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Higher Education

You don’t have to travel far to study for a Higher Education qualification.  If you’re 18 or over, you can boost your career prospects and experience university level study on one of Macclesfield College’s full-time or part-time Higher Education courses.

The College has a dedicated Higher Education Centre as well as industry-standard training facilities for creative subjects and ECAT, one of the best aerospace training centres in the UK.

Our HE lecturers have excellent links with local universities and employers, and Macclesfield College is part of the Cheshire HE Consortium as well as being an Associate College of Manchester Metropolitan University (For more information see Macclesfield College also works alongside the University of Chester as part of the Cheshire and Warrington Lifelong Learning Network (LLN).

Foundation Degrees

Macclesfield College offer a range of exciting university level Foundation Degrees, equivalent to the first two years of an Honours Degree, which mix academic study with work-based learning relevant to your chosen career. A Foundation Degree will enhance your performance in the workplace and give you excellent employment prospectus. It will act as a stepping stone to further study, allowing you to access professional qualifications, or ‘top up’ to a full Honours Degree, whether that’s by joining a BSc (Hons) programme at Macclesfield College or the third year of a relevant degree programme.

MMU logoAll of Macclesfield College's Foundation Degrees are validated by Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and as an Associate College of MMU, you can benefit from university education right here in Macclesfield.


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Professional Qualifications

Part-time professional courses allow you to gain career relevant qualifications, approved by professional bodies, whilst working full-time or maintaining family commitments. Areas include:

Access to Higher Education Diploma

An Access to HE Diploma will help you get onto a Foundation Degree programme or into university even if it has been a while since you were in education or you don't have traditional qualifications. They will develop your knowledge, build your confidence, improve your learning techniques and develop your communication, numerical and IT skills.

You will have an individual study plan tailored to your needs, which can include: Applied Science, Business Studies, English Language, English Literature, History, IT, Maths, Psychology, Sciences,Sociology and Study Skills.

Financial Help

Full-time Foundation Degree students can apply for Government tuition fee loans, grants and living loans, and part-time students can apply for tuition fee loans. For more information see our Student Services & Support section on our main website ( or contact Student Services on 01625 410018.

Want to know more?

For the latest information please contact:

Phone: 01625 410002 (8.40am - 9pm Mon/Tue/Wed/Thur, 8.40am - 4pm Fri)
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Call in: Macclesfield College, Park Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 8LF