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Why come to Reading College?

Study at an Activate Learning college and you will get the support you need to succeed, by developing the skills employers want.
 
After graduation, 90% of our students go straight into employment or higher level learning e.g. university or a higher apprenticeship level, compared to the English national average of only 73%**  
 
Plus, we get more students into university than any other local school or college***
 
We believe that entrepreneurial behaviours and mindsets are essential to success in our fast-paced world. A shared culture of enterprise develops confident, work-ready people. By being more enterprising we can also better shape our own future and enable our learners to shape theirs. 
 
This is why we put enterprise and employability at the heart of teaching, learning and assessment, so our students can also develop real-world skills which help them to succeed in employment, business and in life.
 
When you leave us, not only will you have a vocational qualification, but work experience, English and maths skills, experience of student enrichment activities and talks from employers. Or in other words, our unique study programme couples a main qualification with key employability skills, which will help make your CV stand out.
 

Five reasons to study at college

  1. Develop independent study skills - great preparation for university study
  2. Move into a new environment and be known for who you are now
  3. Smaller class sizes mean you will get more dedicated attention
  4. Our Activate Careers team will help ensure your UCAS form stands out from the crowd
  5. Benefit from a more mature learning environment, where you are treated like an adult
 

Don't just take our word for it

This is what our former students say about their time at an Activate Learning college:
 
“WE GOT HELP WITH INDUSTRY PLACEMENTS AND SOME GREAT VISITING LECTURERS, MEANING WHEN I GRADUATED I FELT KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT THE INDUSTRY. THE COLLEGE HAS A VERY PERSONAL ONE TO ONE APPROACH, AND I WOULD RECOMMEND IT TO EVERYONE.”
 
Alexis Knox, studied Graphic design and is now a celebrity stylist, creative consultant, presenter and DJ
 
“COLLEGE HAS MADE ME MUCH MORE INDEPENDENT AND GIVEN ME LOADS OF MORE CONFIDENCE, WHICH I THINK WILL BE GREAT PREPARATION FOR UNI LIFE.”
Emily O’Neill, studied Public services and is now about to start the BA (Hons) Investigative Practice degree at Northampton University
 
“I HAVE LEARNT TO BUILD WEBSITES, DEVELOPED MY CODING KNOWLEDGE AND NOW UNDERSTAND MORE ABOUT HOW COMPUTERS ARE CONFIGURED. THE MIX OF THEORY AND PRACTICAL HAS SET ME UP FOR A FUTURE CAREER IN COMPUTING.  I AM PLANNING TO STUDY COMPUTER SCIENCE OR ENGINEERING AT UNIVERSITY”
Eltayib Hassan, studied IT L3 Extended Diploma
 
“I FIND WHAT I LEARN IN THE CLASSROOM, I CAN TAKE TO THE PLACEMENT AND WHAT I LEARN AT PLACEMENT, I CAN TAKE TO THE CLASSROOM”
Racheal McLernon, Health and Social Care Level 3 Extended Diploma
 

Apprenticeships - 'Get in' and go far with some of the UK's brightest companies

There has never been a better time to start an apprenticeship. Through apprenticeships, young people can develop fantastic careers with some of the country’s biggest and best companies. 
 
By having an apprenticeship, you will earn while they learn – in a real job – gaining real skills and knowledge, as well as a real future in employment.
 
Activate Enterprise is the largest apprenticeship provider in our region, providing over 1,000 apprenticeship vacancies every year across many different areas of work – from classic vehicle restoration to hairdressing, and from animal care to floristry. 
 
Begin your apprenticeship journey today by signing-up to JustApply to see our latest exciting vacancies. 

 

*Known destinations data 2015
**Department for Education: Destinations of key stage 5 students in state-funded institutions, England, published 21 January 2016
*** UCAS data for Oxfordshire and Berkshire schools and colleges in 2015