Levels, without extenuating circumstances.|
|Dundee||Dundee does not accept applications from applicants who have had to re-sit a year of their A-Levels, without extenuating circumstances.|
|Edge Hill||We accept applications from those who have re-sat GCSE’s or A levels either with or without mitigation. We will not accept mitigating circumstances in lieu of appropriate entry requirements. All applicants must meet minimum entry requirements.|
|Edinburgh||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.|
|Exeter||Exeter Medical School does not discriminate against applicants who have retaken part or all of a qualification and will treat an achieved or predicted qualification grade in the same way irrespective of whether or not retakes are involved.|
|Glasgow||Glasgow does not accept applications from applicants who had to re-sit a year of their A-Levels, without extenuating circumstances.|
|Hull & York||A levels (or equivalent) should normally be completed within a two-year period of study, however, applications are welcome if you achieved at least BBB at a first sitting and are taking one additional year to achieve AAA or equivalent.
Resit applications from students who achieved below BBB at the first sitting of A-levels are not accepted.
|Imperial||Resit examinations are not normally accepted as we expect candidates to achieve their qualifications in a single sitting. If you plan to undertake resit examinations, please contact the admissions team to determine whether we would accept an application from you.|
|Keele||We require a minimum of three A levels or equivalent (e.g. International Baccalaureate) to be completed within a two year period. Applicants who have taken more than two years to complete three A levels or equivalent must apply after completion of these qualifications with the required achieved grades. We will not consider applications from students currently in their third year of A level study unless they have already achieved the required grades and are taking additional subjects. For example, an applicant with achieved grades of A*AA but with only one science would be considered if currently taking an additional science A level. Anyone who has not achieved the required A levels within three years will not be considered.|
|Kent and Medway||We will not accept applications from candidates who are re-sitting or have re-sat A Levels unless there are extenuating circumstances. We will require formal evidence of any extenuating circumstances to support your application and this will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.|
|King's College London||We 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 our 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, we would recommend that referees include further information within the application to provide context for the student’s circumstances.
|Lancaster||Lancaster Medical School will consider applications from applicants who have taken longer than two 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 at least 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 three years of study at A2 level.|
|Leeds||Applications from applicants re-sitting exams are only likely to be successful in exceptional circumstances. Well-supported contemporaneous documentary evidence of any extenuating circumstances is required. Applications will not normally be considered from those undertaking a third attempt at an academic entry qualification.|
|Leicester||Applicants who attain AAB at their first A-level attempt can apply with a resit in one subject.
Applicants who attain ABB at their first A-level attempt can apply with resits in two subjects if there was significant mitigation that the admissions tutors have accepted and agreed to in writing prior to application.
Applicants with lower grades at their first A-level attempt and significant mitigation can apply if their mitigation is accepted in writing prior to application. However, such applicants must apply after they have attained the required grades of AAA. Predicted grades will not be considered for such applicants
|Lincoln||If you make an application while studying A-levels, your application will be considered if you have taken one module resit in any of your A-levels. They will consider resits of no more than 2 A-levels under the following conditions: You have completed your A-levels in the last 12 months, you have already obtained at least ABB, at least one A is currently in Biology/Human Biology or Chemistry, you are predicted and must achieve AAA after taking your resits|
|Liverpool||Applications from candidates resitting A levels may be considered if the applicant otherwise meets the GCSE criteria. If applying to us for the first time, resit applicants must have achieved a minimum of ABB at first sitting. Resit applicants must note any mitigating circumstances in both the academic reference and the online form. If an offer is made, resit applicants might expect it to be higher than typical.
|Manchester||We welcome applications from those re-sitting their A-levels, though applicants may only re-sit one of either Year 12 or Year 13.
Where A-levels have been attempted in Year 13, applicants are expected to have obtained a minimum of grade B in each subject at the first sitting for the re-sit grades to be considered.
All re-sitting applicants are required to achieve Grades A*AA in the A-level subjects specified above, and the A* is expected to be achieved in the final examinations in either of the two required sciences.
|Newcastle||Applicants ideally should have achieved the necessary A-level grades or equivalents at the first attempt as an indicator that they will be able to manage the intensity of the programme. Newcastle University recognises that sometimes circumstances mean that students underperform. As a result, we allow a subject to be repeated once if there is a genuine reason for having underperformed. If a subject is being undertaken for a second time after further study the expectation is of a higher level of performance, the grade requirement from the University will also increase by a grade e.g. A to A*.|
|Norwich||A level resits are only considered if a minimum of ABB/AAC or equivalent, is achieved in the first sitting over 2 consecutive years including the subjects as per our entry requirements. Applicants must be predicted and are expected to achieve at least one A* in any subject where less than an A was achieved previously.|
|Nottingham||You must study three A levels for two years and meet the entry requirements, however you can take an extra A level a year earlier or later if needed to meet the entry requirements or recommended by your school or college. Please note that we do not usually accept A levels which have taken three years to complete. We will consider resits for no more than two A levels as long as:
-You have completed your A levels in the last 12 months
-You have already obtained at least ABB with at least one A in biology/human biology or chemistry
-You are predicted and must achieve AAA after taking your resits.
|Oxford||Entrance requirements are: three A-levels at A*AA grade or equivalent qualifications, taken in the same academic year. The University of Oxford offers courses that are academically very demanding and aims to select those students who would best be able to benefit from the challenges they make; this is why we require students to demonstrate that they can cope with the workload of taking three full A-levels (or equivalent) in one academic year and achieve good grades.
Nevertheless, we 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.
We take pains to treat each application individually and would always take such mitigating circumstances into account, if they are brought to our attention: a clear note should be made of these circumstances in the school reference.
|Plymouth||Re-sit applicants are considered for this course. Please note that, in order to be considered with predicted grades, a minimum of ABB must be achieved on first sitting. Where ABB is not achieved on first sitting, applicants must re-sit the required qualifications and apply once suitable grades have been achieved.|
|Queen's Belfast||Module repeats within the normal two-year period between GCSE and A level do not place applicants at any disadvantage. Due to the competition for places the number of offers made to students resitting full A levels has to be restricted.
Normally only those who had applied to study medicine at Queen’s at the first attempt and held an offer as their conditional firm choice are considered. In addition, they must have achieved A*AB/AAA at A level or AAB at A level plus A in a fourth AS level at first attempt. The offer for repeat candidates is currently either A*AA or AAA at A level plus A in a fourth AS level. Only two attempts at A levels are allowed.
|Sheffield||We accept A Level resits. Any and all A Level resits must be taken in the same sitting and only one resit per A Level is permitted. Only those A Levels that do not meet the above entry requirements need to be retaken.|
|Southampton||Applicants who are retaking their A Levels/GCSES/or equivalent qualifications will be considered for our programmes However, if applicants have retaken the same subjects more than once, these applications will be considered on a case by case basis. If a subject is not retaken the following year but at a later date, these applications will be considered on a case by case basis.|
|St Andrew's||Applicants who re-take their advanced level studies in order to meet the entry requirements for Medicine will not normally be considered. However, consideration may be given to applicants with extenuating circumstances whose achieved qualification grades mean they are ‘borderline’ for meeting the entry requirements for the medical programmes at St
Andrews. Re-taking modules would be allowed as long as the A2 qualifications (or other qualifications) were achieved within the normal period of study expected for the qualification concerned.
|St George's||A Levels must be completed within one sitting across a maximum of two years. St George's do not accept resits which require a third year of study.|
|Sunderland||We accept A level re-sits under certain circumstances:
- Where an applicant has been awarded AAB, the applicant is only required to re-sit the B grade subject
- Where an applicant has been awarded less than AAB, they are required to re-sit all 3 A levels in the same sitting in order to be considered.
|UCL (University College London)||UCL do not consider applications from candidates who are resitting their A levels. As stated on their website A-levels must be completed within two years.|
|University of Central Lancashire||Normally it is expected that grades will be achieved at first sitting. An A-level resit would only be accepted if there were documented extenuating circumstances.|
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