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  • 30 Jan 2015Colourful advice for Fashion Retail students

    Kate Jones, a stylist at image consultants House of Colour, inspired students at BCoT with an interactive talk on the importance of colour when styling.

    Kate delivered her talk to BA(Hons) Textiles for Fashion students as well as Level 3 Fashion Retail and Art & Design students. This gave learners from across the college the chance to improve their knowledge of the fashion industry from an expert in her field.

    Students were used as models to demonstrate how the colours you wear impact the way you look. Level 3 Fashion Retail student Kelly Window said:

    “We learned how your skin tone can impact which colour clothing looks good on you; there are blue and yellow based skin tones and you need to know which one is yours to get the best result. We were also given a demonstration on how colours suit some people and not others - I found out that black only suits around 25% of people!”

    Sarah Gallagher, a Fashion Retail lecturer at BCoT, was impressed with how students responded to Kate Jones’ talk, adding:

    “The session helped students gain a real understanding of how colour and tones work hand-in-hand with styling.  Kate is an industry expert and it was a great opportunity for students to learn from her and apply this knowledge in their Fashion Styling unit which is an integral part of their course.”

  • 30 Jan 2015BCoT Teacher nominated for prestigious TES award

    BCoT Lecturer nominated for Teacher of the Year TES Award

    In recognition of his ‘incredible imagination, passion, commitment and sheer hard work which transforms the lives of the young people’, Scott Hayden has been nominated for a 2015 TES (Times Educational Supplement) award.

    The awards are held to recognise outstanding contribution to FE (Further Education) and are open to all FE providers in the UK.

    Scott teaches on the Creative Media Production courses at Basingstoke College of Technology (BCoT) and is an Ofsted graded ‘Outstanding’ teacher.  He is well-liked and respected universally amongst his colleagues, students and in the wider FE community where he is particularly active in the learning technologies field.

    Scott is constantly evaluating and developing his practice, endeavouring to improve and keeping learning experiences fresh, topical and stimulating for his students. He invites feedback from his students on his delivery, methods and practice, and welcomes constructive commentary from colleagues.

    Scott uses the latest technologies to engage and motivate his students in debate, discussion and reflection.  This has led to him earning the title of ‘Specialist Practitioner in Social Media and Educational Technology’.

    Scott’s work has also impacted positively on the wider college.  He welcomes opportunities to share his excellent practice with colleagues both in and beyond the college through mechanisms like teacher forums, peer-training, attending regional #Teachmeet sessions.

    He is also an active member of the developing #ukfechat network and writes reflective articles to help share ideas through industry publications. He has recently been working with the Education Foundation – the UK’s education think tank, on a digital college initiative and has contributed to the FE book, ‘Don’t Change the Lightbulbs’. 

    Supporting Scott’s nomination are students both past and present: 

    Andy Bainbridge:

    “His teaching methods are second-to-none, with highly innovative ideas often at the forefront of this. In my three years with him I turned from an anti-social shy nerd to a forward thinking revolutionary, without him I imagine I would have fallen by the wayside. 

    If you can find me anyone better than him I'd buy you all the tea in china.” 

    Robbie Gotelee

    “Scott Hayden is a legend!  His pure positivity, eloquence and passion for learning is right through the roof. Even when we thinks he's done enough for us he bounces back with more – he is an inspiration.”

    Scott says he is ‘humbled and honoured’ to receive the nomination and is looking forward to the ceremony which takes places at The Grosvenor Hotel in London on 27th February 2015.

  • 29 Jan 2015High-flyer Lauren return to BCoT

    British Airways made a special landing at BCoT recently in the shape of Cabin Crew Lauren Maycock.

    Lauren was completing her BTEC in Travel & Tourism at BCoT last year when she applied for a job with the airline.  Having successfully completed the rigorous assessment process, Lauren was pleased to come back and tell current students all about it.

    “The assessment and interview stage was really tough.  It is designed to test how you work in a team as well as your customer service and problem-solving skills. Throughout the entire day there are people making notes on everything you say or do to ensure that you are right for the job.”

    Lauren gave students advice on how best to prepare for an interview in industry, explaining the importance of research and teamwork.  She brought with her a suitcase full of training booklets which she had to review before her interview, ensuring that the students knew how complex the job really is.

    Lauren also gave the students an insight into the perks of working as Cabin Crew. She spoke about some of the amazing places she has visited around the world such as Miami, Nairobi, Johannesburg and many more.

    Jo Shea, Travel and Tourism lecturer at BCoT, arranged for Lauren to come in and share her experiences with the students.  She said:

    “BCoT offer technical courses with industry related lecturers, giving students the best opportunity to progress into their chosen industries.

    Lauren’s experiences since leaving college were an excellent way to show our learners that our courses are preparing them for careers in the tourism industry. “

  • 27 Jan 2015AWE Apprenticeships

    If you think you have what it takes to keep our world safe and secure, an Advanced Apprenticeship with AWE is a great way to get your career started.

    It will give you all the skills and training you’ll need for a varied and exciting role in engineering and technology.

    You will be part of a company which plays a central role in the defence of the UK. To ensure this is done to the highest standard, AWE are committed to nurturing the right skills and expertise.

    AWE Apprenticeship schemes are designed to do just that. There are five on offer:

    • Electronic maintenance
    • Electrical maintenance
    • Precision machining
    • Mechanical maintenance
    • Control and Instrumentation 

    (Applicants can only apply for one of the above)

    If you have a real passion for engineering and are keen to learn then one of these Apprenticeships could be for you.


    To apply please email your CV and a covering letter to:

    To find out more please call:

    Judith Moule 01256 306379 or Sally Claughton 01256 306451


    Be part of a world-class team. Be an AWE Apprentice.

    AWE promotes diversity in employment.  Because of the nature of work associated with these posts, they are subject to special nationality rules and are open only to British citizens. All selected candidates will be required to undergo security clearance (39)

  • 26 Jan 2015Free samples give food for thought

    BCoT Catering students had the chance to show off their culinary skills when they gave out free food samples outside the College’s shop, Aspiral.

    Students prepared the food at college then took to the streets of Basingstoke to hand out treats to passers-by.  These included blueberry muffins, spiced butternut and chickpea soup, granola bars and much more.

    Students also took the opportunity to chat to local people about the College’s shop Aspiral, as well as The Restaurant at BCoT. 

    One of the students who took part was Hollie Burne-Bailey.  She said:

    “It was great to show the public what we can do at college and let them taste some of the great food we prepare each week.  Some people did not know that we serve lunches and evening meals in The Restaurant every Wednesday and Thursday, so it was good to promote this and give them a taste of what they’re missing!”

    Catering lecturer at BCoT, Adam Harty, organised this opportunity for the learners. He said:

    “This was a chance for students of all levels to get some real world experience which is invaluable in industry. Not only were they taking responsibility for their own food and practising their skills, they were also encouraging members of the public to visit the restaurant in which they will be cooking and serving high quality food.”

    If you’d like to experience the catering at the Restaurant at BCoT, phone 01256 306306 to reserve a table.




  • 05 Feb 2015Parents' Evening

    Parents and guardians of BCoT students are invited to our Parents Evening on Thursday 5th February from 5.30-8.00pm.  During the evening you will have the opportunity to have a one-to-one meeting with a course tutor, as well as Maths and English tutors.

    Meetings are by appointment and you will receive a letter with details of how to book a time which suits you.

  • 24 Feb 2015Football Trials

    Trials for those applying to join our Football Academy in September 2015

    The College is holding football trials at Down Grange Astroturf, Pack Lane, Basingstoke RG22 5SN.
    If you have applied or wish to apply to join our BTEC Level 3 Football Academy course, you will need to attend a trials session.

    Please contact our Football Academy Coordinator, Darryl Taphouse, to book your trial place: or call 01256 306413

    Other trial dates this year are:
       Thursday 2nd April
       Tuesday 5th May
       Thursday 7th May

    To read more about our Football Academy BTEC course, please click here.

  • 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

    success 2014

    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.


    To visit our Opening Evening, please pre-register here


    If you are an employer and would like to exhibit at the event, please register here

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  • 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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