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January 2021 Start Options

Abbey College Manchester offers a range of high quality academic programmes fo students looking to start their studies in January.

GCSE

Student in GCSE class at Abbey College Manchester

General Certificates of Secondary Education (GCSE) represent the first stage on the path to study at a UK university. Many institutions will ask for at least 5 GCSE passes for entry, including English or IELTS and Maths.

In 2020 82% of GCSEs awarded to Abbey College Manchester students achieved grades 9-5 (A** – high C).

January 2021 GCSE study option

Course Duration Subjects available Progress to
GCSE 18 Months

(Jan 2021 – July 2022)

 

18 Months with Basketball/Football Training

  • Art & Design
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Further Mathematics
  • Photography
  • Physics
  • Religious Studies
 A Level

International Foundation Programme

From January – June 2021 Students will focus on Maths and English.  Subject options can be chosen from the above list from September 2021.

Why study GCSEs?

Depending on the duration of studies, GCSE students will take between 5-6 subjects. GCSEs provide an introduction to the UK education system, offering students a breadth of subjects, time to familiarise themselves with the academic rigor of the UK education system and improve their English (English Language or IELTS is a compulsory GCSE subject). GCSEs also provide a natural pathway to A Levels, and students who have taken GCSEs tend to perform better in higher level examinations.

How are they taught?   

GCSE course content is broken up into topics, with an emphasis on understanding the connection between topics within the wider context of the subject.  The exams are linear which means they are all taken at the end of the course.

Assessment

GCSEs are assessed by an end of course exam. Some subjects will also by coursework or practical work.

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A Level

Female student in A Level class at Abbey College Manchester

Advanced Level courses, commonly known as ‘A Levels’ are the most widely recognised qualification for entry to UK universities.

In 2020, 78% of A Levels awarded to Abbey College Manchester students achieved grades A* – B.

January 2021 A Level study option

Course Duration Subjects available Progress to
A Level 2.5 Years

(Jan 2021 – July 2023)

 

 

  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • English Language
  • Geography
  • Mathematics
  • Further Mathematics
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Photography
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
Undergraduate course at university

January – June 2021 is a focus on English in preparation for September when three A Level subjects can be chosen.

IELTs is an additional subject taught alongside A Levels for those who require it.

Why study A Levels?

Most students will take three A Level subjects over the duration of their studies. A Levels offer a good balance between subjects specialisation and choice, allowing students to focus on the subject that really interest them with the option of maintain breadth of subject choice. A Levels offer progression to the widest range of universities, both in the UK and abroad.

 How are they taught?

Course content is divided into different topics, and students are encouraged to develop and understand the links between them. Learning is underpinned by the key concepts of the skills of the subject, with a strong focus on their practical real world application.

 Assessment

A Levels have a linear structure, which means that all exams take place at the end of the final year. Most A Level subjects are assessed by written examination unless the course has a large practical element (such as in Art or Photography) or coursework such as Geography.  All science A Levels have a practical endorsement which does not contribute to the final score, but is compulsory to pass the A Level.

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International Foundation Programme

Student in Foundation class at Abbey College Manchester

Our International Foundation Programme (IFP) is an intensive year 13 academic programme that offers international students direct entry to a wide range of UK universities.

In 2020, Abbey College Manchester students achieved an average overall score of 71% on our foundation programme.

January 2021 International Foundation Programme Study options

Course Duration Subjects available Progress to
International Foundation Programme 18 Month

(Jan 2021 – July 2022)

 

 

  • Business
  • Sports (New)
Undergraduate course at university
International Foundation Programme 18 Month with Basketball/Football Training

(Jan 2021 – July 2022)

 

 

  • Business
  • Sports (New)
Undergraduate course at university
International Foundation Programme 6 Month

(Jan 2021 – July 2021)

 

 

  • Business
Undergraduate course at university

For the 18 month programme, other pathways such as Engineering, Creative Arts, Humanities, Science or Medicine maybe possible subject to availability.

Why study International Foundation Programme?

One advantage of our foundation programmes is that the destinations are not limited to a choice of one or two partner universities. This means students are able to progress to all but three UK universities, including many top-ranked Russell Group institutions.

How are they taught?

Students choose two subject strands to makeup the pathway, e.g. maths and physics for engineering.  Key skills in taught alongside the main subjects.  Each subject strand is modular with the examinations taken in December, March and June.  there is the opportunity to resit up to two units in June.   The medicine pathway has a slightly different structure because three subject strands are chosen.  IELTS is taught alongside the IFP for those who require it.

Assessment

Students will achieve a percentage score for the programme; typical offers from universities require 45% – 85% for entry to degree programmes.

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British Boarding School Experience

Students in science class at Abbey college Manchester

Spend a term studying the British curriculum and improving your English whilst boarding in the heart of one of the UK’s most exciting cities.

Course benefits:

  • Improve your written and spoken English
  • Live and study in one of three beautiful, historic and vibrant British cities
  • Study the globally recognised and admired British curriculum
  • High quality accommodation and pastoral support included
  • Study and live with ambitious students from around the world
  • Opportunity to participate in one of our sports programmes (football or basketball)

Whilst you study you will become a full member of our diverse student community.

Upon completion of your studies, you will receive an academic report and completion certificate to take home. If you enjoy your time here, you can also choose to join the full GCSE, A Level or Foundation course and complete your university studies in the UK or at home.

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Why Abbey College Manchester?

Students in common room at Abbey college manchester

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

For the past thirty years we have been proudly based in the heart of Manchester, in that time that we have embraced some of the city’s best qualities; innovation, pragmatism, a sense of humour and a practical spirit.

We have welcomed several thousand students from around the world and the local area into our friendly college community, and we take pride in helping our students to achieve personal and academic development, and to move on to world-class universities, many of which like our local University of Manchester, are located in our region.

We are the smallest of the three 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.

January start course fees

Course International Fee EU Fee
18 Month GCSE

(Jan 2021 – June 2021)

£16,425 £8,620
18 Month GCSE with Basketball/Football Training

(Jan 2021 – June 2021)

£20,650

Includes Boarding

£10,260
2.5 Year A Level

(Jan 2021 – June 2021)

£16,425
18 Month International Foundation Programme

(Jan 2021 – June 2021)

£16,425 £10,260
I8 Month International Foundation Programme with Basketball/Football Training

(Jan 2021 – June 2021)

£20,650

Includes Boarding

£10,260
6 Month International Foundation Programme

(Jan 2021 – June 2021)

£16,450* £10,300
British Boarding School Experience

(Jan 2021 – April 2021)

£11,330

Includes Boarding

£11,300

Includes Boarding

*6 Month International Foundation Programme fee for students from countries in the following regions is £13,047: Middle East, North Africa, Latin America and Africa.

Want to Know more about Academic Studies with Basketball Training?

Then join our webinar taking place on Tuesday 13th October at 10am BST.

Find out more about this exciting new course, available for enrolment in January 2021, which offers the opportunity to study our academic courses in the mornings and have Basketball training sessions led by professional coaches in the afternoon.

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Join our 'Welcome to Abbey College manchester' January start information webinar

Thursday 3rd December 2020, 10am GMT
Webinar: Welcome to Abbey College Manchester

This webinar will be invaluable for all students planning to join Abbey College Manchester this January.

College Principal Liz Elam and her team will tell you about what you can expect in your first few weeks in the college, including welcome and induction, settling into college, lessons, accommodation, covid health and safety around the college and in Manchester.

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