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 Further Education 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.

*As per the latest Government National Achievement Rates Tables (NARTs)

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If you’re 16-18, you’ll join either our Industry Excellence Academy for Science, where you can study our T Level or Foundation Year Programme in Science, or our Centre of Excellence for Science and study Applied Science at Level 2 or Level 3.

Our 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:

Sally Cooper - Head of Department

Sally joined the College in 2015 teaching in the Health and Social Care department and has more than 20 years’ industry experience within hospitals and the community working with palliative care patients. Sally brings her experience into the classroom environment to add context to lessons. Sally was one of the department Team Leaders within the Health and Social Care department and is now embracing a new role in the Science department.

Nigel Paton - Science Technician

Nigel first joined the College in 1984 after working as a science technician in secondary schools around Stockport. He started working as the Physics Technician before gaining his HNC in Science with Laboratory Management, providing full technical support for students across chemistry, biology and physics. Nigel has over 41 years’ extensive experience as a science technician in education, 39 years of which, he has spent working at The Manchester College.

Nusrat Ahmed - Tutor

Nusrat previously worked in a pharmacy dispensing and endorsing prescriptions as well as offering healthcare advice to customers. Nusrat’s previous research work includes 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. Her primary interest is biology and she particularly enjoys teaching students about genetic engineering and human physiology.

Jabinda Silva Lobo - T Level Course Lead

Jabinda joined the Applied Science department in March 2023 with over 7 years’ of industry experience. She has taught at the University of Mumbai and has expertise in medical microbiology and immunology. As a T Level Lead in Science, her goal is to provide the best experience to students, empowering them to carve their own identities and achieve remarkable success.

When you study in our Industry Excellence Academy or our Centre of Excellence for Science at our Shena Simon campus 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.

In September 2025 we will open brand new facilities for your course in a new four story building next door to City Campus Manchester. The extended City Campus Manchester will include:

  • State-of-the art science labs including three wet and one dry laboratory, fully equipped with everything you’d expect to see when you enter the world of work
  • A Click Studio and repair lab run by students as part of their curriculum where you will be able to have your equipment repaired
  • A roof terrace for socialising with friends
  • An extended library
  • IT suites and classrooms.

If you are on a two-year programme or choose to progress with us to study another Science course you will move from Shena Simon to these new facilities for your second year of study.

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 Science department in our subject area guide:

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Top Careers Opportunities

As well as teaching me valuable course knowledge, the tutors have been very pro-active in securing me a placement in the chemical engineering industry. I’ve gained a vast amount of skills which have made me feel confident and ready to enter the world of work in the future.

David Ojo • Level 3 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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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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