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International courses

Introducing our international courses

Most of our courses are available to international students and we can offer you training from entry to graduate level:


If you are an international student and want to improve your English, you've come to the right place!
We have a wide range of English language courses on offer. Whether you want to use English more effectively in everyday life, or to study in the UK, we can help. 
We are British Council accredited for the teaching of English, and our English classes are led by highly qualified teachers. They will help you improve your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in an English speaking environment. Many students complete their English course with us and then move on to study A-levels or our International Study Programme or leave to study at university.
We offer ESOL and EFL courses at different levels and prepare students for their IELTS exam. For more information, please get in touch: International@activatelearning.ac.uk


In the UK, A-levels are the most popular entry route to university. Students must be 16 or over and have a Level 2 qualification, such as five GCSEs grade A*-C. International students need to hold equivalent qualifications and an IELTS score of 5.5.
Starting in September every year, A-levels are a two year course during which you will study four subjects. You will primarily learn in the classroom and will be assessed through written exams and essays. 
You can find more information on your options on our City of Oxford College and Reading College sites. 


If you prefer to learn in a practical environment, vocational courses such as BTECs are ideal.
Over two years you will train for a career in a specific industry. BTECs will help you develop the skills and knowledge to either head straight into employment or progress on to university. Level 3 vocational qualifications are equivalent to A-levels. You will be assessed through assignments and demonstrations of your practical skills.
International entry requirements for our BTEC courses need to be equivalent to four or five GCSEs, grade A*-C. You will also need a minimum IELTS score of 5.5.
You can find more information on our dedicated Level 3 Diplomas / vocational courses page for Banbury, Oxford or Reading


If your qualifications don't meet university requirements here in the UK or if you feel you need some course specific preparation before starting your degree, we might have the course for you.
The one-year International Foundation Programme in Business will help you develop your English and subject knowledge, so you can progress on to degree-level study.
During the course, you will study both English and business, alongside tutorials and study skills. You will improve your English language skills and develop your research, time management and independent learning skills. 
The one-year Access course prepares adult students (minimum 19 years old) for entry into university in their chosen field. Courses offered are in:
  • Art and Design
  • Humanities
  • Combined Sciences
  • Nursing and Healthcare



We also offer Higher Education courses to international students.
Our Higher Education courses are equivalent to the first two years of a university degree. Once you have completed your two years of study with us, you can head straight into employment or ‘top-up’ your qualification to a full honours degree with another year of study at a university of your choice.
International entry requirements can be found on UCAS.
If you have any queries about the types of courses we offer or the international entry requirements, please get in touch: international@activatelearning.ac.uk


Do you need a bespoke programme for a group of students or employees?
We have experience providing a variety of courses for groups of learners from schools, universities (both students and professors), government departments and business executives. We tailor the programme to your group’s needs and provide the right mix of English, subject specific training, cultural and social activities and excursions.
To discuss running a bespoke training course or for more information about our full-time English courses, please email international@activatelearning.ac.uk 


Art and Design Level 3 Foundation Diploma (UAL) Art and Design Full-time Banbury
Art and Design UAL (University of Arts London) Level 3 Extended Diploma Art and Design Full-time Banbury
Business Level 3 Extended Diploma Business and Enterprise Full-time Banbury
Business Marketing and Retail Level 3 Extended Diploma Business and Enterprise Full-time Banbury
Creative Media Production (Games Development) Level 3 Extended Diploma Computing and IT Full-time Banbury
Creative Media Production Higher National Diploma (HND) Media, Photography and Digital Arts Full-time Banbury
Engineering Motorsport Level 3 Extended Diploma Engineering Full-time Banbury
English as a Foreign Language (EFL) - IELTS Preparation ESOL and EFL Part-time Banbury
Food and Beverage Service Level 3 Diploma Hospitality and Catering Full-time Banbury
Graphics Pathway - UAL (University of Arts London) Level 3 Extended Diploma Art and Design Full-time Banbury
Health and Social Care Level 3 Extended Diploma Care, Childcare and Health Full-time Banbury
Mechanical Engineering Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma Engineering Full-time Bicester
Media Level 3 Extended Diploma Media, Photography and Digital Arts Full-time Banbury
Performing Arts Level 3 Extended Diploma Performing Arts Full-time Banbury
Professional Chef's Diploma Level 3 Hospitality and Catering Full-time Banbury
Sport and Exercise Science Level 3 Extended Diploma Sport and Sports Science Full-time Banbury
UAL Level 3 Diploma in Art & Design - Photography Media, Photography and Digital Arts Full-time Banbury