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Welcome to City of Oxford College

Welcome to the City of Oxford 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 will work in partnership with them to develop expertise, confidence and resilience to meet the demands of tomorrow, to make the most of your future, 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. Our new initiatives and developments include the Oxford Lifestyle Centre, which brings brand new hair, beauty and fitness facilities to the Oxford campus, along with new learning zones, a careers centre and cafe.

A combination of technical skills and academic excellence lies at the heart of our programmes. We are very proud of our academic successes, and have worked closely to form partnerships with employer businesses to design a curriculum that gives our learners a competitive advantage when progressing to employment or higher education.

City of Oxford College is a progressive college which treats everyone as an individual and develops the talent that is within us all. The career pathways we offer are as diverse as our learners, but they all share an approach to learning that is rooted in the real world.

I look forward to welcoming you to the college and invite you to attend one of our Open Events so you can experience first hand how City of Oxford College transforms lives through learning.

About us

We’re looking forward to helping you get started in the career and the future you really want.

City of Oxford College is a college that’s undergoing a huge transformation with multi-million pound investments, new ideas and new initiatives in teaching and learning.

Everything is aimed at giving you the best start in your adult life.


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

  • Our brand new Oxford Lifestyle Centre provides state of the art hair and beauty salons, fitness suite and a cafe
  • 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 connectedenterprising 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’s - An industry standard hairdressing and beauty therapies salon where you train and provide treatments to paying customers.

RycotewoodMADE – Our on-campus manufacturing company where we make and sell wooden products for home and office use. This is run by Rycotewood Furniture Centre

Students’ Union - Have a game of pool, meet your friends and hang out. The SU is your space. And if you want to get involved with the way things are done at College, the SU is your way in. Use your voice, get your ideas heard.  

Technology centre and construction training - mechanical engineering workshops, an electrical lab and IT facilities running the latest CAB and engineering software, MOT standard motor vehicle workshops, construction and building workshops, a Gas and Energy Centre in Wokingham

Art, design and fashion studios - Specialist space for developing your creative skills with ceramics, wood and metal, printmaking, fashion, textiles and photography

Digital zone - large photographic and moving image studios, Apple Mac digital manipulation computer suites, traditional darkroom facilities and professional camera and lighting equipment, TV and video resources and editing facilities

Performing arts - a fully equipped theatre space with lighting rig, full range sound system, projection facilities and a dance studio with mirrored walls ballet bars and professional sprung dance floors

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

Music and media - Alongside our live performance space, we have five band rehearsal rooms, fully equipped with PA systems, drum kits, guitar and bass amps, keyboards and DJ rigs and three digital Pro Tools recording studios. Additional facilities include Apple Mac computer labs and a fully equipped TV studio with ‘green screen’ capabilities.

Cafes and restaurants - Hot and cold food is available throughout the day from our food outlets, with hot meals available daily at lunchtimes. There are also vending machines for snacks and hot and cold drinks.

The library - You will have access to electronic resources, databases, books, newspapers, CDs and DVDs. Our 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. Scanning, printing and photocopying facilities are also available

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

Additional support


City of Oxford 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, focussed and positive about your studies
  • We will help you to plan out your best progression from one course to the next

Come to City of Oxford 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 make far reaching changes to your future.

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact City of Oxford College directly.

Last updated date: 28 January 2016
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Key information


  • A: Oxpens Campus
    • Address:
    • City of Oxford College
    • Oxpens Road
    • Oxford
    • OX1 1SA
    • Telephone number:
    • Main: 01865550550
    • Website:
    • Email address:
    • More information:
      • From Ring Road: use EITHER Banbury Road or Woodstock Road to city centre. At traffic lights, end of St. Giles (Map 1), turn right into Beaumont Street and follow signs to the rail station. At the second set of traffic lights, i.e. at the bottom of Park End Street, turn left into Oxpens Road (ice rink). The College is ¼ mile on the left.
      • From South (Newbury) A34: Turn off A34 to Southern bypass and make for Cowley. At next roundabout, turn left to city centre (park and ride on left). Follow Abingdon Road to end, form left towards ice rink and parks. The College is opposite the ice rink.
      • From A423 (Henley/Reading): Join ring road at (Sainsburys) and turn left to next roundabout and right to city centre and ice rink.
      • From East (London): M40/A40 At end of A40 turn left at roundabout signed Cowley. Continue on the ring road, (4 roundabouts) to Abingdon Road, city centre and ice rink.
      • From the train station: the campus is 10 minutes walk from the station.
  • B: Blackbird Leys Campus
    • Address:
    • City of Oxford College
    • Cuddesdon Way
    • Oxford
    • OX4 6HN
    • Telephone number:
    • Main: 01865550550
    • Website:
    • Email address:
    • More information:
      • Approach from the city ring Road to the BMW Works roundabout. (Map 2). This roundabout is easy to recognise because it is situated at the heart of the BMW Works area.
      • Turn away from the direction of the city (i.e. right turn if travelling anti-clockwise on the ring road, left turn if travelling clockwise).
      • Proceed along the Garsington Road, Watlington Road, passing through two sets of traffic lights. At the third set opposite Johnson's Home Centre turn right into Cuddesdon Way, the College is a few hundred yards along this road on the left hand side.