Retakes at Abbey College Manchester

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Not got the GCSE or A-Level grades you were hoping for?

Following the uncertainty and grade changes to public examination results over the last week, we understand that this has been a results period like no other and that even though you have now been awarded your Centre Assessed Grades, you may still be unhappy with the grades you have received.  Abbey College Manchester is experienced in helping students get their academic studies back on track and have courses designed for students who wish to improve their grades for both GCSE and A-Level examinations.  Contact us now to discuss how we can help you improve your grades.

How much will retaking cost? (UK Course Fees)

A-LEVEL ONE YEAR RETAKE (SEPTEMBER 2020 START)
One Subject £6,950
Two or Three Subjects £13,100

 

GCSE ONE YEAR COURSE (SEPTEMBER 2020 START)

Full course upto six subjects                                 £11,725

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

Is it possible for Abbey College Manchester to prepare me for the Autumn retakes that Ofqual is offering?

No this won’t be possible.  We feel that to have the best possible chance of improving grades (and gaining entry to a competitive university if studying A-Levels), students should study for the whole academic year and retake in Summer 2021.  This will allow more time to learn the elements of the syllabus missed when schools closed in mid March and also allow better preparation for A-level and/or University study.

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 you will be joining Year 13 classes and having coverage of Year 12 lessons as required.

For GCSE classes the whole syllabus is taught in one year, so we would recover everything from your two year course.

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.

GCSE subjects are:

Art, Biology, Business, Chemistry, English, Maths, Further Maths, Photography, Religious Studies & Physics

 

 

What if I did a different exam board?

This is not a major issue and can be discussed at the interview.

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.

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 and our option blocks may mean that it is not possible for you to continue seamlessly, but we can discuss your options here.

My current school isn’t 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 on line 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.  We also record all our online lessons, ensuring that students have access to all their lessons and can look back at previous teaching as a learning resource.

Is it possible to retake my GCSEs in one year?

Yes, Abbey College Manchester offers a One Year GCSE course, which is an ideal way for students to improve their grades.  Students are able to take up to six subjects.  Please click here for subject options.

 

WHY JOIN ABBEY COLLEGE MANCHESTER?

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.
  • Experienced in helping students improve their A-level grades Founded 30 years ago as a retake college, we have a proven track record in helping students regain confidence and achieve the grades they require for their chosen university.  On average students improve by a grade and a half.
  • A pathway to world-class 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 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 credible one-year alternatives to A-level study such as Foundation Programme and Combined Studies. Our flexible based courses are good alternative to A-levels and are accepted by a number of Universities across the country

“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

Student Testimonials

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.”

Although I will miss Abbey College Manchester, I am excited to start a new chapter at university. I’m very grateful for the support from the staff, they have helped me greatly to reach my full potential.”


“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.”

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