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  • 08 Jan 2015Leading architect shares experience with Construction students

    BCoT Construction students learned from the best when Associate Director for the BRE (Buildings Research Establishment), Andrew Sutton, came into college to talk about working in the industry.

    Andrew has been lead architect for BREEAM rated commercial developments and is part of BRE’s ‘Building Information Modelling’ (BIM) team. His work has won awards including The Royal Town Planning Institute Cymru Award 2013 for ‘Maes Yr Onn’, a completely off-grid farmhouse in the Welsh hills. Also, in 2008, his ‘Green House’ design for Barratt Homes was voted ‘Zero Carbon Home for the Future’ by a Sunday newspaper. He is currently working as the Client Sustainable Design Advisor to Admiral Insurance Group for their new buildings project in Cardiff and Newport which are due to house 4,500 staff.

    Andrew gave a detailed talk to BCoT students about how the industry works today.  This included an overview of how a building goes from idea to completion, technology in construction, drawing plans for a building and much more. He said:

     “I was keen to share some industry knowledge with students looking to work in construction and the built environment. I believe they have learned a lot of valuable information which will benefit their future careers.”

    BCoT is committed to giving students opportunities to meet and communicate with people who work in the industry they are training to work in. Claire Sutton, Marketing Manager at the College, organised this talk for the construction learners. She said:

    “I invited my brother into the College to see if we could pick his brains for any sustainability ideas.  When my colleagues from our Construction departments heard he was in, they asked if he’d be prepared to share his experiences with the students – and of course he said yes!  The College believes it has an important role to play in preparing students for the world of work, so hearing from people already working in industry can play a really helpful part in that.”

     

  • 08 Jan 2015BCoT Lecturer has residency at V&A Museum

    Vincent Larkin, an Art & Design lecturer at BCoT, was recently given the opportunity to take part in a residency period at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

    As well as inspiring students at BCoT, Vincent is an artist who works with books, printed media, web-based media and sometimes song. Vincent, alongside his band Spin Spin the Dogs, has released an album with Gringo Records entitled ‘Leave me in Leicester’.

    During his residency, Vincent created two separate hand-made illustrated books. One told a specific story of pre-1963 British popular music; the second explored the story of music today.

    Vincent was delighted with the opportunity to take up the residency at the V&A Museum, saying:

    “It was great to work and create in the V&A - it is such a powerful place with so much history. The facilities were amazing and having access to the V&A archive was incredibly beneficial.”

    Vincent hopes that he can use what he has learned at the V&A to benefit his students at BCoT.

    “I intend to incorporate things I have learned from the V&A Museum into my lessons at the College. It is important that people who teach have their own practice; a large proportion of the staff at BCoT are industry trained which gives students an excellent example to follow and prepares them for the world of work.”

    If you would like more information on Vincent’s residency at the V&A go to:

    http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/s/speed-resident-vincent-larkin

    Or to learn more about Vincent’s work visit:

    http://www.vincentlarkin.co.uk/

  • 07 Jan 2015Accountancy students are rewarded for hard work

    BCoT part-time AAT (Accounting) students have been rewarded for their hard work at an awards lunch hosted by CMA Recruitment group.

    CMA Recruitment Group are the South’s leading independent Accountancy and Finance, Executive and HR consultancy and have been providing recruitment services for over 30 years. They organised the lunch in recognition of the students’ academic achievements and commitment to their studies.

    During lunch held at Zizzi’s in Basingstoke, the winning students were presented with a bottle of champagne, a shield-style trophy and book tokens.   

    Winner of the Level 2 ‘CMA Annual AAT Student of the Year Award’ was Elisha Ofori-Boakye. He said:

    “I started off at BCoT studying for my Level 2 AAT whilst working voluntarily at the same time to get some valuable experience in Accounting. Since then I have progressed onto the Level 3 course and have managed to get a paid job, which CMA helped me to find. Winning this award for my hard work at Level 2 will look great on my CV and really benefit my career.”

    The awards were presented to the students by Hayley Surey, Recruitment Consultant at CMA. She said:

    “CMA Recruitment Group has worked with local colleges across the Southern region for more than 15 years.  The aim is to acknowledge students for their outstanding work and achievements with the awards judged in conjunction with the college lecturers.  We will continue to work closely alongside the colleges with the intention of assisting local students in their careers and long term futures.  CMA would particularly like to acknowledge and thank Angela Greening (Coordinating lecturer of Accounting at BCoT) for her support and assistance throughout the process“.

     

  • 18 Dec 2014January 2015 Course starts

    Full time courses starting in January 2015

    Pre-Access to Higher Education

    (Level 2 Certificate in Progression)

    This course runs over two terms (to June 2015) and is designed to give you the study skills to progress to one of our Access to HE courses starting in September 2015. 

    There are no set entry requirements but you will need to have in informal interview with the Course Leader before Christmas 2014.

    Click here to download the application form for the Pre-Access course.

    Please return your completed form as soon as possible to:
    Karon Chewter, BCoT, Worting Road, Basingstoke RG21 8TN

    Click here to read more about this course.

    Click here to read about BCoT's Access to HE courses that you could choose to progress to.

     

    Introduction to Automotive

    (Entry Level City & Guilds in Vehicle Systems, Body & Paint Maintenance)

    The course includes:
    • Personal skills including:  Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening
    • Maths skills for everyday life
    • ICT
    • Inter-personal skills, team building and mutual respect
    • Researching careers in the motor industry
    • Exploring the local environment

    To enrol on this course you will need GCSEs at grades F to G, but applicants with no formal qualifications will be considered.  You will also need to have an informal interview with the Course Leader before Christmas.

    To apply, please complete our application form - click here - and return as soon as possible to:
    Student Admin, BCoT, Worting Road, Basingstoke RG21 8TN

    To read more about this course, and our other Automotive courses, please click here.

     

    Level 1 Hairdressing

    (Level 1 City & Guilds Certificate in Hairdressing & Barbering)

    This is a one year course designed to give you an introduction and first qualification in either Hairdressing or Hairdressing and Barbering.

    To join this course you will need to have 4 GCSEs at grades E or above incuding English Language and Maths.  For the January 2015 start date, you will also need to have an informal interview with the Course Leader before Christmas.

    To apply, please complete our application form - click here - and return as soon as possible to:
    Student Admin, BCoT, Worting Road, Basingstoke RG21 8TN

    To read more about our Hairdressing and Barbering courses, please click here.

     

    Level 1 Certificate in Sport & Active Leisure

    This qualification aims to provide an opportunity for those with an interest in sport and leisure to explore this area of employment in a practical way. It will also develop learners’ skills and personal qualities in preparation for all areas of employment. The course covers a wide range of subjects which include: 

    • Taking part in sport
    • Assisting at a sport or leisure event
    • Improving own fitness
    • Risks and hazards in sport and active leisure
    • Working in sport
    • Managing your health at work
    • Safe learning in the workplace
    • Job opportunities in sport in sport and active leisure

    Progression:  BTEC Level 2 Public Services or Sport in September 2015

    To apply, please complete our application form - click here - and return as soon as possible to:
    Student Admin, BCoT, Worting Road, Basingstoke RG21 8TN
    You will also need to have an informal interview with the Course Leader before Christmas.

     

    NCFE Level 1 Diploma in Uniformed Public Services

    This qualification aims to provide an opportunity for learners with an interest in the uniformed services to explore this area of employment in a practical way. Units include: 

    • Investigate employment opportunities in the uniformed services
    • Wellbeing and physical fitness
    • Team working skills
    • Developing self-discipline
    • Carry out essential map reading and navigation
    • Participate in competitive sports
    • Participate in adventurous activities

    Progression:  BTEC Level 2 Public Services or Sport in September 2015

    To apply, please complete our application form - click here - and return as soon as possible to:
    Student Admin, BCoT, Worting Road, Basingstoke RG21 8TN
    You will also need to have an informal interview with the Course Leader before Christmas.

  • 16 Dec 2014Work experience success for student plumber

    Student plumber Loren Agness recently completed five weeks' work experience with Sentinel Housing. Read how she got on in the news story below:

    http://www.24dash.com/news/housing/2014-12-10-Loren-gets-hands-on-in-HomeTeam

    (Article and photo courtesy of dash.com)

     


Events

  • 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:
    darryl.taphouse@bcot.ac.uk 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.

  • 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

  • 02 Apr 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: darryl.taphouse@bcot.ac.uk or call 01256 306413

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

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


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