Computing & Digital

The Digital Age is advancing at a rapid pace. Could you play a role in driving it forward? Whether you want to develop software solutions, use AI to help fight diseases, or protect people’s finances with cyber security, you could make a real difference to businesses and communities both in the UK and across the globe.

It’s no surprise that the IT job market is booming. There could be up to 22,000 Computing and Digital jobs in Manchester alone by 2022. So if you want to stay ahead of the curve and land a well-paid job, you’ll need industry recognised qualifications.

And that’s where we come in. When you Study Computing and Digital at the No.1 College in Greater Manchester for achievement*, we’ll equip you with all the skills and knowledge you need to open the door to a successful career.

*NARTs 18/19

  • Whether you want to be a software developer or a white hat hacker, our Computer and Digital courses are designed to help you kick-start your journey to a career in this exciting industry.

    If you’re 16-18 and you've obtained the entry requirements, you’ll have the opportunity to join our Industry Excellence Academy for Computing and Digital and could study one of our brand new T Levels.

    From September 2021, you’ll be able to choose to study for a T Level in Digital Business Services in partnership with Lloyds Banking or Digital, Production, Design and Development in partnership with Silverchip. These brand new two-year qualifications are worth the equivalent to three A Levels and will give you the opportunity to study programmes co-developed with industry partners and benefit from a 45 day industry placement and much more.

    If you’d like to progress onto a 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 T Level Transition programme Cyber Skills for the Digital Age in partnership with Embryo Digital. This programme will allow you to progress straight onto one of our T Level courses once you’ve finished, plus you’ll spend at least 15 days on an industry placement.

    Our Industry Excellence Academy also offers qualifications in Computer Science and Digital Development or Computer Science and Creative Technologies which have been co-developed with other industry partners like Invasion.

    Alternatively, you’ll be able to join our Centre of Excellence for Computing and Digital, where you'll study one of our range of qualifications, each designed to teach you the crucial, industry-relevant tech skills you’ll be using out in the workplace.

    If you love competitive gaming 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.

  • The tech landscape is advancing at a rapid pace. It’s essential that you learn from tutors who are prepared to put in the extra work needed to keep up to date with new developments. And that’s exactly who you’ll find here at The Manchester College.

    Get to know about some of our department:

    Carol Whitworth - Assistant Principal

    Carol has been Assistant Principal for Computing and Digital since January 2015, having started with the College in 2002 as a Computing tutor before moving into management in 2007. She possesses a degree in Software Development and an MSc in Digital Learning. Carol strives to ensure Computing and Digital courses are the most relevant, up-to-date and industry focused in Manchester.

    Munaf Al-Tameemi - Tutor

    Munaf is a Cisco systems networking expert. Having worked and qualified in the industry, Munaf brings a wealth of experience to the classroom. He teaches up to date networking standards, with a focus on ensuring students will be able to thrive out in the workplace.

    Andrew Jepson - Tutor

    Andrew is a specialist in software development and has in-depth knowledge of various programming languages. He teaches several units within our employer-partnered programmes, helping students to develop their technical computing skills and apply them within a workplace environment.

    Rebecca Rand - Tutor

    Rebecca helps learners to gain valuable industry skills in coding, programming concepts, computer game development, project management and social media. She worked in the digital industry for 10 years, and has played a key role in developing our IT curriculum to reflect the changing needs of both students and employers.

    Paul Ashby - Tutor

    Paul is an advanced Cisco instructor and leads on our networking programmes, including those accredited by Cisco Systems

    Andrew MacDonald - Tutor

    Andrew has taught the BTEC IT programmes for the last ten years, including software development, networking, web development and multimedia, and has also introduced adult learners to programming. He is passionate about engaging learners in Computing and enabling them progress to higher study and specialist careers.

  • You can study a Computing and Digital qualification at our Harpurhey, Nicholls and Northenden or if you're an adult you can study at our St John's and Openshaw campuses, with our brand new city centre campus opening in September 2022.

    Whether you’re studying Digital Technologies in Northenden or T Levels at our Nicholls campus, you’ll be learning in modern technology suites. Each of them is packed with state-of-the-art equipment and industry-standard software, meaning you’ll be able to explore multiple IT operating systems and a variety of network and server set-ups.

    As you progress, you may find yourself routing and switching in our Cisco Academy labs, or building, maintaining and testing systems and networks in our computer labs.

    From September 2022, our Industry Excellence Academy for Creative and Digital Industries will be based at our £93million, state-of-the-art city centre campus.

    Our in-house Click Studio, where students work on real-life projects for non-profit organisations, will have its own dedicated space, which will also be used as an Employer Hub and an Innovation Lab so that all students can experience new technologies. 

    Explore our amazing new facilities

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

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  • We’ve got you!

    Get the career you want in Computing and Digital at The Manchester College.

    View our range of Computing and Digital courses and apply to study at the No.1 College in Greater Manchester online today!

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  • Go further with our Centre of Excellence for Adult Education and study a 19+ adult course starting in 2021! 

    Browse our wide range of courses and apply today.

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