A Level, IFP and BTEC student success at Abbey College Manchester

Find out a little more about some of Abbey College Manchester’s successful Class of 2015 students by clicking on their names below:


Name Zoe Pimlott
Course: One Year A-Level Programme
Subjects: Chemistry A*, Maths A*
Degree Course: Veterinary Science
University: University of Liverpool

“I joined the college because of their strong emphasis on personal support. The help I got at Abbey College Manchester with all my subjects was brilliant and the change in environment certainly worked for me.”


Name Charlotte Rix
Course: One Year A-Level Programme
Subjects: Chemistry B, Maths A
Degree Course: Chemical Engineering
University: Lancaster University

“The atmosphere here at Abbey College Manchester was really relaxed and welcoming. It was easy to get along with your teachers, as they care about each student as an individual person.

I felt very comfortable here. I appreciate all they have done for me, helping me to achieve my great grades and going over my university application again and again with endless patience.”


Name Rahul Chopra
Course: Two Year A-Level Programme
Subjects: Economics A, Business Studies B, Geography C
Degree Course: International Business with a year in industry
University: University of Liverpool

“In the two years I have spent at Abbey College Manchester, I have received a great deal of support and motivation. I have always found the staff to be friendly and approachable and always willing to help with problems concerning homework, revision or my UCAS application. The most valuable skill I have gained has been a better knowledge and understanding of how to structure my exam questions. I used to rush questions and try to write as much as possible, I have now learnt to step back to take a calmer and more reasoned approach.”


Name Giles Briscoe
Course: A-Levels
Subjects: Religious Studies A
English Language B
German D
Degree Course: Theological Studies in Philosophy and Ethics
University: The University of Manchester

“I have studied at Abbey College Manchester for three years. I did my GCSE examinations here and enjoyed it so much that I continued into the sixth form. The small college community, class sizes and the one to one attention you get at the college really worked well for me. My teachers were passionate about their subjects and that really inspired me to perform well. I enjoyed studying with students from many different countries and backgrounds. I feel a more mature and rounded person from having studied at Abbey. I received lots of support for my UCAS application and was prepared thoroughly for the interview process. I am very grateful for my time at Abbey College”.


Name Hamza Ajaz
Course: A-Levels
Subjects: Psychology A
Biology B
Degree Course: Ophthalmic Dispensing
University: The University of Bradford

“The atmosphere in the college is really supportive. It is small and friendly. Most students know each other and the mixing of students between year groups and nationalities is really nice. My teachers were passionate about their subjects and taught me valuable skills in regards to exam technique. I’d always thought I had performed well in exams before but the skills I learnt here took me on to a higher level. I immersed myself in the college community and took part in many Extra-Curricular and Enrichment activities like football, basketball and charity events. The Support Staff play a crucial role in supporting the students in other aspects of their studies like timetables, exams and student travel”.


Name Isaac Domingos Luis Zeca
Course: International Foundation Programme
Subjects: Engineering Pathway – 93.8%
Degree Course: Systems and Control Engineering
University: The University of Sheffield

“Studying at Abbey College Manchester was a great experience for me. I came here to study on their International Foundation Programme: Engineering Pathway to try and achieve my dream of studying Engineering at university. Manchester is a great place to study; it is vibrant and modern. I am also a big Manchester United fan too. I immersed in the culture here. The classes here are really small, never more than 12 in each class and all the students have strong links to the teachers. The Enrichment programme at the college is great. I did football every Wednesday with around 30 other students but there are loads of other fun things to try too like Photography, Music or Engineering Club. I would recommend Abbey College Manchester to other students without hesitation.”


Name Sophie Worthington
Course: BTEC Level 3: Business
Subjects: BTEC Business DDM (equivalent to 1 A grade and 2 B grades at A-Level)
Degree Course: Tourism Management
University: The University of Chester

“I really enjoyed my two years at Abbey College Manchester. Studying in the heart of the city is really quite unique and there is always a positive buzz around the college. The BTEC programme was good move for me as I was better suited to coursework as a form of assessment. I was in a small group on the course. We all became close and we leave the college as friends for life. I feel more confident than I did before studying here and better prepared for the next few years at university. I enjoyed great support from my tutor and teachers. They encouraged me in both my BTEC programme and my love for singing and acting outside of college.”