Students In Science Class At Abbey College Manchester

Combined Studies

Available at Abbey College Manchester, 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 a 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.

Combined Studies programme entry requirements.

List of Pathways

  • Business & Economics
  • Business & Finance
  • Business & Humanities
  • Creative Arts & Business
  • Creative Arts & Humanities
  • Creative Arts
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Science
  • Sport (new for Sept 2021)
  • Sport and Business (New for Sept 2021)

Universities accepting the Combined Studies Programme are below:

  • Aston University
  • Chester University
  • Keele University
  • Teesside University
  • Plymouth University
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • University of Dundee (Engineering degree courses only)

Academics from the above universities visit the college and run workshops in subject areas such as Business, Product Design, Engineering and Science.  It is possible to apply to other univeristies, but acceptance of the programme is not guaranteed.

Recently Combined Studies Students have progressed to the following courses:

Salford University – Biomedical Science with Foundation
Nottingham Trent University – Real Estate
Liverpool John Moores University – Business with Finance
Liverpool John Moores – Business Management
University of York – Psychology
Keele University – Computer Science
Keele University – Law with Social Science Foundation Year
Keele University – Biology