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Welcome to Manchester Health Academy

Our Sixth Form is a vibrant community that prides itself on an inclusive and positive approach to personal development.

As well as BTEC courses to choose from, there is also a wide variety of enrichment and extra-curricular activities with which you can become involved.

We have high expectations of our students and look for prospective students who have good attendance, punctuality and behaviour records and a positive work ethic.

We have made  the conscious decision to run only vocational courses and continue with the high standards we have set over the five years since we opened.

Life is about much more than academic success.  We pride ourselves on the opportunities that we offer all our students – developing skills required to lead to a successful adult life.

We look forward to receiving your application for Manchester Health Academy Sixth Form.

Dominic Maguire

Director of Post-16 Education

About us

"The Sixth Form is Good.  The curriculum and wider enrichment experiences are appropriate to students' needs and result in good outcomes overall" Ofsted May 2015

Our students benefit from:

  • Small, friendly and personal learning environment
  • Good and Outstanding teaching
  • Excellent record of acheivement and progression to high education
  • High-quality careers education, information, advice and guidance
  • 1 to 1 tutor support
  • A nationally recognised enrichment and extra-curricular programme
  • Work based placement and volunteering opportunities
  • State of the art teaching environment in a dedicated Sixth Form Space
  • £20.00 per week Education Maintenance Allowance, with the chance of an additional £10.00 reward*


Health and Sport Science really matter to us at Manchester Health Academy.  It is very important that we use our Specialism to build self-esteem, improve teaching and learning in order to develop lifelong learning opportunities for students, parents and our community.

Our students will gain knowledge and understanding of health issue through our tutorial system and will engage in our well established Health Days in order to raise aspiration and support personal growth and development.  We will maintain our Healthy Schools Award by providing a varied and exciting curriculum and pastoral support to meet both physical and emotional needs and encourage our students to make healthy lifestyle choices.  We work closely with Central Manchester Foundation NHS Trust, our lead sponsor, to provide opportunities and raise aspirations for our students.

In Sport Science we aim to engage and capture the imagination of students in the Academy.  We have invested in state of the art equipment, such as heart rate monitors, which relay your heart rate live whilst performing, and WATT bikes which allow students to take part in cycle races individually or in teams whilst still in the classroom.  We have also introduced a “Fitness Battery” of ten fun fitness challenges that allow us to compare the fitness of students within the Academy.  Our aim is to show improvements in the key indicators of strength and stamina, which correlate closely to health.

Through our links with the Manchester United Foundation we are able to create a culture of aspiration and help inspire students to make positive choices regarding their health, fitness and lifestyle whilst working with one of the country’s most famous and successful institutions.


On a weekly basis, all Sixth Form students participate in a chosen enrichment activity.

Within this time period, our students are encouraged to try different activities, including trips, visits and sporting activities which they may never have thought of participating in.

The enrichment programme is a very important part in the weekly life of the student as it provides them with an opportunity to develop their social skills as well as keeping them active.

Facilities available

  • Fantastic sports facilities including gym, 3G pitch, sports hall, field and Watt bikes.
  • Modern building with award-winning catering
  • Pleasant outdoor areas
  • Both Academy and Public libraries on site
  • Easy access by bus and tram (Moor Road tram stop) plus on site parking
  • Small, friendly and personal learning environment
  • State of the art teaching environment in a dedicated Sixth Form Space

"The safeguarding of students' health and well-being is outstanding" Ofsted May 2015

Additional support

"Because we are smaller than most other sixth forms we have excellent relationships between staff and students ensuring we have the best possible support throughout our studies" Ashley Leather, Student 2015


*Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA)

Manchester Health Academy continues to look after EVERY student within the sixth form through a £20 weekly EMA payment. In order to receive the weekly payment, students must ensure that they have been outstanding in the following areas:

• Punctuality
• Attendance
• Progress

We reward the two best students each week by paying an extra £10.

NB – Students only receive payment for the weeks they attend MHA and not for holiday periods.

There are no rules to stop students getting a part time job whilst at college. However, the job must not interfere with your studying.

A sixth form college can set their own criteria for students to be entitled to EMA, but the following are some of the expectations: excellent attendance, punctuality, effort, application and progress.

Learner success

Students have progressed from our courses to higher education and employment, persuing careers in areas such as sports teaching, sports development and social work.

"Careers education, information, advice and guidance are very strong" Ofsted May 2015

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Manchester Health Academy directly.

Last updated date: 14 September 2016
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