Many congratulations to all the students at Westminster Tutors and around the country who completed their A level exams this summer. It is undoubtedly a nervous time right now while students await their exams results. Some will inevitably feel unsure and start to ask whether they can retake their A levels and how to do this. Retaking A levels at our private sixth form college is a popular choice and we have an impressive success rate: on average our resit students improve by 1.6 A level grades, and over half of our students go on to the top universities in the country. We have therefore written this article to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about A level resits.

Can I redo A levels?

If you miss out on the A level grades you were hoping for this summer, you can enrol on a tailor-made A level retake course at Westminster Tutors. We help A level retake students at our sixth form college to make remarkable progress, and we achieve outstanding exam results every year: our average A level retake improvement is 1.6 grades.

Resitting A levels – What’s the Process?

We design all of our retake courses to suit the individual needs of each student and our courses are predominantly taught one-to-one. This means that retake students are able to carry on with the same exam boards and options as they have been studying before. In this way every student agrees a unique scheme of work with their tutor, and this allows them to optimise their success in their A level exams.

During the academic year our retake students tend to complete as many past papers as possible. At Westminster Tutors, we facilitate this by offering regular timed and invigilated practice paper sessions, and we also run formal mock exams before the Christmas and Easter holidays. This enables our expert teachers to identify the areas in which the students need to improve most, so that they are completely prepared for the final summer exams.

For subjects such as English, History and Geography, which have a non-examined assessment (NEA) component, it is possible for retake students to carry forward the mark they previously achieved. Therefore, there is no requirement to re-submit any work and the original mark will still be valid. However, there is also no obligation to carry forward the NEA, so students may submit a new piece of work if they feel this will boost their mark and overall grade.

Similarly, students who retake A level sciences or modern foreign languages may carry forward their practical endorsement grade and the oral exam mark.

When are A level resits 2023?

There is only a summer exam series for A level resits, so if you took your A levels in June 2023, the next available resit opportunity will take place in June 2024. At Westminster Tutors, we offer bespoke courses for A level resits starting in September 2023.

Can you resit A levels in November 2023?

Although an exam session for autumn retakes was previously available to compensate for cancelled exams in 2020 and 2021, this will not be offered by JCQ exam boards in October or November 2023.

Why Should you resit A levels?

If your A level grades do not meet your chosen university offer, a number of options are available for you. One option is to look for another place in Clearing, but this might not be a suitable prospect if your heart was set on one particular university. In this case, the best option for you would be an A level retake course, because this will give you an opportunity to achieve the grades you need to secure a place at your dream university.

Alternatively, there may be some students who have been offered a place at their chosen university but nevertheless feel they did not do as well in their A levels as they would have liked. For students who planned on taking a gap year, this might be a good chance to improve your A level grades. Another option could be retaking one or two subjects while also embarking on a university course.

How much will it cost to resit my A levels?

The fees for a one-year A level retake course at Westminster Tutors are £11,800 if you are studying one subject, £21,430 for two subjects and £31,060 for three. Included in our fees are the cost of tuition, UCAS support, a personal tutor, study skills and pastoral mentoring, as well as access to all the college facilities and activities. There is a separate charge for A level exam fees which cost £300 per subject. More detailed information can be found at our fees section.

When is A level Results Day?

This year A level results day takes place on Thursday 17 August 2023. If you sat your A level exams in May and June 2023, you will receive your results from 8am.

Please read our dedicated article on What happens on A level results day for more information and support about getting your A level results.

What does my UCAS application status mean?

On results day your UCAS application status will be displayed as confirmed or unconditional if you are successful, your offer may still be conditional, or you may find yourself in Clearing.

We have a dedicated article on UCAS options on A level results day which gives further information about what your application status means, and what options are available to you.

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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