Repeating the Abitur can make it easier for you to get into the university of your choice

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Repeating your A-levels is easier than you might think (Photo: Mander Portman Woodward, London)

Results day is just around the corner. On Thursday morning, thousands of high school graduates across the country will find out whether they have gotten their long-awaited place at university.

But while many will celebrate and shed tears of joy, for those who didn’t get the grades they needed, the future is less certain.

Aside from the disappointment that their hard work hasn’t paid off – yet – there are big decisions to be made.

Dare you take a spot on a course you didn’t originally want to do and maybe spend three years regretting accepting second best?

Or should you take a year off to retake your exams to give yourself the best possible chance of ending up at your first elective without ever looking back?

The Repetition Specialists

If you choose to repeat, then Mander Portman Woodward (MPW) are experts at helping students reach their potential and get the grades they need.

Their colleges offer A-level courses in a variety of subjects in various examination boards for repeat students.

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They offer a wide range of subjects across different examination boards (Photo: Mander Portman Woodward, Birmingham)

And it works – they have a very consistent record of exam results and in 2021 their most common grade was A* or A.

Each year, MPW helps thousands of students achieve their dreams at its three colleges – in London, Cambridge and Birmingham.

They have an excellent Russell Group placement record for repeat students, and their experienced tutors are willing to go the extra mile to ensure everyone gets the grades they need.

Over 40 subjects are available and they are examination board specific so what students are taught matches their existing curriculum knowledge.

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MPW has an excellent record of placing students at Russell Group universities (Image: Mander Portman Woodward)

MPW offers two types of refresher courses, both full year and short course options depending on how much support is needed…

Year-round refresher courses:

These will start in September and run until June next year. They are generally best for students who haven’t done nearly as well as they hoped and need a lot of help to get the grades they need.

Often, participants in these courses will review more than one subject and will need to thoroughly revise much of the syllabus.

Short refresher courses:

These start in January (and end in June) and are best suited for students who just missed their target grades or only need to review a small number of selected units.

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You can choose to study for the whole year or just a few months (Photo: Mander Portman Woodward, London)

Both course types offer exam-oriented programs with small classes and an emphasis on pastoral care with a supportive personal tutoring system.

There is also expert UCAS advice available for those reapplying for admission.

Remember – it’s not the end of the world

The feeling of “failing” your high school diploma can be absolutely devastating, especially when everyone around you seems to be celebrating.

But you are not alone – there are thousands of people in your position this year, as it was last year, and as it will be in 2023.

It’s important to remember that not getting your grades isn’t the end of the world. You can stay true to your ambitions by catching up on your high school diploma and securing your dream job.

And relocating actually has some advantages. You have time to plan ahead and study hard enough not only to meet your expectations, but to exceed them.

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Another year can give you more time to plan your future (Image: Mander Portman Woodward, Birmingham)

A year in college rather than school can also help you prepare for university life by giving you new skills and better ways to manage your time independently.

You’ll also be more mature by the time you start college and will be better able to balance the work side of things with your social life.

And depending on which course you choose, you might also have time for a short gap year – MPW students have a history of travelling, working during the ski season and even volunteering abroad.

All of this enriched their personal statements for UCAS and helped them get through college when they finally got the grade.

So if things don’t go according to plan on Thursday, don’t worry. It’s really not the end of the world, just the beginning.

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Who are Mander Portman Woodward?

Mander Portman Woodward (MPW)

One of the most respected independent college brands in the UK (Image: Mander Portman Woodward, Cambridge)

Founded in London in 1973 by three Cambridge University graduates, Mander Portman Woodward has grown to become one of the best known and most respected independent college groups in the UK.

Enjoying a reputation for excellent exam results, university placements and strong pastoral care, they offer a highly flexible curriculum of unparalleled depth and breadth, encompassing GCSE, A-Level, University Foundation and Easter Revision courses.

1,200 students – around two-thirds British – come through its doors each year and this number is increased each spring by a further 1,500 enrollments in the MPW’s Easter refresher courses.

There are three colleges in total, all of which are close to renowned UK universities and all have received top marks in all UK Government inspection reports. Repeating the Abitur can make it easier for you to get into the university of your choice

Justin Scacco

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