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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.  Celebrating our 30th Anniversary in 2020, we have a proven track record of helping students achieve their aspirations.

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 that 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 tutors where needed.  If necessary, this will continue in September.

I’ve just finished Year 10, can I apply for the one year GCSE programme?

Yes, we can look at the one Year GCSE course with you.  Please visit our one year GCSE course page to see the subjects we offer.

Our courses

One year GCSEs

Small class sizes and high standards of teaching consistently produce good academic results that are well above the national average.

The college offers a unique and highly successful One Year GCSE Programme for those local students who:

  • Wish to transfer after completing the first year of GCSE (Year 10) at their current school
  • Have already taken their GCSE examinations and wish to retake some subjects to improve their grades
  • Have just relocated to the Manchester area

Entry requirements onto our one year GCSE/IGCSE programme.

Check a list of GCSE courses here

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.

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

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.

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