Common Leys

The 60-acre Common Leys campus is a working farm environment, offering opportunities to study for a range of land-based courses within state-of-the-art facilities.


Animal care

For Animal Care students, the College provides a learning environment with purpose-built indoor and outdoor units for small animals, a dog grooming parlour, modern kennel spaces and a canine hydrotherapy facility. The faculty has also introduced a family of meerkats to the farm and students also have access to some larger animals such as horses, sheep, goats and cattle.

Equine studies

Abingdon and Witney College has been a leading provider of equine courses since 1971, and enjoys an international reputation for both its practical and managerial education and training. Witney Stud Farm, based at Common Leys, gives students a unique first-hand opportunity to become immersed in the day-to-day working routine of a thoroughbred stud and equestrian centre and to participate in real-life equine business enterprises. While most of the theory elements of the equine programmes are taught at the Witney campus (1st year degree students study at Oxford Brookes University), students are able to gain extensive practical experience at the stud farm. In addition to the new land-based development, more stabling and additional practical teaching areas have been incorporated to enhance the pre-training and equitation provision.

Countryside and conservation

Students interested in countryside and conservation will find a wide range of modern facilities designed to train students in a variety of countryside management skills.


The horticulture facilities provide a nursery area where plants can be propagated, including polytunnels, a large modern glasshouse and model gardens.


Common Leys Farm,



OX29 9UY

Reception: 01993 208148

Open Days