Business and Professional

Whether you want to start your own enterprise or enjoy a high-flying career with a global brand, a business qualification can give you a head-start.

Why study business in Manchester?

With 50,000 new jobs created in Manchester in the past 10 years and thousands more on the horizon, there are enormous opportunities 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, as we can teach you the rest. And, as you move up to higher qualifications, you can choose to specialise in the areas that interest you the most.

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Can you reach your potential in Business? You can with us!

Make it possible today, view our range of Business courses and enrol to study at the No.1 College in Greater Manchester.

Aged 16-18? Apply now

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16-18 Business Courses

We passionately believe in helping you reach your ultimate goal, focusing on your future employability and developing the skills you need to have a successful career.

If you’re aged 16-18, our Centre of Excellence for Business is set up to help you do just that.

If you’ve obtained the necessary entry requirements prior to joining us or during your time in our Centre of Excellence, you’ll have the opportunity to join our Industry Excellence Academy for Business.

 T Levels are a new two year technical programme that provide you with a high-quality alternative to A Levels. They have been developed in collaboration with employers, and combine theory, practical and classroom learning with a minimum 45 day industry placement. If you opt to take a T Level you will spend 20% of your time on an industry placement and 80% in the classroom

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.

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 Business Courses

If you’re over 19, we offer a wide range of courses in areas such as accounting, business administration, law and professional development starting throughout the year. These 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.

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 part-time – including evenings only, short courses, and part time released courses.

Browse our wide range of courses and apply today.

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I have been a student for four years and have been through a lot inside and outside of College. With the support of my mentors and tutors, I have gained a lot of confidence and have been able to bring myself outside my comfort zone.

Venus Ubah • Level 3 Business Venture and Entrepreneurship

The College was always my first choice when leaving school because of its good reputation. There are so many opportunities available here. The staff are always happy to help and if you put the work in, you’ll get the support you need if you want to go to university.

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In one of The Manchester College’s 19 Centres of Excellence you’ll develop the skills and gain the qualifications that you need to take the next steps towards your dream career.

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In our unique Industry Excellence Academy you’ll benefit from a programme of study that has been co-developed, and is co-delivered, with one of our industry partners.

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