Founded in London in 1973 by 3 University of Cambridge graduates, Mander Portman Woodward (MPW) is a group of private colleges based in the UK. Their mission is to “help students develop their confidence, knowledge and skills, and turn their academic aspirations into a reality.”
MPW’s 3 colleges are located in London, Cambridge and Birmingham, and their attractive, modern facilities create the ideal learning environment. The curriculum is varied and flexible, and classes are small, so you receive lots of individual attention.
What can I study with MPW?
If you’re interested in preparing for a UK university degree, then you have several choices with MPW, depending on what level of education you have, and what your goals are:
- GCSEs — these are internationally respected UK secondary school qualifications. And, if you're over 16, it could be the first step on your journey to a UK university.
- A levels — these are a prestigious post-secondary school qualification, and a key element for UK students applying to university. With A level qualifications, you can apply to UK universities too.
- University of London International Foundation Programme — this is a highly respected 1-year programme designed to improve academic skills, subject knowledge and English language ability. It is taught at MPW's London and Cambridge colleges and is written and assessed by the University of London. It will give you the skills needed for an undergraduate degree.
- NCUK Foundation Year in Birmingham — this offers guaranteed progression to an undergraduate degree at a Northern Consortium of UK Universities (NCUK) university, when you pass.
MPW teaches 1,100 students each year, and a third of them are from overseas. It’s therefore a great place to meet people from around the world and learn about different cultures.
Gabriel from Indonesia studied A levels with MPW, and progressed to study Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Manchester University. He says:
“My Personal Tutor was very supportive, and he guided me when I had questions about the different degrees I had in mind. He provided me with resources and books to read about the different subjects, which helped me make my final decision for my university degree.”
Overseas students like Gabriel enjoy fantastic results with MPW. With excellent one-to-one support from tutors, it’s no surprise that 76% of international students progressed to prestigious Russell Group universities in 2017.
What’s more, MPW’s colleges have been awarded the highest grade by independent and UK government inspectors (ISI and Ofsted), so you can be sure that you’ll receive a great education!
Care and support
MPW offers outstanding support to its students. Every student is assigned a Personal Tutor who supervises your academic progress, university applications and general welfare.
Your progress is monitored through one-to-one discussions and meetings to talk about test results, progress in class, homework and reports. The British education system might be new to you, so your Personal Tutor will also guide you through the university application process, helping you to stand out.
Moving to a new country is a big step, and a life-changing experience. That’s why your Personal Tutor is there for you to talk to if you feel homesick, or need advice about a personal problem. MPW also stays in contact with your parents throughout the year, and there is also an online parent portal, which allows them to stay up-to-date with academic your progress.
By providing great care and support for you and your parents, MPW aims to help you fulfil your potential and achieve your goals.