Give us your feedback

At Oaklands College we are committed to providing a high quality service. We actively seek feedback on what we do as part of our continual drive to improve the quality of service that we offer. The Oaklands College Complaints Process provides a framework through which complaints can be made.

Accessing the Complaints Process:

We aim to make the Complaints Process accessible to all and there are many different ways to make a complaint;

  • By telephone- 01727 737000
  • Using the online complaints form
  • By email to
  • In person directly to a member of staff
  • By filling in a complaints form (these are available at reception on both campuses)
If you need help to access the Complaints Process please speak to the Student Advice team who will be able to provide support. If you do not wish to make a complaint yourself, you may appoint a representative to submit your complaint for you.

The Complaints Process:

Our intention is for the Complaints Process to be accessible, clear and fair to all parties. We encourage you to resolve the complaint informally with the person or department concerned. However, if you want a formal investigation you may follow the formal process The Complaints Process has two stages:

Formal Investigation Stage

When you submit a complaint through the Complaints Process, you will be contacted in writing by the Quality Office who will acknowledge receipt of your complaint.

Your complaint will then be assigned to an investigating manager who will carry out an investigation into the issues that have been raised in the complaint. Once the investigation has been completed, the investigating manager will contact you to inform you of the outcome. We aim to complete this process within 10 working days, although when issues are complex this process can sometimes take longer.

If you are unhappy with the outcome of your complaint you have the right to appeal against any decision that has been made.

Appeal Stage

You can make an appeal by contacting the Quality Office either by telephone, via email or in writing to explain why you are not happy with the outcome of your complaint (contact details will be on the acknowledge letter that you receive when you submit your complaint). Your complaint will then be forwarded to the Principal who will further investigate and advise you of the final outcome in the form of a ‘Completion of Procedure Letter’. Again, we aim to complete this process within 10 working days, although when issues are complex this process can sometimes take longer.

Further Steps

If you are dissatisfied with the college response to your complaint, you may contact the following organisations:

Further Education

The Skills Funding Agency (SFA)- you should contact the SFA if your complaint refers to any aspect of your education at Oaklands College other than higher education (HE)  

Higher Education University of Hertfordshire

The Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA) – you should contact the OIA if your complaint refers to any aspect of University of Hertfordshire HE provision at Oaklands, or non academic matters relating to Pearson Higher Nationals. 

Higher Education Higher Nationals

Pearson – you should contact Pearson if your complaint refers to an academic matter relating to Pearson Higher Nationals 

Residential Provision

OFSTED- you should contact the Complaints, Investigation and Enforcement team at OFSTED if you are a residential student at Oaklands College.

Telephone- 01633 657393