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  • 13 Aug 2015Professional recognition for BCoT’s engineers

    The Engineering Department at Basingstoke College of Technology is pleased to announce that it has been approved by the Institute of Measurement and Control (InstMC) for Apprenticeship training.

    Following recent approvals by two other professional engineering bodies, the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) and the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), it makes the College one of very few training providers in the country to be recognised by three professional bodies.

    Brian Adams, Head of Engineering at BCoT, believes this professional accreditation is very beneficial for his students.

    “We encourage all our Apprentices to take a professional approach to their career and contact with these professional organisations really underlines that,” Brian said.   “Our Apprentices can choose to take up Student Membership which will give them access to additional resources, such as regional events, technical publications and access to technical libraries that will help with their studies.

    “Having completed their Apprenticeship, our students will be thinking about where they would like their engineering career to take them and a professional status – such as Incorporated or Chartered Engineer – could be one of their goals.  Having completed their training with us, their application for Engineering Technician – the first step towards professional registration – would be fast tracked.  Ongoing membership offers them further support, such as careers and legal advice.”

    Instrumentation engineers and technicians can be found in every industry that needs to control a process. From electricity generation to food production and from weapons manufacture to chemical refining, instrumentation engineers will have designed, installed and monitored the devices that measure the critical factors (temperature, pressure, speed and so on) of that process.  As such, instrumentation engineers are often at the most technological end of engineering advances.  The InstMC helps to promote and share these advances as well as maintaining standards within the industry.

    “We’re delighted with this new approval,” added Brian.  “We’re proud to know that our high standards will help our Apprentices into successful careers and perhaps letters after their names!”

  • 03 Jul 2015Travel Students Gain In-Flight Experience

    As part of their final assessment, Level 3 Travel and Tourism students took part in an inflight experience.

    The mock scenes consisted of going through all of the relevant procedures and regulations which are part of a commercial flight. Real life scenarios were also part of the exercise such as a passenger smoking in the toilet and dealing with a range of problems which might occur.

    As part of the sessions, students were given time to write and rehearse a script. They practised together and held run-throughs to ensure they were perfect on the day. One student who took part was Aneessa Coelho.  She enjoyed the challenge and said:

    “I was fairly confident going into it; we all worked together as a team to make sure we delivered on the day.  This assignment has really helped me gain a better understanding of some of the scenarios cabin crew face as part of their daily jobs, and it has made me want to work in the industry even more.”

  • 02 Jul 2015Courses Collaborate to Create Mock Scene

    Childcare, Health and Social Care and Media Make-Up students came together to create a mock scene where students were injured in the course of their work.

    The collaboration gave Media Make-Up students the chance to practise special effect techniques which included mock cuts and injuries to the body.  Care students were then able to improvise and tend to the injuries, which seemed very real as the wounds appeared so life-like.

    The students worked in small groups and created a range of scenes including one where someone had been injured with a bottle in their stomach.

    Media Make-Up student Georgy Webster said it was a great opportunity to work collaboratively with Care students, adding:

    “Working on special effects isn’t something we always do so this is a chance for us to practise some very tricky and challenging techniques to bring the scenes to life and make them look as real as possible.  This is what we would be expected to do if we were working on a professional set.”

    One of the Childcare students taking part, Annie, also found the experience really helpful and said:

    “This was a chance for us to put into practise first-aid procedures which we had learnt in the classroom – everything looked so real! It was also interesting to see what other students do on their course and make new friends along the way.”

  • 01 Jul 2015Prize Giving

    The incredible achievements of BCoT students were celebrated in a series of Prize Giving evenings held at the College.

    Over four hundred learners were honoured at the awards evenings, which gave staff the opportunity to recognise those exceptional students who have strived to achieve throughout the year. 

    The celebrations were held over three nights and students were able to share their success with family and friends, BCoT staff, employers and Governors.

    Anthony Bravo, BCoT Principal also attended and said:

    “I always feel privileged to be part of Prize Giving and celebrate the achievement of so many of our students at BCoT.  The pride shown by these young people in their individual success is a credit to themselves, their families and their friends.

    I am also incredibly proud of the staff here at BCoT who have shown great drive and determination to support students throughout their journey at college and as they progress onwards.

    I would like to send my own heartfelt congratulations to all the learners who have succeeded at our college and I wish them every success as they embark on the next stage of their future career.”

  • 29 Jun 2015BCoT Apprentice Wins Award

    An Apprentice at Kingfisher Building Services who also studies at BCoT has been awarded ‘Electrical Installation student of the year’ at the College’s annual prize giving

    Darren Rainbow, a former full time student on the Level 1 Electrical Installation course, first worked at Kingfisher Building as part of his work experience programme.  During his time at the company he worked hard and quickly fitted in with the team.  When they approached him and offered him an Apprenticeship, Darren said it was a very easy decision.

    “I have always been interested in everything electrical and studying at BCoT made me realise this was definitely the career path I wanted to take.  I really enjoyed my work placement, and when I was offered a full time Apprenticeship I jumped at the chance!”

    Darren received the award at BCoT for his achievements and success on the course. He added:

    “I just want to say thank you to BCoT because without them I would never have got this opportunity. My journey has been incredible so far and this is only the start.”

    Tracey Penny, who works at Kingfisher, was delighted for Darren and said:

    “When I first met Darren, he had such a positive attitude and was very keen to get stuck in and learn as much as possible. He was with us for a couple of months on work experience and over the duration, I received nothing but compliments about him. Once he finished, we wanted him to stay on as an Apprentice but at the time there were no spaces. Eventually, a space became available and Darren was our first choice. He has all the attributes needed to have a really successful career with us.”


  • 08 Sep 2015Part-time enrolment evening


    Fancy trying your hand at something new? 
    Why not try a part-time course at BCoT?

    Our enrolment evening takes place on Tuesday 8th September 5-8pm, no need to book, just drop in!


    If you're not sure what to do, click here to browse our Part Time Courses Directory.


    If you are thinking of learning a new skill for enjoyment or want to develop your employment prospects, then come along and talk to us about the extensive range of courses available at BCoT.

    To find out more, please call our team on 01256 306484

  • 19 Oct 2015Open Evening

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    Come along to our Open Evening from 4-7.30pm where you can look around the College, chat to staff and students and find out more about the courses you are interested in.

    This is also a chance for you to learn more about A levels and our subsidised travel programme.


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  • 14 Nov 2015Open Evening

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    Come along to our Open Day from 10:30am-1pm where you can look around the College, chat to staff and students and find out more about the courses you are interested in.

    This is also a chance for you to learn more about A levels and our subsidised travel programme.


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  • 07 Mar 2016Apprenticeships Event

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    Come along to our Apprenticeships Event which is being held in conjunction with National Apprenticeships Week.

    The Apprenticeships team and a wide range of employers will also be on hand to talk about apprenticeship opportunities and give help and advice if you are considering taking this route.


    We look forward to seeing you


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  • 16 May 2016Open Evening

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    Come along to our Open Evening from 4.00-7.30pm where you can look around the College, chat to staff and students and find out more about the courses you are interested in.

    This is also a chance for you to learn more about A levels and our subsidised travel programme.


    College Entrance

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