Mr Gerens Curnow • August 29, 2019 • Updated by Miss Shivani Sharma
Mr. Gerens Curnow is a Medical Student from the University of Exeter. He is the winner of the Educator Development Committee Award from the Association for the Study of Medical Education. He has given lectures to 70-100 A-level students on medical school applications. Additionally, he is the author of three of our Medical School Application Guidebooks.
The unthinkable has happened. You have opened your AS or A2 results, and have failed to achieve what you expected. There are a whole host of reasons why an applicant may not achieve the required grades, and we know that even the brightest and best can have a few off days that can lead to a lower final grade. We often hear from people who have missed their offer, or not achieved what they needed to at AS, and are devastated that they won’t be able to get into medical school. They have heard from Sandra, who was told by Charlie, who was told by John at the Post Office that medical schools don’t accept A-level resits. Never mind, better luck next time, find something else to do. However, let me make it clear now that THIS IS NOT THE CASE!
If you have the desire to study Medicine, there are still many options available to you. This blog will expel some of the myths surrounding this topic, and give some clear and practical advice for applicants who have not met their required grades and are considering resitting.
First, it is important to note that this blog is for applicants who would be required to resit their A-levels WITHOUT mitigating circumstances. While each school of medicine will judge what constitutes mitigating circumstances, a few examples are listed below. If one of these applies to you, or if some other major event has led to you not achieving the grades you were anticipating, then your chances of being accepted without disadvantage at almost all UK medical schools are high. You may wish to contact the medical school on question directly, as they will be able to give more information on your specific circumstances.
Further, resitting individual exams within the 2-year period of study will generally not inhibit entry to any medical school in the UK. The exception here is if many resits are required, as this may indicate that the applicant is not going to be able to keep apace with the requirements of a medical degree.
This blog is only true for applicants applying to undergraduate medicine, i.e. A100 courses, not postgraduate A101 courses.
Disclaimer: Each medical school has its own academic entry requirements, and so each has its own policy on A-level resits. We have compiled information from every medical school in the UK, both from their websites and from calling the admissions offices, to provide you with details of their medicine resit policy as of August 2019. While we are confident in the accuracy of this information, it is important to note that this is a dynamic environment, and schools can and frequently do update their selection process information. You are advised to confirm before applying.
There are currently four medical schools in the UK who accept applicants from applicants who have resat one year of their A-levels without any disadvantage. This means that the grades achieved by these resit applicants are considered equally with students who did not resit their A-levels, and therefore these schools may increase the likelihood that these applicants will receive an offer. Note that this does not cover applicants who have been forced to resit two or more years of study. These schools are:
On top of these four schools, there are a further 15 who will accept applications provided that certain criteria are met, or may otherwise disadvantage resit applicants in the admissions process. These schools are:
Of the 39 medical schools currently offering medical degrees in the UK, 20 of them will not accept applications from applicants who have had to resit a year of their a-levels, without extenuating circumstances. These therefore represent schools that applicants without these circumstances should avoid applying for, to ensure they do not waste an application. These schools are:
If you have missed your grades and do not want to resit a year, there is always the option of undertaking a different degree and then applying to Medicine as a graduate. While this is an attractive option in many ways, as it shows you are capable of studying at degree level and gives you more time to fill your CV with medical work experience, it should be noted that some medical schools require graduate applicants to have obtained certain A-level grades, too.
|University||Source of information||Date gathered|
|University of Aberdeen||University website||24/08/2019|
|Aston Medical School||University website||24/08/2019|
|Barts and the London
|University of Birmingham||University website||24/08/2019|
|Brighton and Sussex
|University of Bristol||University website||24/08/2019|
|Buckingham Medical School||Phone call with admission office||28/08/2019|
|University of Cambridge||University website||24/08/2019|
|Cardiff University||University website||24/08/2019|
|University of Dundee||University website||24/08/2019|
|University of Edinburgh||University website||24/08/2019|
|University of Exeter||University website||24/08/2019|
|University of Glasgow||24/08/2019|
|Hull York||University website||24/08/2019|
|Imperial College London||University website||24/08/2019|
|Keele University||University website||24/08/2019|
|King's College London||University website||24/08/2019|
|Lancaster University||University website||24/08/2019|
|University of Leeds||University website||24/08/2019|
|University of Leicester||University website||24/08/2019|
|University of Liverpool||University website||24/08/2019|
University of Manchester
|Newcastle University||University website||24/08/2019|
|University of East Anglia
|University of Nottingham||University website||24/08/2019|
|University of Oxford||University website||24/08/2019|
|Plymouth University||University website||24/08/2019|
|Queen's University||University website||24/08/2019|
|University of Sheffield||University website||24/08/2019|
|Southampton Medical School||University website||24/08/2019|
|University of St Andrews||University website||24/08/2019|
|St George's||University website||24/08/2019|
University of Central Lancashire
|Emailed senior admissions tutor||30/08/2019|
|University College London||University website||24/08/2019|
|Anglia Ruskin University||University website||24/08/2019|
|Edge Hull University||University website||24/08/2019|
|University of Lancaster
|University of Sunderland||University website||24/08/2019|
|University of Lincoln||University website||24/08/2019|
We hope that you have found this information for medical school resit policies helpful, if you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact us at hello@theMSAG.com.
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