Facilities for students

Study at one of our colleges and you will have access to our range of well-equipped, industry-standard facilities. 

We give you a realistic working environment to hlep you develop the skills, knowledge and atittude to succeed in your chosen career pathway/ 

Visit our school leavers and adult learning sections for more detailed information about your course.

Motor vehicle - Our state-of-the-art motor vehicle centre is built to MOT testing standards, and offers students access to the latest engine diagnostics, including those for hybrid vehicles. The £2m centre offers the latest vehicle lifts which means you can really get under the bonnet to find out what's going on.

Motorsports - Our Bicester campus is renowned as a specialist centre for motorsport engineering. We are also working in partnership with Bicester Heritage, the UK's only centre dedicated to the restoration, storage and enjoyment of vintage and classic cars, motorcycles and aeroplanes. Students come to Bicester from all over the country to use our engineering workshops and facilities, and to benefit from close links with leading employers in 'motorsport valley'. 

Art, design and fashion studios - Our recently-refurbished creative arts centre provides an attractive, stimulating environment in which to develop your creative skills with ceramics, wood and metal, printmaking, fashion, textiles and photography.

Creative media production – Our fantastic media centre (opened in 2013) has a television studio, recording and editing suites, Photoshop and Mac suites. The centre prepares students for careers in advertising, animation, radio, television and production.

The Cherwell Cafe and Restaurant - The Cherwell Restaurant provides catering and front of house students with the opportunity to prepare for future employment by training in a commercial kitchen environment and providing a first class service to customers. Students in hospitality and catering also run our Cherwell Cafe and canteen, and provide external catering contracts to local businesses. This means you get maximum commercial experience while you train.

Wella – We work in partnership with Wella to provide students with the right training and skills for employment by leading salons. Level 3 hairdressing students work from our salon, which is open to the public, offering the latest cutting and styling techniques.

Sunset and Sunrise Salons and Salon Dermatique - Our training hair and beauty salons also offer you the opportuntiy to develop your skills in a commercial environment, with access to the latest equipment and treatments.

Learning zones - Our IT spaces help you develop your research, assignments or group tasks. Each is overseen by a Learning coach, who is skilled in research and utilising technology. Ipads, Apple TVs, airplay keyboards - our Learning Zones have it all and provide a modern environment in which to develop your independent thinking and study skills.

IT resources - There are PCs available to students throughout the college. Every classroom has a dedicated PC and digital projector, and most are equipped with a smart board. In our collaborative rooms, you can use iPad, laptops and touchscreen PCs.

The library - You will have access to electronic resources, databases, books, newspapers, CDs and DVDs. The library staff will help you locate information, understand referencing and use our electronic databases. There are study spaces with access to PCs for individual or group work.

Come to your nearest Activate Learning campus for one of our open events and see it for yourself.