Why choose us

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Why choose us

Multiple Award Winning College in Cheshire

Are you ready to start your next Chapter?

Whether you’re a school leaver ready to take the next step, an adult who wants to advance their career or learn something new, or you’re a business owner looking to upskill your staff – you can find it all here at Macclesfield College!

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Why study at Macclesfield College

We are experts in technical education and offer a wide variety of courses to suit you. You can study a range of levels, right up to a degree. All our teachers are industry experts and have spent many years in the sector.

We have an employer network of around 400 leading national and local businesses. We can connect you when you’re ready for the world of work.

At every opportunity we give you the chance to enrich your learning with work experience, site visits, expert talks – all designed to prepare you for the world of work.

The right qualification for you!

Whatever you want to achieve in your career, we can support you.

Vocational qualifications

Designed for those who like a hands-on, practical approach to learning, these courses provide you with the skills and knowledge to progress into a particular industry or occupation. Your vocational course will form part of your larger study programme at the College which will include work experience, tutorial support and English and maths, if necessary. Vocational courses are designed to give you transferable skills, which allow you to progress into a wide range of industries, further study in Higher Education, or a higher apprenticeship.

English & Maths

GCSE English and maths are essential requirements for both
employment and Higher Education. Regardless of your achievement you will work to extend and optimise these core skills. If you hold a grade 4 or higher in either of these subjects, there will be opportunities to extend your numeracy and literacy skills in context. If you don’t have a grade 4 in GCSE English or maths, then you will be enrolled onto either GCSE or Functional Skills qualification to help you improve in these areas. We have an excellent English and maths department that will support you through your course.

Levels & entry requirements

We offer a wide variety of courses and levels, starting at the right level means that you can boost your skills and achieve your goals.

I have limited or no existing qualifications

Entry Level Courses

This course will allow you to develop the skills and confidence to progress to a wide range of further courses.

I have 2 GCSE’s at grade 2 or above

Level 1 Course

This type of course provides you with the underpinning skills and knowledge for working within a particular industry or occupation.

I have 4 GCSE’s at grade 3 or above or BTEC

Level 2 Course

On this course you build on the skills and knowledge you have gained at Level 1. Once completed, you can achieve a Level 2 level qualification.

I have 4 GCSE’s at grade 4 or a BTEC level 2 diploma

Level 3 Course

This course enables you to develop a more in-depth knowledge of your chosen subject. On successful completion you will gain a qualification equivalent
to 3 A Levels.

I have Successfully Completed a level 3 programme

Higher Education

A number of students progress internally onto Macclesfield Colleges' own HNC and HND courses.

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