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.

Abbey College Manchester is now celebrating its 25th anniversary in 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 fulfil their aspirations.

Facilities

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

All our classrooms benefit from state-of-the-art facilities, access to modern technologies including interactive whiteboards, laptops and touchscreens. 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 are 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 are rigorous whilst being creative and responsive to individual student need.

Small classes

We believe that small classes and high-quality teaching are the keys 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 with 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.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

This school also offers:

A-levels

Two Year A-Level

Campus Full time 2 years August 2018 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.... [-]


Certificate

GCSE Course

Campus Full time 1 year August 2018 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.

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Courses

Course in Academic English

Campus Full time Part time August 2018 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.... [-]


Foundation Year

International Foundation Programme

Campus Full time 1 - 2 years August 2018 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:... [-]


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