T Levels for


At our Industry Excellence Academy, you can study one of the brand-new Engineering and Manufacturing 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.

Opportunities in this sector are increasing, with demand for technically minded problem solvers who are responsible for operating machinery, as well as developing and designing new processes. You’ll be learning in a fully simulated environment with industry standard equipment, which includes specialist, bespoke work areas.


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.

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

  • £300 per year bursary*
  • Free branded work wear
  • Specialist training such as drone flight and 3D modelling
  • Guaranteed progression to a Higher Education course at UCEN Manchester
  • And much more

*Subject to requirements

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Jump start programme

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

During your time spent on our programme, you will work on an engineering project that focuses on:

  • Problem solving
  • Resilience
  • Creativity
  • Teamwork
  • Communication skills

The sessions will lead up to a written report, presentation and interview with an employer.

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

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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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Moffats Motor Accessories is a leading distibutor of quality automotive parts and accessories to garage customers. They offer more than 50,000 part numbers featuring some of the best known brands in the automotive industry.

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The University of Manchester

Part of the prestigious Russell Group of universities, The University of Manchester is the largest single-site university in the UK with the biggest student community.


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.


If you want to find out more about our Engineering and Manufacturing T Levels and Transition 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 Transition Programmes that are available to you in our Engineering and Manufacturing T Level subject guide.