Career pathways

Our career pathways maps show you a typical route through the various stages of learning and on to your chosen career.

At Activate Learning, we provide every student with a career pathway – a plan, with clear, practical steps you can take to achieve the career of your dreams. 

Our career pathways show you typical routes through the various stages of learning, what you will learn along the way and the career options that may be available for you. Progression is available across a number of levels, meaning, with your hard work and determination, the sky's the limit. 

Find your career pathway

Explore the pathways below to find out more about the typical job titles and salaries associated with each career.

Unsure which career pathway to go for?

If you aren't sure what route is best for you, our impartial careers advisers can be contacted at each of our colleges. Email or call 0800 612 6008 for impartial information, advice and guidance to guide you towards your future plans. 

Access to Higher Education

Study an Access to HE course and earn the UCAS points you need to apply for a degree-level course in just 36 weeks of study.


Are you good with numbers? Do you enjoy the challenge of mathematics? You could be perfect for a stable, well-paid and respected career in accountancy.

A Levels

Get more than just the A Level qualifications you need for university with Activate Learning A Level programmes at our colleges in Oxford, Bracknell and Reading.

Animal management

If you love animals, we can give you the skills and experience you'll need for a career in pet shops or sanctuaries, zoos or even wildlife parks!

Beauty therapy

Interested in becoming a beautician, masseuse or nail technician? Would you enjoy working in luxurious, tranquil spas administering relaxing and regenerative beauty treatments? If so, this programme could be for you.

Business and enterprise

Prepare for the challenge of growing a business, whether your own or someone else's, in highly-competitive global markets and develop your entrepreneurial skills.


Prepare for an exciting career in construction and building trades. Specialist trades include electrical, plumbing, carpentry and joinery, and brickwork.


Arguably one of the most important roles in all of society: the safeguarding and education of future generations. If you're ready for the responsibility, we can help you.


From a motor mechanic to a chartered engineer, if you are passionate about engineering, this career pathway will show you the options available.


If you have a passion for furniture production and want to broaden your skills and experience, our programmes can help you forge a career in this richly rewarding industry.

Hairdressing and barbering

A career in hairdressing and barbering could be right for you if you have creativity, flair, an eye for detail and a passion for excellent customer service.

Hair and make-up artistry

Do you enjoy working creatively with make-up? Do you have a collaborative and customer-focused nature? If so, a hair and make-up artistry programme could be for you.

Health and social care

If you are a caring and responsible individual interested in a rewarding career treating ailments or diagnosing illnesses, our health and social care courses may be for you.

Hospitality and professional cookery

Designed in conjunction with Heston Blumenthal and the Fat Duck Group, our unique qualifications will send your job or HE application to the top of the list!

IT and computing

Employer demand for IT and computing skills and knowledge is increasing, and non-digital technology companies are becoming more reliant on digital technology specialists as business requirements evolve.


The media world is changing fast. The industry employs over one million multi-skilled, creative individuals, keen to put their expertise to use in roles as diverse as games developer, video editor and camera operator.

Motor vehicle

Tune motor vehicles and get them operating at peak performance. Or, restore them to working better than new. In either case, be the expert people turn to when they need to keep moving.

Performing and production arts

Train for a career in music, dance, acting and technical theatre with our University of the Arts London-accredited programmes.

Public services

Do you feel the need to serve your community or country in a uniformed public services role? Our programmes will help you develop the skills, drive and attributes you need to do so.

Sport, exercise science, fitness and therapy

Are you passionate about sport and helping people reach their physical potential? Do you want to be a professional footballer? If so, our range of courses can get your career in fitness and exercise science up and running.

Sports academies

Are you looking to make a career out of the sport you love? With an excellent record of developing international athletes and coaches, we'll put you on the right track.


If you have an interest in learning about other cultures, passionate about sharing your own, have a spirit of adventure, or if you just take pride in providing first-class service, a career in tourism may be right for you.

Visual arts and design

Improve your skills of expression and better communicate the creative ideas in your head. Whether you use traditional or digital methods, our courses will help you deliver your concepts to the world.