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The Abbey DLD Group of Colleges consists of three independent sixth form colleges located in Cambridge, London and Manchester. We offer GCSE, A-Level, BTEC, Foundation, Pre-Sessional, and Combined Studies Programmes. Since 1931, Abbey DLD has been synonymous with premium quality education, top university destinations, and enriching student experiences.

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We are part of Alpha Plus Group and follow robust governance procedures. Our teachers are subject specialists, taught at top universities, and with extensive experience of teaching the UK currriculum. Our boarding  and pastoral staff are experienced and compassionate professionals.


Across all 3 of our colleges, 42% of all A-Levels taken in 2019 were awarded A* or A grades. More than one third of our Foundation students achieved a Distinction, 42% of our BTEC students also achieved a Distinction. 36% of GCSEs taken by Abbey DLD students achieved grades 9-7.


Each of our students received personally tailored university application support and guidance to help them join the best possible university for them. More than 70 Abbey DLD students have joined Oxbridge college in recent years, 33 students progressed to a G5 university in 2019 (Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial, LSE, and UCL). 19 Abbey DLD students progressed on to study medicine in 2019, the most competitive of all UK courses.


Experience the best of big city life with the safety and support of our outstanding pastoral teams. Our colleges provide some of the best, highest specification boarding available anywhere in the world, right at the heart of it’s most exciting cities.

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Abbey College Cambridge

In 2019, 71% of all A-Level examinations taken by Abbey College Cambridge students received A* or A grades, and 98% of Abbey Cambridge students achieved A*- C grades.

The results of our International Foundation Programme students are no less impressive, with an overall score of 76% across all pathways in 2019.

Our GCSE student cohort continues to grow each year, and in 2019 69% of all GCSE exams taken at Abbey College Cambridge were marked at grades 9-7 (A**-A).

Abbey College Manchester

The key highlights were:

  • 20% of examinations taken scored an A* or A Grade
  • 46% of examinations taken scored an A*, A or B Grade
  • An overall average score of 69% achieved across all pathways
  • 88% of students gained places at their first choice university
  • 55% of students gained places at Russell Group Universities
  • An impressive 28% of examinations were graded at 9-7 (A* – A) with 70% graded at 9-4 (A*-C).

DLD College London

DLD College London students celebrated a sensational A-level pass rate of 97% in 2019. With 26% A*A grades, 54% A*-AB and A*ABC 78%. Our BTEC students posted an outstanding set of results with a 100% success rate for an incredible sixth year in a row.

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University success starts with excellent guidance. Each of our colleges offers tailored support before and during the application process:

UCAS advice, help with application paperwork, preparation for university entrance tests and specialist help with applications to OxfordCambridge, medical and dental schools. We also look beyond university to help you with work experience and career advice.

Abbey Study Skills Programmes:
Each College offers a specific programme to help students develop skills that are essential to success in university: critical thinking, independent learning, using and quoting research articles etc.

Our Pre University programmes are:

Because of the intense competition for places, if you would like to progress to the very top universities, especially Oxford or Cambridge, A Level success alone might not be enough. That is why we offer students extensive support to take additional exams and wider programmes designed to help those aiming for the very highest level.

  • Olympiads:
    Participation in national and international Olympiad competitions provide students with the opportunity to further test their mathematical and science skills. Abbey DLD students have won several Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards in these events for their efforts in Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics in recent years.
  • Advanced Extension Awards (AEA):
    We encourage our most gifted and motivated students to work towards the Advanced Extension Award. This is like an A Level in terms of content, but the questions are more challenging. AEAs are a useful additional qualification when applying for the most prestigious universities.
  • STEP and University Entrance Papers:
    The most competitive universities increasingly use additional tests to select their students. We therefore offer a programme to teach students individually and insmall groups for these examinations, including Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA), Sixth Term Examination Papers (STEP), Bio-Medical Admissions Test (BMAT) and UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT).


The perfect environment to live, study, make friends and enjoy extra-curricular activities from tennis to tai chi.


DLD College London is the only on-site boarding school in London.

  • Boarders enjoy the convenience of living in one of our 250 en-suite bedrooms above the College.
  • Boarders are split into different groups, called ‘Huddles’. A ‘Huddle’ is a group of boarders organised by age, gender and floor, overseen by a designated Houseparent.
  • Huddles have regular meetings for notices, so that boarders can share their opinions, discuss upcoming events and make new friends!


We offer a wide range of accommodation for students in our college boarding houses. You also have the option of living with local host families.

  • In our boarding houses we offer you a choice of single or twin ensuite bedrooms.
  • All rooms are offered on a full board basis and standard features include WiFi, secure access, live in house parents, weekly linen and towel change, communal social and study areas, CCTV and on-site security, room cleaning and on-site laundry, secure bicycle storage and weekend and evening activities.
  • Our host families provide an opportunity to experience local family life whilst studying. Meals are provided by your host (with lunch taken in college during term time) and a range of different homes are available.


International Students at Abbey College Manchester have different accommodation options:

  • Riverside House – Student accommodation within easy reach of the College (only available to students aged 16 before 1st September of the year of entry). Riverside House Student Accommodation offers high-quality, safe accommodation within a 15 minute walk of ACM, and Manchester city centre.
  • Host family (available to students of all ages). Our Host Families are carefully selected to ensure a friendly, safe, secure environment in which students can study, relax and integrate. Host families reflect the mix of cultures and people who live in Manchester.

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Beyond education, our service includes practical help with VISAs, social programmes to help you make friends and 24/7 care through House Parents and on site Nurses.

After you have completed your enrolment, we provide you with everything you need to prepare for your new life in the UK. Our Pre Arrival information pack contains everything you need to know before joining us:

  • Key contacts
  • Term dates and timetables
  • We send a pre-course reading list and preparation programme. Our Accommodation team will send a list of what items they (you/the student) need to bring to the UK.

On Arrival:

  • We offer an airport pick-up service
  • We show you around your new College and city
  • We help you open a bank account, register with a doctor and work out your public transport choices
  • We help you with applying for your visa and registering with the police
  • You will meet the house parents and staff members who live within your accommodation

College Induction

Our students attend a programme over a number of days in the week before lessons begin to tour the College, meet key staff members, formally enrol and receive their timetables.

You will meet your personal tutor weekly. He or she will monitor your academic progress and attendance, as well as deal with any welfare issues.

We monitor attendance through registration at the start of every lesson. We are totally focused on ensuring you have a responsive, supportive environment in which to learn.

We supply parents with regular reports on areas such as general achievement, attitude and any concerns. We encourage parents to maintain close contact with personal tutors and our pastoral team to discuss any aspect of their child’s progress with us. We also communicate by email or text with parents regarding urgent matters, such as unexpected absence or illness.


Our list of university destinations is impressive with the vast majority of students gaining places on their first choice degree course at their preferred university each year.

Please see below for the range of fantastic universities our students have gained places at recently:

A-levels highlights 2019:

Forename Nationality University Subject
Juan Spain University of Cambridge Natural Sciences
Edward Pak Yung United Kingdom University of Oxford Biology
Hoang Minh Vietnam University of Cambridge Economics
Yijie China University of Cambridge Natural Sciences
Han-Chieh Taiwan University of Cambridge Medicine
Chao China Imperial College London Physics
Kaiyu China Imperial College London Physics
Xian Yang Malaysia Imperial College London Biochemistry
You Min Malaysia Imperial College London Aeronautical Engineering
Jingyi China Imperial College London Physics
Chit Hnin Myanmar London School of Economics and Political Sciences Philosophy and Economics
Jun Korea University College London Architecture
Thar San Myanmar Imperial College London Materials Science and Engineering
Sixuan China University College London Natural Science
Nattalyn Malaysia Imperial College London Chemistry
Zhamilya Kazakhstan University College London Population Health
Ben Netherlands King’s College London History
Robert UK University of Newcastle Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Ainura Kazakhstan King’s College London Business Management
Minh Tuan Vietnam University of Southampton Computer Science
Jingwen China Durham University Accounting and Finance
Sofia Greece Queen Mary, University of London Chemical Engineering
Wai Lin Burma University of Southampton Civil Engineering
Tom UK Queen Mary, University of London Modern Languages
Serena Nigeria King’s College London Biomedical Science
Xizhang China King’s College London Chemistry
Anastasia Cyprus King’s College London Mathematics with Management and Finance
Joseph United Kingdom King’s College London Electronic Engineering
Adel Kazakhstan Warwick University Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)
Flavia Bulgaria Queen Mary, University of London Mathematics with Finance and Accounting
Sirui China University of Edinburgh Computer Science
Diego Fabrizzio Peru King’s College London Biomedical Science

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Case Studies


  • Originally from France
  • Results: A*A*A in Maths, Further Maths, and Physics respectively
  • Destination: University of Warwick to study Maths, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics.

“Abbey Cambridge is a great place for education and to meet people with similar interests. My dream is to fund and start my own start-up, teachers encouraged me to achieve higher and higher test scores, which will enable me to enter a high ranking university where I will be able to find partners and possibly investors.”


  • Originally from Libya
  • AAA in Biology; Chemistry and Math
  • Now studying Medicine at the University of Leeds

Abbey College were massively helpful in preparing me for my application to university. It was daunting writing my personal statement but my tutors gave me great advice which made the whole process less scary. They even arranged practice university interviews so I wouldn’t be really nervous on the actual day!”

  • Studied Maths (A*), Further Maths (A*), Physics (A) and Economics (A)
  • Destination: University of Cambridge to study Land Economy 

“Abbey College Cambridge is a nice place to study and live. Teachers are good, they answered all the questions that I asked, and helped me to understand topics more clearly than I did before. Outside of classes I enjoyed hanging out with friends and playing in Badminton Club. I learned many things studying here.”


  • Originally from Italy
  • Results: A*A*A* in Business Studies, Economics, and Government and Politics.
  • Destination: Kings’s College London to study International Relations

Gaia came to DLD to study A levels in Politics, Economics and Business Studies. Initially, she was due to return to Italy after one term, but enjoyed DLD so much she decided to stay to complete her A levels. Gaia was a pleasure to teach. She is intellectually curious, very capable and hard-working. Her particular interest is in the integration of knowledge from Politics and Economics, the changes taking place in the international monetary system and their geopolitical implications for world order. She thoroughly deserves her place at King’s College London to read International Relations.


  • Course taken: International Foundation Programme (Engineering Pathway)
  • Destination: University of Bristol to study Computer Science

“I decided to study at Abbey College Manchester because of its city centre location in one of the UK’s busiest cities. I knew Manchester because of their two world-class soccer teams but when I came. I discovered so much more about the city, such as the amazing places to eat and shop, all so close to Abbey College’s location.

Also, the college has a very high quality of teaching which I experienced for the two years I studied there. All the members of staff were approachable and always off ered to help if I needed it, whether that is to help me understand complex ideas in class or the university application process. I will always be thankful to Abbey College Manchester for this.”


  • Originally from China
  • Studied Mathematics A* Further Mathematics A* Physics A
  • Destination: University of Oxford to study Mechinal Engineering

“My dream is to be an engineer, and the teachers helped me to prepare for my university interview. Outside of lessons I like to play in badminton club, which helps to keep me healthy. Living in Cambridge I’ve also had the chance to try lots of diff erent kinds of foods. My English teachers have also really helped me to improve my language level”


Our courses are for students between 14-18 years of age. 

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