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.

Our Computing and Digital courses are offered at our City Campus Manchester (Level 2 - Level 3 courses), Harpurhey (Level 1 courses) and Wythenshawe (Level 1 courses) campuses. Find out more about our new facilities at City Campus Manchester.

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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 enrol to study at the No.1 College in Greater Manchester.

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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 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 are delivered in partnership with Lloyds Banking Group, Silverchip and IDT and 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.

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:

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.

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.

Athar Mahmood - Tutor

Athar has over 6 years experience teaching Computer Science. He is a CompTIA certified Computer Technician and also specialises in networking and computer security. He hosts an annual cyber security competition to enthuse and encourage our learners to exhibit the skills they have acquired.

Anila Khan - Tutor

Anila has taught Computing and IT for more than six years and has developed a number of subject curriculums. She specialises in software development, programming and data science and teaches a variety of programming languages. She has is passionate about instilling a love of learning in all of her students.

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.

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.

From September 2022, you’ll be able 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 will be based. These amazing new facilities will 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 or, if you're an adult, at our St John's campus in the heart of the city centre

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.

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 2022! 

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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