Industry EXCELLENCE ACADEMY FOR Computing & digital

In our Industry Excellence Academy for Computing & Digital, you’ll develop all the skills you need to advance into a challenging career in Manchester’s rapidly expanding IT and technology sector.  In Greater Manchester alone there is expected to be a 2.8% growth in jobs in the sector by 2027, ranging from cyber security and system administration through to games developers and software writers.

As you progress through our Industry Excellence Academy, you’ll improve your coding skills and explore how IT systems and solutions can be used across a wide variety of industries for different business applications. Seeing how vital these skills will be for all companies, you’ll understand why there are many career opportunities to choose from.

If a career in computing or IT appeals to you but you aren’t yet ready for our Industry Excellence Academy, you’ll be able to start writing the code for an exciting career in this forward-thinking sector in our Centre of Excellence for Computing and Digital. Here you’ll be able to start writing the software 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 in the computing and digital sector, ranging from IT Operations Technicians, where you’ll earn an average of £30,200 per year, to IT Business Analysts with an average annual salary of £49,300.

Available Courses

In our Industry Excellence Academy for Computing & Digital 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 Computing & Digital 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 careers in IT, digital technology and computing. These range from Network Administrators, where you’ll earn an average of £28,000 a year, to IT Systems Analysts, with an average yearly salary of £34,000.


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

Embryo Digital
Lloyds Banking Group
The University of Manchester


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.

'Relevant’ work experience is essential, it gives students a chance to dip into the world of work and see if this career is for for them, it’s a way of testing for them to see what kind of business they want to be in.
Liam Bateman, Silverchip

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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. 

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Book your place at our next open event to learn all about our Industry Excellence Academy for Computing and Digital, meet our tutors, learn about the amazing industry partners you could get experience working alongside and hear about all the opportunities that come with studying Computing and Digital at The Manchester College.

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