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School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 2008
    • Size:
    • Small (<5000 students)
    • Type:
    • Private non-profit
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
    • Specialization:
    • N/A
    • Climate:
    • Temperate
    • Location:
    • Ashton Old Road, Manchester, England, United Kingdom
    • Phone:
    • +443333222444
    • Setting:
    • Urban

The History of The Manchester College

The origins of the college go back to the early 19th century St. John's Sunday school, a pioneering school for workers. By the 1950s this had evolved into St John's and Openshaw Technical College. Later mergers created the Central College Manchester which became The Manchester College of Arts and Technology in Manchester, while institutions in Central Manchester, Fielden Park, Arden, and Wythenshawe merged to form City College Manchester. In 2008 these two combined to form The Manchester College.

Academic Highlights

The MOL division specializes in delivering professional development training programs through 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).

Life in The Manchester College

Heading over to east Manchester, you won’t miss the Etihad City of Manchester Stadium, built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games and now home to Manchester City Football Club. Tours are available here, and you might even get a behind-the-scenes look at the purpose-built training academy over the road.

In the SportCity complex, you might also be able to catch some athletics at the Manchester Regional Arena and see where the Gold Medal-winning British Olympic Cycling Team train on the velodrome track at the National Cycling Centre. You could even have a ride on the indoor BMX track or test your racket skills in the National Squash Centre.

School Ranking

The Academic Ranking of World Universities 2016 ranked Manchester 5th in the UK and 35th in the world. Manchester is ranked 56th in the world (and 8th in the UK) in the 2016 Round University Ranking. In 2019, it ranked 59th among the universities around the world by SCImago Institutions Rankings.


16-18 Course Entry Requirements. 4 x GCSE grades 9-4 including English or Maths or prior achievement at Level 2. Merit or higher at vocational level 2 or NVQ level 2 may be considered as GCSE equivalent. Specific subjects may also require science and/or English or maths at grade 5 or higher.

Notable Alumni

Salman Abedi - Islamic suicide bomber responsible for the 2017 Manchester Arena bombing

Acceptance Rate

It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 59 percent.

Other Campuses
    • 141 Barlow Moor Road, Manchester, England, United Kingdom
    • 42 Chorlton Street, Manchester, England, United Kingdom
    • A57 Hyde Road, Manchester, England, United Kingdom



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