Changes to A level retake courses from 2013.
As part of its ongoing education reforms the government has removed the opportunity for students to resit any A level modules in January. The last A level January modules were available in January 2013. Traditional one term September-January A level resit courses on English exam boards (OCR, Edexcel and AQA) are therefore no longer possible.
These one term courses however were sometimes limited by the availability of modules in January anyway and less impressive to universities as it was always clear students were looking for a quick fix with minimum disruption to their gap year plans!
In effect most successful RIC A level resit students have in recent years opted for the September-June programme as this has given the best chances of significant grade improvement, the opportunity to take fresh subjects alongside retaking and to prepare properly for university. As many A level retake students at RIC opt to board there is still the opportunity to leave home at the same time as peers and live in a residential environment that is designed to be a stepping stone between school and university.
RIC’s bespoke A level resit courses now run January- June or September-June depending on individual circumstances. Our teachers can offer retake courses for all examination boards and options.
It is also possible for students to combine resitting A levels part time September-June with strengthening their work experience portfolios.
a level retakes- a passport to your first choice university
When deciding to retake A levels it is worth considering that with a degree now far more of a common currency and the cost of a university education increasing all the time it has become even more important for students to ensure they aim to secure entry to good courses at respected institutions. A level results and UCAS points are also increasingly being used by major employers when they are recruiting graduates. For entry in 2013 it is clear that students who attain ABB in their subjects will be able to attain a first choice place as the government is removing the cap for students with these grades, allowing leading universities to increase the number they recruit.
Universities do recognise the commitment of students who opt to retake their A levels and even the top Russell and 1994 Group universities give offers to RIC’s A level resit students every year. Last year A level retake students applying for Law won places at Exeter, Birmingham, Newcastle and Lancaster. What gives RIC A level retake students the competitive edge when reapplying for university is that they often add new subjects alongside their A level resits to properly prepare them for their chosen course of study and demonstrate their academic potential.