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Welcome to Reading College, part of Activate Learning.
Our mission is to transform lives through learning. We combine our knowledge of neuroscience, emotions and motivation into our unique learning philosophy, which helps learners achieve their best.
Choose Activate Learning and we will help you develop the skills, knowledge, resilience and confidence to succeed in your chosen career pathway. You will work on real life projects, train in industry standard facilities and practice your skills in commercial settings, supported by technology that helps bringing learning to life.  
Read on to find out what makes us different. 

An award-winning education

Our sector-leading approach to learning has been recognised with a number of Association of Colleges Beacon Awards, recognising our practical approach and use of technology in teaching and learning.  

Year-on-year increasing student success

Student success rates have increased year-on-year for the last four years - now stand at 84.4%, with the achievement rate for 16-18 year olds at 83.7% (figures for 2016-17). Our success rates exceed national averages. 

Our students go further

Did you know that 9 out of 10 students progress into employment or higher education? Figures from UCAS also show that we get more students into university than any other school or college in Oxfordshire and Berkshire. 93% of students progress directly into employment or higher level learning. 

We increase student potential by at least one grade

Our students typically achieve between one and three grades better than expected on entry.

Our students are satisfied with the quality of their higher education

85% of our higher education students are satisfied with the quality of their learning (National Student Survey 2017.) This is higher than the national average for college-based higher education programmes. 

We prepare students for employment success

98.9% of students in our study programmes participate in work-related activities, such as work experience, clocking up over 240,000 hours a year. 

English and maths GCSE pass up

40.3% of our 16-18 students got an A*-C (or equivalent) grade in GCSE English - that's twice the national average!


'My experience dealing with college has been most positive. Your reminders via email and text messages, timely information and clear instructions as to what happens next, have beeñ brilliant. Also, the support you offer to potential students during the summer holidays far surpasses what  other local colleges have offered.' (Parent of applicant)