Business and Professional

Whether you want to start your own enterprise or enjoy a high-flying career with a global brand, a Business and Professional qualification at The Manchester College – the No.1 College in Greater Manchester for achievement* - can give you a head-start.

With 45,000 new jobs created in Manchester in the past 10 years and thousands more on the horizon, there are enormous opportunities in areas such as HR, accounting, sales, digital marketing, communications and, even, owning and running a business if you have the ambition, the determination and the will to succeed.

Other than those key qualities, all you need to start on your path is a keen interest in how business works and we can teach you the rest.

*NARTS 18/19

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  • 16-18

    Whether you want to start your own business or enjoy the benefits of a high-flying role with a global brand, our Business and Professional courses are designed to help you kick-start your journey.

    If you’re 16-18 and you've obtained the necessary entry requirements, you’ll be able to join our Industry Excellence Academy for Business. You’ll have the opportunity study industry focussed courses, developed in collaboration with employers like our brand new T Level in Business and Administration - which includes a 45-day placement - or one of our other Level 3 qualifications which have been co-developed with industry partners like Invasion and Pie Analysis.

    If you’d like to progress onto our T Level but don’t currently have the entry requirements then you’ll still be able to do this by first choosing to study our Level 2 T Level Transition programme.

    Alternatively, you’ll join our Centre of Excellence for Business and Professional, where you’ll enrol on one of our Business and Professional qualifications ranging from Entry Level to Level 3.

    If you love business, marketing and eSports, we've even launched two brand new courses designed for you to learn all about the skills needed to start a career in this amazing industry; Level 2 eSports Gaming in the Digital Business World and Level 3 Practical and Professional eSports Skills in the Digital Gaming World.

    Plus, on all of our courses, you’ll benefit from a wide range of activities to give you a greater understanding of the business landscape, such as work placements, visits to businesses and projects with real employers.

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    19+ Adult

    If you’re over 19, we offer a wide range of courses in Accounting, Business, Law, Marketing and Management with start dates throughout the year.

    These courses can help you to upskill and strengthen your CV, whether you want to start a new career or progress in your current role.

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  • The business world doesn’t stand still – new trends, technologies and focuses emerge all the time. When you choose The Manchester College for your course, you’ll be taught by people with real-life experiences of working in the world of business, a true interest in keeping up-to-date with new developments, and a love of sharing their knowledge with their students.

    Get to know some of our department:

    Carol Whitworth - Assistant Principal

    Carol has been Assistant Principal for Business and Professional since January 2015 and has been with the College for 18 years. She has a degree in Software Development and an MSc in Digital Learning.

    Carol strives to ensure The Manchester College’s Business and Professional courses are the most relevant, up-to-date and industry focused in Manchester.

    Peter Green - Head of Department

    Before joining the College, Peter spent a significant number of years working within the retail sector. He held management positions at high-street brands such as Homebase and Sainsbury’s, focusing on visual merchandising and other key areas. Peter has been at the College since 2003 and taught on vaious business courses, specialising in marketing

    Ayesha Akhtar - Departmental Team Leader

    Ayesha has worked at the College now for five years. Her law degree has allowed Ayesha to incorporate more legal units in some of our Business and Professional courses, so students can gain a greater understanding of complex areas such as contract law and legislation in the workplace. Ayesha also often brings in guest speakers to deliver lectures on specialist subjects.

    Goar Krebs - Tutor

    Having previously been a student at The Manchester College, Goar has first-hand experience of the support the department and College provides, including opportunities for progression. After studying for a degree, Goar worked in human resources for global hotel brand Hilton, before joining the College five years ago.

    Mo Ruman - Tutor

    Mohammed has been teaching Business for a number of years and has a wealth of professional experience. He possesses a degree in Business Studies and he has used this as a building block for success, developing into a multi-skilled, diverse and talented teacher. Mo has a wealth of knowledge in a range of key topics such as finance, marketing and more. He is keen and ready to develop your understanding of business and prepare you for the next chapter of your career.

    Amanda Whittaker - Tutor

    Amanda is one of our subject specialists focused on the design and delivery of the brand new T Level for Management and Administration, launching in September 2022. She is a qualified marketing teacher by trade and also helps to develop the entrepreneurial and business skills of her students. After completing her own studies, Amanda has continued to build upon her own professional portfolio of skills, working passionately with employers for a number of years. She is passionate about ensuring our brand new T Level programme provides the very best teaching and learning experience, whilst still delivering the high level skills that the industry expects.

  • Our Business and Professional courses are offered at our HarpurheyShena Simon and Wythenshawe campuses with adult courses offered at our St John’s campus.

    All of our campuses have excellent public transport links and student facilities and all of our classrooms are well-equipped with high performance PCs. You’ll also get access to specialist business software, as well as podcasts, Skype, Moodle and more.

  • Find out even more about our Business and Professional department in our subject area guide or on our YouTube playlist:

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  • Go further with our Centre of Excellence for Adult Education and study a 19+ adult course starting in 21/22! 

    Browse our wide range of courses and apply today.

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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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