About The Manchester College

The needs of the learner are the focus of The Manchester College. We provide excellence in learning and training for the residents of Manchester and beyond. We offer an unprecedented range of courses, with clear choices and guidance for all our students.

The Manchester College is based at many sites across Manchester. We have campuses in the north, south and centre of the city. Each site has its own specialist, cutting edge facilities and a friendly, supportive atmosphere.

The College is ideally placed to offer a huge range of opportunities to learners of all ages.

The College holds Investors in People (IiP) Silver accreditation. Investors in People is a framework for business improvement through people.

Read more about our accreditation and awards.


Comedy and entertainment win for The Manchester College at Royal Television Society Awards

The Manchester College has won the Comedy and Entertainment category at the Royal Television Society (RTS) North West Centre’s annual Student Television Awards.

The awards, at the Lowry Theatre, MediaCityUK, were hosted by TV ...
Olly Philpott-Smith, Lauren Brown and Faisal Muhammad


Creating a higher skilled workforce through Apprenticeships

Alastair Brooks, Commercial Director at The Manchester College, has written a blog for North West Business Insider to discuss how Apprenticeships can be the back bone to a company’s workforce and recruitment strategy.

As one of ...


A new era of higher education

The Manchester College Principal, Lisa O'Loughlin, speaks about changes to higher education amid new government proposals into higher education that are set to define the sector for the next generation and beyond.

We are ...
Lisa O'Loughlin, Principal, The Manchester College


The right skills help businesses maximise their potential

Alastair Brooks, Commercial Director, The Manchester College Apprenticeships, spoke to Greater Manchester Business Week about how the College are enabling companies to maximise their potential.

‘The Manchester College works ...
Alastair Brooks Commercial Director The Manchester College Apprenticeships


The Manchester College named best college in regional hair and beauty competition

The Manchester College has been named Best North West College, for the second consecutive year, at the Association of Hairdressers and Therapists’ (AHT) regional student hair and beauty competition held in Blackpool.

The College ...
Laura's Hollywood-inspired design


NASA engineer meets STEM students on UK tour

Astronaut hygiene and life in zero gravity were up for discussion between a NASA engineer and a group of lucky students at The Manchester College. The students, taking STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths), enjoyed a ...

NASA's Dr Ravi Margasahayam with 'STEM' students


A leap forward for education and skills

The Manchester College is proud to be part of the UK’s first integrated education and skills group and the largest social enterprise in the UK, dedicated to learning, training and employment.

Today saw The Manchester College ...


Greater Manchester businesses get together to debate Apprenticeship levy

Charlotte Bown, Head of Policy, Apprenticeship Project Team at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills joined private and public sector organisations from across Greater Manchester to debate the government’s new Apprenticeship ...

Charlotte Bown, Head of Policy, Apprenticeship Project Team, BIS


College announces new Apprenticeship partnership

An innovative partnership has been developed between Shield Environmental Services Ltd and The Manchester College to address skills shortages and attract new talent to the asbestos removal industry.

The Shield Academy’s doors were ...


Manchester Art Gallery’s first live brief to students is a success

Students at The Manchester College have exhibited their work at Manchester Art Gallery as part of a unique live brief to respond to the work of artist Matthew Darbyshire. Darbyshire’s show, An Exhibition for Modern Living, explored the ...

The Manchester College students with the Lord Mayor of Manchester