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Pre-Degree Diploma

In recent years 55 of our graduates have progressed on to study at Oxbridge Colleges and over 60 students have progressed to Medical School. In 2017 10% of our upper sixth students received offers to study at Oxbridge colleges.
Abbey College Cambridge Pre-Degree Diploma

As an Abbey College Cambridge student, we know that you are ambitious, and we share that ambition. Whether your dream is to study at Oxbridge, become a doctor, lawyer, engineer or business leader, our unique Pre-Degree Diploma programme is designed to maximise your chances of success.

Our Pre-Degree Diploma is available to our A-Level students. For two hours each week we will focus on developing your skills in the areas that are vital to progress to a top university. These include:

Careers and UCAS guidance

We will help you to explore different career choices open to you. You will get to speak to employers in your field of interest, learning the skills and experiences that they value. You will get the opportunity to go on workplace visits and gain real work experience to test out your chosen career. Whilst this happens we’ll be working to refine your university application. You will develop a clear vision of the type of course you want to study, and the likely careers that it will lead to.

Gaining deeper subject knowledge

We’ll encourage you to develop as an independent learner by looking beyond the traditional syllabus. With our guidance you will be expected to read degree level materials, research articles, novels, biographies and memoirs related to your area of interest.

You’ll be aware of current world issues, and be able to discuss and share your opinion on a range of topics. We will prepare you to present reasoned arguments considering both sides, and offer your own balanced opinion.

We’ll also expect you to test your advanced knowledge by competing in the national and international challenges, olympiads and competitions in which our college has a proud record of success.

Specialist admissions preparation

If your goal is to gain a place at a ‘top 5’ UK university (Oxford and Cambridge, the London School of Economics and Political Sciences, University College London and Imperial College London) we offer additional preparation in areas like Oxbridge applications, entrance examinations, additional qualifications and admissions interviews.

Pre-Degree Diploma subject areas
  • Architecture
  • Art and Design
  • Business, Strategy and Leadership
  • Computer Science
  • Law
  • Economics
  • Mathematics
  • Medicine
  • Natural Sciences
  • Physics and Engineering
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