Looking for post-GCSE study that offers a flexible approach and something a little different?
Take a look at the options available to you at Abbey College Manchester!
Register your interest in attending our Open Morning on Friday 17th November.
We invite families to visit the college between 9.30am and midday. Open Mornings provide the opportunity to come and visit during a normal college day, tour the building, visit lessons, and meet with senior members of staff. These event will give parents and students an overview of the school and our academic and pastoral offerings which makes us a thriving environment in which to study.
Wish to visit before November? Contact us now to arrange a bespoke visit at a mutually convenient time.
This is an In College event and we look forward to welcoming you to Abbey College Manchester.
During the morning you will have the opportunity to meet with the Principal and senior members of staff, have a tour of the College and visit lessons on a normal working college morning.
How to register to attend
To help us plan for the morning, we would appreciate it if you could register your plan to attend. Please complete the form on this web page
We encourage anyone based in the UK to visit the college in person to get a real feel for Abbey College Manchester. If you are unable to attend the open event, but wish to arrange a tour, please contact our Admissions Team.
We look forward to meeting you soon!
Why Abbey College Manchester?
Abbey College Manchester is a thriving, successful independent college located in the heart of Manchester city centre.
As a College we are an alternative to the traditional school environment. The setting is more adult and informal (no uniform and students 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.
Our recent Independent Schools Inspection graded the college as excellent in every area. To read the report please click here.
“I really enjoyed the quality of teaching. I think the teachers are excellent at teaching their subjects and because there aren’t many people in each class, they can help each student individually which I think makes a big difference. I’ve really developed my thinking skills especially with science because my teachers both in Chemistry and Physics taught me not just the science that we need to know for the exams, but I think more importantly, how to think as a chemist/physicist which I think is really valuable.”
Will 2022 leaver now Studying at the University of Oxford
We offer a wide range of A-Level courses (Please see the list below). 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.
In 2022, 64% of A Levels awarded to Abbey College Manchester students achieved grades A* – B.
September 2023 A Level study options at Abbey College Cambridge
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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.
List of Pathways
Business & Economics
Business & Finance
Business & Humanities
Creative Arts & Business
Creative Arts & Humanities
Sport and Business
Recent Combined Studies Programme Students have progressed to:
Kings College London University
Nottingham Trent University
Liverpool St John Moore University
Abbey College Manchester would be happy to
Register to attend our Open Morning