At The Manchester College, we offer our students a huge range of qualification types. Whether you want to start your journey with a GCSE in English, or you’re ready to get the final qualification you need to grab that dream job in Accounting – just choose the type of course you want to study and we’ll show you the available subjects.
Access to HE Diploma
An Access to HE Diploma is a good way to prepare yourself for university-level study if you’re over 19 and have been out of education. They’re at an equivalent level to A levels.
An apprenticeship combines learning and earning. You'll have a proper job with a great employer, and be supported through a programme of learning designed by one of our team.
An award is typically a shorter qualification type, with fewer units than a certificate or diploma. Awarding bodies cover a range of levels and subjects.
Bachelor of Arts
A Bachelor of Arts (BA) qualification is a university-level degree in arts, humanities and social sciences subjects, equivalent to a Level 6 qualification.
Bachelor of Science
This qualification is a higher-level university degree, often abbreviated to a BSc. It’s a Level 6 qualification for science and math based subjects.
Certificates are offered by a number of different bodies. They could be short, specific skills courses, or awarded as a stepping-stone on a diploma course.
Diplomas cover a range of vocational and academic qualifications and are awarded by different bodies. They’re studied at various levels and lengths.
Extended Diplomas are offered across a range of vocational qualifications. They’re studied across two years and are equivalent to three A Levels.
Two-year foundation degrees are equivalent to a Level 4 and Level 5 qualification, available in both arts and science-based subjects.
A GCSE is the main qualification type for 14-16 year olds. Courses are available for adults to build a core understanding of a subject as well.
A Higher National Certificate is a university-level qualification equivalent to a Level 4. It’s a year-long course, often related to a specific industry.
A Higher National Diploma is a university-level course, often combined with an HNC and usually work-related. It’s the equivalent of a Level 5 qualification.
A Master’s degree is an advanced Level 7 qualification, taken after a Bachelor’s degree. It’s can be awarded in a range of arts and science subjects.
National Vocational Qualifications are work-based courses for a particular industry or sector, providing direct skills and experience for relevant jobs.
A Professional Graduate Certificate of Education is an advanced course specific to the teaching industry, and is equivalent to a Level 7 qualification.
Short courses can be taken across a wide range of subjects, and often provide you with industry relevant training or qualifications required for a specific job.