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Welcome to Banbury and Bicester College

Welcome to the new Banbury and Bicester College, part of the Activate Learning group of colleges.

The Activate Learning mission is to transform lives through learning. We want our learners to be the best they can be, and to this end we will work in partnership with them to develop expertise, strength, confidence and agility to meet the demands of tomorrow and to succeed.

There has never been a more exciting time to be studying with us. We are investing in new facilities and making use of the very latest technology to support learning. We are also working closely with employers to design a curriculum that is relevant and gives everyone who studies and trains here a competitive advantage when progressing to employment, higher education or returning to the workplace.

By joining Activate Learning at Banbury and Bicester College you will be joining a progressive college which treats everyone as an individual and develops the talent that is within us all.

We have many career pathways. The pathways are as diverse as the students they cater for, but they all share an approach to learning that is rooted in the real world. This means that our learners develop the skills which employers are looking for, and can see the relevance of what is learned.

I look forward to welcoming you to the college and invite you to attend one of our Open Events to experience first hand how joining Banbury and Bicester College will transform your life through learning.

About us

These ARE exciting times, both for you and the College. Here’s why:

  • employer-endorsed vocational training
  • personal career plans and individual learning programmes for every student
  • collaborative, student-centred approach to teaching and learning
  • new learning technologies and digitally-equipped learning zones
  • learning companies and student enterprise opportunities

We’re transforming learning so we can transform lives. We will help you to develop your skills and build your confidence, ready for a successful career.

To do this, we make sure your learning is connected, enterprising and confidence building.

Facilities available

You’ll be impressed by the facilities at our college!

We have a huge range of well-equipped, industry standard teaching areas at our college. We give you a realistic working environment where you can develop your skills and get ready for the working world.

Visit our school leavers and adult learning sections for more detailed information about your course.

Francesco Education and The Graduate Salon - we are working in partnership with Francesco Education to provide students with the right training and skills for employment by leading salons. Level 3 hairdressing students work from our Graduate Salon, which is open to the public offering the latest cutting and styling techniques.

Sunset and Sunrise Salons and Salon Dermatique - our training hair and beauty salons also offer you the opportuntiy to develop your skills in a commercial environment, with access to the latest equipment and treatments.

The Cherwell Cafe and Restaurant - The Cherwell Restaurant provides catering and front of house students with the opportunity to prepare for future employment by training in a commercial kitchen environment and providing a first class service to paying customers. Students in hospitality and catering also run our Cherwell Cafe and canteen, and provide external catering contracts to local businesses. This means you get maximum commercial experience while you train.

Creative media  production – Our fantastic media centre (opened November 2013) has it all! The centre has industry-standard facilities including a television studio, recording and ediitng suites, Photoshop and Mac suites. The centre will prepare students for careers in advertising, animation, radio, television and production.  

Motor vehicle - Our state-of-the-art motor vehicle centre is built to MOT testing standards, and offers students access to the latest engine diagnostics, including those for hybrid vehicles. The £2m centre offers the latest vehicle lifts which means you can really get under the bonnet - and the car - to find out what's going on!

Motorsports - Our Bicester campus is renowned as a specialist centre for motorsport engineering. Each year students come to Bicester from all over the country, to use our engineering workshops and facilities, and to benefit from close links with leading employers in 'motorsport valley'.

Art, design and fashion studios - Our recently-refurbished creative arts centre provides an attractive, stimulating environment in which to develop your creative skills with ceramics, wood and metal, printmaking, fashion, textiles and photography.

Learning Zones - Learning Zones at Banbury and Bicester College are IT-rich spaces where you can develop your research, assignments or group tasks. Each is overseen by a Learning Coach, who is skilled in research and utilising technology. Ipads, Apple TVs, airplay keyboards - our Learning Zones have it all and provide a modern environment in which to develop your independent thinking and study skills.

IT resources - there are PCs available to students throughout the college. Every classroom has a dedicated PC and digital projector, and most are equipped with a smart board. In our collaborative rooms, you can use iPad, laptops and touchscreen PCs.

The library - You will have access to electronic resources, databases, books, newspapers, CDs and DVDs. The library staff will help you locate information, understand referencing and use our electronic databases. There are study spaces with access to PCs for individual or group work.

There’s almost too much to mention! Come to the campus for one of our open events and see it for yourself.

Additional support

Banbury and Bicester College is all about growth. Your growth.

We give you one-to-one support  to make sure you’re on track not just to reach your goals but to exceed them too.

We have pioneering teaching methods and a great environment at the College. We are very happy with how things are going, and we think you will be too!

  • We support you with costs both in and out of the classroom
  • We will help you to stay healthy, focused and positive about your studies
  • We will help you to plan out your best progression route from to employment

Come to Banbury and Bicester College and things will be simple, effective and inspiring.

Your time with us will be productive and fun. You will get the support you need to go further.


How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Banbury and Bicester College directly.

Last updated date: 21 January 2016
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Key information


  • A: Banbury Campus
    • Address:
    • Banbury and Bicester College
    • Broughton Road
    • Banbury
    • OX16 9QA
    • Telephone number:
    • Main: 08081686626
    • More information:
      • From the M40, leave the motorway at Junction 11 and leave roundabout onto A422.
      • Continue down A422 and leave roundabout onto A361, Southam Road. Turn left on A361 (Southam Road) on to Horse Fair.
      • Leave the roundabout onto B4035, West Bar Street. Follow West Bar Street on to Broughton Road and the main entrance to the campus is on the right hand side.

      The Banbury Campus is approximately 15-20 minutes walk from the train and bus station.

  • B: Bicester Campus
    • Address:
    • Banbury and Bicester College
    • Telford House
    • Telford Road
    • Bicester
    • OX26 4LA
    • Telephone number:
    • Main: 08081686626
    • More information:
      • From the M40: leave the motorway at Junction 9 and head North on the A41 towards Bicester. At the roundabout take the third exit continuing on to the A41, and at the next roundabout take the second exit along the A4421. Go straight over the next three roundabouts and take the first exit on the fourth roundabout into Launton Road. Take the first turning on the left into Telford Industrial Estate, then left again into Telford Road. The college is at the end of the road on the left hand side.
      • From Buckingham/Milton Keynes: follow the A4421 from Buckingham to just outside the town of Bicester. You will come to a large roundabout at Caversfield. Turn left at this roundabout (this is the ring road around Bicester and will be signposted A41 Aylesbury).
 At the next roundabout turn right into Launton Road. Take the first turing on the left into Telford Industrial Estate, then left again into Telford Road. The college is at the end of the road on the left hand side.
      • From the A43: turn left at Baynards Green (Garage) roundabout towards Bicester. Continue to the next roundabout just outside Bicester, and turn left towards the Ring Road (A41). 
Go straight over the following roundabout and then turn right at the next one towards Bicester Town. Take next turn left into the Telford Industrial Estate, then left again into Telford Road. The college is at the end of the road on the left hand side.