Activate Learning

Leanne Hicks

Leanne Hicks

Head of Group Student Support
01865 551663

The information on this page was last updated on 22 January 2020.

The details of support available can change, so before you apply it's best to speak to the named contact to check exactly what they offer.

At Activate Learning, your happiness and success is our priority. Everything we do is to help you succeed. No matter where you want to get to or where you are starting from, we want to help you achieve your ambitions.

Coming to college can be a daunting experience for some, so we work with learners and offer taster sessions, college tours, summer programmes and 1:1 support to ensure you adjust to college life quickly.

We offer a wide range of services to support learners with mental health issues. Faith rooms are available for you to use on all campuses for prayer and quiet reflection. All our students have access to a free, confidential counselling service, to help them work through any issues that may be affecting their studies.

Have your say and join the Activate Learning Students’ Union! You could run for one of the executive committee positions or join some of the clubs and societies that are run by students.


Throughout the year, we organise a vibrant range of events and activities to enrich the learner experience at college. This includes: charity events, awareness days, and celebrating religious festivals.

For further information on any of the above, please email

Support we offer

  • A named contact
  • Outreach sessions or activities
  • Pre-application help
  • Guidance for offer holders
  • A web page for care leavers
  • Careers advice and support after graduation

Accommodation we offer

  • A place to live all year round
  • If not, help finding somewhere to live for the whole year

Funding support we offer

  • Specific funding that's just for care leavers
  • Additional funding available (such as bursaries and grants)
  • Support for students seeking asylum
  • Support for those with discretionary leave to remain
  • Financial advice

Let’s face it, money matters and when it comes to student money, we know how important it is to be informed about fees and funding.
Activate Learning has made provision for a range of bursaries, for students aged 16 and over. Some of these bursaries are only available to students aged 16-18 and others are only available for students aged 19+.
Any bursary payment is subject to meeting certain criteria.
Applications will be processed in order of the date the completed application was received. We strongly recommend that you submit your application before Monday 2 September, as applications received after this date may not be processed within our standard timescales. Bursary payments will not be backdated for applications made after the start of your course. We have a team of dedicated support staff to help care leavers with their bursary applications.

14 courses

Course information from Discover Uni was last updated in December 2020

Animal Behaviour Foundation
Animal Behaviour Part time Foundation
Animal Science Foundation
Animal Science Part time Foundation
Companion Animal Behaviour Part time Foundation
Counselling Foundation
Creative Media Production (Film) Banbury and Bicester College, Banbury campus
Equine Management Foundation
Equine Management Part time Foundation
Wildlife and Conservation Part time Foundation
Zoo Management Foundation
Zoo Management Part time Foundation