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Welcome to Mander Portman Woodward (MPW), 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.

Students at MPW London can enjoy student life at our outstanding new boarding facility, Queen’s Gate House. Kensington Student Services (KSS), a wholly owned subsidiary of MPW, offers comfortable, safe and secure accommodation for students at MPW Birmingham and MPW Cambridge.

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* to an NCUK partner university, including 25+ UK universities as well as 15+ universities located in Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Canada and more.
  • 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 all three MPW colleges

*Subject to successful completion of the programme.

UAL Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
  • A prestigious, widely recognised route to studying the creative arts at the UK’s best arts schools and universities
  • Outstanding arts facilities located in the heart of South Kensington, close to iconic cultural attractions including the V&A, Saatchi Gallery and the Design Museum
  • Specialisms include Art, Printmaking, Photography, Textiles, 3D Design/Sculpture, Architecture and Interior Design, Illustration and Fashion
  • 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
UAL Foundation Diploma in Art and Design 5.0 IELTS (with no less than 4.5 in any single band) 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?
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 2021, 63% of A level grades were A*/A

and progression to top universities. Over the last three years:

  • Two thirds of UK university placements were at Russell Group, University of London and specialist universities
  • Over 150 students won places at Oxbridge, Medical, Dental or Veterinary School
  • 23% students progressed to top 10 UK 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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