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Abbey College Cambridge Sixth form and tutorial colleges

Founded in 1994, Abbey College Cambridge has established itself as one of the best independent sixth form colleges in the United Kingdom. Abbey students have a track record of outstanding achievement, and many move on to join the UK’s best universities every year.

The college offers students A level, International Foundation and GCSE courses, and teaches more than 300 students from 23 countries around the world. College tutors are experts in teaching and supporting students who do not speak English as their first language.

Teaching focuses on examination success, achieved through the acquisition of knowledge, examination technique and thinking skills. Every aspect of the college’s teaching has been rated as ‘Outstanding’, the highest level awarded, by the UK Governments’ Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted).

Students achieve exceptional success in their examinations. In each one of the last 10 years the percentage of A level grades in the A*-B range has been more than 80%. In 2015, 29% of all A level grades awarded to its students were at the highest possible level; A*. Students move on to some of world’s best universities; In 2015 more than half of the colleges’ A level graduates joined a member of the ‘Russell Group’ of top UK universities, one quarter of graduates joined one of the elite G5 universities and nearly half joined a university ranked in the world’s top 50.

Highlighted Courses

A level

A level courses are taught over 18 months or two years. The two year course starts in September and the 18 month course starts in January. Students take four subjects in their first year and three or four subjects in their second year. Students with IELTS (or equivalent) of below 6.5 will also study English Language IGCSE during their first year of A level study.

A level subjects available:

Business Studies
English Literature
Mathematics and Further Mathematics

International Foundation Programme

Abbey College Cambridge offers students three foundation pathways to prepare them to study at UK universities. On all 3 pathways students complete Core Skills modules in Mathematics, Information Technology, Presentation & Research Skills, and English for Academic Purposes. All three pathways are designed to give students a thorough grounding in the key concepts and theories they will meet during their undergraduate studies.

The Business, Economics and Accounting foundation pathway covers accounting, business studies, economics and mathematics for business. Students develop a critical understanding of organisations, markets, competition and added value. Typical university courses accessed by this pathway include Finance and Accounting, Economics, Business Management, International Business, Banking and Marketing.

The Engineering pathway is designed for students who want to go on to study engineering disciplines at university. Students focus on the building blocks of the discipline; physics, chemistry and mathematics. From here they move on to consider, in detail mechanics, electricity, magnetism, solids and fluids. Typical university courses accessed by the Engineering pathway include Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Electronics and Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computing and Technology.

The Science and Pharmacy pathway covers biology, chemistry, mathematics and core skills. Students develop an in-depth knowledge of chemical principles, study additional mathematics modules and gain practical scientific skills. Students can apply these skills to a range of university courses and careers.


The Abbey College Cambridge GCSE programme is taught over one or two years and students take six to eight subjects. Students' GCSE results rank consistently far above the UK average.

GCSE subjects available:

Business Studies
English Language

'Welcome to England' Summer School

The six week 'Welcome to England' Summer School runs in July and August every year. Student's improve their English skills, experience English culture and get a head start on their studies at Abbey College Cambridge.

The main objectives of the summer school are:

To improve English.
With a focus on academic and general English skills, the college helps students improve their speaking, reading, writing and listening skills.

To enjoy Abbey College Cambridge and life in a new country.
It’s a great experience coming to study in a new country. Cambridge is a safe city full of beautiful and historic buildings. Trips to historic and fun locations throughout the South and East of England help broaden students horizons and introduces them to British culture.

To experience learning at Abbey College Cambridge.
The ‘Welcome to England’ Summer School prepares students for the subjects they study in September. Students are taught by

Abbey College Cambridge

17 Station Road

Central England