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

Level 3 - Digital Technologies (Year 1/2)

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

L3 - Digital Technologies

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."

Your future career

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Digital Technologies Course Listings

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....

24th Feb 2020 - 23rd Mar 2020

Monday

Digital Technologies

Oxford Adult Learning Cowley

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Computer - EXCEL improvers

Part Time WCWR002P

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

2nd Jun 2020 - 30th Jun 2020

Tuesday

Digital Technologies

Witney Campus

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Computer - EXCEL introduction

Part Time WCWR001P

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 Apr 2020 - 19th May 2020

Tuesday

Digital Technologies

Witney Campus

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Computer - EXCEL introduction

Part Time WCXR001P

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...

13th Jan 2020 - 10th Feb 2020

Monday

Digital Technologies

Oxford Adult Learning Cowley

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Computer - Functional Skills Entry Level 3 and Level 1 qualification in information and communication technology (ICT)

Part Time WPKR205P

ICT Functional Skills qualifications are designed to equip you with the confidence and ability to use ICT systems and tools, and find, select, develop, present, and communicate information....

24th Feb 2020 - 13th Jul 2020

Monday

Digital Technologies

Kidlington Adult Learning

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Computer - Functional Skills Entry Level 3 and Level 1 qualification in information and communication technology (ICT)

Part Time WPAR205P

ICT Functional Skills qualifications are designed to equip you with the confidence and ability to use ICT systems and tools, and find, select, develop, present, and communicate information....

25th Feb 2020 - 14th Jul 2020

Tuesday

Digital Technologies

Abingdon Campus

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Computer - Functional Skills Entry Level qualification in information and communication technology (ICT)

Part Time WPXR204P

Entry Level Functional Skills qualifications in ICT are designed to equip you with the basic skills they need to operate confidently, effectively and independently in education, work and everyday life....

28th Feb 2020 - 24th Jul 2020

Friday

Digital Technologies

Oxford Adult Learning Cowley

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Computer - Functional Skills Entry Level qualification in information and communication technology (ICT)

Part Time WPWR204P

Entry Level Functional Skills qualifications in ICT are designed to equip you with the basic skills they need to operate confidently, effectively and independently in education, work and everyday life....

24th Feb 2020 - 13th Jul 2020

Monday

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...

7th Jan 2020 - 11th Feb 2020

Tuesday

Digital Technologies

Abingdon Campus

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IT, Software, Web and Telecoms Professional Apprenticeship, Level 3

Apprenticeship XMZP114P

Kick-start your career in the world of IT with our advanced apprenticeship...

1st Aug 2019 - 31st Jul 2020

Various

Digital Technologies

Off Site

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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 ...

9th Sep 2019 - 3rd Jul 2020

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...

9th Sep 2019 - 3rd Jul 2020

Monday to Friday

Digital Technologies

Abingdon Campus

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Level 1 Computing – Back to Basics

Part Time JPAR000P

The Computing – Back to Basics Course is for a range of abilities, either a complete novice or a competent user. The course is ideal for people who are looking to get more from their PC’s than just browsing the internet or sending emails....

21st Apr 2020 - 4th Jun 2020

Tuesday

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 ...

9th Sep 2019 - 3rd Jul 2020

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...

9th Sep 2019 - 3rd Jul 2020

Monday to Friday

Digital Technologies

Witney Campus

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Photoshop - improvers

Part Time QCWR302P

A follow on from Photoshop Beginners exploring more in-depth techniques and gaining a fluidity of use through knowledge, application and refinement. We will be using multiple effects on imagery and look at how these work together to build up atmosphe...

7th Jan 2020 - 7th Jul 2020

Tuesday

Digital Technologies

Witney Campus

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Photoshop - improvers (OAL Cowley)

Part Time QCXR308P

A follow on from Photoshop Beginners exploring more in-depth techniques and gaining a fluidity of use through knowledge, application and refinement. We will be using multiple effects on imagery and look at how these work together to build up atmosphe...

6th Jan 2020 - 13th Jul 2020

Monday

Digital Technologies

Oxford Adult Learning Cowley

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