Cambridge - A Level Courses

MPW Cambridge has been offering A level courses since it opened in 1987. Located next to the Cambridge Botanical Gardens and only 5 minutes walk from Cambridge’s most famous university colleges, MPW Cambridge is ideally situated to inspire. We provide a comprehensive suite of A level options with 30 different subjects offered over a range of different course durations and with no restrictions on combinations of subjects or course lengths.

Two-Year Courses

Our largest category – the majority of A level students at MPW are studying on the basis of two-year A level courses.

Two-year courses are designed for:

  • Students who are continuing at MPW after GCSE.
  • Students from other schools seeking a specialist A level college after GCSEs.
  • Year 13 transfer students who have changed plans after an unsatisfactory first year of A level at another school. Depending on their academic progress up to the point of joining MPW, such students either repeat Year 12 or join MPW’s Year 13.

Read more about Two-Year Courses.

One-Year Courses

Our most varied category - self-contained courses for students who have previous experience of sixth-form work. They cover the whole syllabus in one year and are run entirely separately from the second year of our two-year A level course.

One-year courses are designed for:

  • Year 13 transfer students from other schools who are able to complete in one further year but only by means of a self-contained course covering the entire syllabus.
  • Retake students whose previous grade in the subject is too weak to risk a short course or a course involving only a limited selection of units.
  • Retake students taking a brand new subject to widen UCAS options, give fresh motivation and avoid ‘retake status’ in at least one subject (making them more attractive to universities).
  • Mature students – especially those converting to Medicine following an Arts-based first degree.

Read more about One-Year Courses.

Retake Courses

MPW offers retake courses over 5 different start date/course duration combinations:

Full-year retake courses

One-year courses for students who have fallen substantially short of their target grades and who require thorough revision of multiple units, often over more than one subject.

Short retake courses

4 different options with start dates in either September or January for students who have narrowly missed their target grades and/or require retakes of only a small number of selected units – suits students wishing to pursue gap-year activities for part of the year.

Read more about A Level Retake Courses.

Anastasia

Grades achieved at MPW
A*A*A*

Progressed to
University College London (Economics) 

“Honestly, I could not imagine when I joined MPW that, due to language and adaptation barriers, I would achieve top grades in my first A-level exam sittings. This view changed completely after only a few weeks in the college’s supportive and motivational environment; with teachers who aimed at finding a personal touch with each student and with my Personal Tutor who made my adjustment to the UK education system not only an easy step in my life but, more importantly, an enjoyable one.”

Julia

Grades achieved at MPW
A*AABB

Progressed to
King's College London (International Relations)

 “The teachers really helped me overcome any difficulties I came across; they always seemed willing to offer support be it inside or outside of the classroom. I could safely say my teachers inspired me to work hard and aim for the best, sometimes simply by being passionate about what they do.”

Andrew

Grades achieved at MPW
A*AA

Progressed to
University of York (Law) 

“Having a Personal Tutor to discuss ANYTHING with, from my UCAS application to organising my life in general, really did make life at the college more streamlined and in general less stressful.”

Cynthia

Grades achieved at MPW
A*A*A*A

Progressed to
University College London (Economics)

“My subject teachers and Personal Tutor have been very patient and helpful in supporting my studies and university application.”

Akmaral

Grades achieved at MPW
A*A*A*

Progressed to
University College London (Mathematics and Statistics)

“International students have many aspects to think about, such as accommodation and guardians, but MPW surprised me by having a highly organised and supportive administration. Also, because most MPW Cambridge students are local, as an ‘international’ student, I found this very useful in both improving my English and in giving me a taste of a genuinely ‘English’ college.”