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Abbey College Manchester Riverside House Boarding House

Urban Boarding Experience

An exciting, fresh and different boarding experience is offered by Abbey College Manchester to its students both local and international. Riverside House offers high quality, safe accommodation within a 15 minute walk of the college and it is proving a bit success with the students.

Abbey College Manchester Karting Success

Karting Success

A talented A-Level student is currently combining his studies in Mathematics; Business and Chemistry with his passion of karting.

In the Local Media 2019

Find press clippings from 2019 here. Read about our A-Level, GCSE and International Foundation Programme students in the National Press.

Abbey College Manchester Art and Photography Trip to Valencia

Art and Photography Trip to Valencia

The annual Art and Photography trip this year took in the wonderful city of Valencia. We started with a guided walking tour of the old city and saw some of the important historical buildings such as the Silk Exchange, the beautifully restored trading centre and the Cathedral that houses the Holy Grail.

Abbey College Manchester Maths Stars

Maths Stars

Seven students took part in the Senior Challenge and all of them came in the top 60% of all those who entered nationally. Two students achieved a Gold award with the rest receiving either a Silver or Bronze award.

Abbey College Manchester Charity Work at Food Bank

Charity Food Donations

Abbey College Manchester students were extremely generous in supporting a call to help Manchester residents suffering from food poverty. Recently a group went to drop off the food donations to the warehouse of the Manchester Central Food Bank on Oxford Rd.

Abbey COllege Manchester Greenpower Challenge

Greenpower Challenge

Abbey College Manchester students are participating in the UK Greenpower challenge, which tasks them to design, build and then race an electric car. It is a national initiative and competition run by the Greenpower Education Trust, a UK based charity.

Abbey College Manchester Combined Studies Programme

Expansion of Pioneering Combined Studies Programme

The Abbey College Manchester Combined Studies Programme provides a different pathway to a university degree and the college has extended the number of partnerships with leading establishments across the UK in the last few months

Abbey College Manchester Charity Food Help

Charity Food Help

Abbey College Manchester students were extremely generous in supporting a call to help Manchester residents suffering from food poverty. Recently a group went to drop off the food donations to the warehouse of the Manchester Central Food Bank on Oxford Rd.

Abbey College Manchester Yorkshire Sculpture Park Visit

Inspirational Sculptures and Art

Abbey College Manchester Art and Photography students recently took a trip to Wakefield to visit the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. They were there to photograph and sketch the works of art on display, a huge selection of modern and contemporary sculptures set in the grounds of Bretton Hall.

Abbey College Manchester Electric Car Challenge

Gearing up for the Electric Car Challenge

Some Abbey College Manchester students are participating in the UK Greenpower challenge, which tasks them to design, build and then race an electric car. It is a national initiative and competition run by the Greenpower Education Trust, a UK based charity.

Abbey College Manchester Movember

Movember Charity

Abbey College Manchester’s Examinations Officer, Keith Burgess, grew a very nice moustache during November to raise awareness for the Movember Foundation. This is a global charity dedicated to making a difference for men’s health.

Abbey College Manchester A Level Photography Trip to Valencia

Hola Valencia

The annual Abbey College Manchester Art and Photography trip this year took in the wonderful city of Valencia. Students visited the Silk Exchange, the Cathedral that houses the Holy Grail, the Fine Arts Museum and the Institute of Modern Art.

Abbey College Manchester Winter Talent Concert

Celebration of Talent

Students and staff showcased an outstanding array of talent at the annual Abbey College Manchester Winter Concert in aid of a local charity. Gifted performers took the stage at the Unitarian Chapel on Cross Street, in a bid to raise much-needed funds for Mustard Tree.

Abbey College Manchester Business and Economics Students

Doing the Business for Charity

Our Business and Economic students raised an impressive £1,079 for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital during a challenging academic task.

Abbey College Manchester End of Year Celebration

Abbey College Manchester Students Celebrate End of Year

A wonderful event took place recently to recognise the achievements of our students who will be leaving the college this summer. A number of special awards were also given for attainment, perseverance, resilience and progress.

Abbey Colleges Manchester Celebration of Student Achievement

End of Year Celebration

The students have celebrated a year of outstanding achievements at the annual awards ceremony, held at the iconic Radisson Blu Hotel recently.

Abbey College Manchester Winds Of Development With Teesside

Winds of development with Teesside

The college and Teesside University have been working together on a new University Skills Module for sixth form students. The unique pilot project involved 13 students whose chosen topic was about designing, building, financing and marketing a wind turbine to be built at a local farm near Middlesbrough.

Abbey College Manchester Football and Study Programme Launch

New football related programme launched

The college is now offering students with a passion for football the invaluable opportunity to receive a professional quality football experience, whilst studying A-Levels or the Combined Studies Programme.

Scoring With A New Football Related Programme

Scoring with a new football related programme

The college has launched an innovative new course for aspiring footballers called ‘Academic Studies with football training’. The programme offers students with a passion for football the invaluable opportunity to receive a professional quality football experience.

Abbey College Manchester Engineering Enrichment

Enriching engineering skills

This year the students have chosen their own projects for engineering enrichment. This has allowed students to gear their activities towards their chosen career interests. Two projects were completed just before Christmas that tested different skills in engineering.

Photo Competition In Madrid Abbey College Manchester

ACM Students Showcasing Artistic Talents

Talented students have been recognised for their artistic abilities, following a creative competition. Art and photography students entered the challenge by submitting one image which they captured during a recent trip to Madrid. The students were given the invaluable opportunity to be inspired by the sights and sounds of the vibrant Spanish city, being tasked […]

Abbey College Manchester Delivering A Global College

Delivering a Global College

What makes the college such a wonderful experience for students is our welcoming and integrated college community with both local and international students. Having a large proportion of local students is vital as it is the primary reason why international students wish to come and study with us. There are 22 nationalities represented within the […]

MMU Training 2018 Abbey College Manchester

Professional Development at Manchester Metropolitan University

One of our Business teachers, Simon Patiniott, attended a day-long course entitled ‘Subject-focused professional development’. This was aimed at teachers, trainees and mentors and was held at Manchester Metropolitan University’s School of Education.

Abbey College Manchester Branding In China

Branding in China

The Principal, Liz Elam, is currently visiting our China office to embark on a brand awareness and recruitment exercise. A similar trip last year was very successful and it is hoped that this year will prove just as successful. The visit comprises: Student interviews Agent training sessions Presentations to groups of students and their parents […]

Teesside Abbey College Manchester University Skills Module

Winds of Development in Teesside

Abbey College Manchester and Teesside University have been working together on a new University Skills Module for sixth form students. The unique pilot project involved 13 students from both Year 12 and 13. Steve Wilks, Senior Lecturer in Safety, Disaster and Risk Management from Teesside University has visited the college twice to teach students about […]

Abbey Colleges Manchester Celebration of Student Achievement

Celebration of Student Achievements

Students from the college celebrated a year of exceptional achievements at the annual graduation and awards ceremony held at the iconic Radisson Blu hotel in central Manchester recently. All the students were presented with their completion of studies certificates by Liz, the Principal. A number of special awards were also presented including: Student of the […]

Abbey College Manchester Model UN

College Model UN Summit Success

Budding diplomats from Abbey College Manchester battled it out in a high-pressure United Nations summit recently, to win the much-coveted Geographical Association debate trophy.

Abbey College Manchester Sign Language Students

Sign of the Times

Abbey College Manchester students have taken on the very rewarding task of learning sign language as part of an initiative to promote equal access and to improve the lives of deaf and hard of hearing people. They have undertaken the course to give them additional skills as they aspire to secure places on the most […]

Abbey College Manchester Festive Evening

Festive Evening

On Thursday 14th December the Abbey College Manchester community gathered once more for our annual Festive Evening.

Abbey College Manchester Bake Off

Great Abbey Bake Off

Students from our International Foundation Programme and new Combined Studies Programme organised Abbey College Manchester’s annual Great Abbey Bake Off on Monday 11th December.

San Carlo Restaurant Visit Abbey College Manchester

Grazie San Carlo

A taste of Italy came to Abbey College Manchester recently in the shape of Marcello Distefano, the managing director of San Carlo, the largest family owned restaurant group in the UK

Abbey College Manchester Students Give International Guests Guided Tour

Students Give International Guests Guided Tour

Abbey College Manchester students showed our international agents from Angola, Russia, Brazil, Nigeria, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Ukraine and Hong Kong just how great Manchester is with a guided tour.

Abbey College Manchester A-Level Results Day 2017

Another Fantastic Year For Our A-Level Students…Again!

Abbey College Manchester students Louise Tamin and Euan Lucas were celebrating a fantastic set of A-Level results today. Louise posted an incredible AAA in Maths, Biology and Chemistry and is going to Newcastle University to read Biochemistry. Euan scored a ABA in Maths, History and Physics and is going to the University of Surrey to read Physics

Abbey College Manchester Visit Madrid

Trip to Madrid

Abbey College Manchester Art and Photography students took a trip to Madrid for three days in November to enjoy the galleries, architecture and culture of this amazing city.

Abbey College Manchester New Facilities Opening

Mayoral Opening of the New Facilities

The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, took time out from his busy schedule to open our basement and ground and first floor facilities on 22nd November.

Abbey College Manchester Visit Theatre of Dreams

Theatre of Dreams Visit

A group of Abbey College Manchester students recently went on an educational visit to Old Trafford, the Theatre of Dreams and home to Manchester United FC.

Abbey College Manchester Maths Challenge

Maths Challenge

The college has entered a team of four sixth form students into a prestigious national mathematics competition.

Abbey College Manchester Expansion

Expansion Fit For A Mayor

Work has now finished on our exciting £250,000 first floor, ground floor and basement expansion that almost doubles the current capacity on these floors.

Abbey College Manchester visit Cavendish Press

Top PR Agency Visits the College

Students got the chance to put their questions to Jon Harris, Managing Director of the award winning Cavendish Press, which are based in the centre of Media Centre.

Abbey College manchestert Budding Enrepreneurs

Budding Entrepreneurs

Abbey College Manchester has entered two teams in ‘Tycoons in Schools’, a national business start-up competition headed up by Peter Jones of Dragons Den fame.

Abbey College Manchester Amazing Environments

Independent Schools and Their Amazing Environments

Lucinda Reid takes a long look at how independent schools create amazing and inspiring learning environments for their students through exceptional facilities, and how Abbey College Manchester has taken on the urban jungle with a new extension and to regenerate itself to give their students the best possible future.

Abbey College Manchester Clearing Guide

Abbey College Manchester’s Guide to Clearing

Clearing is for those who did not apply to any universities, have not received any offers, chosen to reject all their offers, or not attained the grades required for their offers. Here is a handy guide to getting through it in one piece!

Abbey College Manchester Alpha Plus Group Awards

Rachel Lasham Wins Prestigious Alpha Plus Group Award

Congratulations to Abbey College Manchester teacher Rachel Lasham, who’s care and support to students has won her a prestigious award. The Head of Lower Sixth won the prestigious Alpha Plus Group Innovation Award for the welfare and pastoral care she offers to her students.

Abbey College Manchester A Level Results Guide

Guide to A-Level Results Day

A-Level Results Day, Thursday 17th August, is almost upon us. Don’t panic! Abbey College Manchester’s Guide to A-Level Results Day is here to help you.

Abbey College Manchester Engineering Project

Engineering Project

Four students from the college worked alongside a team from ARUP Manchester to solve a real-life engineering problem as part of the Engineering Education Scheme.

Abbey College Manchester Engineering Project

Student Leads Team In Engineering Project

Abbey College Manchester student Will McConchie leads his four team mates and and a group from engineering consultants ARUP Manchester in a project to design a new leisure centre for a national engineering competition.

Abbey College Manchester Mexico Launch

Abbey DLD Launches in Mexico

Abbey DLD launched in Mexico this week, looking for students for our colleges; Abbey College Manchester, Abbey College Cambridge and DLD College London.

Abbey College Manchester Deputy Principal Pat McQuade

How Schools Can Handle Parental Pressures

Abbey College Manchester’s Deputy Principal Pat McQuade discusses the role parental pressure can have on a student’s success and how teachers and schools can play a large role in helping to reduce it.

Abbey College Manchester China Team Visit

Five Cities China Tour

Liz Elam, Principal of Abbey College Manchester recently visited our China office to embark on a brand awareness and recruitment exercise.

Mexican agent visits Abbey College Manchester

Mexican Agent Visit

Abbey DLD Group of Colleges has recently started working with Global Education Corporation, one of the largest educational agents in Mexico.

Abbey College Manchester New Expansion Plans

Exciting College Expansion Plans

After planning permission was granted by Manchester City Council to expand into the vacant retail unit next door to the college, work has now started on this major project.

Global Study Centre visit Abbey College Manchester

Principal visits Kazakhstan

Liz Elam, Principal of Abbey College Manchester, visited Kazakhstan during a four day period in March as the special gust of Global Study Centre.

Abbey College Manchester Principal Visits Kazakhstan

Top Kazakh Agent College Visit

Global Study Centre, one of the largest agents in Kazakhstan recently visited the college to promote the college to Kazakh students.

Abbey College Manchester Medical Interviews

Students Prepare For Medical Interviews

Abbey College Manchester students celebrate as 100% of medical applicants received their interviews, with three lucky students already being offered places.

Abbey College Manchester Student Wins First Prize

Student Captures First Place in Art Competition

Saina Najati, GCSE student and promising photographer has been awarded for her talents in a recent art competition. Abbey College Manchester students were tasked with submitting one image that they captured during their recent trip to Barcelona.

Abbey College Manchester Students Learn Sign Language

Abbey College Manchester Students Learn Sign Language

Abbey College Manchester students took on the very rewarding task of learning sign language this week. It was part of an an initiative to promote equal access and improve the lives of deaf and hard of hearing people.

Abbey College Manchester A Level Student Ama

A Level Student Ama Celebrates Success

Congratulations to Abbey College Manchester A Level student, Ama Appiah who posted a fantastic A*AA in Psychology, English Language and History, and is going to study History at the University of St Andrews or University of Nottingham.

Abbey College Manchester Opens Riverside House Accommodation

Abbey College Manchester Opens Riverside House Accommodation

Abbey College Manchester’s luxury accommodation at Riverside House will be open to sixth formers from September. Students will be able to choose to stay in one of 72 single and contemporary en-suite hotel-standard rooms. Riverside House is located on Blackfriars Road, which is less than one mile from the main college building in Central Manchester.

Abbey College Manchester Unsung hero

Unsung Hero

Abbey College Manchester’s very own Iain Stewart is awarded the Unsung Hero of 2016 in recognition of all his hard work that often goes unheralded around the college.

Abbey College Manchester teacher Wins Leadership Award

Rachel’s Leadership Course

Abbey College Manchester teacher, Rachel Lasham celebrates the completion of her leadership course. Rachel completed the Post Graduate Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management, and was presented with her certificate at the Alpha Plus Group Awards Ceremony.

A Level Students at the Great Manchester Run

Bupa Great Manchester Run 2016

Students and staff at Abbey College Manchester dusted off their running shoes to join thousands of others when they took part in the Bupa Great Manchester Run to raise money for the PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide.

In the Local Media 2016

Take a look at the 2016 press coverage from Abbey College Manchester about the activities of our A Level, GCSE, International Foundation and BTEC students.

Abbey College Manchester A Level Students Awards Ceremony

End of Year Awards Ceremony 2016

Students from the college returned to Manchester Town Hall on Wednesday 4th May to celebrate their fantastic achievements in the ‘End of Year Awards Ceremony’.

Abbey College Manchester Student Wins Resilience Award

Student Collects Resilience Award

Abbey College Manchester A-Level student Timothy very deservedly collected the Resilience Award at the ceremony in Manchester Town Hall today.

Abbey College manchester Student Wins Prestigious Award

Student Wins Prestigious Award

Abbey College Manchester student Thomas Warn beams with excitement as he accepts his Attainment Award at the Manchester Town Hall.

Abbey College Manchester Brochures

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Newsletters from Abbey College Manchester, the best private 6th form college in Manchester for A Levels, GCSEs, BTEC, Foundation Courses and Retakes.

Abbey College Manchester Philosophy Lecture

The Nature of Philosophy

Dr Keith Crome from Manchester Metropolitan University visited Abbey College Manchester to talk to our A Level Religious Studies students .

Abbey College Manchester Charity Concert

Students Showcase Musical Talents to Raise Money For Charity

Talented musician Theo performed his own songs and backed his classmates at the annual Abbey College Manchester charity concert at the Unitarian Church this week. Hundreds of people turned out to watch and nearly £400 was raised for the college’s chosen charity Young Minds.

Abbey College Manchester Student Debate Team

Model UN Winners!

Talented debaters at Abbey College Manchester shone in the spotlight of a high-pressure UN summit recently, where students from seven top Greater Manchester state and independent schools were locked in talks over the global issue of the refugee crisis.

Abbey College Manchester Photography Paris Trips

Art and Photography Trip to Paris

The Art and Photography department took a trip to Paris over the half term, to take in the sights and sounds of this exciting city.