T Levels for Digital

At our Industry Excellence Academy, you can study one of our Digital T Level qualification or T Level Foundation Year programmes. 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.

Once you complete your journey in our Industry Excellence Academy for Business 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.

This will include masterclasses and lessons delivered by industry experts, visits from guest speakers at the forefront of the industry and opportunities to work on live briefs that will enable you to develop the skills and confidence you’ll need once you begin your career in the digital industry.

If you’re interested in digital technologies, computing, data, business or marketing, our courses will help you gain an understanding of the digital sector including, how digital technologies impact business, software design, planning digital projects and much more. You will also develop deeper levels of knowledge and skills on your chosen subject whilst gaining industry experience.

foundation year PROGRAMMES

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

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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

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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 teachers and experience what learning at The Manchester College is like.

Students will take part in a project based 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 like computing professionals, digital specialists and system analysts through a range of project based learning challenges. Topics covered on the Jump Start to T Levels programme include:

  • How to decompose a computing related problem
  • How to investigate and design algorithms
  • Following industry standard practices to produce a project proposal
  • Windows hacks Cryptography
  • Introduction to computer hacking.


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

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IDT offers flexible IT support, efficient IT project delivery with expert consultation and solutions. IDT improve organisational performance by leveraging well managed IT infrastructure.

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Lloyds Banking Group

Lloyds Banking Group is a financial services group that serves people, businesses and communities across the UK.


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.

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It was the course that attracted me to the College, the T Level Transition allows me to experience each area of computing before choosing what I want to specialise in.
Mason Kelly-Scholes, L2 T Level Transition Programme - Cyber Skills for the Digital Age
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Find out more about our T Level and Foundation Year Programmes that are available to you in our Digital T Level subject guide.


If you want to find out more about our Digital T Levels and 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.

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