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One of the UK’s leading names in fifth and sixth-form education. Established in 1973, our colleges in London, Birmingham and Cambridge offer a distinctive alternative to traditional schools, with bespoke solutions for A level and GCSE students. We strive to inspire and motivate our students to transform their academic aspirations into reality.

Founded in London by three Cambridge University graduates, the MPW Group is one of the best known and well respected independent college brands in the UK. It comprises three fifth- and sixth-form colleges in London, Birmingham and Cambridge, providing highly attractive and modern learning environments located in close proximity to prestigious university campuses.

MPW teaches 1,200 students on roll each year, of which approximately two thirds are British, one third international.  An additional 1,500 mostly UK-based students enrol each year on Easter Revision courses.


The next intake session starts 1n January 2019.

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The MPW Method

MPW’s reputation is based on its student-centred, hands-on and exam-focused programmes, its broad and highly flexible curriculum, small class sizes, strong pastoral support and renowned university placement assistance. Each college within the MPW Group employs a common methodology that underpins our approach to teaching and learning:

  • – There is an absolute guarantee of fewer than 10 students in each class
  • – Tutors are highly qualified to first or doctoral level and many are A level or GCSE examiners for the subjects that they teach
  • – MPW produces its own printed course materials for all major subjects
  • – There is a broad range of over 40 subjects from which to choose. These may be studied over durations ranging from one term to two years in any combination to suit the individual student
  • – All courses are underpinned by a strong exam practice component from the outset. There are monthly revision tests taken in all subjects at every level. And, in the final year during which examinations are sat, there are additional weekly timed assignments – all taken under supervised exam conditions
  • – At MPW there is unusually detailed progress reporting to parents. Test and homework results are available throughout a student’s course on the parent intranet, and as well as regular parent evenings there are detailed written reports on each subject five times per year
  • – Central to MPW’s methodology is respect for students as young adults. We insist on strict punctuality in the attendance of lessons and the submission of assignments but are otherwise free of many of the traditional school rules which teenagers often find restrictive. Tutors and students are on first-name terms and we aspire to create an enjoyable, socially relaxed atmosphere in which students enjoy coming to college and working hard.

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