Access To Design & Creative

This course is designed to provide adult learners with a route into Higher Education. You will be encouraged to develop skills that our employers have listed for you to be successful, such as problem solving, creativity, positive communication and innovative thinking. The course is academically and practically challenging.

Term 1

  • Exploratory and traditional drawing
  • Study skills and research
  • Workshop based practical projects exploring 3D materials
  • Graphic and digital design
  • Photography, fine art and textiles/ printmaking.

Term 2

  • Developing your visualising skills
  • Research practice
  • Ability to generate and develop ideas
  • Project management skills.

Term 3

  • Extended personal project
  • Group end of year exhibition
  • Core modules in maths and English,
  • Essay writing and presentation techniques.

We assess regularly with both informal/formal, formative and summative portfolio assessments. We provide students with tutor reviews which are usually three weeks prior to their final assessments.

We also embed self, peer and tutor assessment in almost every session, whether this is in verbal or written form. Learners have regular tutorials where their assessment grades are checked.

We have links with businesses in the region who welcome student collaborations, work placements and frequent our classroom activities giving critiques, pitches and informing learners on subjects like interview techniques. 

Following successful completion of the Diploma, students will be qualified to progress into Higher Education to study a range of creative design and art degrees.

BA Hons Games Art

FDa Graphic Design

Students are expected to have some creative ability and will demonstrate this at the interview with a collection of examples of previous creative work. A good command of written and verbal communication is necessary to cope with the academic writing aspect of the course. This should have been achieved at level 1 for English. Maths and English GCSE is recommended to be achieved at C prior to the course to ensure you are able to progress to your chosen University without issue.
  • Pre degree foundation art and design
  • Level 3 extended fine art


As this course is for 19+ you may have to pay course fees or gain a 24+ loan to cover the tuition fees. Please contact us on 0161 785 4000 for further information.


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Study Programme

All students at Oldham College will participate in a personalised study programme that will maximise your potential and enable you to progress onto employment, apprenticeships or higher education.

This means you will:

  • Study a core qualification in a vocational discipline and continue to develop your English and Maths skills through functional skills, GCSE resits and the option of Level 3 qualifications
  • Participate in meaningful work experience
  • Enjoy a range of enrichment opportunities e.g. basketball, archery, skiing and sign language
  • Take part in dedicated tutorial sessions to review your progress and development