In August 2012, two land-based colleges based in Norfolk (Easton) and Suffolk (Otley) joined forces and Easton and Otley College was born. Before coming together, both of these colleges had a collective history of teaching hundreds of thousands of students totalling over 100 years.
The two colleges were set up to meet the needs of the agricultural and land based industries of Norfolk and Suffolk and the rest of the UK.
Easton and Otley prides itself on its agricultural pedigree and facilities. For example, farming students have won the technical national farming competition called the Cereals Challenge two years running, in 2014 and 2015.
The college has two large estates – including a 245 hectare estate in Norfolk – with students regularly getting the chance to benefit from the usage of a variety of machinery, much of it equipped with GPS.
Facilities include modern laboratories, classrooms and outbuildings, and the college has a superb track record of excellence in agricultural and land-based education, with the huge majority of students gaining employment after college.
Working with businesses is a major focus and in addition to teaching land-based courses such as agriculture, the college also teaches animal studies, construction, equine studies, public services, sport and many other subjects – with apprenticeships and degree options also being available.
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