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City of Oxford College Virtual Open Event

Welcome to our event! Find out more about our college, courses and support for students, and get your application in for September!

Our live Q&A sessions have ended but you can still watch them here

Getting started

Thank you for joining us for our first ever Virtual Open Event for City of Oxford College.

Before you start, please watch the short video below from our School Partner, Louise Coker-Taney, as she explains how to easily navigate the event, the schedule for the day, and how to get in touch with us. 

Download the PDF Virtual Open Event guide


Welcome to City of Oxford College

Watch the video below for an introduction to City of Oxford College from Nancy Buckley, Campus Director, covering its amazing facilities, subject areas and support available for all students.


Subject areas live Q&A 

If you want to find out more about specific subject areas or courses, our tutors will be available for live-chat Q&A sessions on Microsoft Teams between 9:30am–12:30pm. Click the links below to explore our faculties and subject areas, see the full Q&A timings and links to join in. 

Academic and Professional Studies

The Academic and Professional Studies faculty covers the following subject areas:

Pete Reynolds, Academic and Professional Studies Director, explains more about our vocational provision in this video.

A Levels


Vocational Courses

Teacher Training

Thank you for joining our Virtual Open Event and your interest in our Academic and Professional Studies courses.



The Lifestyles faculty covers the following subject areas:

Nancy Buckley, Lifestyles Faculty Director, talks more about our Lifestyles career pathways in this video.

Thank you for joining our Virtual Open Event and your interest in our Lifestyles courses.



Creative Industries

The Creative Industries faculty covers the following subject areas:

Our Faculty Director, Catalina Marin, talks you through all the opportunities available in the Creative Industries faculty at City of Oxford College.


Our students work will be displayed at our first virtual end of year festival taking place on Friday 10 July from 6pm. To view all our amazing work please register using Eventbrite.

Register for Creative Industries end of year festival

Find out about careers in the Creative Industries (external site)

Thank you for joining our Virtual Open Event and your interest in our Creative Industries courses.




The Technology faculty is based at our specialist Technology Campus in Blackbird Leys, and covers the following subject areas:

In our Technology faculty at City of Oxford College, we have the facilities and expertise to give you the knowledge and tools to excel in your chosen profession. 

Watch the video below from Ben Jokiel, Technology Faculty Director, as he tells us how we can support you and your studies in our technology subject areas.

Thank you for joining our Virtual Open Event and your interest in our Technology courses!


The Lifeskills faculty covers the following areas:

Foundation Studies

Our foundation programmes meet the needs of a broad range of learners; from those with special educational needs or disabilities, to those who may have disengaged from learning in the past or not achieved their full potential. 

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) 

Activate Learning is proud of the outstanding and award-winning Supported Foundation Programmes, which offer students the opportunity to develop in the exciting setting of a mainstream further education college. Find out more here

Thank you for joining our Virtual Open Event and your interest in our Lifeskills courses!


Careers support 

Not sure about your options for September? Talk to our dedicated Activate Careers Team! They offer 1-to-1 meetings, help with university and UCAS applications, and interview preparation. In this short video we demystify qualifications and explain how Activate Careers can help you get to where you want to be.


Advice and Admissions, Student Support and Learning Support

Ready for a change of scene from school? Make the switch to college and enjoy the freedom of being yourself in a safe and welcoming environment. Applying to college and studying with us can seem daunting at first, but our Advice and Admissions, Student Support and Learning Support teams are all on hand to make things as smooth and as easy as possible. 

Download the City of Oxford Support for Students PDF

Download the Blackbird Leys Support for Students PDF

Download the Group Learning Support PDF



If you are looking to do an apprenticeship, City of Oxford College works together with Activate Apprenticeships to help you earn while you learn! We have apprenticeship vacancies in motor vehicle, engineering, business, childcare, construction and education sectors, to name just a few!

For more information, watch our showreel below or visit the Activate Apprenticeships website for more information and a live list of vacancies in your area.


How to apply

Thanks for joining our City of Oxford College Virtual Open Event! We hope that you found it informative and that we answered all of your questions. If you still have a question, just fill in this quick form and one of the team will come back to you. 

If you are in Year 11 and want to study with us in September 2020, visit the How to Apply page and make sure you submit your application. You can also visit our Course Search and complete your application in full online, from the comfort of your own home. 

Still got questions? Request a callback