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  • 30 Sep 2015Hospitality students cater for Lady Portal

    Hospitality students from BCoT were recently commissioned by the High Sheriff of Hampshire, Lady Louisa Portal, to provide catering for her high profile charity events held across the region.

    Lady Portal became the High Sheriff in April 2015 and is The Queen’s representative across Hampshire for all matters relating to the Judiciary and law and order.  She supports local charities and organisations, especially those involved in crime reduction across Hampshire.

    BCoT students catered for six of Lady Portal’s functions, including four luncheons and two evening canapé receptions. Over 400 guests were served, making this the College’s largest external contract to date.

    Gerald Hill, course tutor in Hospitality at BCoT, said that being chosen by Lady Portal meant that students were able to learn and develop their skills in a new environment, serving guests with very high expectations. He added:

    “Students were very aware that standards of food and service at Lady Portal’s events had to be exemplary. This was an opportunity for them to demonstrate their culinary skills and first class customer service;they surpassed even my expectations.”

    Each event saw BCoT students prepare and serve food to many well respected names in Hampshire society. In a letter of thanks to BCoT Principal Anthony Bravo, Lady Portal said she was “full of admiration” for the work carried out by learners. She went on the say:

    “Last weekend I hosted two high profile events for Hampshire Magistrates. The students excelled themselves and I was so proud to line them up with their tutor, Mr Hill, to thank them publicly.

    I noticed how the students grew in confidence as the days progressed. They clearly receive a first class training and for those who choose hospitality/catering as a career, I wish them every success – they’ve got off to an excellent start!”






  • 28 Sep 2015Parent Welcome Evenings

    Letters have recently been sent inviting  parents to attend one of our Welcome Evenings.

    This is a chance to hear from the Principal, find out about our ‘Parent Portal’ information site, and meet the teachers who will be delivering the course to your son/daughter.  RAP (Retention and Progression Tutors) who have been introduced to the College to support students with any non-academic barrier to learning will also be on hand to chat to.

    The Principal and Parent Portal presentations will take place at the beginning of the evening and you will then break out in to separate areas to meet the teaching teams and RAPs. Refreshments will be available at this stage of the evening.

    Please call the Department Administrator (shown on the letter sent to you) to confirm your place at  the Welcome Evening.

    Dates for all departments are as follows:

    Monday 5.30pm start

    Applied Sciences

    Business and Tourism

    Monday 5th 7.00pm start

    Art & Design




    Tuesday 6th October 5.30pm start



    Foundation Studies

    Media & Music

    Tuesday 6th October 7.00pm start

    Hair and Beauty

    Sport & Public Services

    Monday 12th October 6.15pm start

    Health Care and Early Years




  • 25 Sep 2015Face TV collaborates with BCoT

     A former BCoT student has secured his dream job thanks to a working collaboration between the College and his employer, Face TV.  

    Jordan Garwood, who studied Level 3 Creative Media Production at the College for two years has recently been employed by Face TV as a camera operator and video editor.  He said:

    “I’ve had a real interest in media and camera work for a long time and knew this was the industry I wanted to work in. I remember coming along to a BCoT Open Day whilst I was at school and talking to the Media lecturers.  They were so enthusiastic about their subject and it seemed like such an exciting career to get into!”

    It was during his first year at college that the working relationship between BCoT and Face TV was established. Scott Hayden, Creative Media lecturer at BCoT said:

    “We strive to give learners industry standard work to support their classroom studies.  Face TV are a local Production Company that have teamed up with us to create content for the brand new Freeview channel 'That's Basingstoke' launching in 2016.

    It is essential that our learners develop critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creative skills using new technology and gaining work experience so our partnership with 'That's Basingstoke' is perfect for BCoT Media students.”


    Scott is very proud of Jordan’s success, adding:

    “Jordan was a great student with real intellectual curiosity and professionalism. He was kind and hard-working and he cared. If a student has that attitude we will get them to their chosen destination whether it’s university, an Apprenticeship, or full time work in industry. “

    When speaking about the transition from college to work, Jordan has nothing but praise for BCoT and said:

    “College not only taught me the relevant skills needed for the industry, it also gave me the chance to experience real life working on the Face TV project. If it hadn’t been for BCoT and my lecturer Scott Hayden, I would not have had this fantastic opportunity come my way and doing something I really enjoy and am passionate about.”


  • 17 Sep 2015"I'm off to uni all thanks to BCoT" says former student

    “I’ve just had the best three years of my life at BCoT and am now off to university to follow my dream of becoming a Games Designer,” says Jacob Gardiner, former Level 3 Games Development student.

    When Jacob started at BCoT three years ago on a Level 2 Media course, he had no real idea where it would take him.

    “I’d read some really positive reviews online about the course” he said. “I went along to an Open Day and had the chance to chat to staff and students in more detail.  I was so impressed with everything they told me about the course and where it could lead. The College seemed to have such a positive vibe and everyone seemed was so upbeat and enthusiastic.”

    Jacob describes his first year studying Level 2 Media as “learning something new and exciting every day.” This course gave him the right skills and qualifications to progress to Level 3 Games Development.

    “When you first start a course, you never really know what to expect. From the very beginning, I was blown away with the technical and industry expertise of the lecturers.   They are also incredibly patient and supportive – they will stay with you until you totally grasp something, however long it takes, some even taking time out of their personal lives to make sure you achieve the best possible results.”

    At the beginning of his BCoT journey, Jacob did not have any designs on going to university, but this changed once he started his Level 3.

    “It’s really down to the fantastic team of teachers at BCoT that I’m now going to the University of Bournemouth to study a degree in Games Technology.  I hope this will then open the relevant doors and lead to a career in Level Design. I am very excited about my future, and can’t thank BCoT enough for giving me the confidence and self-belief to go down this pathway.”





  • 16 Sep 2015Music industry success for students

    The sweet sound of success beckons for three Music Technology students from BCoT following the successful launch of their record management company, Le Tribe.

    Formed by Jake McCormick, Rosie Goodman and Lia Edgson, Le Tribe was borne from a business plan created for a course assignment at college. The students created Le Tribe initially as a record label, but soon went on to develop the concept into a management company for start-up bands. Their aim is to help young talent take their first steps into the music industry.

    “We are all interested in the events management side of the music industry – none of us are musicians,” said Jake. “We were all really happy with our business plan which included a launch night for a band’s EP. When we achieved distinctions we thought we could go on and develop our ideas into a successful venture.”

    Le Tribe are currently representing two local bands, Tribeca and Manatee as well as solo artist Chris Holden. As a management company, they not only represent the bands but also carry out all their promotion and distribution.

    “We offer the complete package so our bands don’t have to go anywhere else – we do everything for them,” said Jake. “We bring in revenue through shows and record sales, which have been going really well.  We design and make promotional items such as t-shirts ourselves using the Art and Design facilities at BCoT. We even make our own CD’s! It’s definitely a case of keeping our outgoings low to maximise our income.”

    Zach Boakes, drummer in Manatee says Le Tribe have been instrumental in their success so far, saying:

    “They have been so helpful and supportive to our band.  Without Le Tribe we would not have got some of the great gigs and played at festivals.  They are really professional and go out of their way to help us. They use a wide range of social media platforms to promote Manatee and our records are now on iTunes and Spotify. Jake even played glockenspiel at one of our gigs recently which was awesome!”

    All three students have one year remaining at BCoT and are then planning to go to university in London and Brighton to study Music Event Management and Music Business Management.

    “We really hope we can tap into the huge music scene in both cities and expand Le Tribe even further. We’d like to manage additional bands and bring more exposure and success to those we already manage” said Rosie.

    This year the three students are planning more shows and promotions for the bands, as well as working hard to complete their A level equivalent Level 3 Music Technology course.   Jake added:

    “The great thing about studying Music Tech at BCoT is that we are taught by industry experts who have so much experience of record management. A lot of the units we cover on our course such as contracts, law and royalties have really helped us in setting up our company. We’re now looking forward to a busy year ahead, and hopefully continued success and expansion for Le Tribe and the bands we represent!”

    Paul Boddy, one of the Music Technology tutors at BCoT says he and the team are incredibly proud of what Jake, Lia and Rosie have achieved, adding:

    “In a short period of time, they have become an inspiration to both their classmates and teaching staff.  They have shown that with dedication, hard work and vision, a viable and profit-making business can be set up at quite an early stage.”









  • 19 Oct 2015Open Evening


    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.

    Click here to pre-register

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

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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.


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  • 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.


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  • 20 Jun 2016Apprenticeships Event

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    Come along to our Apprenticeships Event!

    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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