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  • 01 Sep 2014AA Driving School discount for students

    BCoT and the AA Driving School are pleased to announce a new partnership that will be a big benefit to BCoT students who want to learn to drive.

    From September, BCoT students can book a driving taster with an accredited AA Driving School Instructor for only £11 per hour each, significantly less than the usual cost.  If they enjoy the experience and wish to go on with further lessons, their AA Driving School Instructor can then offer them a range of discount deals.  The AA Driving School have also agreed a designated pick up spot in the College to make it easier for students to arrange their lessons after a College day.

    Sam Harding, BCoT’s Learner Engagement Coordinator, welcomed the new arrangement.  “So many of our students are keen to learn to drive, it’s reassuring to know that they will be taught safely,” she said.  “With the AA HQ being so close to the College, it’s really good to see them supporting their neighbours like this.  And the discounted prices will be very welcomed by our students, I’m sure!”

    The initial taster session, done in pairs with one Instructor, lasts for two hours and aims to give the potential new drivers an hour’s driving experience to help prepare them for lessons.

    Students wishing to book on to the scheme should visit BCoT’s Student Services office to be connected to an AA Driving School to get set up on the experience.

  • 31 Jul 2014Lenovo laptop donation

    Lenovo donate laptops to support budding entrepreneurs

    Young Enterprise students at BCoT will benefit from a generous donation from the world’s largest PC vendor. 

    Lenovo Technology UK Ltd, the British arm of the global company based in Hook, has donated a number of laptops to the Young Enterprise programme’s North Hampshire region which will benefit local students.  Five of the laptops will be used by the BCoT Enterprise Hub to support students taking part in the scheme.

    Andrew Bulpitt, Client Director at Lenovo in Hook, was responsible for organising the donation and believes the company’s ethos chimes well with the aims of the Young Enterprise programme.

    “Lenovo is rich in talent, employing more than 3,200 engineers, researchers and scientists across the world. Our Research and Development teams have introduced many industry firsts, including more than 6,500 globally recognised patents and more than 100 major design awards.  Young Enterprise’s purpose is to help nurture these same enterprise and innovation skills in our young people, so we believe it is in our own interest to support that.”

    Ian Robertson, Chairman of Young Enterprise, North Hampshire, agrees and believes the laptops will be well used.  “BCoT has been a great supporter of our work over the years and it's good to know that this will go some way to helping the work of the Enterprise Hub and its exciting set of programmes.”

    Young Enterprise was established in the 1960s with the specific intention of fostering work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy amongst young people.  Since then, nearly 4 million students, aged between 4 and 25 years, have taken part in one of the programmes on offer.  Young Enterprise relies on private company supporters for the majority of their funding.

    BCoT use the Young Enterprise programme to further enhance their successful BTEC Extended Diploma in Business qualification. 

    Bill Campbell, head of Business at BCoT explained “Our ethos here at the College is very much about preparing our students for their future – be that further study or the world of work.  The BTEC Business qualification is excellent; it covers a broad range of business skills as well as providing a sound academic background for students wanting to go on to study law, marketing and so on at University level.  As a team, however, we felt we could enhance the qualification with real life opportunities to put the skills they are learning into practice; the Young Enterprise programme provides an excellent way of doing that.”

    Bill believes this is a fairly unique approach and isn’t aware of any other Colleges operating their programme in quite this way.  This year’s Young Enterprise businesses have been particularly successful, with two going forward to the North Hampshire regional finals.

  • 30 Jul 2014Careers and progression advice throughout summer

    BCoT will be open throughout the summer to offer careers advice to school leavers and others thinking about studying at the College. Visitors will be able to book a campus tour, giving them the opportunity to speak with the admissions team and see the state-of-the-art facilities on offer.

    Those who have already applied but may want some additional information on areas such as travel subsidiaries and financial support can speak to the Student Services team, who are available to speak to on a drop-in basis between 9.00am-4:30 pm or can be contacted by phoning 01256 354141.

    For those considering applying to BCoT there are opportunities to speak with our recruitment team and get help making an application. To book an appointment call 01256 306392 or email

    Applications for full-time courses can still be made and it’s not too late to apply online at, applicants will be invited in to interview towards the end of August and can check the status of their applications online using our portal system.

    Part-time enrolment evening is on 2 September 2014 5-8pm and applications for part-time vocational and leisure courses can be made by visiting

    For further information and guidance on careers try using ‘careers coach’ on the BCoT website. This unique tool allows you to link careers to courses available at the College.

  • 30 Jul 2014Apprentice earns management opportunity

    After nearly two years as a BCoT apprentice, Lewis Cooper has completed his training and been offered an amazing new job in Hook.

    Lewis will be starting his new role as Administrations Manager at Ocean Interiors, and says he has BCoT to thank for it. His apprenticeship journey began in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) department at BCoT in October 2012 after he decided the traditional A level route was not for him.

     “I guess I wanted to earn and learn,” says Lewis. “I was also keen to develop my skill base, learn about the working world and improve and develop as a person. I’ve certainly done that as a BCoT apprentice!”

    Lewis’ new job is set to begin shortly, and he cannot wait. As Administrations Manager he will be earning nearly double the rate he was paid as an apprentice, which Lewis describes as “fantastic for a 19 year old!”

    His new role will provide many new challenges for Lewis, which he is really looking forward to.  These include:

    • Providing support for other employees and managers
    • Keeping day-to-day operations running smoothly
    • Checking certain aspects on the construction site

    “I am really looking forward to working at Ocean Interiors. It is a big step for me and I am looking forward to the challenge. I’m feeling very prepared for this job and I don’t think I would be feeling this way if it weren’t for the fantastic training I have had as part of my apprenticeship at BCoT.”

    After such a positive experience, Lewis says he would highly recommend the apprenticeship route to young people, adding:

    “Doing an apprenticeship is a great opportunity to learn on the job and gain new skills which prepare you for your future.  I know it can be daunting but it really isn’t - don’t let that push you away. It’s also great that you get paid for doing a job you want to do so you can’t go wrong.”

  • 30 Jul 2014Students given insight into lifesaving charity work

    The Chief Executive of local charity Pelican Cancer Foundation spoke to Health & Social Care groups this week about the charity’s vital role in lifesaving research.  Sarah Crane met with the level 1 and level 3 BCoT students to share her experiences of working with Pelican over the last six years.

    The Health & Social Care students learnt about the role of health care and medical professionals as part of their course; Sarah’s presentation was an insight into how charities can work with the NHS to support and promote research together.  The visit was timed to coincide with the College’s fifth RAD (research and development) week this year, which provides a regular opportunity for students to measure their own progress as well as take part in broader experiences, like talks and trips.

    The Pelican Cancer Foundation was established in 1993 following on from the work of North Hampshire Hospital Surgeon, Professor Bill Heald.  It was noted that Professor Heald’s cancer patients not only survived longer but had a better quality of life post-surgery than was the norm.  Professor Heald published a paper on his precision operating methods, which were identified as the key factor in these survival rates.  Pelican was formed to help promote this technique, which has now influenced how cancers are operated on around the world and has saved many lives.

    Ms Crane was pleased to share some of the rewarding moments that she has experienced with Pelican, as well as the responsibilities running a charity can bring.  She said “A few years ago, I had a letter from an 11 year old girl, enclosing her birthday money; her Uncle had just died from a rare cancer and she wanted to do something to help.  Every time I get a donation, I remember that little girl and think very carefully about how Pelican should best spend the money we have been given.”

    BCoT hopes to continue its association with Pelican and their vital work in future and is looking at work placements and job shadowing for some of its students.”


  • 02 Sep 2014Part Time Enrolment Evening

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

    You can give us a call or drop in to Student Services on South site, we are open 9-5pm Monday-Thursday and 9-4.30pm on Fridays.

    Alternatively, if you'd like to talk to a tutor, our Part Time Enrolment Evening takes place on Tuesday 2nd September 5-8pmIf 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.

    Click here for our part time directory or call 01256 306484.

  • 13 Oct 2014Open Evening

    Succes -ratesCome 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.

    The evening is also the chance for you to learn more about A levels and our subsidised travel programme.


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  • 15 Nov 2014Open Day

    Succes -ratesCome 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.


    College Entrance

  • 09 Mar 2015Open Evening

    Succes -ratesCome 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.

    College Entrance

  • 18 May 2015Open Evening

    Succes -ratesCome 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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