Science & Medical Sciences

Science is a vital part of almost every industry in one way or another, and it's also the lifeblood of our medical and healthcare professions. It's essential for our wellbeing in so many different ways, which is why there's a huge range of topics and careers to focus on with us at The Manchester College.

Whether you'd like to become a forensic scientist or a dentist, a doctor or a pharmacist, you can start your journey right here. Careers in the scientific and technical industries are expected to rise by around 8% by 2018, with a constant demand for those with the passion and skill to make a difference in the lives of others - either behind the scenes or on the front line.

  • Whatever topic you're focusing on in science, from biology and chemistry to physics and prosthetics, you'll benefit from the exceptional laboratory facilities on our campuses. At the Centre of Excellence for Medical Sciences in particular, you'll benefit from a £25 million redevelopment and custom-built lab facilities, as well as a video link to live operations in neighbouring hospitals.

  • With our Centre of Excellence for Medical Sciences right next door to the renowned Knowledge Quarter in Manchester and the research-led university hospitals, our courses are all informed by leading employers in the industry and the very latest developments in the sector. Alongside lots of practical work in every subject, you'll get to take part in highly relevant field trips and real investigative studies.

  • Our A level courses in science will help you onto the next stage of your journey in this subject, whether you want to be a researcher or medical professional. If you’re returning to college, the Access to Higher Education Diplomas offered in our medical sciences department are all designed to give you a pathway to degrees in areas like medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and medical engineering.

  • Our Centre of Excellence for Medical Sciences is at the Citylabs complex in the heart of the action. It’s right next to the renowned Manchester Royal Infirmary, just off Oxford Road in the city centre. You’ll find our science A level at our Shena Simon Campus, also in central Manchester.

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Available Courses

PRE-ACCESS Skills for Applied Science and Engineering

Level 2

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Social Science

Level 3

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Nursing and Allied Health Professions

Level 3

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Top Careers Opportunities

Biological scientist/biochemist

Average salary: £43k

Medical radiographer

Average salary: £40k

Medical/dental technician

Average salary: £32k


Average salary: £48k

I would recommend this course to anyone wishing to pursue a career in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy or medical sciences. It prepares you with the essential basic background knowledge required to start university and be on par with other college leavers. All the tutors are exceedingly educated, approachable and helpful no matter how insignificant the issue or question.

Anthony Kelly • Access to Medicine

The Manchester College is very different to high school. It is much more friendly and you have more freedom. The tutors made the lessons exciting and we did lots of experiments which is a great way of learning. We also went on several educational trips such as to the Museum of Science and Industry and a blood bank. These helped bring learning to life and I am now finishing with three distinction grades.

Dina Jamal • Applied Science

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