Bury College students have been participating in the Greater Manchester Colleges Skills Competition and have been rewarded for their hard work by finishing in the top two in several areas.

The competition involves students from Colleges throughout Greater Manchester competing against one another across a variety of technical skills competitions.

As part of the series of events, Bury College hosted the Creative Media and Computing sections of the competition with many other students travelling to Colleges throughout Greater Manchester to compete in other subject areas. Check out some of the highlights in the video below.

Our students took home gold in a number of competitions including Fashion and Design, Painting and Decorating, Computing Hackathon, Entry Hair and several Performing Arts areas including Musical Theatre, Music and Dance. You can see a full list detailing all the successes at the bottom of this page.

Jayden Jones was one of the students that took part. The A Level Computer Science student really enjoyed the competition. The former Philips High School pupil said: “It was a fantastic experience. The challenge we had was fun and a good way to put my knowledge from lessons into practice.”

Andy Tomlinson, Head of School of Performance at Bury College, added: “The incredible atmosphere in the competitions this year is a testament to their value and the unforgettable opportunity they offer our learners to engage, develop, and increase their skills and talent. All our students have done themselves proud, and I'm already looking forward to next year’s competition.”

The GMColleges Skills Competition aims to raise the profile of technical skills in Greater Manchester and offers students, trainees and apprentices a chance to challenge, benchmark and raise their skills by taking part in competitions across a range of sectors. Click here for more information. 

Full list of winners across different departments

Overall Runners-Up - Fashion and Design


Winners - Painting and Decorating Level 1

3rd place - Painting and Decorating Level 2

2nd place - Brickwork Level 2

Winners - Hackathon (Computing)

3rd place - Games/Graphic Design

Winners - Maths

2nd place - CAD (Computer Aided Design)

2nd place - Physics

2nd place - Level 1 Business

2nd place - Level 2 Business

2nd place - Level 3 Business

Winners - Entry Hair

2nd place - Level 2 Hair

Winners  - Level 2 Nails

2nd place – Level 1 Health and Social Care and Childcare

2nd place – Level 3 Childcare


Winners - Level 2 Musical Theatre

Winners - Level 2 Music

Winners - Level 2 Dance

Winners - Level 3 Music