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Halesowen College

For those of you leaving school this year and considering your post-16 options, here’s how Halesowen College can support you in your learner journey in these unprecedented circumstances: Information for School Leavers

South & City College Birmingham

South & City College Birmingham course tutors have put together reading materials, toolkits and a range of materials to help students get tasters of courses they have applied for, or are considering to study after Year 11.

Please click the link to take you to their Study Hub page.

Access Creative College

If you are planning on studying with /access Creative College in September, or are interested in the creative arts, they have collated some useful resources that will prepare you to study one of their courses in Music, Media, Games and Events!


If you are interested in recording music, you may already be familiar with Logic Pro, a DAW that we use in our college for our Music Technology courses. If you haven’t yet been able to give it a try, Logic Pro X has announced that it’s currently FREE for 90 days.

You can download the trial here. (Please note that you need a Mac to run Logic)


If you don’t have access to a Mac, BandLab is a fantastic free online DAW that is also compatible with Windows, Android and IOS. You can even start making music straight from your phone!

Click here to sign up or you can download the app from the App Store or on Google Play.

HitFilm Express

Hitfilm is a free professional video editing software with VFX tools, so it’s perfect for budding filmmakers, YouTubers or those wanting to give video editing a go.

Download HitFilm for free here.


A great free alternative to Photoshop. It’s Photoshop but online! All the same tools/layers, etc. and you can save the files as .PSD (Photoshop project files) which can later be opened in Photoshop!

Click here to give it a go!

Construct 3

Create games from your PC, tablet or even your phone with this free 2D Game Engine. We use this on our Games courses, so why not try it out before you start studying with us!

To find out more, click here!


Since the cancellation of events and festivals, we decided to launch our own virtual festival! Our students, tutors and industry professionals have been providing workshops, talks and live performance which are free to watch on our Twitch channel.


Want to see what it’s like to study with us at ACC?

…If you’re still undecided on what to do in September, don’t worry we still have limited places available. To find out more, join us for one of our Virtual Open Day sessions on Tuesday 23rd June.

13:30 pm Music and Events Courses
14:30 pm Music Technology Courses
15:30 pm Media Courses
16:30 pm Games Courses

Our team will be on hand to answer any questions you have about creative study at ACC!

We are here to help, so ask us anything at all!…We want to help you to make the right choice!

If your passion is to be creative then we are the place for you!


BMET Open Virtual Events

Find out everything you need to know about studying with BMET in September, at one of their virtual open events.

Their virtual open events have been designed to give a real insight into college life and into specific subject areas. They have also built in an interactive section on all the events, so you can ask them anything you’d like to!

For more information click here.