Abbey College Manchester A Level Results 2021

Explore your options at Abbey College Manchester

Looking for post GCSE study that offers a flexible approach and something a bit different?

Not received the A Level grades you were hoping for?

Had a disrupted Year 12 and have gaps in your learning?

Take a look at the options available to you at Abbey College Manchester…..

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Must be between the age of 13-18
With fees ranging from £12,200 - £32,000 per-annum (not including accommodation prices)
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Achieving success together

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.

Every year the college helps a number of local students move forward with their studies. They may find that they are not getting the support they need at their current school, do not get the grades for progression or sometimes just need a change. The college’s flexible approach to learning and strong personal support helps students successfully progress to university and to fulfil their potential.

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.

I didn’t get 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.

My current school hasn’t offered adequate distance learning support. What plans do you have for September if things haven’t returned to normal?

We have been offering a highly successful online programme since March, holding classes online via Microsoft Teams and following the students’ normal timetables. All students have received one to one contact with teachers where needed.  If necessary, this will continue in September.

A-Level retake students improve by one and a half grades (before and after)

Biology Chemistry Physics Maths Psychology Economics New subject
C → A C →  A
D → B D → B C → A
D → B A Business
E → C B in RS
B → A*
C → A
C → B D → B D → B
D → B C → B C → A
C → B C → B B → A*
E → C C → B
C → B D → C C → A
E → C D → B
C → B B → A
D → C D → C C → B
C → C D → C B → A*
C → C C → B D → B
B → A C → B B → B
D → C E → D
C → B

How much will retaking cost? (UK Course Fees)

One Subject £7,080
Two or Three Subjects £13,595

Can I pick up a new subject on the one-year course?

Yes, you can dependent on the rest of your programme. Normally doing one subject from scratch works best.  This is something that we would discuss further with you on an individual basis.

How do re-take courses run?

This depends on the subject – but due to the different circumstances this year A-Level students will be joining Year 13 classes and having coverage of Year 12 lessons as required.

Which subjects can I retake?

A-Level Subjects are:

Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths

Business and Economics

Art and Photography

Religious Studies

English Language, Geography, Psychology,  English Literature, French, and  German are available if there is sufficient demand.

Will you write my UCAS reference even though I won’t have been at the college very long?

Yes, we will get to know you very quickly and we build on your previous reference. It is always helpful if you can get your previous school or college to release your reference to us.

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.

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.
  • 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

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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Abbey College Manchester understands your worries and would be happy to
explore the options open to you here at this time and
answer any questions you have about the education offered to our students.

Request a callback/ email us your query below, OR
call us directly on +44 (0) 161 817 2700

Must be between the age of 13-18
With fees ranging from £12,200 - £32,000 per-annum (not including accommodation prices)
Please also use this box to add any additional comments or questions you may have.

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Join us in January

We have January 2022 start places available on our GCSE, A Level, International Foundation and Academic Studies with Football or Basketball Training.