CentreS of excellence for


In the past 10 years the business, accountancy and finance sectors have been three of the fastest growing industries in Manchester creating 45,000 new jobs in the region. With thousands more on the horizon, a business career in the city promises fantastic career opportunities to anyone who is ready to work hard.

In our Centre of Excellence for Business you’ll develop all the core skills required for a career in Manchester’s booming business and professional service sector. We’ll give you a thorough understanding of business and then help you specialise in a discipline for a future career.

Depending on your level of study you will complete up to 2 weeks' work experience with one or multiple employers, in either a single block or on seperate days during your course. You’ll also receive  ‘employability’ sessions that will equip you with the skills that you’ll need to thrive in the workplace. 

When you complete your journey in our Centre of Excellence for Business you will have all the skills you need to be ‘work ready’ and the qualifications you need to take the next steps towards an amazing career. 

Available Courses

While studying at our Centre of Excellence you can obtain qualifications ranging from Entry Level and Level 3 certificates through to Extended Diplomas. If you haven’t already obtained a Grade 4 GCSE in English or maths you’ll also study to achieve this level of qualification, which is a mandatory requirement of your course and essential for many careers. 

In our Centre of Excellence for Business you’ll develop an in-depth knowledge of this sector and gain work experience with industry leaders.

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Studying in our Centre of Excellence 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 £29,000, to solicitors that can earn an average salary of £56,000 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: 


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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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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Hear from current business students and hear about the range of business courses you can apply to at our Centre of Excellence in Business, from entry level to level 3, including Entrepreneurship, Creative Digital Technologies and Business Skills.

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