Our A-Level Programme is taught over two year (September start) and eighteen month (January start) durations. There is also the option for students to study a one term short course programme. Students take four subjects in their first year/first two terms and four or three subjects in their second year. Students with an English level of below IELTS 7.5 (or equivalent) will also study Academic English during their first year of study.

2019 A-Level Pass Rates

Grades A* A*-A A*-B A*-C A*-E
Abbey College Cambridge 34% 71% 92% 98% 100%
National Average 7.8% 25.5% 51.6% 75.8% 97.6%

Subjects available

Course details and entry requirements


September (2 year programme)

January (18 month programme)


Minimum IELTS 5.5, or equivalent level qualification.

Students can sit an online English test administered by the college as proof of English level.


16 – 19 years old on entry


5 GCSE passes at Grade C or equivalent.

Students without a pass at grade C in GCSE or IGCSE English Language, or with an Academic English score below 7 overall must join an Academic English course for the duration of their first academic year. This will be timetabled alongside the students A-Level lessons.To find out more about the UK Education system and equivalent level qualifications please visit our UK Education System page.

A-Level Short Course Programme

With our short course programme you can experience life as a student at Abbey College Cambridge. We offer one, two and three term programmes studying our A Level subjects.Once completed you can return home to continue your studies, or if you wish you can choose to continue studying at Abbey College Cambridge.For further information on our short course programme please email admissions@abbeydld.co.uk or call +44(0)3300 536082.