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 14th June 2019. All information taken is from the relevant pages of the universities’ websites, as well as admissions tutors.

Medical SchoolA Level & AS Level Resit Policy
AberdeenThe majority of successful candidates achieve the minimum academic requirements at the first sitting. Aberdeen do not normally consider applicants who are re-sitting their examinations to upgrade results unless very serious personal difficulties at the time of the first sitting can be demonstrated.
AstonApplicants 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 undertaking re-sits in subjects at GCSE, A-Level or equivalent qualification must achieve their required grades for consideration in no more than three academic years i.e. allowing for one re-sit year attempt only.
BartsResits are only accepted when they fall under the Extenuating Circumstances policy;
BirminghamThey do not accept resits. All A-levels must be completed in two years.
Brighton & SussexYes, 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.
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.
BuckinghamBuckingham 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.
CambridgeApplicants 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
CardiffCardiff does not accept applications from applicants who have had to re-sit a year of their A-Levels, without extenuating circumstances.
DundeeDundee does not accept applications from applicants who have had to re-sit a year of their A-Levels, without extenuating circumstances.
EdinburghEdinburgh does not accept applications from applicants who have had to re-sit a year of their A-Levels, without extenuating circumstances.
ExeterExeter 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.
GlasgowGlasgow does not accept applications from applicants who had to re-sit a year of their A-Levels, without extenuating circumstances.
Hull & YorkA 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.
ImperialModular resits are permitted, provided they are taken within the usual 2 year A-Level period.
KeeleWe 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.
King's College LondonThe Admissions Office considers students retaking their exams as long as they met their predicted grades or conditions of their offer.
LancasterLancaster 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.
LeedsLeeds does not accept applications from applicants who had to re-sit a year of their A-Levels, without extenuating circumstances.
LeicesterApplicants 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/NottinghamIf 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
LiverpoolApplicants who are retaking their examinations may apply for programmes within the School of Medicine. If applying to the Liverpool A100 programme for the first time they usually must have achieved a minimum of ABB at first sitting. Resit applicants are usually expected to complete their A-level studies within three years and must complete the applicant on-line form.
Applicants who have spread their A-levels over a three year period (most usually by re-taking an AS year) are required to complete the applicant on-line form. Such applicants will usually be considered resit applicants. It is expected that any offer made to resit students would usually be at a higher level to reflect an additional year of study. As such, it might be expected that applicants re-taking A-levels would usually be expected to achieve an A* grade in subjects that they are resitting. It is expected that resit students should be able to offer at least one A* grade within their three A-levels.
ManchesterWe 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.
NewcastleApplicants 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*.
NorwichA 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.
OxfordEntrance 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.
PlymouthThe Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry welcome applications from re-sit applicants providing a minimum attainment has been achieved at the first attempt. For example: A level candidates need to have achieved ABB for medicine in the first attempt. For other qualification re-sit criteria please contact the admissions team at Please note that applicants undertaking re-sits 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.
Queen's BelfastResit candidates are only considered in the first attempt. For other qualification re-sit criteria please contact the admissions team at Please note that applicants undertaking resits must achieve their final qualification profile for consideration in no more than three academic years i.e. allowing for one resit year attempt only.
SheffieldWe 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;
SouthamptonApplicants 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'sApplicants 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'sA 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.
SunderlandSunderland do accept resits. However, unless you initially achieved AAB, you would need to re-sit all three subjects.
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 LancashireUCLan do not accept A-level resits for entry onto the MBBS programme. An A-level resit would only be accepted if there were documented extenuating circumstances as to why an applicant is having to resit their A-levels.

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