Blog: Best of Oaklands College

05 December 2018
November Oaklands
16th January 2018

Oaklands College celebrate fantastic year of student success case studies

Join us as we take a look back at a hugely successful year for student case studies, as 2018 saw the college produce a record number of student case studies. 

From Business Administration to Nursery Apprenticeships, former Oaklands Wolves Academy athletes to Hair and Beauty students, the college has spoken to a wide variety of our successful students across a wide-range of course areas.

Need a recap? check out some of their stories in the links below:
- Former Oaklands Rugby Academy student represents England U18s
- Budding film producer and former student finishes Masters degree in Film and Television Production
- Business Administration Apprentice hits the ground running at Amthal Fire and Security
- Level 4 Apprentice enjoying work-related experience at advertising agency 'My Mustard'

3rd January 2018

Graphic Design students do Oaklands College proud in competition finals

BTEC Level 3 Graphic Design students Carly Amor, Jonathan Yankah-Ashun and Luisa Zorlakki were hand-selected by a judging committee for their impressive work on a live-brief set out by 'My Kinda Future'.

'My Kinda Future' are an organisation which works with over 4,500 schools and colleges helping students explore their career options post-education.

The BTEC Level 3 Graphic Design course has always prided itself on working closely with live-briefs set by 'My Kinda Future', enabling students to simulate real client to designer experience and develop their skills before entering full-time work.

Oaklands College's Graphic Design students have previously worked with organisations such as 20th Century Fox, National Grid, Abbey Line, Watford Football Club CSE Trust and many more. 

Huma Yousaf, personal tutor for BTEC Level 3 Graphic Design students said: "The students did a fantastic job, conceptualising new and innovative ideas for their campaigns. All of the groups created sophisticated and relevant outcomes which were produced to a professional standard."

Carly Amor, Jonathan Yankah Ashun and Luisa Zorlakki (pictured) were selected to present their designs to a panel of judges at an awards ceremony at the British Transport Museum. 

Their content included two original logo designs, an online social media campaign which was distributed across all social media platforms and printed advertisements which would be advertised through public transport, magazines and roadside billboards.

10th December 2018

AS Law students visit Houses of Parliament & UK Supreme Courts

AS Law students went on an educational visit to London last week, where they visited the Houses of Parliament and the UK Supreme Courts. 

In the House of Commons, students were able to sit in on a debate with John McDonnell, a British Labour Party politician who was appointed the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer in September 2015 and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, as they questioned the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, over the Government's Brexit deal.

Speaking of his students' trip, Lecturer in Law Adam Nicholls said; "It was an invaluable opportunity for our AS Law students to sit in on and learn about one of the most significant issues in our constitutional history."

Students were then given a tour of the House of Lords, where they watched Baroness Smith of Basildon, debating the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community. 

Once the tour was completed, students were taken to an activity room where they learnt about pressure groups, such as the CND (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament), CBI (Confederation of British Industry), NUS (National Union of Students) and the suffragettes.


6th December 2018

Music students treated to Royal Albert Hall masterclass:


Oaklands College music student’s visit the Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday 21st November, as part of the concert hall’s Albert Sessions and were treated to a workshop masterclass from New-Zealand born Unknown Mortal Orchestra (UMO) frontman, Ruban Nielson.

Oaklands’ students had the opportunity to work with Ruban Nielson and his close-friend Jack Sharp, who is a member of the band ‘Wolf People’.

Students performed covers and their own original songs in front of the two musicians, who gave feedback and advice to the young performers.

28th November 2018

Meet Bradley Page:

Former Oaklands College Media student Bradley Page, who went on to study Media Production at BA and Masters level, spoke to Oaklands College about his student experience, success stories and future plans.

You can read the full article here.


23rd November 2018


Oaklands College Media students clinch two of three Road Safety Awards

This week saw the launch of the Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Student Media awards at Campus West Cinema in Welwyn Garden City.

The concept of the project came from Borehamwood Firefighter Brian Chamberlain, who proposed that Fire Crews in Hertfordshire could work with young people to create a road safety video.

Oaklands College Media students have been working on their individual projects for a total of 8 weeks and in the company of her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant Mr Robert Voss CBE and the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire Suzy Harvey, were able to showcase their creations at the Campus West cinema facilities.

Picking up the award for the ‘Clearest Message Category’ were James O’Gorman, Cain Steadman, Ewan Jones and Leonie Isaacs with their short film ‘It Was Just’, which depicted three different story lines of characters who all caused accidents as a result of not being safe whilst driving.

Finally, winning the ‘Overall Winner’ award were cast and crew members Hana Keen, Hollie Claridge, Evie Gallagher, Michael Mcloughlin and Ross Herbert, for their ‘Think Before You Drink’ short film, following a group of young friends meeting up for a Christmas drink, to raise the awareness of both the dangers of drink-driving and the role the fire service play in road accidents.


23rd November 2018

Drug & knife crime activist delivers insightful talks to students

Speaking entirely from life experiences, after spending over £1.5 million on drugs throughout his life-time, stealing up to £5 million of goods from stores to fuel his addictions and regularly teetering on the brink of death, Paul’s story is an inspirational one.

Proudly, Paul is now over ten years clean and sober and has restored his relationship with his family, including his daughter, who plays a prevalent part in his harrowing story. 

Since turning his life around, Paul has travelled all across the country to hundreds of primary/secondary schools, youth centres, young offenders units and a variety of professional football clubs as part of their ‘football in the community’ projects. Paul speaks to over 50,000 children every year to warn them of the perils of crime and since 2009 he has spoken to well over 300,000 youngsters as he looks to ensure his story becomes an isolated one and not part of a common theme. 



19th November 2018

England World Cup winning coach delivers training masterclass

Andy Edwards, who was part of the successful England Under 20’s coaching team that lifted the World Cup in South Korea, came to Oaklands’ St Albans campus to deliver a range of coaching drills to the academy students.

A former professional football player who previously managed Leyton Orient Football Club, Edwards took time out of his busy schedule working with the England Under 19’s defensive setup to coach the talented footballers at the colleges academy.

Students were treated to an inspirational talk and were given the opportunity to chat and discuss their future plans within the football industry, before enduring a variety of high intensity training drills.


19th November 2018:

Joel Kpoku continues to make Oaklands College proud

Former Oaklands Rugby Academy graduate Joel Kpoku’s dramatic match-winning debut try for Saracens secures the win against Sale Sharks.

In his first professional Premiership start for Saracens, Joel rewarded his coach’s faith by scoring a last-minute try to maintain his side’s unbeaten run.

15th November 2018:

Travel & Tourism treated to high-tea

Our Travel and Tourism students visited Hanbury Manor as part of their Hospitality unit and were treated to a spectacular afternoon tea, tour and talk about their career opportunities post-college.


13th November 2018:

Oaklands Student Union kick off Student Voice Day


The Oaklands Student Union (OSU) hosted the annual Student Voice Day at Oaklands College’s Welwyn Garden City campus, with the aim to encourage Student Union members and representatives to feedback their ideas and improve the overall college experience.

The event opened with a talk from Student Union Officer Rhianna Hornsey, followed by a welcome speech from Oaklands College principal Zoe Hancock and Director of Student Experience Sean Scully.

Student Voice Day is a chance for OSU members and student representatives, which make up the student voice from both Welwyn and St Albans campuses, to get together and feedback change and ideas to help improve their college experience.

Students engaged in team building activities and games, whilst developing their social and team-working skills by embarking on a range of sessions throughout the day spread across the main hall and student lounge facilities.

In attendance were the Presidents and Vice Presidents for this academic year, Jaye Gherani and Vithu Ravi who represent the St Albans campus alongside Marcel Barry and Lewis Mascoll who represent the Welwyn campus.


November 8th 2018:

The Stables restaurant hosts Veterans Day Lunch

Oaklands College were extremely proud to have welcomed 22 special guests, including World War I veterans and current servicemen and women to The Stables restaurant last week, to commemorate the centenary of the end of WWI.

As part of the ‘St Albans Remembers’ initiative which was running throughout the city and in line with the colleges #ThereButNotThere campaign, the restaurant was transformed into a breath-taking homage to the past, with Photography students’ tributary images and memoirs from World War I on display throughout the restaurant.

The Veterans Day lunch offered Oaklands College students studying a range of courses from Hospitality & Catering to Photography, the opportunity to be a part of the event and gain valuable experience towards their studies, whilst paying their respects to the fallen. 


November 8th 2018

England World Cup winning coach delivers training masterclass

Current England Under 19’s coach Andy Edwards, who coached England’s winning Under 20’s side to the 2017 World Cup title, visited Oaklands Wolves Football Academy to deliver a coaching masterclass to the college’s young footballers.

Stephen Castle, current Royston Town Football Club manager and Head Coach of the Football Academy at St Albans said: “It’s an incredible opportunity for our players to learn from an elite coach in English football, this is someone who has worked with the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Ademola Lookman and Lewis Cook, who all now play at the highest level in English football.”


November 6th 2018

Student Union presidential team declared

Over a course of six weeks of intense campaigning and voting, the results were in for the next Student Union Presidential team for both campuses.

St Albans students voted for Jaye Gheriani as their OSU President, who will be assisted by Vithu Ravi as the Vice-President.

Welwyn Garden City’s campus voted in Marcel Barry as their OSU President with Lewis Mascoll assisting as Vice-President.


November 2nd 2018

Meet Tom Geere

As part of the Oaklands Wolves Rugby Academy open day, the college spoke with former student Tom Geere about college life, his experience at Oaklands and his incredible progression from Oaklands College student and University graduate to full-time employee at the famous Lawrence Dallaglio Foundation, read all about his case study here;

November 1st 2018

Four new arrivals at the farm

Four new additions arrive at Oaklands College’s onsite farm facilities. Four new calves enjoyed their first feeds as residents of the college and we were there with our camera to capture every moment. Get to know Astraea, Athena, Aphrodite & Freya better by reading more here