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College Life

Our students gain the very best academic results.  We achieve this through rigorous but informal teaching, small class sizes, frequent testing and expert teachers who put the interests of each of our students at the centre of everything they do.

Abbey College Cambridge College Life
Rigour and Informality

We believe that students, of any age, achieve great things through their own intelligence, imagination and initiative.  But we also believe that our role is to create the structures in which this can happen.

Our Students achieve their outstanding results because our teachers care about their welfare and progress. They help them develop confidence and the discipline and motivation necessary to convert their efforts into results.

Personal Tutors oversee academic progress; they meet the students under their care every week.


Class Sizes

Our teachers work with students in small groups, an arrangement that provides individual attention, and the opportunity to ask questions and to discuss issues. It also gives teachers the opportunity to motivate and challenge our students as they strive for yet higher standards of achievement.

Class size is particularly important for international students, who benefit from individual attention and the opportunity to enhance their proficiency in the English language.



Our location in Cambridge, one of the main academic centres in the United Kingdom, enables us to recruit some of the very best teachers.  They are all graduates in their respective fields; many of them have post-graduate degrees in their subjects.

Our teachers are selected as much for their enthusiasm as for their academic qualifications.  They all share common characteristics: they are experts in their respective fields; they have excellent communication skills and they have high expectations of our students.

We realise that students cannot gain entry to the top UK universities through A level grades alone. University admissions tutors seek students of a high academic standard who are also well-rounded young people with much to offer the university.

We ensure that our students receive the guidance they need to make informed, sensible and rewarding decisions about their progression to university.  The professional approach we take to university applications is a key factor in our students’ success.


Welfare and Support

We take care of our students from the time they enrol through to the time they leave. Many students maintain their association with us long after they leave.

Our enrolment procedure provides all of the information international students need to prepare for their trip to the United Kingdom.  We keep in touch on a regular basis and can arrange airport pick-ups and accommodation.

Our students undergo an induction and orientation course when they arrive at the college. We ensure that there is always a member of staff available to help with any problems that they might encounter.



Our philosophy is to ensure all our students are safe and well taken care of during their time with us whilst still being able to develop their independence and maturity.

Our students choose to live either in our halls of residence or in home stay accommodation. Our halls of residence are a popular choice for those who wish to live with other students in a secure and supervised environment.  Students who choose to live in home stay accommodation will be staying with local families individually selected by our college accommodation team.


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