We would like to extend a big congratulations to all of our sixth form students at Westminster Tutors and across the country for completing their A level exams in 2024. No doubt it is now a nervous time while everyone waits for their exam results. There will probably be many students who are feeling unsure and might ask whether it is possible to retake their A levels and how they can do this. Retaking A levels at our private sixth form college is a popular choice, and our success rate is impressive: our resit students improve by 1.5 A level grades on average, and more than half of our students enrol at the top universities in the country. Therefore the purpose of this article is to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about A level resits.

Can I redo A levels?

If you don’t quite get the A level grades you want this summer, one option is to enrol on a tailor-made A level retake course at Westminster Tutors. We are proud to say that A level retake students at our sixth form college make outstanding progress and achieve excellent exam results year-on-year: our average A level retake improvement is 1.5 grades.

Resitting A levels – What’s the Process?

All of our retake courses are individually designed so that they suit each student’s particular needs and are almost always taught one-to-one, allowing retake students to continue studying the same exam boards and options. Due to this, teachers collaborate with every student to devise a scheme of work which is unique to them in order to optimise their exam success.

We always encourage our retake students to complete as many past papers as they can throughout the course of the year. At Westminster Tutors, we hold formal mock exams at the end of each term, and we can even give students invigilated and timed sessions on a regular basis to practise sitting A level papers under exam conditions. This also allows our expert teachers to identify areas of improvement and provide formative feedback, so that our students can be fully prepared for their final A level exams in the summer.

Retake students who are studying subjects with a non-examined assessment (NEA) component such as English, Geography and History, have the option of carrying forward their previous mark. This means that they do not need to re-submit their work and can simply focus on exam components. However, students do not have to carry forward their NEA if they would like to improve their mark and submit a new piece of work instead.

In the same way, students can carry forward the oral exam mark for modern foreign languages and the practical endorsement grade for Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

When are A level resits 2024?

Only one exam series is offered for A level resits every year, so students who took A level exams in June 2024 will have to wait until June 2025 for the next opportunity to resit. At Westminster Tutors, our bespoke courses for A level resits start in September 2024, but it is also possible to join later in the academic year subject to availability.

Can you resit A levels in November 2024?

Although JCQ exam boards have previously ran an exam session for autumn retakes, this will not be available in October or November 2024. Only international A levels can be sat in October 2024 or January 2025, but these are typically not offered at most exam centres in the UK.

Why Should you resit A levels?

There are several options available if you miss out on the A level grades you need to fulfil the offer conditions of your chosen university. One of these options is to enter Clearing to find a different place; however, if you had your heart set on a specific university, this prospect may well be unsuitable. In this situation, an A level retake course would be your best option, as it will grant you a second chance to meet the grades required for a place at the university of your dreams.

Another scenario is that your chosen university has accepted you despite underperforming in your A levels. Perhaps you planned on having a gap year, so this could become a new opportunity to improve your A level grades. There may also the possibility of starting a university course while retaking one or two subjects at the same time.

How much will it cost to resit my A levels?

At Westminster Tutors, the fees for a one-year A level retake course are charged at £12,600 for students retaking one subject, £23,000 for two subjects and £33,200 for three. Our fees include the full cost of tuition, a personal tutor, study skills and pastoral mentoring, UCAS support and also access to all college activities and facilities. A level exam entry fees are also payable at a cost of £350 per subject. Our fees section provides a full breakdown of all charges.

When is A level Results Day?

If you sat A level exams in June 2024, A level results day is on Thursday 15 August 2024. Students will be able to receive their results from 8am on the day.

We have also provided a dedicated article on What happens on A level results day which is intended to support students ahead of receiving their results.

What does my UCAS application status mean?

On results day you will be able to log in to see your UCAS application status, which will be displayed as confirmed or unconditional if you have been accepted, your offer might still be conditional, or you might be placed into Clearing.

Please read our dedicated article on UCAS options on A level results day for further details about the meaning of your application status and the different options which 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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