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As of now I'm taking physics, psychology and r.s at a level. I don't have any plans on what I want to do in the future but what if I wanted to go into medicine? Is it possible to go back to college and get the a level requirements for it? This is all just hypothetical, I'm just curious if you can actually do that
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Yes, you should be able to go back and take the necessary A-Levels assuming you're applying for undergraduate Medicine.

You'll have to take A-Level Chemistry if you decide to take this journey.
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Yes, you should be able to go back and take the necessary A-Levels assuming you're applying for undergraduate Medicine.

You'll have to take A-Level Chemistry if you decide to take this journey.
So it is possible to go back and get more a levels?
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(Original post by _Robyn_)
As of now I'm taking physics, psychology and r.s at a level. I don't have any plans on what I want to do in the future but what if I wanted to go into medicine? Is it possible to go back to college and get the a level requirements for it? This is all just hypothetical, I'm just curious if you can actually do that
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So it is possible to go back and get more a levels?
Not necessarily - taking all of your A-Levels > 2 years could be counted as a retake.

Saying that, many med schools these days will accept resit A-Levels, read:
https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=6649138 for a list of them.

This thread: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=5611422 has a list of all UK med schools' A-Level subject requirements.

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Yes, you should be able to go back and take the necessary A-Levels assuming you're applying for undergraduate Medicine.

You'll have to take A-Level Chemistry if you decide to take this journey.
That's not true, there are at least 10 med schools that do not require Chemistry as a mandatory subject. Read the first post of the thread that I linked above.
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You can take as many A levels as you want at whatever age you like. Probably not for free, and probably not at a school (by which I mean a place where the students are under 18). But there's absolutely no rule on who can take them.
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Not necessarily - taking all of your A-Levels > 2 years could be counted as a retake.

Saying that, many med schools these days will accept resit A-Levels.

This thread: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=5611422 has a list of all UK med schools' A-Level subject requirements.
So say they went back and got Chemistry would it be counted as a retake? Since that's the only one they need to have medicine open to them, even if it's not all of them
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You can take as many A levels as you want at whatever age you like. Probably not for free, and probably not at a school (by which I mean a place where the students are under 18). But there's absolutely no rule on who can take them.
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So say they went back and got Chemistry would it be counted as a retake? Since that's the only one they need to have medicine open to them, even if it's not all of them
Yes, it would count as a retake and may limit the amount of med schools they can apply to.

e.g. Doing Subjects A, B, C in 2021 - 2023 plus doing Subject D in 2022 - 2024 will count as finishing A-Levels in 3 years.
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There is a whole section of TSR about Applying for Medicine - including required subjects fro each Med School etc - https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki/medicine
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As of now I'm taking physics, psychology and r.s at a level. I don't have any plans on what I want to do in the future but what if I wanted to go into medicine? Is it possible to go back to college and get the a level requirements for it? This is all just hypothetical, I'm just curious if you can actually do that
As far as I know, A levels in those subjects are acceptable for Medicine at Newcastle.

Of course you need to have predicted AAA, satisfy other minimum entry requirements and would need a high UCAT score, as well as getting through a competitive interview process.

It's probably the only Med School who would accept those subjects though, so would be a speculative punt whilst considering your other options.
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Not necessarily - taking all of your A-Levels > 2 years could be counted as a retake.

Saying that, many med schools these days will accept resit A-Levels, read:
https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=6649138 for a list of them.

This thread: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=5611422 has a list of all UK med schools' A-Level subject requirements.



That's not true, there are at least 10 med schools that do not require Chemistry as a mandatory subject. Read the first post of the thread that I linked above.
ecolier is right, it is possible it can be seen as a resit as med schools are unclear what they consider a resit, from what I've read they refer to the number of attempts made at the required subject so if you've made no attempt prior, I don't see how it could be seen as a resit. However, I'd recommend emailing your chosen med schools and asking them directly.

And yes, Chemistry isn't a requirement as roughly 10-12 schools don't require it, however, that's about 10/39 or so med schools. I highly recommend it as most students who pursue medicine take A-Level chemistry and not having it drastically cuts your list of where you can apply to.

Source: https://www.medschools.ac.uk/media/2...22-digital.pdf
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