The Manchester College

Introduction

We are one of the largest organisations of our kind in Europe. We have around 5,000 employees working across more than 20 locations providing learning and skills to over 80,000 learners and 3,000 employers across the UK.

Quality is our number one priority and we are committed to a major programme of quality improvement to support all of our learners and employers and to provide the foundation for the growth opportunities laid out in our Strategic Plan.

We strongly believe that the learner should be at the heart of everything we do. We’re committed to improving the lives, employability and economic situation of all individuals, by giving them access to the best training, education and employment opportunities, whatever their background. By doing so we aim to contribute to local and national economic growth.

We’re increasing our already significant apprenticeships offer and are developing higher level apprenticeships which will provide a vital work-based progression route to higher levels of study for employed learners.

We offer programmes for unemployed people and those not in education, employment or training (NEET), and through the school leavers award we provide financial support for some young people. Our priority skills programmes ensure that learners achieve the skills required to progress into employment.

We work with small businesses and large international corporations to develop the skills of their employees to improve business performance and productivity. We also work in close partnership with awarding and statutory bodies, universities and city partners in Manchester and nationally.

Our growing higher education and degree programmes further support our view that access to high level training and education should be available to all irrespective of background. Furthermore we have a national profile in professional learning and qualifications under our MOL brand.

Nationally, we are also the market leader in offender learning. We teach and train offenders in prisons and young offender institutions across many regions of the UK.

Our size offers valuable benefits for our learners and employers in terms of facilities, resources, the breadth of the curriculum we offer and progression opportunities. However, we offer more than size and scope, we offer them a sense of belonging to an organisation that cares passionately about its mission, its values and its people.

The needs of the learner are the focus of The Manchester College. We provide excellence in learning and training for the residents of Manchester and beyond. We offer an unprecedented range of courses, with clear choices and guidance for all our students.

The Manchester College is based at many sites across Manchester. We have campuses in the north, south and centre of the city. Each site has its own specialist, cutting edge facilities and a friendly, supportive atmosphere.

The College is ideally placed to offer a huge range of opportunities to learners of all ages.

The College holds Investors in People (IiP) Silver accreditation. Investors in People is a framework for business improvement through people.

Our mission

To improve lives and economic success through learning and skills.

Our visions

  • Further Education: ‘The leading college for progression and employability.’
  • Higher Education: ‘A leading provider of flexible, affordable, career-relevant, university education.’
  • Offender Learning: ‘The UK leader and innovator in offender learning, skills and employability.’
  • Apprenticeships and Employer Training: ‘A leading provider of regional and national employer training.’
  • MOL: ‘The UK leader in the flexible provision of professional qualifications.’

Our values

As an organisation, we share a common set of values across everything we do. These help to define who we are and how we behave.

  • Integrity – we are honest, trustworthy and open.
  • One team – we collaborate, respect each other and contribute to team goals.
  • Always improving – we are forward-thinking, we innovate and take ownership.
  • Can do – we are positive, inclusive, flexible and proactive.
  • Sustainable – we take a long-term view, environmentally, financially and socially.

View BAs » View BScs »

Programs

This school also offers:

BA

Acting for Live and Recorded Media

Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 United Kingdom Manchester

This programme has been designed to prepare students for work in theatre and the related mediated industries of television, film and radio performance. [+]

What's the Acting for Live and Recorded Media course about? This programme has been designed to prepare students for work in theatre and the related mediated industries of television, film and radio performance. The course will allow students to experience a range of disciplines pertinent to today's actor and the professional industry. The college has two theatres, two performance venues and an outdoor, covered, amphitheatre, all the theatres are used for student productions and are supported by the professional technical team. The actor training programme is rooted in the training systems of Stanislavski. Within this you will explore practioners such as Uta Hagen, Sanford Meisner and Max Stafford-Clark to name a few. Students will follow a rigorous training programme that develops the actors movement, vocal, analytical and acting skills. These transferable performance skills are developed throughout the training to meet the needs of a range of texts, mediums and of the professional industry. Students receive assistance from the college in many ways, including portfolio and show reel production, audition preparation, and audition alerts. Students are assessed through a combination of practical work and written assessment. The dissertation process has an optional part practical strand as well the traditional written option. Students are assessed through a combination of practical work (80%) and written assessment (20%) - the course culminates in a 5000 word extended essay. What will I be able to do after I've completed this course? This programme trains actors for the professional theatre and its allied media industries and... [-]

Creative Media and Visual Communication

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 United Kingdom Manchester

This course provides individuals with the opportunity to explore and develop their professional and creative practice within creative and digital design and media production. [+]

What's the Creative Media and Visual Communication course about? Increasingly, the media industries are demanding practitioners who can function as multidisciplinary experts, even if they specialise in a particular area. This course provides individuals with the opportunity to explore and develop their professional and creative practice within creative and digital design and media production. Students will build upon their previous work and design experience. Through a series of live briefs students are expected to engage with the development of practical and theoretical project work and take part in competitions such as the Big Chip and D&AD Awards. There is a requirement for students to produce proposals, storyboards, sketchbook development and concept boards during the planning stage of any given project and evaluative texts in one or more of the units of study. Subjects covered include: - Professional practice - Critical reflective studies - Developmental strategies - Major project Assessment is continuous and a variety of methods are used to monitor progression, including project work. What will I be able to do after I've completed this course? The career opportunities available to graduates include video production, internet design, photo imaging, broadcast and film production, multimedia project management and interactive space design. [-]

Make-up Artistry & Effects (Special Effects pathway and Fashion and Media pathway)

Campus Full time 1 year August 2018 United Kingdom Manchester

The programme is designed to offer students who have successfully completed the foundation degree, or a similar course in make-up, the opportunity to obtain the award of an honours degree. [+]

What's the Make-up Artistry & Effects (Special Effects pathway and Fashion and Media pathway) course about? The programme is designed to offer students who have successfully completed the foundation degree, or a similar course in make-up, the opportunity to obtain the award of an honours degree. The course comprises of a range of core modules designed to further extend key skills, attributes and advance technical ability in the art of make-up transformation. These modules are further complemented by fashion and media specialist modules. The course aims to produce professional make-up artists who are equipped with all the skills to adapt and respond to the challenging demands of the make-up industry. With the exciting new developments occurring in the world of TV, Manchester is set to become an exhilarating and innovative media city. Make-up artists in this region are highly sought after due to the new BBC Multi Media City at Salford Quays and the redevelopment of ITVs Granada Studios which provide our students with excellent opportunities to gain significant experience and work placements. The course is delivered full time over two days by industry specialist staff, further supported by a range of guest speakers. In addition, students have been able to travel to make-up artist exhibitions and events, including London IMATS and Mac pro Liverpool. All make-up artistry students, regardless of which pathway they are following will study the following core modules: Promotional developments This unit helps students to publicise and promote their expertise as a make-up artist. Students will... [-]

Musical Theatre

Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 United Kingdom Manchester

This programme has been designed to prepare students for work in contemporary musical theatre and its related industries. [+]

What's the Musical Theatre course about? This programme has been designed to prepare students for work in contemporary musical theatre and its related industries. Students are offered many opportunities, to explore, develop and refine the skills necessary for a potential career in performance, including television, film, session work and cabaret. Students are offered a selection of opportunities to individually explore the mechanics of each of the three key musical theatre disciplines (singing, acting and dance) and, as part of an ongoing creative process, their respective combinations. All the creative work is underpinned by the systems of physical action as laid out by Stanislavski and developed by Uta Hagen and in this sense the course aims to produce actors who can sing and dance. The diversity and challenges of each year allow students to explore the full potential of their abilities within a creative and stimulating environment. Students are assessed through a combination of practical work (80%) and written assessment (20%) - the course culminates in a 5000 word extended essay. What will I be able to do after I've completed this course? This programme trains actors for the professional theatre and its allied industries and also provides excellent opportunities for students to progress to postgraduate studies. [-]

Public Service and Social Justice

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 United Kingdom Manchester

The aim of the degree is to equip students with the skills, knowledge and experience required for a broad range of careers within public sector organisations. [+]

What's the Public Service and Social Justice course about? The aim of the degree is to equip students with the skills, knowledge and experience required for a broad range of careers within public sector organisations. The course concentrates on practical work based skills and knowledge as well as academic and professional competencies which were The honours degree top up year provides an academic and theoretical understanding to a range of modules that are core knowledge requirements for future public sector workers. There is a concentration on the development of leadership and problem solving skills in each of the modules. The degree has close employer links and course content is regularly updated to keep abreast of current trends and changes in public sector organisations and delivery. The degree is staffed by tutors with recent relevant industry experience. The course is made up of the following modules: - Research skills, ethics and practice - Independent research project or literature review The research dissertation will equip students with in depth knowledge of modern research techniques. The dissertation could be a research project commissioned by a relevant organisation. - Community cohesion The module teaches this fundamental concept which is an essential requirement for modern public service employment. - Equality, diversity, rights and social justice This module focuses on gaining a thorough understanding of equalities legislation and current practice in public services provision and employment. - New directions in public service The module provides a wider and contextual understanding of existing and emerging forms of... [-]

Sports Coaching and School Sport

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 United Kingdom Manchester

Designed to help entry, as well as progression, within a range of careers, it provides students with extensive skills and knowledge in key areas of sports coaching and school sport. It is ideal for those who wish to work with community sports clubs, schools, National Governing Bodies and operate sports coaching based businesses. [+]

What's the Sports Coaching and School Sport course about? If you have a real passion for sport, and want to gain and improve sports coaching skills, specifically within sports coaching and school sport, then this top up to a full honours degree is the programme for you. Designed to help entry, as well as progression, within a range of careers, it provides students with extensive skills and knowledge in key areas of sports coaching and school sport. It is ideal for those who wish to work with community sports clubs, schools, National Governing Bodies and operate sports coaching based businesses. The BA (Hons) in Sports Coaching and School Sport includes practical based work, analysis of contemporary issues in sport, sports performance analysis, sports psychology, fitness, nutrition and enterprise. The course contains a mix of academic and practical based tasks and is centred on codes of conduct, ethics and professional practice within sports coaching and school sports based contexts. The course is delivered predominately on a full time basis by industry specialist staff, who have a wide range of knowledge within sport, physical activity and coaching, and have actively been involved with professional football, rugby, power lifting, gymnastics, hockey and fitness. - Contemporary Issues in Sports Coaching and School Sport This module will examine contemporary topics within a sports coaching/ educational context. It will cover areas such as racism, gambling, cheating and corruption, sportsmanship and gamesmanship, the role of technology, embedding literacy and numeracy within school sport and the benefits of... [-]

BSc

Banking Practice and Management

Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 United Kingdom Manchester

The BSc (Hons) in Banking Practice and Management is studied through a series of core, compulsory and option modules, to give you essential understanding of the industry as a whole and the ability to tailor your learning to subjects of interest and your career aspirations. [+]

What's the Banking Practice and Management course about? The BSc (Hons) in Banking Practice and Management is linked to the many years of experience held by ifs University College in educating banking professionals and our understanding of the banking and financial services industry. The programme covers the essential understanding needed for a successful career in banking and financial services management. It reflects what employers tell us they are looking for from potential recruits. In the year one you will develop your knowledge of the workings of the banking and financial sector covering organisational and financial market viewpoints. You will gain grounding in essential concepts of risk that underpin financial decision making at every level and appreciation of different customer groups and their financial needs. Year 2 builds your understanding of the commercial environment banks operate in, the principles of management and organisational effectiveness. There is an opportunity to build specialist knowledge in retail or corporate financial services or to undertake a work placement within the industry. Year 3 focuses on developing and embedding core strategic concepts, enhancing decision-making ability and growing the detailed industry knowledge that is essential for a successful management career in banking and financial services. Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to be introduced to, and interact with financial services employers through visits, industry speakers and practical workshop activities. The BSc (Hons) in Banking Practice and Management is studied through a series of core, compulsory and option modules, to give you essential understanding of the... [-]

BSc (Hons) in Finance and Accounting - Validated by Salford University

Campus Full time 2 years August 2018 United Kingdom Manchester

The main aims of the course are to develop knowledge and understanding of financial management and accounting practices, to be able to apply these skills in different business and management contexts, and for these evaluative skills to be consistent with the needs of employers and the profession. [+]

What's the Finance and Accounting BSc (Hons) Validated by Salford University course about? If you are interested in accountancy and finance, and are aiming to have a career in this field, then this could be the course for you. The main aims of the course are to develop knowledge and understanding of financial management and accounting practices, to be able to apply these skills in different business and management contexts, and for these evaluative skills to be consistent with the needs of employers and the profession. This course also gives exemptions from the ACCA qualifications papers F1-F9 for successful graduates. Students will have the opportunity to develop skills relating to a range of accounting and finance areas. By the end of the course students will have developed analytical and evaluative skills and the ability to apply them in different business and management contexts. Students will also have developed knowledge and understanding of current accounting and finance theories and practice that will enhance their effectiveness in the field of accounting and finance. The BSc (Hons) Finance and Accounting is delivered largely through combined lectures/seminars, workshops and tutorial sessions. The course is delivered on a full time basis over three days at the St Johns Centre. The course is a two year one (covering levels 5 and 6) with entry onto level 5 for those holding an AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) Level 4 qualification (or equivalent). Year one of the course is made up of the following modules: The regulatory and... [-]

Business and Human Resources Management with Development BSc (Hons) Validated by Salford University

Campus Full time 1 year August 2018 United Kingdom Manchester

f you are interested in a managerial role within a human resource environment, then this could be the course for you. The main aims of the course are to provide an emphasis on management within the human resource function, and prepare students for a wide variety of managerial careers within a human resource environment. [+]

What's the Business and Human Resources Management with Development BSc (Hons) Validated by Salford University course about? If you are interested in a managerial role within a human resource environment, then this could be the course for you. The main aims of the course are to provide an emphasis on management within the human resource function, and prepare students for a wide variety of managerial careers within a human resource environment. By the end of the course students will have developed analytical and evaluative skills and the ability to apply them in different business and management contexts. Students will also have developed knowledge and understanding of current HR theories and practice that will enhance their effectiveness as managers. Students will have the opportunity to explore current thinking and practice in the fields of employee development, employment law, employee relations and HRM. The BSc (Hons) Human Resource Management with Development is delivered largely through combined lectures/seminars, workshops and tutorial sessions. The course is delivered on a full time basis over three days at the St Johns Centre. The course is made up of six modules each module is worth 20 credits. The modules are as follows: Corporate strategy This module will give an organisation wide perspective through exploring strategy techniques and processes. By the end of the module students should be able to apply knowledge and understanding of strategy to a variety of real life businesses. Employee development This module develops students understanding of how people learn, and how to facilitate... [-]

Business Computing with IT (Top Up) Validated by the University of Salford Course Options

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Manchester + 1 more

This course provides an ideal pathway for anyone who wants to pursue a career in Computing, Information Technology and related fields. [+]

What's the Business Computing with IT (Top Up) Validated by the University of Salford course about? To gain an honours degree in Business Computing with IT, students will undertake 120 credits. This will be made up of 60 credits of core modules in computing and research, 20 credits of specialist modules and a 40 credit specialist project. The specialist project allows you to consolidate your previous learning and to develop those ideas and materials in a critical and analytical way. The specialist project will demonstrate your ability to undertake a substantial piece of work. It will also be valuable as a showcase for your abilities and professional skills, and provide a solid preparation for postgraduate study. A variety of assessment methods are used, some modules may use coursework only or others may use a mix of course work and exams, group and individual projects. What will I be able to do after I've completed this course? This course provides an ideal pathway for anyone who wants to pursue a career in Computing, Information Technology and related fields. It also provides students the grounding to apply for an MSc at the University of Salford or other HEI's. [-]

Creative Media Management BSc (Hons) Validated by Salford University

Campus Full time 1 year August 2018 United Kingdom Manchester

This course is a BSc top-up degree designed to introduce individuals to business in the media, digital and creative industries. [+]

What's the Creative Media Management BSc (Hons) Validated by Salford University course about? This course is a BSc top-up degree designed to introduce individuals to business in the media, digital and creative industries. It develops business and entrepreneurial skills and provides the knowledge needed to make the leap from creative student to creative practitioner. It is aimed at anyone who wants to start their own creative business or apply for managerial positions in organisations with a creative focus. The content of this course is aimed at improving employability and developing business and management skills. Students are able to study a particular area of interest within the media, digital, or creative industries whilst developing skills in researching, problem solving and communication. Subjects covered include: - Business and management skills - Innovation and ideas generation - Special Event Management - Finance for non-finance managers - People and project management Students will be assessed on essays, practical assignments, examinations, presentations, case studies, programme proposals, portfolios, a reflective journal, interview transcriptions and broadcast projects. What will I be able to do after I've completed this course? The clearest progression route for further study is the MSc Media and Creative Management, offered by the University of Bolton. Successful students will be equipped to set up their own business, become self-employed or apply for managerial jobs in the creative industries. [-]

Financial Management BSc (Hons) Validated by Salford University

Campus Full time 1 year August 2018 United Kingdom Manchester

The main aims of the course are to develop knowledge and understanding of financial management and accounting practices, and to be able to apply these skills in different business and management contexts. [+]

What's the Financial Management BSc (Hons) Validated by Salford University course about? If you are interested in a managerial role with an emphasis on finance, then this could be the course for you. The main aims of the course are to develop knowledge and understanding of financial management and accounting practices, and to be able to apply these skills in different business and management contexts. Students will have the opportunity to undertake work on a group project and present a corporate business plan. By the end of the course students will have developed analytical and evaluative skills and the ability to apply them in different business and management contexts. Students will also have developed knowledge and understanding of current finance theories and practice that will enhance their effectiveness as managers. The BSc (Hons) Financial Management is delivered largely through combined lectures/seminars, workshops and tutorial sessions. The course is delivered on a full time basis over three days at the St Johns Centre. There are six modules all of which are 20 credit units: Corporate strategy This module will give an organisation wide perspective through exploring strategy techniques and processes. By the end of the module students should be able to apply knowledge and understanding of strategy to a variety of real life businesses. Business simulation This module aims to develop students ability to implement, review and appraise business strategy and management decisions within the context of a dynamic, competitive market environment. The students employability should be improved through experience of... [-]

International Fashion Marketing

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 United Kingdom Manchester

The main aims of the programme are to develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of the principles of fashion marketing within an international context and to enable individuals to apply the principles of fashion production within a global marketing environment. [+]

What's the International Fashion Marketing course about? This is a business course which focuses on the fashion industry. The main aims of the programme are to develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of the principles of fashion marketing within an international context and to enable individuals to apply the principles of fashion production within a global marketing environment. The course balances both practical business and management skills with academic analytical rigour. The course consists of the following modules: - Corporate strategy & the Fashion Industry: This unit explores strategy techniques and processes in global industry environments relevant to the fashion industry. - Fashion Brand Management & Communications: This module critically evaluates the role of branding and communication within a fashion context - Fashion Buying & Merchandising: This unit will develop an understanding of the practices required within buying and merchandising roles and their relationship to marketing. Semester two Modules: - Business Simulation for the Fashion Industry: Students will learn how to implement, review and appraise business strategies, objectives and management decisions within a global market environment. - Fashion Event Management: Students will learn how to deliver a successful fashion event for the international fashion marketing industry. - Management of International Fashion Marketing: This unit will cover fashion marketing policy and management within an international environment. Each module is assessed by two tasks which are based on industry scenarios [-]

Marketing Management BSc

Campus Full time 1 year August 2018 United Kingdom Manchester

The main aims of the course are to provide an emphasis on management within the marketing function, and prepare students for a wide variety of managerial careers within a marketing environment. [+]

What's the Marketing Management BSc course about? This course is suitable for students who are interested in working in a managerial role within a marketing environment. The main aims of the course are to provide an emphasis on management within the marketing function, and prepare students for a wide variety of managerial careers within a marketing environment. Students will have the opportunity to undertake market research, work on a group project and present a corporate business plan. By the end of the course students will have developed analytical and evaluative skills and the ability to apply them in different business and management contexts. Students will also have developed knowledge and understanding of current marketing theories and practice that will enhance their effectiveness as managers. The BSc (Hons) Marketing Management is delivered largely through combined lectures/seminars, workshops and tutorial sessions. The course is delivered on a full time basis over three days at the St Johns Centre. The course is made up of the following six modules, all of which are worth 20 credit units: Corporate Strategy This module will provide students with an overall perspective of organisations through exploring strategy techniques and processes. By the end of the module students should be able to apply knowledge and understanding of strategy to a variety of real life businesses. Integrated Marketing Communications This module should help students to understand the relationship between buyer behaviour and buyer motivations. This should then enable students to understand and appreciate the decisions needed to design and... [-]