The C&M Network runs a study programme call ACCESS to Higher Education at The Cheadle College which is specifically designed for adults who want to boost their qualifications to help them get to university.


Successfully completing the ACCESS programme leads to a nationally recognised Level 3 diploma.

ACCESS courses can be taken on a one-year or two-year basis (term time only), with lectures running in the day, in the evening and on Saturdays.

Current Access Courses
There are three Access pathways. The pathway usually chosen by a student is based on the type of degree or occupational route they are interested in pursuing after completing the ACCESS programme.  To obtain more information on the different pathways, click the links below.


Subjects studied within these pathways include:

  • Science
  • Health Studies
  • Study Skills                          
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • ICT


If you are not sure which subjects best match your preferred career or area of academic interest we have advisors who can help you. Please contact us for more information.

Your Commitment & Costs
Actual time spent in college for many ACCESS courses is approximately 4 to 8 hours per week but students also need to find time outside of the classroom to undertake self-guided study and complete regular coursework.

However we find many ACCESS students organise their own peer study groups which meet off campus. These can help bring both mutual support and a social dimension to your studies which many learners greatly value.

The cost of undertaking an ACCESS course varies depending on the type of course and duration.

However there are a range of bursaries and loans available – some of which you may qualify for depending on your income, age or personal circumstances.

If you have any enquires regarding the ACCESS programme, fees or other adult opportunities, please contact us on 0161 486 4602 (Cheadle)  or 0161 484 6602 (Marple)  or email

Please note ACCESS is not currently available at Marple Sixth Form College