The Careers department is located on the Ground floor Emilie Mary Building

Term Time Hours:

8:00am - 4:00pm (Mon-Thu)

8:00am - 2:45pm (Fri)

We are also regularly posting information on the college intranet - Moodle, and on the college bulletin, which is emailed to students.

There are 'parent guides' available on the Connect Portal e.g. A Parent's guide to University; a Parent's guide to post-18 options which we hope you will find helpful.

Resources & Services:

  • The college works closely with staff from Positive Steps
  • We have a well stocked colour coded careers library
  • Prospectuses for the majority of universities in the UK
  • Computer software programmes
  • Careers Moodle pages
  • Guest speakers
  • Careers Evening for students and parents
  • Progression Day
  • Support and guidance at key times. e.g. Open Evenings, at enrolment and during results periods, UCAS application etc.
  • Work experience
  • Guidance interviews
  • Mock interviews
  • Assistance with CVs and Personal Statements
  • Bespoke career lessons via the Tutorial Programme
  • Apprenticeship information
  • University applications.

Holy Cross College

Manchester Road



Holy Cross is a Catholic sixth form college and University centre; it has its roots in 1878, when a group of religious sisters, the Daughters of the Cross, first founded a school on this site. This grew into a larger convent grammar school for girls and became Holy Cross College in 1979.

The College currently has over 2150 16-19 year old students with approximately 1000 in year 13, 1100 in year 12 and 50 on level 2 (progression year). The university centre has around 600 part-time students. The College specialises in A level study and offers over 35 different courses; with applications increasing year on year - confirming the excellent reputation that the college enjoys within the local community. All A levels are now linear at the college and students will complete external assessments at the end of 2 years, not at any midpoint. To check progress students undertake formal internal key assessments at various points throughout their course, these also help inform the UCAS predicted grade.

Student achievement in 2017 showed an overall A level pass rate that exceeded 98% and 48.8% of grades were at A*, A, or B level. More recent curriculum developments have seen the successful introduction of a number of BTEC courses, which allows us to offer each student a tailored study programme dependent upon their GCSE achievement at entrance and their future career aspirations. Very high percentages of students achieve a Distinction*, Distinction or Merit on these vocational study programmes; many of our students will take a mix of A level and BTEC.

Excellent advice and guidance enables students to make secure decisions about their future and the college is in the top 6% for successful university entrance among sixth form colleges nationally and has a University progression rate of well over 75% annually.

The College has a strong undertaking to its mission and is committed to providing a high quality education whilst encouraging each person to develop their skills and increase their self-reliance with the support of strong pastoral care within a community based on gospel values. Enrichment opportunities are extensive and students are encouraged to explore activities that both support their academic studies and provide them with opportunities to meet new challenges.

Our small college campus incorporates the rich heritage of convent buildings with state of the art facilities and resources required for the modern curriculum. The purposeful academic environment, with high expectations, aims to prepare our students for the next step in life, whether this be HE, apprenticeships or employment.

It is a welcoming institution with a unique atmosphere and ethos. The most recent OFSTED inspection report (January 2017) specifically referred to the culture of respect and tolerance in which students from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds and students felt safe; embracing the values and ethos of the college’s founders.

Curriculum offer 2017-18

A level Accounting

A level Ancient History

BTEC Applied Science Extended Certificate (single)

BTEC Applied Science Extended Diploma (triple)

A level Art & Design

A level Art & Design - Graphics

A level Art & Design - Textiles

A level Art & Design - Photography

A level Biology

A level Business

L3 BTEC Business

A level Chemistry

A level Computer Science

AS level Critical Thinking

A level Dance

A level Economics

A level English Language & Literature combined

A level English Language

A level English Literature

A level Film Studies

A level French

A level Geography

A level Geology

A level German

L3 BTEC Health

A level History

L3 BTEC Information Technology

A level Law

L3 BTEC Applied Law

A level Mathematics

A level Further Mathematics

A level Media Studies

A level Music

L3 BTEC Music Technology

A level Physical Education

A level Physics

A level Politics

A level Psychology

A level Sociology

A level Spanish

A level Theatre & Drama

A level Theology, Philosophy & Ethics (Religious Studies)

AS Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

L2 GCSE Art & Design (Graphics or Photography)

L2 BTEC First Award in Business

L2 BTEC First Award in Applied Science

L2 GCSE English Language – if got grade 3 or less (and improvers)

L2 GCSE Italian

L2 GCSE Mathematics – if got grade 3 or less (and improvers)

L2 GCSE Religious Studies

L2 GCSE Psychology

L2 GCSE Sociology

L2 BTEC First award in Information & Creative Technology


For further information contact

Mrs J McCool and Mrs L Harrington
Careers Leaders

Tel: 0161 762 4531/4536

Link Governor - Careers
Mrs H Stainton