Stay with us for your degree!

Get your degree at The Manchester College!

If you’re studying A levels or equivalent with us, why not consider The Manchester College for your university-level course? We offer high quality full-time and part-time university and degree level courses such as:

  • HNCs,
  • HNDs
  • and honours degrees,
  • as well as our main focus - vocational foundation degrees.

Our university-level offer received an outstanding report from the 2012 Integrated Quality and Enhancement Review (IQER). The reviewers were especially impressed that we:

  • work with employers and professionals outside education to design our courses
  • support students from different backgrounds
  • ask students for feedback on their courses
  • train student representatives to share students’ views with the college
  • have expert staff and specialist facilities

In 2012, we worked with industry advisors to review 80% of our courses. This made sure that all our courses were completely up-to-date with employers’ needs. This will help give you a head start in your chosen career.

Stay local and go far

You already live and study in a great city! Manchester has the largest student population in Europe. In September, over 70,000 new people will be coming to the city. As a university-level student at The Manchester College you’ll be meeting some of them!

We don’t need to tell you how much there is to see and do in Manchester. Student life opens up even more possibilities. Why miss out?

Why study university-level courses at The Manchester College?

  • small class sizes – be more than a face in the crowd
  • our main focus is on teaching you
  • value for money – our average fees are among the lowest in the country, but our teaching is top quality
  • we write our course content with advice from local employers
  • our tutors are from the industries they teach
  • you’ll have access to specialist resources
  • work-based learning – project work, client briefs and events
  • work experience and placements available on many courses
  • extra support if you need it

We believe work-based learning is the best way of getting the real skills you need for your career.

So what’s a foundation degree?

A foundation degree is the equivalent of years 1 and 2 of a full honours degree (BA or BSc). At the end of two years, you’ll leave with a recognised qualification (FDA or FDSc). You can then choose to take the final year of an honours degree course with one of our partner universities.

Our partner universities include:

  • University of Salford
  • Manchester Metropolitan University

If you pass your third year at one of these partner universities, you’ll convert your foundation degree into a BSc (Hons) or BA (Hons) degree.

You can also to choose to go straight into work after your second year.

Work-based learning is an important part of foundation degrees. You’ll
 learn skills through work, rather than just studying the subject academically. There’s a focus on project work, work experience and placements, and progressing into industry.

Some of the subjects you can study at The Manchester College are:

  • acting and musical theatre
  • interactive and creative media
  • business (with management, HR or marketing)
  • construction
  • media make-up

  • music production and performance
  • computer networking, management and system support
  • design
  • early years
  • event management
  • fashion design
  • visual arts
  • health and physical activity
  • psychology
  • public services

  • radio and television
  • sport
  • teacher education


We also offer professional qualifications in areas like business, law and marketing.

For more information, ask your tutor for our Higher Education Prospectus, or speak to the Guidance and Welfare Service.

We also run events where you can get information on university-level study and the kind of courses we offer.

These include visual arts events, student finance, taster and open events, and presentations.