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Can I pull out of resitting an A-level if the University doesn't need it ?

Hello everyone,

I am currently on a gap year and applying for medicine next year as a resit candidate. I received AAB this last exam cycle with a B in Chemistry. I applied to KCL this year and since I was not confident in getting an A* in Chemistry I also planned on resitting Maths so I would get an A* in maths and then only need an A in chemistry. However, all the other university I am applying to (Bristol, Southampton) only require AAA.

If I don't get an offer from KCL will I still have to resit Maths despite already achieving an A. If anyone else has been in the situation could you let me know if the university wouldonly make you an offer on the a level that you missed the grade or all the levels that you are taking. Thank you
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Original post by shusbruh
Hello everyone,

I am currently on a gap year and applying for medicine next year as a resit candidate. I received AAB this last exam cycle with a B in Chemistry. I applied to KCL this year and since I was not confident in getting an A* in Chemistry I also planned on resitting Maths so I would get an A* in maths and then only need an A in chemistry. However, all the other university I am applying to (Bristol, Southampton) only require AAA.

If I don't get an offer from KCL will I still have to resit Maths despite already achieving an A. If anyone else has been in the situation could you let me know if the university wouldonly make you an offer on the a level that you missed the grade or all the levels that you are taking. Thank you


Unless you are contextual, you will be made the standard offer, so only need achieve A*AA or AAA, except you complicate things as some unis will epxpect an A* in a resat subject, even if their usual requirements are AAA.
Most would let you drop a resit in a subject you have already achieved an A in, but UCAS says you need to check with them before doing so (I don't think it would be a problem). So you would need to check with Soton and Bristol (and any other med schools you have applied to) that they are ok with you not resitting maths and just resitting chem

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