What we offer
Vocational courses are work-related qualifications with an emphasis on developing practical skills and knowledge in your chosen industry. You undertake work related projects and assessments rather than exams and get opportunities for fantastic work experience throughout. You will get the ultimate employment preparation as well as an ideal qualification for entrance to university.
Our apprentices do real jobs, for real employers, so you earn while you learn. Apprenticeships are the ultimate employment preparation. With a great combination of college-based and workplace training that you can put into practice in the workplace. You get a great support structure through your college tutor, assessor and your employer, achieve recognised qualifications and get the best possible start to a career.
Are you aged between 14 and 16 years and want to study part time at college whilst still at school? Working in partnership with schools in West and South Oxfordshire, we provide those aged 14-16 the chance to study a range of vocational courses alongside taking their GCSEs at school.
If you would like some more information please contact Lisa Rideout, our 14-16 Horizons Co-ordinator, on 01993 208008 / 01235 216269, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Whether you are looking to learn a new skill, take up a new hobby, or progress at work – our part-time courses may be what you are looking for. We offer over 240 part time courses designed to fit in with your lifestyle, from evening and Saturday courses to fast track and modular courses, so that you can study in a way which suits you.
It is often thought that the automatic progression from GCSE is A Levels, but for some that’s just not the right path. With so many alternatives designed to suit the learner as well as fitting in with industry requirements, it’s no wonder that more and more students are turning to vocational qualifications. Our Level 3 courses are perfect for students who have a strong inclination toward a particular vocational career and who want to go to university. Although we do not offer traditional A Level qualifications, our Level 3 Extended Diploma courses are the equivalent to 3 A Levels and are recognised by all universities. Many of our Level 3 students have gone on to complete degrees at highly prestigious universities including Kings College London, University of Bath, University of Exeter and Edinburgh University.
Fast Forward, aimed at school leavers, is a gradual approach to learning that enables you to bank achievements each term and reach personal goals at your own pace. It is a Level 1 programme for those who are unsure of what subject area of vocational track to take. The programme allows you to pinpoint what you would like to do in either your future work or educational studies and gain the qualifications and skills needed to progress into work, an Apprenticeship or Traineeship.
There are 6 broad vocational pathways that you can choose from including: Public Service and Active Sport, Health and Social Care, specialising in Childcare, Creative (Art, Media, Design), Service Industries (Hair, Beauty, Retail, Hospitality, Fitness, Travel and Tourism), Enterprise (IT, Retail Business, Hospitality, Hair, Beauty). Employability skills are also part of the programme and form the basis for Block 1, with vocational pathways introduced later in the programme.
Entry to Fast Forward is open to all but you will need to attend an interview.
Aged 16-18 and not currently in education, employment or training? Get your future on track with a Gateway programme. The Gateway Centres at College are places where we listen to what you’ve got to say, find out what you want out of life and then help you work out a route to get there. Our centres have flexible start and finish times and we’ll offer you coaching, mentoring sessions and support to help you get a job, an apprenticeship or progress onto higher level courses at college.
You don’t need to move away to achieve your goals. Whether it’s a promotion at work, a change of career or growing your knowledge around a specific subject, a higher education course will make a difference to you. Our higher education programme – offering, Honours Degrees, Foundation Degrees and HNCs, as well as Access to Higher Education and professional qualifications – can provide you with a cost effective solution whilst maintaining the highest educational standards.
Life and Work Skills Learning Programme (Pathways)
Pathways is our Life and Work Skills Programme that ensures learners who have Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) can find a course that meets their individual needs. Pathways can help you to become more independent, perhaps get ready to start work or move onto another course at college. The courses include exciting and interesting activities such as cookery, sports and craft. You will also have help with English and maths and work with other students on your course. It’s a great way to make friends and learn new skills.
MAP (MacIntyre Abingdon Partnership College)
Situated on the Abingdon College Campus, MacIntyre Abingdon Partnership College provides specialist college day placements for learners aged between 16 and 25 with complex learning difficulties and autism. Our particular expertise lie in supporting students with autistic spectrum disorders, through the use of person centred approaches to learning, offering students an individualised programme designed to prepare them for greater independence in their future lives.
Professional Futures helps you to develop the skills you need to become a contender for top jobs and Higher Education places. Alongside your chosen course of study, you will work on collaborative projects which will enable you to develop the professional team building and negotiation skills you will need for the workplace. You will participate in extended and guaranteed work placements which will give you the chance to network with local businesses and get a feel for the real world.
The Propeller Project
The Propeller Project is a collaborative social enterprise project involving young people with a range of learning difficulties and disabilities from Abingdon & Witney College, Fitzwaryn School in Wantage, Kingfisher School in Abingdon and Springfield School in Witney. Please note: the Propeller Project’s website is currently being refurbished, so please check back soon for a link to see what we’ve done.