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  • 10 Aug 2016Access students reflect on positive year

    University beckons for former BCoT Access to HE students as they reflect on a positive year.

    Gemma Hughes and David Butler studied Access to Social Work and Psychology respectively, finishing in June.

    “The year course has prepared me well for my studies in September, where I am going to do a Master’s degree in Social Work at Winchester University,” said Gemma.

    After having already studied at university level, Gemma has worked in health care for seven years, boasting experience in every aspect of the sector.

    “I enjoy the social work side a lot more, it’s so diverse and refreshing. My current degree would not have allowed me to study the Master’s so the Access course has really helped me get to where I want to be.”

    In contrast, former BCoT public services student, David, is now on his way to fulfilling a lifelong dream of becoming a police officer.

    “I heard about Access to HE through a friend and after a few positive years studying here before, I knew it was a good decision to come back. I have always wanted to join the police force and I felt it was a great way to help me get there.”

    David is set to join the University of Worcester in September where he will be studying Psychology.

    “At times it was challenging as I had to juggle both my current part-time job and studies. Despite this, I got through and now have a comprehensive knowledge in Psychology which will help my progression into the force.”

    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 have life experience and a willingness to learn.

    Head of Access, Ann Grant, says the courses develop more than just a student’s knowledge.

    “Access offers a whole lot more than just an understanding in the course. It helps to gain both study and interpersonal skills, as well as giving them the chance to develop themselves as people.”


    Are you thinking about a degree but need a ‘leg up’ to help you get there?

    Pop along to the BCoT Access Open Day on the 24th August between 2-4pm.

    At the event you will be able to find out more about the courses available, speak to specialist tutors and discover the benefits of a course. 

  • 27 Jul 2016Chinese students visit BCoT

    BCoT were happy to hold a Chinese Summer School for the second time recently.  

    Seventeen students from The Jiangsu Food and Pharmaceutical Science College, Jiangsu, China, visited the College for the two week programme.

    The main focus of the course was to improve the learners’ English and open their eyes to a different way of life.

    During the summer school, they attended an English lesson every day, took part in a number of activities and enjoyed a number of days out; meeting the Basingstoke Mayor a popular favourite.

    They also visited London, Winchester, and The Whitchurch Silk Mill and attended a Garden Tea Party.

    “The Basingstoke Mayor was very friendly and told us lots about Basingstoke. I also liked visiting the Capital City, I want to live there one day!” said student, Yu.

    Another learner, Lili, spoke about what she had learnt during her time at BCoT.

    “I improved my English a lot during my time at the College and it was eye-opening to see how different England is to China. I am very grateful for the experience.”

    Tutor, Gill Mahers, was happy with the success of the programme and hopes to repeat it next year.

    “This was my second year doing the summer school and I thoroughly enjoyed it. They have all improved their English tremendously and excelled in a new environment. I would love to meet more students in the future as they are so kind and grateful.” 


    If you would like to see a variety of pictures from the BCoT Chinese Summer School 2016, click here

  • 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.”

  • 07 Jul 2016Relaunch of Forum

    Anthony Bravo (pictured above left) joins Rajinder Mann and Andy Forbes for the relaunch of the AoC Black & Asian Principals Forum earlier this month (July 2016).

    The Association of Colleges (AoC) Network for Black and Asian Professionals, headed by Rajinder Mann, was first established in 1998 but folded late in 2015 due to lack of funding. 

    This new forum – which will be known as the BAME Principals Group – picks up that remit.  It will include serving principals and chief executives of FE institutions and will be chaired by Jat Sharma, an AoC board member and principal of Walsall College.  Leading roles will also be played by Andy Forbes and Anthony Bravo, principals of the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London and Basingstoke College of Technology (BCoT).

    The relaunch took place at the FE Week Festival of Skills, held in the splendid grounds of Capel Manor College in North London on 7-8 July.  The Festival is an established event to help FE professionals keep up to date and share best practice.

  • 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.” 


  • 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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