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Alumni

We ensure that our students earn more than qualifications during their time with us because there's more to life than that. It's about your passions and dreams, and when this is combined with the right course and great tutors, amazing things can happen. While qualifications are incredibly important, so are the skills needed to get a job and achieve your potential. We help you achieve that and so many of our former students have gone on to do great things. See for yourself...

If you know of any former students who have gone onto success, email hello@hopwood.ac.uk or contact our social media pages to let us know!

Aaron Diskin
Runner for BBC Sport at Media City
Aaron originally had aspirations to become a Radio DJ, so he enrolled at Hopwood Hall College after seeing the industry-standard media facilities on offer when compared to other colleges.
Alisia Wilson
Special Constable at the Cheshire Constabulary and studied a Degree in Criminology at the University of Salford.
As a driven individual who wanted the best for herself, Alisia researched colleges in Greater Manchester that could help her achieve her career goals. She found the Uniformed Public Services (UPS) course at Hopwood Hall College consistently produced strong success rates and had the best facilities and campus available.
Amber Kershaw
Foundation Degree in Theatrical & Media Make-up
Amber’s first taste of Hopwood Hall College came after she attended an open evening at the Riverside Salon. After being impressed with students’ work on show and the tutors she met, Amber decided to train for a career in Media Make-Up with Hopwood Hall.
Amelia Woodhouse
Cabin Crew at JET2.com & JET2 Holidays
“For me, college was a big highlight in my life. I loved every single bit of it and I’d go back tomorrow if I could."
Andrew Joyce
Degree Level Software Engineer Apprenticeship at MBDA
After joining us from Co-op Academy Manchester, Andrew studied a Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT at Hopwood Hall College and now studies a Degree Level Software Engineer Apprenticeship at arms manufacturer MBDA. After he completes his apprenticeship with Manchester Metropolitan University, he will programme code for missiles and guidance systems.
Angelica Gonzalez
Deputy Nursery Manager at Bright Horizons
Angelica credits her two years at Hopwood Hall College with developing her knowledge and confidence considerably. Whilst studying, she also held a full time job as well as being a mum to three children.
Antwi Agyemang
Mechanical Engineering Technician and Support Staff
Antwi completed the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Mechanical Engineering in 2014. Since finishing his qualification, he has secured employment as an Engineering Assistant with Hopwood Hall College.
Ben Forster
Studying Performance Analysis & Coaching at Salford University
Ben was drawn to the College because of the excellent reputation the Rugby Academy had earned from years of success and the quality of the sports facilities, which surpassed what Ben had seen at other colleges’ Open Days.
Ben Jackson
Office Manager Apprentice for Laing O’Rourke at Manchester Airport
Not certain on what he wanted to do after leaving school, Ben decided to follow his passion and enrolled on a Sports course at Hopwood Hall College to see if he might find a career in that sector.
Bradley Hulme
Studying Sport Business Management at Leeds Beckett University
One of the first things that made Bradley want to join Hopwood Hall College was the staff’s friendly and welcoming nature. This positive mindset was something Bradley credits with being one of the best life lessons he gained during his studies.
Brian Mottershead
PE Teacher and Head of Year at Our Lady’s RC High School
Following a keen interest in sports and learning from his school days, Brian is now a PE Teacher and the Head of Year at his former school.
Caitlin Bell
Studying Sports Coaching at the University of Salford
Caitlin already had aims of becoming a PE teacher, so joining Hopwood Hall College was purely about picking the college with the best facilities and course to help her achieve her goals.
Cary-Lee Walker
Games Art at University Campus Oldham
Cary-Lee achieved Distinctions in her Level 2 and 3 Games courses, as well as in her HND in Games Development. Cary-Lee worked tirelessly to get as much out of her time at Hopwood Hall College as possible and it showed in the number of awards she won during her time studying.
Charlotte Buckley
Learning Support Assistant at Hopwood Hall College
Charlotte was born with the genetic condition Phenylketonuria (PKU); from the age of six she received additional educational support. Charlotte knew she wanted to work in a profession where she could support people in the same manner as many had previously helped her.
Chloe Williams
Assistant Manager at The Midland Hotel Spa
After hearing about the Riverside Salon facilities and their relationship with potential future employers, Chloe enrolled on a Level 1 Hair and Beauty course still not 100 percent sure what career she wanted to enter.
Chris Marriott
Studying Sports Rehabilitation at the University of Salford
Upon leaving school, Chris already knew he had a passion for studying human anatomy and sport. After meeting staff and seeing the facilities available at an Open Day, Chris enrolled straight onto a Level 3 Sports Science course at Hopwood Hall College.
Clint Boon
Presenter/DJ and Keyboard Player for Inspiral Carpets
​Clint studied Fine Art at Hopwood Hall to find something different from the unimaginative career choices offered by school careers advisers.
Connah Mather
Royal Military Police
From a young age, Connah knew that he wanted a career working in the armed forces and after researching local college options, he found that Hopwood Hall College was consistently ranked top in Greater Manchester for UPS courses.
Connor Ogden
Engineer at Hyde Details
Connor initially studied a Level 2 Mechanical Engineering course at Hopwood Hall College and then went onto employment with engineering company, Hyde Details, designing and creating Aircraft parts. He returned to complete a Level 3 Diploma in Mechanical Engineering to help him progress within the company.
Craig Dawson
Premier League Footballer
Craig Dawson studied Sport at Hopwood Hall College and has since gone on to become a Premier League Footballer, playing for Rochdale, Bolton, West Brom and Watford.
Danielle Wrigley
National Artist at The BrowGal (part of the Glorious Brands Group)
Danielle initially studied A Levels after following her friends and doing “the done thing”. However, after completing her A-Levels, Danielle saw another Media Make-Up students’ work on Facebook and decided it looked to be an interesting career path.
Daryl Cooper
HW3 Mortar with the Royal Marines Reserves at Manchester
Daryl Cooper joined Hopwood Hall College with the aim of building a career in the armed forces. After completing a National Diploma in Uniform Public Services, he began a career in the military and has progressed ever since.
Declan Fogarty
Studying Computer Games Development at Manchester Metropolitan University
Declan chose to join Hopwood Hall after doing his research and deciding it had the best course offer when compared to other colleges.
Dione Whalley
Studying Medical Science at the University of Chester
Dione visited an Open Day with the aim of studying at university and becoming a Doctor. She decided that studying a vocational course over A-Levels would be better due to the more practical and experience-led learning offered.
Elisha Cartwright
NHS Health Care Assistant
Elisha started her apprenticeship with the NHS after studying Health and Social Care and realising that she wanted to work in the industry as a professional.
Ella Danleme
Massage Therapist at Steiner (Cruise ship spas)
Ella was at first interested in a career in media, similar to her friends’ ambitions. After she realised it wasn’t an industry that suited her, Ella followed her interest in performing massage and beauty treatments and enrolled on a Level 2 Beauty Therapy course.
Ellie Hughes
Carpentry Apprentice at Rochdale Boroughwide Housing
Ellie initially studied Carpentry at another college, but wasn’t satisfied with the overall learning experience. After a taster session at Hopwood Hall College’s Technology Centre, Ellie met with tutors and saw the facilities; leading to her making the switch to Hopwood Hall College.
Ely Garcia
Maths Lecturer at Hopwood Hall College
After receiving positive feedback on Hopwood Hall College from her peers, Ely joined the College’s Education & Training course to progress her career further from teaching Community Learners.
Emily Berry
Studying Fashion Communication at Northumbria University
After leaving school, Emily had intended to study A-Levels. However, after meeting tutors at a Hopwood Hall College Open Day, Emily was given a new perspective on the world of media and enrolled at the College.
Emma Walters
Pastry Chef at Nutters Restaurant
After Emma’s sister had already studied at Hopwood Hall College and had a good experience, Emma researched the College’s catering courses and saw that it had some of the best ratings among similar colleges.
Georgia Jones
Finance Assistant at Hopwood Hall College
Georgia initially joined the College on an Accounting course, but she was eager to enter the working world so quickly progressed to a Level 3 Finance Apprenticeship at Hopwood Hall College. Having performed well on her apprenticeship, Georgia was promoted to a permanent position within the College’s Finance team.
Hannah Clegg
Hannah joined the College after studying AS-Levels first. Whilst she enjoyed sixth form, she decided it wasn’t the route for her.
Hannah Cotterill
Prevention and Business Support Assistant at Rochdale Council
Hannah started her Business Administration Apprenticeship having previously tried a career in Dental Nursing. Once she realised Dental Nursing wasn’t the right career for her, she instead picked up an apprenticeship to broaden her skillset for a wider range of career opportunities.
Heather Wightman
Studying Architecture at the University of Huddersfield
After attending a number of Open Days, Heather chose Hopwood Hall College after tutors instilled confidence in the Mechanical Engineering courses and the quality of the facilities.
Iliass Bensouna
Studying Mechanical Engineering at Manchester Metropolitan University
Having a passion for Engineering from a young age, Iliass visited a Hopwood Hall College Open Day after being advised to by his friends. After meeting the tutors and seeing the engineering facilities (and the free gym membership), he decided he liked what he saw and joined the Technology Centre.
Imran Arain
PE Teacher at St Anne’s Academy
Imran first became interested in joining the College when he was looking for an avenue to pursue his passion in football. The success of the college football academy, combined with taster training sessions he took whilst still at school, sealed his decision to join the academy.
Jack Morrison
KPMG360 apprentice (chartered accountant)
Jack spent two years at Hopwood Hall College whilst he studied Level 3 Business, eventually joining the prestigious KPMG360 apprenticeship programme to become a chartered accountant.
Jack Thomas
Studying Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University
On leaving high school, Jack wasn’t certain on what pathway he wanted to take. However, after attending a Hopwood Hall College Open Day Jack met with College tutors and was inspired to join the Business Enterprise Academy.
Jasper Kiragga
Royal Marines Commando
Jasper chose to study at Hopwood Hall College after friends spoke highly of their course experiences. He enrolled on a Level 1 Sports course and progressed onto Level 2 then 3 Sports courses, before realising his passion for fitness and gaining a Level 3 Advanced Fitness Academy qualification.
Jessica Hope
Animal Care Assitant at Precious Paws
Jessica knew she wanted to pursue her passion for animals and applied to join Hopwood Hall College after hearing about the College’s outstanding reputation for animal-based studies.
Joe Molden
Coaching & Sports Analysis at the University of Salford
During his studies, Joe became a big personality in the Rugby Academy squad. The memories of friendship and bonding in the academy make up some of his best memories, along with the Sports trip to the Monte Gordo training camp in Portugal.
Judith McGrath
Studying Psychology at the University of Manchester whilst working as a Primary School Teacher
Having worked in mental health roles previously, she already had an insight into the sector but the types of job roles that interested Judith required Higher Education qualifications.
Katie Fitzgerald
Studying Special Makeup Effects for TV & Film at The University of Bolton
Katie initially studied at Rochdale Sixth Form College, but decided to switch to Hopwood Hall College for a more careers-focused path to university.
Katie Lennon
Winner of Secret 7” show
Katie studied Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design in 2012/13 and went on to study Illustration at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN).
Kieran Cullinan
CEO of Vortex Entertainment
Kieran’s time at Hopwood Hall College was a unique one, as alongside his studies he developed his own company – Vortex Entertainment.
Kieran Ryan
Studying a HNC Film & Television at Hopwood Hall College
Kieran always had a passion for TV. After visiting Hopwood Hall College’s media department whilst at school, Kieran realised they had all the assets he needed to help him progress and he soon enrolled on a Level 2 course.
Kirsty Brown
Studying Medical Science at the University of Chester
Kirsty originally joined Hopwood Hall College to study GCSE Biology, but was drawn by the Applied Science course’s more in depth and industry specific knowledge.
Lacey-Lee Stringer
Royal Logistics Driver
Lacey joined our Level 2 UPS course as she wanted to know more about the armed services before committing to a career. After seeing the College provides a strong emphasis on military careers, she chose Hopwood Hall as the destination to start her career journey.
Larni Marshall
Beauty Therapist at Steiner Cruises
Larni first visited Hopwood Hall College on an Open Day and was convinced to join the College after seeing the state-of-the-art salon facilities.
Lenai Marshall
Finance Administrator at BLM
After initially studying A-Levels, Lenai soon realised that she would benefit more from learning in the workplace than she would in the classroom.
Leonni Tighe
Three time ‘Girls UK National Motocross’ Champion
Growing up with a dad who competed in motocross at amateur level, Leonni had always loved the sport and has been riding since the age of 5.
Lewis Henderson
Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sports Science
Lewis had already heard about the success of Hopwood Hall College’s Football Academy during his time playing football for local youth teams. After visiting the College, Lewis was impressed by the academy facilities available and followed up his passion for sport by enrolling on a Level 3 Sports course.
Lucy Atherton
Owner of The Beauty Establishment
Throughout her studies, Lucy knew she wanted to open her own salon and the College gave her the skills and confidence to take the next step and specialise in certain areas of beauty.
Lucy Perrin
Sports Rehabilitation at the University of Bolton
With the aim of one day going to university and completing a masters, Lucy joined Hopwood Hall College after talking to tutors on an Open Day about how the courses would take her on that path.
Luke Webster
HR Assistant at Hopwood Hall College
Luke previously worked in other roles but felt they were not heading in the direction he wanted. After speaking with a careers advisor, he identified Human Resources (HR) as an industry that interested him and one he could access through an apprenticeship.
Magda Paszkiewicz
ESOL Lecturer at Oldham College
Initially, Magda came to the College to look for a course for her brother, but decided to join too after seeing the campus and speaking to staff. Magda quickly became one of ESOL’s best students, quickly progressing onto a Level 3 & 4 Education and Training course where she was the only student with English as a second language.
Mark Hilton
News Technician
​Mark Hilton enrolled on the BTEC Media course at Hopwood Hall College in 2002 having underachieved at school and worked in a series of uninspiring jobs to find a new challenge.
Mark Knowles
Coach for City Football Schools at the Chinese Ministry of Education
Mark joined Hopwood Hall College after he was let go from the Rochdale AFC Academy as a teenager. Wanting to make sure he had educational qualifications to fall back on should his dream of being a footballer not come to fruition, Mark enrolled on a BTEC National Diploma in Sport.
Mark McManus
Games Designer/Tester – Supermassive Games
Mark first experienced the College during a taster day, he found the tutors very welcoming and the course was perfect for his interests in Games Design.
Matthew Ashton
Utility Back at Swinton Lions
Wanting to pursue his passion for sport, Matthew chose to study at Hopwood Hall College after his school recommended the famously successful rugby programme and its facilities.
Matthew Powell
Performance Analysis & Coaching at the University of Salford
Matthew knew he only wanted to study sport and the College’s facilities along with coursework and practical based courses suited him perfectly.
Matthew Royster
Strength and Conditioning Coach at Forever Strong Fitness and Performance
Matthew knew from a young age that he wanted to work in the fitness industry so that he could financially benefit from being active and at the same time help people to improve their lives. He consistently performed well in theory and practical sessions and is now working in the industry he always wanted.
Nathan Phelan
Studying School Sports & PE at Edge Hill University
Being able to study just one specialist subject as his course was something Nathan really valued over the A-Level route and knew it would help him achieve his aim of becoming a PE Teacher.
Nicola Adams
Boxer
Nicola studied a BTEC National Diploma in Sport in 2007-2008 at Hopwood before going on to win a Boxing Gold Medal at the London Olympics in 2012 and again in Rio 2016.
Oliver Elia
Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor with Steiner Cruises
After completing his Fitness Academy qualifications, Oliver gained employment with Luxury Cruise Company Steiner.
Oliver Lee
Studying Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching at Hopwood Hall College
After being drawn in by the success of the Hopwood Hall College Football Academy, Oliver joined the College’s second team and began studying a Level 3 Sports course with the aim of studying at a higher education level thereafter.
Paul Isles
Studying Chemistry at Manchester Metropolitan University
Paul chose to study at Hopwood Hall College after his first visit, where the tutors and facilities made him feel like the course was perfect for him. Whilst studying Applied Science, Paul learned high level laboratory skills to fulfil his ambitions of working in drug research. But he also points out the friends he made as a large part of how the course benefitted him.
Peter Baker
Studying Radiography at Salford University
A great example of how it’s never too late to start studying, Peter completed an Access to Higher Education course with Hopwood Hall College to enable him to study Radiology at Salford University.
Pippa Ellis
Ionithermie Therapist at Steiner Spa Cruises
Pippa chose to study at Hopwood Hall College after originally planning to do A-Levels. After learning at an Open Day that vocational courses are also a path to university, she decided the Riverside Salon’s facilities and practical-based learning would be more beneficial for her career goals.
Rachel Qazi
Learning Support Administrator at Back2Work
Rachel moved to Manchester after growing up in Barrow and started an apprenticeship at Hopwood Hall College wanting to retrain for a new career
Rebecca Jeffreys
Painting & Decorating Apprentice at Novus Property Solutions
Rebecca originally studied a Hair and Beauty course after leaving high school, but she soon realised it wasn’t the right career path for her and instead decided to follow in her father’s footsteps into the construction industry. Rebecca enrolled on a Painting and Decorating course at Hopwood Hall College and successfully secured an apprenticeship with property maintenance giants, Novus.
Rebecca Marshall
NHS Health Care Assistant
Rebecca originally joined another college to study for an Animal Care qualification. However, Rebecca didn’t feel this path suited her and instead decided to take up an apprenticeship with the NHS she had seen advertised by Hopwood Hall College’s apprenticeship team
Rizwana Ali
Royal Exchange’s Young Company and John Thaw Trainee scheme 2017
Rizwana joined the college as an aspiring actor in 2014, quickly finding employment at Royal Exchange Theatre after finishing her course.
Robert Green
Chef at Camp Swiss, Switzerland
Having been an avid cook since the age of 13, Robert knew he wanted to pursue his passion and promptly joined the College’s Level 2 Catering course, where he would work in the excellent Riverside Restaurant.
Robert Walker
Personal Fitness Instructor at New Mills Leisure Centre and Specialist Instructor at BMF's Walkfit
After a career in the military, Robert studied at our Fitness Academy and was even awarded the prestigious Emerson Award. He has since joined joined New Mills Leisure Centre and BMF's Walkfit.
Roger Assifuah
QA Tester at Offworld Industries
Roger joined the College with aspirations of working in the gaming industry. He originally studied an Extended Diploma in Games Design, before progressing onto the College’s higher education offer.
Ronan Beckett
Personal Trainer at The Gym Group
Ronan’s story of progressing from a Level 2 course all the way up to Higher Education serves as proof that determination and application are often the most important ingredients for success.
Sania Akhtar
Service Coordinator at Sudlows
Sania originally studied at a sixth form, but applied for an apprenticeship once she left as she valued the real world experience plus a qualification that an apprenticeship offers versus the university offer of just a qualification.
Sarah Wilkinson
Carpentry Apprentice at Rochdale Boroughwide Housing
Sarah joined Hopwood Hall College as a mature student, having previously trained as a chef, owned her own business and worked in business administration roles. After building her own furniture at home, Sarah realised she had a passion for carpentry and enrolled to study at the College’s technology centre.
Sascha Kindred
Swimmer
​Sascha studied Sport because of his love for swimming and desire to achieve his dreams. He is now an incredibly successful athlete, competing around the world at the highest level.
Scarlett Weston
Studying Early Education at Edge Hill University
Scarlett started college as quiet and shy person and did not like to answer questions in large group situations. Two years later she had become quietly confident through attending placements and listening to her tutors’ advice.
Shannon Doyle
Studying Sports Therapy at Leeds Beckett University
Shannon saw the Jill Scott Women’s Academy as a chance to improve herself after playing in goal at Rochdale AFC for three years and was impressed by Hopwood Hall College’s PT rooms, gym, spin studios and free gym.
Shannon Wilson
Strength and Conditioning Coach at Forever Strong Fitness
With the aim of working in the top end of strength and conditioning training, Shannon studied a Level 3 qualification in Fitness Academy and a level 4 qualification in Advanced Personal Training whilst working in a coaching role at Forever Strong Fitness.
Sinhote Co
Artist
Sinhote originally grew up in Guinea-Bissau where as a child he would create crude toy cars out of old tins, developing the skills that would one day see his work in art exhibitions.
Storm Pemberton
Studying Wildlife Conservation and Zoo Biology at Salford University
Storm joined Hopwood Hall College after being impressed by the best facilities available locally, the practical and theory-based structure of the course and the welcoming nature of the tutors.
Stuart Marshall
Chef at Nutters Restaurant
With aspirations of becoming a chef post-studies, Stuart made the most of his lecturers’ lessons and his experience in the College’s Riverside Restaurant and found part time work to further enhance his experience.
Sulia Bode
Studying International Business & Management at Ashton University
Sulia knew she wanted a fresh start away from her local area after school and to work in the world of business, so promptly joined Hopwood Hall College Business Academy.
Summira Khan
Studying Sports Science at the University of Salford
After leaving school, Summira studied AS Levels for a year. However, after experiencing A-Levels she realised a vocational qualification was a better pathway to her desired career.
Taylor Nutall
Studying a Paralegal Degree Apprenticeship with DWF
After being really impressed with the College’s staff’s friendliness and willingness to help at an Open Evening she attended, Taylor made Hopwood Hall College her first choice.
Thomas Lee
Chef at Nutters Restaurant
Prior to applying, Thomas visited other colleges offering catering courses and found that Hopwood Hall College had the best facilities and reviews.
Thomas Summerfield
Studying Sport & Exercise Science at Manchester Metropolitan University
Thomas was interested in Hopwood Hall College after he and his family visited an Open Day and saw the amazing sports facilities. The success of the Football Academy was also a big draw for the young footballer.
Tony Tompos
First Team Physiotherapist at Aberdeen Football Club
After being released by Rochdale AFC at a young age, Tony was attracted by the combination of footballing and educational success the Hopwood Hall College Football Academy could offer.
Vincent Ward
Systems Integrator at Cougar Automation, specialising in Industrial Automation
Vincent Ward completed his HNC and HND in Electronic Engineering with Hopwood Hall College and is currently working in industrial automation with Cougar Automation.
William Slater
Commis Chef at WOOD Manchester
After showing an interest in catering at school, William wanted to carry on his passion as a profession. After visiting the College’s Riverside Restaurant and training facilities, William was suitably impressed and promptly enrolled at the College.