Abbey College Manchester Expands Pioneering Programme


Abbey College Manchester is expanding its highly innovative Combined Studies Programme, following its resounding success.

Offering a unique and exciting pathway to a university degree, the city centre-based college has extended the number of partnerships with leading establishments across the UK by 50% since the programme’s launch. Much-coveted places are now offered at six universities, Aston, Chester, Keele, Teesside, Plymouth and University of Dundee.

Proving hugely popular due to its modular format and termly exams with a re-sit option built in, the Combined Studies Programme is welcomed as an alternative to the traditional two-year linear A-Level.

The course consists of two optional subject strands with topics to be chosen from Business, Creative Arts, Economics, Engineering, Finance, Humanities and Science, and also places a heavy emphasis on building key skills pivotal for degree success with a compulsory unit.

Principal at Abbey College Manchester, Liz Elam commented:

“We are delighted that the Combined Studies Programme is becoming an increasingly popular option at the college and that we are now able to offer pathways to a degree at additional leading universities across the UK.

“By providing this practical and distinctive option that is unique to the college, we are able to widen participation and inclusion which is paramount to getting the best out of each and every student, enabling them to thrive. We are excited to continue building on this programme further and seeing our students progress.”

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Abbey College is a leading independent college in the heart of Manchester, with a fast-growing and vibrant community.

The Combined Studies Programme is a new pathway leading to a university degree or a degree with a foundation year at selected universities. It comprises two optional subject strands each worth 37.5% and a compulsory key skills unit worth 25%.

The programme is modular and examinations are taken in December, March and June with one re-sit opportunity in the June series. This allows students to build up their score and have a good idea of the level they are achieving as the course progresses.

There are in excess of 200 students at the college, comprising a mix of students from the local area and other countries. The college offers A-Level, GCSE, Combined Studies and International Foundation Programmes.

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