Our Schools

While all our Schools share the same set of core values and deliver career-focused courses that will lead you straight into employment, or give you the experience and skills you need to secure that much sought-after promotion, they are each unique to the industry you will work in.

Each of our Schools requires a slightly different teaching approach, which is tailored to the course content, requirements of industry and your personal needs. 

Our Schools were established to create teams of experienced, expert tutors and pools of industry contacts that you and future students could benefit from. They also give you the chance to collaborate and network with students that are studying the same, or similar, course to you. In essence, we like to think of our Schools as small communities within UCEN Manchester where everyone is driven by the same goal – giving you the tools you need to pursue the career you dream of. 

Explore what it means to be part of each of our Schools: 

ARDEN 
SCHOOL OF THEATRE

Theatre

As a student of our Arden School of Theatre, you’ll join a community with a strong set of values that will be instilled from day one - adaptability, confidence, creativity and discipline.  You’ll also benefit from learning in industry-standard, state-of-the-art facilities at our brand new City Campus Manchester.

We’re committed to providing all our students with a career-focused learning experience and if you’re going to succeed in the arts you need to be prepared to work extremely hard.  This means you’ll be in four or five days a week and you can expect to receive a lot of intense training that is primarily practical. 

All the hours of practice you put in will be worth it though. You’ll graduate with experience of a range of disciplines and a broad professional network from a drama school that is renowned and respected in the industry.

SCHOOL OF ART, MEDIA AND MAKE-UP

Art, Media and Make-up

As a student of our School of Art, Media and Make-Up, you’ll benefit from learning in industry-standard, state-of-the-art facilities at our brand new City Campus Manchester. 

Our goal is to help you to secure employment or that much sought-after promotion when you graduate, which means you can expect to be treated as an individual, rather than a number. Our tutors will get to know you and ensure you receive the help you need to succeed. So, if you want to benefit from smaller class sizes and one-to-one support when it’s needed, look no further. Everything is a little more personal here and don’t be surprised if your fellow students are keen to lend a helping hand as well – we’re all in it together.

You’ll also graduate with experience of a range of disciplines and a broad professional network that will support your long term career ambitions thanks to our links with industry partners.

MANCHESTER FILM SCHOOL

Film School

As a student of our Manchester Film School you’ll learn in industry-standard, state-of-the-art facilities at our brand new City Campus Manchester. 

Our goal is to help you to secure employment or that elusive new challenge when you graduate so, you can expect to get hands-on right from the very start of your course. 

A lot of your time will be spent on set with tutors that have first-hand experience as professionals in the sector. You’ll take part in projects with your fellow students that’ll require you to work collectively to be successful. You’ll also undertake briefs set by our industry partners that will require discipline and give you the chance to build multiple skills and learn how to adapt to challenges. 

SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND LAW

Business and Law

As a student of our School of Business and Law, our aim is to help you achieve your goals. Whether that’s securing employment, obtaining that much sought-after promotion or starting a business when you graduate. Thanks to our industry partners, you’ll also get the chance to draw on what you’ve learnt in the classroom and apply it to a real-world environment.  For example, our Criminology and Criminal Justice students got the chance to visit a young offender institution as part of their Youth Crime and Deviance module.

SCHOOL OF COMPUTING, AND CYBERSECURITY

Computing and Cybersecurity

As a student of our School of Computing and Cybersecurity, you’ll benefit from learning in industry-standard, state-of-the-art facilities at our brand new City Campus Manchester. Our links with industry partners are another thing you’ll benefit from – you can look forward to work experience opportunities and the chance to network and build your contacts.

Our tutors will get to know you and ensure you receive the help you need to succeed. So, if you want to benefit from smaller class sizes and one-to-one support when it’s needed, look no further.  Everything is a little more personal here and don’t be surprised if your fellow students are keen to lend a helping hand as well – we’re all in it together.
 

SCHOOL OF CONSTRUCTION AND ENGINEERING

Construction and Engineering

As a student of our School of Construction and Engineering, you’ll learn in industry-standard, state-of-the-art facilities at our Openshaw Campus, the perfect environment for you to excel.

Our goal is to help you move forward with your career, we know you'll have experience of working in the sector and understand what it takes to take that skill to the next level. Our smaller class sizes and individual approach means our team can help you excel. Our part-time offer is designed to ensure that you can still work alongside your studies, allowing you to retain balance in your life whilst also applying what you learn to your current role immediately. 

Whether this is the first step towards further higher-level studies or a qualification enabling you to move into management, we're here to help you succeed. 

SCHOOL OF SPORT, HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Sport, Health and Wellbeing

We’re committed to providing all our students with a career-focused learning experience and as a student of our School of Sport, Health and Wellbeing you’ll learn in industry-standard, state-of-the-art facilities at our Openshaw Campus, which will provide the perfect environment for you to excel.

Our goal is to help you to secure employment or that much sought-after promotion. That's why our courses are designed to help you learn skills that you can apply in your placements or current role to make an impact immediately. Our tutors are experts who've either previously or still work in industry, allowing them to impart up to date learnings with you so that you are prepared for more than just your assessments, but for a career. So, if you want to benefit from smaller class sizes and one-to-one support when it’s needed, look no further.  

We also understand that you have a life and commitments away from your studies, which is why our courses are delivered in a way that will enable you to strike the right balance for you.  Our links with industry partners are another thing you’ll benefit from – you can look forward to work experience opportunities and the chance to network and build your contacts. 

SCHOOL OF COUNSELLING & EDUCATION

COUNSELLING & EDUCATION

As a student of our School of Counselling and Education, our goal is to help you learn the skills and gain the experience you need to work in a range of sectors to support people be their become their best selves. Our tutors are experienced professionals who've done it before and know what it's like to work in industry. So, if you want to benefit from smaller class sizes and one-to-one support when it’s needed, look no further.  

We also understand that you have a life and commitments away from your studies, which is why our courses are delivered in a way that will enable you to strike the right balance for you. A great deal of our offer is part-time and designed to accompany and complement your current role or work placement, enabling you to make an immediate impact as you apply what you are learning into practice. 

ACCESS TO HIGHER EDUCATION

HIGHER EDUCATION

Are you interested in changing your career path?  Do you have a dream career that has never quite happened?  Are you looking for career progression? Do you enjoy learning and want to expand your horizons?

Then our Access to HE (higher education) Diplomas will prepare you for studying at degree level and are ideal if you haven’t been in education for a while. They are also the perfect stepping-stone if you need to top up your existing qualifications or to gain the required UCAS points for your chosen degree course.

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