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A Level Retakes


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A Level Retake Courses

MPW is one of the country's best known independent sixth-form college groups with colleges in London, Birmingham and Cambridge. Since 1973 MPW has offered retake courses to A Level students as well as one year and two year A Level courses.

MPW offers retake courses over two periods:

Winter Retakes

These September to January courses are how MPW started. They're still some of our favourites to teach even though they represent a small fraction of our A Level work now.

These courses are fast! You need to have a good grade to start with. You definitely need to have passed at first attempt except under very unusual circumstances. Whole groups (a maximum of eight students) sometimes all have Bs or Cs at first attempt.

January to June

First introduced more 20 years ago as an alternative to the traditional winter retakes, our January to June courses have transformed the way in which many retake students plan their resit year.

These courses allow you to resit any subject offered the June examinations, and run for two weeks longer than our September to January courses.

Full details of these courses can be found on each college's web site, including subject lists, term dates, course outlines and contact information.

Just click the links to the left to visit the Retakes section for each college.

Retaking A levels for university entry in 2013?
Make sure you get your ABB!

A level retakes can be a genuinely game-changing option for students who are caught without a place in Clearing. Although competitive universities may well raise their standard offers or in some cases not consider retake students, deserving students who are advised carefully about their re-applications still can and do meet with success at MPW.

No other provider has MPW’s wealth of experience when it comes to placing retake students at top universities. During the 2010, 2011 and 2012 UCAS cycles, there have been 760 A level retake students across the MPW group who have applied to at least one Russell Group university. Of these, 87% have received an offer from at least one Russell Group university.

Our advice to students this year who are determined not to compromise on their university prospects is that 2013 will be an excellent year to gain entry to a top university for those students who achieve at least ABB at A level.

For 2012 entry, for the first time, universities may recruit as many students as they wish without penalties from government, providing those students have at least AAB at A level. For 2013 entry, this reduces to ABB. A two-tier system is developing in which ABB will be the critical threshold below which students’ choices, especially at top universities such as those in the Russell Group, may be severely restricted.