Access Creative College is the largest specialist provider of further education in the creative industries in the UK, with responsibility for the education of over 3,500 16-19 year olds. Access delivers courses in computer games design, graphic design, digital production, media, music production and performance and operates from seven colleges in cities across the UK, including Manchester, London, Bristol and Birmingham.
Access has strong links to industry and employers and as a result its courses are well-designed to prepare students for work in the creative sector or entry into higher education. The experienced management team is led by CEO Jason Beaumont, and is supported by the company’s founder Adrian Armstrong and Chairman Jo Johnson.
There is increasing demand from students, underpinned by cross-party government support, for courses that offer an alternative to traditional academic education. The Access colleges are distinguished by their superior facilities and specialist focus. We will work with management to increase the capacity at existing centres, support the development of new courses, and fund the roll-out of new colleges and centres.
"This is a really exciting time for Access Creative College. We are delighted to be teaming up with Apiary Capital, who will support our ambitious growth plans to become the first choice destination for school leavers with a passion for a career in the creative industries.”
Number of colleges: 7
Number of students: 3,500
Number of courses: 20
INVESTMENT DATE: March 2020