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DISC (Digital Independent Specialist College)

The Digital Independent Specialist College (DISC) is based in central Manchester and offers a Digital Supported Internship for 16-24 year olds with an Education Health & Care Plan (EHCP).  No formal academic qualifications are required to apply.

DISC supports young people with a flair for digital and creative technology to prepare for adulthood and employment in the digital economy by developing and enhancing skills in graphic design, photography, website building, branding and marketing, film making, blogs etc.  Maths and English tutoring is also offered if the intern has not already obtained a foundation level or GCSE in the subject.  Classroom sizes are small and the staff are skilled professionals who also provide excellent  pastoral care and mentoring.  A Job Coach is also available to assist the intern into either work, self-employment or further study.  Course length is from September to June.

Age Range(s)

  • 16 - 24

Who to contact

Contact Name
Ezra Rushen
Contact Position
Head of Studio
Digital Independent Specialist College

Where to go

Holyoake House
Hanover Street
M4 4AH

We are based in central Manchester, right next to Shudehill interchange and Victoria Station.  Independent travel training can be provided if required and initially a member of staff can meet a student at their stop and escort them to the college until they are confident to do it themselves.

Our building is fully accessible for wheelchair users.

Our college is deliberately kept small so that any student with autism/ADHD will not become overwhelmed by too much noise or people.  We will have a maximum of 17 interns.

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Monday to Friday 9:30am - 4:00pm
Time of day
Session Information
September 2023 - June 2024


Referral required
Referral Details

We are currently interviewing now for our Digital Internship for September 23 - June 24 intake.  If you would like to come and look round the college please email to arrange an appointment


Other Details

Other notes

We accept applications from all over the Greater Manchester area.  Young people with autism/ADHD or other neurological conditions (with an EHCP) are welcome to apply.  


Funding will be paid via your Local Authoristy and ESFA.