The Manchester College is the largest further education college in the UK established in 2008. Its chief Executive is John Thornhill. The Manchester College offers courses for children, adults, higher education students, employers, and international students. Courses for school leavers aged 16 to 19, include: A-level, Vocational, Apprenticeship. Higher education courses include: Higher National Certificate (HNCs), Higher National Diploma (HNDs), Foundation degree, Bachelor’s degree, Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCEs), Master’s level.
The Manchester College is based at many places in the city: which 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 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. 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). The Manchester College delivers learning and skills services to offenders in 42 secure establishments throughout England and in two probation areas.