• World Food Festival 2018

    Dates: 12 – 12 May, 2018

    It’s back! The World Food Festival returns to Welwyn Garden City this year on Saturday 12th May, bringing culinary flavours from all over the world to WGC town centre.

    Oaklands College once again partner with the WGC BID team to host the event, which combines an exciting mix of great worldly cuisine and live music and entertainment.

    Get the latest tips and tricks from culinary experts on the Cooking Demonstrations stage, and enjoy the sights and sounds from local and bands, performers and community groups as you soak up your chosen cuisine in the town centre.

    The festival, now in its’s event year attracts thousands of people to Welwyn Garden City town centre, and is a go- to date in the diary for foodie fans far and wide.

    Oaklands College students from an array of department use the event to showcase their skills and gain some vital experience in their chosen field. Hospitality and Catering students led by a team of tutors man a food stall in the main hub of the festival whilst Music and Performing Arts students take to the stage to wow the crowds as they enjoy the festivals delights.

    The event is FREE entry for all visitors – bring the family and enjoy all the activities on offer!


  • Oaklands Wolves Basketball Final Try Outs

    Dates: 02 – 02 May, 2018

    Register now for this year's final try outs for the Oaklands Wolves Basketball Academy. Join us for a chance to join one of the best player development centres in the country.

    The trials are open to students who have already applied and attended one of our open days. If you have not applied please contact Head of Basketball at Oaklands, Michael Ball at michael.ball@oaklands.ac.uk

    What to expect?

    The event will start at 1.30pm and end by 5.30pm. During this time you will take part in a physical and skill test for an opportunity to show us how you perform on a basketball court. 

    Once on campus, please report to reception to sign in and then make your way to the basketball court, located in the Discovery Centre building.

    Please bring a training kit and a water bottle with you for the trials.

    After the event students will find out if they have been successful in becoming part of the Academy and which team they will join in September 2019.

    Register to attend now

    Haven’t applied yet? There’s still time.

    Participation in the Oaklands Wolves Basketball Academy programme is open to all applicants to courses at Oaklands College. The programme is timetabled to work alongside an academic course (BTEC Sport, A levels or vocational courses in particular). Explore our range of courses now and find one that suits you.

  • Beacon Film Festival

    Dates: 07 – 09 Feb, 2018

    Media students at Oaklands College will have the opportunity to have their cinematic creations shown on the big screen at this year’s Beacon Film Festival, to be held in Welwyn Garden City and you can secure a free TICKET to be at the public screening this February.

    This is the second year BTEC Creative Media and Foundation Degree students have been involved in the film festival with Hertfordshire’s Victim Care Centre Beacon, which invites filmmakers from all across the world to submit films focused on experiencing on being a victim of crime.

    In addition to a shortlist of films shown to audiences at the festival this year the event also will deliver a dynamic programme of filmmaking and victims’ awareness workshops to highlight the impact crime has on its victims.

    The festival will take place at Campus West in Welwyn Garden City from 7th – 9th February, culminating with screening on the submissions to the festival on the evening of Friday 9th February.

    All events are free of charge and open to anyone apart from the film screenings which are 15 or over.

    For more information and to register for your ticket, head to  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/beacon-film-festival-2018-tickets-41941791026


  • Lambing Weekend

    Dates: 10 – 11 Mar, 2018

    Join us to meet our brand new lambs on the College Farm!

    In March we open our doors for our annual Lambing Weekend, which welcomes the local community to come and meet our newborn lambs.

    This year the event falls on Mother’s Day weekend, Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th March 2018, giving a great opportunity to the whole family to enjoy a spring day out.

    Book your tickets now

    What happens on the day?

    As well as seeing the lambs and ewes in our Lambing Barns, you will be able to learn about the different stages of lambing and chat to our Agriculture students, who are on call throughout lambing season supporting our College Farm Manger to deliver the expected 348 new arrivals this Spring.

    Our Equine and Animal Care departments will also be on hand to introduce you to some of our wider animal family including reptiles, rabbits and horses up at the Equine yard and in our Oaklands Habitat centre. For those interested, Oaklands College staff will be available to chat about our Land based courses which include Animal Care, Horticulture and Equine Studies.

    Take advantage of Donkey rides, our on-site Farmers Market, our Family games area and enjoy a wealth of hot a cold refreshments during your day. There’s even the opportunity to snap a memento in our Lambing Weekend family photo booth to make it a Mother’s Day to remember!

    Younger guests will be able to complete our ‘Farm Trail’ by picking up an activity sheet at the entrance – a great way to take in some fun farm facts as your work your way round.

    Admission

    Entry to the event is by ticket only. Each attendee will need to have their own ticket, unless under three years of age.

    You will need to book a chosen day, and an morning or afternoon slot. This is to help manage high volumes of visitors following feedback from last year’s event. The slots are just for entry and won't restrict the time you'd like to spend on site.

    For the afternoon ticket holders, we advise that you arrive no later than 2.30pm as the event ends at 3pm.

    Please note that out of respect for the welfare of our animals we cannot permit dogs on campus during this event.

    Parking and arrival on site

    We have commissioned a Park & Ride service which runs from the University of Hertfordshire from about 9.45am throughout the day. We anticipate buses to run approximately every 20 minutes with the last bus departing about 3.30pm.

    St Albans Campus holds very limited parking with priority given to Blue Badge holders. We encourage all visitors to use the Park & Ride service, offering a transfer of just a few minutes which will bring you directly on site.

    Please have your tickets printed (or on the Eventbrite app) and ready to scan to ensure swift admission for your family.

    Caution

    Please note that there are risks associated with lambing and pregnancy. If you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant, we advise you that you do not attend the day.


    Book your tickets now


  • Oaklands Wolves Cycling Academy Trial

    Dates: 24 – 24 Feb, 2018

    We're holding a Oaklands Wolves Cycling Academy trial for all those interested in joining a course with Oaklands. Find out more about the Academy, speak with the Academy Director and join us for a ride.

    The day is both for potential riders and their parents as an opportunity to learn more about your options at College and to learn more about our cycling offer.

    Format of the day

    We meet at the Atrium in Discovery Centre, located at our St Albans Campus at 10am for an introduction to the Academy delivered by the Academy Director, Jez Cox, along with some of the current academy riders.

    Potential riders will then embark on a two hour ride whilst parents and those accompanying the riders are free to either stay on or enjoy exploring locally.

    After that there is a break for lunch before a site tour, Q&A session and an opportunity for one to one discussions with Academy staff about the specifics of the Academy.

    We expect the event to finish by 3pm.

    Register your interest

    If you'd like to join us please email your full name and when you're looking to join the Academy to cycling@oaklands.ac.uk

  • St Albans Wolves Football Academy Open Trials

    Dates: 16 – 16 Feb, 2018

    St Albans Wolves Football Academy have been in partnership with St Albans Football Club for 14 years creating pathways into semi-professional and professional football.

    Oaklands College provide fantastic opportunities for ambitious young players to continue their education in an excellent institution as well as work on developing their skills in sport.

    Open Day Itinerary

    Venue
    St Albans Campus, Hatfield Road, St Albans, AL4 0JA

    10.45: Arrival

    Please report to reception at the St Albans Campus after you have found a parking space and they will register you for free parking – then go to the Sapsed Room (in the Mansion House).

    11.00: Presentation
    Time for the parents to discuss the Academy and get to know each other. Topics may include academic options, bursary, accommodation, day-to-day life as a SAFA student athlete.  

    11.45: Campus tour
    Tour of campus, including Sports Zone courts and football facilities, gym and physio facilities.

    12.00: Trial
    Time for students to showcase their skills in a fun and relaxed environment. We are looking for students with great personality and desire, everything else is a plus.

    14.00: End
    Parents are welcome and advised to observe the Presentation, Tour & Trial, however this isn’t compulsory if you have other plans.

    To register please go to https://safatrials.eventbrite.co.uk 

  • Young Chef of the Year

    Dates: 10 – 10 Feb, 2018

    Oaklands College teams up with Lussmanns Fish & Grill for the annual Young Chef of the Year competition. Open to Year 10 and Year 11 students, the competition is a great opportunity to show off your cooking skills in front of a panel of experienced professionals.

    To enter the competition you would need to submit a recipe for either a starter, main course or dessert, with a photo of your dish, via our online form. All entries should be submitted by 26th January 2018 to be considered.

    Whether a starter, main course or dessert, your dish will be judged by a panel including:

    • Martin West, Head Chef at The Stables Restaurant
    • Andrei Lussmann, Founder of Lussmanns Restaurants
    • Becky Alexander, local food writer.

    The finals of the competition will take place on the 10th February 2018 when the aspiring young chefs will prepare their dishes at The Stables Restaurant, our state of the art catering facilities at Oaklands College.

    The overall winner will receive a £50 gift voucher for Lussmans Fish & Grill, work experience at the restaurant plus a trophy and framed certificate.  The two runners-up will receive a £25 gift voucher for Lussmans, a framed certificate and also work experience at College’s Stables Restaurant.

    To enter the competition, please complete our online form before 26th January 2018. We will contact participants about their entries in week commencing 22nd January.

    Submit entry

    If you have any questions about the event please contact Sue McKinnon at sue.mckinnon@oaklands.ac.uk or call 01727 737561

  • Twilight Tasters at WGC Campus

    Dates: 29 – 29 Nov, 2017

    A great opportunity for Year 11 students to gain some hands-on experience in a taster from a wide selection of subjects and find out what College life is really like.

    What is it all about?

    Students come in to our College one evening to attend a session run by our tutors. It's a great opportunity to get a feel for a subject you would like to pursue. Not only will you complete a session but you can also ask questions about your future options.

    Sessions are an hour long and should finish by 6pm. We ask that you come in before 5pm so we have time to take you to the right area of the College.

    Available sessions

    Curriculum Area
    Description of Activity
    Applied Science Profile a criminal
    Business
    Brand power
    Childcare
    Child development & messy play
    Computing & Technology
    Developing computer games
    Engineering
    Manufacturing keyrings
    Hair & Beauty
    Hair & beauty secrets revealed
    Media Make the cut in our film making workshop
    Music Production
    Create your own music
    Performing Arts
    So you want to be a star?
    Travel & Tourism
    Around the world in 60 minutes

    Parents can come too!

    During the tasters parents are invited to a presentation on college life and to chat with staff on a wide-range of opportunities and support available to our students.

    Booking essential

    Please book early as places are limited. If you're interested in attending, please email sue.mckinnon@oaklands.ac.uk with details of the session you'd like to attend.

    Register now

  • Twilight Tasters at St Albans Campus

    Dates: 28 – 28 Nov, 2017

    A great opportunity for Year 11 students to gain some hands-on experience in a taster from a wide selection of subjects and find out what College life is really like.

    What is it all about?

    Students come in to our College one evening to attend a session run by our tutors. It's a great opportunity to get a feel for a subject you would like to pursue. Not only will you complete a session but you can also ask questions about your future options.

    Sessions are an hour long and should finish by 6pm. We ask that you come in before 5pm so we have time to take you to the right area of the College.

    Available sessions

    Curriculum Area
    Description of Activity
    Animal Management
    All creatures great and small
    Brickwork
    Build a brick pyramid
    Business
    Brand power
    Carpentry
    Carving a career
    Electrical
    Get switched on to electrical installation
    Equine
    Horse handling skills
    Graphic Design / Animation
    From pencil to pixel
    Hospitality & Catering Stir up a stir fry
    Motor Vehicle Under the bonnet
    Photography The decisive moment
    Plumbing Go plumb crazy
    Public Services Explore a future in uniformed services
    Sports Studies Fitness testing
    Textiles & Fashion Fun with fabric

    Parents can come too!

    During the tasters parents are invited to a presentation on college life and to chat with staff on a wide-range of opportunities and support available to our students.

    Booking essential

    Please book early as places are limited. If you're interested in attending, please email sue.mckinnon@oaklands.ac.uk with details of the session you'd like to attend.

    Register now

  • Student Variety Show

    Dates: 28 – 28 Nov, 2017

    Join us for our pre-Christmas Variety Show this November, with Level 3 students stepping up to deliver short acts of entertainment to the crowds in our campus theatre.

    Acts may include musical performances, sketch comedy, magic, acrobatics, juggling and plenty more - the choice is down to the performers taking part. The show is a great opportunity to our stage stars of the future to showcase their skills and put their creativity to the test to develop an act that will impress the crowds.

    Tickets are priced at Adults £3 and Concessions £2.
    Book your tickets by emailing myraidtheatre@yahoo.co.uk

  • The Wizard of Oz

    Dates: 07 – 07 Dec, 2017

    Click your heels together and join us for a journey into one of the national best loved  stories, as The Wizard of Oz takes to the stage at Myriad Theatre, located at our Welwyn Garden City campus, this December.

    Level 2 Performing Arts students will deliver their adaptation of the popular L. Frank Baum stories, in which Dorothy and her dog Toto are caught in a tornado's path and somehow end up in the land of Oz.

    Here she meets some memorable friends and foes in her journey to meet the Wizard of Oz who everyone says can help her return home and possibly grant her new friends their goals of a brain, heart and courage.

    Tickets are priced at Adults £3 and Concessions £2.
    Book your tickets by emailing myraidtheatre@yahoo.co.uk

  • St Albans Open Evening

    Dates: 06 – 06 Feb, 2018

    St Albans Campus
    5pm - 8pm

    Join us on Tuesday 6th February 2018 at St Albans campus and speak to our staff and students!

    Come along to our open day for a taste of life on our St Albans campus! On the day you will speak to staff about a course of your choice, look around our fantastic facilities and get a real feel for what it's like to study here.

    Learn about Oaklands

    We will be running frequent presentations about our commitment to helping you reach your full potential and our vision for the college.

    Find out about the St Albans Campus

    Whatever course you're considering, we want you to enjoy the whole campus and feel comfortable on the grounds - rain or shine!

    Student advice on hand

    Whether you're not sure what you'd like to study or think you may need extra support, our friendly staff will be on hand to offer their expert advice.

    Course areas at St Albans Campus

    Register now and jump the queues on the day!

  • Welwyn Garden City Open Evening

    Dates: 25 – 25 Apr, 2018

    Welwyn Garden City
    5pm - 7pm

    Join us on Wednesday 25th April 2018 and speak to our staff and students!

    Come along to our open day for a taste of life on our Welwyn Garden City campus! On the day you will speak to staff about a course of your choice, look around our fantastic facilities and get a real feel for what it's like to study here.

    Learn about Oaklands

    We will be running frequent presentations about our commitment to helping you reach your full potential and our vision for the college.

    Find out about the Welwyn Garden City Campus

    Whatever course you're considering, we want you to enjoy the whole campus and feel comfortable on the grounds - rain or shine!

    Student advice on hand

    Whether you're not sure what you'd like to study or think you may need extra support, our friendly staff will be on hand to offer their expert advice.

    Course areas at Welwyn Garden City Campus


    Register now and jump the queues on the day!


  • St Albans Open Evening

    Dates: 24 – 24 Apr, 2018

    St Albans Campus
    5pm - 7pm

    Join us on Tuesday 24th April 2018 at St Albans campus and speak to our staff and students!

    Come along to our open day for a taste of life on our St Albans campus! On the day you will speak to staff about a course of your choice, look around our fantastic facilities and get a real feel for what it's like to study here.

    Learn about Oaklands

    We will be running frequent presentations about our commitment to helping you reach your full potential and our vision for the college.

    Find out about the St Albans Campus

    Whatever course you're considering, we want you to enjoy the whole campus and feel comfortable on the grounds - rain or shine!

    Student advice on hand

    Whether you're not sure what you'd like to study or think you may need extra support, our friendly staff will be on hand to offer their expert advice.

    Course areas at St Albans Campus

    Register now and jump the queues on the day!

  • Welwyn Garden City Open Evening

    Dates: 07 – 07 Feb, 2018

    Welwyn Garden City
    5pm - 8pm

    Join us on Wednesday 7th February 2018 and speak to our staff and students!

    Come along to our open day for a taste of life on our Welwyn Garden City campus! On the day you will speak to staff about a course of your choice, look around our fantastic facilities and get a real feel for what it's like to study here.

    Learn about Oaklands

    We will be running frequent presentations about our commitment to helping you reach your full potential and our vision for the college.

    Find out about the Welwyn Garden City Campus

    Whatever course you're considering, we want you to enjoy the whole campus and feel comfortable on the grounds - rain or shine!

    Student advice on hand

    Whether you're not sure what you'd like to study or think you may need extra support, our friendly staff will be on hand to offer their expert advice.

    Course areas at Welwyn Garden City Campus


    Register now and jump the queues on the day!


  • Oaklands Wolves Rugby Open Days

    Dates: 03 – 03 Apr, 2018

    Join us for one of our open events to discover how to join the Oaklands Wolves Rugby Academy in September 2018.

    Since 2006, in partnership with Saracens Rugby Club, Oaklands College have provided fantastic opportunity for ambitious young rugby players to continue their education in an excellent institution as well as work intensively on developing their skills in sport.

    Joining Wolves Academy at Oaklands College gives students aged 16 to 19 a way to grow with a view to progressing to the professional game, club rugby in the national or local leagues, or university and beyond.

    The Taster day will begin at 10.30, and finish at approximately 13.00 and will include:

    • A Taster Skills Session
    • A Taster Video analysis Session
    • A Taster Gym Session
    • A presentation for parents
    • A Trial Training Session*

    The taster day is broken into two parts, the first part is to show you what you might expect from a typical day at the college, with skills, gym and video analysis sessions taking place for prospective applicants to participate in.

    Parents will have the opportunity to watch the skills session and then there will be a short presentation for the parents whilst the prospective students continue with their taster sessions.

    The second part of the day will involve a short trial to assess playing ability of those in attendance. We are not expecting to see 30-40 international standard rugby players at each event, but we do expect a certain level of competence within the core skills; pass, catch, run, tackle, as well as a reasonable level of physical fitness and a drive to improve.

    Book your place

    We will be running four events this academic year, please book for one most convenient to you.

    • Thursday, 15th February 2018
    • Friday 16th February 2018
    • Tuesday 3rd April 2018
    • Friday 1st June 2018

    Places at each event are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

  • Welwyn Garden City Open Evening

    Welwyn Garden City | Dates: 14 – 14 Nov, 2017

    Welwyn Garden City
    5pm - 8pm

    Join us on Tuesday 14th November 2017 and speak to our staff and students!

    Come along to our open day for a taste of life on our Welwyn Garden City campus! On the day you will speak to staff about a course of your choice, look around our fantastic facilities and get a real feel for what it's like to study here.

    Learn about Oaklands

    We will be running frequent presentations about our commitment to helping you reach your full potential and our vision for the college.

    Find out about the Welwyn Garden City Campus

    Whatever course you're considering, we want you to enjoy the whole campus and feel comfortable on the grounds - rain or shine!

    Student advice on hand

    Whether you're not sure what you'd like to study or think you may need extra support, our friendly staff will be on hand to offer their expert advice.

    Course areas at Welwyn Garden City Campus


    Register Now


  • St Albans Open Event

    Dates: 11 – 11 Nov, 2017

    St Albans Campus
    10am - 2pm

    Join us on Saturday 11th November 2017 at St Albans campus and speak to our staff and students!

    Come along to our open day for a taste of life on our St Albans campus! On the day you will speak to staff about a course of your choice, look around our fantastic facilities and get a real feel for what it's like to study here.

    Learn about Oaklands

    We will be running frequent presentations about our commitment to helping you reach your full potential and our vision for the college.

    Find out about the St Albans Campus

    Whatever course you're considering, we want you to enjoy the whole campus and feel comfortable on the grounds - rain or shine!

    Student advice on hand

    Whether you're not sure what you'd like to study or think you may need extra support, our friendly staff will be on hand to offer their expert advice.

    Course areas at St Albans Campus

    Register Now

  • Sign Up Saturday - Welwyn Garden City Campus

    The Campus | Dates: 16 – 16 Sep, 2017
    Doors are open at our Welwyn Garden City Campus this weekend for our first ‘Sign Up Saturday’ – a great chance to come and meet our staff, see our facilities and make a positive decision about your future. 

    Our huge range of courses and excellent specialist facilities are backed by excellent support in both learning and your personal development. Our team is dedicated to ensuring you have all the tools you need to take on the world, during your time at college and beyond.

    There’s no need to register – just pop along to our Welwyn Garden City Campus between 10am and 1pm this weekend, bring your exam results and have a chat about your options. We’ve got representative from all curriculum areas who’ll be able to fill you in everything you need to know. Whatever your passion or interests, we’ll have something to get you on the path to success this September. 

     
  • Sign Up Saturday - St Albans Campus

    St Albans | Dates: 09 – 09 Sep, 2017
    Doors are open at our St Albans Campus this weekend for our first ‘Sign Up Saturday’ – a great chance to come and meet our staff, see our facilities and make a positive decision about your future. 

    Our huge range of courses and excellent specialist facilities are backed by excellent support in both learning and your personal development. Our team is dedicated to ensuring you have all the tools you need to take on the world, during your time at college and beyond.

    There’s no need to register – just pop along to our St Albans Campus between 10am and 1pm this weekend, bring your exam results and have a chat about your options. We’ve got representative from all curriculum areas who’ll be able to fill you in everything you need to know. Whatever your passion or interests, we’ll have something to get you on the path to success this September.