Study at Abbey College Manchester

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 contemporary boarding & accommodation available, the perfect environment to live, study, make friends and enjoy extra-curricular activities.

  • 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.

ACADEMIC STUDIES WITH FOOTBALL TRAINING

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.

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.

Medicine Pathway - Foundation Programme

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 www.uclan.ac.uk/mbbs 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
  • IELTS
  • 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.

Engineering Pathway - Foundation Programme

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

Ronald

  • Originally from Angola
  • Studied International Foundation Programme, Engineering Pathway
  • Destination: University of Bristol to study Computer Science

“I decided to study at Abbey College Manchester because of its city centre location in one of the UK’s busiest cities. I knew Manchester because of their two world-class soccer teams but when I came. I discovered so much more about the city, such as the amazing places to eat and shop, all so close to Abbey College’s location.

Also, the college has a very high quality of teaching which I experienced for the two years I studied there. All the members of staff were approachable and always offered to help if I needed it, whether that is to help me understand complex ideas in class or the university application process. I will always be thankful to Abbey College Manchester for this.”


Modou

  • Originally from Gambia
  • Studied International Foundation Programme in Economics and Advanced Mathematics Pathway
  • Destination: University of Birmingham

“I will look back with great happiness at my time spent at Abbey College Manchester. I made many great friends during my time here and I move to university with nothing but thanks for all the staff who helped me during my two years. Their doors were always open to me if I needed any extra guidance which was really valuable. The university applications support I received was excellent too.

I lived at the college residence with fellow students whilst studying here. That gave a great balance between living independently while still having the support of friends and House Parents.”

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