Student Life

Whatever stage of the journey you’re at, you’ll never be alone at UCEN Manchester. From the moment you start looking at courses with us, to after you’ve earned your qualifications and for as long as you need, we’re here to help.

Regardless of the challenges and barriers you might be facing, you’ll have support along every step of the way from our careers and welfare team. Every single one of our students matters to us, and our team will work tirelessly to provide additional support, guidance and advice wherever it’s needed, to make sure that no-one gets left behind.

For more information on our full offer of support please see the Future U: Student Support Services brochure below. 

To apply for financial support please see our Higher Education Policies page for guidance, terms and conditions and to download an application form.

Contact Information

Openshaw Campus
Ashton Old Road Openshaw
M12 6BA

Find us

It’s our job to make sure you leave UCEN Manchester on the path to a successful career, one that you’re passionate about. We’re here for you if you need help exploring your career or progression options, if you’re unsure about your next steps or long-term goals, or if you just want to talk to someone about your future. 

All our advisors are highly qualified, Matrix-accredited professionals, which means they can help you find your perfect career and plan your route to get there. They’ll be able to offer you Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) whenever you need it.

You don’t have to wait until you’re studying with us to speak to the Careers, Employability and Welfare team, they’re available on 03333 222 444.

Stress is a natural feeling, designed to help you cope in challenging situations. In small amounts, it’s good because it pushes you to work hard and do your best, including in exams. Moving into a new environment to start your studies can involve some stressful changes. These might include moving to a new area, meeting new people and managing on a tight budget.

Things that can help with stress
Short periods of stress are normal, and can often be resolved by something as simple as completing a task or by talking to others and taking time to relax. 

  • If you feel overwhelmed with your workload or studies make a to-do list and identify the most important tasks you need to achieve, complete these and re-access how you feel, often the thought of everything is much worse than the reality
  • Ensure you’re still striking a balance, take breaks, socialise, relax with a cup of tea, keep hydrated, exercise and ensure you still prioritise sleep
  • Try not to worry about the future or compare yourself with others
  • Take a break and do something creative, focusing on something that you enjoy can help you re-energise
  • Try breathing exercises to help you relax 
  • Develop or reach out to your support network whether this is friends, family, tutors or professionals. You can also speak to our Careers and Welfare team, part of our wider Future U Student Support Services offer by emailing: careers&

Other resources

If you feel that your stress or anxieties are becoming unmanageable there are a number of services available alongside the NHS where you may seek advice or support including:

Be Mindful:
Information about mindfulness and mindfulness-based stress reduction. 

Anxiety UK: or 08444 775 774
Advice and support for people living with anxiety.

Got a question?

Our teams are here to help, whatever your query.