T Levels for Education and EARLY YEARS

Our Industry Excellence Academy, you can study one of our Education and Early Years 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 education and early years sector.

Whilst studying you will nurture and develop skills that will set you up for a rewarding career helping young people to achieve their potential. If you want to make a difference by working in early years development, childcare or education then join us at The Manchester College.


T Levels are two-year Level 3 technical programmes that provide you with a high-quality alternative to A Levels.

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

jump start programme

Our Jump Start to T Levels programme is an introduction to our Industry Excellence Academy, T Levels and T Level Foundation Year Programmes.

The programme is designed to inspire students to think like early years educators and primary school practioners through a range of preoject-based learning challenges. Topics covered include:

  • Supporting education (working in early years and primary settings)
  • The role of the childcare practitioner
  • Assisting teaching

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


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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Bizzie Kidz Nursery

Bizzie Kidz deliver professional childcare by providing a happy, safe, secure, and warm home from home environment.

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Buttercup Corner Day Nursery

Buttercup Corner Day Nursery is a family run business, Owned and Managed by Kimberley Woodward.

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Mulberry House Day Nursery

Mulberry House Day Nursery, an exceptional and high quality childcare provision.

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Tiddlywinks Nursery

Tiddlywinks run six nurseries in Manchester providing daily care for over 600 children and four Out of School Clubs providing daily care for 120 children.


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 Education and Early Years 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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Find out more about our T Level and Foundation Year Programmes that are available to you in our Education and Childcare T Level subject guide.