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One of the UK’s leading names in fifth and sixth-form education. Founded in 1973, our three colleges are strategically located in close proximity to leading universities in London, Birmingham and Cambridge.

We offer a distinctive alternative to traditional schools, with classes taught in small, Oxbridge style groups, a strong focus on exam preparation and an outstanding level of individual support. Our students can choose from a broad curriculum including prestigious university foundation programmes and A levels offered in over 40 subjects.

Our accommodation is provided and managed by Kensington Student Services (KSS), offering a comfortable, safe and secure environment that students’ can call home.

A levels
  • Over 40 A level subjects offered with no restrictions on combination or course length
  • Two-year, one-year and 18-month options available
  • Maximum class size of nine
  • Available at all three MPW colleges
NCUK International Foundation Year
  • Guaranteed entry* into the 16 NCUK universities, six of which are Russell Group
  • Also recognised by most UK universities, including many from the Russell Group
  • Four pathway options: Business, Humanities, Engineering and Science
  • Two or three terms; January or September start dates available
  • Available at MPW Birmingham and MPW Cambridge

*Subject to successful completion of the programme.

University of London International Foundation Programme
  • Accepted by leading UK and international universities
  • Top UK university progression including LSE, King’s College, University of Warwick and more
  • Social science focus: Law, Business, Economics and Politics
  • Available at MPW London
MPW University Foundation Programme
  • Progression to a wide range of UK universities including University of London and Russell Group institutions
  • A flexible programme with September (three term) or January (two term) start dates
  • Two pathways: Business or Engineering
  • Available at MPW London
Entry Requirements
Programmes English Level Academic Requirements Min. Age
A levels 5.5 IELTS or equivalent (Two-year A level)

5.5/6.0 IELTS or equivalent (One-year and 18-month A level)

Six GCSE passes at grade C or above or equivalent 15
NCUK International Foundation Year 5.5 IELTS or equivalent (with no less than 5.0 in any single band, September start)

6.0 IELTS or equivalent (with no less than 5.5 in any single band, January start)

Completion of 12 years of schooling (or local equivalent to meet the same standard) with good grades 17
University of London International Foundation Programme 6.0 IELTS (minimum 6.0 in writing, with no other elements less than 5.5) Four GCSEs grade C or above or international equivalent (12 years of schooling completed with good grades and strong school report) 17
MPW University Foundation Programme 5.5 IELTS or equivalent (with no less than 5.0 in any single band, January start)

5.0 IELTS or equivalent (with no less than 4.5 in any single band, September start)

Successful completion of local high school (either 11 or 12 year system) with good grades 17
Why MPW?
  • Small Oxbridge-style classes - a maximum of nine students in A level classes, 14 in foundation programmes
  • Our students achieve outstanding results. In 2020:
    • 25% of UK placements were at top 10 universities*
    • Over 50 students won places at Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary School
    • 70% of students progressed to Russell Group, University of London and specialist universities
  • Top grades in government inspection reports
  • Unrivalled support for students with a unique personal tutor system, supervising welfare and academic progress
  • Students are respected as young adults; there is no school uniform, they are on first-name terms with their tutors and are encouraged to take responsibility for themselves.
  • A vibrant and diverse student community - 70% UK and 30% international students
  • Safe and comfortable accommodation within walking distance of each college

*2021 Times Higher Education UK University Rankings


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