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Basingstoke College of Technology (BCoT) has announced the launch of a new range of professional and leisure courses for adults. The exciting programme, which is due to start from September 2018, is ideal for anyone keen to retrain, develop their career or simply looking to take up a new hobby.
Commenting on the courses which range from Level 1 through to higher education and university level, Principal Anthony Bravo said: “This is a great opportunity to start something new and with such a wide range of courses conveniently and flexibly available during the day and evenings, there really is something for everyone. Whether looking to develop professional beauty skills in our hair, beauty and barber salons, welding skills in the engineering workshops or develop a creative talent with courses such as Silver Jewellery in the Art Studios, you will learn from expert lecturers in outstanding industry-equivalent facilities.”
For those with jobs or home life which demand even more flexibility, BCoT also offers free distance learning courses which are ideal for building the CV and demonstrating a commitment to continued professional development. For those who want to go to university but don’t have the qualifications to get a place, BCoT also offers a range of Access courses which are run over a year. This intensive but supportive route provides the academic skills and knowledge required to start a degree programme and can kick start a new career in Engineering, Computing, Psychology, Social Work, Nursing and Veterinary Studies.
Mr Bravo continues: “Alongside the professional courses such as Accounting and Marketing we are also here for those looking to learn a new language providing English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses and we offer GCSE Maths and English for free to those who don’t already have a grade C/4 or above. We are really keen to start adults on their learning journey and equally to provide high level professional development courses to enable people to become more knowledgeable in their area of expertise or to develop their career potential.”
BCoT’s creative courses are always popular and this year include Calligraphy, Textiles, Pottery for Intermediates and Drawing for Beginners. Other adult courses also in the 2018 programme are Unreal Game Engine which is an introduction to game programming and modelling, Level 4 and 5 Sports Massage and Level 5 Counselling.
A range of funding options are available including discounts for those unemployed, on benefits or receiving a low income. Advanced Learner Loans, which are not dependent on income or credit checks, are also available to help cover the cost of course fees.
The new adult course guide is available in libraries and community centres around the borough and can be downloaded at www.bcot.ac.uk. It is also being distributed to homes across Basingstoke situated in the RG21, RG22, RG23 8 and RG24 postcodes. A 10% discount is available on all course tuition fees if you enrol and pay in full before 31 July 2018. Go to www.bcot.ac.uk/enrol to enrol online.