Education & Courses available
The Manchester College
The education provision at HMP Birmingham consisting of 46,550 hours a year is managed by The Manchester College.
The main education provision is delivered in the West and East site Education Departments, however, there is also a large outreach provision including the vulnerable wing and Day Care Centre. Education can be undertaken on a full or part-time basis offering a wide range of courses, with all programmes leading to national qualifications. Programmes are offered in the following curriculum areas:
- Skills for Life – literacy, numeracy and ESOL
- Social and Life Skills
- Information & Communications Technology
- Visual and Performing Arts (including media)
- Distance learning/Open University
- Vocational training in Radio Production
- Forklift Truck
- NVQ Barbering
- Performing and Manufacturing Operatives
- Learn Direct offer Literacy Level 1/2 and Numeracy Entry Level 3 and Level 1/2
The College also conducts the delivery of basic skills assessments on the 2nd stage induction and outreach areas.
The Virtual Campus provides support on the 7 Pathways and is an excellent facility for the resettlement of offenders. There is also a Learn direct provision which provides courses particularly aimed at short-term offenders.
Manchester College also provide vocational training in the following areas:-
Level 1 Diploma in Brickwork
Level 2 Diploma in Brickwork
Level 1 Diploma in Painting and Decorating
City and Guilds 6218 Basic introduction to Plumbing
City and Guilds 6218 Introduction to Construction Multi Skills, Brickwork, Painting & Decorating and Carpentry & Joinery
Level 1 Diploma in Carpentry & Joinery
Level 2 Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery
Level 2 Diploma in Fitted Interiors
Level 1 courses are 10 weeks long
Level 2 courses are 16 weeks long
City & Guilds 6218 courses are roll on/off courses and take an average of 5 weeks to complete.
They are based in three workshops that have been adapted to enable the delivery of these courses. Prisoners are signposted to additional construction opportunities on release. Workshop three courses are delivered by Prison Officers, workshop 1 & 4 are managed by South Birmingham college tutors.