Retake Courses

MPW can help you get back on track after a disappointing A level or GCSE results day.

A level

Don't settle for second best.

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
  • Both full-year and short-course retake options available
  • Full set of reformed and remaining legacy subjects offered

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'll spend a long time with your final A level grades and 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 and remember that many major employers routinely sift on A level results as well as university class.

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.


MPW offer both one-year GCSE courses and short retake courses. Students resitting selected units on short courses will often stick to the same exam board as they have sat before, whereas those studying on one-year courses will typically transfer to MPW’s preferred exam board and take the full suite of units that are available.

There are also options for students to study for GCSE examination in English Language in November and Mathematics in January. These courses are only suitable for those students who have narrowly missed grade C at first attempt.

Retake Story

Caroline DembyFrom BBB to A*A*A*

Carloline joined MPW from St Paul's Girls' school with A level grades BBB. After spending one at MPW studying Maths, Biology and Chemistry, Caroline left with A*A*A* and secured a place at the University of Leeds to read Natural Sciences. Caroline says:  

It was the combination of

  • Small class sizes
  • Expert UCAS advice
  • Highly qualified tutors
  • Supportive personal tutoring system
  • Exam-focused programmes

that helped Caroline and other students (see below) achieve exceptional results and go on to the university of their choice.

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Advice Articles

George – From BBB (previous school) to A*AA
Biology, Chemistry & Maths

Won a place to read Cellular and Molecular Medicine at 
The University of Bristol

I retook my A levels because I had my heart set on going to Bristol and I knew that I could do better than BBB. I knew that my A level grades would be on my record for the rest of my life and I wanted to have the results I felt I was capable of achieving. MPW has been so much better than I expected. I met other people in the same situation as me and made some great friends. The teaching is so enthusiastic, they do exactly what you want and are really focussed at the same time as being very personable and taking a genuine interest in you."

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!” 

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.”