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.
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.
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:
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.
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 Oxford, Cambridge, 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.
The perfect environment to live, study, make friends and enjoy extra-curricular activities from tennis to tai chi.
BOARDING AT DLD COLLEGE LONDON
DLD College London is the only on-site boarding school in London.
BOARDING AT ABBEY COLLEGE CAMBRIDGE
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.
BOARDING AT ABBEY COLLEGE MANCHESTER
International Students at Abbey College Manchester have different accommodation options:
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:
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:
|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|
“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.”
“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!”
“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.”
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.
“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.”
“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.