Edgbaston College has a strong track record of helping our A-Level retake students gain entry into competitive Medicine courses, both in the UK and internationally. Every potential medicine applicant joins our Medicine Pathway Programme, which helps keep students prepared at every step of the application process. This is run by Dr Eman Butt, a recent University of Cambridge graduate, who has helped many students succeed in getting into Medicine over the years. Edgbaston College runs courses and one-to-one sessions for: optimising a student’s university choices, UCAT/BMAT preparation, personal statement help and interview practice. This allows students to be in advantageous positions allowing them to smoothly gain entry to Medicine courses.
In 2021, we have helped 15 out of 17 potential retake Medicine applicants obtain offers to study Medicine in the UK.
Can I retake my A-Levels and still get into Medicine?
Yes. Whilst not every medical school will take on retake students, there are still a wide range of universities who do allow retakes. Please see the table below for information on each university's policy.
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 2022
Medical schools may alter their policies for students looking to resit their A-Levels in the 2021/22 academic year as a result of exam cancellations and students being awarded Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs). We will have to wait to see the approach universities take in the coming months. The table below will be updated accordingly.
Looking at the policies of medical schools for 2021 entry (following the Centre Assessed Grades of Summer 2020) could provide some indication of how individual universities are likely to respond. Many universities relaxed their retake policies, allowing retake students to be eligible to apply to more universities.
How can Edgbaston College help me?
It is even more important to be tactful in choosing potential universities as an A-Level retake student; considering the strength of different areas of your application. Edgbaston College helps students:
- Choose the appropriate universities; considering 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 predictions, GCSE results, initial A-Level results and UCAT scores.
- Prepare for their UCAT/BMAT exams, both in group and one-to-one sessions
- Prepare their personal statement
- Interview preparation
Can I get into Foundation Medicine as a retake student?
Yes. We often help retake students secure offers to study Foundation Medicine courses which guaranteed places onto the medical school's respective Medicine programme. In order to apply to Foundation Medicine courses, students typically need to meet the widening participation criteria at various universities.
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. Edgbaston College helps students looking to reapply with extenuating circumstances; it is very important to consider how evidence your extenuating circumstances to universities.
*Table updated 22/05/2021
|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|
|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|
Applicants who attain BBB at their first A Level attempt can apply with a resit.
|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|
|Keele||AAA||You need to wait until after you resit and attain your grades to apply as a retake student|
|Lancaster||AAA||You must have achieved at least ABB in your A-Levels at the first attempt|
|Leicester||AAA||Need AAB or ABB in the first sitting. You can resit up to two subjects|
|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*AA||Must attain at least BBB in first-sit|
|Newcastle||A*AA||Can only retake one A-Level. A* required in the subject being 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|
|Plymouth||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
|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|