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 2022.
Our academic results place us amongst the best international colleges in the UK. Every year Abbey College Cambridge students progress to study at some of the world’s best universities including Oxbridge Colleges, Medical Schools, Top 10 ranked UK Universities and prestigious universities located outside of the UK.
From the Spring term of Year 12, students who have joined our Medicine Pre-Degree Diploma will also begin a programme of specialist medical school preparation. This programme will involve 5 hours a week of specialist medicine application preparation sessions delivered by Abbey College Cambridge tutors. (Please note that it is expected that Medicine students will take a maximum of 3 A-Level subjects in order to facilitate the extra medicine preparation work).
Students who are accepted onto this programme will be able to participate at no extra cost.
Students who have expressed a desire to apply to Oxbridge colleges will also have the opportunity to apply for a place on our Oxbridge Candidate Programme. Students who have applied will then undergo a selection process to be successfully offered a place on the programme, which will be delivered in partnership with Oxbridge application specialists from Leading Education. Students who are accepted onto this programme will be able to participate at no extra cost.
GCSE represents 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 2022 GCSE study options
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|2 Year GCSE (September 2022 – July 2024)||
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|1 Year GCSE (September 2022 – July 2023)||
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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 them 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.
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 2022 A Level study options
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|2 Year A Level
(September 2022 – July 2024)
Undergraduate course at university
Why study A Levels?
Most students will take 3 or 4 A Level subjects over the duration of their studies. A Levels offer a good balance between subject specialisation and choice, allowing students to focus on the subject that really interest them, whilst maintaining a breadth of subject choice. A Levels also offer progression to the widest range of universities, and are the best options for students looking to join a top-ranked 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 and Science).
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.
|2 Year GCSE (Sep 2022 – July 2023)
1 Year GCSE (Sep 2022 – July 2023) Full course fee
|2 Year A Level (Sep 2022 – July 2023)||£33,200|
|1 Year International Foundation Programme (Sep 2022 – July 2023)||£33,200|
|Pre-Sessional (Sep 2022 – December 2022)||£9,450