Teacher Education

With over 6000 jobs open every year in Greater Manchester, teachers, teaching assistants and trainers are always in demand in the area. Providing roles that promise competitive salaries and rewarding experiences, if you really want to influence and change lives, this is a career to focus on.

At The Manchester College we offer a whole host of teacher education, trainer and assessor courses to provide you with the skills, knowledge, and hands-on experience to succeed in the future. Whether you want to develop your general expertise as a teaching assistant or focus on teaching a specific subject, you’ll find an option for you here!

  • In our teacher education and training department, we have a number of dedicated classrooms to support your journey to becoming a teacher or trainer in the lifelong learning sector, including a comprehensive IT suite. You’ll also have access to hundreds of teaching and learning resources for you to use to enable you to learn about your own teaching practice.

  • The department links with The University of Huddersfield, which is one of the top three providers in the UK for teacher education and professional development. Our staff have over 100 years of teaching between them and a wealth of experience in a variety of education and training settings, and we work with employers in the local region and beyond to support you in your teaching practice. If you’re on one of our degree levle courses, you’ll even have the opportunity to present research findings at a specialist conference at The University of Huddersfield.

  • Our courses in teacher education and training are as diverse as possible to reflect the varied, constantly changing role of a teacher. You’ll be able to study specialist Level 3 awards in teaching maths and English, Level 5 diplomas in helping learners with dyslexia, BA (Hons) degrees in educational development, and PGCE courses up to Level 7 in teaching young people.

  • Our teacher education programme is based at our Fielden Campus in West Didsbury. Just outside Manchester's city centre, it’s easy to reach by regular public transport. You’ll also find additional courses for teaching assistants and supportive learning at Harpurhey, Forum Learning, Openshaw and Shena Simon.

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Available Courses

Higher Level Teaching Assistant


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Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice


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Understanding the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practices


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Top Careers Opportunities

Educational support assistant

Average salary: £15k

Primary school / nursery teacher

Average salary: £36k

Teaching assistant

Average salary: £17k

Secondary school teacher

Average salary: £42k

An awesome learning experience from The Manchester College. So many tools are now at my disposal, and our student feedback is even more positive. This is all due to the training I received at The Manchester College.

Neil Wildman • Award in Education and Training student

I am delighted with my progress from year one. I have learnt some excellent teaching strategies and have improved in confidence, and in my teaching and planning abilities Lauren Holowko.

Lauren Holowko • PGCE Year 2 student

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