Whether you’re looking for a degree, a vocational training course to get started in a specific career, or tuition to improve your grades here are some great ideas to inspire your next steps in education.

1. The Manchester College

The Manchester College launched its Centre of Excellence for Adult Education in 2020. It offers adults across the region an extensive range of opportunities to upskill in their current career or retrain for a new one.

As the No.1 College for overall achievement in Greater Manchester (NARTS 18/19), it offers a wide variety of subjects ranging from Entry Level to Level 6, enabling you to achieve your goals regardless of your current academic level.

It understands the importance of individual aims and the expert tutors and support teams are fully committed to giving you everything you need to reach your goals.

Where to go: The Manchester College, Ashton Old Road, Openshaw, Manchester, M11 2WH

Get in touch: Find out more at tmc.ac.uk/adults or follow on Facebook @TheManchesterCollege, @TheMcrCollege on Twitter or @themcrcollege on Instagram

2. UCEN Manchester

If this pandemic has taught us anything, it’s to love local. So when looking at studying a degree choosing an institution like UCEN Manchester means you can not only stay local but also reap the rewards of flexibility, small student-to-staff ratios, and an industry-focused outcome.

With campuses close to home, UCEN Manchester, provide degrees validated by universities, with a practical focus, and smaller class sizes – so you’re not battling for attention.

Where to go: Whitworth House, Ashton Old Rd, Openshaw, Manchester M11 2WH

Get in touch: Explore the range of flexible, supported degrees or enquire today, read the ‘Starting uni as an adult’ checklist here

3. Prestige Tuition

Prestige Community Education offers a safe, positive and successful learning environment, enabling students to engage, develop a desire for knowledge in order to achieve and develop into productive and emotionally successful 21st-Century citizens.

Daniaal M, a past GCSE and A Level student, said of Prestige: “Prestige Tuition has played a massive role in the development of my education, as well as my determination to work harder and improve myself.

“The staff are trained professionals who see the potential in all students and push every single student to be the best. Through answering exam questions, team tasks, or looking at model answers, there is tailored work to improve upon an individual’s weaknesses. I would highly recommend Prestige Tuition to anyone who wants to boost their grades and make it in whatever they want to pursue!”

Where to go: 1st Floor, 164 Plymouth Grove, Manchester, M13 QAF

Get in touch: Head to prestigetuition.co.uk or call 07957 431 131

4. UK Versity Online

UK Versity is a global provider of accessible, affordable high-quality courses, that meet the diverse needs of learners and professionals.

Offering a diverse range of programmes from academic to vocational qualifications across 15 sectors from accounting, business, computing, and digital marketing, to healthcare, logistics, tourism, hospitality, and teaching.

As a British Accreditation Council-accredited college and an accredited centre for ATHE, Cache, NCFE, OTHM and Pearson, UK Versity offers the same qualification as universities at a sixth of the price, with the option to fast-track your learning on 150 courses (RQF Level 2-8), all of which are flexible and delivered on a personalised basis.

98.4% of its enrolled learners complete and achieve their qualification and over 3,000 of its students have gone on to build successful careers.

Where to go: 3 Universal Square, Devonshire Street North, Manchester M12 6JH

Get in touch: Head to ukversity.co.uk or call 0161 273 4745 for more information. Request a brochure by emailing [email protected]

5. Adam Fidler Academy

Adam Fidler Academy specialises in educating and developing executive assistants (EAs), personal assistants (PAs), and administrative managers.

It is one of a handful of colleges, worldwide, that offers a bespoke and personal curriculum for those seeking to excel in business support and administrative roles.

Dubbed a modern-day ‘secretarial school’ the Academy offers a wide range of flexible courses – from one-day or two-day programmes, to full qualifications at Level 3, Level 4, and Level 5, which can be studied on a part-time basis.

Where to go: Adam Fidler Academy, Jactin House, Hood Street, Ancoats Urban Village, Manchester, M4 6WX

Get in touch: Head to adamfidler.academy or email [email protected] for more information

6. The B2W Group

If you’re aged between 19-24 and looking to kickstart your career in digital marketing, then The B2W Group’s Digital Fast Track programme can equip you with the skills to land your dream job or start a Level 3 Digital Marketing apprenticeship.

The course enhances your employability and teaches you essential technical digital marketing skills. You’ll also undertake real-world work experience and complete a digital marketing project to add to your CV.

Plus, £300 is available to cover expenses throughout the course.

Where to go: Universal Square, 4th Floor, Blue Zone, Devonshire St N, Manchester M12 6JH

Get in touch: To learn more, visit the website at b2wgroup.com

7. Teach North West

Teach North West’s Primary School Direct course provides outstanding teacher training for local people and offers a flexible alternative to a year’s study away from home in its Bolton, Merseyside, and East Manchester hubs.

The exciting and ambitious programme, run with the University of Cumbria, offers PGCE with QTS plus 60 Masters credits, as well as a full year’s experience working in and building relationships at school.

Expert school leaders nurture your wellbeing and prioritise your development by delivering training for two days each week, to put straight into practice on school experience days.

Where to go: The lead schools in each location hub are: St James CE Primary School, Stelling Street, Gorton, Manchester, M18 8LW, SS Simon and Jude CE Primary School, Newport Road, Great Lever, Bolton, BL3 2DT and Knowsley Lane Primary School, Astley Road, Huyton, Merseyside, L36 8DB

Get in touch: Head to teachnorthwest.co.uk/contact, or follow on Twitter, @TeachNorthWest1, or Facebook, @TeachNorthWest1