Industry EXCELLENCE ACADEMY FOR Childhood Studies

In our Industry Excellence Academy for Childhood Studies, you’ll equip yourself with all the skills that the childcare and education sector are crying out for. If you are a compassionate, patient, nurturing and encouraging person with an ability to recognise what each individual requires in order to succeed, you’ll be right at home in our Industry Excellence Academy for Childhood Studies.

You’ll gain an understanding of the skills and knowledge needed to care for young children, including issues around safeguarding, health and safety. You’ll also learn about child development, how to provide support to children and how to teach through play and activities.

If a career working with children or in education appeals to you but you aren’t yet ready for our Industry Excellence Academy, we’ll help to prepare you for a career with children in our Centre of Excellence for Childhood Studies. Here you’ll be able to gain the skills required to progress into the Academy under the guidance of our expert team.

Once you’ve completed your journey with us there are a number of different career options open to you if you want to work with children, ranging from Early Years Practioners who earn on average £23,400 a year, to Primary School Teachers with an average annual salary of £33,700.

Available Courses

In our Industry Excellence Academy for Childhood Studies 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, Level 3 or T Level 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 Childhood Studies you’ll have developed an in-depth knowledge of this sector and gained work experience with industry leaders.


Studying in our Industry Excellence Academy for Childhood Studies, you will nurture and develop skills that will set you up for a rewarding career helping young people to achieve their potential.

These range from early year practitioners with an average annual salary of £13,400 to educational therapists with an average annual salary of £34,700.


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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Tiddlywinks Nursery

Tiddlywinks run six nurseries in Manchester providing daily care for over 600 children and four Out of School Clubs providing daily care for 120 children.


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 in our gallery.

The course has given me a lot more information about how to help other people. I now know different ways to talk to people with learning difficulties... Going forward I would like to go on to the second year of this course and then progress on to university so I can go into teaching children with learning difficulties in the future.
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Find out more about our fantastic courses, outstanding facilities and the career options available to you in our subject area guide. 

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