About Ruskin College

Ruskin College is an independent college located in Old Headington, three miles from the Centre of Oxford. It was founded in Oxford in 1899, providing vocational degrees, apprenticeships, and access programmes with a social purpose that transforms the lives of individuals. We are a small college with big ideas; with 118 years’ experience of enabling individuals to realise their potential in the areas of social work, activism, social care, youth work, public service, politics, voluntary work, and the creative industries.

We specialise in providing educational opportunities for adults with few or no qualifications and aim to change the lives of those who need a second chance in education. Ruskin welcomes students who not only want to develop themselves but also want to put something back into society.

For many of our students financial, personal or social obstacles made it impossible for them to seize educational chances earlier in their lives. We understand that. We also recognise that, for many adults, returning to education raises fears and anxieties as well as awakening hopes and excitement. We offer university-standard education in the informal setting of a small residential College.

  • Are you looking for a second chance in education?
  • Do you want to get a degree but are not sure you can?
  • Did you miss out on exams at school and are not sure you can be a student?
  • If your answer is yes to any of the above then Ruskin is the place for you!

All the staff at Ruskin are aware that many adults are nervous about returning to study. To help with that we have provided information on how to make an application to the College, our open days, how you can finance your studies (including information on scholarships and bursaries), the College term dates, the excellent on-course student support we provide, our library, and if you are still not convinced, you can read our 'Why study at Ruskin' section!

We pride ourselves on:

Our individualised approach to learning

  • Small group sessions
  • Exceptional support and expert tuition
  • A diverse and culturally thriving campus
  • Modern facilities
  • Accommodation options
  • A fantastic library

Students at Ruskin College tell us that their time here has inspired them, grown their confidence, supported personal growth, and ensured their progression into employment or further study.