Student Life

Choosing a College is so much more than simply choosing a course to study - and at Oaklands we are dedicated to giving you the skills, opportunities and all the support you need to help you 'Take on the World' by the time you finish your studies with us. Whatever your aim - be it university, further training or direct employment in your chosen career, we want to help you make the most of College life has to offer.


Why Oaklands College?

At Oaklands we take great care to ensure that all our teaching is delivered by an expert in that given discipline.

Work Experience

We aim to provide Oaklands College students with an innovative range of opportunities to experience work

What you can expect from us

You are unique. There's no one person that has the same talents, personality, interests, aspirations and feelings as you and at Oaklands we reflect that understanding in the way we support you. We take the time to get to know you an an individual, so we can give that one-to-one help and support you need. This may come via our Supported Learning team, through keeping tabs on your progress throughout your course or taking part in college activities outside the classroom. The independence you have at College is a big way in which we place you in the driving seat to not only engage in your lessons but also develop as a person toward your life and career goals.

The good news is, we do not tell you what to wear, or make you attend assemblies. You are responsible for your own learning and at College and you are treated as such. In giving you that responsibility and freedom, we do however expect you to come to College ready to engage in your lessons, ready and willing to learn. Our commitment to learner success is guaranteed and all we expect from you in return is to reflect our College values and match our desire to succeed. Did you know an impressive 98% of our learners progress into work or further study within four months after completing their course at Oaklands? Join us and #BeThe98!



Make the most of it

We understand your personal and social development shapes the qualities and skills that will prove essential in your next step and College Life is about so much more that what happens in a classroom, workshop or salon. It is about taking advantage of the opportunities we have for you to make the best of your time with us.

There's plenty going on around campus outside of the classroom to help with those essential life skills - sports clubs, student union activities and work experience are just some of the ways you can meet new people and mix it up outside of your chosen department.

Around Campus you'll see Student Advice teams ready to help with any questions you have and support you need. The Student Lounge is where you'll also find our Enrichment Teams who organise all the extra stuff happening on campus for you to get stuck into. 'The Box' is our website for students which gives you the latest campus news and all the handy links you need for information and college events. There is also a dedicated Residential Team based at St Albans Campus to support students in campus accommodation for specialist courses.




College life is all about finding a balance between studying
and socialising.

Financial Support

Money matters

We know that finance can sometimes be a worry, but don’t let it put you off.

Travel scheme

To make sure travelling to the College is as easy for you as possible we have joined forces with UNO buses.

It is a way to interact, engage and inform current students of the various college facilities and services.

Get the latest

There's always lots going on across the College- news is uploaded to our website reguarly, we produce our own on-campus magazine 'College Life' and also keep our social media filled with the latest happenings across both our campuses.

Keep in touch with our social media on the handles below. You'll also see plenty of specific Twitter accounts for various college departments here if you have a specific interest in a particular area.


For more information & advice, call us on

01727 737000

Or email us