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A Level Retakes

A Levels are the most commonly retaken exams in the UK for many reasons; most pupils struggle with the leap up from GCSE, while others find it difficult to manage the exam pressure or to work more independently. If your child achieved lower grades than expected or needed for their chosen university, an A Level retake and resit tutor will help them to improve their results at the second attempt.

We introduce the highest calibre of A Level tutors for retakes, who can provide your child with new and efficient exam and revision techniques, build their confidence and ensure that one bad result won’t stand in the way of gaining a place at their chosen university.

Our retake tuition is available in-person in London or online anywhere in the world.

To discuss finding an A Level resit or retake tutor, please call one of our consultants on +44 (0)2073501981 or use our online enquiry form.

A Level Retake Tutors

  • Adam

    Adam

    Adam tutors Latin and Ancient Greek. He prepares students for 13+ and also the Oxford University Classics Admissions Test.

  • Adaora

    Adaora

    Adaora is a Geography specialist and tutors up to A Level. She also teaches English and Academic Writing.

  • Ahmad

    Ahmad

    Ahmad is a Master of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry from the University of Oxford. He provides tuition in Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics and University applications.

  • Akshay

    Akshay

    Akshay specialises in GCSE and A-Level Economics and Maths.

  • Alex H

    Alex H

    Alex is a specialist Maths tutor who works with students from 11+ to Oxbridge level. Additionally, he works with students on their Oxbridge admissions.

  • Alex HM

    Alex HM

    Alex specialises in teaching Latin and can also tutor Greek and Russian. As well as this, he prepares students for university applications.

  • Alex S

    Alex S

    Alex specialises in English and Maths tuition and has taught many of our home schooled students.

  • Alex W

    Alex W

    Alex specialises in tutoring Economics up to A-level, as well as BSc and MSc level Economics and Business Management. He also supports students with University Applications.

  • Alexander S

    Alexander S

    Alexander specialises in varying entrance exams and core GCSE subjects. He also prepares students for Oxbridge applications.

  • Alexandria

    Alexandria

    Alexandria tutors English and Geography for 11+, 13+, IGCSES, A-Levels and SAT exams. She is also an English as a Second Language tutor.

  • Alice

    Alice

    Alice is trilingual and supports with English, French and Spanish. She also specialises in Psychology tuition for A Level students and teaches Maths at 7+, 11+ and 13+.

  • Alison B

    Alison B

    Alison specialises in Latin. She also teaches Greek and English Language for varying entrance exams.

  • Amy

    Amy

    Amy is an experienced private tutor who provides interactive and rigorous lessons, tailored to each student.

  • Angharad

    Angharad

    Angharad specialises in History and Politics GCSE and A-Level tuition. She also prepares students for the 11+, as well as university applications.

  • Anil

    Anil

    Anil is an Oxford graduate who is highly multidisciplinary teaching a range of subjects including Maths, English, Music and Science.

  • Anna D

    Anna D

    Anna specialises in teaching Philosophy and History, as well as Religious Studies and Sociology.

  • Apollon

    Apollon

    Apollon tutors English, Maths and Science GCSE and A level. As well as this, he offers university application preparation to Medical School.

  • Arif

    Arif

    Arif tutors IB Maths, IB History and GCSE Maths. Additionally, he prepares students Oxbridge examinations and provides interview practice.

  • Ayokunle

    Ayokunle

    Ayokunle is a Chemistry and Physics specialist. He also tutors Maths, Economics, Biology, Geography and Business studies.

  • Ben A

    Ben A

    Ben's specialism is English. He prepares students for 11+,13+, IGCSE, IB and A Level examinations.

  • Beth

    Beth

    Beth is a highly experienced tutor who has worked around the world, specialising in English tuition.

  • Callum

    Callum

    Callum specialises in English and Maths tuition from 7+ up to GCSE, including 11+ and 13+ preparation. He is experienced in teaching children with special educational needs, particularly with English and creative writing.

  • Dalmeet

    Dalmeet

    Dalmeet specialises in tutoring Maths (I)GCSE and Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

  • Darius PW

    Darius PW

    Darius specialises in 7+ and 11+ exam preparation. He also assists students with Oxbridge applications, as well as tutoring Italian.

  • David

    David

    David is a Chemistry specialist, concentrating on the GCSE and A Level examinations. He also supports students with Oxbridge applications.

  • Dominique

    Dominique

    Dominique specialises in UK and US university applications, as well as postgraduate law degrees. She also teaches History and Drama.

  • Dween

    Dween

    Dween is a multidisciplinary tutor and Entrance Examination specialist. Additionally, he has a wealth of SEN experience.

  • Edward

    Edward

    Edward's specialist subject is English Literature. He also teaches History and Maths to GCSE and Science to Common Entrance.

  • Edward R

    Edward R

    Edward is an English specialist, working with students from primary age up to A-Level.

  • Elizabeth Ca

    Elizabeth Ca

    Elizabeth is an experienced tutor who specialises in English and Entrance Exam Preparation.

  • Emilia

    Emilia

    Emilia tutors Economics, Philosophy and Politics at A Level. Additionally, she supports students with Oxbridge Applications.

  • Emma S

    Emma S

    Emma is a highly experienced Psychology and Biology specialist, with over 2000 hours of tuition experience.

  • Ewan

    Ewan

    Ewan is a qualified teacher who specialises in Maths and Physics tuition up to A-Level. He also tutors Biology and Chemistry up to GCSE and prepares students for 13+ Exams.

  • Freddie

    Freddie

    Freddie specialises in English Literature and Language. He also teaches Theology, Ancient Greek and Latin, as well as preparing students for 11+, 13+ and 16+ entry examinations.

  • Frederique

    Frederique

    Frederique is an experienced, qualified teacher. She tutors French from Primary level up to A-Level examinations.

  • Geoffrey

    Geoffrey

    Geoffrey specialises in English, while additionally teaching Performing Arts, Media Studies, Education and Sociology. He is hugely experienced in preparing students for Oxbridge entrance.

  • George

    George

    George tutors History, English and German. He is also a Common Entrance specialist.

  • Giovanna

    Giovanna

    Giovanna specialises in Economics, Finance and Accounting Tuition.

  • Grace

    Grace

    Grace tutors History, English and Art for GCSE and A Level. She has extensive SEN and home schooling experience.

  • Greg

    Greg

    Greg specialises in Maths tuition up to Undergraduate level, Physics up to A-level and both the IB Standard Level and Higher Level.

  • Hajr

    Hajr

    Hajr specialises in the Sciences and is a qualified teacher.

  • Haris J

    Haris J

    Haris specialises in Business Studies, Economics, Accounting and Statistics tuition and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

  • Imran

    Imran

    Imran is a Maths specialist, supporting students from Key Stage 3 up to A-Level.

  • India

    India

    India lectures at top London art schools, as well as being a practising artist herself. She tutors art to students from primary school age up to and including supporting undergraduate artists with their dissertations.

  • Inga

    Inga

    Inga specialises in Chemistry, Maths and Physics. She students from GCSE to A Level and IB.

  • Isaac

    Isaac

    Isaac specialises in English, Philosophy and Maths tuition, while also tutoring History, Drama and Science.

  • Isabella

    Isabella

    Issy specialises in English Literature and tutors the subject from 11+ up to A Level. She is also experienced in teaching English as an additional language.

  • Jack B

    Jack B

    Jack has a PhD in Mathematics and tutors Maths from GCSE to Undergraduate level.

  • Jack Bn

    Jack Bn

    Jack's specialist subject is English. He tutors from 11+ level to A Level and additionally preparations students for Oxbridge admissions.

  • Jack C

    Jack C

    Jack specialises in Science and Maths Tuition from Key Stage 3 to A Level. Additionally, he supports with University and Medical school applications.

  • James C

    James C

    James is a Maths specialist who also has experience tutoring Physics, Economics, 11+ Entrance Exams and Scholarship Exams.

  • James M

    James M

    James specialises in tutoring towards entrance examinations, in particular 7+, 11+ and 13+. He also supports Oxbridge applications.

  • James S

    James S

    James is a highly experienced English teacher and entrance exam specialist, from 11+ to university applications.

  • Jessica G

    Jessica G

    Jessica specialises in Psychology tuition and is an AQA Examiner. She also has a strong track record of preparing students for competitive Entrance Exams in English and Maths.

  • Joe B

    Joe B

    Joe specialises in Geography tuition up to Undergraduate level and also tutors Biology and English up to A Level.

  • Joel

    Joel

    Joel tutors history, philosophy and politics from GSCE up to and including undergraduate level. He also prepares students for university applications.

  • John W

    John W

    John is a highly skilled Physics and Maths specialist, working mainly with students preparing for their A Levels.

  • Jonathan W

    Jonathan W

    Jonathan is a qualified teacher, who specialises in geography. He prepares students for both GCSE and A Level geography.

  • Kate

    Kate

    Kate specialises in English GCSE and A Level. She can also support students in preparation for Oxbridge entrance.

  • Katya

    Katya

    Katya specialises in Biology tuition and also teaches English, Maths, Chemistry and Psychology.

  • Kieron

    Kieron

    Kieron is a Cambridge Classics graduate who is highly multidisciplinary. He is experienced at supporting students for entry to schools such as Eton College, in both English, Maths and Latin papers.

  • Leena

    Leena

    Leena specialises in teaching Maths and Science. She also teaches BMAT, UCAT and entrance examinations.

  • Leia

    Leia

    Leia specialises in Maths, Science and Geography from 11+ up to A Level. She also tutors students in essay writing for University entry.

  • Leon

    Leon

    Leon tutors English and is an Entrance Exam specialist, teaching from 7+ through to 13+. Leon also teaches essay-based subjects such as History, Geography and Social Sciences.

  • Lizzy

    Lizzy

    Lizzy tutors English, History and Maths. Additionally, she prepares students for the 11+, 13+, 16+ and Ukiset Entrance Exams.

  • Ludovico

    Ludovico

    Ludovico specialises in Physics and Maths for both IB and A Level students. He can also provide support for Extended Essays and IAs along with support to undergraduate students.

  • Luke

    Luke

    Luke specialises in Maths and Physics tuition. He also teaches Economics, Chemistry, Biology and competitive Entrance Exam preparation.

  • Luke E

    Luke E

    Luke specialises in French and Spanish. He prepares students for 13+, 16+ and UCAS applications and offers personal statement guidance.

  • Luke H

    Luke H

    Luke specialises in Economics at GCSE level and above.

  • Manfred

    Manfred

    Manfred specialises in Maths and Physics tuition, as well as teaching Music, German and Spanish.

  • Mark

    Mark

    Mark specialises in Philosophy, English, History and IB Extended Essay Tuition. Additionally, he provides support with University Admissions.

  • Mathilda

    Mathilda

    Mathilda is an IB specialist. She tutors English Literature and Language, as well as ToK and EE. She also tutors iGCSE English.

  • Matt

    Matt

    Matt tutors English, History and Philosophy at GCSE, A Level and undergraduate level. He also supports students with university applications.

  • Matthew H

    Matthew H

    Matthew specialises in English Language and Literature. He also prepares students for entrance exams and Oxbridge applications.

  • Matthew S

    Matthew S

    Matthew is a highly multidisciplinary tutor, with a particular specialism in Science, English, Maths and competitive Exam preparation, including the 13+, TSA, PAT, MAT and STEP exams.

  • Maxim

    Maxim

    Maxim specialises in Politics and History tuition, along with application and interview preparation for Oxford and Cambridge.

  • Michael

    Michael

    Michael is a highly experienced maths teacher, who also supports with English for 11+ exams.

  • Minnie C

    Minnie C

    Minnie specialises in Religious Studies and Politics. Additionally, she prepares students for exams and university applications.

  • Mustafa

    Mustafa

    Mustafa is Mathematics and Entrance Examination tutor who specialises in online teaching. He has worked with Simply Learning Tuition for over three years.

  • Nadia

    Nadia

    Nadia is a highly multidisciplinary tutor who specialises in a range of subjects including English, Maths, History, Law and Entrance Exam Preparation.

  • Natasha La F

    Natasha La F

    Natasha is a multidisciplinary tutor who specialises in Exam Preparation, English and Art. Additionally she tutors Maths, Chemistry and Classics.

  • Natasha RM

    Natasha RM

    Natasha is a qualified teacher who specialises in Spanish, from helping KS3 children improve their grammar, to preparing students for their Spanish A Level exams.

  • Nicola

    Nicola

    Nicola is a University Lecturer who is highly multidisciplinary, specialising in English, Maths, History and Art History, as well as 11+ and 13+ exams.

  • Nik

    Nik

    Nik is an experienced Economics tutor, ranging from IB and A Level to Undergraduate level. He also assists students with university applications.

  • Octavia

    Octavia

    Octavia is a highly experienced online Biology and Chemistry tutor. Additionally, she support students with University Applications.

  • Oli B

    Oli B

    Oli tutors English and Drama GCSE. As well as this, he prepares students for entry into UK drama schools.

  • Oliver K

    Oliver K

    Oliver tutor a range of subjects from 11+ up to Undergraduate level. As well as this, he supports students with University choices and applications.

  • Omari

    Omari

    Omari is a highly multidisciplinary tutor, specialising particularly in English and Maths for Entrance Exams from 7+ to 13+.

  • Oscar

    Oscar

    Having specialised in Shakespeare at the University of Cambridge, Oscar tutors English Literature from 11+ to A Level.

  • Paula A

    Paula A

    Paula specialises in Spanish tuition and also teaches Maths and English at pre-prep and prep school age, and English as a foreign language.

  • Pedro

    Pedro

    Pedro tutors Maths and all three Sciences to GCSE and A Level students.

  • Phineas

    Phineas

    Phineas has been tutoring since 2007. He specialises in Humanities and Languages - French and German. He tutors from 7+ age up to A-level.

  • Rajiv

    Rajiv

    Rajiv is an Entrance Exams specialist, specifically English, Maths and Science for the 11+ and 13+ exams. He also teaches Science and Latin up to GCSE level.

  • Rasha

    Rasha

    Rasha prepares students for 7+, 11+ and 13+ entrance exams, as well as tutoring Maths and Science GCSE and A Level.

  • Redha

    Redha

    Redha has eight years of experience teaching in residential and home schooling roles in the UK and internationally.

  • Rhea

    Rhea

    Rhea specialises in entrance exam preparation, as well as tutoring Spanish and English up to A Level.

  • Richard

    Richard

    Richard is a qualified teacher, with over ten years of experience working in schools. He specialises in History tuition, as well as Government and Politics.

  • Ritchard

    Ritchard

    Ritchard is a highly experienced tutor who prepares students from 11+ to A-Levels and IB, in a range of subjects.

  • Rory M

    Rory M

    Rory specialises in Maths and Physics, preparing students for GCSE and A level exams.

  • Ruby

    Ruby

    Ruby provides 11+ and university application preparation. She also tutors English Literature and Language GCSE and A Level.

  • Rupert P

    Rupert P

    Rupert is a qualified teacher, who tutors a wide range of subjects including English and Maths. He has considerable SEN experience.

  • Sam

    Sam

    Sam specialises in Psychology and Sociology tuition, along with study skills and exam technique. He also supports with Oxbridge Applications.

  • Samuel

    Samuel

    Samuel is a qualified teacher and highly experienced tutor who specialises in Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Study Skills and 11+ preparation.

  • Sara O

    Sara O

    Sara specialises in tutoring GCSE and A-Level Science. She also helps students prepare for Maths 11+ exams and sixth form entrance exams.

  • Sarah B

    Sarah B

    Sarah specialises in English and Philosophy tuition and is one of our specialist Home schooling tutors.

  • Sarah L

    Sarah L

    Sarah specialises in Chemistry, Physics and Biology GCSE and A-Level. Additionally, she tutors students in the Early Years.

  • Sarah T

    Sarah T

    Sarah specialises in Religious Studies, preparing students for their GCSE and A Level exams. She is a highly experienced UCAS advisor and mentor and also assists with Philosophy and Theology Oxbridge entrance tests.

  • Sean GT

    Sean GT

    Sean is a mentor and tutor who also supports with Personal Statements and Oxbridge Applications.

  • Shormee

    Shormee

    Shormee specialises in helping students with their university applications and interview practice (particularly Oxbridge).

  • Shuang

    Shuang

    Shuang specialises in Maths and Science tuition up to GSCE level. Additionally she tutors English, Mandarin Chinese and Drama. She has extensive home schooling experience.

  • Sophia L

    Sophia L

    Sophia's specialist subjects are Latin and French and she is experienced in teaching 11+ and 13+.

  • Syed

    Syed

    Syed is a PhD researcher at Imperial College with ten years of teaching experience. He tutors maths and science, from Common Entrance to A Level.

  • Thomas H

    Thomas H

    Thomas is a highly multidisciplinary tutor who specialises in Business, Geography and Maths tuition. He also provides academic assessments and teaches English, Economics, and Science.

  • Tristan

    Tristan

    Tristan specialises in tutoring GCSE and A-Level geography. He also prepares students for 13+ and the TSA for Oxbridge applications.

  • Victoria

    Victoria

    Victoria is an experienced IB History teacher and tutor. She also tutors MYP Humanities, Geography GCSE and IGCSE and A level Politics.

  • Vishal

    Vishal

    Vishal specialises in Entrance Exam Admissions at 7+, 8+, 10+, 11+, 13+ and 16+. He also tutors English, Maths and Science up to GCSE level.

  • Wiebke

    Wiebke

    Wiebke tutors French, English and German. She has experience home schooling students and also 11+ exam preparation.

  • William B

    William B

    William is a Cambridge graduate and highly experienced tutor. He teaches English, Maths, German and Science and has worked with SLT for over ten years.

  • William K

    William K

    William specialises in English Language and English Literature GCSE and A Levels. Additionally, he prepares students for Oxbridge interviews.

  • Yanan

    Yanan

    Yanan specialises in Biology, Maths, Chemistry and Mandarin Chinese tuition. She also teaches all Sciences up to GCSE level.

  • Zoe F

    Zoe F

    Zoe specialises in the Humanities, English, History and Geography up to year 7, while also teaching Maths up to 11+.

  • Zoe L

    Zoe L

    Zoe specialises in teaching English Language and Literature as well as History and Drama.

  • Zora

    Zora

    Zora is a qualified teacher who specialises in Science and Maths up to A Level. She also teaches English for Key Stage 2 and 3.

Can you retake a levels?

Yes. If you weren’t happy with your A Level results or didn’t get the results you needed to meet a university offer, you can retake your A Levels. You can sit the exams a second time in May/June the year after your original A Levels. You can then apply to jobs or universities with your new grade(s) when these are released on A Level results day.

Benefits of retaking A Levels

Resitting A Levels gives you a second chance to get the grades you need. If you fell short of a university offer, want to improve your grades to apply for jobs, or simply don’t feel like your results do you justice, retaking A Levels allows you try and improve your grades. With another year to prepare, you can cover the course content more thoroughly than first time around and address any areas of weakness. This gives you a better chance of securing the result you are looking for.

How can you resit A Levels?

There are a few ways to resit your A Levels.

At school

Some schools allow students to enrol to retake their A Levels at school. You should check with your teachers whether this is possible, as not all schools offer resits. If it is, you will be taught in the classroom as you were first time around, and then resit the exam the following summer.

In a college

You can retake your A Levels in specialist independent colleges and sixth forms. These are often designed for students resitting, and feature small class sizes and a focus on exam technique.

Fees for this vary by college, but are likely to be more than £6000 per A Level.

With a private tutor

If you are looking for expert 1-1 preparation for your A Level retakes, working with an experienced private tutor is a highly effective way to retake your exams. Unlike in school or a college, the tutor is solely focused on what you struggle with in the syllabus, and can adapt their teaching entirely to your needs and preferred learning style. The results are often transformative, with students improving by several grades.

It is important to remember that if you are not attending a school or college, you will need to register as a private candidate to sit the exams.

At SLT, we work with expert private tutors for A Level retakes. We can also support with exam registration. If you are interested in finding out more, contact us and one of our friendly team will be able to assist you.

When can you retake A Levels?

A Level resit students take the exams on the same day as those sitting them for the first time. January retakes are no longer offered, so the exams will take place in May or June.

Every exam board will have a different timetable, so it is advisable to check the website of the exam board you are taking for exact dates.

How many times can you retake A Levels?

You can retake most A Level subjects up to four times. However, some subjects, like English and Maths, have no limit on the number of times you can retake them.

It is not necessarily advisable to retake A Levels more than once or twice, though. University admissions teams might be impressed by a retake grade which improves first time from a C to an A, but if they see that you have retaken the same subject four times, they may believe that you are not naturally strong in it.

Cost of resitting A Levels

The cost of resitting A Levels depends on how you choose to retake them. Attending a college will incur course fees of above £6,000 per subject. Working with a private tutor is likely to be charged hourly.

If you are retaking A Levels as a private candidate, there are also fees associated with registering with an exam centre. These are typically around £150-400 per subject.

How to prepare for A Level retakes

If you decide to retake your A Levels, you should begin preparation as soon as possible. At SLT, we recommend working with an expert private tutor for a full academic year if possible. Regular sessions 2-3 times per week, with homework set in between, will ensure that you cover the entire syllabus.

It is advisable to begin by going over the A Level curriculum and identifying the areas you struggled with the most, as these should be the focus of your preparation. Requesting your exam scripts from the first time you took your A Levels is also recommended to give you a clear idea of where you won and lost the all-important marks.

Then, when the exams are around two months away, you should begin revision. Create a realistic revision timetable and don’t forget to include plenty of time to work on practice papers, exam technique and time management. You can read more revision tips for A Levels in our blog.

What happens if your A Level resit results are worse than the original results?

Around half of students who resit their A Levels do not improve their grades or do worse second time around. In this case, there is no way to hide this from universities – they will be able to see your original and resit grades.

If your grades do not improve, you may need to apply for a different course or to a different university to be accepted. You can also resit a second time, though this will take another year and will not guarantee improvement. It is also worth checking with the university you are applying to if they would consider a second retake grade.

A Level retake colleges in London

There are several colleges in London which prepare students for A Level resits, including Albemarle College, MPW, DLD College and Collingham College.

If you are unsure whether working with a private tutor or attending a college would be better for you or your child, you can contact our team of education consultants who will be able to advise you.

Do universities accept A Level resits?

Yes, though each university will have its own policy on A Level retakes. Some, like Cambridge, only accept retakes for certain courses, while others, like UCL or Imperial, will consider A Level resits on a case-by-case basis.

It is important to note that universities will be able to see that you have retaken your A Levels when you apply. This will not necessarily be held against you – especially if your first result was affected by mitigating circumstances. Either way, strong improvement in your resit will show that you are hard-working, resilient, and capable of strong academic performance – all qualities which will appeal to universities.

Frequently asked questions

  • Can you retake A Levels without going back to school?

    Yes. You can either enrol in an independent college to retake your A Levels, or if you are looking for 1-1 preparation outside of the school environment, working with a private tutor is a highly effective way to prepare. Every year, our tuition service helps students improve their grades in their A Level resits.

    It is important to remember that if you are not attending a school or college, you will need to register as a private candidate to sit the exams.

  • Does resitting A Levels look bad?

    Not necessarily – though you should remember that universities will be able to see that you have retaken your A Levels when you apply.

    This need not be a bad thing, especially if your first result was affected by mitigating circumstances. Improving your grade in your resit will show that you are hard-working, resilient, and capable of strong academic performance – all qualities which will appeal to universities.

  • Can you retake A Levels in November?

    No. A Level retakes were allowed in November over the Covid period, but this has been discontinued. The only time of year to retake your A Levels is in May/June.

  • Can you retake A Levels while at university?

    It is possible to register as a private candidate and retake A Levels alongside your university studies. However, the workload is likely to be intensive and some universities may discourage (or disallow you altogether) from doing so while you are studying there.

  • How much does it cost to resit a levels?

    The cost of retaking A Levels varies depending on how you retake them. Colleges will charge upwards of £6,000 per subject, while working with a private tutor is likely to be charged hourly.

    If you are retaking A Levels as a private candidate, there are also fees associated with registering with an exam centre. These are typically around £150-400 per subject.

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