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  • 15 Jul 2016Students showcase work at local Museum

    BCoT students showcased their outstanding work at the Willis Museum for the first time this month.

    The event, organised by the Media and Music course lecturers, was set up to celebrate and show off all the students’ hard work and dedication throughout the year.   

    Types of work at the Museum included photography, illustrations, short films and music tracks and videos.

    Open to the public, a number of guests flooded in to view the students’ work.

    Local Production Company, Face TV also attended; filming the event for a television show on Basingstoke’s new Freeview channel ‘This Is Basingstoke’ – launching in September.  

    Astounded by the quality of work produced by the students, course lecturer, Vikki Soanes, hopes to do the event again next year.

    “It was a good evening and a fantastic way to show off all their final pieces. It was a huge success and the level of worked produced was incredible. I would just like to say a massive thank you to the Willis Museum for letting us hold it – they were a great help.”

  • 06 Jul 2016Sweet taste of success

    A former BCoT student has recently been named Basingstoke’s best young chef after winning a competition held by the Sun Inn.

    Jade Smith, who has just finished her Level 3 in Professional Cookery, won the contest after wowing guests with her exceptional skill in the kitchen.

    The competition, held in aid of the ARK Foundation, was organised by Gordon Stott, landlord and head chef of the Sun Inn, Dummer, in a bid to discover new culinary talent in the area.

     “There was three finalists who each prepared a meal for thirty covers, within a £100 budget. The guests then paid what they felt each dish was worth and that money went directly to the chosen charity. Each diner had a chance to cast their vote, but ultimately, I got the final say,” said Gordon.

    Jade prepared a delicious deconstructed toad in the hole with three different sausages, yorkshire puddings, dehydrated onions, a pea purée, and a jus.

    “Jade was my clear winner,” said Gordon, “for me it was more than just the taste, her dish had colour and texture; a unique creation. Her talent is incredible.”

    After winning, Jade received a £100 meal voucher to Michelin starred restaurant, The Black Rat in London, a trophy, and a professional knife set to help her improve her skills.

    “I honestly didn’t think I would win. It’s a really nice way to end three years at BCoT, and just shows how far I have come.”

    Gordon believes situations like these help to aid the development of the next generation of chefs.

    “There is an industry shortage at the moment; due to the unsavoury and demanding hours, such as frequently having to work weekends, evenings and bank holidays. I feel that, as a chef myself, I have a duty to help the industry and get everyone involved, it helps develop confidence. The event is also a charity fundraiser and allows us to raise money for our chosen charity.”

    Impressed by each dish served, guests donated £270 to the ARK Foundation.

    BCoT course lecturer, Adam Harty was happy with the effort and commitment each student put in.  

    “All three students have just left us and I believe this was a great opportunity to have a feel of what the industry is like. It’s all about putting ideas on a plate in a paced environment – they all showed me they could do that today.” 

  • 30 Jun 2016Media Make-up students display talents

    The outstanding talents of BCoT Media Make-up students were on display at a Body Art Show held at the College. 

    The show was the culmination of eight week’s work by learners from the BTEC Production Arts Make-up course. As part of their final assessment, students had to produce four full body art designs based on the title ‘My Creature Creation, including a prosthetic piece. One of these then had to be bought to life on a model within a five hour deadline. 

    As part of their assignment, learners were also responsible for producing the show, which included staging, lighting, music and marketing of the event. 

    One of the students who took part was Tasmin Radwell. She said the opportunity to design and make prosthetic pieces has inspired her to pursue a career in special effects. She said: 

    “Preparing the prosthetics and doing all the casting and moulding was so interesting. It was such intricate work and then fitting these onto the model was definitely a challenge! I was really pleased with the end result even though it was quite nerve-wracking. I now know that I’d like to go to university, do a degree in Special Effects and then work as a freelance artist in industry.” 

    Jude Ifould, Course Director for Media Make-up said the evening was an opportunity for students to showcase their outstanding skills and talents to family and friends, adding: 

    “This was the first ever experience for students in making up a whole body and coping with model care as well as planning the application and putting a bald cap on. They all worked tirelessly and should be proud of everything they have achieved – I certainly am!”




  • 28 Jun 2016Trialling New Teaching Technology

    Our Principal, Anthony Bravo, spoke to FE Week recently about trialling new teaching technology. 

    His article reflected on the performance of the interactive learning software BCoT has been trailling and a new two-year study into the effects of blended learning. 

    To read the full article, click here

  • 27 Jun 2016Referendum Statement

    EU Referendum result

    An open letter from the Principal and Chair of Governors.

    On Friday morning we learnt that the UK electorate has voted to leave the European Union (EU).  After forty years, this is an historic event. 

    Not surprisingly, BCoT staff and students will have questions about how the decision will affect us.  In the short term, we must all adopt a ‘business as usual’ approach until things become clearer.  We cannot say what the medium or long-term implications will be for further and higher education, for Apprenticeships or for the employers we work with.

    We do know that the UK will remain a full member of the EU until the negotiations to withdraw are completed. The UK Government will decide when it wants to trigger Article 50, the part of the EU's Treaty of Lisbon which sets guidelines on how a country can withdraw from the EU.  Article 50 specifies a two-year limit to reach agreement starting from the day formal application is made - although the complexity of the negotiations might well see this deadline extended.  

    A referendum result is not legally binding so it is likely that the UK Government will look to pass a formal application to withdraw through Parliament in order to trigger Article 50.  In the light of the Prime Minister's announcement to resign, how soon it is triggered will depend on whether the UK has a government which can command a majority in the House of Commons.

    The UK's future relationship with the EU will be negotiated separately to the withdrawal agreement, with careful transition arrangements which could take up to a decade to put in place fully.

    While it is early days, I want to address some immediate questions:

    Existing EU students and applicants for 2016/17: at this point, there is no change to their immigration status, access to loans or contractual terms and conditions.

    Non-UK EU staff: at this point, there is no change to their immigration status and no change to the contractual terms and conditions of EU nationals holding BCoT contracts.

    Apprenticeships: at this point, again, there is no change to current operations or processes. However, in a statement on Friday, Skills Minister Nick Boles did suggest that plans to introduce the Apprenticeship Levy may have to be delayed.  We know that all parties have committed to the Apprenticeship targets so we wait with interest what this delay might mean in reality.

    Whatever our personal views, we must bow to the democratic will of the British people and prepare for our future. It is clear that there will be challenges ahead and it is our duty as an institution to rise to them. For example, it is likely that our students will leave us to join what will potentially be a very difficult economy and employment market, post-Brexit, so our focus on employability skills will become even more vital.

    BCoT’s SMT will do all in our power to keep you fully informed as the picture becomes clearer. The Association of Colleges (AoC) is already lobbying on behalf of the sector and has stated that “the Government must make it clear as soon as possible how it will continue to fund education and training for the good of everyone”. 

    For my part, I look forward to working with staff and students here as, together, we seek to make the right decisions for the College.

    Respectful; Ready; Safe.  Whatever our personal views of the Referendum result, we remind staff and students that Britain is a democracy and the result should be respected.  BCoT does not tolerate any abusive language or behaviour in relation to personal beliefs or political views; this includes views of the Referendum.

    Anthony Bravo, Principal & Chief Executive                    Lynne George, Chair of Governors


  • 24 Aug 2016Access courses Open Day

     Access courses Open Day, 24th August, 2-4pm. 


    Are you thinking about a degree but need a ‘leg up’ to help you get there? Come along to our Open Day and find out how Access courses are designed just for you.

    What are Access courses?

    Access to HE Diplomas are a well-established set of qualifications designed for people who do not have the qualifications to enter a university level course but who do have life experience and a willingness to learn. 

    What Access courses can you study at BCoT?  
    • Art & Design
    • Biology with Chemistry
    • Business
    • Engineering
    • Nursing and Healthcare
    • Psychology
    • Social Work
    • Sports Science


    Are they nationally recognised?

    Access to HE Diplomas are now well established as national qualifications which allow students without traditional qualifications to apply for degree courses and enter university. They are regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for higher education (QAA) which ensures the quality of degree courses at universities.

    Will an Access qualification enable me to gain a place at a university?

    Whilst you are on your Access course, you can apply to universities using the UCAS application process. For one year courses starting in September this means applications are usually made at the end of your first term. Universities will process your application and if they offer you a place this will be based upon successful completion of an Access Diploma and it will be increasingly common for offers to include specific grade requirements for some or all of the Level 3 units studied on the course.

    About the course
    • Courses start in September 2016 and run four days a week from 9.30-3.00pm.
    • Courses cover both generic learning skills such as research and assignment writing, as well as vocational specific subjects.
    Entry Requirements

    Applicants should be over 19 and have GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above or our Pre-Access Certificate and a minimum of grade C English Language.

    Course Fees

    Access to HE courses are eligible for Adult Learning Loans; please click here for further details about them.
    If you apply for an Adult Learning Loan and are then successfully offered a place on a degree course, your Loan will usually be written off.


    • Art & Design - £3900
    • Biology with Chemistry - £3300
    • Nursing & Healthcare - £3300
    • Psychology - £3000
    • Social Work - £3000


    For further information please email nextyear@bcot.ac.uk or call 01256 306296.




  • 24 Aug 2016Full Time Enrolment

    Joining BCoT for a full time course this September?

    We will begin enrolment for students at the end of August.

    Please note, enrolment is strictly by appointment only; if you have been offered a place with us, you will be sent your enrolment pack by post shortly.


    Apprentice enrolment:  Thursday 24th or Friday 25th August

    Full Time courses enrolment: Tuesday 30th August to Friday 2nd September

    Part Time course enrolment evening:  Thursday 1st September


    For late applications or enrolments, please contact us on 01256 306679.

  • 01 Sep 2016Part Time Enrolment

    Part Time Enrolment Evening - 4-8pm

    Thinking about joining us for an evening class, professional qualification or part-time course in the coming year?

    You can enrol in person or by 'phone throughout the summer, during normal office hours, using the details below or you can come along to our Part Time Enrolment Evening on 1st September.


    To enrol on any part time course, please call us on 01256 306484 or download the part time enrolment form by clicking here.

  • 17 Oct 2016Open Evening

    Come along to our Open Evening from 4.30-7.30pm where you can look around the College, chat to staff and students, find out more about the courses on offer and learn more about our subsidised travel.

    This is also a chance for you to see the department in action and get a real feel for the course you are interested in!

    What's happening?

    - Creepy crawly handling with Animal Management,

    - Heat press experiments with Art & Design,

    - Forensic analysis of clothing and fingerpinting analysis with Sciences,

    - Watch our Autosport students race prep' one of our racing cars,

    and much more!

    A link to pre-register for this event will appear here nearer the time but advanced booking is not essential.


    We will also be holding Open Events on:

    Saturday 12th November  2016, 10.30am-12.30

    Monday 15th May 2017, 4.30-7.00pm


    And Apprenticeship evenings, for you to meet potential employers, on:

    Monday 13th March 2017,  4.30-7.30pm

    Monday 19th June 2017, 4.30-7.30pm


     If you can't make this date, there are lots of other opportunites to visit us; click here for details.

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