A level retakes courses in London – Retaking A levels

Ashbourne wants to attract ambitious, hardworking and independent students who are capable of reaching at least a B grade standard but want help to push that to A or A*.

Such students will not settle for second best and, despite the initial setback of disappointing results, have the resilience to try again. They thrive in an environment which is encouraging, supportive and ambitious and appreciate the encouragement to explore the depths of any subject without fear. They are competitive and will want to be challenged to fulfil their potential and understand that confidence improves grades. For all intents and purposes, all grades of retake candidates improve with almost 95% at B grade or better. The majority of our students go on to Russell Group universities.

Moving to Ashbourne may involve a change of syllabus but the knowledge a student has already acquired at their first attempt, makes this task quite straightforward. For the same reason, this prior knowledge means completing the syllabus in one year is equally straightforward and allows our students sufficient time to focus on detail that they missed previously. In fact, many of our retake students succeed in their retake year whilst taking a new A level subject from scratch. Politics, Philosophy, Psychology and Film are frequent choices whose exam results rarely disappoint.

Moving to a new environment might seem daunting but students should be optimistic. Over half of our students have never been here before; the environment is stimulating, never intimidating, so students quickly settle in. Our approach to education is refreshing and exciting. Lessons in groups of fewer than 10 students provide engagement, individual attention and a relationship between staff and students which is grown up and informal. These small groups allow us to feedback to students in ways not possible with larger class sizes, in particular because this feature enables us to set much more homework than most may have experienced previously. Each student has a personal tutor who will guide and direct the UCAS process and oversee their academic progress. We are much more focused on exams and exam technique than is usual, and each half term there is a mock exam based on previous exam paper questions. After this mock exam a progress report will be prepared for you and your parents by each of your teachers.

Ashbourne suits those students who are ambitious, hardworking and independent and in general helps them move from a B standard to A or A*. The majority move on to Russell Group universities. Just over one third of our students come from abroad with Russia, China and Viet Nam among the greatest representations. Among our students there is a wonderful diversity of personalities, interests and goals, in part because we offer more than 25 different subjects at A level. These range from Art and Design and Performing Arts to Maths, Sciences and Economics, including traditional subjects as well as Psychology, Classics and History of Art. These are complemented with an array of co-curricular activities.

What to consider before retaking your A level courses

Most universities will regard a decision to retake as a sign of determination, perseverance and ambition. Nonetheless, any student considering retaking their A levels should always ask the relevant university faculty to confirm that a re-application will be welcome and to specify the grades that might now be required.

If you have missed your offer by a small margin you should contact the university’s admissions department who may be pleased to accept you anyway. If not, the university might be able to offer you a place on a course that is closely related to your first choice. You may need to be patient getting through to the department during busy application periods. 

Benefits of retaking A levels at Ashbourne

  • Outstanding grade improvement Ashbourne is committed to helping students reach their potential. A student who has achieved BBB could, on average, attain A*AA on retake.
  • Lots of teaching time means that you may complete the syllabus in a relaxed and confident manner, with plenty of time for engagement and structured, supervised work in class.
  • Specialist courses Ashbourne offers more than 30 years’ experience in delivering highly successful A Level retake and one-year courses.
  • A fresh, more grown-up approach to education quickly renews the spirit and provides a clean break from stale mind-sets and attitudes. Students’ performance is revitalised through contact with colleagues who share similar ambitions and aspirations.
  • Exam practice is too often in the background at traditional schools. In any field, excellence is achieved through dedicated effort guided by inspired and inspiring teachers and coaches. Our straightforward focus on examination preparation is simple, effective and transformational.
  • Individual attention, communication and feedback. The importance of small classes cannot be exaggerated but they are more effective when complemented by Personal Tutors. These dedicated teachers encourage and guide students to realise their academic potential and are a reassuring point of contact in dealing with parents’ concerns.

A level retake results 2019

 

Original Grades Ashbourne Grades University Destination
Chemistry B Chemistry A* Medicine
Manchester University
Economics B
Maths A
Economics A
Further Maths (one-year intensive) A
Maths A*
Economics
Bath University
Biology C
Chemistry E
Latin D
Biology A
Chemistry B
Latin C
Biological Sciences.
East Anglia University 
Further Maths C
Maths A
Physics C
Further Maths A
Maths A*
Physics A
Computer Science with Industrial Studies
Southampton University
Further Maths D
Maths A
Physics A
Further Maths A*
Maths A*
Physics A*
Aerospace Engineering
Bristol University 
Maths E Economics (one-year intensive) A
Politics (one-year intensive) A
Maths B
Religion, Politics and Society
King’s College London
Maths A Biology (one-year intensive) A
Maths A*
Economics
King’s College London 
Economics B
Maths C
Economics B
Maths A
International Development
Leeds University
Chemistry C
Maths B
Physics C
Chemistry B
Maths A
Physics A
Physics
King’s College London
Biology B Biology A Neuroscience
Nottingham University
Art B Art A Foundation in Fine Art
Art Academy London
Biology B
Physics B
Chemistry B
Biology A
Physics A
Chemistry A
Biological Sciences
Durham University

 

Grade Percentage
A* A 79%
A* AB 96%
A* ABC 100%

Previous retake results

2017/182016/17
Original Grades Ashbourne Grades University Destination
Portuguese B Portuguese A
English Literature (one-year intensive) B
Psychology (one-year intensive) B
Biology (one-year intensive) B
Economics D Economics B History

Manchester University 

Mathematics D
Biology C
Mathematics A
Biology B
Economics C
Maths C
Economics A
Mathematics A
Physics (one-year intensive) A
Economics

Warwick University

Politics B
Maths A
Politics A*
Mathematics A
English Literature (one-year intensive) A
Law

Durham University 

Mathematics B
Economics B
Mathematics A
Economics B
Chemistry (one-year intensive) A
Biology (one-year intensive) B
Social Science and Quantitive Methods

UCL 

Biology B
Chemistry C
Biology A*
Chemistry A*
Chemistry B
Maths B
Chemistry A
Maths A
Chemistry C
Biology B
Chemistry A
Biology B
Dentistry

Leeds University 

Politics (one-year intensive) B
Mathematics B
Physics D
Chemistry C
Mathematics A
Physics A
Chemistry A
Civil Engineering

Edinburgh University 

Chemistry D
Biology D
Physics B
Chemistry A*
Biology A
Physics A
Natural Sciences

Durham University 

Chemistry C Chemistry A
Psychology (one-year intensive) A
Biomedical Sciences

Bristol University 

Maths B Maths A
Chemistry (one-year intensive) A
Economics and Management

Bristol University 

Economics C
Psychology C
Economics A
Psychology B
Psychology

Manchester University 

History C Politics (one-year intensive) A
History B
International Relations

Exeter University 

Economics C
Maths E
Art B
Economics B
Maths D
Art (one-year intensive) B
International Business

Oxford Brookes University 

Psychology B
Chemistry D
Maths E
Psychology A
Chemistry B
Maths C
Natural Sciences

East Anglia University  

Biology B
Chemistry E
Biology A
Psychology (one-year intensive) A
Chemistry B
Neuroscience

Leeds University 

 

Grade Percentage
A* A 69%
A* AB 96%
A* ABC 100%
Original Grades Ashbourne Grades University Destination
Maths A Maths A*
Further Maths A*
Economics

Cambridge University

Chemistry C Chemistry 
French A*
Biology A
Denistry

Cardiff University 

Mathematics C
Economics C
Mathematics A
Economics A
Physics A
Economics

Warwick University

Economics C
Biology D
Mathematics C
Economics B
Biology C
Mathematics E

 

Grade Percentage
A* A 63%
A* AB 73%
A* ABC 91%
Why Choose Ashbourne College?
StudentsParentsTeachers
My time at Ashbourne was a fun and exciting experience. It had a very relaxed atmosphere which helped me settle in very well. The College’s approach to teaching in the classrooms was very different to traditional 6th form Colleges and a lot more informal which I believe was a great aid in developing my skills in independent study. During my time as a student at Ashbourne, I was passionate about physics and maths as well as music. My teachers and other staff members were very supportive of this and were an incredible assistance in helping me find an ideal course at university which catered to my interest. Thanks to Ashbourne I went on to do a joint degree in Physics and Music at Cardiff University. I graduated in 2018 and have remained at Cardiff to do a masters in Astrophysics.
AmyBSc in Physics and Music and MA in Astrophysics at Cardiff University
Academic excellence in a relaxed atmosphere! Small classes means that the teachers are able to give the students the dedicated attention that they need not only to succeed but also to understand the material taught.This is a nurturing institution that equips students with all the tools they need in future. I would certainly recommend this school to anyone – but saying this I do not want Ashbourne to lose the close knit family relationship that my daughter enjoys with faculty staff, teachers and students. So I want this to remain as a closely guarded secret!!
Your experience at Ashbourne will most certainly be informative, but its zenith is educational. To be informed is to be empowered, but to be educated is to be enlightened
Dr Barry RhuleMathematics and Physics Tutor
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Apply to retake your A levels at Ashbourne College

Please contact our Admissions Team for further information or to apply on 020 7937 3858, email admissions@ashbournecollege.co.uk or use our enquiry form.

Ashbourne is a private fee-paying college.

Getting into the right university

Ashbourne’s UCAS Tutors offer individual and expert guidance on finding and applying for university courses that match students’ ambitions and abilities. They also provide invaluable interview technique practice for those applying for demanding and highly popular degree courses. Ashbourne also runs specialist Medical School and Engineering programmes, with seminars and outside speakers, as well as preparation for any aptitude tests required by a particular course.

 


Alternatives to retaking

Re-marks

Your grade(s) might be so inconsistent with your own and your teachers’ expectations that you may consider a request to the exam board for re-marking. Be aware, however, that grades often do not change as a result of re-marks and may even go down! All remarks must be organised by your school.

Clearing

If you are unsuccessful in getting a place at the university of your choice you may wish to enter the clearing system. You will automatically be sent a ‘clearing passport’ number by email. Should you wish to take up a course at another university you will use this to confirm your acceptance. Courses which are still available may be found on the UCAS website.

Gap year

Taking a gap year to travel and work can often help to clarify your thoughts about your future and thus make the years spent at university, should you decide to reapply, more enjoyable and productive.