A record number of visitors attended BCoT’s first Open Evening of the year last week, with over 520 prospective students passing through its doors.
The aim of the evening was to provide students and their families with ideas and advice as they begin to think about the right course and the right college for them when they leave school. The Apprenticeships team were also on-hand offering guidance to those young people considering becoming apprentices.
During the evening, many of the current BCoT students acted as ‘Ambassadors’, showing families around the College and sharing their BCoT experiences on the way. Visitors were able to see demonstrations in many of the departments, as well as visual displays of work.
Feedback was hugely positive from all visitors. One family, whose son Olly would like to do a Marketing apprenticeship, said:
“We came along to find out what BCoT has to offer, especially regarding apprenticeships. Everyone was incredibly helpful and we got such a great feel for the College. The enthusiasm from staff was infectious and you could clearly see how much students love being here.”
Anthony Bravo, Principal at BCoT said:
“We are delighted that so many families came along to our Open Evening. It was a really busy night, with so many students wanting to see the facilities, chat to our industry-trained tutors, and find out more about the A levels we have just started to offer.
We understand what an important time this is for Year 11 students as they consider what to do once they complete their GCSEs. At BCoT we are proud to offer courses that are designed to help young people take the first step in their career, whether through university, employment or an apprenticeship.”
If you missed our Open Evening, don’t worry! We have more planned for the following dates:
Saturday 15th November 10.30am–1pm
Monday 9th March 4-7.30pm
Monday 18th May 4-7.30pm
For further details, please contact Tom Quante on 01256 306392 or visit our website www.bcot.ac.uk to pre-register your place or apply online now.
Winchester Cathedral was the venue this morning as staff and students celebrated success in BCoT’s Higher Education courses.
More than 50 BCoT graduates from HNC, HND and BA programmes attended the graduation ceremony to celebrate their achievements. They were joined by their lecturers, friends and family to receive their qualifications at a ceremony hosted by the University of Winchester – the institution which validates BCoT’s BA programme.
The ceremony was presided over by the Chancellor of the University of Winchester and Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, Dame Mary Fagan, with BCoT Principal Anthony Bravo presenting each BCoT learner with their award. Several members of BCoT staff were also honoured at the ceremony when they received their qualifications for Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector.
Claire Millward, who completed her BA Art and Design degree course at BCoT in June, said the whole occasion was “quite simply wonderful and very moving.”
Principal Anthony Bravo said the annual graduation ceremony was one of his personal highlights of the year, adding:
“Winchester Cathedral was the perfect setting to celebrate and recognise the fantastic achievements of our Higher Education students. I know how hard our staff and learners have worked to achieve their success and I felt so proud and honoured to have shared in their special day.”
An Art Foundation student from BCoT has beaten over 10,000 employees to become Costa Coffee’s Employee of the Year.
Asher Richardson began working at Costa just after he left school and it’s only taken him two years to win this accomplished title. The team he works with in Basingstoke are all thrilled with his success, with his branch Manager saying that in his 6 years of working for the company, this had never happened to someone that he knew before.
Asher was nominated for the award by two of his fellow colleagues, but never believed he would win. He said:
“It’s amazing! Since winning the award I have received jobs offers from various other Costas, and everyone seems to know who I am now!” He says even being nominated has helped boost his confidence, but to go on and win is the best feeling.
“I was just being myself and it seemed to work - it did feel a bit strange going for the award, but at the same time it was a really good feeling. I think it will really help with my future, as it is a great thing to add to my CV.”
After he has completed his studies at BCoT, Asher would like to on to university. He would also like to go travelling and explore the world – “You never know, one day I could be working at a Costa abroad!”
BCoT welcomes Jacqueline Grubb as new Deputy Principal for Curriculum, Performance and Innovation.
Joining the College from Swindon, an ‘Outstanding’ general FE College, Jacqueline brings with her 27 years of experience in Further Education, including work as an Ofsted Inspector.
“Enjoying a successful career in the Hair and Beauty Industry including owning my own business, I was approached to undertake some part-time lecturing alongside this and discovered a passion for teaching and learning,” she said.
"Part-time lecturing became full-time lecturing, curriculum and quality management and then into senior leadership, alongside this I was an External Verifier and am still currently working with Ofsted as an Inspector."
“I am especially excited to work closely with students, staff, governors and stakeholders to ultimately make BCoT the first choice for all learners in the region."
Jacqueline has two children and is looking forward to the opportunity of building on growth and success in Basingstoke and the surrounding area. Outside of work, she likes to travel and confesses to a love of Italian church architecture, but says that some of her most memorable holidays have been in the UK, particularly in Snowdonia and Cornwall.
“I’m delighted to be joining the team at BCoT in this new role and will continue to grow the college's reputation and deliver a quality product, focussing on performance and innovation. I know the College already has excellent enterprise opportunities, which I feel very strongly about, and I look forward to getting behind our drive to be an Outstanding College.”
After beating off stiff competition to win one of the sought after bursaries granted by the Nuffield Research Scheme, BCoT student Tom Ash has just returned from his work placement at Winchester Science Centre (WSC).
Forensic Science student Tom, who is now in his second year of the Level 3 programme, secured one of only 20 placements offered by the Nuffield Scheme. Tom was encouraged by his tutor Jo Bale to apply for the bursary earlier in the year. Jo explained:
“Tom is an exceptionally bright student and I felt it was important for him to do extra-curricular activities which would push him academically. This is the first time that a BCoT student has applied for a bursary and we are delighted Tom was successful. Only 100 bursaries are granted in the South East so he has done incredibly well.”
Tom’s area of study during his placement was on the interaction of visitors with the exhibits at the WSC. He had to plan, execute, analyse and report on his observational findings. Following his placement, Tom went on to win a coveted British Science Association Crest Award in recognition of his achievements.
“I am so glad Jo encouraged me to apply for the scheme. The placement definitely helped me with my coursework. Although it was not directly related to Forensics, I gained a great understanding of the Science industry.
“I am going to ask if I can do work experience there again this year as part of my course. I’m really hoping there could be a job opportunity at the end of it too!”
Our HND Travel & Tourism Management students will be hearing from guest speaker Ian Carey about employment legislation. The Reading-based employment law specialist, of solicitors Careys Law, will help the future business leaders understand legal requirements in relation to staff management. The HND course includes a unit on Legislation and Ethics so Mr Carey's presentation will provide a useful context to this.
Parents' evening for current BCoT Students
Parents and guardians of students currently studying at BCoT have been invited in to meet tutors and discuss their young person's progress.
The event is on Thursday 6th November between 5.30pm and 8pm, by appointment.
For more information, or for parents whose invitation letter has gone astray, please contact the subject area Course Administrator. (A full list of Course Administrators can be found by clicking here).
'Pirates of the Caribbean' and 'The Dark Knight' actor Winston Ellis is coming to BCoT to give a guest lecture on the Film Industry to BCoT Media students.
The students will also get the chance to act oppostie Winston in a short scene they have written.
To view some of Winston's work, view the BCoT Media tumblr page by clicking here.
Come along to our Open Day from 10.30am-1.00pm 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.
Click Here to book your space at this Open Day
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.