Opened in Witnesham in 1970, Otley College is a vocational college of Agriculture and Horticulture. Situated in 18 acres of countryside near Ipswich in the heart of East Anglia in England, Otley offers entry-level courses, as well as undergraduate and post-graduate courses in five levels of study.
Otley offers Foundation Modern Apprenticeships aimed at people aged around 16-18 who could not complete school or college. This work-based learning course offers the chance to earn while you learn. Then there is the Advanced Modern Apprenticeships for candidates aged between 16-24 years who are currently working in a course-related industry. The duration of the course can be anything between two to four years, depending on the needs of the candidate and the industry. The students can choose from a wide range of around 25 subjects covering different fields of agriculture, animal care, business, food, health, horticulture and sports.
Since 2001, Otley College has also been offering four foundation courses in association with University of East Anglia in Animal Care, Conservation, Horse Studies, and Horticulture. Otley College also provides leisure learning courses that require no previous qualification and business training opportunities.
Located in the middle of a 300-acre farm, the institute has a thirty-acre "mini" farm on which students are provided with intensive practical training. Otley has an information technology centre, a library and learning resource area, which provides students with information on the newest developments and technologies from the agricultural world. An active student committee organises competitions, dances, events, and discussions throughout the year. A games room with a pool table and facilities for table tennis exists, and plans are on to construct cricket pitches and rugby and football fields for the sports courses.
Otley believes that everyone must have a chance to be educated and financial assistance is available for students who fulfill certain criteria. For information on application forms and course fees, visit the Otley website at www.otleycollege.ac.uk.
Charity Lane, IP6 9EY, Ipswich
Suffolk, East Region
Tel: 0147 378 5543,