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.
“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 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 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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
It’s been a wonderful experience studying my A-levels at Abbey College Manchester. The small class sizes meant that my teachers were able to individually tailor their lessons towards us and ensure that we received all the support required.
“It’s been a wonderful experience studying my A-levels at Abbey College Manchester. The small class sizes meant that my teachers were able to individually tailor their lessons towards us and ensure that we received all the support required. Outside of lessons, the staﬀ s were still very supportive.
Applying for medicine as I did, or any competitive courses or university, is a rigorous process. Yet, by practicing for Multiple Mini Interviews and taking part in the medical ethics club at Abbey College, I was given an invaluable tool when preparing for various medical school interviews. I will always be grateful for this preparation now I leave Abbey College and go on to study at university to become a doctor.”
“I came to study A Levels at Abbey College Manchester. At first I was really nervous about studying away from home and not knowing the language very well but I do not regret coming here for one second. I have made many great friends,
learnt a lot about British culture and have fantastic memories of my time here. I received great help with my English by attending IELTS classes which were vital in helping me understand my subjects.
The college is quite small and so you feel part of a community where people want to help each other. My teachers were always there for extra help if I needed them and their advice during the university applications process was really good and I have now managed to gain a place at a great university doing the subject I always dreamed of doing.”
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