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In a typical year those not caring about previously acquired grades are:
Anglia Ruskin
Bristol 

Exeter 

Sheffield 

Southampton

Sunderland (but must resit all 3)
Kings
Edge Hill


But nothing about this year is typical and it may be that many of them waive first minimum requirements this year
do you think unis will update their websites with the kinder conditions?
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do you think unis will update their websites with the kinder conditions?
Why should they, when all the med schools have already overfilled this year and asked many to defer to the next? (Due to the CAG U-turn)

If anything there's a chance that the entry requirements will be stricter to deter students from applying to their med school.

The best one can hope for is that entry requirements stay the same. We'll see.
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Sheffield, (1 resit attempt only)
Bristol, (1 resit attempt per subject)
UEA, (ABB/AAC first sitting and an A* in one resit)
ARU, (no restrictions)

Bristol and Sheffield have clarified they will accept a mix and match of exams sat at either sitting (but then both accept resits now and although Bristol say just one sitting, the Oct exams are clearly not being considered a resit)
ARU has no restrictions anyway but I called them up last Thursday and they confirmed over the phone that they would accept a combo of CAG grades and autumn grades and that autumn is a first attempt, not resit. UEA also confirmed through email that they would accept a combo of CAG’s and autumn grades and that they are considering autumn as a first attempt, but this was one day after the government u-turn so it could be that they’ve changed their stance but I’m not sure, I haven’t contacted them again.

Bristol confirmed to me through email on August 14th that all autumn exams were resits so I’m guessing they’ve updated their stance, or is it that the resit grades simply need be AAA (like Sheffield) and not A*’s? And they’ve also said they will accept a combo of grades now? When did you find this out, is it on their website?

Also, do you know if Bristol accepts gcse resits?

Thanks

Tbh, I just have huge anxiety about everything now. I know a previous post that you said medical schools have committed to autumn NOT being a resit, do you know for certain that that’s true for all? Is this something that has been declared or this is an educated assumption you’ve made? Sorry for all the questions 😅 I want to apply after achieved grades in autumn so I won’t be applying until next year for 2022 entry. I did also ask the medical schools if their views would be upheld for entries other than 2021 and they said yes, which I imagined they should be. Idk why they would view autumn as a first attempt for 2021 entry but a resit for future entries, but I’m being meticulous about everything. Do you think that doing the exams in autumn first and then applying with achieved grades for 2022 entry would be ok? Meaning that do you think the medical schools will still honour their views on the autumn exams being first sits and accepting combos?

Again sorry for all the questions 😅😅
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ARU has no restrictions anyway but I called them up last Thursday and they confirmed over the phone that they would accept a combo of CAG grades and autumn grades and that autumn is a first attempt, not resit. UEA also confirmed through email that they would accept a combo of CAG’s and autumn grades and that they are considering autumn as a first attempt, but this was one day after the government u-turn so it could be that they’ve changed their stance but I’m not sure, I haven’t contacted them again.

Bristol confirmed to me through email on August 14th that all autumn exams were resits so I’m guessing they’ve updated their stance, or is it that the resit grades simply need be AAA (like Sheffield) and not A*’s? And they’ve also said they will accept a combo of grades now? When did you find this out, is it on their website?

Also, do you know if Bristol accepts gcse resits?

Thanks

Tbh, I just have huge anxiety about everything now. I know a previous post that you said medical schools have committed to autumn NOT being a resit, do you know for certain that that’s true for all? Is this something that has been declared or this is an educated assumption you’ve made? Sorry for all the questions 😅 I want to apply after achieved grades in autumn so I won’t be applying until next year for 2022 entry. I did also ask the medical schools if their views would be upheld for entries other than 2021 and they said yes, which I imagined they should be. Idk why they would view autumn as a first attempt for 2021 entry but a resit for future entries, but I’m being meticulous about everything. Do you think that doing the exams in autumn first and then applying with achieved grades for 2022 entry would be ok? Meaning that do you think the medical schools will still honour their views on the autumn exams being first sits and accepting combos?

Again sorry for all the questions 😅😅
This year's info has come from what other TSR users have posted after contacting med schools, the same way you have. I have no way of verifying it

The MSC have stated the autumn exams willnot be seen as resits and they are supposed to speak for all med schools, but I do not know if some have decided to go their own way
https://www.medschools.ac.uk/covid-1...plication-faqs

I think Bristol have only ever asked for As in resat A levels and yes, they accept GCSE resits (but only 1 resit for any exam at any level)
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(Original post by GANFYD)
This year's info has come from what other TSR users have posted after contacting med schools, the same way you have. I have no way of verifying it

The MSC have stated the autumn exams willnot be seen as resits and they are supposed to speak for all med schools, but I do not know if some have decided to go their own way
https://www.medschools.ac.uk/covid-1...plication-faqs

I think Bristol have only ever asked for As in resat A levels and yes, they accept GCSE resits (but only 1 resit for any exam at any level)
Ok cool. It says on the msc website that the information is for 2020/21 application. Does that mean applications made in 2020 for 2021 entry or applications made in both 2020 (for 2021 entry) and 2021 (for 2022 entry). Because I want to do 2022 entry and I want to make sure my autumn exams will still be seen as a first sit and as one sitting for 2022. Sorry for bothering you again
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My current grades are,
BBB and am resitting all 3 subjects, maths in autumn and biology and chemistry next summer.
If I was to obtain an A in maths would that make my first sitting grades ABB therefore making me eligible for a lot of resit policies? Or does it not work like that
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I emailed St. Andrews asking about their resit policies and they’ve said they’re going to put out a statement on resits via autumn 2020 or summer 2021 exams sometime soon. (They’re currently putting it together)
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(Original post by Uzair63)
My current grades are,
BBB and am resitting all 3 subjects, maths in autumn and biology and chemistry next summer.
If I was to obtain an A in maths would that make my first sitting grades ABB therefore making me eligible for a lot of resit policies? Or does it not work like that
Well it should do. However some med schools are still implying Autumn exams are resits and some will not let you split exams between Autumn and June.
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i am a scottish student and i was wondering if anyone knew of any medical schools (that take UCAT) that are taking higher resits for medicine for 2021 entry? i know a couple are in scotland, are there any in england that are?
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i am a scottish student and i was wondering if anyone knew of any medical schools (that take UCAT) that are taking higher resits for medicine for 2021 entry? i know a couple are in scotland, are there any in england that are?
Read the first post of this thread.
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So to confirm, even though autumn exams are not meant to count as resits, medical schools are counting them as resits and you can't apply because of CAGs...
Also, the autumn exams count as 3 years of study?
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(Original post by Uzair63)
My current grades are,
BBB and am resitting all 3 subjects, maths in autumn and biology and chemistry next summer.
If I was to obtain an A in maths would that make my first sitting grades ABB therefore making me eligible for a lot of resit policies? Or does it not work like that
This is the million dollar question at the moment? No one is sure.

What you are saying is right, as ideally if in Autumn you get an A in Maths, then your CAG grade for Maths (B) should be overwritten by the A (achieved in Autumn).

Speak to the university you are applying to, and maybe inform them on results day on 17th December.

Most experts suggest that one should achieve the grades, and re-apply next year ie. for the 2022 cycle. If applying for 2021 cycle then it will be based on the predictions, and of course looking at each school individually what they are asking for, as all uni asking for little different combination.

Do you UCAT and BMAT this year again just to be sure.

That's the reason the 2020 {CAG/Covid year 13 A level} batch have been the worst affected!
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Hi,

I have completed my 2 year A-level study and I achieved 3A* in Maths, Biology and Physics in Summer 2020. I decided Medicine was for me in January 2019 - past the UCAS deadline for Medicine. All of my UCAS choices were for Biomedical Engineering as this is what I initially wanted to study. I have returned to my sixth form college to study A-Level Chemistry in a year (AS & A2), sit the UCAT and apply to medicine this time round.

A lot of medical schools require their minimum subject and grade entry requirements be met in the typical 2 year A-Level period (usually including chemistry).

I'm looking to compile a list of medical schools here that accept students in my position - any previous experience or knowledge is greatly appreciated.

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Jarlath
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Hi,

I have completed my 2 year A-level study and I achieved 3A* in Maths, Biology and Physics in Summer 2020. I decided Medicine was for me in January 2019 - past the UCAS deadline for Medicine. All of my UCAS choices were for Biomedical Engineering as this is what I initially wanted to study. I have returned to my sixth form college to study A-Level Chemistry in a year (AS & A2), sit the UCAT and apply to medicine this time round.

A lot of medical schools require their minimum subject and grade entry requirements be met in the typical 2 year A-Level period (usually including chemistry).

I'm looking to compile a list of medical schools here that accept students in my position - any previous experience or knowledge is greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Jarlath
You are correct that med schools may regard > 2 years to complete A-Levels = retake.

Luckily, @GANFYD has very helpfully compiled a list of which med schools accept retake A-Levels. Read the first post of this thread (the one we're in now).
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(Original post by Jarlath)
Hi,

I have completed my 2 year A-level study and I achieved 3A* in Maths, Biology and Physics in Summer 2020. I decided Medicine was for me in January 2019 - past the UCAS deadline for Medicine. All of my UCAS choices were for Biomedical Engineering as this is what I initially wanted to study. I have returned to my sixth form college to study A-Level Chemistry in a year (AS & A2), sit the UCAT and apply to medicine this time round.

A lot of medical schools require their minimum subject and grade entry requirements be met in the typical 2 year A-Level period (usually including chemistry).

I'm looking to compile a list of medical schools here that accept students in my position - any previous experience or knowledge is greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Jarlath
There’s a good amount of medical schools that don’t need chemistry,
Maybe check that out, you could easily have 4+ options without sitting chemistry
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There’s a good amount of medical schools that don’t need chemistry,
Maybe check that out, you could easily have 4+ options without sitting chemistry
We have a list here also, @TCL has compiled it for us and it's on the first page of https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=5611422

Please note advertising YouTube channels are not allowed in this part of the forum anymore, your post has been edited.

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Aberdeen have released that if you were awarded CAGs in 2020, you resitting the autumn or the summer exams will not be considered resits
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Hi there, I have achieved ABB
My current offer requires me to sit october exams to get AAB.
Say if i do not get an A in the october exam can i still apply to places like ARU and Nottingham? (i am eligible for contextual for both)
I know that for ARU the contextual offer is ABB which i meet, so i dont necessarily need to resit any exams, but would it be a problem if i need to sit an exam next summer for other unis, for example nottingham which requires AAB?

Would massively appreciate an answer GANFYD/ ecolier
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@GANFYD if you could give me some guidance that would be great,

i am currently looking to apply as a resit student and out the 4 uni's i have selected only one looks at personal statement in the interview which is Southampton, but they don't look at it before interview. i was hoping to just use the same personal statement from last year and not change anything because i was really happy with it and everything in there i feel is necessary to mention, however i have not talked about my gap year plans. I've been trying to arrange something new but nowhere is accepting because of covid and i don't want to lie about it in my personal statement.


As Southampton said that they only use it in the interview to ask questions, will it be okay to not talk about my gap year in my personal statement but instead talk verbally in the interview what i plan to do/ hopefully have done by then.They already know that i am taking a gap year from my ucas application. Will not talking about it in my personal statement put me at a disadvantage? Also do u know if they score personal statement after the interview to give out offers or is it just based on the interview performance?

The volunteering that i mentioned from my previous personal statement and the job that i still work in are still going on, i haven't stopped them.
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GANFYD Thanks for compiling this, very useful to have

Just to add (if you don't mind) - I have just been in touch with Bristol's admissions team and they have said that an A-level subject can be re-sat more than once (at least for this year anyway)

Also Plymouth want ABB first sitting but for CAG's sitting in June this year they would accept BBB/ABC first sitting
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