At our Industry Excellence Academy, you can study one of our Engineering and Manuacturing 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 engineering and manufacturing industry.

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.

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 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

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 like engineering and manufacturing professionals through a range of project-based learning challenges that cover:

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

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


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 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 Engineering and Manufacturing T Level subject guide.