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Coordinates: 51°45′14″N 0°19′55″W / 51.754°N 0.332°W / 51.754; -0.332

Oaklands College is a further education college in Hertfordshire, England, established in 1991.[5] The college has campuses in St Albans and Welwyn Garden City, with a further training provision in Borehamwood.[6]

Oaklands College

TypeFurther education
MottoTake on the World
PrincipalZoe Hancock[2]



The St Albans Campus originally opened in 1920 as Hertfordshire College of Agriculture and Horticulture. In 1991, Oaklands was established by the merger of De Havilland College, Hertfordshire College of Agriculture and Horticulture, and St Albans City College when further education in Hertfordshire was reorganised.[7]


The college offers a wide range of BTEC courses covering different sector subject areas including art, beauty, business, construction, equine studies, engineering, health and social care, hospitality and catering, public services, IT, agriculture, media, performing arts, science, maths and sport.[8] Oaklands also offers apprenticeships as well as a range of A Level subjects. The college has 14 to 19 and 16 to 19-year-old consortium arrangements with local secondary schools in Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield and St Albans.

The college is well respected with regards to its land based provision, these include horticulture, greenkeeping, equine studies and animal management. Oaklands also provides a wide range of part-time courses as part of its adult community learning programme.[9]

Oaklands College also offers tertiary qualifications such as foundation degrees, HNDs and HNCs, which are run in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire. Foundation degree students can progress onto a BA or BSc qualification at university.[10]

The college also has its own sports academies, Oaklands Wolves. It offers sports such as athletics, basketball and rugby which can be joined by students enrolled on a full-time course.[11]


St Albans CampusEdit

St Albans campus

The historic Mansion House is located at the St Albans Campus, dating back to the 19th century.[12] The campus also houses a large sports centre, equipped with a gym, multi-purpose sports hall and astro pitches.[13] The Stables Restaurant, a student-run restaurant is also based at the St Albans Campus which is open to the public.[14]

In November 2017, the college gained permission for a multi-million pound redevelopment of the St Albans Campus. The new build will consist of new student accommodation, administration areas, teaching centres, workshops and a sports pavilion. The development began in 2018, and will continue over a period of five years.[15]

Welwyn Garden City CampusEdit

The college's Engineering Resource Centre at the Welwyn Garden City Campus was officially opened in 2015, featuring new engineering workshops and welding facilities. The Welwyn-based Oasis Salon run by hair and beauty students is open to the public for various treatments.[16]


Oaklands College is primarily based on two campuses, St Albans and Welwyn Garden City. It owns a further training provision in Borehamwood. All sites are based in Hertfordshire.


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  7. ^ "FEFC Inspection Report 105/97 - Oaklands College - Eastern Region - Inspected January 1996-May 1997" (pdf). Further Education Funding Council. September 1997. Retrieved 8 February 2012.
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