Medical School Resit Policies

Edgbaston College has an excellent track record of helping our A-Level retake students gain entry into UK Medical schools. Aspiring medicals can get a spectrum of support from the College and its career service, Edgbaston Education. Edgbaston Education's Medicine Admissions Team is run by two Cambridge Medicine graduates, Dr Eman Butt and Dr Smiji Saji, and the Principal, Owais Ahmed. For a holistic overview of the support available, please click on the link below: 

Medical & Dental School Applications


In 2023, despite the higher competition ratios for applicants this year, 6 of our internal students successfully gained admission to study Medicine in the UK as retake applicants. In 2022, we helped 8 resit students gain admissions to UK Medical Schools. 


Can I retake my A-Levels and still get into Medicine?


Whilst not every medical school will consider retake students, there are still a wide range of universities who do. Please see the table below for information on each university's policy. 

However, having extenuating circumstances during your exams is likely to mean that you are eligible to apply for even more medical schools than the ones listed in the table below. 


A-Level resits in 2023

For the first time in three years, students will be applying with examined (non-CAG/TAG awarded) GCSE grades. This could possibly lead to univerisites accepting a slightly weaker GCSE grade profile from applicants. The government is also expected to increase the number of medical school spaces available from September 2025, but this is  unlikely to help applicants in 2023.

At the same time, the number of 18 year olds in the UK continues to grow, driving up competitiveness for the course. Demand for spaces from international students also further increases competitiveness.


How can Edgbaston College & Edgbaston Education help me?

Medical schools evaluate a variety of factors when deciding on interviews and offers, including GCSE grades, A-Level grades, UCAT scores, and personal statements. Each student's application has unique strengths and weaknesses. Additionally, it's crucial to be aware that some universities may not accept retake students for their Medicine programs. Therefore, understanding the minimum requirements of your chosen universities is essential to optimize your chances of securing an interview.

Edgbaston College & Edgbaston Education help students:

  • Choose the most appropriate universities based on the individual. We consider the strength of different areas of your application. For example, it is important to understand how individual universities differently weight application components like A-Level results, GCSE results and UCAT scores. 
  • Prepare for their UCAT exam, both in courses and 1-1 sessions
  • Prepare and review their personal statement
  • Prepare for their interview, personalised to the university 
  • Help in securing students suitable work experience

I cannot thank Eman enough, she helped me choose the best universities for my application. I went from four rejections to four interviews as a retake student and secured my top choice to study Medicine.


Can I get into Foundation Medicine as a retake student?


We often help retake students secure offers to study Foundation Programme courses. These courses guarantee places onto the medical school's Medicine programme. In order to apply to Foundation Medicine courses, students typically need to meet the widening participation criteria at various universities.  We have helped Foundation programme applicants succeed at places such as King's College London, Southampton and Liverpool.


Resit Policy Table

Only universities who have confirmed they will accept retake students will be added to the table below.

Most universities allow retaking your A-Levels if you have extenuating circumstances. Therefore, universities that only allow students with extenuating circumstances to reapply have not been included in this table. 

*Table updated 01/01/2024

University Retake Offer Retake Policy
Anglia Ruskin AAA A Level resit grades at AAA will be accepted within 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 AAA Applicants who have resat, or are resitting GCSEs, A Levels, or equivalent qualifications, with or without repeating an academic year, will be considered. The referee must provide a brief explanation of the reason (s) for the resit in the UCAS reference
Birmingham A*AA Only considered when applicant has extenuating circumstances. Maximum A-Level study over 3 years.
Brighton & Sussex AAA

Only consider applications from applicants who have slipped a grade in one subject and obtained a grade B

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

Bristol AAA The department will consider applicants who resit their qualifications
Buckingham AAA

Applicants who attain BBB at their first A Level attempt can apply with a resit.
Applicants with lower grades at their first A Level attempt and significant mitigation can apply after they have attained the required grades of ABB

Cambridge A*A*A Not unless student has mitigating circumstances
Cardiff AAA Only with extenuating circumstances
Edge Hill AAA Resits of GCSE or A-levels (or equivalent) either with or without mitigation are accepted. However, applicants must meet the minimum entry requirements in the resit examinations
Exeter AAA Accepts retake students
Hull & York AAA Applications are welcome if you achieved at least BBB at a first sitting and are taking one additional year to achieve AAA or equivalent
KCL A*AA Considered but disadvantaged. Extenuating circumstances may mitigate any disadvantage
Keele AAA You need to wait until after you resit and attain your grades to apply as a retake student
Kent & Medway AAA No, unless student has extenuating circumstances
Imperial AAA - A*AA No, unless student has extenuating circumstances
Lancaster A*AA for Resit (AAA normal) You must have achieved at least ABB in your A-Levels at the first attempt. BBB-CCC if mitigating circumstances.
Leicester A*AA Only if applicant has mitigating circumstances
Lincoln AAA Must achieve at least ABB in first sit with the A in either Biology or Chemistry
Liverpool A*AA/AAA Resits accepted. However, offers may be higher than standard AAA entry offer
Manchester A*A*A for resit (AAA normally) Must attain at least BBB in first-sit
Newcastle A*AA Allow for one subject to be retaken.
Norwich A*AA At least ABB/AAC in first sit. A* required in one subject being retaken
Nottingham AAA Must achieve at least ABB in first sit with the A in either Biology or Chemistry
Oxford A*AA Only with extenuating circumstances
Plymouth A*AA - AAA At least ABB in first-sit
Queens Belfast A*AA or AAA + A in AS

Normally only those who had applied to study Medicine at Queen’s at the first attempt and held an offer (if made) as their Conditional Firm choice are considered

Queen Mary A*AA Only considered if students have extenuating circumstances fall within the Equality and Diversity Act 2010
Sheffield AAA Accepts 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
Southampton AAA Only one resit allowed per subject
Sunderland AAA At least AAB in first-sit
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