Are you looking for an engaging, effective and accessible online training course?



Whether you want a formal qualification for a job you are in or to apply for a degree course at university, progress onto a higher apprenticeship or onto a professional qualification, see how an online course from Macclesfield College can help get you there.

We have introduced online courses in:

  • Access to Higher Education in Business and Management,
  • Access to Higher Education in Education (General)
  • Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
You can start at any time and fit studying around your life. Courses are delivered completely online and you will receive all the study materials and support you need to help you achieve your qualification.

The costs of our Level 3 online courses can be covered via 19+ Advanced Learner Loans. These have been introduced by the Government to help learners aged 19 and over pay the fees.

Getting a loan doesn't depend on your household income and there's no credit check. You won't have to pay anything back until you're earning over £21,000 a year. Once you earn over this amount, you pay back 9% of the earnings you receive above this figure.

Loan Eligibility
To be eligible for the loan, you must be 19 or older on the first day of your course (there's no upper age limit), be living in the UK on the first day of your course, and have lived in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for 3 years immediately before this.

For more information about the courses, complete the registration form now.


Courses available to study online:


This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Education) is a generalist specified diploma with a balance of education theory, educational practice and childhood studies. The Access to Higher Education Diploma is a popular and nationally recognised qualification designed to provide you with the skills needed to apply for education degree courses at universities.

Cost £3384 (Advanced Learning Loan available - see below for details)

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The course is designed for learners with an interest in the theory and practice of management in a business environment. You'll explore a range of topics, including employment law, communication and HR management. Discover more about consumer legislation and making management decisions. This course will help you to develop your knowledge on planning, allocating resources and working in a team.

You'll also prepare for university with modules that focus on study skills, such as how to research independently and prepare assignments.

Cost £3022 (Advanced Learning Loan available - see below for details)

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If you're looking to support teachers in a classroom environment, working as a teaching assistant, this course is ideal for you. This qualification is ideal for those who wish to pursue a career as a teaching assistant, supporting teachers in a classroom environment and ensuring that students are able to benefit from their lessons.

Cost £1417 (Advanced Learning Loan available - see below for details)

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Do you directly support teaching and learning of pupils in schools in an area that requires specialist knowledge and skills? This qualification will allow successful candidates to work in roles that offer specialist support for pupils within a nursery, infant or junior school, secondary or special schools.

Cost £2225 (Advanced Learning Loan available - see below for details)

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Study online
with Macclesfield College

Comprehensive online learning materials.
Fit study around work and home life.
Study on the move.
Structure support and guidance from online learning experts.
You can start studying at any time meaning you do not have to wait until September Interact with tutors and fellow students via online community.




Advanced Learning Loan

The government has introduced Advanced Learner Loans to help learners aged 19 and over in further education pay the college or training organisation fee.

Getting a loan doesn't depend on your household income and there's no credit check.

You won't have to pay anything back until you're earning over £21,000 a year. Once you earn over this amount, you pay back 9% of the earnings you receive above this figure. Plus, when you complete your university degree the loan for your Access to HE Diploma will be written off by Student Finance England.