Information, Advice & Guidance

It is our aim to ensure College is a positive experience for everyone, and we understand sometimes things can get in the way. Our Student Advisors are a really great go-to for any issues you have at College.

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Dedicated Support Team

We have dedicated student advice teams at both our Welwyn Garden City and St Albans Campuses. They are there to help you with anything at all, whether it relates to your time at college, such as course difficulties, travel issues, attendance right through to more personal issues such as relationships and health issues. You can also ring or email the advice centre if you prefer - just contact them on info@oaklands.ac.uk or 01727 737000.

Our Student Advice team offer impartial information and advice by telephone, email or drop-in. This could include referring you for a guidance interview with our team of specialists. We can offer advice at a variety of venues in the local area as well as at our College campuses.

Thinking about life after College? Our one-to-one career or interview guidance is free, confidential and impartial. This advice is given entirely with your interests and circumstances in mind. It can cover careers information and careers options, help with CV and job applications, information on Apprenticeships, Further & Higher Education, Job searching and interview tips.

A one-to-one career guidance interview, which is free, confidential and impartial, would cover:

  • Help with CVs and job applications
  • Careers information and career options
  • Learning information including Further & Higher Education
  • Job search and interview tips

We also have specialist computer programmes to help you make decisions. You will get a written summary of the interview and, if required, a referral to an organisation more appropriate to your needs. Please ring or email the Advice Center on 01727 737000 for an appointment.

In our aim to ensure College is a positive experience for everyone, and we understand sometimes things can get in the way. Our Student Advisors based in the main welcome areas at each campus are a really great go-to for any issues you have at College.

These can include:

  • Attendance issues
  • Course difficulties
  • Bullying
  • Childcare
  • Travel
  • Financial assistance
  • Health issues
  • Accommodation
  • Relationship difficulties

They can help with anything - whether it relates to your your time at college, such as course difficulties, travel issues, attendance right through to more personal issues such as relationships and health issues, we can help. You can also ring or email the advice centre if you prefer - just contact them on info@oaklands.ac.uk or 01727 737000.

We all experience problems at some time and we want to help you find the early help, information support you may need before a situation becomes a crisis.

You can contact our student advisors for issues inside of college such as:

  • Attendance issues
  • Course difficulties
  • Bullying
  • Childcare
  • Travel
  • Financial assistance
  • Health issues
  • Accommodation
  • Relationship difficulties

You can also contact our student advisors for personal issues outside of college such as:

  • Relationship problems
  • Health issues
  • Home life

Getting help to overcome problems before they get worse can :

- Enable you to live and thrive in a family environment
- Contribute actively to finding solutions to the issues you face
- Give you choices to find the right kind of support for your needs in the local area
- Recognise and build on your strengths and  improve your situation with support

Specialist support can come in many forms, we can if needed refer you to specialists or meet your need through one of the team.

We are committed to supporting those of you in care, and care leavers, to achieve your full potential and reach personal goals. Remember whatever your circumstances, our Student Advisors will work closely with you to overcome any barriers to your success.

The first step is always-tell us. Our priority is to ensure every student reaches their full potential and that there are no barriers to success.

For advice on Special Educational Needs please contact our SEN Coordinator:

Name: Roxanne Lowe
Email: Roxanne.Lowe@oaklands.ac.uk

 

At both of our campuses we provide courses to meet the needs of students with a wide range of disabilities and difficulties (SEND). Our courses aim to help students become more independent at home, in the community and in the workplace. Visit our SEN page here.

Support in the Community

Beyond the college environment you may not know where to look for early help, and it is difficult to know what services are available and how to use them.  The following link will guide you to organisations who can help you access support in the community.

Exams

Find out all the information you need to know regarding formal examinations including do's and don'ts, what to bring and special exam arrangements.

Student Care & Wellbeing

Here we have an area dedicated to the many mental health and wellbeing resources available to you

Careers

Oaklands has a careers strategy for all students who are enrolled at the college and is designed to meet the needs to every learner to ensure they meet their career progression and personal development goals.

Course Progression

If you've completed your first year at college and are wondering what to do next, take a look at our course progression page to see your options.

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