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September 2022 Start Options at Abbey College Cambridge

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.

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GCSE

Abbey College Cambridge Physics classGeneral Certificates of Secondary Education (GCSE) represent 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 2021 78% of GCSEs awarded to Abbey College Cambridge students achieved grades 9-6 (A** – B).

September 2021 GCSE study options

Programme Compulsory Subjects Electives Subjects Progress to
2 Year GCSE (September 2022 – July 2024)
  • Art & Design
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Choose one from:

  • Further Mathematics or History
  •  A Level
  • International Foundation Programme
1 Year GCSE (September 2022 – July 2023)
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Choose one from:

  • Biology or Business Studies
  •  A Level
  • International Foundation Programme

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 then 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.

Assessment

GCSEs are assessed by an end of course exam. Some subjects will also by coursework or practical work.

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A Level

Abbey College Cambridge Chemistry classAdvanced Level courses, commonly known as ‘A Levels’ are the most widely recognised qualification for entry to UK universities.

In 2021, 74% of A Levels awarded to Abbey College Cambridge students achieved grades A* – A.

September 2021 A Level study options

Programme Subjects Available Progress to
2 Year A Level

(September 2022 – July 2024)

  • Accounting
  • Art & Design
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • English Literature
  • Geography
  • Government & Politics
  • History
  • Mathematics & Further Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology
Undergraduate course at university

Why study A Levels?

Most students will take 4or 3 A Level subjects over the duration of their studies. A Levels offer a good balance between subjects specialisation and choice, allowing students to focus on the subject that really interest them with the option of maintain breadth of subject choice. A Levels also offer progression the widest range of universities, and are the best options for students looking to join a top rated 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.

 Assessment

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 of the sciences).

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INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION PROGRAMME

Abbey College Cambridge Business Studies classOur International Foundation Programme (IFP) is an intensive year 13 academic programme that offers international students direct entry to a wide range of UK universities.

In 2021, Abbey College Cambridge students achieved an average overall score of 77% on our foundation programme.

September 2021 International Foundation Programme Study options

Programme Subjects available Progress to
One Year International Foundation Programme (September 2022 – July 2023)
  • Business Management & Economics
  • Engineering
  • Humanities
  • Medicine
  • Science
Undergraduate course at university

Why study International Foundation Programme?

Unlike many foundation programmes, our destinations are limited to a choice of one or two partner universities. This means students are free to progress to a wide range of UK universities, including many top-ranked Russell Group institutions.

How are they taught?

The programme offers a range of subject-related pathways, which give access to complementary subjects at university. Each pathway is made up of a number of modules, depending on which pathway you choose you might have a choice of modules, they may be all compulsory, or a mix of elective and compulsory modules.

Assessment

Each module is assessed individually, with three assessment points through each term. Students will achieve an average score.

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British Boarding School Experience

Abbey College Cambridge students relaxing in CambridgeSpend a term studying the British curriculum and improving your English whilst boarding in the heart of one of the UK’s most exciting cities.

Course benefits:

  • Improve your written and spoken English
  • Live and study in one of three beautiful, historic and vibrant British cities
  • Study the globally recognised and admired British curriculum
  • High quality accommodation and pastoral support included
  • Study and live with ambitious students from around the world

Whilst you study you will become a full member of our diverse student community, with access to our exciting extra-curricular programme of weekly clubs, sports and activities, evening lectures, and university preparation sessions.

Upon completion of your studies, you will receive a comprehensive academic report and completion certificate to take home. If you enjoy your time here, you can also choose to join the full GCSE, A Level or Foundation course and complete your university studies in the UK or at home.

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Why choose Abbey College Cambridge?

Female students and teacher in Abbey College Cambridge Maths class

  • We are one of the UK’s top performing International Colleges
  • Our unique ‘Pre-Degree Diploma’ programme helps students prepare for competitive courses
  • We offer more than 60 weekly extra-curricular clubs and activities
  • Our students excel in national and international academic competitions
  • Our house system encourages competition, fosters pride and builds friendships

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.

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September Start Course Fees

Course International Fee EU Fee
2 Year GCSE (Sep 2021 – July 2022)

1 Year GCSE (Sep 2021 – July 2022) Full course fee

£32,085

£32,085

£25,175

£25,175

2 Year A Level (Sep 2021 – July 2022) £32,085 £25,175
1 Year International Foundation Programme (Sep 2021 – July 2022) £32,085 £25,175
British Boarding School Experience(Sep 2021 – December 2021) £16,685 Includes Boarding £16,685Includes Boarding

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