Aspiring to attend a Sixth Form with a difference?

Looking for A Level study that offers a flexible approach and something a bit different?

Take a look at the options available to you at Abbey College Manchester and study in the heart of Manchester City Centre.

Still time to apply to join us in September 2024.

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Achieving success together

Abbey College Manchester is a thriving, successful independent college located in the heart of Manchester city centre. High-quality teaching is delivered in a small, supportive classroom environment.

  • 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 universities
  • We are experts at preparing students for challenging courses such as medicine

Our recent School Inspection rated us Excellent in all areas. Read the full report here. 

Visit our Forthcoming Open Morning on Friday 9th February 2024. Click here for further information.

“The school is highly successful in achieving its aims to guide pupils to academic success and to fulfil their aspirations. Throughout the school, pupils make excellent academic progress. Pupils’ success is supported by high quality teaching and through the effective use of assessment data which allows their progress to be monitored and support tailored as necessary.”

Independent school Inspection March 2023

Our courses

Two year A-levels

A wide range of A-Level courses covering science, mathematics, arts, humanities and business are available. Normally students will take three A-Level subjects across the 2 year programme, although in exceptional cases it is possible for four subjects to be studied.

If you have studied the first year of A-Levels at a different school and wish to join us for the second year, we will give our best advice about how to go about this. Sometimes you might need to transfer examination boards. This is usually a straightforward task and we can advise you further on this matter. The college has experience in successfully enabling students’ transition into the upper sixth year.

2 Year A-Level entry requirements.

Check a list of A-Level courses here

One year A-levels retake

Around 25 students enrol on the One Year Intensive Retake A Levels programme each year. It is suitable for students who have already taken their A Level before but wish to retake to improve their grades to gain access onto competitive degree courses.

Please note that for this forthcoming academic year there will be some differences to the programme due to the disruption to the exams this summer.

For all students wishing to undertake the One Year Intensive Retake A Levels programme they must contact the college to discuss the subject options available.

One year A-Level retake entry requirements.

Combined Studies Programme

Our Combined Studies Programme provides an alternative for students to the traditional A-Level route. It leads directly into a university degree or a degree with foundation year at selected universities.

It can be undertaken over one or two years, and comprises two optional subject strands, each worth 37.5% of the overall score, and a compulsory key skills strand worth 25%. Alongside subject content, the breadth and structure of the course develops language, knowledge, ICT and learning skills, which are essential skills for degree level study.

The programme is modular and examinations are taken in December, March and June with one re-sit opportunity in the June series. This allows students to build up their score and have a good idea of the level they are achieving as the course progresses.

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Can I transfer to Abbey College Manchester at the end of Year 12?

We would be very happy to talk to you about what courses would be suitable for you to study at the college and accept students at a number of different entry levels.  Different exam boards may mean that it is not possible for you to continue seamlessly, but we can discuss your options here.

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I'm not predicted the GCSE grades to go to my planned Sixth Form, will you accept me?

We do have lower entry requirements than some of the local sixth forms, but you do need to have shown aptitude in the subjects you wish to follow.  We offer a range of courses at level 3 equivalent and would be happy to discuss with you the courses we would offer to help you get to your university of choice.

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I’m not sure if A-levels are the right qualification, do you offer other qualifications to help me get to a good university?

Yes, we offer a programme called Combined Studies programme and it is a good alternative to A-Levels and recognised by some very good universities.

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Why Join Abbey College Manchester?

  • A small, friendly, welcoming community. Small class sizes and small tutorial groups enable highly individualised learning. More than a third of our students are local, and there is full integration with our international students who are represented in 40 different nationalities.
  • Innovative, flexible and inclusive courses. Study on our One Year GCSE Programme or Two Year A level Programme. Our Combined Studies Programme offers different pathways and is accepted by universities as an alternative to A level. The International Foundation Programme offers various options for international students coming from overseas or who are already studying in the UK.
  • A pathway to world-class northern universities. 45% Russell Group destinations for A level and the Foundation Programme students, including Universities of Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield, Nottingham and many more.
  • Specialist UCAS support is given and success in gaining entry to top-class universities – 87% students progress to their first-choice destination for highly competitive degrees including medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, pharmacy, engineering, law, economics & art.
  • Outstanding results – To see our A Level results from previous years, please click here 
  • Offers a unique programme of academic study with Football or Basketball training. Study GCSEs, A levels, Combined Studies or International Foundation in the morning and have football or basketball training with professional coaches in the afternoon.

“Abbey College is highly successful in achieving its aims to guide students to achieve academic success, to fulfil their aspirations and to learn to respect and value one another”

“The students’ personal development is excellent. They are confident, articulate and sensitive to the needs of others”

– Independent Schools Inspection Report 2018

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How do I apply to join the College?

We aim to make our admissions process as straightforward for you. Our Admissions Team follows each application through from initial enquiry to your very first day at College and are on hand to answer any of your questions.

We accept application throughout the year, but to ensure good subject availability, we recommend applying as soon as possible during the academic year.

The Admissions Journey

Enquiry –> Tour –> Application –> Interview –> Offer

You can download our application form here

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