Abbey DLD Students Walking In Cambridge

Join the Abbey DLD Group of Colleges in January 2024

Our group of leading international boarding colleges based in Cambridge, London and Manchester offer high-quality GCSE, A Level and Foundation Programmes for students looking to start their studies in January 2024.

Complete our online enquiry form to learn more about our January start course and accommodation options and to speak to a member of our admissions team.


January 2024 Start Courses Available.

18 Month GCSE Yes Yes
18 Month A Level Yes
Pre-Sessional Programme Yes


18 Month GCSE Programme, January 2024 Start

Abbey College Cambridge Physics class

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.

In 2022 88% of GCSEs awarded to Abbey DLD Group of Colleges students achieved grades 9-5/4 (A** – C).

The 18 Month GCSE Programme is available at Abbey College Cambridge and Abbey College Manchester from January 2024.

January 2024 GCSE study options

Course Duration Subjects available in Cambridge Subjects available in Manchester Progress to
GCSE 18 Months

(Jan 2024 – July 2025)

  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • English Language
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Sports Science
  • Art & Design
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • English Language
  • Further Mathematics
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
 A Level

International Foundation Programme

Why study GCSEs?

Depending on the duration of studies, GCSE students will take between 6-8 subjects. GCSEs provide a great ‘grounding’, offering students a wide breadth of subjects. time to familiarise themselves with the UK education system and improve their English (English Language is a compulsory GCSE subject). GCSEs also provide a natural pathway to A Levels, and students who have taken then tend to perform better in higher level examination.

How are they taught?   

GCSE course content is broken up into units, each unit is taught in a linear structure, with an emphasis on understanding the connection between topics within the wider context of the subject.


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


18 Month A Level Programme, January 2024 Start

Student in Foundation 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 2022, 74% of A Levels awarded to Abbey DLD Group of Colleges students achieved grades A* – B.

The 18 Month A Level Programme is available at Abbey College Cambridge for January 2024 start.

January 2024 A Level study options

Course Duration Subjects available in Cambridge Progress to
A Level 18 Months

(Jan 2024 – July 2025)



  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • Mathematics
  • Further Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology
Undergraduate course at university

Why study A Levels?

Most students will take 4 or 3 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 also offer progression the widest range of universities, and are the best options for students looking to join a top-rated university.

 How are they taught?

Course content is divided into different sections, 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.


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 of the sciences).


Pre-Sessional Programmes, January 2024 Start

Students and teacher in Academic English class at DLD College London

Available at Abbey College Cambridge, our Pre-Sessional Programme Programme is designed to raise students’ ability in general and subject-specific English to enable them to join our academic programmes.

Dependent on the level of language and academic abilities, our Pre-Sessional Programme can be taught for one, two or three terms. As well as strengthening English language skills, we will prepare students to learn in a typical British classroom environment. This includes skill development in areas such as pair work, project work, independent reading, discussion work and team building. Physical Education (PE) and Personal Health and Social Education (PHSE) also form part of our pre-sessional curriculum.


Across all three colleges, academic results are some of the best in the UK. The majority of our students progress to top-ranked UK universities.

2023 Results & Destinations Highlights

  • Around 20% of Abbey DLD students achieved A* at A Level, nearly half of our A Level students achieved grades A*-A
  • 67% average student score on our International Foundation programme
  • 30% of GCSE students achieved grades 9 – 7 (A** – A)
  • 4 Students progressed to Oxbridge Colleges
  • One quarter of A Level students joined a top 10 UK University
  • 40%+ of A Level students joined a Russell Group University



2023 Academic Results, Abbey DLD Group of Colleges

2023 GCSE Results

Our younger students have performed admirably in GCSE this year, with nearly 80% achieving a ‘good pass’ of 4 and above and 30% of GCSEs taken within the group achieving the top 9-7 grades (equivalent to A*-A under the old grading system) setting the foundation for success at higher level study.

Grade 9 (Equivalent A*) Grades 9-8 Grades 9-7 (Equivalent A*-A) Grades 9-6 (Equivalent A*-B) 9-5/4 (Equivalent A*-C)
All College Average 11% 20% 30% 44% 76%


2023 A-Level Results

Across all 3 of our colleges in 2023 our A Level students achieved an exceptional set of results, with nearly 20% of A Level exams taken by our students achieving the top A* grade. Nearly half of A Levels were marked at grades A*-A. 71% of students achieved A*-B and  87% of A Levels taken by students at Abbey College Cambridge, DLD College London and Abbey College Manchester achieved A*-C. Our overall pass rate across all three colleges was an impressive 99%.

A* A*-A A*-B A*-C A*-E
All College Average 18% 42% 71% 87% 99%


2023 Abbey DLD Group of Colleges International Foundation Programme Results 

This year 97% of our International Foundation Programmes students passed the course.


University Progression

2023 Abbey DLD Students, Top 20 Ranked University Destinations

Rank* University No of Students
1  University of St Andrews 1
3 University of Cambridge 4
4 London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE) 5
5 Imperial College London 9
6 University College London (UCL) 17
7 Durham University 3
8 University of Bath 10
9 University of Warwick 5
10 Loughborough University 2
11 University of Exeter 3
12 University of Glasgow 3
13 University of Edinburgh 3
14 Lancaster University 6
15 University of York 4
16 University of Bristol 3
17 University of Southampton 9
18 University of Sheffield 2
19 University of Aberdeen 1

* Ranking Source: Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024.

Global Top 50 Ranked University Destinations 2023*

University of Cambridge (2) Imperial College London (6) University College London (6) University of California Berkley (10)
University of New South Wales (19) University of Edinburgh (22) The University of Hong Kong (26) The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) (29)
University of Manchester (32) The University of Michigan (33) King’s College London (40) London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE) (45)

*Ranking Source: QS World University Ranking 2024

In 2023, over 50% of Abbey DLD students progressed to join a top 50-ranked UK university. 14 Students progressed to study at Oxbridge or Medicine.


January 2024 Tuition Fees

International Student Fees

Course Cambridge Manchester
18 Month GCSE

(Jan 23 – June 23)

£30.900 £18,700
18 Month A Level

(Jan 23 – June 23)

Pre-Sessional Programme £10,100

EU Student Fees

Course Cambridge Manchester
18 Month GCSE

(Jan 23 – June 23)

£23,100 £9,800
18 Month A Level

(Jan 23 – June 23)

Pre-Sessional Programme £8,000



Our courses are for students aged between 14-21 years of age. 

The Abbey DLD Group of Colleges are fee-paying colleges

Student must be between the age of 13-21 to study at Abbey DLD Group of Colleges
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