Congratulations to students all over the country who have finished their A level exams in the very first year since the pandemic. Now is undoubtedly a nervous time as students wait for their exams results. Inevitably some feel unsure and begin to ask if and how they can retake their A levels. Retaking A levels at our private sixth form college is very popular and our success rate is impressive, with our resit students improving on average by 1.6 A level grades, and over 50% of our students going on to the country’s top universities. This article therefore aims to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about A level resits.

Can I redo A levels?

If you do not get the A level grades you want this summer, it is possible to enrol on a tailor-made A level retake course at Westminster Tutors. A level retake students at our sixth form college always make excellent progress, and our exam results are outstanding year-on-year: our average A level grade improvement is 1.6 grades.

Resitting A levels – What’s the Process?

All of our retake courses are designed to suit each student’s individual needs and are most often taught one-to-one, so students can continue to study the same exam boards and options as before. As such every student has a unique scheme of work agreed with their tutor to optimise their success in the summer exams.

Most of our retake students spend plenty of time completing as many past papers as possible during the year. At Westminster Tutors, we can arrange regular invigilated and timed sessions for students to complete papers and there are also formal mock exams held at the end of the autumn and spring terms. Our expert teachers can then help to identify the areas most in need of improvement, so that our students are fully prepared for the final A level exams.

For subjects such as Geography, History and English, which contain a non-examined assessment (NEA), retake students are able to carry forward their mark in that particular component. This means that no work needs to be re-submitted and the NEA will not be re-marked. However, students are not obligated to carry forward their NEA, so it is also an option to submit a new piece if you would like to improve your mark.

Likewise, the oral exam mark for modern foreign languages and the practical endorsement grade for sciences can be carried forward when these A level subjects are retaken.

When are A level resits?

A level resits are only available in the summer, so the next resit opportunity will be in June 2023. Although JCQ have previously offered an autumn retake exam session due to summer exams being cancelled in the last few years, this will not be available in October 2022.

Why Should you resit A levels?

If you do not achieve the A level grades you need to meet your chosen university offer, there are a few different options for you. Although one of these options is to go into Clearing to find another place, this may be an unsuitable prospect if you had your heart set on a particular university. If this is the case, then an A level retake course would be the best option for you, as it will give you a chance to improve your grades so that you can secure a place at your dream university.

On the other hand, there are some students who may have been accepted at their chosen university but still feel they underperformed in their A levels. If you planned on having a gap year, this could turn into an opportunity to improve your A level grades. It might also be possible to retake one or two subjects alongside starting a university course.

How much will it cost to resit my A levels?

The cost of a one-year A level retake course at Westminster Tutors is £9,300 per subject, while a six-month course from January to June is charged at £6,500 per subject. Our fees include the cost of tuition, UCAS support, a personal tutor and full access to the college facilities and activities. We charge for A level exam fees separately at a cost of £300 per subject. Visit our fees section for more detailed information.

When is A level Results Day?

For students who took their A level exams in June this year, A level results day will be on Thursday 18 August 2022. Students will be given their results from 8am.

We have a dedicated article on What happens on A level results day to support students who are receiving their results.

What does my UCAS application status mean?

When you log in to UCAS on results day your application status will be confirmed/ unconditional, still conditional, or you may be in Clearing.

For further information about what your application status means, and the options that are open to you, please read our dedicated article on UCAS options on A level results day.

Why Choose Westminster Tutors?

  • Top independent sixth form college
  • Average grades 57% A*-A and 80% A*-B
  • 68% placed at Russell Group unis
  • Superbly qualified teachers who care
  • Average A level retake improvement is 1.5 grades
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