Reading College

Address:

Kings Road
Reading
Berkshire

RG1 4HJ Reading

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In our fast changing and competitive world, we know that students need to do more than just gain a qualification to achieve their aspirations.

At Reading College, we do our best to ensure that our students go further.

As you look around our website, you’ll see that we offer more than just a qualification – we will support you to fulfil your ambitions and reach your goals.

Whether starting your …

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In our fast changing and competitive world, we know that students need to do more than just gain a qualification to achieve their aspirations.

At Reading College, we do our best to ensure that our students go further.

As you look around our website, you’ll see that we offer more than just a qualification – we will support you to fulfil your ambitions and reach your goals.

Whether starting your career, planning a career change or career progression, we will equip you with the employability skills and confidence to succeed in the workplace.

Whichever course you choose you will find that learning here is a shared experience. You will learn in collaboration with your tutors and peers using the latest technology.

Activate Learning was launched in 2013, but our roots go back much further than that.

We have a history providing further education opportunities in Reading that stretches back to 1955. The college has changed names and merged with other education providers as it grew and developed, offering an ever expanding range of exciting new programmes.

October 2013 - public consultation begins on UTC Oxfordshire. Due to open September 2015, specialising in life sciences, physical sciences and advanced engineering.

September 2013 – UTC Reading opens its doors to students wanting to specialise in engineering and computer science.

August 2013 - Oxford & Cherwell Valley College Group is re-launched as Activate Learning.

June 2013 – Rocket Consultancy becomes part of Oxford & Cherwell Valley College Group.

February 2013 - we enrolled our 500th apprentice.

2012 – The site at Crescent Road has been bought and will become a University Technical College from September 2013.

2012 – Developing the College’s long history of delivering apprenticeships, Reading College currently has 300 apprentices placed with 150 local employers. The range of industries is vast compared to the 1950s, as well as the traditional apprenticeships in construction, apprenticeships are also available in IT, hair and beauty, customer service and accounting.

2012 – New higher education courses are added to the College’s offer in business, creative arts, engineering and teaching.

2011 – Introduction of the Get that Job intiative to help jobseekers gain new skills and qualifications to get back into work.

2011 – Newly built, The Salon and The Kitchen ensures that students can learn and train in industry standard facilties.

2010 – The Kings Road campus of TVU became Reading College in a new partnership with Oxford & Cherwell Valley College and the Learning and Skills Network (LSN). Shortly after this, LSN left the partnership.

2007 – The College founded the Gas and Energy Centre in Wokingham to provide specialist gas, water, energy training and assessments, all designed to update the skills of the industry.

2004 – Reading College and School of Arts and Design merged with Thames Valley University (TVU) and offered courses from entry to degree level. TVU was based on four sites: Kings Road, Crescent Road, Green Road and Hamilton Road.

2002 – College radio station Blast 1386 was founded. It celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2012.

2001 – A new wing is built on to the main building (today this is the foyer and surrounding rooms).

1997 – Reading College and School of Arts and Design was formed as a result of the merger between Reading College of Arts and Technology and Berkshire College of Art and Design in Maidenhead. The newly merged college inherited the courses originally offered by the Berkshire College of Art and Design, including higher education.

1970s – The College was renamed Reading College of Arts and Technology, in order to recognise the introduction of art and design courses to the curriculum.

1967 – The College was renamed Reading College of Technology.

1955 – Reading Technical College was officially opened by HM the Queen’s Mother on 26 October. The College specialised in vocational education, including apprenticeships in industries such as building and printing.

“To all who work here, teachers and students, and the administrative staff who see to your day-to-day life, I give my good wishes. It is your joint endeavour which will make this college great.” From HM the Queen Mother’s opening speech.

1950 – Before the war, there had been a plan to establish a major education institution to meet the increasing demand in Reading and the surrounding districts for technical education. An eight and a half acre site was acquired on Reading’s Kings Road and building work commence. The first Principal, John Dimmick supervised the construction of the College.

1946 – Reading Technical College was an offshoot campus of the technical training run by Associated Electrical Industries Ltd. (AEI) and the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment (AWRE).

We work together giving you the chance to change your life for the better. You can become a new part of our successful history.

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