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Our Learning Philosophy

Switch on to the power of learning with our Learning Philosophy. 
Did you know that your brain is like a muscle? The more you use it, the better it gets. Motivation to work hard and a willingness to take risks and expand your learning are also essential to your success.
Our learning philosophy is at the heart of everything we do. We understand how people learn best, and how to work with every student to help them fulfil their potential. It's all about the dynamics between the brain, motivation and our emotions. Watch our video to find out more.


Five reasons to study at Reading College

Study at an Activate Learning college and you will get the skills that employers want, helping you progress into employment or higher education.
Our study programmes give you a main qualification with key employability skills, such as English and maths, work experience, teamwork and communication skills, helping your CV stand out.

Get 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

Our student success rates have increased year-on-year for the last three years and now 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 each year (than any other school or college in Oxfordshire and Berkshire.)

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

90% of our higher education students are satisfied with the quality of their learning. This is 10% higher than the national average for college-based higher education programmes. 



Join us for an Advice session 

Our teams are on hand to help get you signed up for a programme starting this September. We are open for advice every weekday, including sessions until 6pm on Tuesday and Thursdays all September. Advice sessions run at our Oxford city centre campus only. 
Come in, speak to us and get signed up. Just remember, to complete your enrolment we will need to see your photo ID and evidence of your exam results. 

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, you can develop fantastic careers with some of the country’s biggest and best companies. 
You will earn while you learn in the job, gaining real skills and knowledge, as well as a real future in employment.
Activate Apprenticeships 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.