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The Manchester College

The Manchester College
Established 2008
Type Further Education, Higher Education
Chief Executive John Thornhill
Location Manchester
Greater Manchester
Local authority Manchester City Council
Gender Mixed
Website The Manchester College

The Manchester College is a further education college in Manchester, England. It opened on 1 August 2008 as the result of a merger between City College Manchester and Manchester College of Arts and Technology (MANCAT) to form a 'supercollege'.[1] In April 2008 Peter Tavernor, principal of MANCAT, was appointed as head of the Manchester College.[2]


The Manchester College offers courses for school leavers, adults, higher education students, employers, and international students.[3]

Courses for school leavers aged 16 to 19, include:

St. John's Centre in Manchester City Centre

Higher education courses include:

The Manchester College also offers courses for adults and training for employers.[6]


The Manchester College is based at many sites in the city: these include Moston, Abraham Moss, One Central Park, the Manchester Enterprise Academy, Saint Matthew's Sixth Form and Harpurhey in the North; Openshaw, Preston Street, Welcomb Street, Nicholls Campus in Ardwick[7] and the Manchester School of Building in the East; Fielden Park (West Didsbury), Northenden, Wythenshawe Forum and Brownley Green Wythenshawe in the South; locations in the city centre include St John's, Lever Street, and Shena Simon in Chorlton Street.[8]


The MOL division specialises in delivering professional development training programmes by flexible learning. MOL has existed for more than 30 years providing HR, management, estate agency, construction and electrical engineering courses.

Many courses are delivered in partnership with professional bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) and the National Federation of Property Professionals (NFOPP).[9]

Offender learning

The Manchester College delivers learning and skills services to offenders in 42 secure establishments throughout England and in two probation areas. The services are contracted in both the private and public sectors to all categories of offender.[10]


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