Abbey College Cambridge offers a range of high quality academic programmes, including GCSE, A Level and International Foundation Programme, for students looking to start their studies in September 2021.
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 2020 85% of GCSEs awarded to Abbey College Cambridge students achived grades 9-6 (A** – B).
September 2021 GCSE study options
|Programme||Compulsory Subjects||Electives Subjects||Progress to|
|2 Year GCSE (September 2021 – July 2023)||
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|1 Year GCSE (September 2021 – July 2022)||
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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.
Advanced Level courses, commonly known as ‘A Levels’ are the most widely recognised qualification for entry to UK universities.
In 2020, 83% of A Levels awarded to Abbey College Cambridge students achieved grades A* – A.
September 2021 A Level study options
|Programme||Subjects Available||Progress to|
|2 Year A Level
(September 2021 – July 2023)
Undergraduate course at university
Why study A Levels?
Most students will take 4or 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).
Our International Foundation Programme (IFP) is an intensive year 13 academic programme that offers international students direct entry to a wide range of UK universities.
In 2020, Abbey College Cambridge students achieved an average overall score of 75% on our foundation programme.
September 2021 International Foundation Programme Study options
|Programme||Subjects available||Progress to|
|One Year International Foundation Programme (September 2021 – July 2022)||
||Undergraduate course at university|
Why study International Foundation Programme?
Unlike many foundation programmes, our destinations are limited to a choice of one or two partner universities. This means students are free to progress to a wide range of UK universities, including many top-ranked Russell Group institutions.
How are they taught?
The programme offers a range of subject-related pathways, which give access to complementary subjects at university. Each pathway is made up of a number of modules, depending on which pathway you choose you might have a choice of modules, they may be all compulsory, or a mix of elective and compulsory modules.
Each module is assessed individually, with three assessment points through each term. Students will achieve an average score.
Spend a term studying the British curriculum and improving your English whilst boarding in the heart of one of the UK’s most exciting cities.
Whilst you study you will become a full member of our diverse student community, with access to our exciting extra-curricular programme of weekly clubs, sports and activities, evening lectures, and university preparation sessions.
Upon completion of your studies, you will receive a comprehensive academic report and completion certificate to take home. If you enjoy your time here, you can also choose to join the full GCSE, A Level or Foundation course and complete your university studies in the UK or at home.
Since its foundation in 1994, Abbey College Cambridge has developed a reputation for academic excellence. As Cambridge’s leading international college, we are experts in teaching and supporting international students, and we do so in a community that is energised by the love of learning.
At Abbey College Cambridge students from around world feel at home, where they make friends from all over the world, share unforgettable experiences and go on to achieve amazing things together.
|Course||International Fee||EU Fee|
|2 Year GCSE (Sep 2021 – July 2022)
1 Year GCSE (Sep 2021 – July 2022) Full course fee
|2 Year A Level (Sep 2021 – July 2022)||£32,085||£25,175|
|1 Year International Foundation Programme (Sep 2021 – July 2022)||£32,085||£25,175|
|British Boarding School Experience (Sep 2021 – December 2021)||£16,685
Wednesday 10th March 2021, 9am & 2pm GMT
Join Marketing Manager John Menzies for a virtual tour of Abbey College Cambridge. John will show you around the college facilities including classrooms boarding and communal areas.
John will also tell you more about learning and living at Abbey College Cambridge, and there will be a chance to ask questions.