Learning for Independence & Future Employment

Welcome to the Learning for Independence & Future Employment provision. We are very proud of our learning environment here at Oaklands College and the high standards of achievement reached by our learners on a daily basis.

Our aim in L.I.F.E is simple - to be an outstanding provision where our learners receive the very best support and education possible.

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Learning Levels

We offer a variety of full-time Pre-Entry/Entry Level through to Level 2 courses and are able to meet various special educational needs across the 3 learning areas within our provision. Whether our learners begin with us in Springfield, Supportive Learning or Pathway 4, Employability Skills and Supported Internship, our courses aim to meet the needs of students with a wide range of difficulties and disabilities. Our courses help our students become more independent at home, in the community and help encourage those who wish to progress into lasting employment.

The Teaching

Our friendly and approachable staff have a wealth of experience in working with students with additional needs. Our staff provide a safe and friendly environment where our students can thrive and learn at their own pace.

We work with you to address the outcomes identified in your Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and personalise where possible, our curriculum delivery to suit the needs and outcomes of the individual.


A specialist provision based at the St Albans campus for young people aged between 16 and 22.

Pathway 4, Employability Skills & Supported Internships

For students with learning difficulties/disabilities aged between 16 and 22 who need a little extra support accessing further education and/or employment.

Supportive Learning

For students aged between 16 and 22 who have a learning difficulty/disability and those who fall within the autistic spectrum range of conditions.

Contact Us

Got a question or need some more information? Contact us via the link below and someone from the LIFE team will be in contact regarding your query. 

The Campus

Our L.I.F.E provision is based on our St Albans Campus. Set within over 300 acres of beautiful farmland, yet only a stones throw away from central St Albans, Oaklands College has some of the best facilities of any modern further education provider and is one of the best places in the Home Counties for our learners to gain access to a wide variety of different learning areas that will help enrich their lives during their time with us.

In 2018, building work began on redeveloping much of the current college. The new state-of-the-art, £62 million campus will further enrich our learners experience when completed.

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