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  • 18 Dec 2014January 2015 Course starts

    Full time courses starting in January 2015

    Pre-Access to Higher Education

    (Level 2 Certificate in Progression)

    This course runs over two terms (to June 2015) and is designed to give you the study skills to progress to one of our Access to HE courses starting in September 2015. 

    There are no set entry requirements but you will need to have in informal interview with the Course Leader before Christmas 2014.

    Click here to download the application form for the Pre-Access course.

    Please return your completed form as soon as possible to:
    Karon Chewter, BCoT, Worting Road, Basingstoke RG21 8TN

    Click here to read more about this course.

    Click here to read about BCoT's Access to HE courses that you could choose to progress to.


    Introduction to Automotive

    (Entry Level City & Guilds in Vehicle Systems, Body & Paint Maintenance)

    The course includes:
    • Personal skills including:  Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening
    • Maths skills for everyday life
    • ICT
    • Inter-personal skills, team building and mutual respect
    • Researching careers in the motor industry
    • Exploring the local environment

    To enrol on this course you will need GCSEs at grades F to G, but applicants with no formal qualifications will be considered.  You will also need to have an informal interview with the Course Leader before Christmas.

    To apply, please complete our application form - click here - and return as soon as possible to:
    Student Admin, BCoT, Worting Road, Basingstoke RG21 8TN

    To read more about this course, and our other Automotive courses, please click here.


    Level 1 Hairdressing

    (Level 1 City & Guilds Certificate in Hairdressing & Barbering)

    This is a one year course designed to give you an introduction and first qualification in either Hairdressing or Hairdressing and Barbering.

    To join this course you will need to have 4 GCSEs at grades E or above incuding English Language and Maths.  For the January 2015 start date, you will also need to have an informal interview with the Course Leader before Christmas.

    To apply, please complete our application form - click here - and return as soon as possible to:
    Student Admin, BCoT, Worting Road, Basingstoke RG21 8TN

    To read more about our Hairdressing and Barbering courses, please click here.

  • 20 Nov 2014BCoT Apprentice Shines at WorldSkills

    An Engineering apprentice studying at BCoT has finished fourth in the finals of the 2014 WorldSkills competition.

    Tua Yenwattana, who works for local electronics company Sonodyne, attends BCoT one day a week to study as part of his apprenticeship. He said:

    “I really enjoy being at BCoT, it is a great learning curve.  There is always a lot to do and it feels great to be earning and learning at the same time.”

    Earlier this year, Tua entered the WorldSkills competition. He competed against 105 other young engineers and came 10th, this meant he qualified for the finals. He added:

    “I am so pleased I reached the finals as the competition was really tough!  It is going to be a great thing to put on my CV and the experience is invaluable. I am looking forward to competing – it would be great to make it into the team that will represent the UK in Abu Dhabi in 2017. “

    On November 14th, Tua competed in the finals of the WorldSkills competition. After hours of hard work showcasing his talent in front of impressed spectators, Tua was awarded fourth place in the competition for Electrical Engineering.

    Coming fourth in a National competition is an excellent achievement for Tua, one which will be incredibly beneficial for his career after he has finished studying at BCoT. He said:

    “The final of WorldSkills was hard but overall it was an enjoyable experience which allowed me to gain a lot of new skills. It also taught me how to work well under pressure which is a valuable skill for working in industry.”

    Tua was happy to progress so far in the competition and finally finish fourth but was left somewhat disappointed that he did not finish higher; this demonstrates Tua’s incredible desire to succeed.

  • 17 Nov 2014Christmas Parking at BCoT

    BCoT will be opening its North site car park on Worting Road in the run-up to the busy Christmas period.  Shoppers will be able to park their cars on the following days:

    29th & 30th November 8am – 6pm

    6th & 7th December 8am – 6pm

    13th & 14th December 8am – 6pm

    20th & 21st December 8am – 6pm

    27th – 31st December 8am – 6pm


    Parking prices will be:

    Up to 3 hours – 50p

    All day - £1.00

  • 11 Nov 2014Accumuli sponsor Computer Science course

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    BCoT is delighted to announce a new partnership agreement which will see leading local technology company Accumuli sponsor its Level 3 Computer Science course.

    The sponsorship will give students the opportunity to meet skilled professionals who can share their experiences of this fast-paced industry through talks and visits, to relate the course content to the workplace.  Accumuli is also working with the College to look at work-experience opportunities.

    Accumuli is a leading, rapidly growing, UK based independent specialist in IT security and risk management.  Accumuli has offices in Basingstoke, Cambridge and Leeds and a global customer base of companies across an expanding range of industry sectors.

    Accumuli provides industry leading solutions and services underpinned by rare skills and capabilities. It is this commitment to nurturing skills that has motivated the sponsorship of the BCoT course, as Operations Director, Andrew Cooke, explains:

    “At Accumuli, we see the value in having a pool of skilled and ready information security professionals in the industry. It is therefore crucial that upcoming professionals get the best start possible in terms of their education. By sponsoring the course at BCoT we are giving something back to our local community but also doing what we can to contribute to the education of future generations of information security professionals by providing students with practical insights gleaned from our experience, as well as share our knowledge of the industry.”

    BCoT’s two year BTEC Extended Diploma in Information Technology sees students explore a wide variety of subjects including computer systems, business information systems and communications technology and provides the opportunity to study units in specialist areas including computer networking, website development and applications software development.  The resulting qualification is equivalent to three A Levels, giving students the opportunity to progress either into employment or to university.

    BCoT’s Head of Computer Science, Leigh Fuller, is delighted with the sponsorship agreement.  “We are very lucky at BCoT to have teaching staff with backgrounds in industry and state of the art equipment for our students to use.  However, nothing can beat experiences shared by people who are currently working in the industry to really bring home to the students the varied and challenging nature of the workplace.  We are very grateful to Accumuli for offering to share their experiences with us.”

  • 10 Nov 2014BCoT Lecturer takes up residency at V&A Museum

    Vincent Larkin, an Art & Design lecturer at BCoT, has been given the opportunity to take part in a residency period at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

    As well as inspiring Art & Design students at BCoT, Vincent is an artist who works with the form of books, printed media, web-based media and sometimes song. Vincent, alongside his band Spin Spin the Dogs, has released an album with Gringo Records entitled ‘Leave me in Leicester’.

    During his residency, Vincent intends to create two separate hand-made illustrated books. One will tell a specific story of pre-1963 British popular music; the second will explore the story of music today. He is also planning a performance that will explore the music created in Britain prior to 1963.

    Vincent was delighted with the opportunity to take up the residency at the V&A Museum, saying:

    “It was great to work and create in the V&A - it is such a powerful place with so much history. The facilities were amazing and having access to the V&A archive was incredibly beneficial.”

    Vincent hopes that he can use what he has learned at the V&A to benefit his students at BCoT.

    “I intend to incorporate things I have learned from the V&A Museum into my lessons at the College. It is important that people who teach have their own practice; a large proportion of the staff at BCoT are industry trained which gives students an excellent example to follow and prepares them for the world of work.”

    If you would like more information on Vincent’s residency at the V&A go to:

    Or to learn more about Vincent’s work visit:


  • 27 Nov 2014Art & Design/Media/Film TeachMeet

    The BCoT Creative Technologies teams are delighted to be hosting a free TeachMeet at the College from 4.30pm on 27th November.

    TeachMeets are informal gatherings for colleagues to share good practice and a great opportunity to catch up with peers. Tutors can come along on the evening, listen to the speakers, be inspired and join in the debate.  Colleagues are also welcome to share their ideas and best practice by delivering a short presentation (5-10 minutes) on the theme of that particular event.

    For more information on TeachMeets, please click here to visit the Edusites website.

    To reserve your place at the BCoT event, please click here.

  • 29 Nov 2014Art & Design Taster Day


    Come along to the Art and Design taster day on Saturday 29th November from 9.45am – 3.30pm for a day of hands-on activities.

    To find out what it’s like to study a creative subject such as Art & Design, Photography, Graphic Design, Textiles and Fashion then come along and join us.

    During the day you’ll have to chance to take part in 3 taster sessions of your choice.  You can chat to staff about courses at BCoT and career choices.  You will also have a tour of the department and see our resources and equipment.

    Teams will also be on hand to help with completion of online application forms for those students who wish to apply during the morning.

    Spaces are limited, so to book your place or to find out more, please contact: or call 01256 306271.

    Alternatively, please click here to complete the booking form.

    The cost is £10 for the day – lunch is £4 extra or you can bring your own.

  • 02 Dec 2014Winter Fair

    BCoT's Winter Fair 2014

    Pop along to pick up some stocking fillers!  Crafters and stall-holders will include:

    • Young Enterprise
    • BA Fashion Textiles
    • Knotical but Nice
    • Shirleys Sweet Treats
    • Snuggly Sockimals
    • Crafted by Sez
    • Bumble B Jewellery
    • Nix Naks Jewellery
    • Fix it Fairy
    • Shabby Chic Furniture
    • Carly Myers Dressmaking
    • Scary Fairy Handmade Jewellery

     … and more to come!

  • 24 Feb 2015Football Trials

    Trials for those applying to join our Football Academy in September 2015

    The College is holding football trials at Down Grange Astroturf, Pack Lane, Basingstoke RG22 5SN.
    If you have applied or wish to apply to join our BTEC Level 3 Football Academy course, you will need to attend a trials session.

    Please contact our Football Academy Coordinator, Darryl Taphouse, to book your trial place: or call 01256 306413

    Other trial dates this year are:
       Thursday 2nd April
       Tuesday 5th May
       Thursday 7th May

    To read more about our Football Academy BTEC course, please click here.

  • 09 Mar 2015Open Evening

    success 2014Come 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 a chance for you to learn more about A levels and our subsidised travel programme.

    This event will also be promoting National Apprenticeships Week.


    To book your place at this Open Evening, Click Here

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