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Welfare and Support

Abbey College Manchester Welfare and Support

All new students attend an induction day to tour the college, meet staff members, formally enrol and receive their timetables. They will also learn how to do practical things like open a bank account, register with a doctor, and learn to use public transport.


Your saftey and happiness are our highest priority. We prie ourselves on giving the highest standard of support to our students from before they leave home for the UK to the day they leave us to go to university and quite often after that.

Once you are enrolled with us, we provide you with everything you will need to prepare for your exciting new life in the UK.

We will:

  • send you a pre-arrival information pack
  • pick you up from the airport
  • show you around your new college and Manchester
  • help you open a bank account, register you with a doctor and work out your public transport choices
  • offer you guardianship
  • provide house parents and live-in staff members within our accommodation
  • arrange weekly meetings between you and your personal tutor

It is often a very difficult decision for parents to send their child overseas for an education, even when they are offering them a unique, life changing opportunity. It’s therefore vita that their child’s entire experience is a positive one, that it runs as smoothly and effectively as possible, and that the academic aims of the student are not impeded by day to day problems or worries. Likewise, it is just as important that parents are secure in the knowledge that their child’s emotional, educational and physical needs are being met to the highest possible standard.

Abbey College Manchester strongly recommend that all overseas students have a UK resident guardian during the time they are registered at one of the colleges.


At Abbey College Manchester a Guardian is someone who has delegate parental responsibility for stuent. They can be a family friend, a relative or a Guardianship Agency.

Abbey College Manchester work closely with guardianship agencies and we are able to support students if they need any help with this.

A guardian:

  • must be over the age of 25 and live in the UK
  • provides guidance and spport on educational and welfare matters in the student’s own language
  • can be contactabe at all times and be ready to deal with immediate problems or emergencies for illness and hospital admissions
  • hosts the student at their home during holidays
  • visits the college with the student and meet with teachers
  • The Abbey College Manchester philosophy is to ensure all our students are safe and well taken care of during their time with us, while being able to develop their independence and maturity.


All our students meet their personal tutor on a weekly basis. He or she will monitor their academic progress and attendance, as well as deal with any welfare issues.


We believe the small class sizes and high-quality teaching at Abbey College Manchester are the keys to our success. Our class sizes consist of on average between six and eight students. This gives giving our students more opportunity for one-to-one advice and personal attention from their teachers. The atmosphere is always friendly and encourages good working relationships between teachers and students.


Our teachers have a knowledge of their subjects that is second to none. Many are examiners for major examination boards, and therefore are uniquely placed to advise our students on the best examination techniques. Our aim is to ensure all students approach their exams as thoroughly as possible, and are prepared and armed with vital revision skills.


We monitor our students attendance through registration at the beginning of every lesson. We are entirely focused on ensuring our students have a responsive, supportive environment in which to learn.


Our parents are supplied with regular reports on areas such as general achievement, attitude and any other welfare concerns. We encourage parents to maintain close contact with their child’s personal tutors and to discuss any aspect of their child’s progress with us. We also stay in contact by text or email with parents regarding urgent matters like an unexpected illness or absence.

UKVI Tier 4 Sponsor Status

Abbey College Manchester has Tier 4 Sponsor Status with United Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI).

This allows the college the privilege of recruiting international students who require Tier 4 Student Visas onto its GCSE, A-Level and International Foundation Programmes of study.

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