A-Level Retakes

Oxford Tutorial College offers students a motivating environment in which to take a fresh look at their work and boost their performance. Over 50 per cent of our teaching staff are Oxbridge graduates, and are highly skilled in the teaching methods that build greater understanding and stronger exam performance.

OUR RETAKE COURSES

The A-Level specification is carefully reviewed with an emphasis on key topic areas, and guidance is given with reference to previous exam questions. A set of revision materials is developed to replace or supplement existing notes and materials. Study techniques such as reading, note-taking and revision skills are also developed. Our purposeful yet informal teaching style puts students at ease, and tutors work closely with each student to iron out difficulties.

In order to fulfil the requirements of the A-Level exam, a student must not only possess clear and detailed specification knowledge, but also have mastered exam techniques such as selection, planning and timing. It is a combination of knowledge and technique that enables a student to do well, and our retake courses address both, ensuring that you have all the tools you require.

Our retake courses offer the opportunity to benefit from very small groups, a maximum of six, usually two or three, students to give you maximum benefit. Groups of this size encourage active learning with discussion of topics under the tutor’s guidance and allow for a high degree of personal attention.

Practicals: Those students who have not passed the practical assessments required of A-Level Physics, A-Level Chemistry and A-Level Biology are expected to take additional laboratory sessions to retake the practical assessment. A thorough grounding is provided in the essential knowledge, methods and techniques required to satisfy this part of the exam.

COURSE LENGTH

When applying for A-Level retakes, you will also need to consider how much time you require to improve before retaking your exams.

A retake course over a full academic year allows sufficient time to make the necessary improvements in both subject knowledge and exam technique to achieve the best grade. For those looking for a significant grade improvement in two or more subjects, a one year course is recommended.

Students can also retake A-Levels over one or two terms ahead of the terminal examinations taken in June: this approach is ideal for the student who has narrowly missed their target grade and simply needs to hone their specification knowledge, revision and examination technique. The College offers January – June A-Level retakes in nearly 30 subjects: students attend classes throughout the spring term and in the summer term up until mid-June. Our two-term retake students often choose to attend the College’s Easter Revision Course in addition to their term time studies. In some cases it is possible to begin an A-Level retake course at the start of the summer term.

Students are able to study new A-Level or a BTEC Level 3 Business Subsidiary Diploma alongside their A-Level retake classes. Please contact us for more advice and information.

UNIVERSITY APPLICATIONS

Students who sit A-Level retakes normally wish to apply to a UK university for the following year. It is worth being aware of universities’ attitudes towards those students who retake A-Levels to make sure that an application is not wasted. Most universities tend not to discriminate against retakers, although for the more competitive degree courses the requirement may be slightly higher than normal. However, the fact that a student is prepared to retake exams suggests commitment; the additional preparation involved in a revision course also tends to emphasise sound study habits, putting students in a good position to begin work at degree level.

Finally, A-Level retakes can offer a good student the chance fully to reassess his or her goals and learn how to study more effectively. Every year, students leave our A-Level retake courses, confident that not only have they improved their performance, but they have also grown in self-understanding and motivation.

Students are able to retake the exact examination board specification that they have previously studied in any of the A-Level Subjects we offer. However, it is sometimes prudent to switch to a different examination board’s specification.

For more information about our A-Level courses, retakes, or how to apply, you can contact us on +44(0)1865 793333 or email us at info@oxfordtutorialcollege.com.