Higher Education Courses

Higher education courses

Progress on to Level 4-7 courses

If you’ve completed your studies with Manchester Adult Education and are looking to progress on to higher education, we can point you in the right direction and help you find a suitable course so you’re able to achieve your learning goals.

We work with providers across Manchester who offer a range of level 4 – 7 courses in finance, management and healthcare and can help take your education to the next level. Many of these providers also provide courses with an additional Foundation Year, which is ideal for those that have been out of education for a long time.

Benefits of studying a higher education course:

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Increased job opportunities: Graduates of higher education courses often have access to a wider range of career opportunities compared to those with lower qualifications. Many employers require job candidates to have a degree or equivalent qualifications for certain roles – especially roles in leadership or management.

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Higher earning potential: On average, those with higher education qualifications tend to earn more over their lifetime compared to those with lower qualifications. If you choose to study a level 4 – 7 course, you may be able to command a higher salary.

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Enhanced personal development and skills: Studying a higher education course typically requires you to engage in in-depth study and research in a specific area. This can help you to develop critical thinking, problem-solving, analytical skills and can also help you to become more confident, independent, and better equipped to handle challenges in the workplace.

What courses are available?

The HND in Business course will equip you with everything you need to give you a competitive edge to propel your career to the next level. You’ll gain knowledge and practical skills through research, independent study, directed study and real-life workplace scenarios, giving you the all-round capabilities that employers are looking for. 

The HND in Digital Technologies for England (Cyber Security) course is aimed at students who want to continue their education through applied learning. This course will provide you with an intensive study of the digital computing sector and is designed to help you pursue a career in the field. 

After completing this course, you can continue their studies to degree level or pursue careers such as a Business analyst, Digital Technologist, Software developer, Network technician and more.

The healthcare sector in England employs approximately 1.3 million people in a wide range of career paths and settings. This course opens the door to a career in healthcare and can lead to further specialist study, depending on your chosen career path. 

You’ll gain a solid understanding of the healthcare environment in England, through a combination of work-based experience and practical study. You’ll complete work experience in a health and social care setting, giving you the practical skills and knowledge to pursue a career in this rewarding sector. 

On this course you’ll get the chance to realise the potential of your own business ideas — from the awareness to spot lucrative opportunities to the skills needed to make them a reality. This course has an engaging structure that also takes you through dynamic organisations and how they generate employment opportunities, economic growth and social transformation.

You will constantly test your learning and ideas, practising entrepreneurship in real-world scenarios in the classroom.

The BA (Hons) Global Business (Business Management) with Foundation Year degree provides you with a great platform for a successful career in leadership. The first year is a Foundation Year programme that will introduce you to fundamental topics impacting today’s modern business landscape.

The rest of the course will focus on core global business and management topics including marketing, organisational behaviour, international business law and strategy. During your final year, you can choose to undertake a dissertation, a consulting project, or an internship. 

This industry-focussed programme delivers an accounting and finance degree that prepares you for a professional, managerial or business career. It will equip you with the highly sought employability skills that employers are looking for, opening opportunities for career progression and development.

Combining theoretical learning and practical knowhow, you’ll build knowledge on a wide range of accountancy and finance-related topics. These include financial reporting, managerial accounting, audit and assurance, taxation, law and corporate finance.

This course is ideal if you’re looking to gain the knowledge needed to open up opportunities for a future in the tourism industry. Whether that’s employment with local, national or international companies, or if you’re a budding entrepreneur looking to create a new niche, never has the saying “the world is your oyster” been more appropriate.

The BSc (Hons) Construction Management with Foundation Year degree course has been designed to meet the needs of today’s construction industry, giving you the specialist skills and knowledge needed to manage a construction project from inception and design through to occupation. 

The construction industry is a very practical, technical and hands-on environment, and teaching and learning on the course reflects this.

Whilst studying this degree, you’ll explore issues such as life quality, effective caring and communication. You will gain an understanding of the basic factors that influence health and social care. 

You’ll gain a solid grounding in individualised health and care provision, exploring models of person-centred provision and the impact of behaviours on health. You’ll also learn how to manage in health and care, understanding the factors that influence health and social care decision-making. 

If you’re looking for a higher-level qualification in health, wellbeing and social care, the BSc (Hons) Health, Wellbeing and Social Care with Foundation Year course delivers a comprehensive understanding of the healthcare sector, helping you develop the skills and experiences needed to be impactful following your graduation. 

Building on transferrable skills already gained through studying an undergraduate degree, this MA International Business management programme will provide you with the opportunity to hone your knowledge and skills, and your approach to a truly global economy. 


You’ll look at the increasing significance of the global/local marketplace, including traditional export/import operations, international expansion and e-commerce. You’ll understand international customers and their requirements, focusing on customer relationship management, customer service and cross-cultural management issues associated with diverse international business teams. And you’ll learn about International Business strategy development, including acquisitions, international partnerships, global supply chains and joint ventures. 

How to apply

If you’re interested in this opportunity, please complete the Higher Education Referral Enquiry Form and our partners will be in touch about the opportunities available and able to provide further information.