Study in the UK at one of the top independent colleges in the country. 

Most of our 220 students study GCSE, A-level, or one of our International Foundation Programme pathways. Another exciting programme is Academic Studies with Football training which offers students the opportunity to combine GCSE, A-Level or the International Foundation Programme study with their passion for football.

We offer high-quality GCSE, A-level and International Foundation Programmes in a vast selection of courses. Urban boarding & accommodation available, the perfect environment to live, study, make friends and enjoy extra-curricular activities.

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  • A small, friendly, welcoming community. Small class sizes and small tutorial groups enable highly individualised learning. More than a third of our students are British, and there is full integration with our international students who are represented in 40 different nationalities.
  • Manchester has been consistently voted as one of the best cities to live in and the tenth friendliest city in the world.
  • Innovative, flexible and inclusive courses. Study from our popular 2-year A level course options, foundation options for International students, including Medicine, Science, Engineering, Business, Art and Humanities and the Unique Academic studies with Football programme (GCSE and A level options).
  • A pathway to world-class northern universities. 45% Russell Group destinations for A level and the Foundation Programme students, including University of Manchester, University of Liverpool, Sheffield University, Nottingham University and many more.
  • Expert preparation for Medicine. 50 Abbey College students have progressed to medical schools in the last 3 years.

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Spend a term studying the British curriculum and improving your English whilst boarding in the heart of one of the UK’s most exciting cities.

Why study with us? 

  • Improve your written and spoken English
  • Live and study in one of three beautiful, historic and vibrant British cities
  • Study the globally recognised and admired British curriculum
  • High-quality accommodation and pastoral support included
  • Study and live with ambitious students from around the world

Whilst you study you will become a full member of our diverse student community, with access to our exciting extra-curricular programme of weekly clubs, sports and activities, evening lectures, and university study preparation sessions.

Upon completion of your studies, you will receive a comprehensive academic report and completion certificate to take home. If you enjoy your time here, you can also choose to join the full GCSE or A Level course and complete your university studies in the UK or at home.

Please note that there are limited places on these courses available.

Course overview 

You will be joining students from around the world studying on our established GCSE (14–16 years) and A Level (16–18 years) programmes. Your weekly study programme will be a combination of academic subjects and English language lessons.

Full board accommodation will be included in one of our college boarding houses.

The fees listed cover tuition and boarding for the stated duration of study.

Course fees

Sept. 2020 – Dec. 2020 one term
DLD College London £17,360
Abbey College Cambridge £16,200
Abbey College Manchester £13,375

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This is an exciting course for male and female students who are 14 years of age and over who have a passion for football. It offers the opportunity to study our GCSE, A-Level, Combined Studies or International Foundation Programme in the mornings and have football training sessions led by professional coaches in the afternoon.

Our student can participate IHM Showcase Events (twice per year).These events are designed to allow players to demonstrate their ability in front of invited scouts from professional clubs at all levels of the UK football leagues, as well as play alongside and measure themselves against some top quality young players. This is a real test for all players and a chance to get noticed. We have had players in the past selected for further club trials with Manchester City FC, Manchester United (Emerging Talent Squad) Everton FC, Blackburn Rovers FC, Stoke City FC, Crewe Alexandra FC).

Also from this coming year Each player is given the chance to train and play league football with local grass roots football clubs. Once players have arrived and been evaluated the IHM team will assist them, should they wish, to find a local team which they may play with for evening training and possibly games if selected.

Abbey College Manchester Football Training with Academic Studies

This is a unique opportunity for students to gain qualifications for entry to university alongside intensive football training which could lead to playing professional or semi-professional football in the future. Football training is added to students’ timetables without impacting on the core study requirements to gain their qualification.

Please click here to download our leaflet on the course.


The UK education system has a world-wide reputation for quality, with universities such as Oxford, CambridgeUniversity College London (UCL) and Imperial College London consistently ranked in the world’s top ten. By studying at Abbey College Manchester, you will be provided with an unrivaled opportunity to gain entry to the best universities the UK has to offer and make the very best start to your career.

Explaining UK Qualifications

A Level (Advanced Level) courses can be studied over two years or 18 months. A Level courses are the most commonly used qualifications for entry to UK universities.

The International Foundation Programme (IFP) is a one year course specifically designed for direct access to study at UK universities. A large portion of our IFP students go on to study at the elite ‘Russell Group’ of top UK universities.

GCSEs (General Certificates of Secondary Education) can be studied over one year, two year or 18 month periods. Many universities will ask for at least 5 passes at grade C or above for entry (often including GCSE Mathematics and English passes).

Study our popular MEDICINE Foundation Course

Launched last year this is a fantastic route for international students who have done one year of level 3 study in appropriate subjects and then want to progress through the International Foundation Programme rather than the second year of A-level. The programme has been recognised by two leading universities.

For Aston Medical School (part of Aston University) students achieving a score of 75% overall with 70% or above in Chemistry and Biology can progress to further stages of the application process to the medical school. Students will apply through UCAS and will also have to take the UKCAT and gain IELTS of 7.5.

For the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) the programme has been recognised as meeting the academic requirements for application to their MBBS (Medicine) Programme. This does not exempt applicants from any stage of the MBBS at UCLan admissions process. Please visit the UCLan website at for further information and specific entry requirements.

If students have been offered a place on the UCLan International Medical Programme, they MUST achieve at least 70% overall on the course and also achieve 7.0 in IELTS in all components.

The Medicine Foundation Programme comprises the following strands:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Advanced Mathematics and Physics
  • A programme of support for medical applications

Please note the following important information:

  • The Programme is ONLY suitable for students who have undertaken at least one year equivalent of a Level 3 qualification already (e.g. the first year A-Level).
  • Students MUST be at least 17 years old at the start of the academic year (i.e. 1st September) to qualify for the Programme.
  • The Programme CAN OFFER an alternative route for students who have not achieved their potential in the first year of their Level 3 studies
  • The Programme is NOT suitable for Medical Degrees other than the Aston and UCLAN Medical Degree Programmes
  • If places at either Aston or UCLan ARE NOT gained students can apply for degree courses including Biomedical Sciences, Pharmacy or Health related courses at a range of other universities.

Click here to open the Medicine Pathway Information Sheet.

Study our popular Engineering Foundation Course

This pathway is designed for students who want to go on to study engineering or computer science disciplines at university.

Students will focus on Mathematics and Advanced Mathematics and either Physics or Chemistry or both depending on their academic interest. ICT and Research and Presentation Skills are also key components of the programme. IELTS is undertaken if the student does not present a certificate showing a score across all four elements of Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking of at least 6.5.

Typical university courses accessed by our Engineering pathway include Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Electronics and Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, Mechatronics and Computing and Technology.

Click here to open the Engineering Pathways Information Sheet.

Case Studies


  • Originally from Kazakhstan
  • Studied International Foundation Programme Business Pathway
  • Destination: Cardiff University

“I will look back with great happiness at my time spent in Manchester at Abbey College. I have made many great friends during my time here and I move on to university with nothing but thanks to all the staff that have helped me during my year here. Their doors were always open if I needed any extra guidance which was really valuable. University applications support is excellent here too. My tutor helped me prepare my application and gave me good advice on how best to write my personal statement. I lived at the college residence with fellow students whilst studying here. The facilities there were high quality with all bedrooms being ensuite and the living and kitchen areas being well equipped and modern. Living at the residence gave a great balance between living independently while still having the support of the House Parents whenever needed.”


  • Originally from Russia
  • Studied A-levels in Psychology (A*), Religious Studies (A*) and Maths (A)
  • Destination: Durham University to study Software Design Engineering

“The education I had in Abbey College Manchester went far beyond the classroom and far beyond my expectations. Excellent teaching is provided as well as a lot of different enrichment activities which integrated me even more into the college community.

The small size of classes made it easier for students to communicate with teachers for problem solving and help. Personal Tutors also helped us to solve life’s daily problems. The college also gave us very useful advice when we applied for universities including advice on writing personal statements and interview practice.”


Our 2020/2021 fees are

College annual tuition fees annual boarding fees(excluding home stay)
DLD College London £31,000 £18,900 – £29,400Boarding/accommodation on campus
Abbey College Cambridge £31,150 £16,500 – £26,000Boarding/accommodation on campus, 5 minutes, 15 minutes’ walk
Abbey College Manchester £24,675 £13,400Boarding/accommodation within a 15 minutes’ walk

Other fees: registration fee – £500 and refundable deposit £2000 to guarantee the place.


  • Student Email Account and on-campus computer/Wi-Fi access
  • Entrance to academic challenges and competitions (Olympiads, AEA, UCAT etc)
  • Extra-Curricular Clubs, UCAS and University Application Support
  • Subject-related and some after school trips
  • Guardianship
  • Academic English Lessons and Support
  • Weekly linen and towel change, room cleaning
  • Full board meals seven days a week.

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Many hundreds of international students join Abbey DLD every year to study and to succeed.

Our schools are proud to have an extremely high entry rate to universities each year, placing students at prestigious institutions in an incredibly wide range of disciplines.

Join us on an exciting journey in which we will support you, challenge you and encourage you to realise your personal and professional ambitions.


We are part of Alpha Plus Group and follow robust governance procedures. Our teachers are subject specialists, taught at top universities, and with extensive experience of teaching the UK currriculum. Our boarding  and pastoral staff are experienced and compassionate professionals


We offer personalised study support for every student, at every level. Our study support is designed to help you achieve top grades, and to secure your place at your first-choice university. Our lessons are lively and encourage students to discuss ideas, ask questions and to be involved in active learning.

Our unique university preparation programme provides dedicated time to prepare your university application and gain deeper level knowledge and skills in the areas that you are interested in studying at university. You will be asked to study outside of the curriculum and at a higher level. You will gain important transferable skills such as the ability to conduct research, work as a team, and present to an audience.

Our academic staff are here to help guide you through the UCAS admissions process, providing advice on completing your application form and writing your personal statement.

Expert Teachers

Many of our teachers have been educated at top universities, both in the UK and abroad, and we are fortunate to have both senior and assistant examiners in the staff body. Throughout your time at our schools you will be allocated a personal tutor. Students have daily access to a dedicated personal tutor to guide you through your studies.

At our schools we teach classes of mixed ability. Teachers will set different levels work across the class, monitor and support students at all levels of learning. We are continually developing our teachers to enable them to deliver this type of learning.

Small Classes

We believe that small classes and high quality teaching are the key to success. This approach is very personal and means that students are focused on their studies and are given lots of attention from teachers to maximise attainment and fulfil potential.

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Individual Needs and pastoral care

Pastoral care of our students is a key strength of the College. We pride ourselves on the willingness of staff to understand the motivations and challenges that each student faces.

For boarders, our colleges are their home away from home, we strive to provide a caring, inclusive, and nurturing environment.


Across all 3 of our colleges, 42% of all A-Levels taken in 2019 were awarded A* or A grades. More than one third of our Foundation students achieved a Distinction, 42% of our BTEC students also achieved a Distinction. 36% of GCSEs taken by Abbey DLD students achieved grades 9-7.


Each of our students received personally tailored university application support and guidance to help them join the best possible university for them. More than 70 Abbey DLD students have joined Oxbridge college in recent years, 33 students progressed to a G5 university in 2019 (Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial, LSE, and UCL). 19 Abbey DLD students progressed on to study medicine in 2019, the most competitive of all UK courses.


We have the best boarding rooms in the country. All of our accommodation is of the highest possible standard, and we offer a room and board options to suit any student requirement.

Our College catering team provides our students with daily fresh, nutritious meals and a range of healthy snack options. There is always a range of freshly cooked options, ranging from familiar tastes of home to exotic global cuisine.


Success in life comes from more than just exams so all students are encouraged to broaden their horizons beyond the classroom to develop new skills and broaden their outlook on life.

Taking part in clubs and activities outside of regular classes is a great way to meet new friends. It also allows you to develop and demonstrate a broad range of interests outside of your studies, something that all top universities look for in applicants.

Our diverse Enrichment Programme supports our academic curriculum and forms an integral part of the wider education and college experience offered to our students.

Wide range of sports from basketball and football to table tennis and Chess are organized at schools. We offer a range of musical activities designed to suit both experienced musicians and students who may never have picked up an instrument before.


Our courses are for students between 14-18 years of age.  

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