T Levels for


In our Industry Excellence Academy you can study one of the brand-new Craft and Design T Level qualifications or Transition Programmes. They have been developed in collaboration with employers, and combine theory, practical and classroom learning with a minimum 45-day 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 T Level and Transition Programmes are designed to inspire students and provide them with the knowledge, skills and behaviours necessary to progress into a range of craft and design occupations. Students can expect to get their hands dirty with a range of tools, textures and techniques from modelling and shaping pottery to stitching and styling with beautiful fabrics.


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


T Award 

Those successful in gaining a place on our T Levels or Transition Programmes 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


The Jump Start to T Levels programme is a two-week introduction to our Industry Excellence Academy, T Levels and T Level Transition Programmes.

The programme is designed to inspire students to think and create. We will cover topics including:

  • 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 Transition 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 Transition Programme, register to attend one of our upcoming open events. Speak to tutors, hear from current students and get a glimpse of our facilities.


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