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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

Discover your fast-track route to university.


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, Science and GCSEs

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

Animal management

Our pathway in animal management offers exciting and rewarding opportunities to work directly with animals, based at our animal management centre in Banbury.

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 pathway could be for you.

Business and enterprise

Develop your entrepreneurial skills and prepare for the challenge of growing a business in highly-competitive global markets.


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

Early years

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.


If you like finding solutions to technical challenges, engineering could be your future. Skilled engineers are in demand; so much so that there is a major drive, nationally and locally, to encourage young people into the profession.


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


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

Health and social care

Our programmes prepare students to work in a variety of care settings, supporting people of all ages. Our teachers have significant industry experience, so know exactly what it takes.

Hospitality and professional cookery

In one of the fastest growing sectors in the world, competition can be fierce. Put yourself ahead of the pack with a qualification from one of our unique programmes, designed in conjunction with The Fat Duck Group, only available at Activate Learning colleges.

IT and computing

Our IT and computing pathway will develop your technical skills in areas including cyber security, programming and web development, as well as soft skills in project management and communication.


Qualifications in our media pathway are accredited by the prestigious University of the Arts London (UAL).

Media Makeup

The theatrical makeup industry is exciting and fast-paced. There is a need for those with creative flair, attention to detail and fantastic people skills.

Motor vehicle

Study with us and you’ll train in a real garage workshop, working on real cars. Whether you do an apprenticeship or a full-time programme, you’ll face new challenges and stretch your abilities in a realistic working environment.

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

We have industry specific programmes that enable you to progress directly into blue light and non-blue light employment, or advance to higher-level study at university.

Sports academies

We provide world-class coaching, high-performance facilities and expert sports-science support alongside academic and vocational programmes.

Sports therapy and exercise science

If you have a genuine passion for sport and understand the positive impact it can have on communities, this pathway could be right for you.


Teaching can be rewarding, both financially and emotionally. Whatever your motivations, we have a number of ways to get you into teaching, which is a job like no other!


By following this pathway you will get the chance to experience the incredible breadth of the tourism industry.

Visual arts and design

Our visual arts and design pathway pairs the traditional and digital skills of being creative, including craft techniques, digital design, laser cutters and 3D printers.