Science & Medical Sciences

Do you have a sharp, analytical mind and a passion for science? Are you looking for a rewarding job where you can make a real difference in the world? Whether you want to save lives, fight climate change or make ground-breaking discoveries, take your first step at The Manchester College – the No.1 College in Greater Manchester for achievement*.

Whether you'd like to become a forensic scientist or a dentist, a doctor or a pharmacist, you can start your journey right here. If you have the passion to make a difference, when you study Science we’ll help you gain key skills you’ll use throughout your career.

*NARTS 18/19

  • If you’re 16-18, you’ll join our Centre of Excellence for Science and study Applied Science at Level 2 or Level 3.

    Both courses will give you a solid grounding in scientific foundations and include plenty of practical lab work. So they’ll help you to kick-start your journey towards a career in any one of a number of fascinating industries.

    If you’re an adult returning to education, our Access to Higher Education diplomas offered in our medical sciences department are designed to give you a pathway to degrees in areas like medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and medical engineering.

  • When you join our Centre of Excellence for Science, you’ll learn from tutors with a wealth of experience in their field. You’ll be able to discuss scientific principles with them, debate complex theories and learn about some of the recent advancements shaking up the science community.

    Get to know some of our tutors:

    Mike Ramsay - Course Leader

    Mike’s experience in teaching spans more than 30 years. He initially taught in secondary school sixth forms before moving to work in FE colleges, and has been with The Manchester College for three years. Mike specialises in Physics and Applied Science, but has also taught maths and ICT.

    Nusrat Ahmed - Biology Tutor

    Nusrat previously worked in a pharmacy – dispensing and endorsing prescriptions as well as offering healthcare advice to customers. Nusrat’s previous research work included carrying out an independent investigation into the effect of the drug Mebeverine. The aim of the study was to discover the mechanism of action for the antispasmodic effect of the drug. Nusrat has taught both A Level Biology and Applied Sciences, and has been at The Manchester College for three years. Nusrat is interested in all aspects of biology, but particularly enjoys teaching students about genetic engineering and human physiology.

    Gareth Nolan - Physics Tutor

    Gareth has worked at TMC for 14 years and has taught Applied Science, Electronics and Physics. He also spent 10 years as an A level Physics examiner for AQA, so is perfectly placed to help students to prepare for their exams. Before entering the teaching profession, Gareth was a commissioned officer in the Royal Navy. He trained as a helicopter pilot, which involved direct application of his knowledge of principles of flight and weather, and the operation of engines and electrical systems. Gareth often draws on these experiences in classroom discussions and also enjoys teaching students about electronics, as it’s easy to demonstrate their direct applications to solving problems in the real world.

  • When you study Applied Science as part of our Centre of Excellence for Science you’ll gain access labs dedicated to each scientific area – biology, chemistry or physics.

    Together they have all the high-tech equipment you’ll need to experiment, test theories and perfect your skills. Outside the lab, you’ll find the shops, cafés and gardens of Manchester city centre within easy walking distance.

    If you’re studying an Access to Higher Education course, you'll study at our Citylabs campus in the heart of the action and benefit from a £25 million redevelopment and custom-built lab facilities, as well as a video link to live operations in neighbouring hospitals. Plus, it’s right next to Manchester Royal Infirmary, just off Oxford Road in the city centre.

  • Find out even more about our Science department in our subject area guide:

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  • 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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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

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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