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How is resitting A levels viewed by admissions when applying for graduate entry medicine?
Do they care about A level grades or only look at your degree?
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How is resitting A levels viewed by admissions when applying for graduate entry medicine?
Do they care about A level grades or only look at your degree?
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How is resitting A levels viewed by admissions when applying for graduate entry medicine?
Do they care about A level grades or only look at your degree?
Depends on the med school. Have you done any research yourself?
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Depends on the med school. Have you done any research yourself?
I’ve looked at Swansea and Warwick but the websites don’t even mention A levels. I just want to know if I’ll be disadvantaged in any way by resitting A level exams because I’ve looked at the requirements for undergrad and haven’t come across any schools that will accept resits especially without mitigating circumstances.
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How is resitting A levels viewed by admissions when applying for graduate entry medicine?
Do they care about A level grades or only look at your degree?
It would depend on which university you apply to; there's an excellent summary here on page 52 that goes over all the requirements of all the schools:

https://www.medschools.ac.uk/media/2...al-schools.pdf

If you're thinking of applying for undergrad medicine as a graduate you'll have to contact the admissions of the universities you're looking at individually as I know a lot don't accept medicine resits even for graduates
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(Original post by Annonymous0932)
...haven’t come across any schools that will accept resits especially without mitigating circumstances.
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... I know a lot don't accept medicine resits even for graduates
It's been relaxed, more med schools now accept retake candidates even for undergraduate medicine.

To OP, there are a few med schools which don't even look at A-Levels for their GEM, see the link that @AngryRedhead linked. I'm on my phone hence couldn't link you.


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Really? I know Oxford and Cambridge do (weirdly) but I know Manchester doesn't. Good news all around then
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It's been relaxed, more med schools now accept retake candidates even for undergraduate medicine.

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(Original post by Annonymous0932)
I’ve looked at Swansea and Warwick but the websites don’t even mention A levels. I just want to know if I’ll be disadvantaged in any way by resitting A level exams because I’ve looked at the requirements for undergrad and haven’t come across any schools that will accept resits especially without mitigating circumstances.
(Original post by ecolier)
It's been relaxed, more med schools now accept retake candidates even for undergraduate medicine.

To OP, there are a few med schools which don't even look at A-Levels for their GEM, see the link that @AngryRedhead linked. I'm on my phone hence couldn't link you.


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Not an expert on GEM, but can give some advice about standard entry!
I think we are now to 16/17 med schools taking resit applicants now, without extenuating circumstances, and not all have released their 2020 prospectuses yet. They include
 Sheffield, Bristol, HYMS, UEA, Keele (but only with achieved A*AA), Liverpool, Manchester, Leicester, Nottingham, Plymouth, Exeter, ARU, Sunderland, Kings (though they do say “applications from students that have achieved, or are predicted to achieve our typical entry requirements in the first sitting, may be more competitive overall than students who have not reached the grades required upon the first attempt”) and Aston say they will look at things on a case by case basis, so would need contacting prior to application. There is also BSMS and Lancaster if you do BMAT.
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Not an expert on GEM, but can give some advice about standard entry!
I think we are now to 16/17 med schools taking resit applicants now, without extenuating circumstances, and not all have released their 2020 prospectuses yet. They include
 Sheffield, Bristol, HYMS, UEA, Keele (but only with achieved A*AA), Liverpool, Manchester, Leicester, Nottingham, Plymouth, Exeter, ARU, Sunderland, Kings (though they do say “applications from students that have achieved, or are predicted to achieve our typical entry requirements in the first sitting, may be more competitive overall than students who have not reached the grades required upon the first attempt”) and Aston say they will look at things on a case by case basis, so would need contacting prior to application. There is also BSMS and Lancaster if you do BMAT.
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:ta: PRSOM as usual
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I don't think Manchester do as I've emailed them quite recently to ask and they were adamant they don't
(Original post by GANFYD)
Not an expert on GEM, but can give some advice about standard entry!
I think we are now to 16/17 med schools taking resit applicants now, without extenuating circumstances, and not all have released their 2020 prospectuses yet. They include
 Sheffield, Bristol, HYMS, UEA, Keele (but only with achieved A*AA), Liverpool, Manchester, Leicester, Nottingham, Plymouth, Exeter, ARU, Sunderland, Kings (though they do say “applications from students that have achieved, or are predicted to achieve our typical entry requirements in the first sitting, may be more competitive overall than students who have not reached the grades required upon the first attempt”) and Aston say they will look at things on a case by case basis, so would need contacting prior to application. There is also BSMS and Lancaster if you do BMAT.
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I don't think Manchester do as I've emailed them quite recently to ask and they were adamant they don't
May be changing for 2020 admission, but this is their website for this year

https://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/u...and-selection/

"Policy for applicants who resit their qualifications
We 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."
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Ah I see, minimum grade requirements was where I was going wrong then
(Original post by GANFYD)
May be changing for 2020 admission, but this is their website for this year

https://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/u...and-selection/

"Policy for applicants who resit their qualifications
We 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."
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(Original post by AngryRedhead)
Ah I see, minimum grade requirements was where I was going wrong then
Quite a few med schools have minimum grade requirements for a first sitting but I don't retain who needs what from that point of view, I'm afraid!
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Really are you sure about this? Might need to resit so wondering if you've confirmed this with the university??


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Really? I know Oxford and Cambridge do (weirdly) but I know Manchester doesn't. Good news all around then
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Oxbridge said it was fine for my individual circumstances; yours might be different. I’d recommend emailing them and checking
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Really are you sure about this? Might need to resit so wondering if you've confirmed this with the university??
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thanks for replying! and just out of curiosity, did you retake all or some a levels?
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Oxbridge said it was fine for my individual circumstances; yours might be different. I’d recommend emailing them and checking
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I haven’t retaken them yet but I intend to
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thanks for replying! and just out of curiosity, did you retake all or some a levels?
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are you undergrad or grad

sorry if it appears nosy im just trying to weigh up my options as well at the minute
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I haven’t retaken them yet but I intend to
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I’m in second year of undergrad. I’m planning on redoing biology and chemistry IAL syllabus and picking up IAL Maths, because they still do the modular exams and there’s no practicals
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are you undergrad or grad

sorry if it appears nosy im just trying to weigh up my options as well at the minute
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