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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...

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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.
Adam Shiel
Commis Prep Chef, The Bull and Bear
Adam looks back very fondly on his training at the college’s Riverside Restaurant. This experience led him to securing his role at one of the most reputable establishments in Greater Manchester.
Adam Turner
Physical Education Tutor at Middleton Technology School
After hearing about the unparalleled success of Hopwood Hall College’s Football Academy and seeing the class-leading facilities, Adam decided to study Sport as the first step to becoming a football coach.
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 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 Bainbridge
Electrical Installation Lecturer at Hopwood Hall College
Andrew started working at the College as an instructor with aspirations of becoming an Electrical Installation lecturer. Alongside his work, Andrew studied the College’s HNC Electrical & Electronic Engineering. After successfully graduating, he earned a promotion to lecturer.
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.
Andrew Joyce
Apprentice Software Engineer, MBDA
​Andrew was just 13 when he realised he wanted to be a software engineer. After researching the college and its facilities he was primed to start his journey into the industry. ​
Andy Schofield
Director Latitude Marketing & Longitude Art Gallery
During his studies, Andy points to the College encouraging him to explore his artistic talents as something that stayed with him. Even when he had no lessons, tutors gave him the freedom to make whatever he wanted in the Sculpture department.
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.
Brooke Heatley
Health Care Assistant at the NHS
Having already studied a placement in Health & Social Care, Brooke wanted to further her development by studying an apprenticeship.
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.
Callum Rigg
Content Creator on YouTube
​Callum has managed to master the world’s most popular video sharing site – in the process earning legions of followers who are gripped by his content and eager to see his next move. All in all, he's got more than 100,000 subscribers!
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 Cooper
Studying Theatre in Performance at the Arden School of Theatre
Chloe Eccles
Studying Primary Education with QTS at Edge Hill University
Chloe loved many things about her time studying Early Years at Hopwood.
Chloe Salter
Student Police Officer, Greater Manchester Police
Chloe joined the force for good right out of college. She’s now achieved her dream job and is looking forward to a life-long career in the police.
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.
Courtney Coverley
Talent Attraction and Attention Apprentice with Greater Manchester Fire Service
Courtney began studying her UPS course in 2014, with the aim of one day joining the Fire Service. After leaving the college with a Level 3 Diploma in Public services, Courtney studied The Prince's Trust Team Programme. This then gave her the opportunity to carry on her career progression with a Talent Attraction and Attention Apprenticeship with Greater Manchester Fire Service.
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.
Daniel Noble
Firefighter at Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
​It was non-stop action when Daniel first arrived at the college. He’d spend his days doing fun activities like camping, canoeing and hiking – in the process making memories that would last a lifetime.
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.
Dulcie Turner
Studying Engineering at Cambridge University
Dulcie first stepped into the male-dominated world of engineering at Hopwood. She’s now studying at the prestigious Cambridge University and encouraging others to follow in her footsteps.
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.
Ella O’Mahony
Travel Agent Apprentice at Hays Travel
Ella chose to study Travel & Tourism after attending an open event at Hopwood Hall.
Elle Pickles
Nursing Assistant, NHS
Since leaving Hopwood Elle has fallen in love with working for the NHS. As well as her current role, she’s also studying Adult Nursing at the University of Salford.
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.
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.
Ewa Dryglewska
Zookeeper at Exmoor Zoo
​Ewa is a great reminder that your dream job is just around the corner when you study at Hopwood Hall.
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.
Georgina Lloyd
MSc in Animal Behaviour at Manchester Metropolitan University
Studying at Hopwood Hall College gave Georgina the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with a wide variety of animals, rather than just learning about them in a classroom environment.
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.
Hassan Ali
Studying Post-production & VFX at the University of Salford
Hassan joined the College with the dream of working in TV or film industry and settled straight into the life of a Creative Media student, producing some excellent work and making lots of friends.
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.
Janine Lightfoot
Nursery Manager at Red Robin Preschool
Nursery manager Janine wanted to implement positive changes to her nursery and stay ahead in the industry.
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.
Joanne Drysdale
Newly Qualified Teacher at East Crompton St George’s Primary School
​When Joanne joined our University Centre as a mature student, she found herself on the fast-track to her dream career.
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.
Josey Gallagher
Health Care Assistant at the NHS
Josey knew she wanted to work for the NHS, working in one of the UK’s largest organisations whilst making people’s lives better was an attractive prospect.
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.
Latisha Mawdsley
Studying Youth and Community Work at University of Huddersfield
Latisha had the opportunity to thrive during her time at Hopwood. She’s now making use of the opportunities her course brought by undertaking Higher Education at the University of Huddersfield.
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 Crompton
Site Control at RRG Toyota
Lewis joined the Hopwood Hall College after being impressed by the College’s large garage workshop at an open event and seeing some “really cool” demonstrations from the tutors.
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 Humphreys
​Luke realised that he ‘loved’ engineering when he was in school.
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.
Madison Freeman
Studying Theatre and Performance at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)
​Madison joined us from St Cuthbert's RC High School with a dream of becoming a professional actress.
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.
Maleeha Nadeem
Learning Support Assistant at Hopwood Hall College
Maleeha was new to the country when she first saw an advert for an Open Day at Hopwood Hall. She enrolled on an ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) and Hair & Beauty course and her story of success took off from there.
Maria Kouser
Nursery Practitioner at 1st Safari Daycare Nursery
Like many who choose to study at Hopwood Hall, Maria did so because she had heard great things about the fantastic work experience opportunities. She wasn’t disappointed!
Mark Doma
Accounts Administrator, Clarity Business Travel
Mark’s got the world at his feet after attending Hopwood. He quickly found a job in his chosen field and also discovered that his qualification stretches much further than he ever expected.
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
Winger at Warrington Wolves
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 Bottomley
Working in Sydney, Australia
​Matthew’s gone very far since studying at the college – more than 10,000 miles in fact! It was the prospect of this jet-set lifestyle that drove him during his time at Hopwood.
Matthew Burdaky
Electrical Installation Instructor at Hopwood Hall College
Studying alongside mature students made Matthew realise that it’s never to late to retrain and that life has so many opportunities. This realisation helped inspire him to study Education & Training in the hope of one day becoming a lecturer.
Matthew Jackson
Store Manager, Costa Coffee
Matthew was no stranger to the Riverside Restaurant during his time at Hopwood. This setting – coupled with the guidance of his experienced tutors – quickly transformed him into the perfect candidate to enter the crowded job market.
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.
Megan Charlesworth
Staff Nurse, Royal Oldham Hospital A&E
Megan was first attracted to the course because of the wide range of placement opportunities available. Along the way she also found the supportive nature of the college to be one of her favourite perks.
Mia McDougall
Animal Care Assistant, Vets Now
Mia knew that she needed to pursue her dream of working with animals after seeing the facilities at Hopwood Hall. It was a wise decision because it meant she had the great opportunity of caring for rare and wonderful wildlife as she strived towards her goals.
Michaela Corder
Owner of The Bamford Hair Company
​Michaela’s time at the college didn’t just land her a job immediately after finishing her course, but also set her up for a thrilling journey in life – one that’s taken her across the seven seas and then into the role of business owner.
Michelle Yearsley
Volunteer at Imperial War Museum, Salford
​Michelle questioned whether it was the right call to enrol to study Access.
Morgan Fay
Job-Colourist and Design Coordinator at Edinburgh Weavers
Job-Colourist and Design Coordinator at Edinburgh Weavers
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
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.
Oliver Lewis
Working at Michelin-rated restaurant group
Oliver’s flair for food was nurtured during his time training at Hopwood Hall College. He credits the apprenticeship with making him the type of chef who is able to thrive in a Michelin-style environment.
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
Rebecca Marson
Studying degree in Early Years Development and Learning at Norland College
​Rebecca’s advice for anyone starting a course at Hopwood Hall if this: “The possibilities are endless!”
Rebecca Smith
Health Care Assistant at the NHS
Rebecca already studied a Health & Social Care course at Hopwood Hall College and chose to study an apprenticeship to further progress her career.
Rida Sarmad
Health Care Assistant at the NHS
Rida wanted to work in the NHS as she knew it as a reliable organisation where she could develop her career and help other people with her work. An apprenticeship suited her needs as it gave her the opportunity to learn more from experience than textbooks and try different departments to settle on what exactly she wanted to do within the NHS.
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.
Rossi Newton
Machine Apprentice at Ken Mills Engineering
Rossi always gave 100% during his time at Hopwood Hall – and he’s even got the award to prove it! During the last weeks of his time studying Engineering, he won the inaugural William Cooke Memorial Award in 2021. It was a testament to his hard work, determination and ability to shine so brightly!
Saffron Stead
Student Police Officer, Greater Manchester Police
Saffron had dreamed of being in the police since she was a child. She’s now on track to achieving her goal after finding herself well suited to the college environment.
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 Godding
Beauty Lecturer at Hopwood Hall College
Sarah originally attended Hopwood Hall College as a student and describes her experience as positive and inspiring and the reason for why she eventually became a lecturer herself.
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
​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
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.
Siobhan Heaton
Human Resources at Crown Plaza & Holiday in Express Arena
After excelling in her studies, Siobhan studied a BA (hons) in Resort Management at Leeds Beckett University and travelled Europe as a holiday rep. After university she taight English in Vietnam before returning to the UK to work in a dual role at Manchester’s Crown Plaza Hotel.
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.
Timothy Herbert
Training General Technician, RAF
Timothy weighed up all the local colleges before deciding that he couldn’t see himself anywhere other than Hopwood. It was a decision that paid off as he soon found himself in an environment where his talents could thrive.
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.
Vanessa Beesley
Owner of Marley’s Makeovers
​Vanessa knew she wanted to work with animals, but it wasn’t until the college provided a work placement in dog grooming that she decided on the exact career to go into.
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.