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  • 24 Mar 2017Students Take Part in Barbering Competition

    Five students on Level 2 & 3 hairdressing & barbering courses at BCoT are taking part in the National Student of the Year Barbering competition run by British Barbers’ Association (BBA).

    As part of the competition, Level 2 students have to do a basic haircut and finish, whilst Level 3 students are tasked with doing a precision creative cut and finish.

    Photographic entries are then sent to the BBA and are judged by a panel of industry experts. Winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony held at the NEC in Birmingham on 22nd May.

    Donna McGuirk, hair and barbering Tutor at BCoT said the competition is an opportunity for students to showcase their talents, and compete against other students in their field. She added:

    “Since the start of March when the details of the competition were released, the students have been very excited and professionally planning their entries. Every week they have been practising and perfecting their skills in preparation for the photo shoot of the final entries. As their tutor I am extremely proud of their effort, enthusiasm and commitment to this event and I wish them the best of luck with their entries.”

    If you’d like to find out more about any of the hairdressing and barbering courses at BCoT, please visit, email or call 01256 306611.


  • 23 Mar 2017'British Hair' Masterclass in Salon Evolve

    The creative team from 'British Hair' gave a masterclass in cutting short hair to BCoT’s Level 3 Hairdressing students.

    Simon Ostler, founder of 'British Hair' and his Creative Director Amanda came to the College to do demonstrations and give students the chance to practice cutting techniques. Simon explained that due to current trends, there is a real shortage of opportunities for trainees to cut short hair. He said:

    “Over 75% of women now have shoulder length hair so there are fewer occasions for hairdressers to practice cutting and styling short hair. With the help of some willing models, we have been able to demonstrate the latest cutting techniques to students which is an invaluable part of their learning.”

    Sue Scott, Course Director for full time hair and barbering courses at BCoT arranged for Simon and Amanda to come to the College. She said that giving students the chance to learn from other industry experts is a vital part of their training in becoming professional hairdressers, adding different techniques on cutting hair.  

    If you’d like to find out more about any of the hairdressing and barbering courses at BCoT, please visit, email or call 01256 306611.

  • 15 Mar 2017Countdown to the Cup Final

    The BCoT & Crystal Palace Football Academy began their build up to the League Cup Final with an interactive visit to Selhurst Park. The visit was hosted by Crystal Palace Foundation Development Manager Rob Perrett and gave the opportunity for the students to get a tour of the facilities and an insight to the match day preparation undertaken by first team players at the club. On the day, players were given exclusive access to the stadium including the changing facilities, media centre hospitality boxes and pitch side to experience the facilities used by senior first team players on match days. Students were able to take part in a mock press conference whereby they had the opportunity to grill their coaches on the season’s events so far, as well as access to the medical centre and warm up area in the changing rooms to see how players prepare on match day. The trip fuelled excitement for BCoT’s fixture at Selhurst Park against Harris South Norwood Academy on Wednesday 24th May.

    Following the stadium tour, the squad set off to one of the Academy training facilities to train with Crystal Palace Academy coaches Michael Cleary & Stuart Jacob in preparation for their upcoming fixture against South Downs. The players focused on a technical based warm up before working on a session focussing on midfield rotation in a game based scenario; particularly to work on the rotational movement of central players to create space. It was an insightful experience for both players and coaches alike to work with coaches with experience of developing Premier League talent. 

    Learn more about our Partnership with Crystal Palace FC and apply for a course starting September.

  • 08 Feb 2017"Focus is crew-cial," rower tells students

    Rowing legend and Guinness World Record holder, Emily Blagden, had BCoT Sport and Public Services students pulling together at a motivational talk arranged by BCoT sports lecturers last week. 

    Emily and her crew of three other women took part in the Great Pacific Race 2014 - rowing across the Pacific. The physical and mental challenge of rowing the 2,400 mile was made more difficult by the dangerous currents, a hurricane and a tropical storm – the boat even started to break about 40 days in and so the team had to do emergency maintenance and repair on the journey. 

    During her talk, Emily spoke to students about the importance of focusing on life goals: “Think about where you want to be and how you’re going to get there,” was the message. During students’ questions, Emily explained: “Beforehand, I never thought I could do something quite so challenging – now I know I can, and am looking ahead to what I can do next.” 

    BCoT Sports lecturers Jamie Dockree and Darryl Taphouse arranged Emily’s visit to help students think about their own goals now and in the future. It’s part of BCoT’s aim to connect students to inspiring and real-world experts to motivate and teach them.  “At college we do everything we can to give learners with the skills and qualifications they need to go onto university or work. But confidence and self-belief has to come from within – our job is to nurture this and encourage young people that they can succeed,” said Taphouse.



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