Courses for Adults

Part-time and short courses for you

Develop your artistic talents, turn your hobby into a business or advance your career with Activate Learning’s part-time courses for adults in Oxfordshire and Berkshire.

Our engaging and supportive environments will help you earn vocational or professional qualifications, perfect a craft or be involved with like-minded people on exciting and fulfilling projects.


Pick up a new hobby or improve your skills in an existing one, or simply come to meet new friends and share your passion. Our leisure courses offer you a fantastic opportunity to learn new skills and expand your knowledge. With the flexibility of evening and weekend courses, you will get to meet like-minded people and make new friendships along the way in a fun and supportive environment.

We have over 400 courses across our 8 locations, with areas of study including:

  • ceramics and pottery
  • DIY
  • floristry
  • hair and beauty
  • humanities
  • jewellery and silversmithing
  • languages
  • motor vehicle maintenance and restoration
  • photography and media
  • professional cookery and patisserie
  • woodwork
  • and many more...

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Activate Learning’s professional courses and qualifications can help you learn and develop specialist skills in specific areas. If you are looking to progress in your career, take the next step and expand your knowledge, our professional courses are perfect for you.


  • Accountancy (AAT)
  • Beauty therapy and hairdressing
  • Business and enterprise
  • Creative arts
  • Counselling
  • Health and social care
  • Human resource management (CIPD)
  • Hospitality and professional cookery
  • Law (CILEx)
  • Sport and exercise science
  • Teacher training and education
  • ...and more!

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These courses are designed to give you the knowledge, confidence, study skills and UCAS points you need to join a degree-level course in as little as 36 weeks!

We offer part-time, full-time or online courses, so study can fit to your needs. There are also loans and bursaries available to help cover the cost of investing in your future.

We have Acccess to HE programmes in:

  • Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Law
  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Finance
  • Education



We offer in-class support and daytime and evening classes in English and maths at various levels throughout the year at our various colleges. Our courses help you to develop your career or progress to your next challenge.

Find the course that is right for you! Opportunities include:


Employability skills

Activate Learning can help you improve your chances of finding work.

We have partnered with the European Social Fund and the Big Lottery Fund to offer courses on:

  • improving your CV
  • practicing interviews
  • using computers
  • working towards your CSCS card (construction skills)

We also offer beginner’s courses for the Construction, Social Care, Security, Retail and Hospitality sectors.


English GCSE for Adults

If English is your first language, but you don’t have an English GCSE grade 4 (C), you can study GCSE and Functional Skills courses for free.

English for non-native speakers

If English is not your first language, we can help you to improve your English with our ESOL and EFL courses so you can study or find work. You will get the skills you need to help you settle into life and work in the UK and study all aspects of the English language.

Come for an interview at one of our colleges to find the level of study and type of programme that is most suitable for you.

  • ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages): Learn basic English skills to settle into life in the UK
  • EFL (English as a Foreign Language): Gain the English skills you need to prepare for study or work 
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): English proficiency assessments for higher education or work-related training
Maths and ICT

Study for your maths GCSE or Functional Skills for free if you don’t have a Maths GCSE grade 4 (C).

Improve your basic computer skills with our Functional Skills ICT courses. They may be free depending on your circumstances. 



We offer additional programmes and courses for anyone who needs support with English, maths or study skills. We also provide help for people with learning difficulties or disabilities. If you need support with educational needs or a disability, our team is here to help you.

We can offer:

  • confidential 1:1 meetings
  • support plans
  • advice sessions
  • dedicated Learning Support team

Call us on 0800 612 6008 or complete our enquiry form to book in for a free assessment and advice session.