Professional skills

If you are looking to work in the UK, you can study alongside native speakers on one of our vocational courses. These are practical, work-based qualifications and we teach you in classrooms that mimic professional workplaces. Alternatively, if you are already skilled, you could enter one of our bridging programmes to transfer your qualifications to the UK.

Bridging courses

We are currently developing several bridging programmes, so always check back for updates!

Our first offering is a 100% online course for transferring nursing qualifications to the UK standard so that you can work within the National Health Service.

We developed the Internation Nursing Bridging Programme (INBP) in cooperation with Royal Berkshire Hospital, Berkshire, to respond to the crisis in UK Healthcare staffing shortages (currently 40,000 nursing vacancies).

With this qualification, qualified nurses from overseas can train to work as NHS staff in the UK.

Your entry into the British workforce could be even easier, now that the UK Government has created a new visa route called the Health and Care Visa, which is designed to encourage overseas Healthcare workers to come to the UK to take up jobs.

You can read more details or contact us through our Online Courses page.

Business Management

This course gives you an introduction to some of the key functional areas of a business, including finance and marketing.

During the course, you will be invited to talks by guest speakers, attend workshops and take part in practical on-site and off-site activities.

At the end of the course, you will be able to apply the knowledge and skills you have learnt to present your final project to a panel of industry professionals.

The course will be delivered by highly-skilled and knowledgeable teachers who are experts in their field.

This course will help you to progress to higher education or relevant employment.

Contact us now to book a course or find out more!

Event Management

This exciting course gives you the essential skills needed to plan and organize a successful event in a variety of sectors.

It will provide you with an overview of the knowledge and practical skills needed to plan all aspects of an event. The course will cover communication and customer service skills needed at events, steps needed to plan an event, event set up and breakdown, health and safety at events, market research and marketing methods, event finance and event evaluation.

During the course, you will be able to follow experts in the event sector and get an insight into the challenges you might expect. You will also widen your skills base to function as an Event Manager.

Contact us now to find out more!

Fashion Accessories Design Course

The course explores the teaching of fashion forecasting and accessory design principles.

You will develop skills and knowledge in:

  • fashion trends and forecasting techniques
  • latest fashion trends in the UK
  • colour and the design process
  • fashion brand analysis
  • fashion styling and photography
  • brand communications

The teachers involved in the delivery of this course all have extensive experience in the fashion industry in a range of British companies.

The aim of this course is to equip you with effective and impactful knowledge and skills for designing in the fashion industry.

Contact us now to find out more!

International Hospitality

The newly designed curriculum will build on the cooking techniques made famous by Heston Blumenthal, the world famous Michelin star chef.

It will see learners taking a more experimental and scientific approach and promote research into all methods of food production. You will be encouraged to interpret and apply to your own work traditional cooking techniques made famous by Heston.

Course programmes include Culinary Skills, Food Science and the Theory of Food. Visit our college websites to learn more.

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International Sports

Activate Learning is offering sports programmes in conjunction with international partners delivering elite sporting training in at the City of Oxford College.

Within the programme we provide world class coaching, high performance facilities, and sports science alongside academic and vocational programmes.

High performance programmes include:

  • Football (Oxford and Reading FC)
  • Rugby Union (Wasps RFC)
  • Rowing (City of Oxford Rowing Club)

Contact us now to find out more!

Multi-media Journalism

Develop your specialist skills in journalism and media.

Daily practical activities include working in a real life TV studio, creating your own media portfolio and masterclasses including journalism in the 21st century.

The learning delivered includes practical media classes, group work and own development activities.

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These courses give you:

  • practical, work-related skills and experience
  • a recognised and highly-respected UK qualification

These are the same courses that UK learners will study. You will be taught in classes with UK learners and possibly other international learners.

Our vocational courses (Levels 1, 2, 3) are ideal if you have a passion for a particular career and want to develop your knowledge and skills. There will be additional language requirements if you wish to study these courses.

After you’ve qualified:

You will receive a nationally-recognised diploma, which could lead to employment in the UK, or university study.

Contact us now to find out more!