Abbey College Manchester

Introduction

We are a non-selective, co-educational, independent college in the heart of Manchester city centre. Most of our 220 students study A-levels, GCSEs or on our International Foundation Programme. In our friendly, safe, supportive environment students achieve their goals and successfully move on to their chosen university. We offer a unique alternative to traditional schools with flexible programmes and personalised learning whilst maintaining a strong academic ethos.

Our History

Abbey College Manchester was founded in 1990 and is part of the Alpha Plus Group of independent schools and colleges.

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Abbey College Manchester is now celebrating its 25th anniversary during 2015 and has a developed a strong reputation locally, nationally and internationally for high quality teaching, small class sizes and a strong tutor support system.

A range of courses to suit the needs of individual students are offered: Two Year A-Levels; One Year Intensive Retake A-Levels; One Year Business BTEC; One and Two Year International Foundation Programmes (Business and Engineering) and One Year GCSES.

The college is located in a modern five storey building in the heart of Manchester city centre. All classrooms, suites and laboratories are well-equipped and resourced, and provide a teaching and learning environment to help students fulfill their aspirations.

Facilities

Abbey College Manchester has a range of modern equipment and resources to help deliver high quality teaching to students.

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All our classrooms benefit from state-of-the-art facilities, access to modern technologies including interactive white boards, laptops and touch screens. All departments are equipped with specialist rooms and textbooks are provided for all courses.

Students have their own personal computer login and access to the student shared drive where teaching resources are stored. Practical work and investigation is central to the teaching of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, and so each subject is taught in a modern, subject specific laboratory. Each room has been fitted to the highest standards and is well equipped to allow the delivery of a wide range of experiments and demonstrations to stimulate student learning.

Creativity flourishes within the college with Art & Design and Photography taught in dedicated, well-equipped rooms. Students are encouraged to express themselves using techniques ranging from 3D modelling, textiles, sculpture and photography as well as conventional painting and drawing. There is also a dark room where images can be enhanced and developed by the students. A large study centre is available as a silent and supervised study area. Here, students can use their own or college laptops for personal work. There is wireless connection available here and around the college.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching and learning is rigorous whilst being creative and responsive to individual student need.

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Small classes

We believe that small classes and high quality teaching are the key to success. This approach is very personal and means that students are focused on their studies and are given lots of attention from teachers to maximise attainment and fulfil potential. Alongside small class sizes we foster a friendly environment by having a no uniform policy and creating relationships where everyone is on first name terms.

Expert teachers

Our dedicated teachers have an excellent knowledge of their subjects and the specifications and as examiners for the major examination boards they are well positioned to offer guidance and support in developing examination technique. Teachers break down subjects into manageable sections so that students can work more easily towards the grades they need. Students are prepared thoroughly for public examinations and gain important study skills.

Studying in the college

All students have timetabled, supervised study built into their programmes. In our study centre students work quietly and this builds a culture of concentration and respect for the learning needs of others.

Assessment and monitoring process

Small class sizes mean teachers can spend more time assessing each student’s work and giving verbal and written feedback on a one to one basis. Teachers assess student effort and attainment frequently. Reports are sent home each half term and include written comments and data covering attendance, academic attainment and student effort both in the classroom and in their own time. Students and teachers reflect on current work and raise standards by agreeing targets in areas such as subject knowledge, time management, revision techniques and progress on coursework. This in turn builds confidence and raises standards.

Attendance

Attendance is monitored through daily registration and at the start of every lesson. Parents/guardians are contacted if a student is not present in class.

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This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

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Courses

Academic English

Campus Full time Part time August 2017 United Kingdom Manchester

English is the primary global language of business, academia and international relations, it is the global lingua franca. A level courses at Abbey College Cambridge and throughout the UK are taught in English, [+]

What is Academic English? English is the primary global language of business, academia and international relations, it is the global lingua franca. A level courses at Abbey College Cambridge and throughout the UK are taught in English, it will also be the language of instruction for the degree courses that you will go on to study at university. Why study Academic English? Whilst the overall benefits that mastering the English language brings are huge, if your primary goal is to be accepted into your chosen university in the UK or another English speaking country, you will be required to demonstrate a specified level of proficiency in English. This is usually demonstrated by a score in a recognised English language test, such as IELTS. Beyond this, a high level of English will have a very positive influence on your A levels, allowing you to understand more, write better, and achieve your maximum potential in your exam results. Also, it will help you get the most out of your time in the UK, allowing you to enjoy more clubs and activities, make friends, and better understand the country you are living in. Finally, looking ahead to your future, good quality English is almost certain to prove invaluable in your career, allowing you to work in an international context and access areas which might otherwise have been closed off to you. What will I learn? At Abbey College Cambridge, we work to raise your language ability in all areas, enabling you to cope with English in both an academic and an everyday context. You will spend the first stages of our course developing your General English in all of the four main skills; Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, as well as in the language systems, such as vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation. You may work towards an internationally recognised qualification as part of the course. The solid base that you gain will help you to maximise your score in IELTS through the acquisition of many transferable skills. As you move through the course we’ll also provide you with intensive preparation for the IELTS final examinations. Towards the end of the year, you will be given the opportunity to sit IELTS with the aim of achieving a score suited to your choice of course and institution. Throughout our course, you will be taught by friendly, professional and well-qualified teachers. You will be encouraged to read widely, listen to English speaking media, and speak the language as much as possible outside the class. This will prove crucial as widespread exposure to and practice in the language will result in speedier progress. We will also organise trips, activities, social events and guest speakers as part of the course programme, which will provide great opportunities to use your language skills. [-]

Preparatory Year

Two Year A-Level

Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom Manchester

There are over 130 students in the sixth form, the majority of whom are taking three or four A-Levels on a two year programme of AS and A2. Entry is dependent on satisfactory GCSE grades usually including a range of A*, A, B and C grades together with a good reference from the previous school. [+]

There are over 130 students in the sixth form, the majority of whom are taking three or four A-Levels on a two year programme of AS and A2. Entry is dependent on satisfactory GCSE grades usually including a range of A*, A, B and C grades together with a good reference from the previous school. If you have studied AS Levels elsewhere and wish to join us for A2 Levels, we will give our best advice about which courses to take. 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. For some international students whose English skills are judged to be not quite at the level required to undertake the Two Year A-Level Programme, a three year A-Level option is currently available. This is undertaken at a slightly slower pace to the traditional Two Year Programme. Subjects Art and Design Biology Business Chemistry Economics English Language Geography History Maths and Further Maths Modern Languages Philosophy Photography Physics Psychology One Year Intensive Retake A-Levels Around 25 students are enrolled on this programme which is suitable for students who have taken their A-Levels before but wish to retake to improve their grades to get onto competitive degree courses. It is possible that some students may wish to take up a new subject in a year as part of this programme and mature students may wish to take A-Levels from scratch in a year. [-]

Foundation Year

International Foundation Programme

Campus Full time 1 - 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom Manchester

This is a full-time course designed to prepare international students for direct entry to most British universities. These universities include Bristol, Bath, Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds, Birmingham, Aston, Nottingham, York, Southampton, University College London, Salford and Queen Mary. [+]

This is a full-time course designed to prepare international students for direct entry to most British universities. These universities include Bristol, Bath, Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds, Birmingham, Aston, Nottingham, York, Southampton, University College London, Salford and Queen Mary. It is usually delivered over one year. However, it can also be undertaken over 18 months or two years for those students who would suit a slower pace or have not studied at the equivalent of Level 3 (i.e. A-Level) before. It is fully accredited by NCFE in line with UK Visa Immigration (UKVI) requirements. Pathways Students have a choice of four pathways, each of which comprises Core Skills and Pathway Specific Modules: Business Foundation Programme Core Units (Mandatory) Key Skills Maths Research & Presentation Skills ICT IELTS Pathway Units (Select TWO options) Option 1 – Business Business Start-up Business Planning Business Law Option 2 – Economics Markets & Market Failure Managing the Economy The Global Economy Option 3 – Accounting Management Accounting Financial Accounting Further FInancial Accounting Engineering Foundation Programme Core Units (Mandatory) Key Skills Maths Advanced Maths Research & Presentation Skills ICT IELTS Pathway Units (Select ONE OR BOTH if IELTS is not required) Chemistry Physics Medicine Foundation Programme This programme has been recognised by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) as meeting the academic requirements for application to the MBBS (Medicine) programme at UCLan. This does not exempt applicant from any stage of the MBBS at UCLan admissions process. If students have been offered a place on the UCLAN International Medical Programme, they MUST achieve at least 70% overall on the course and also achieve 7.0 in IELTS in all components. The Medicine Foundation Programme comprises the following strands:- Biology Chemistry Advanced Mathematics IELTS A programme of support for medical applications Please note the following important information:- The Programme is ONLY suitable for students who have undertaken at least one year equivalent of a Level 3 qualification already (e.g. the first year A-Level). Students MUST be at least 17 years old at the start of the academic year (i.e. 1st September) to qualify for the Programme. The Programme CAN OFFER an alternative route for students who have not achieved their potential in the first year of their Level 3 studies The Programme is NOT suitable for Medical Degrees other than the UCLAN Medical Degree Programme. If the grades to enter UCLAN ARE NOT achieved students can apply for degree courses including Medical Sciences at UCLAN along with Pharmacy, Biomedical Sciences or Health related courses at a range of other universities. Enrolment Dates The enrolment date each year for the International Foundation Programme is September for either the One Year or Two Year Programme. If the 18 Month Programme is undertaken this would start in January each year. Please note that there is no 6 Month International Foundation Programme available. Results and Destinations Another outstanding set of examination results have been achieved by our Class of 2015 Foundation students. Around 85% of the students secured places onto their first choice degree course at their first choice university. [-]

Certificate

GCSE Course

Campus Full time 1 year August 2017 United Kingdom Manchester

The college offers a unique and highly successful one year GCSE programme for students who wish to transfer mid GCSE into year 11. Students are able to take up to 6 subjects and the course is delivered in its entirety in a year. [+]

The college offers a unique and highly successful one year GCSE programme for students who wish to transfer mid GCSE into year 11. Students are able to take up to 6 subjects and the course is delivered in its entirety in a year. It is expected that under normal circumstances students will be aged 16 or under on 1st September of the year or proposed study. Students have a base room and a dedicated and experienced Head of Year to oversee the successful completion of the course. Students of statutory school age have timetabled Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and sports. On completing their GCSEs many students are invited to join our two year A Level programmes. Pathways: Art Biology, Chemistry and Physics English French Geography Maths and Further Maths Photography Religious Studies [-]

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