GCSE & IGCSE Courses
Here you can read about taking your GCSEs at MPW Birmingham. You can also see which subjects we currently offer at GCSE.
Students come to MPW for GCSE courses primarily because of our average of six students per class and absolute guarantee of fewer than 10. The differential between this average and that of a traditional school is even more marked at GCSE than at A level. There can be other reasons too, e.g. that we are co-ed, that we don’t have school uniform etc, but it’s when pupils really need the extra personal attention that they can get in a small class and via our outstanding pastoral support system that we can offer the most help.
As a GCSE pupil at MPW, you’ll feel that we’re less like a school than your old school, but you won’t have as much freedom as our A level students. If you’re under 16 at the beginning of the school year, we’re required by law to provide some compulsory sports and some personal and social education. We also provide a much closer level of supervision (e.g. during lesson breaks) than is necessary for our A level pupils.
We believe in providing you with a range of subjects that is broad. You can’t avoid all the subjects that you don’t like in the same way that the A level students can. You’re going to find that Maths, English, some Science, some Art/Music/Drama, a language, some IT and a Humanities subject are compulsory. Within that constraint, we’re as flexible as we can be in fitting in with your particular likes and strengths. If you’re over 16, we have much more flexibility.
"The teachers at MPW were not only highly experienced, but also provided me with support in overcoming the difficulties I faced while learning. Additionally, the small class size made me more comfortable asking questions and engaging in class. The Timed Assignments were very helpful as they allowed me to identify areas where I need improvement. Additionally, the assignments forced me to revise more frequently, which helped me to understand the concepts faster."