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Basingstoke College of Technology (BCoT) is reminding school leavers that there’s still time to apply to start college this September. With many expecting GCSE results on Thursday 23 August, it’s not too late to get their applications in if they’ve changed their mind or are still deciding what to do next.
Principal Anthony Bravo explains further: “It’s important that school leavers take control of their own futures and make the right decision regarding which course they study and which college they go to. We’re open on GCSE results day and are here for those students who are still deciding which direction they’d like to take. Our very proud message is that 98% of BCoT students’ progress to university, employment or further study. Whether you want the advanced technical skills and qualifications to start your working career or the equivalent of A-levels to go to university, we have the courses, great facilities and expert, industry-specialist teachers here.”
BCoT isn’t like school or other sixth form colleges. Students enjoy the different route BCoT offers, particularly the opportunity to get hands-on experience learning the skills and latest techniques employers want. The college’s unrivalled employer links provide excellent work experience placements, all of which comes without the pressure of exams.
Motor Vehicle student Cameron Saunders is off to work for Keith Gott Land Rovers in Alton as a Mechanic. Commenting on why he chose BCoT he said: “It was down to the facilities. The workshop was bigger than any other colleges I visited and there was a much wider variety of cars. The lecturers are really down to earth. They’re really good teachers and they make sure you stay focused and get everything done on time.”
BCoT also has a proven track record in apprenticeships and according to the government’s National Achievement Tables 2018, it is ranked fourth in the UK for Higher Apprenticeship Achievement. This expertise helped Computer Science student Philip Hannah secure a three-year degree apprenticeship with Cisco. Commenting on the support BCoT provided he said: “They’ve been really helpful with my apprenticeship application. They’ve given feedback on my PowerPoint presentation and my CV throughout. At Cisco I’ll try lots of different parts of the company and then I hope to build a career working my way up there.”
BCoT will be holding drop in sessions on and after GCSE results day. Mr Bravo continues: “Pop in for expert advice and guidance on Thursday 23 and Friday 24 August between 11am and 4pm. With everything we have to offer here in the heart of Basingstoke there really isn’t a reason to go anywhere else.”