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  • 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.”

  • 26 Jun 2015Students Put Enterprise Skills to Good Use

    Two BCoT Business students have been putting their enterprise skills to good use by setting up their own successful companies.

    Brandon Bliss, a Level 3 Business student runs BBliss Group.  Nathan Grocock who is on the same course, set up Somethink Different almost a year ago.

    Brandon’s company is made up of 6 small businesses masterminded by Brandon who works alongside a team to ensure the company runs smoothly. These 6 businesses are:

    • The Modern Sweets – selling sweet bags and gifts.
    • WOW! POW! GADGETS! - an online gadget and gift retailer.
    • I Fancy Baking – an online baking retailer.
    • OINK! Web-Design – offering affordable web-design for small businesses.
    • Craft Lane – selling craft supplies.
    • Cuppa Snug – allowing people to create their own products to sell.

    Brandon puts his success down to the skills he has learned at college and the experience he has gained from running a business. He said:

    “BCoT has taught me so much more than school ever did.  I have really improved my knowledge, skills and understanding of enterprise since starting my course here. Running BBliss group alongside my studies ensures I can put into practice everything I learn in the classroom.”

    Nathan was inspired to set up his company by his aunt and uncle who have had their own business for many years. His is an e-commerce based shop offering unique, locally sourced gifts. They are hand-crafted and have a high-end target market.

    “So far I am very pleased with how the business is developing.  It is just breaking even and this normally takes up to two years.  I am expanding the gift ranges and sourcing these both locally and online. I am intrigued by how you find a great product, make it unique and then sell it on.”

    Nathan manages his time to ensure he is running his company effectively whilst working towards a BTEC Level 3 Qualification in Business at college. Enterprise forms a large part of Business courses at BCoT and he is finding this much easier due to his own entrepreneurial journey.

    “I love my course and have learned so much.  It is a relaxed but inspiring environment where students and teachers are all equals. You are learning something new every day which you can then implement into your own business and for me, this is fantastic.”


  • 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 July 5-8pm, no need to book.

    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.


    College Entrance

  • 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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