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International courses

Introducing our international courses

Most of our courses are available to international students and we can offer you training from entry to graduate level:
 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE

If you are an international student and want to improve your English, you've come to the right place!
 
We have a wide range of English language courses on offer. Whether you want to use English more effectively in everyday life, or to study in the UK, we can help. 
 
We are British Council accredited for the teaching of English, and our English classes are led by highly qualified teachers. They will help you improve your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in an English speaking environment. Many students complete their English course with us and then move on to study A-levels or our International Study Programme or leave to study at university.
 
We offer ESOL and EFL courses at different levels and prepare students for their IELTS exam. For more information, please get in touch: International@activatelearning.ac.uk
 

A-LEVELS

In the UK, A-levels are the most popular entry route to university. Students must be 16 or over and have a Level 2 qualification, such as five GCSEs grade A*-C. International students need to hold equivalent qualifications and an IELTS score of 5.5.
 
Starting in September every year, A-levels are a two year course during which you will study four subjects. You will primarily learn in the classroom and will be assessed through written exams and essays. 
 
You can find more information on your options on our City of Oxford College and Reading College sites. 
 

LEVEL 3 DIPLOMA / VOCATIONAL COURSES

If you prefer to learn in a practical environment, vocational courses such as BTECs are ideal.
 
Over two years you will train for a career in a specific industry. BTECs will help you develop the skills and knowledge to either head straight into employment or progress on to university. Level 3 vocational qualifications are equivalent to A-levels. You will be assessed through assignments and demonstrations of your practical skills.
 
International entry requirements for our BTEC courses need to be equivalent to four or five GCSEs, grade A*-C. You will also need a minimum IELTS score of 5.5.
 
You can find more information on our dedicated Level 3 Diplomas / vocational courses page for Banbury, Oxford or Reading
 

PREPARATION FOR UNIVERSITY

If your qualifications don't meet university requirements here in the UK or if you feel you need some course specific preparation before starting your degree, we might have the course for you.
 
The one-year International Foundation Programme in Business will help you develop your English and subject knowledge, so you can progress on to degree-level study.
 
During the course, you will study both English and business, alongside tutorials and study skills. You will improve your English language skills and develop your research, time management and independent learning skills. 
 
The one-year Access course prepares adult students (minimum 19 years old) for entry into university in their chosen field. Courses offered are in:
  • Art and Design
  • Humanities
  • Combined Sciences
  • Nursing and Healthcare

 

HIGHER EDUCATION

 
We also offer Higher Education courses to international students.
 
Our Higher Education courses are equivalent to the first two years of a university degree. Once you have completed your two years of study with us, you can head straight into employment or ‘top-up’ your qualification to a full honours degree with another year of study at a university of your choice.
 
International entry requirements can be found on UCAS.
 
If you have any queries about the types of courses we offer or the international entry requirements, please get in touch: international@activatelearning.ac.uk
 

BESPOKE PROGRAMMES FOR GROUPS

Do you need a bespoke programme for a group of students or employees?
 
We have experience providing a variety of courses for groups of learners from schools, universities (both students and professors), government departments and business executives. We tailor the programme to your group’s needs and provide the right mix of English, subject specific training, cultural and social activities and excursions.
 
To discuss running a bespoke training course or for more information about our full-time English courses, please email international@activatelearning.ac.uk 
 

COURSE LIST

NameAreaFT/PTLocation
AAT Accounting Level 4 Professional Diploma (Daytime) Business and Enterprise Part-time Kings Road, Reading
AAT Foundation/Advanced Diploma in Accounting (Fast track) Business and Enterprise Full-time Kings Road, Reading
Accounting A-level A-Levels Full-time Kings Road, Reading
Accounting Level 4 Diploma (AAT) (Evening) Business and Enterprise Part-time Kings Road, Reading
Applied Science BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma Science Full-time Kings Road, Reading
Art and Design UAL (University of Arts London) Level 3 Extended Diploma Art and Design Full-time Kings Road, Reading
Art and Design UAL (University of Arts London) Level 3/4 Foundation Diploma (pre-degree) Art and Design Full-time Kings Road, Reading
Beauty Therapy Level 3 Diploma Hair and Beauty Full-time Kings Road, Reading
Biology A-level A-Levels Full-time Kings Road, Reading
Business BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma Business and Enterprise Full-time Kings Road, Reading
Business English (April) ESOL and EFL Part-time Kings Road, Reading
Business Studies A-level A-Levels Full-time Kings Road, Reading
Chemistry A-level A-Levels Full-time Kings Road, Reading
Computing Higher National Diploma (HND) Computing and IT Full-time Kings Road, Reading
Engineering BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma Engineering Full-time Kings Road, Reading
English as a Foreign Language (EFL) ESOL and EFL Full-time Kings Road, Reading
English as a Foreign Language (EFL) - IELTS Preparation (April) ESOL and EFL Part-time Kings Road, Reading
English as a Foreign Language (EFL) - IELTS Preparation (January) ESOL and EFL Part-time Kings Road, Reading
English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Advanced and Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) Term 2 ESOL and EFL Part-time Kings Road, Reading
English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Advanced and Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) Term 3 ESOL and EFL Part-time Kings Road, Reading
English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Intermediate + PET - Term 2 ESOL and EFL Part-time Kings Road, Reading
English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Intermediate + PET - Term 3 ESOL and EFL Part-time Kings Road, Reading
English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Upper-intermediate + FCE Term 2 ESOL and EFL Part-time Kings Road, Reading
English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Upper-intermediate + FCE Term 3 ESOL and EFL Part-time Kings Road, Reading
English Language and Literature A-level A-Levels Full-time Kings Road, Reading
Exercise Science BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma Sport and Sports Science Full-time Kings Road, Reading
Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) A-Levels Full-time Kings Road, Reading
Fashion, Design and Media UAL (University of Arts London) Level 3 Extended Diploma Art and Design Full-time Kings Road, Reading
Further Maths A-level A-Levels Full-time Kings Road, Reading
Geography A-level A-Levels Full-time Kings Road, Reading
Graphic Communication BA (Hons)* Art and Design Full-time Kings Road, Reading
Graphics and Digital Design UAL (University of Arts London) Level 3 Extended Diploma Art and Design Full-time Kings Road, Reading
Hair and Media Make-up Level 3 Diploma Hair and Beauty Full-time Kings Road, Reading
Hairdressing Level 3 Diploma Hair and Beauty Full-time Kings Road, Reading
Health and Social Care BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma Care, Childcare and Health Full-time Kings Road, Reading
History A-level A-Levels Full-time Kings Road, Reading
ICT Practitioners BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma Computing and IT Full-time Kings Road, Reading
Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production & Technology Media, Photography and Digital Arts Full-time Kings Road, Reading
Mathematics A-level A-Levels Full-time Kings Road, Reading
Motor Vehicle Service and Repair Level 3 Motor Vehicle Full-time Kings Road, Reading
Photography and Digital Imaging UAL (University of Arts London) Level 3 Extended Diploma Media, Photography and Digital Arts Full-time Kings Road, Reading
Physics A-level A-Levels Full-time Kings Road, Reading
Psychology A-level A-Levels Full-time Kings Road, Reading
Religious Studies A-level A-Levels Full-time Kings Road, Reading
Sociology A-level A-Levels Full-time Kings Road, Reading
Travel and Tourism BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma Travel and Tourism Full-time Kings Road, Reading