A Level Courses Offered
There are a wide variety of A level courses offered at our sixth form college. We can teach all exam boards and any combination of subjects is possible, as our courses are individually designed and taught either one-to-one or in very small groups. A typical A level student would study three subjects over the course of two years, although we often admit ambitious students who would like to take a fourth A level subject or an EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) in Year 12.
Studying A Levels at Westminster Tutors college
Sixth form life at our independent sixth form college is the ideal step to adult life and all that lies ahead. A level classes are taught either one-to-one or in very small groups by highly qualified and friendly teachers. Each student is assigned a personal tutor from the Senior Leadership Team, who provides ongoing academic and pastoral support though both the lower and upper sixth. Our personal approach, combined with the collegiate atmosphere and intellectually engaging lessons mean that our students not only get the A level grades that win them places at the UK’s top universities, but also embark on their degree courses as confident, mature and independent learners.
This is not to say that all students wish to go on to university – for example we are seeing increasing interest in degree apprenticeships – and we also prepare our students for competitive job applications in an increasingly digitalised age. Expert careers and higher education guidance is provided on an individual basis throughout the sixth form, and all our advice and guidance is geared towards broadening opportunity and encouraging aspiration. We are rightly ambitious for our students!
Apart from their A level courses, our sixth form students are joining a welcoming, diverse and inclusive college community. The general atmosphere in college is relaxed, informal and very friendly and newcomers quickly get to know other students as well as our teachers. Sixth formers are able to participate in a variety of study and interest groups, and social activities are arranged both by the students and the college. We offer a full PSHCE programme that is age-appropriate and relevant, and often adjust the programme so that students are able to share ideas and discuss the most pressing issues of the day. All students also receive personalised guidance on sport and fitness from our trained coach and there are further opportunities for informal team games, as well as hotly contested staff-student matches.
Enrichment opportunities abound, due to the talents of our staff and our location in central London. Year 12 students are able to pursue independent research by embarking on an EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) in an area of academic interest. There are also opportunities to join the Music department or take short Film courses at other colleges in our group, or to study drawing in the V&A with our own teacher. Many of our science and Maths teachers have research backgrounds and are able to devise activities which give their students opportunities to explore beyond the confines of the A level curriculum.
A Level Courses – Entry Requirements
As we are a non-selective sixth form college, there are no specific entry requirements for our A level courses although some A levels require a foundation knowledge of grade 6 or higher at GCSE. The Principal interviews all prospective students and discusses their educational background and future aspirations in detail to make sure that an appropriate A level programme can be offered. Our aim is for each student to fulfil their academic potential, so we take care to consider realistic and achievable goals. If the Principal is satisfied that we are able to meet the individual needs of a student, a formal offer will be made to enrol at the college. During enrolment, references at the student’s previous school will be sought to confirm their suitability.
Study for your A Levels near your home
Westminster Tutors is well located in central London, so you can study for your A levels near your home. For students who live further away, there is the option of arranging online lessons to avoid long commutes. Regardless of whether you are studying online, in college or with a combination of the two, our teachers make sure that you are learning to the best of your abilities. This flexible approach has enabled us to continue delivering our bespoke A level courses throughout 2020 and 2021.
How We Compare
If you take a look at the DfE Performance Tables for A levels, you can see how we compare against our nearest competitors and the national average. In the most recent DfE tables, we have placed in the top 20 for progress and in the top 100 for A level grades in the country, with an average grade of A- (compared to the national average grade which was C+). In general, in the DfE Performance Tables we often rank as the leading private sixth form college in Kensington and Chelsea, and in London at large.
A Level Results
We are extremely proud of all our students’ A level results every year, as these are testament to their hard work and dedication as well as demonstrating why our teaching approach works so well. Our results over the past three years have seen a noticeable increase in the top grades, and this looks set to continue in 2021. Last year, 68% of all A level grades achieved by our students were A*-A, while 92% were A*-B.
What Happens on A Level Results Day
Many students are understandably nervous about what happens on A level results day, so it is always a good idea to be prepared. A level results day 2021 will take place on Tuesday 10th August and you will receive your results from 8:30am. We hope everyone gets the grades they want this year, but our staff will be available all day to support students.
As our students receive excellent A level results, these naturally lead to impressive university destinations as well. In 2020, 72% of our students placed at Russell Group universities and 88% at their first choice. As part of our sixth form programme, we provide individual advice and guidance to all of our students throughout their UCAS application. We are also very mindful of the world of work and employment prospects, and are seeing increasing interest in degree apprenticeships. Recently we have had two students secure degree apprenticeships at PWC and Thales, which are fully funded and include degree course studies at Russell Group universities. We therefore give all of our students a wide range of careers advice about options available to them.
Retaking A Levels
We are equally experienced and successful at supporting students who are retaking A levels. Our A level retake students get fabulous A level results: in 2020, our average retake improvement was 2.4 grades, and over 72% of our students went on to the top Russell Group universities. Most notably in recent years we have had A level retake students take up places at Oxford and Cambridge, as well as courses in Veterinary Medicine and Dentistry. This success is down to our retake students achieving their full academic potential as well as expert guidance on how to enhance their applications. Read more
Westminster Tutors provides one-to-one teaching in all subjects and at all levels. All tuition is tailor-made to each student’s individual requirements. Contact us to find out more about private tuition options available at Westminster Tutors college. Read more
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Since 1934 we have built our reputation on our tutors and they remain our greatest asset today. Our student-teacher ratio is 1:1 and it is our policy to offer a balance of the brightest and best graduates from the top universities with highly qualified teachers who have many years of experience. Read more
Westminster Tutors is an academically non-selective college, and we welcome applications from students of all abilities and backgrounds. Because of our flexible tuition programmes it is also possible for students to join us at any point in the academic year. Read more
Our annual fees are paid in two instalments, half in September and half in January. If a student enrols at a different point in the year, fees are calculated pro rata. Read more
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