Gain the skills you need for the digital world

This industry thrives on talented people who can solve problems, develop better ways of doing things, and understand and shape technology, which is at the centre of our Digital Technologies courses.

Get experience in key global growth areas

Our courses will develop your skills in fast-growing areas within the industry. We have hosted unique workshops at the College, such as cyber security delivered by The University of Oxford's Computer Science department.

Are you inspired by the idea of creating security protocols, testing and tweaking the code behind websites, or developing new digital tech to solve complex issues?

Develop a greater understanding of the IT systems, hardware and software powering today's businesses in many different industries with one of our Digital Technologies courses.

A practically-taught and career-focused approach will give you insights into the technical skills valued by employers in the workplace, looking at digital portfolios, database and software development, the online world and other interesting modules.

As you progress, you will discover new specialities and work on your own specific interests. There are so many different career paths to follow, there's bound to be something that suits you!

Staff Profile: Tim Bailey

Staff Profile: Tim Bailey

Tim’s career background covers various industries, including mechanical engineering and five years working at Cable and Wireless Worldwide, which was later purchased by Vodafone, as a security cleared voice communications specialist.

Tim now teaches on all levels of the Digital Technologies course as a lecturer.

"The staff in the Digital Technologies department have backgrounds in many different industries, with all sorts of anecdotes of things that have gone really well and things that haven't.

We find that students benefit from the staff’s industry experience and that they can learn from our stories and mistakes. Any knowledge we can pass on helps to prepare them for the workplace and that's what I enjoy most – teaching the next generation of digital professionals."

Staff Profile: Roger Christiansen

Staff Profile: Roger Christiansen

Roger has been working at the College for 3 years, having spent most of his career as a senior marketing professional working in hi-tech companies big and small; from local start-ups like Research Machines to global brands such as IBM and Ricoh.

He has been involved in taking new technologies to market, including one of the first global e-learning solutions to high-speed print and on-demand colour inkjets in the books market.

Based in Witney, Roger now teaches as a Lecturer on the College's Digital Technologies courses.

"Whether they want to work in the modern IT industry or apply their IT skills and knowledge in another industry; we are preparing our students for their careers in every lesson and at every step in their journey.

The thing I love about my job the most is making a real difference and having a positive impact. You get to see students develop over their time in college, starting their course with certain skills but lacking in some areas which we help them to tackle. They finish with a recognised qualification, grow in confidence and ability and that makes it all worthwhile!"

Staff Profile: Toby James

Staff Profile: Toby James

Toby joined Abingdon & Witney College straight from Oxford Brookes University, where he studied Sports, Coaching and Physical Education.

First teaching within the Sports department at the College, whilst also gaining his PGCE, he is now Curriculum Manager for Digital Technologies and Motor Vehicle.

“The best thing about being here is every day is different and there’s always a new challenge to face.

There’s great satisfaction in following our students’ journeys through college and seeing the positive influence you can have. It makes it worth getting out of bed in the morning! I also enjoy seeing the staff in our department develop and progress their careers further.

The support students receive is second-to-none and you can tell it really makes a difference to them. That, and the fact we treat them like adults, keeps students engaged with their courses.”

Did you know?

Nathan

Previous school:
Henry Box School


There are significantly less students here compared to school, so there's more one-to-one time with the tutor and I can get individual support.

It's definitely a good challenge. There are units that focus on the jobs that are in demand like coding, and units that branch off into different subjects like business and sport, so not just computers!

I find that best of all, I'm focusing on one thing at a time, which is different to studying A levels and I'm glad I've gone for something more practical.

Aidan

Previous school:
St Birinus School


Aidan always loved computers, especially big systems with impressive specs. The course at the College had the right material and structure for his learning style, and he found it a positive move to focus on one subject rather than a wider selection of A levels.

"I now work at the Science and Technology Facilities Council, a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, looking after a large storage cluster and some of this requires scripting/coding which I learned at college.

The job has tested my knowledge of networking, web design and several other areas of IT that were covered in modules on my course here."

Daisy

Previous school:
Fitzharrys School


Daisy joined the Level 3 Digital Technologies course (Computing as it was known then) and was so successful that she went on to achieve the 2017 Student of the Year Award for the entire Technology department!

"There was such a wide variety of topics covered within my course, taught in practical ways rather than just through theory; this gave me a really good idea of what I enjoy most about computing.

Two years on and I am studying for a degree in BSc Computer Forensics at the University of South Wales. I am currently on a placement year where I am working in the public sector in Computing.

Next year is my final year of my degree and I still share the same passion I had when finishing college. Going to university has helped me develop both my technical and personal skills which are crucial for progression in the industry but it isn’t for everyone!"

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Digital Technologies Course Listings

Adobe Illustrator for Beginners

Part Time QCAT312P

Illustrator is a programme to make up non photographic visuals. You can make images that usually have a 2D cartoon feel but differ in style enormously. Illustrators use Illustrator to make up artwork. Logo’s are usually made in Illustrator and any gr...

10th Jan 2022 - 7th Mar 2022

Monday

Digital Technologies

Abingdon Campus

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Build your own PC

Part Time WCAT103P

An introduction to how to connect the different internal parts of a ‘classic’ pc and get it working to perform the requirements of the modern age....

11th Apr 2022 - 16th May 2022

Monday

Digital Technologies

Abingdon Campus

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Coding Academy

Part Time WCAT102P

A first look into current coding techniques for a number of “everyday” computing problems....

17th Jan 2022 - 28th Mar 2022

Monday

Digital Technologies

Abingdon Campus

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Computer - Microsoft Excel - Beginners

Part Time WCXT003P

Microsoft Excel is an invaluable tool in the workplace and an essential skill if you aspire to improve your career prospects in administrative roles. Spreadsheets are equally a useful personal skill for enhancing processes like tracking your personal...

9th May 2022 - 13th Jun 2022

Monday

Digital Technologies

Oxford Adult Learning Cowley

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Computer - Microsoft Excel - Beginners

Part Time WCXR102P

Microsoft Excel is an invaluable tool in the workplace and an essential skill if you aspire to improve your career prospects in administrative roles. Spreadsheets are equally a useful personal skill for enhancing processes like tracking your personal...

1st Nov 2021 - 29th Nov 2021

Monday

Digital Technologies

Oxford Adult Learning Cowley

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Computer - Microsoft Excel - Charts for Beginners

Part Time WCXT001P

Microsoft Excel is an invaluable tool in the workplace and an essential skill if you aspire to improve your career prospects in administrative roles. This course builds on your existing skills and includes use of Charts....

17th Jan 2022 - 14th Feb 2022

Monday

Digital Technologies

Oxford Adult Learning Cowley

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Computer - Microsoft Excel - Improvers

Part Time WCAR002P

This Microsoft Excel improvers course is ideal for those who have a basic working knowledge of Excel and wish to advance their skills....

4th Nov 2021 - 2nd Dec 2021

Thursday

Digital Technologies

Abingdon Campus

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Computer - Microsoft Excel - Introduction

Part Time WCAR001P

Microsoft Excel is an invaluable tool in the workplace and an essential skill if you aspire to improve your career prospects in administrative roles. Spreadsheets are equally a useful personal skill for enhancing processes like tracking your personal...

23rd Sep 2021 - 21st Oct 2021

Thursday

Digital Technologies

Abingdon Campus

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Computer - Microsoft EXCEL - Next Steps

Part Time WCXR002P

This Microsoft Excel course is ideal for those who have a basic working knowledge of Excel and wish to advance their skills....

17th Jan 2022 - 14th Feb 2022

Monday

Digital Technologies

Oxford Adult Learning Cowley

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Computer - Microsoft Excel - Pivot Tables for Beginners

Part Time WCXT002P

Microsoft Excel is an invaluable tool in the workplace and an essential skill if you aspire to improve your career prospects in administrative roles. This course builds on your existing skills and includes use of Pivot Table....

28th Feb 2022 - 28th Mar 2022

Monday

Digital Technologies

Oxford Adult Learning Cowley

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Computer - Social Media for Business

Part Time WCWR102P

Social media is the connective tissue of the digital landscape. Over the years, businesses of all sizes and sectors have begun to understand this and use social for their own strategical means, joining in on the connections, conversations, and knowle...

3rd Mar 2022 - 7th Apr 2022

Thursday

Digital Technologies

Witney Campus

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Computer - Social Media for Business

Part Time WCAR102P

Social media is the connective tissue of the digital landscape. Over the years, businesses of all sizes and sectors have begun to understand this and use social for their own strategical means, joining in on the connections, conversations, and knowle...

2nd Nov 2021 - 7th Dec 2021

Tuesday

Digital Technologies

Abingdon Campus

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Computer - Social Media for Business

Part Time WCKT102P

Social media is the connective tissue of the digital landscape. Over the years, businesses of all sizes and sectors have begun to understand this and use social for their own strategical means, joining in on the connections, conversations, and knowle...

10th Jan 2022 - 14th Feb 2022

Monday

Digital Technologies

Kidlington Adult Learning

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Computer - Social Media for Business - improvers

Part Time WCWT103P

Social media is the connective tissue of the digital landscape. Over the years, businesses of all sizes and sectors have begun to understand this and use social for their own strategical means, joining in on the connections, conversations, and knowle...

5th May 2022 - 16th Jun 2022

Thursday

Digital Technologies

Witney Campus

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Computer - Social Media for Business - improvers

Part Time WCKT103P

Social media is the connective tissue of the digital landscape. Over the years, businesses of all sizes and sectors have begun to understand this and use social for their own strategical means, joining in on the connections, conversations, and knowle...

25th Apr 2022 - 13th Jun 2022

Monday

Digital Technologies

Kidlington Adult Learning

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Computing - Digital Technology Transition Programme Level 2

School Leaver JFWT101P

The Level 2 Computing course will help you take your first steps towards a career in the Digital Technology Industry. Through a combination of practical experience and written assignments, the course provides learners with the knowledge, skills and u...

6th Sep 2021 - 1st Jul 2022

Digital Technologies

Witney Campus

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Computing - Digital Technology Transition Programme Level 2

School Leaver JFAT101P

The Level 2 Computing course will help you take your first steps towards a career in the Digital Technology Industry. Through a combination of practical experience and written assignments, the course provides learners with the knowledge, skills and u...

6th Sep 2021 - 1st Jul 2022

Digital Technologies

Abingdon Campus

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Digital Skills for Life - Advanced

Part Time WPWS204P

This course offers the learner a qualification that develops their digital skills and supports them getting into work and performing their job roles effectively. The qualification reflects the latest government thinking on basic digital skills and th...

29th Apr 2022 - 15th Jul 2022

Friday

Digital Technologies

Witney Campus

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Digital Skills for Life - Improvers

Part Time WCXR205P

This course offers the learner a qualification that further develops their knowledge and digital skills within a life-related context. It is based on the Essential Digital Skills Framework....

29th Apr 2022 - 15th Jul 2022

Friday

Digital Technologies

Oxford Adult Learning Cowley

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Digital Skills for Life - improvers

Part Time WPWS203P

This course offers the learner a qualification that further develops their knowledge and digital skills within a life-related context. In order to avoid disappointment, it is advisable to enrol at least 2½ weeks prior to the course starting. We will ...

14th Jan 2022 - 25th Mar 2022

Friday

Digital Technologies

Witney Campus

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Digital Skills for Life - Improvers

Part Time WCAR801P

This fully-funded course offers the learner a qualification that further develops their knowledge and digital skills within a life-related context....

10th Jan 2022 - 21st Mar 2022

Monday

Digital Technologies

Abingdon Campus

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Digital Skills for Life - Improvers

Part Time WCAT801P

This course offers the learner a qualification that further develops their knowledge and digital skills within a life-related context. It is based on the Essential Digital Skills Framework....

26th Apr 2022 - 21st Jun 2022

Tuesday

Digital Technologies

Abingdon Campus

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Digital Skills for Life - Introduction

Part Time WCXR203P

This course has been developed to support learners to develop digital skills within a life-related context. It is based on the Essential Digital Skills Framework....

14th Jan 2022 - 25th Mar 2022

Friday

Digital Technologies

Oxford Adult Learning Cowley

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Digital Skills for Life - Introduction

Part Time WPWS201P

The course will support learners to gain confidence to use digital skills and/or devices for personal and leisure purposes. It will enable them to use these digital skills and/or devices to communicate and share information with family and friends. I...

24th Sep 2021 - 10th Dec 2021

Friday

Digital Technologies

Witney Campus

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Digital Skills for Life - Introduction

Part Time WCAR800P

This new fully-funded course offers adults the opportunity to develop their digital skills with the Essential Digital Skills qualification. It has been developed to support learners obtaining digital skills within a life-related context. Learners wil...

27th Sep 2021 - 6th Dec 2021

Monday

Digital Technologies

Abingdon Campus

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Digital Skills for Life - Introduction

Part Time WCAT800P

This new fully-funded course offers adults the opportunity to develop their digital skills with the Essential Digital Skills qualification. It has been developed to support learners obtaining digital skills within a life-related context. Learners wil...

11th Jan 2022 - 22nd Mar 2022

Tuesday

Digital Technologies

Abingdon Campus

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Essential Digital Skills

Part Time WPAT110P

It is estimated that one in five adults lack basic digital skills. This qualification aims to enable learners to develop the digital skills they need for life, work or further study. At Entry level 3, the focus is on developing digital skills for lif...

10th Jan 2022 - 27th Jun 2022

Monday

Digital Technologies

Abingdon Campus

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Essential Digital Skills

Part Time WPKT001P

It is estimated that one in five adults lack basic digital skills. This qualification aims to enable learners to develop the digital skills they need for life, work, or further study. At Entry level 3, the focus is on developing digital skills for li...

29th Sep 2021 - 23rd Mar 2022

Wednesday

Digital Technologies

Kidlington Adult Learning

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Essential Digital Skills

Part Time WPXT100P

It is estimated that one in five adults lack basic digital skills. This qualification aims to enable learners to develop the digital skills they need for life, work or further study. At Entry level 3, the focus is on developing digital skills for lif...

15th Jan 2022 - 2nd Jul 2022

Saturday

Digital Technologies

Oxford Adult Learning Cowley

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17th Nov 2021 - 8th Dec 2021

Wednesday

Digital Technologies

Online

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Introduction to Microsoft Packages

Part Time WCAT101P

From the familiar Office desktop productivity package to the cloud. Making the most of Office 365 features and facilities....

15th Nov 2021 - 13th Dec 2021

Monday

Digital Technologies

Abingdon Campus

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Maintaining databases

Part Time WCAT100P

The growth of “Big Data” in society means an ever-increasing amount of information needs storing and maintaining this data increases efficiency and availability.A look at how to keep things “clean” and leverage success from difficult data....

27th Sep 2021 - 25th Oct 2021

Monday

Digital Technologies

Abingdon Campus

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T Level : Computing - Digital Production, Design and Development

School Leaver JFWT100P

T-Levels are a brand new type of qualification designed to give young people a new two-year, full-time study vocational programme equivalent to 3 A Levels. These new qualifications bring classroom learning and an extended industry placement together ...

6th Sep 2021 - 30th Jun 2023

Monday to Friday

Digital Technologies

Witney Campus

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T Level : Digital Production, Design and Development

School Leaver JFAT100P

T-Levels are a brand new type of qualification designed to give young people a new two-year, full-time study vocational programme equivalent to 3 A Levels. These new qualifications bring classroom learning and an extended industry placement together ...

6th Sep 2021 - 30th Jun 2023

Monday to Friday

Digital Technologies

Abingdon Campus

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