Around £1m has been invested in the new facilities across all OCVC sites.
Ian Francis, vice principal curriculum and quality improvement at OCVC, said: “As a further education provider we want to equip our students with contemporary skills. That includes being able to use the latest technology and harness its benefits to improve communication and the way information is accessed and presented.
“The learning zones represent a major step forward in the technology available to our students. These are the technologies being used in business, and we want our students to leave college with high levels of digital literacy. The new learning zones will not only improve students’ learning as they study with us, but also help to give them the edge over their peers and improve their chances of securing good employment when they leave.”
The zones are available to students across a broad range of curriculum areas including hair and beauty, hospitality, creative arts, travel and tourism, furniture, business and computing, engineering, caring and health. The facilities can be used to support individual and group work, while video conferencing can be used to connect students working from different campuses.
Each learning zone is also supported by a learning coach – an OCVC member of staff dedicated to supporting students as they work.
OCVC provides further education training in Oxfordshire for thousands of students who have turned their lives around with OCVC learning.
OCVC offer a wide range of full and part-time courses from entry to degree level, a range of learning for leisure courses, bespoke employer training, and courses which will help the unemployed get back into work. Oxford and Cherwell Valley College have a friendly and supportive environment where students can make friends, enjoy life as they learn, and enhance their employability, confidence and communication skills alongside their qualification.
OCVC's campuses are located in the ancient university city of Oxford and on the edge of a picturesque Cotswolds market town. The specialist centre in Bicester is based in the heart of the not-so-famous “Motorsport Valley”. Small class sizes in a creative and diverse environment make it a good choice for students eschewing university to achieve their HE qualification.
OCVC has campuses in Bicester, Banbury and in Oxford city. Where students will be taught depends on the course they decide to study, but all campuses are well placed. Oxford and Banbury campuses are within walking distance of their historic centres, and Bicester is at the heart of 'Motorsport valley' offering the full motorsports experience to engineering students.