In our Industry Excellence Academy you can study one of our new T Level or T Level Foundation Year programmes in Craft and Design. They have been developed in collaboration with employers, and combine theory, practical and classroom learning with a minimum 15-day (Foundation Year) or 45-day (T Level) industry placement. If you opt to take a T Level, you will spend 20% of your time on an industry placement and 80% in the classroom.

The programmes of study within our Industry Excellence Academy have been co-developed with industry partners. Working so closely with employers means you’ll benefit from courses that are aligned with current industry skills demand, as well as a range of industry-level activities and lessons.

This will include masterclasses and lessons delivered by industry experts, visits from guest speakers at the forefront of the industry and industry-standard ‘live briefs’, that will see you working on the kind of projects you’d be completing once you begin your career in Craft and Design.

Once you complete your journey in our Industry Excellence Academy for Visual Arts, you will have the qualifications you need to take the next steps towards an amazing career, as well as the experience and skills that will help you stand out to future employers.


If you haven’t quite achieved the grades for a T Level there is the option of a T Level Foundation Year, which is a Level 2, one-year programme that will then allow you to progress on to a T Level.

T Award 

Those successful in gaining a place on our T Levels will be eligible for the ‘T Award’, a package of benefits that includes:

  • £300 per year bursary*
  • Free branded work wear
  • Access to industry standard technologies
  • Guaranteed progression to a Higher Education course at UCEN Manchester
  • And much more

*Subject to requirements

Close-up of someone creating pottery


Both our T Levels and T Level Foundation Year require completion of our Jump Start to T Levels programme as an entry requirement. 

The Jump Start programme is a two-week introduction to our Industry Excellence Academy, T Level and T Level Foundation Year programmes, where students can meet their tutors and experience what learning at The Manchester College is like.

Students will take part in a learning experience to demonstrate their creativity, teamwork and problem solving skills, as well as their resilience, timekeeping and commitment.

The programme is designed to inspire students to think and create like craft and design professionals. Topics covered on the Jump Start programme include:

  • An introduction to Craft and Design
  • The Creative Economy
  • Audience and Consumer Needs
  • Basic craft skills

Completion of the Jump Start programme is an entry requirement of our T Level and Foundation Year Programmes.


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.


If you want to find out more about our Craft and Design T Level and T Level Foundation Year programmes, register to attend one of our upcoming open events. Speak to tutors, hear from current students and get a glimpse of our facilities.


Register now
Close-up of a Craft and Design student


Find out more about our T Level and Foundation Year programmes that are available to you in our T Level subject guide.