Courses A-Z

Academic Excellence Pathway

A Level

The Academic Excellence Pathway is designed to improve our students’ chances of securing places on the most competitive university courses. It is also an opportunity for students with very good GCSE grades to stretch themselves further and develop their study skills by researching an Extended Project in a topic of interest.

ACCOUNTING

ACCESS

Accounting will provide you with a critical understanding of how financial information is recorded and reported within differing organisations. You will study the purposes, principles and techniques of accounting, which are required to enable an organisation to operate effectively.

APPLIED SCIENCE

BTEC Level 3

This course offers students the chance to further their studies of science that takes a different approach from the traditional A-level route. The BTEC level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science includes a range of practical laboratory experience and academic study.

Applied Science

BTEC Level 2

This course offers students the chance to build their understanding of Science in order to access level three qualifications.

Applied Science BTEC Level 3

BTEC Level 3

This course offers students the chance to further their studies of science that takes a different approach from the traditional A-level route. The BTEC level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science includes a range of practical laboratory experience and academic study.

Art & Design BTEC L2

BTEC Level 2 First Extended Certificate

The BTEC level two in Art and Design is a one-year art course equivalent to 4 GCSEs. The course will provide you with opportunities to sample a wide range of specialist areas and produce a portfolio that will help you to progress onto our BTEC Level 3 Art & Design or employment. During the course, projects will cover drawing, painting, sculpture, craft, printmaking, photography and contextual studies.

Art and Design BTEC Level 3 Diploma

BTEC Level 3 Diploma

The BTEC in Art and Design is a two-year art course equivalent to 3 A-levels. The course will provide you with opportunities to sample a wide range of specialist areas and produce a portfolio that will help you to progress onto study at Higher Education, or employment.

Art and Design Level 3

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

The BTEC in Art and Design is a two year art course equivalent to 3 A-levels. The course will provide you with opportunities to sample a wide range of specialist areas and produce a portfolio that will help you to progress onto study at Higher Education, or employment.

Art, Craft & Design – A level

A LEVEL (edexcel)

You will work your way through a series of practical assignments to explore and develop your skills and understanding of Art, Craft & Design.

BIOLOGY – A Level (AQA)

A Level

Biology is the science of life. In Biology you will study how organisms function and interact with each other. Biology is an exciting and fast moving science with new discoveries being made every week, particularly in genetics and in the fight against disease.

BUSINESS A LEVEL (AQA)

A LEVEL (AQA)

Business is an exciting and topical course, which students can relate to. You will study topics such as marketing, finance, human resources and operations management and analyse how they influence the way in which a Business performs.

Business & Marketing – BTEC L 3 Ex Dip

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (Edexcel)

The BTEC Business Course is designed to provide a highly specialist, work-related qualification across a range of business sectors. The units you study will provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills that you need to prepare for further education or employment. The course is the equivalent to 3 A levels

BUSINESS AND ADMINISTRATION

LEVEL 2, CERTIFICATE, INTERMEDIATE APPRENTICESHIP

The Apprenticeship in Business and Administration is aimed at those individuals who wish to work in the world of Business and develop those skills to enable them to establish a long-term career path.

BUSINESS AND ADMINISTRATION

LEVEL 3, DIPLOMA, ADVANCED APPRENTICESHIP

The Advanced Apprenticeship in Business and Administration is aimed at those individuals who wish to progress further in the world of Business and further develop those skills to enable them to establish a long-term career path.

BUSINESS LAW – BTEC Level 3 Extended

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

The BTEC Business Course is designed to provide a highly specialist, work-related qualification across a range of business sectors. The units you study will provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills that you need to prepare for further education or employment.

Business level 2 BTEC

BTEC Level 2 Diploma (Edexcel)

It is a vocational broad based qualification at Level 2 that provides knowledge and understanding of this vocational area. How different parts of business work What factors influence their decisions and activities

CABIN CREW (INTRODUCTION TO )

NCFE LEVEL 2 Certificate in Introduction to Cabin Crew

Launch your airline career with a fantastic opportunity to develop relevant knowledge and the practical skills you will need to begin work as cabin crew or a customer service agent at a regional or International airport. Superb training facilities and fully qualified, experienced aviation industrial professionals will not only prepare you for an exciting career but will bring your learning to life.

Cambridge IT Technical Diploma

Vocational Level 2 (OCR)

This qualification is for someone who is looking to work in IT within a systems, support or digital roles. Due to the nature of IT, the skills that the learner will develop through successful completion of these qualifications will enable them to seek employment across sectors as roles apply in business regardless of core business.

CHEMISTRY – A Level

A Level (AQA)

A-level Chemistry is a rigorous, challenging and ultimately rewarding course that develops students' scientific skills and knowledge. In the first year students will explore the fundamental principles that form the basis of Chemistry and apply this to how Chemistry is used in the modern world. Wherever possible, students carry out experimental work to illustrate the theoretical principles they study.

CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE’S WORKFORCE

LEVEL 2, INTERMEDIATE APPRENTICESHIP, CERTIFICATE

The Children and Young People’s Workforce L2 Certificate is the foundation course if you are interested in working with children aged 0-5 years. It will introduce you to the necessary skills and knowledge required to progress to the level 3 Advanced Diploma.

Children’s Play, Learning & Development (CPLD)

BTEC Level 3 & 2

A desire to work with younger children as an educator or carer is important to have for both programmes.

Choices Provision (LLDD)

Each course is set up for one to two years, however depending upon the level of the learner at entry and their individual needs, there is a possibility to progress through the qualifications and remain at college for a maximum of 3 years. There is also some opportunity for some learners to attend on a part time basis if needed.

Computer Games Design – Level 3

AQA Tech Level 3

Computer Game Design introducers the industry of computer games production though practical exercises. The key areas covered on this course are game design and production, game mechanics, object construction and animation.

Computing BTEC Level 3

BTEC Level 3

It is a practical course in which you will develop skills like problems solving by using critical thinking, approach non-routine problems applying expert and creative solutions, use systems and technology. You will learn computer programming and other computing knowledge and apply your skills in building applications.

Computing BTEC Cert / Ext Cert

BTEC Certificate/ Extended Certificate

There is a mixture of internal and external assessment. You will produce a portfolio of coursework that will be internally assessed regularly. You will also complete set tasks under controlled conditions that are assessed externally. A grading scale of Pass, Merit or Distinction is applied to all work.

Creative Media BTEC Extended Diploma

BTEC Extended Diploma

Vocational Creative Media looks at a wide variety of subject disciplines geared towards working in the media industry. This is a specialist two-year course with an integrated creative and technical study of media production. Although the course is practical, developing skills such as team-building, communication and presentation, there are substantial written elements that have to be covered in each unit.

Creative Media Level 2 Diploma

Level 2 Diploma

The media industry is in an age of rapid growth with global communication networks bringing the digital age to every home. This is a specialist two year course with an integrated creative and technical study of media production. Although the course is practical, developing skills such as team-building, communication and presentation, there are substantial written elements that have to be covered in each unit.

Criminology – Level 3

Level 3 Certificate (EDUQAS/WJEC)

The Level 3 Certificate or Diploma in Criminology is a qualification with elements of psychology, law and sociology that complements studies in humanities but will be attractive and useful to a range of students.

ECONOMICS

A LEVEL

Economics will enable you to understand the reasons for economic agents having to make choices. Initially, you will consider how markets work, looking at how supply and demand interact to allocate resources, but then you will study market failure, identifying its causes and possible government intervention to remedy such failures.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE

A LEVEL (AQA)

Studying the English language is not only fascinating but also enables students to develop a wide range of writing skills which are invaluable for both further study and future employment.

ENGLISH LITERATURE

A LEVEL (WJEC)

Throughout this course you will study a broad range of literature, from the established canon to great contemporary writing. You will develop knowledge and understanding of the writer’s craft and how language, form and structure are used to create meaning.

Film Studies

A Level

Film Studies is designed to deepen students' understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of film, the major art form of the twentieth century, and one developing new modes of expression and exhibition in the twenty-first century.

Further Mathematics

A - LEVEL

Further Maths is like Maths except that there is more of it and it is even more challenging! Extra topics such as complex numbers and matrices are covered. You will also extend your knowledge of Statistics and Mechanics and be introduced to Decision Maths.

GCSE RE-SIT PROGRAMME

What is GCSE re-sit programme? This is an innovative and timely programme designed to meet the needs of students who may be disappointed with their GCSE results, may not wish to do a full Level 2 course at this stage,  …

GEOGRAPHY

A LEVEL (EDEXCEL)

Geography is the study of the Earth. The world we live in is changing. Geography allows you to see why and how it is changing. It can enhance communication skills, literacy and numeracy, IT literacy, spatial awareness, team working, problem solving and environmental awareness.

Government & Politics A Level

A level (Edexcel)

Studying the English language is not only fascinating but also enables students to develop a wide range of writing skills which are invaluable for both further study and future employment

HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE

BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate

This programme is for you if you want to work with people in some way. For example in a care or health setting. You will gain the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills that you will need to prepare for employment within a wide range of caring services.

Health and Social Care BTEC Level 3 Diploma

BTEC Level 3 Diploma

The BTEC in Health and Social Care is a two year course equivalent to 3 A Levels. The course will lead to a highly specialized work-related qualification where you will gain the knowledge, understanding and skills to prepare you to progress to employment or continue to study in Higher Education.

HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

The BTEC in Health and Social Care is a two year course equivalent to 3 A Levels. The course will lead to a highly specialized work-related qualification where you will gain the knowledge, understanding and skills to prepare you to progress to employment or continue to study in Higher Education.

Health Professions

Access to Higher Education Level 3

This is a practical course offering a broad base of skills to support employment in the health care sector. This course is designed to introduce some of the main areas of Human Physiology, Health & Welfare and how it’s studied.

HISTORY

A LEVEL (EDEXCEL)

To make sense of the world we live in it is essential to understand key events, individuals, movements and conflicts that have shaped history.

Humanities

Access to Higher Education Level 3

This is a practical course offering a broad base of skills to support employment in the health care sector. This course is designed to introduce some of the main areas of psychology and sociology, and how it’s studied as well as various core units.

ICT Level 2

BTEC Level 2

This is a full-time qualification for one year, covering both theoretical and practical aspects of ICT focusing on creative skills and technologies.

Information Technology – Ex Dip Level 3

Extended Diploma Level 3

Students are taught employability skills for the digital sector and how to find and use information properly. They have hands on experience of computer hardware and networks as well as designing and building websites. Cyber security is a major topic and students will learn about protecting both virtual and physical systems. In every topic links to jobs in the digital sector will be demonstrated.

LAW

A Level / BTEC

Law is the subject for you if you have a genuine interest in the Law or the English Legal System, if you enjoy an intellectual challenge or if you are interested in becoming a barrister or solicitor. Law essentially involves the study of the English Legal System and the system of Law Making in England and Wales along with a detailed look at key aspects of Criminal Law, the Law of Tort and Human Rights.

Maths

A LEVEL (EDEXCEL)

Maths is about solving problems and is a challenging and rewarding subject which is highly regarded by employers and universities. Pure Maths provides methods involving algebra, trigonometry, coordinate geometry and calculus which can be used to solve problems in other branches of Maths.

MEDIA STUDIES

A LEVEL

We spend huge parts of our life consuming Media. It surrounds us all the time and we use it for all kinds of different and varied reasons. Media Studies teaches you to develop critical perspectives on what you watch, read, listen to, or play every day. It encourages you to reflect on why texts appeal and what purpose they serve in our daily lives.

Performing Arts (Acting)

BTEC Level 3

The BTEC in Performing Arts is available to study as an Extended Certificate (Equivalent to one A-Level, can be taken alongside other subjects) or the Extended Diploma (Equivalent to three A-Levels, full time programme of study). The course will provide you with opportunities to sample a wide range of areas within the performing arts. Through studying this course, you will gain the knowledge, understanding and skills to prepare you to progress to employment or continue to study in Higher Education.

PHOTOGRAPHY

A LEVEL (EDEXCEL)

Are you creative and imaginative? Do you enjoy exploring ideas and looking at things in different ways? If so, you should consider a course in photography. Photography is about looking, learning, thinking and communicating ideas. It inspires creative thinkers. Photography means ‘drawing with light’ and that is what photographers do when they take a picture.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

A LEVEL (OCR)

Physical Education is an ideal course for those who wish to develop their understanding of key issues within sport. You will study in detail anatomy & physiology, and the impact of exercise on the body systems. You will study the psychology of sports performance and how performers acquire and develop skills within sports.

PHYSICS

A LEVEL (AQA)

Physics is crucial to understanding the world around us, the world inside us, and the world beyond us. It is the most basic and fundamental science. It’s an exciting and fast moving science with new discoveries being made every week, particularly in astronomy and particle physics.

PLAYWORK

Intermediate Apprenticeship

The course combines assignments and observation of practical experience in the workplace. The employment award comprises of three units. The diploma has 12 mandatory units with a variety of optional units.

PLAYWORK

Advanced Apprenticeship

The course combines assignments and observation of practical experience in the workplace. The employment award comprises of three units. The diploma has 13 mandatory units with a variety of optional units.

PSYCHOLOGY

A LEVEL (WJEC)

Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behaviour. It is about understanding people. It is about understanding yourself. Psychology as a subject is like a jigsaw, and each piece of the jigsaw represents a different type of psychology.

Public Services

BTEC Level 1

A career in Public Services is extremely wide ranging, from the Uniformed Public Services, to Government Departments, local Government and organisations such as MI5 and MI6. Our programme will equip you with a good understanding of employment and life within the Public Services and you will gain the relevant and knowledge and skills at Level 2 to be able to progress higher.

PUBLIC SERVICES L3 Ex Dip

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

This practical course will give you an understanding of employment and life within the Public Services (uniformed and non-uniformed) and you will gain the relevant knowledge and skills to succeed in this sector. It is an ideal foundation for further study and a future career in Public Services.

Science

Access to Higher Education Level 3

This is a practical course offering a broad base of skills to support employment in the health care sector. This course is designed to introduce some of the main areas of Biology, Human Physiology, Chemistry and Physics and how it’s studied.

SOCIOLOGY

A LEVEL (OCR)

Fascinating discussions are encouraged: “How are Facebook and Twitter changing our friendships and relationships?”, “Are two married parents better than one?” Students can acquire knowledge and a critical understanding of family life, wealth & poverty and crime & deviance.

SPORT AND ACTIVE LEISURE

LEVEL 2, Certificate , Apprenticeship

This award aims to provide the skills and knowledge required to work in leisure centres, coaching clubs, sports halls, swimming pools and stadia.

SPORT BTEC Level 2

BTEC Level 2

This Level 2 BTEC qualification is a one year course equivalent to a GCSE. The course will provide you with a range of opportunities to sample a wide range of specialist areas, practically as well as theoretically. This will help you progress onto a Level 3 course in Sport or another subject. Alternatively, you will be well prepared to go straight into employment or gain a place on an apprenticeship.

Sport BTEC Level 3 Diploma

BTEC Level 3 Diploma

The BTEC in Sport is a two year course equivalent to 3 A Levels. The course is assessed through a range of coursework and externally examined units. The course will provide you with a range of opportunities to sample a wide range of specialist areas within sport and develop a range of academic and practical skills that will help you to progress into a career in the sports, health and fitness industry.

Sports Development, Coaching & Fitness – Level 3

BTEC Level 3

The course is taught at Cheadle College with frequent visits to the Ethiad Campus. Manchester City FC coaches will deliver the football coaching and outstanding teachers the BTEC course.

Sports Science, Coaching & Personal Fitness Training – BTEC Level 3

BTEC Level 3

The BTEC in Sport Science is a two year course equivalent to 3 A Levels. The course is split into two strands. Strand One A two A level equivalent in sports science looking at the fundamentals of sports science in …

Supported Internship

Entry Level

A supported internship is a type of study programme specifically aimed at young people aged 16 to 24 who have a statement of special educational needs, a Learning Difficulty Assessment, or an EHC plan, who want to move into employment and need extra support to do so.

Supporting Teaching and Learning in Physical Education and School Sport

Advanced Apprenticeship

This apprenticeship meets the needs of employers and provides a vocational pathway into the provision of Children’s Physical Activity and School Sport delivery and development. It will enable you to meet the demand for suitably qualified people with the knowledge, understanding and competency to deliver, plan, organise and assess the learning of children in a range of environments including the community and schools.

Travel & Tourism

LEVEL 3 - BTEC 90 Credit Diploma

The Travel and Tourism industry is one of the most vibrant industries in the world. This course gives students a lively and varied introduction to the travel industry.

TRAVEL & TOURISM Level 2 BTEC

LEVEL 2 - City & Guilds Diploma

The Travel and Tourism industry is one of the most vibrant industries in the world. This course gives students a lively and varied introduction to the travel industry.

TRAVEL & TOURISM LEVEL 3 – BTEC Extended Diploma

LEVEL 3 - BTEC Extended Diploma

The Travel and Tourism industry is one of the most vibrant industries in the world. This course gives students a lively and varied introduction to the travel industry. In April 2013 the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport launched Visit Britain’s long term tourism growth strategy for Britain. This ambitious strategy - delivering a Golden legacy: a growth strategy for inbound tourism 2012 - 2020 – aims to attract 40 million international visitors a year, spending £31.3 billion, by 2020. This will generate an estimated 225,000 jobs. The Greater Manchester strategy for the Visitor economy 2014 - 2020 Manchester Airport will play an important role in the delivery of this vision and as a result, travel students can expect many future employment opportunities.

Uniformed Public Services BTEC Level 2 Ex Cert

BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate

A career in Public Services is extremely wide ranging, from the Uniformed Public Services, to Government Departments, local Government and organisations such as MI5 and MI6. Our programme will equip you with a good understanding of employment and life within the Public Services and you will gain the relevant and knowledge and skills at Level 2 to be able to progress higher.

Vocational Studies

BTEC Level 1

This is a one-year course designed to enable you to explore different vocational areas. These areas may include Business & ICT, Sport & Leisure, Health & Social Care, Hospitality, Travel & Tourism and Retail Operation. It is hoped that as you study various vocational options you will widen your knowledge, enabling you to make informed career choices.