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Advanced Creative & Digital Skills (ACDS) Centre

Our brand-new ACDS Centre is one of the first of its kind across the country to offer industry specific courses, resources and skills through the use of innovative technology and facilities.

A £2m investment from the Department for Education (DfE) has helped create an Advanced Creative & Digital Skills (ACDS) Centre at our Warrington campus.

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Students joining our college from September 2022 will study in our brand-new ACDS Centre and experience first-hand the outstanding, state-of-the-art facilities.

Our ACDS Centre is perfect if you’re wanting to study a creative or digital course such as art & design, fashion innovation, creative crafts, computing, IT, graphics, games design, media, performing arts and more!

You will discover how to operate the latest software from the comfort of modern and sleek digital suites. All digital suites and immersive classrooms are equipped with cutting-edge Apple Macs and PCs, optimised for running the latest specialist software that you will be using day-to-day including: Autodesk Maya, Unity, Unreal Engine and the full Adobe Creative Suite.

ACDS students have full access to our amazing, innovative technology including: virtual reality (VR), robotics, a motion-capture studio and virtual effects (VFX). You will be able to train in our recently renovated theatre on sprung floors with specialist lighting and sound equipment, as well as our dance and acting studios - also fully equipped with sprung floors and floor to ceiling mirrors, perfectly designed for professionals in the making!

We are a CISCO Networking Academy

CISCO Systems is an IT and networking brand specialising in switches, routers and cybersecurity. Through their Network Academy Program, CISCO provides comprehensive e-learning opportunities to students all over the world to build essential internet technology skills.

As a certified CISCO Networking Academy, Warrington & Vale Royal College can provide students with access to web-based content, online assessment, student performance tracking, hands-on labs, instructor training and support, and preparation for industry standard certification.

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Working in partnership with 10:10 Games

Working closely with the industry experts at 10:10 Games, our students benefit from live briefs, internships, and workshops covering everything from technical and creative skills to soft skills and career advice. Together with 10:10 Games, we’re ensuring our students are uniquely equipped to progress into the multi-billion pound gaming industry. Check out this video of Arthur Parsons, Design Director at 10:10 Games, talking about the partnership.

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Are you an employer with a training need?

The Creative and Digital industries continue to power the growth of the UK’s workforce, adding posts at twice the rate of the rest of the UK economy.

Every industry requires digital elements from health, engineering, hospitality, to finance and sustainability. The Covid-19 pandemic has radically changed the way that we connect and communicate within our society and has revolutionised the way in which we innovate and collaborate.

Supportive of Cheshire and Warrington’s Digital Skills Policy, the ACDS Centre is tackling the digital divide through the delivery of the basic digital skills that employers require. These include office skills and project management, to digital systems that enhance outputs and support cross-collaboration between industries to promote business growth and workforce development. We have a wide range of courses that will retrain and upskill your workforce.


We believe in the power of collaboration and innovation

All of our courses have been designed in collaboration with industry experts across the country to align with and support the short, medium and long-term workforce strategies in the creative and digital sectors. Courses are also designed to meet sectoral skills gaps, supplying a local pipeline of talent and reducing the number of hard to fill vacancies.

We work in partnership with a wide range of employers to support the delivery of sought-after skills from VR, AR, UI, UX, animation, video-editing, social media and digital marketing. Carefully selected partnerships, based on building visions and values, means there is no doubt that our students will always reach their full potential.

Supporting employers with their digital skills needs

We are working closely with our local communities, employers and other stakeholders to help shape the ACDS Centre through a steering group. The steering group will discuss and approve curriculum design, facilities, resources and support us with our education and skills training offer to provide a future-proof pipeline of local talent.

Please do contact us by email if you would like to join our steering group:

Supporting Employers at ADCS Centre

Our ACDS Business Centre Manager and our Digital Skills Team are always available to support our employer partners.

If you would like further information about training opportunities, events or apprenticeships available to employers as part of the ACDS project, please contact us on 01925 494 423 or email

Alternatively drop us a message via the form below.

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