Birmingham - A Level Courses

MPW offers a comprehensive suite of A level options with 31 different subjects offered over six different course durations (including retake durations) and with no restrictions on combinations of subjects or course lengths.

Transfers at the end of Year 12

Our comprehensive suite of A level options allows transfer students the flexibility to choose the final-year A level programme that suits them. Students can enrol onto these courses in any combination, for example completing the second year of Mathematics A level at the same time as taking Physics from scratch over a single year.

Continuation into Year 13

Students who have performed well at the end of year 12 and are happy with their subject choices can progress straight into year 13 when they join MPW.

Those students who have taken AS levels on old specification subjects (available until 2018) will usually combine the AS grade they achieve at their previous school with the A2 grade they achieve at MPW to leave them with a full A level result.

Students who are taking reform subjects may have taken AS levels or they may only have taken internal end of year exams at school. The new rules for reform subjects state that all examinations for a qualification must be taken in the same sitting, so in the summer these students will take AS level examinations alongside the A level examinations, regardless of whether they have previously taken an external exam. This would be the case whichever school they attended.

One-Year Courses

Our self-contained one-year courses allow students to cover the full A level syllabus in half the usual time. This option would suit a year 12 transfer student who would benefit from revisiting the first half of the course content as well as the second, for example a student who feels they have underperformed in AS level or internal end-of-year examinations.

One-year courses are also suitable for students who would like to take a brand new subject from scratch. It is not usually advisable to begin a suite of new subjects as a year 12 transfer student but just one change can make a big difference. For example, a student who started year 12 studying Maths, Economics, English and French might realise that in fact their interests lie only in arts-based subjects. Dropping Maths and Economics after year 12 and continuing with English and French whilst picking up a one-year course in Religious Studies might make all the difference to their commitment and motivation during year 13, where they are able to focus on the courses that they are really passionate about. 

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Two-Year Courses

Occasionally we meet a student who has, for whatever reason, significantly underperformed in the first year of A levels across all of their subjects and is looking for a fresh start. These year 12 transfer students have the option to begin their A level courses again from scratch over two years at MPW. A  complete change of subjects is possible at this point and spending two years on their A levels allows students the opportunity to spend more time developing advanced study skills alongside their subject courses.

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University Applications

MPW will supervise the university applications of any student transferring at the end of year 12. Each student is assigned to a Personal Tutor, all of whom have considerable expertise in providing help and guidance throughout every step of the UCAS (or other university application) process. We are also able to arrange mock interview practice and university entrance test tuition as required. MPW will liaise with students’ previous schools where necessary in order to ensure a comprehensive supporting reference for university.

Deadlines

We recognise that it is often only becomes apparent that a student might benefit from a change in educational environment at the end of year 12. We are happy to meet students and their parents over the summer between years 12 and 13 and accept new student registrations right up until our start of term in September. Our experienced academic staff will be more than happy to discuss the process of transferring between years 12 and 13, and to answer any questions.

Read more about our academic consultations

Jonathon

Grades achieved at MPW
A*AA

Progressed to
Exeter University (Business Management)

I chose MPW because of the academic support provided by the college, which was instrumental in helping me throughout the challenging nature of my one-year A level courses. The weekly Timed Assignments and assistance provided by the Personal Tutor system helped me in areas I had previously struggled. Playing for the college football team was a great release from the challenging academic nature of the year and it helped me build friendships with other students in the college.

Shivali

Grades achieved at MPW
AAA

Progressed to
Leeds University (Dentistry)

The best part about studying at MPW is the friendly, encouraging and supportive classroom environment that MPW provides.  It makes asking for help and reaching your potential easy and enjoyable. The college really helps students to believe in themselves.  The Personal Tutor system is great because it is available for you to use to whatever extent you might need whether that be having weekly meetings or meeting every now and then for a quick catch up to analyse my current progress.  The weekly Timed Assignments have also enabled me to build my confidence in the build up to my exams.  They help you to feel comfortable in an exam environment, as well as enable you to consolidate the material you need to recall in the final exams

Annabel

Grades achieved at MPW
A*AB

Progressed to
Exeter University (International Relations and History)

“Having not achieved the grades I wanted or needed in my A levels at my previous college I decided that retaking would be the best option for me.  I have found the small classes at MPW to be a real asset, and that, coupled with the fantastic teaching, has certainly enabled me to grow academically. Further to this, both the academic support and the university guidance provided by the college have been exceptional.”

Renee

Grades achieved at MPW
A*A

Progressed to
Manchester University (Dentistry)

After failing to get into Dental School last year I lost a lot of confidence and was worried that I might never get into my dream course.  The one-to-one support you get from MPW is so much more efficient compared to the main stream schools and colleges. The individual help you get for applying to University which includes interview support is amazing. No matter if you are a resit or a first time student, no one judges you and as long as you are hardworking and want to be a success.

Jake

Grades achieved at MPW
A*A*A*A

Progressed to
Oxford University (Mathematics)

I joined MPW because I wanted to be part of a close knit community that focuses on helping students attain the grades they are really capable of.  Each student is assigned a Personal Tutor who assists them in all aspects of student life.  I would recommend the individual and personally tailored care given to any student looking to expand their academic horizons.  The encouragement and support has allowed me to aim high and achieve results that I had previously thought weren't possible. 

Cordelia

Grades achieved at MPW
A*AA

Progressed to
King’s College London (Dentistry)

MPW gave me a second chance in pursuing a career in dentistry. The small class sizes and weekly timed assessments gave me and my tutors a clear indication of my progress.  The rigorous teaching schedules, structured and tailored to my personal needs, was exactly what I needed. MPW placed heavy focus on exam technique as the key to achieving the required higher grades. Being able to talk with my tutors at any time in the day was an invaluable aid. It was also clear how much the teachers took a personal interest in the development of each individual student.

Josephine

Grades achieved at MPW
A*AA

Progressed to
University of Warwick (Management)

I joined MPW having not fulfilled my academic potential during my AS level exams at my previous school. I decided to retake my AS year at MPW and it was the best decision I ever made. The tutors at MPW have pushed me to achieve my maximum potential and have greatly improved my academic performance. The best part of studying at MPW is the weekly timed assignments as they ensure that you continuously review and revise work as well as helping you to make weekly improvements on exam technique.

Olivia

Grades achieved at MPW
A*AA

Progressed to
Bristol University (Dentistry)

Throughout my time at MPW I have been provided with constant support.  The college has prepared me for not only my exams but also the university interviews I attended.  It has been an amazing experience from start to finish.  The friendly and welcoming environment created by the staff and students made it an ideal setting for me to concentrate on achieving my targets.

Alex

Grades achieved at MPW
AAA

Progressed to
University of Birmingham (Law)

I came to MPW with very low self-confidence after under-achieving at AS level at my previous school, and have left with greater confidence about my academic ability and with a definite degree of clarity about what I hope to achieve in terms of my career. My experience at my previous school was that those with Oxbridge potential receive the most support and attention. This is not the case at MPW. I have found that it does not matter about that what the student's potential may be, each student receives the same amount of help to achieve their goals.