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January 2024 Start Options

Abbey College Manchester offers a range of high-quality academic programmes for students looking to start their studies in  January 2024. 

Interested in joining us in January 2024? Make an enquiry via the form below to speak to a member of our admissions team.


Our courses are for students between 15-19 years of age

Abbey College Manchester is a fee paying independent college

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At Abbey College Manchester we have the following course available for January 2024:

18 Month GCSE Programmes

Find out more about our January 2024 start programmes below.

18 Month GCSE Programme, January 2024

General Certificates of Secondary Education (GCSE) represent the first stage on the path to study at a UK university. Many institutions will ask for at least 5 GCSE passes for entry.

In 2022 63% of GCSEs awarded to Abbey College Manchester students achieved grades 9-4 (A** – C).

The 18 Month GCSE Programme is available at Abbey College Manchester from January 2024.

January 2024 GCSE study options

Course Duration Subjects available in Manchester Progress to
GCSE 18 Months

(Jan 2024 – July 2025)

  • Art & Design
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • English Language
  • Further Mathematics
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
A Level

International Foundation Programme

Why study GCSEs?

Depending on the duration of studies, GCSE students will take between 6-8 subjects. GCSEs provide a great ‘grounding’, offering students a wide breadth of subjects. time to familiarise themselves with the UK education system and improve their English (English Language is a compulsory GCSE subject). GCSEs also provide a natural pathway to A Levels, and students who have taken then tend to perform better in higher level examination.

How are they taught?   

GCSE course content is broken up into units, each unit is taught in a linear structure, with an emphasis on understanding the connection between topics within the wider context of the subject.


GCSEs are assessed by an end of course exam. Some subjects will also by coursework or practical work.


Why Abbey College Manchester?

Students in common room at Abbey college manchester

  • We offer a  small, friendly, welcoming community
  • British and International students integrate and learn together
  • An Innovative and flexible course offering
  • We provide a pathway to world-class northern universities
  • We are experts at preparing students for challenging courses such as medicine

For the past thirty years we have been proudly based in the heart of Manchester, in that time that we have embraced some of the city’s best qualities; innovation, pragmatism, a sense of humour and a practical spirit.

We have welcomed several thousand students from around the world and the local area into our friendly college community, and we take pride in helping our students to achieve personal and academic development, and to move on to world-class universities, many of which like our local University of Manchester, are located in our region.

We are the smallest of the three Abbey DLD colleges, and have the highest proportion of British students studying with us, which makes classes and life in college an interesting and invigorating mix of local and international cultures.


Abbey College Manchester, January 2023 start course fees

Course International Fee EU Fee
18 Month GCSE

(Jan 2024 – June 2025)


(First 6 Months)


(First 6 Months)


January 2024 Start Courses Entry Requirements

Programme Academic Requirements English Requirements Age Requirements
18 Month GCSE 5 passes at grade 9 or equivalent IELTS 4.0 or equivalent 14 – 15 years old on entry



Our courses are for students between 15-19 years of age

Abbey College Manchester is a fee paying independent college

*Please read and accept our Privacy Notice  before submitting your details to us.

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Join us in September

Join Abbey College Manchester in September 2024

Day and Boarding places available this September for students aged 14 – 21 years.

Join our GCSE, A Level, International Foundation, and Combined Studies Programmes.