The programmes of study within our Industry Excellence Academy have been co-developed with industry partners including Lloyds Banking Group, Barclays and Pie Analysis. This means you’ll benefit from courses aligned with current industry demands and take part in a range of industry-level activities and lessons.

You’ll benefit from masterclasses and lessons delivered by industry experts, as well as visits from guest speakers at the forefront of the business sector. You’ll also have the opportunity to take part in industry-standard ‘live briefs’, which will see you working on similar projects to those you’ll face once you begin your career in the world of business.

There’s a lot of competition for well-paid jobs and experience can help to give you an advantage over other applicants, so you’ll complete a placement with an industry employer. This will last at least 15 days and, in many cases, you’ll be matched with a mentor from your chosen industry to support you along the way.

Once you’ve completed your journey through our Industry Excellence Academy, you’ll have gained the qualifications, experience and skills you need to take the next steps towards an amazing career.

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 £30,000, to solicitors that can earn an average salary of £46,500 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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Lloyds Banking Group

Lloyds Banking Group is a financial services group that serves people, businesses and communities across the UK.

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Pie Analysis

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


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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