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.

Inspiring the next generation of digital tech professionals

Exciting trips and events to gamescom in Germany, Insomnia UK and more will put you in contact with innovative tech companies and cutting-edge digital trends and developments.

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

L3 - Digital Technologies

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

L3 - Digital Technologies

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

Level 3 - Digital Technologies (Year 1/2)

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!"

Your future career

Games Developer

IT Consultant

Network Engineer

Software Engineer

Systems Analyst

Systems Developer

Telecommunications Specialist

Web Developer

Digital Technologies Course Listings

Computer - Digital Skills for Life - Improvers - Spring

Part Time WPXR204P

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....

15th Jan 2021 - 26th Mar 2021

Friday

Digital Technologies

Oxford Adult Learning Cowley

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Computer - Digital Skills for Life - Introduction

Part Time WPXR201P

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

25th Sep 2020 - 3rd Dec 2021

Friday

Digital Technologies

Oxford Adult Learning Cowley

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Computer - 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....

2nd Nov 2020 - 30th Nov 2020

Monday

Digital Technologies

Abingdon Campus

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Computer - EXCEL Improvers

Part Time WCXR002P

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

22nd Feb 2021 - 22nd Mar 2021

Monday

Digital Technologies

Oxford Adult Learning Cowley

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Computer - 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...

21st Sep 2020 - 19th Oct 2020

Monday

Digital Technologies

Abingdon Campus

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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...

25th Feb 2021 - 1st Apr 2021

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...

12th Jan 2021 - 23rd Feb 2021

Tuesday

Digital Technologies

Abingdon Campus

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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. It is based on the Essential Digital Skills Framework....

15th Jan 2021 - 26th Mar 2021

Friday

Digital Technologies

Witney Campus

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Digital Skills for Life - Improvers

Part Time WPKS203P

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....

18th Jan 2021 - 29th Mar 2021

Monday

Digital Technologies

Kidlington Adult Learning

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Digital Skills for Life - Introduction

Part Time WPKS201P

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

21st Sep 2020 - 30th Nov 2020

Monday

Digital Technologies

Kidlington Adult Learning

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Digital Skills for Life - Introduction

Part Time WPWS201P

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

25th Sep 2020 - 11th Dec 2020

Friday

Digital Technologies

Witney Campus

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Digital Skills for Work - Advanced

Part Time WPKS204P

This course offers the learner a qualification that develops their digital skills and supports them getting into work and performing their job roles effectively....

19th Apr 2021 - 19th Jul 2021

Monday

Digital Technologies

Kidlington Adult Learning

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Digital Skills for Work - 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....

23rd Apr 2021 - 2nd Jul 2021

Friday

Digital Technologies

Witney Campus

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L2 - Digital Technologies

School Leaver JFWJ207P

The L2 Digital Technologies course can 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 ...

7th Sep 2020 - 2nd Jul 2021

Monday to Friday

Digital Technologies

Witney Campus

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L3 - Digital Technologies

School Leaver JFAA102P

The Level 3 Digital Technologies course is designed for learners who are interested in developing their knowledge and skills in Computer Science, Computer Systems, IT Security and Encryption. You will develop your understanding of computing science a...

7th Sep 2020 - 2nd Jul 2021

Monday to Friday

Digital Technologies

Abingdon Campus

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Level 2 - Digital Technologies

School Leaver JFAA101P

The L2 Digital Technologies course can 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 ...

7th Sep 2020 - 2nd Jul 2021

Monday to Friday

Digital Technologies

Abingdon Campus

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Level 3 - Digital Technologies (Year 1/2)

School Leaver JFWA102P

The Level 3 Digital Technologies course is designed for learners who are interested in developing their knowledge and skills in Computer Science, Computer Systems, IT Security and Encryption. You will develop your understanding of computing science a...

7th Sep 2020 - 2nd Jul 2021

Monday to Friday

Digital Technologies

Witney Campus

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