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Ready to kickstart or advance your career? Expand your learning horizons at our welcoming campuses - with dedicated learning spaces, industry standard facilities and experienced teachers to support you all the way.
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Activate Learning is based at City of Oxford College.
Discover where a career with Rycotewood Furniture Centre could take you.
We've been training furniture specialists since 1938.
Join our renowned centre of excellence, the Rycotewood Furniture Centre in Oxford, and you will benefit from a unique learning experience, with access to excellent facilities, industry experienced, highly skilled teachers and strong links with industry.
With our programmes, you can progress all the way from Level 1 (equivalent to GCSEs in grades D-F or 3-1) to university level. This could lead you to exciting careers in:
Rycotewood Furniture Centre has been educating students in the design and craft of fine furniture since 1937, with many of our former students achieving great career success.
Our internationally renowned workshop boasts specialist equipment and state of the art facilities and a team of highly experienced teachers who will prepare you for industry success.
A career pathway is a series of building blocks that will take you to your future career. This helps equip you with the skills, attributes and knowledge that future employers want, giving you a greater chance of success.
Our career pathway maps will show you the best routes through college, higher education and employment and into the most popular industry sectors.
College taught me resilience, as I hadn’t done furniture making before. I kept trying, and eventually got up to a good standard. The tutors and staff are really amazing."
Our students regularly receive awards in recognition of the high standard of their creative skills and craftmanship. Awards include: the City & Guilds Medal of Excellence, the Alan Peters Award and Mixology designer of the year.
Our extensive network or partnerships will help you develop invaluable skills and experience.
We work with many furniture manufacturers, including live design briefs with Ercol and William Hands, so you have an opportunity to get feedback from the professionals on your work. Our annual employers' day and end of year exhibition are also excellent opportunities to network with potential employers.
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