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, can you join our Industry Excellence Academy for Computing and Digital. You’ll have have the opportunity study courses such as Cyber Skills for the Digital Age, Computer Science and Digital Development or Computer Science and Creative Technologies which have been co-developed with industry partners like Embryo Digital Silverchip and Invasion. Plus, you'll spend at least 15 days with on industry placement, learning even more about the industry. 

    Alternatively, you’ll join our Centre of Excellence for Computing and Digital, where you'll study one of our a range of qualifications from Entry Level to Level 3. Each designed to teach you the crucial, industry-relevant tech skills you’ll be using out in the workplace.

  • 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, Northenden, Nicholls or Openshaw campuses across Greater Manchester.

    Whether you’re studying Digital Technologies in Northenden or Information and Creative Technology in Harpurhey, you’ll be learning in modern technology suites. Each of them is packed with state-of-the-art equipment.

    We have more than 540 high performance PCs altogether, along with a specialist Mac suite for iOS app development. You’ll always be using industry-standard software and will be able to explore multiple IT operating systems and a variety of network and server set-ups, including Windows, Linux and Apple.

    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.

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


  • Whether you're having second thoughts about where you're currently studying or you've not yet decided what to do next, there are still places available at the No.1 College in Greater Manchester.

    Enrol on campus and start today, no appointment necessary.

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