T Levels for

Hospitality and Catering

In our Industry Excellence Academy, you can study the brand-new Hospitality and Catering T Level qualification or Transition Programme. The T Level has been developed in collaboration with employers, and combines 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.

On our T Level and Transition Programme you will develop an understanding of a broad range of issues relevant to the sector, including: culinary quality, kitchen operations, health, safety and security, nutritional analysis, food safety practices and procedures, waste management principles and supply chain management. We aim to inspire students to think like a professional chef, preparing you for industry.


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



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.



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

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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.

Completion of the Jump Start programme is an entry requirement of our T Level and Transition 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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The Chef's Forum

Top chefs across the south of the UK have joined forces with local catering colleges to support the next generation of young chefs.


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 Hospitality and Catering 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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Find out more about our T Level and Transition Programme that are available to you in our T Level subject guide.