Our Story and Values

Our story is one of passion, dedication and creativity.

Access Creative College [ACC] is the UK’s largest national independent training provider with 30 years of experience in educating creative 16-18 and 19+ year-olds. The college, rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted in 2022, has over 4500 learners studying at campuses in Birmingham, Bristol, Lincoln, London, Manchester, Norwich and Plymouth. 

ACC offers full-time vocational courses in music, media, games, esports and computing. Specialist industry support and employer engagement are at the core of curriculum design, with extensive work-related projects and high-quality work experience opportunities available to all students.

Access Sport, a sports education provider and dBs Institute, an HE provider also form part of the group.

Access Industry (rebranded from National College Creative Industries in 2023), an apprenticeships provider and subsidiary of Access Education Group offers a series of creative and sport apprenticeship programmes in partnership with key industry employers like PRG, White Light and Disney. Offering qualifications in areas such as events, marketing and software development, apprenticeships offer an alternative route to a career with direct progression routes to and from our other qualifications, from BTECs and T Levels to Degrees.


Our mission is to develop the next generation of creatives through innovative, practical, employment-led training. This is realised through our CREATE pillars, which are at the core of everything we do.

Our values are brought to life by our staff and our actions as a business and are distilled into the minds of our students.



We are pioneers. Always looking to push boundaries, we think differently and encourage our students to do the same.



We believe honesty, integrity and responsibility are the cornerstones of education and positive working. We will always show respect to one another and set an example for our students.



Seizing the opportunity is key to success. We work closely with partners to help open doors, promote innovation and nurture entrepreneurial spirit.



Our passion for creativity is relentless, and we never stop striving for excellence. We imbue courage in our community, guiding our staff and students to reach their potential and turn their visions into reality.



Together we can achieve so much. We will always look to collaborate, to challenge each other, support each other and be greater than the sum of our parts.



We believe that everyone should be treated equally. Our door is always open and we will always strive to enable pathways to help those who need it, find it.