A Level Retakes

Continue your A level studies to secure your first choice university place

  • We will help you achieve the grades your first choice place requires
  • Outstanding Russell Group placement record for retake students
  • Flexible, short-course retake options available

We know how devastated you may feel about having missed out on the grades required to make it to your first choice university place, but think carefully before accepting second best. You've a long time looking back at a university career at an institution and course that you didn't really want. We know that your top-class university ambitions need not end here.

MPW has an outstanding Russell Group placement record for retake students and our experienced tutors will go the extra mile to ensure you get there.

Short Retake Courses (January to June)

Students start these courses after their UCAS forms have been submitted; they may or may not have already been studying on September to June courses in other subjects. For students starting all their subjects in January, the UCAS application clearly must not depend on being able to evidence the academic progress that they have made in the retake year, but in the appropriate circumstances January to June courses allow students to undertake at least part of the gap year activities they may already have planned to start in the Autumn term.



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Advice Articles

A level results 2016: What to do if your grades aren't enough?
FAQs about A level retakes
Know your options before results day: A level
Know your options before results day: GCSE
The UCAS Adjustment and Clearing services

Conrad – From BBC (previous school) to AAB
Geography, Mathematics & English Literature

Won a place to read Geography at 
The University of Nottingham

Missing out on university last year made me realise how much I really wanted it. I came to MPW motivated and ready to work harder than before. I enjoyed the informal school atmosphere and I had a very good relationship with my personal tutor who gave me great advice throughout the year. My whole MPW experience has been awesome ─ it has set me up for my future and I have made some great friends.” 

Puja – From BC (previous school) to A*A* 
Biology & Chemistry

Won a place to study Dentistry at
Cardiff University

“It's not easy when things don't go as planned the first time and trying again is even harder. I came to MPW in search of that second chance. I wanted support and guidance and I found that MPW offered me this all year long. From the very first day at the college I felt motivated by the charisma and positive attitude of the tutors who were always there to offer a helping hand.”

Lucy – From BBB (previous school) to AAA
Chemistry, Biology & Mathematics

Won a place to study Medicine at 
The University of Liverpool

“I felt MPW was the best choice for me to be able to try and accomplish the grades which I thought I was capable of. The weekly timed assessments really helped focus my revision and improve my revision techniques for the summer exams. It has been an incredibly busy year, but it definitely feels like all the hard work has paid off, having managed to secure an offer from Liverpool to study Medicine!” 

James – From CC (previous school) to A*A* 
Mathematics & Chemistry

Won a place to read Economics and Politics at
The University of Exeter

The teaching is really good at MPW – in all of my previous schooling I have only had one teacher of the same quality as the three who taught me in my year at MPW. They were great at explaining everything clearly and the exam preparation was brilliant too.”

John – From BD (previous school) to AB
History & English Literature

Won a place to study Combined Honours History and Business at 
Newcastle University

“My experience at MPW has been essential in reaching my full academic potential. MPW has given me the confidence I previously lacked. The weekly assessments in all my subjects allowed me to identify my weaknesses and make the necessary improvements. I have been supported in every aspect of college life and have wholeheartedly enjoyed the challenges I have been set.”