Computing & Digital

In the digital age technology 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 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.

As you progress through your chosen course, you’ll discover just how many doors a computing and digital qualification can open for you. The opportunities are almost limitless, and include jobs in programming, software engineering, IT training, project management and cyber security.

A career in this fast-paced industry calls for creative thinking, technical flair and a willingness to keep up with new developments. You’ll also need to be prepared to persevere in order to find solutions to complex problems, and be able to work on your own or as part of a team.

Can you reach your potential in Computing and Digital? You can with us!

Make it possible today, view our range of Computing and Digital courses and apply to study at the No.1 Further Education College in Greater Manchester for Achievement*.

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Our courses are designed to equip you with all of these qualities, as well as the crucial, industry-relevant tech skills you’ll be using out in the workplace. You’ll explore the latest advancements in technology, as well as the essential tools that you’ll need to include on your CV.

If you’re 16-18 and you've obtained the necessary entry requirements, you’ll be able to join our Industry Excellence Academy for Computing and Digital. You’ll have the opportunity to study industry focussed courses like our brand new T Levels in Digital, which include a 45-day industry placement, or our Level 3 qualifications co-developed with Invasion.

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.

If you’re over 19, we offer a wide range of Computing and Digital courses starting throughout the year. These qualifications can help you to upskill and strengthen your CV, whether you want to start a new career in computing or progress in your current role.

• Pathway to Computing and Digital Technologies | Entry Level

. Introduction to Computing and Digital | Level 1

. Computer Science and Digital Technologies | Level 2

. Computing for Digital Practitioners | Level 3

. Computer Science and Digital Development | Level 3

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 - from Entry Level 3 to Level 3, each designed to teach you the crucial, industry-relevant tech skills you’ll be using out in the workplace.

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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:

Jill Riley - Assistant Principal

Jill has worked in Further Education for over 30 years is passionate about enabling students to be the best they can be and helping them to progress into exciting and fulfilling careers.are the most relevant, up-to-date in Manchester.

Peter Green - Head of Department - Adult

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.

Sarah O'Connell - Head of Department - 16-18

Sarah has worked at The Manchester College for over 14 years teaching Level 1, 2 and 3 Computing and Digital courses. She also has experience of teaching English and maths. Sarah has industry experience in dealing with hardware and software and has been involved with the rollout of new IT systems for companies and universities.

Rebecca Rand - Tutor and T Level Lead for T Level Foundation Year

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.

Andrew Jepson - Tutor and T Level Lead for Digital Production, Design and Development

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 the workplace.

Aisha Zikria - Tutor

Aisha has taught Computing and IT for more than six years, leading and developing the Computing curriculum in various units, including Python programming, practical computing and computational thinking. She specialises in software development and AWS cloud computing. She is AWS certified as a qualified Cloud Practitioner and is also working towards her AWS Solutions Architect Certificate. She inspires all her students to reach their full potential and to foster a lifelong interest in computing and information technology.

You can choose to study Computing and Digital at our brand new £93million City Campus Manchester in Manchester City Centre - where our Industry Excellence Academy for Computing and Digital is based. These amazing new facilities include a dedicated space for our in-house Click Studio, where you'll be able to work on real-life projects for non-profit organisations and much more. 

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You'll also be able to study Computing and Digital at our Harpurhey campus in North Manchester and our Wythenshawe campus in South Manchester.

Whichever course and whatever level you're studying at, 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.

The Manchester College is committed to ensuring all our students receive the support they may need to achieve and enjoy college. We do this in a number of different ways including:

  • Student Experience Support Team
  • Careers Employability & Welfare
  • Pastoral Support Officers
  • Supported Learning

We also offer a bespoke transition service to new applicants with an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP), accessibility or medical need.

Find out more about our student support offer:

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Find out even more about our Computing and Digital 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 2024! 

Browse our wide range of courses and apply today.

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I really wanted somewhere I could focus on my passion and study just the one course. The new areas I have studied have opened my eyes to different career paths. At the start of the year, I also took part in an entrepreneur challenge where we looked at business ideas together with website and software design. It really brought me out of my shell.

Andrew Sinclair • Level 3 Computer Science and Developing Digital Solutions

As part of my course, I’ve been able to analyse our sponsored employer’s website, Invasion, in order to see how they have developed their webpages, navigation and embedded social media. We were also able to work on their social media campaign and get a valuable look behind the scenes as well as industry talks from experts.

Renea Graham • Level 3 Computing

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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