In our Industry Excellence Academy for Business, you’ll get all the skills you need to set off on a rewarding career in Manchester’s booming business and professional service sector. In the past 10 years the business, accountancy and finance sectors have been three of the fastest growing industries in Manchester.

In total these sectors have created 45,000 new jobs in the region in the last decade and there are thousands more on the horizon. As such, a business career in the city promises enormous opportunity to anyone with ambition who is ready to work hard.

All you need to start learning about business is a keen interest in how it works and, as you move up to higher qualifications, you can start to specialise in the areas that interest you the most. You will enjoy work placements and visits to businesses as well as real-world activities like running a small company.

You’ll receive dedicated ‘employability’ sessions with a named Employability Tutor to develop your skills and knowledge. In addition you will be allocated a dedicated Employability and Partnership Coordinator who will support you every step of the way helping to equip you with the skills you'll need to thrive in the workplace. 

Available Courses

In our Industry Excellence Academy for Business you’ll take a course that has been co-developed, and is co-delivered, by one of our leading industry partners. You’ll complete either a Level 2 or Level 3 qualification and a placement with an industry employer of at least 15 days. 

By the time you complete your time in the Industry Excellence Academy for Business you’ll have developed an in-depth knowledge of this sector and gained work experience with industry leaders.


Studying in our Industry Excellence Academy will open the door to a wide variety of professional service and business careers. These range from Digital Marketing Officers, with an average yearly salary of £29,000, to solicitors that can earn an average salary of £56,000 a year.


We aim to bring together industry professionals and our talented students to help secure the best possible future for our students. These partnerships include: 

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Pie Analysis

Pie Analysis are digital marketing experts who develop and execute digital marketing strategies on a global scale.

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Invasion is one of the largest youth travel organisations in the UK, offering a wide choice of life-changing and unforgettable experiences.


Explore our gallery. From our outstanding facilities to fantastic work placement opportunities, get a taste of what it’s like working in the industry and see what you can expect from studying at The Manchester College.  

Getting a young person into a workplace is vital for them to increase their understanding of what happens next after education.
Louis Garbutt, Greater Manchester Combined Authority

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Find out more about our fantastic courses, outstanding facilities and the career options available to you. Download the subject area guide. 

Find out more about The manchester college, join us at our online event

Join this online event to meet our business tutors who'll introduce our range of business courses on offer and detail the exciting careers a course in business can lead to. 

Hear from current business students and hear all about the exciting opportunities offered by our new Industry Excellence Academy, where you can study on courses that are sponsored by industry partners including our Business Venture course with Invasion and our Digital Business with Social Media Marketing course with Pie Analysis.

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