• 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 19th 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, Director 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.

    To enter the competition, please complete our online form before 19th 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: 30 – 30 Nov, 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 November.

    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

  • Welwyn Garden City Open Evening

    Dates: 25 – 25 Apr, 2018

    Welwyn Garden City
    5pm - 7pm

    Join us on Tuesday 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


  • St Albans Open Evening

    Dates: 24 – 24 Apr, 2018

    St Albans Campus
    5pm - 7pm

    Join us on Saturday 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

  • Welwyn Garden City Open Evening

    Dates: 07 – 07 Feb, 2018

    Welwyn Garden City
    5pm - 8pm

    Join us on Tuesday 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


  • Oaklands Wolves Rugby Open Days

    Dates: 16 – 16 Feb, 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.

    • 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. 

     
  • Apprenticeship Breakfast

    Dates: 27 – 27 Sep, 2017

    Are you struggling to find skilled staff?

    Do you know about the April 2017 Apprenticeship Reform and what that means for your business?

    Need to upskill your existing workforce?

    This event, organised by Together Training, Hertsmere Borough Council and Watford and West Herts Chamber of Commerce, aims to give you the information you need about how to make your Apprenticeship Levy work for your business.

    Hear first hand from employers what it means to engage with young people and the return on investment it produces. On the day you will also be able to network with local businesses and enjoy a delicious breakfast at a fantastic venue.

    Agenda

    7.15 Arrival & breakfast
    7.30 Welcome & introduction
    7.35 Cllr John Graham - Portfolio Holder for Economic Development
    7.45 Together Training
    8.10 Apprenticeships in local business
    8.25 My apprenticeship story
    8.40 Questions to panel
    9.00 Networking
    9.30 Close

  • Enrolment dates

    Dates: 25 Aug – 01 Sep, 2017

    Enrolment period starts on 25th August and details for each of the course areas are listed below. Can't find what you're looking for? Call us on 01727 737000.

    Whatever your result, come and speak to us about your options. Our staff will be on hand to review offers so you too can take on the world.

    A Levels Friday 25th August 1.00pm - 5.30pm SAC
    Thursday 31st August 4.00pm SAC
    Applied Science Tuesday 29th August 8.30am - 1.30pm WGC
    Art, Fashion & Design Friday 25th August 8.30am - 12.00pm SAC
      Thursday 31st August 4.00pm SAC
    Business Tuesday 29th August 8.30am - 1.30pm WGC
      Thursday 31st August 1.30pm - 3.00pm SAC
    Childcare & Early Years Tuesday 29th August 8.30am - 1.30pm WGC
    Computing & ICT Tuesday 29th August 8.30am - 1.30pm WGC
      Thursday 31st August 1.30pm - 3.00pm SAC
    Construction Crafts Friday 1st September 12.30pm - 4.00pm SAC
    Construction Management Wednesday 30th August 11.00am - 1.00pm WGC
    Engineering Wednesday 30th August 11.00am - 1.00pm WGC
    Hair & Beauty Wednesday 30th August 8.30am - 11.00am WGC
    Health & Social Care Tuesday 29th August 2.00pm - 5.00pm WGC
    Hospitality & Catering
    Friday 25th August 8.30am - 12.00pm SAC
    Landbased Industries Friday 1st September 8.30am - 12.00pm SAC
    Media Wednesday 30th August 1.30pm - 4.00pm WGC
    Motor Vehicle Friday 1st September 4.00pm - 5.30pm SAC
    Music Wednesday 30th August 1.30pm - 4.00pm WGC
    Performing Arts Wednesday 30th August 1.30pm - 4.00pm WGC
    Public Services Thursday 31st August 8.30am - 1.00pm SAC
    Sports Studies
    Thursday 31st August 8.30am - 1.00pm SAC


    Advice & Enrolment Evenings

    During enrolment time we will be running two evenings when new students are welcome to come in and complete their registrations. Those who haven't applied or would like to talk to our staff about joining us in September 2017 are also welcome to come.

    St Albans

    30 August 2017
    5pm - 8pm

    Welwyn Garden City

    31 August 2017
    5pm - 8pm

    Contacting us by phone during enrolment

    Our friendly team will be available to take queries over the phone during enrolment week. Call us on 01727 737000 within those times:

    Thursday
    24th August
    8.00am - 8.00pm
     Friday 25th August
    8.00am - 4.30pm
     Monday 28th August
    Closed
     Tuesday 29th August 8.00am - 8.00pm
     Wednesday 30th August
    8.00am - 8.00pm  
     Thursday 31st August
    8.00am - 8.00pm  
     Friday 1st September
    8.00am - 4.30pm  

  • HND Performing Arts to perform in London Theatre

    Dates: 25 – 25 Jun, 2017

    HND Performing Arts students have got a fantastic opportunity - to tread the boards at a top London theatre to paying guests with their final showcase performance this weekend.

    Students will take to the stage at the  Southwark’s The Cervantes Theatre, which is nestled near The Old and Young Vic to perform their final showcase ‘Edges’ next Sunday, June 25th at 7.30pm.

    The Cervantes Theatre is a venue used by many top London theatre schools for showcases, meaning our students will be right amongst the mix of up and coming talent taking to the stage to performing for a paying crowd.

    The team have been working on American musical review ‘Edges’ for the past six weeks in anticipation of a final performance. Thanks to the hard work of the tutors and the support of the theatres in encouraging young talent, they now have the opportunity to take this performance to stage in our nation’s capital to a brand new audience.

    They have worked hard to adapt the performance’s complex themes and material into a one hour theatre performance and after road testing the show on a local secondary school audience, are ready to hit the stage next weekend.

    Tickets are available for £10 each by emailing myraidtheatre@yahoo.co.uk. You can also attend a performance at our on campus theatre the Myriad Theatre tomorrow evening from 7pm. Email as before for tickets.

  • Art Fashion and Design end of Year Exhibition

    Dates: 22 – 29 Jun, 2017

    Our annual Art, Fashion and Design show opens its doors to the public to give everyone in the local community the opportunity to see the latest projects from our creative stars at Oaklands.

    From 23-29th June at St Albans Campus, we have transformed our space at the Discovery Centre to house end of year projects from curriculum areas such as Fashion, Photography, Interactive Media, Art and Design and Graphic Design. You will be able to see pieces created by student from all levels from Level 1 right through to Foundation Degree.  

    For many students, the show is one of if not their first opportunity to display their work publically and it is our pleasure to be able to share these pieces with the local community.

    Our exhibition is FREE to anyone in the public to visit and is open 10am-4pm every day, with extended hours of 10-7pm on Wednesday 28th June.  Please also not there is no Foundation on Tuesday 27th June.

    We look forward to welcoming you.

    Private view (invite only)
    Tuesday 22 June 6-9pm

    Public Exhibition
    Friday 23rd June – Thursday 29th June 10-4pm

  • WGC Advice & Enrolment Evening

    Dates: 31 – 31 Aug, 2017

    Our Welwyn Garden City Campus is opening its doors to potential students and their families to learn about courses starting in September 2017.

    The event will give you a chance to look around our facilities and speak to tutors about the courses we offer. Our Student Advisers will also be there to give guidance on a range of matters like travel assistance, financial support and childcare.

    The event runs from 5-8pm and is a great opportunity for those who wish to start a course in September 2017. Our staff will be on hand to complete enrolment on the day as well.

    Support and advice will be available on the night relating to the following subject areas:

    • Access to Higher Education
    • Apprenticeships
    • Applied (Forensic) Science
    • Business
    • Children & Early Years
    • Computing & IT
    • Construction Management
    • Engineering
    • Hair & Beauty
    • Health & Social Care
    • Higher Education
    • Media
    • Music
    • Performing Arts
    • Travel & Tourism
    • Workbased Learning

    Open Evening - a vlogger's view

    So what is it really like to come to Open Evening and what is College Life all about? This vlog we found online is from Ben, a student looking to join us for Media in September. He came along last year and produced this short video about his experience and shared it on You Tube - why not take a a look?

    Media may or may not be your thing but we are really impressed with the thought and effort Ben put into this video and how balanced it was. A student’s view is invaluable and with his permissions we can share this with you as you make a decision about whether college might just be for you.

    If you have any questions or would like to chat further about College Life and your chosen area of study, call our Contact Centre on 01727 737000 or email info@oaklands.ac.uk.

    For those of you joining us in September – all vlogs, blogs and pics of your experience are welcome! Share them with us on social media tagging us at @OaklandsCollege.

  • St Albans Advice & Enrolment Evening

    Dates: 30 – 30 Aug, 2017

    Our St Albans Campus is opening its doors to potential students and their families to learn about courses starting in September 2017.

    The event will give you a chance to look around our facilities and speak to tutors about the courses we offer. Our Student Advisers will also be there to give guidance on a range of matters like travel assistance, financial support and childcare.

    The event runs from 5-8pm and is a great opportunity for those who wish to start a course in September 2017. Our staff will be on hand to complete enrolment on the day as well.

    Support and advice will be available on the night relating to the following subject areas:

    • A Levels
    • Accounting
    • Agriculture
    • Animal Care
    • Apprenticeships
    • Art, Fashion & Design
    • Brickwork
    • Business
    • Carpentry
    • Computing & IT
    • EFL / ESOL
    • Electrical
    • Equine Studies
    • Higher Education
    • Hospitality & Catering
    • Landmark
    • Landscape Construction
    • Motor Vehicle
    • Leisure Courses
    • Plumbing
    • Public Services
    • Sports Studies & Sports Academies
    • Teacher Training
    • Workbased Learning

    Open Evening - a vlogger's view

    So what is it really like to come to Open Evening and what is College Life all about? This vlog we found online is from Ben, a student looking to join us for Media in September. He came along last year and produced this short video about his experience and shared it on You Tube - why not take a a look?

    Media may or may not be your thing but we are really impressed with the thought and effort Ben put into this video and how balanced it was. A student’s view is invaluable and with his permissions we can share this with you as you make a decision about whether college might just be for you.

    If you have any questions or would like to chat further about College Life and your chosen area of study, call our Contact Centre on 01727 737000 or email info@oaklands.ac.uk.

    For those of you joining us in September – all vlogs, blogs and pics of your experience are welcome! Share them with us on social media tagging us at @OaklandsCollege.