Business, Professional & Trade Union Education

Business, accountancy and finance & insurance are the three highest growing industries in Manchester. With 45,000 new jobs created in the past 10 years, and thousands more on the horizon, studying business with us will get you ahead of the crowd with a career in England’s second financial hub (after London), the centre of the Northern Powerhouse.

As the foundations of every company in every sector, there’s no other subject that will give you such a broad, practical knowledge and a set of skills that will help you perform to the best of your abilities in any role. And there’s no better place to learn about business, management, leadership and strategy than at The Manchester College, where our diverse courses will open an incredible number of doors for you.

  • With a team of staff who all have a vast amount of experience in the industry and fully-equipped modern classrooms, you’ll benefit from over 500 high-performance PCs across our department, each with top-quality bespoke software to aid those on business courses. This includes the use of podcasts, Skype, Moodle, and specialist online software for case studies and exams.

  • Alongside our expert staff and fantastic choice of topics, you’ll get to take part in real-world experiences in whichever course you decide to take. You’ll enjoy work placements and visits to some incredible Manchester businesses, as well as completing practical simulations – including running your own company! You’ll get to join in Q&A sessions with some inspiring speakers and perhaps even come along on an international field trip!

  • Whether you’re just leaving school, returning to education to advance your career or ready to complete a degree, we’ve got a fantastic selection of courses for you to choose from, each offering a focus on strategy, innovation, management, creativity and the technical aspects of business. From A levels to BA (Hons) degrees, we’ve got the perfect option for you!

  • You’ll be able to study for our business and professional qualifications at a number of campuses, right across Manchester. You’ll find business A levels are taught at our Shena Simon Campus in the heart of the city, whilst our degree level courses are centred at our Openshaw Campus. Other locations include Northenden and Harpurhey.

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Top Careers Opportunities

Business and financial project management

Average salary: £52k

Chartered and certified accountants

Average salary: £46k

Book-keepers, payroll managers and wages clerks

Average salary: £24k

Financial managers and directors

Average salary: £58k

I felt fully supported throughout my course and my work has improved substantially, as a result of the skills I have learned, within my current placement.

Hannah Hughes • OCR NVQ Level 3 Business & Administration

I began the course in January and I was quickly welcomed into the group through exciting group activities. My tutor helped me to focus on what I needed to achieve and to set my personal goals. I completed the Extended Certificate with a D*D* grade in five months.

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