If you dream of playing on stage in front of thousands of people or creating a seminal masterpiece in the studio, our Industry Excellence Academy for Music will prepare you for a career in an industry that is worth £5.8 billion annually in the UK alone.

In our Industry Excellence Academy, we’ll help you acquire the skills required for a range of different disciplines including singing, playing instruments, DJ-ing and studio engineering. This will combine musical theory and musical practice, enabling you to acquire the perfect harmony of skills that it will take to have a rewarding career in this competitive industry.

In our brand new state-of-the art facilities, which include professional, industryspecification band rooms, DJ studios, Mac suites and specialist recording equipment, you will learn from experienced DJs and gigging musicians, as well as receive masterclasses from some of the best in the business.

If a career working in music appeals to you but you aren’t yet ready for our Industry Excellence Academy, you can start at our Centre of Excellence for Music. 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 in the music industry, ranging from DJs to Musicians who earn an average salary of £34,300

Available Courses

In our Industry Excellence Academy for Music you’ll study a course that has been co-developed, and is co-delivered, by Band on the Wall. You’ll complete a 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 Music you’ll have developed an in-depth knowledge of the sector and gained invaluable work experience in the industry.


Studying in our Industry Excellence Academy for Music, you’ll learn the skills that will set you up for a rewarding career in this thriving sector. These range from a musician, with an average annual salary of £27,500 to a DJ with an average annual salary of £30,000.


We aim to bring together industry professionals and our talented students to help secure the best possible future for our students. Our industry partner for Music is:

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Band on the Wall

Band on the Wall is an iconic music venue and has been a cornerstone of Manchester’s thriving music and cultural landscape for two centuries.


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.

I spent some time at Band on The Wall shadowing the Sound Engineers, setting up stages and generally getting things ready for the performances. Through this, I have managed to work with a Grammy Award winning Jazz Saxophonist, Bob Reynolds.
DeAngelo Mcleod

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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 Music, meet our tutors, find out all about our unique partnership with iconic Manchester venue Band on the Wall and hear about all the opportunities that come with studying Music at The Manchester College.

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