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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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A-level Results 2020 (Average across our three colleges):

A*- 32%

A*-A – 65%

A*-B – 86%

International Foundation Programme Results 2020:

The average foundation score achieved by Abbey DLD students this year stands at an amazing 73%, a score that would enable progression to a wide range of undergraduate course at prestigious UK institutions such as Durham University, the University of Leeds, University of Birmingham, Exeter University, and the University of Surrey.

Each of our colleges has also been celebrating average scores of over 70%. The average score at Abbey College Cambridge was 75%, at DLD College London it was 72%, and at Abbey College Manchester 71%, a mark of the quality of foundation programme delivered by all three of our Abbey DLD Colleges. See the full list here.

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.

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.



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.


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).


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.

Retake Your A-Level / GCSE (UK Students only)

DLD College London

We can offer various options for retaking A-Levels which are discussed in detail at your review meeting to ensure you get the most appropriate fit for your studies and future plans. Depending on subject, we aim to build a timetable which includes lessons across Years 12 & 13.

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Abbey College Manchester 

Not got the GCSE or A-Level grades you were hoping for?

Following the uncertainty and grade changes to public examination results over the last few weeks, we understand that this has been a results period like no other and that even though you have now been awarded your Centre Assessed Grades, you may still be unhappy with the grades you have received.  Abbey College Manchester is experienced in helping students get their academic studies back on track and have courses designed for students who wish to improve their grades for both GCSE and A-Level examinations.

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

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