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  • 07 Mar 2015Art & Design Taster Day


    Come along to the Art and Design taster day on Saturday 7th March from 9.45am – 3.30pm for a day of hands-on activities.

    If you’d like to find out what it’s like to study a creative subject such as Art & Design, Photography, Graphic Design, Textiles and Fashion then come along and join us.

    During the day you’ll have a chance to take part in 3 taster sessions of your choice.  You can chat to staff about courses at BCoT and career choices.  You will also have a tour of the department and see our resources and equipment.

    Teams will be on hand to help with completion of online application forms for those students who wish to apply during the morning.

    Spaces are limited, so to book your place or to find out more, please contact: or call 01256 306271.

    The cost is £10 for the day – lunch is £4 extra or you can bring your own.

  • 14 Feb 2015Want to become an Apprentice at AWE?

    Do you think you have what it takes to become an Engineering Apprenticeship at AWE?

    During February, BCoT are recruiting Apprentices on behalf of prestigious local employer, AWE. 

    AWE’s nationally recognised Skills Academy will see Apprentices work on site to achieve an NVQ qualification combined with day release to BCoT to gain a Level 3 Technical Certificate. 

    Judith Moule, Head of Apprenticeships at BCoT, is delighted to be able to offer 45 engineering Apprenticeship opportunities. She said:

    “The AWE Apprenticeships are an excellent chance to gain real workplace experience in the engineering industry whilst gaining a work based qualification, and earning at the same time.  At the end of their training, the Apprentices will be fully qualified engineers with highly successful and well paid careers ahead of them.”

    To find out what an Apprenticeship at AWE is really like, we interviewed two current Apprentices, Matt Grimston and Dani Smithers. Here are their stories:

    Matt Grimston, age 17, attended Aldworth School

    “I’ve always been interested in Electronics and the AWE Apprenticeships really appealed to me.  I did lots of research into the role and spoke to people who were already there so when I went for my interview I felt very prepared.  It must have worked as I was offered the job!

    I love the variety of the role and learning lots of new skills.  All our projects are set by line Managers and they also mark our work.  They are great mentors, it feels like they really want to help us get on in our careers. 

    I enjoy coming to college once a week – it feels good to be gaining qualifications whilst working and both BCoT and AWE are really supportive of my studies.

    I think the hardest challenge about doing an Apprenticeship is the huge change from school to work.  You are suddenly not a school pupil anymore but an adult in a real-live working environment, and this takes a little time to adjust to.  It’s all positive though – I wouldn’t change it for the world, you quickly adapt and you just want to prove you are the right person for the job.

    I think the best thing about being an Apprentice at AWE is the hands-on work, the challenge of learning so many new things, and making new friends.  They really look after you at AWE, it feels like they are setting you up for a great career, as long as you work hard and are committed.  They are very focussed on getting you to be the best you can – it’s a very positive environment to work in.

    I would definitely recommend the Apprenticeship route. You get real-life, hands-on work experience, formal qualifications and you are paid at the same time!  It really has been the best decision I could have made.”

    Dani Smithers, age 16, went to The Hurst School

    “I chose the Apprenticeship route at AWE as I liked the idea of getting hands-on industry training and gaining qualifications at the same time. I’ve been interested in engineering since school and knew that AWE were really supportive of women entering the industry.

    The best thing about my Apprenticeship is learning new skills in a practical environment. You are constantly challenged, and have to take responsibility for your own work.  I definitely feel like I’m contributing to the success of AWE in the work that I do and this gives me a great sense of achievement.

    I enjoy going to BCoT once a week – it’s a great opportunity to learn the theory behind the industry.  It also ensures that I’m gaining the qualifications and knowledge to work for an establishment which expects the most from its employees. I definitely take what I learn in the classroom and use it to improve the work that I produce at AWE.  

    So yes, I’m loving my Apprenticeship - it is much better than I ever expected and I’m so glad I chose this route. The responsibility I am given and the sense of pride I get from working here is great.”

    If Matt and Dani’s stories have inspired you to apply, then please send your CV and a covering letter to: or call 01256 306379/306451 to find out more.  Closing date for applications is 26 February 2015.

  • 12 Feb 2015New Higher Education Manager joins BCoT

    BCoT is pleased to welcome Dr Sean Moley as HE (Higher Education) Manager.

    This newly-created role will lead on both university-level provision and international work within the successful College.

    Sean has worked in education for the past 24 years and brings experience from the secondary, sixth form, further and higher education sectors.  He joins BCoT from the University of Southampton, part of the prestigious Russell group of universities.   

    Jackie Grubb, BCoT’s Deputy Principal for Curriculum Performance and Innovation, believes Sean will play a crucial role in the College’s future plans.

    “BCoT has offered university level professional and academic courses for many years and we are keen to expand on these further,” Jackie said.  “There seems to be the misconception that this level of qualification is not available in Basingstoke - that you have to travel to access them - so Sean has been targeted with addressing that.”

    Sean firmly believes in education and is looking forward to the challenges ahead.  “For all of my working life, teaching and learning has been central to what I do,” he said. 

    "Six years teaching in an East London secondary school proved a very valuable learning experience for me and, after completing my PhD, I was fortunate to be able work on projects to improve young people’s key skills, adults’ workplace basic skills and the quality of teaching and learning offered by work based learning providers."  

    “I am very excited to be coming to work at BCoT and am especially looking forward to working closely with colleagues to meet the needs of our HE students, providing them the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the world of work. BCoT has ambitions plans to meet the needs of an increasing number of international students and I am looking forward to contributing to the success of this new venture.”

    When not at work, Sean enjoys family days out with his wife and two young children and cites National Trust properties Cliveden, Hinton Ampner and The Vyne as being family favourites.

  • 12 Feb 2015Student produces stunning artwork

    Multitalented BCoT Directions student, Aimee Potter, produced a piece of artwork that has stunned her tutors and peers.

    Directions courses at BCoT are designed to help improve English, Maths and personal social development skills.  Students also have the opportunity to learn the basics of two technical courses to see where they may wish to progress to at the end of their course. Aimee studies Art and Catering as her two technical courses and has found a real passion for Art.

    Aimee impressed everybody when she produced an incredible portrait in her lessons. This caught the attention of the Art & Design Department at BCoT who are looking forward to her applying for a place on a full time course upon completion of Directions. However, this is not her only talent. She was recently asked by a Deputy Principal to sing at her leaving party in the College’s restaurant and received a standing ovation for her performance.

    Aimee is an aspiring tattoo artist and believes that she is on the right path to achieving her career goal. She said:

    “I’m really enjoying Directions at BCoT.  It has allowed me find an interest in Art and I hope this will set me up for progression onto a full time course. The support I have received has helped me to build my confidence whilst learning new skills and improving my English and Maths grades.”

    Directions tutors at the College, are delighted with the progress Aimee is making. They said:

     “She has done incredibly well and has clearly grown in confidence since she joined us. We try to nurture the talents of our students to help them progress onto full time courses; Aimee’s potential Art & Design progression is an excellent example of this.”


  • 11 Feb 2015Thinking of a change of career?

    Thinking about a change of career? 

    Are you a qualified electrician, automotive technician, plumber or engineer?

    Do you have qualifications in science, particularly biology or chemistry? 

    On Tuesday 3rd March we are holding an Information Evening at BCoT for anyone who has the technical skills or qualifications and is considering a move into teaching. 

    We are looking for individuals with technical experience to pass on their knowledge to our enthusiastic students.  No teaching qualifications are required as we can support you to achieve these* - but patience and a desire to share your skills and knowledge are essential! 

    As a teacher or assessor at BCoT, we can agree on flexible or regular salaried hours and, after a qualifying period, a Local Government Pension. 

    Jackie Grubb, Deputy Principal at the College said: 

    “This is a great opportunity for anyone with industry skills and expertise who has been thinking about a career in teaching to come along and find out more. 

    As a college, we believe it is vital to recruit individuals from industry who can share their wealth of knowledge and experience with our learners.  If this is something you have been considering for a while, but have been put off by not having any teaching qualifications, don’t worry!  We want to talk to people who are passionate about their subject and believe they have what it takes to be part of a really successful teaching team here at BCoT.” 


    Come along and see us on Tuesday 3rd March from 6pm. You will be able to talk to our existing staff and students, view our excellent facilities and find out about the teaching qualifications available. 

    To reserve your place or find out more, please contact Stella Holmes on 01256 306369 or e-mail 

    (*Suitable candidates can be loaned the course fees; these do not have to be paid back if the candidate chooses to stay at BCoT.)




  • 03 Mar 2015Thinking about teaching?

    BCoT are holding an Information Evening for those with technical skills or qualifications who are considering a move into teaching.

    Are you a qualified electrician, automotive technician, plumber or engineer?
    Do you have qualifications in science, particularly biology or chemistry?


    BCoT is looking for individuals with technical experience to pass on their knowledge to our enthusiastic students.  No teaching qualifications are required as the College can support you to achieve these* - but patience and a desire to share your skills and knowledge are essential!

    Working in the College provides flexible or regular salaried hours and, after a qualifying period, a Local Government Pension.

    *Suitable candidates can be loaned the course fees; these do not have to be paid back if the candidate chooses to stay at BCoT.

    Please come along to our Information Evening on Tuesday 3rd March, starting at 6pm.

    There will be the opportunity to talk to our existing staff and students, view our excellent facilities and find out about the teaching qualifications available.

    To reserve your place or find out more, please contact Stella Holmes on 01256 306369 or e-mail

  • 07 Mar 2015Art & Design Taster Day

    If you are interested in a career or course in Art & Design, Graphic Design, Photography, Textiles, or Fashion and Clothing, come along to our taster day from 10am-3:30pm where you will be able to try your hand at a range of creative activities including:

    Fashion and Textiles

    •     Create patterns for printed textiles based on textile trends
    •     Use templates to present a mini collection of fashion ideas using a variety of fabrics
    •     Use your artistic flair and ideas to explore different materials and techniques used in the industry

    Art & Design 

    Based in The Dairy (our 3D Workshop) you will: 

    • Be shown how to bend, twist, pinch, fold, curl and manipulate plastics using our plastics oven
    • Have complete freedom over colour and form with the opportunity to make some really vibrant and exciting pieces
    • Use the Grit Blaster to apply pattern and texture to your pieces
    • Use your 2D skills to design and create your own badges using our state of the art badge maker 


    • Using darkroom facilities you will be able to produce photograms.  This is a traditional photographic technique where you expose objects through an enlarger onto light sensitive paper which creates a silhouette effect 
    • You will be shown how to produce photograms, develop them and expand upon the theme. Time permitting, the photograms can then be scanned into Photoshop and manipulated further, altering the colours and composition to create a further results

    Graphic Design 

    • Explore Digital Composition and Typography 
    • Create a 'cliff-hanger' scene with a caption using Photoshop and InDesign.
    • Introduction (or refresher) to Photoshop using layers, blur filters and colour adjustments, then add a caption to complete your composition in InDesign 
    • You will be working with industry standard equipment and get a feel what for it’s like to work as a graphic designer

    Spaces are limited. To book your place to this free event which includes lunch, please

    contact 01256 306271 or email




  • 09 Mar 2015Apprenticeships and College Open Evening

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    Come along to our Apprenticeships and College Open Evening which is being held in conjunction with National Apprenticeships Week.

    During the evening you will be able to find out more about full-time courses at BCoT, chat to staff and students, and take a look around the College.

    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.

    Please note that for this event only, the Hair and Beauty Department will be closed to visitors due to the annual Hair and Beauty Competition at The Anvil.  If you would like tickets to visit the show, please call Margaret Peach on 01256 306216.

    IF YOU ARE AN EMPLOYER and would like to exhibit at the event, please register here

    IF YOU ARE A STUDENT and would like to book your place, please pre-register here



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  • 09 Mar 2015Hair & Beauty Competition

    Monday 9th March Hair and Beauty Competition at The Anvil Basingstoke

    This annual competition is an opportunity for students from the Hair and Beauty department at BCoT to showcase their talents and creativity.  The day comprises of 14 exciting competitions in hair, nails and make-up. Student work will be judged during the day by a panel of industry experts from the world of Hair and Beauty, culminating in an awards ceremony in the evening.

    For tickets please call Margaret Peach on 01256 306216. 

  • 09 Mar 2015Hair and Beauty Competition

    The annual Hair and Beauty Competition will take place on Monday 9th March at The Anvil.

    14 exciting competitions in Hair, Nails and Make-up.

    For tickets call 01256 844244

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