Looking for post GCSE study that offers a flexible approach and something a bit different?
Take a look at the options available to you at Abbey College Manchester.
Accepting applications now for September 2022
Abbey College Manchester is a thriving, successful independent college located in the heart of Manchester city centre. With students aged 15–19 years old from Manchester and around the world we are a truly global college. High-quality teaching is delivered in a small, supportive classroom environment.
As a Sixth Form College we are an alternative to the traditional school environment. The setting is more adult and informal (no uniform and call teachers by their first name), but that doesn’t mean that our academic expectations are any less. Our teachers are A level subject specialists, as they are focused on A level teaching and the demands of A Level study on students. With an average class size of 9, students receive a very personalised journey while studying with us.
We are the smallest of the three Abbey DLD colleges, and have the highest proportion of British students studying with us, which makes classes and life in college an interesting and invigorating mix of local and international cultures.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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
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.
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You can download our application form here