Vocational Courses

Apply now and join a free vocational course this September in Manchester

Whether you want to learn more about mental health and counselling or gain a qualification in social care we have a free vocational course that will meet your needs. Apply now to find out more.

Why study a vocational course with MAES?

Qualify for University

By learning new vocational skills you’ll get the knowledge and qualifications to access university, bringing you one step closure to achieving your career goals.

Kickstart a new career

Do you feel trapped in your current job? Studying a vocational course can give you the confidence to instigate change and join a more rewarding career path.

Put a stop to Universal Credit

Enrolling in a vocational course gives you the qualifications you need to progress and level up your salary – ditching the benefits system once and for all.

“I now have the confidence to look for a job to support others going through mental health disorders. The course has given me the confidence to face my fears and turn, I can’t do that, into, I can, I have done it.”
– Linda, Level 1 mental health graduate

Find a course local to you

MAES has 7 education centres spread across Manchester. With majority of our 2000 students living within 10 minutes of our centres, we’re confident we’ll be able to cater to your vocational studies where you are.

Finance your education

If you claim benefits or have a low income we may be able to provide financial support to help you complete your course. This support can cover transport, childcare, technology or any fees associated with your course.

Find a vocational course that suits your needs

Our tutors will help you develop the knowledge and skills you need, as well as support you on your journey. Our courses cover a range of pathways which may be relevant to your needs, from Level 1 to Level 3. We’ll ensure you join a course at the right level for you.


Course NameDescriptionDuration
Making Career Choices in Care and EducationNot sure exactly what area you want to work in? Find out more about working in childcare, health and social care, and support work in schools.15 Hours
Mentoring SkillsExplore the roles and responsibilities, and develop skills of
an effective mentor.
12 weeks
Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care
(Level 1 Award)
Learn some basic skills you need to work in a care setting, and find out more about the different jobs in the sector.10 Weeks
Level 1 Certificate in Well-Being – OnlineDevelop knowledge and understanding of well-being issues and the impact they can have. Develop and recognise personal knowledge to encourage healthy lifestyle choices.9 weeks
Introduction to Health, Social Care and Children’s and Young People’s Settings (Level 1 Certificate)Prepare to work in roles within Health, Social Care and Children’s and Young People’s Settings by
developing knowledge and understanding of the range of service provision and roles, principles and values
18 weeks
Level 1 Award in Awareness of Substance Misuse – OnlineDevelop a knowledge and understanding of substance misuse awareness – including alcohol – and its potential effects on individuals and other12 weeks
Mental Health Awareness (Level 1 Award)Develop your awareness of mental health.5 weeks
Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care
(Level 2 Certificate)
Develop knowledge and skills for working with adults in this sector. You need to be working or undertaking work experience to complete this course.18 Weeks
Mental Health Awareness (Level 2 Certificate)Develop your awareness of mental health.18 weeks
Health and Social Care (Level 2 Certificate/Extended Diploma)Develop knowledge and understanding essential to the health and social care sector, supporting progression to further learning or the workplace18 weeks / 36 weeks
Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills – OnlineDevelop knowledge and understanding and start to develop skills required for counselling to prepare for further learning or training12 weeks
Level 3 Diploma in Adult CareDevelop knowledge, skills and competence to work in a wide range of roles in a health and social care sector. You must be in paid or voluntary work to undertake this qualification to enable assessment to take place.36 weeks
Mental Health Awareness (Level 3 Certificate) – OnlineDevelop your awareness of mental health.36 weeks

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