10 reasons to study at FutureSkills at MediaCityUK

7 August 2018 

FutureSkills at MediaCityUK has been placed within the top 10% of colleges nationally for achievement rates. If that’s not reason enough to study at the college, here are 10 further reasons to study at FutureSkills:

1) Outstanding Results

The college has a rich history of success across all qualifications. Last year they secured an incredible 100% Advanced Vocational pass rate with a great percentage of high grades achieved.

Ofsted: “The college has established a culture of high aspirations for student achievement. The high grades students achieve enable them to gain places at the most prestigious universities.”

2) Ofsted rated ‘Good’

Following an inspection by Ofsted in November 2015, FutureSkills at MediaCityUK is officially a ‘Good’ college.

Ofsted: “The sessions are dynamic, with all students fully engaged, focused and demonstrating high levels of attainment.”

3) Specialist College for Technology, Innovation and Creativity

Last year Theresa May described the technology industry as ‘a great British success story’ after a report revealed the sector was growing faster than the UK economy.

With this growth comes jobs and opportunity, and FutureSkills at MediaCityUK provides quality and specialised training for those who desire to excel in this growing sector.

The college specialises in courses that create pathways into the creative and digital industries as well as business and professional services. The college prides itself on its incredible facilities, excellent teaching and learning and professional links.

So, whether a student wants to become a journalist, musician, accountant, TV producer, graphic designer, computer programmer, games designer or even a make-up artist for TV and film, they are in the best place possible at FutureSkills.

4) Study a Stone’s Throw Away from MediaCityUK

The college’s prime location right by MediaCityUK provides unlimited opportunity for those budding media moguls in the area. The development of MediaCityUK is on-going, with more and more jobs being created every year. At FutureSkills, students are given access to all that MediaCityUK has to offer, from work experience placements, to guest speakers, trips and tours.

The close proximity to Manchester City Centre is also a huge advantage for students wanting to go on to work within the financial services industry. Manchester is home to some of the biggest companies in the UK, providing boundless opportunity, and the college boasts links with the likes of KPMG and Kelloggs. 

 5) Make Music in Incredible Music Studios and Performance Spaces

If you want to study music you’ll benefit from the most high-tech soundproof rehearsal rooms, large capacity and fully-equipped performance space and recording studios.

6) Become a Mogul in State-of-the-art Media and IT Facilities

Whether it’s IT you’re looking at studying, media or games design, the college has the most impressive and industry standard equipment to help you get to grips with your chosen industry.

IT and games design rooms are complete with all the latest in virtual reality apparatus. Thanks to the standard of equipment, you’ll be getting to grips with the most cutting-edge technologies, for example you might find yourself building your own computer, setting up your own operating system or building a game on the latest software – whatever it is the college provides all you need to train at industry standard.

And that’s not all, the college has a fully-equipped TV studio, radio studios, MAC and editing suites all to aid your learning about multi-camera production, radio programming and presenting.

The college is stocked with the most high-end camera, sound, lighting and recording equipment so you can get the most out of your time studying at the college.  

7) Perfect your Skills in Industry Standard Salons

At FutureSkills, you’ll have the opportunity to work within professional salons that will have you well prepared for life in employment.

Salons are fully equipped with the latest make-up, from all the best and most professional brands including MAC Cosmetics. You’ll be given all the tools you’ll need to work on prosthetics and dramatic looks perfect for film, TV and theatre.

8) Follow in the Footsteps of Star Alumni

The college’s esteemed alumni range from successful musicians, those who work in the media and make-up artists to the stars, to computer engineers, entrepreneurs and accountants.

Some of our most exceptional alumni include Steve Marsh, a former IT student who was honoured in Forbes’ 30 under 30 European list in 2016. Steve has been listed among the top young leaders, creators, inventors and entrepreneurs of his respected year for his work in the development of a successful data search engine. He is a CEO and holds a PhD from The University of Cambridge.

Likewise, the college has multiple successful media and journalism alumni, including Jonathan Stanley who is currently working as a cameraman for BBC2’s Peaky Blinders and Mica Robinson who has also worked with the BBC in journalism.

But, one of the college’s most conic alumni has to be former music student Ella Shaw. Ella rose to fame in 2015’s Britain’s Got Talent. She got to the semi-finals of the competition and has since gone on to have a successful career performing all over the world; she has her released an album and has her own performance academy.

(Ella Shaw) 

9) Industry Links

FutureSkills boasts having some incredibly talented and experienced teaching staff with exceptional industry links. 

For example, one star journalism teacher has worked within the radio broadcast industry for many years before taking her hand to teaching. With that in mind, her connections within the industry are ample and have even led to her students having opportunities to work with the likes of Clint Boon and Graeme Parks.

(Clint Boon with journalism student and teacher) 

Anyone wanting to study media make-up will have the chance to hear form guest speakers and attend masterclasses from some of the best in the business including MAC Cosmetics, Illamasqua and even Cheshire Housewives very own Dawn Ward, who has a very special relationship with the college.

If it’s accounting you’re interested in, you’ll benefit from links with ITV, Lloyds Banking Group, RBS, The Peel Group, Salford City Council, BDO, Baker Tilly and Grant Thornton, Bank of New York Mellon and SISTV, to name just a few.

10) Endless Extra-curricular Activities

Opportunities to get involved at FutureSkills are endless. Whether you are benefiting from one of our expert guest lectures, are off a trip to Helsinki with media make-up, off to New York with IT or Berlin with journalism, there is no shortage of trips and activities to get involved in.

With MediaCityUK on the doorstep students will find themselves out and about in the city and at the media hub regularly. That might be because they are visiting the BBC, ITV or even Kellogg’s.

This year alone students put on an end-of-year exhibition at the Ruby Lounge, a Creative Media Exhibition at MediaCityUK and media make-up have put on a fashion show in Manchester City Centre.

Do you want to study at FutureSkills at MediaCityUK? The college has limited places available for September 2018 entry, however, it’s not too late to apply, go to:  www.salfordcc.ac.uk. Already applied? Enrolment starts on GCSE Results Day – don’t miss out.

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