Where can I attend a Manchester open day?

Every year Access Creative College run a series of open days in Manchester. They give school leavers the chance to learn about further education for the arts, computing, games and esports. This article explains what you’d expect to see from them.

Manchester has a proud history in music, art, and culture and continues to attract creatives from all over the world. It’s a thriving and diverse city where free expression is central to its heritage and identity. From ‘Madchester’ of the 90s, to Oasis, Joy Division, Tony Wilson, Alan Turing, Matt Busby, the list goes on.


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With 20 million invested into the city earlier this year, to assist with “supporting the creative and tech centres” (gov.co.uk), there’s no shortage of creative career opportunities.

Our open days in Manchester are a great way to sample and discover more about the Access Creative courses on offer. It’s also a chance to get a sense of the atmosphere and culture, where you can speak to our tutors to see what further education options are available.




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When and where are the next Manchester open days?

Our next open days in Manchester is on Saturday 20th April (11 AM – 2 PM) at both of our Manchester campuses, Games and Media at Hulme Street, all other subjects at Oxford Street.





St James’s Bldg, 65 Oxford St, Manchester, M1 6FQ

(for music students)


24 Hulme St, Manchester, M1 5BW

(for games and media students)


Manchester is often called the creative capital of the North, which isn’t a surprise when you think of the nearly 10,000 creative businesses that have been established here. Our Manchester colleges reflect that vibrant creative streak, with innovative facilities such as our hyper-social study spaces. These are designed for students to network with their coursemates between lessons.

You can check out all our college facilities at the open day. There’s so much to see, such as our games lab, recording studios, production suites, esports super space, event venue and green screen studio, IMAC suites, production suites and our historic New Century music venue. There’s more than enough to discover when attending our Manchester open days.


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What type of courses will be there?

A range of level 2, 3 and 4 courses are present at the Manchester open day, teaching various creative, gaming and computing skills. 

For more information, click on the links.


Level 2 courses (GCSE equivalent)



Level 3 courses (A level equivalent)


Level 4 courses (equivalent to 1st year BA degree)




T level



For Access to Higher Education (A2HE courses) visit the dBs website.


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How do I sign up for a course at the open day?

If you’re interested in any of our courses on the day there are a few options available to you. You can simply submit your details to register your interest, submit an application form or take home a prospectus so you can digest it before making any decisions.

If you complete an application form during the open day, you can choose your interview date and time (by selecting from an online calendar). All interviews now take place via Google Meet, which means you don’t need to come to the college. You can be interviewed from the comfort of your own home, or wherever suits you best. 

Click these links for more information about enrolment and fees or funding.

Here’s a brief overview of our Manchester college term dates:


Term 1

4th September 2023 to 14th December 2023

Term 2

3rd January 2024 to 28th March 2024

Term 3

15th April 2024 to 12th July 2024


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What makes Access Creative one of the best further education colleges in Manchester?

We are England’s largest private training and education provider, with campuses across London, Plymouth, Birmingham, Lincoln, Norwich and Bristol – in addition to Manchester.

We have a proven track record of being a true gateway into careers within the creative industries and have helped open the door for many successful people such as Josh Weller (comedian), pop band Let’s Eat Grandma, Ed Sheeran, singer Nilufer Yanya, the Nova Twins and many more.

Here are just some of our headline results:


  • 95% of ACC music students are in paid work or higher education
  • 96% of ACC games students went on to paid work or higher education
  • 98% of ACC media students went on to paid work or higher education
  • 100% of ACC events students went on to paid work or higher education


Now more than ever, there’s a world of opportunity to be found in these sectors.


Are you free on the 27th February or 20th April? Come down to our Manchester Access Creative Campus centres from 11am to start your new career!

Last updated on: 26th March 2024