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    I’m 31 years old and I’m studying from the ground up (literally) with a view to going to medical school.

    I’m currently undertaking IGCSEs (I did say 'ground up' lol) in Biology, Chemistry, English, Mathematics, Italian, and Physics, and loving it. Once complete I will progress onto A-Levels or International Baccalaureate (I haven’t decided which) in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics.

    Many medical schools have stipulations regarding single exam sittings; i.e. not retakes. I was under the impression this related to A-Level exams only, but a friend-of-a-friend mentioned it can relate to GSCEs also, and it’s playing on my mind. My question is this: Will my IGCSEs count as a resit, even with a fifteen-year gap since my original scholastic exams? I did not do A-Levels.
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    (Original post by apx86)
    I’m 31 years old and I’m studying from the ground up (literally) with a view to going to medical school.

    I’m currently undertaking IGCSEs (I did say 'ground up' lol) in Biology, Chemistry, English, Mathematics, Italian, and Physics, and loving it. Once complete I will progress onto A-Levels or International Baccalaureate (I haven’t decided which) in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics.

    Many medical schools have stipulations regarding single exam sittings; i.e. not retakes. I was under the impression this related to A-Level exams only, but a friend-of-a-friend mentioned it can relate to GSCEs also, and it’s playing on my mind. My question is this: Will my IGCSEs count as a resit, even with a fifteen-year gap since my original scholastic exams? I did not do A-Levels.
    I'm moving this to our medicine section where more people might be able to help but i would suggest contacting medical schools directly as they might consider that as second sittings.
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    (Original post by apx86)
    I’m 31 years old and I’m studying from the ground up (literally) with a view to going to medical school.

    I’m currently undertaking IGCSEs (I did say 'ground up' lol) in Biology, Chemistry, English, Mathematics, Italian, and Physics, and loving it. Once complete I will progress onto A-Levels or International Baccalaureate (I haven’t decided which) in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics.

    Many medical schools have stipulations regarding single exam sittings; i.e. not retakes. I was under the impression this related to A-Level exams only, but a friend-of-a-friend mentioned it can relate to GSCEs also, and it’s playing on my mind. My question is this: Will my IGCSEs count as a resit, even with a fifteen-year gap since my original scholastic exams? I did not do A-Levels.
    It's hard to give you an accurate answer but most undergraduate courses do not accept retakes**, be it for GCSEs or A-levels. However, saying that there are certain medical schools ( ..such as Southampton) who will accept mature students retaking qualifications IN exceptional circumstances. And Barts and London who allow you to resit GCSEs during your A-levels.

    **Some may accept one or two.

    My best advice would be to send an email to as many medical universities as you can ( here is a list-
    http://www.medschools.ac.uk/Students...hools-A-Z.aspx) explaining your circumstances. If you really want to do medicine there is always a way to get in! Trust me, all it takes is determination and NEVER giving up!

    On a side note- have you thought about studying medicine abroad? or doing graduate medicine as they don't often look at GCSE results?
 
 
 
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