Higher Education

Stay local, aim high with Macclesfield College!


Why study at Macclesfield College?

Choosing to study with us here at Macclesfield College is the best decision you could make. We offer a range of nationally recognised higher (Degree-level) courses and qualifications across a variety of subject areas. Take a look and discover which qualification is the right one for you!

Access to Higher Education

If you want to study a degree-level course at university or College but don’t have the qualifications to get you there, then an Access to Higher Education programme is for you. Designed to help you build your skills and confidence, these 1 year courses are delivered over 3 days per week and on successful completion can lead to a wide range of degree level courses.

Higher Nationals (HNC/HND)

BTEC Higher National Certificates (HNC) and Higher National Diplomas (HND) provide specialist vocational training, combining both practical and theoretical elements sought by employers. These qualifications are ideal if you want to balance studying with working and are looking to enhance your career. Plus, when you have successfully completed your course, you can ‘top up’ to a full honours degree at university. They are normally delivered 1 to 2 days per week.

How do I apply?

*Subject to you meeting entry requirements. Visit our website www.macclesfield.ac.uk for more details. Alternatively, call us now on 01625 410000 and discuss loans.


You can apply immediately to enrol on a higher education course. To do so, you are welcome to come and visit and take a look around our Park Lane campus, or call us on 01625 410000.

Alternatively, you can visit our courses page and apply for the course online. Once you submit your application, it will be processed as soon as possible and you will be contacted to confirm eligibility and arrange an interview.

You don’t need to go through UCAS. Just apply to us direct.

Drop in and see us!

Additionally, you are invited to attend one of our College Open days that are taking place in 2019 or you can try one of our drop-in sessions. Through these drop-in sessions, we will endeavour to answer your questions or queries, in short-fire 10-minute sessions, which will be taking place at the College campus from January 2019, Monday to Friday 11am to 1pm, and Wednesday twilight sessions happening between 4pm and 7pm.

Our Higher Education Courses

  • Applied Chemistry
  • Applied Biology
  • Business
  • Computing
  • Construction
  • Creative Media Production
  • Education and Training
  • General Engineering
  • Healthcare Practice
  • Policing
  • Science
  • Sport