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 are expected to be 22,000 jobs in the sector by 2022, 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 and applications. Seeing how vital these skills will be for all companies, you’ll understand why there are many career opportunities to choose from.

Depending on the course you choose, you could learn how to use multiple IT operating systems, networks and server set-ups, or develop your programming skills. So, whether you want to develop software solutions or use AI to help fight diseases, we'll prepare you for a career where you will make a real difference to both businesses and communities across the globe.  

You’ll also 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 prepare you and equip you with the skills that you will need to thrive in the workplace. 

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 £30,000 a year, to IT Systems Analysts, with an average yearly salary of £44,000.


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


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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If you're a school leaver aged 16-18 and dream of working in the Computing & Digital sector, join this online event to find out about the courses available as part of our Industry Excellence Academy. 

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