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Students and staff at Basingstoke College of Technology (BCoT) have been celebrating Results Day success. The College has achieved an exceptional 97.5% pass rate across all full-time Level 3 courses after another challenging academic year that has been heavily disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Similar to last year, BCoT students have been receiving their grades online and celebrating at home with their families and loved ones, rather than the typical visit to the College and opening of envelopes.
Level 3 Travel and Tourism student, India-Mae Jones, has achieved an exceptional triple Distinction* and secured her first-choice university. India-Mae will now go on to take up her place at University of Exeter and study International Relations with an opportunity to study abroad.
India-Mae said: “I’m really proud of myself and happy that I’ve achieved the results I wanted. My course at BCoT has opened my eyes to different cultures and ways of living and how the travel and tourism industry affects many countries. My teachers were great and used a variety of teaching styles to make sure lessons were fun and we had a good experience.”
Alongside her studies at BCoT, India has been learning Korean and Spanish for the past two years and plans to travel to South Korea next year to undertake an advanced language course in the hopes that she’ll be able to study there in her third year at University. Her ultimate ambition is to work for an organisation like UNICEF or the UN to support work on children’s rights globally.
Level 3 Art and Design student, Theo Gaimster, achieved excellent D*D*D grades and has accepted his university of choice, studying Creative Advertising at Falmouth University. Theo initially studied A levels at another local college but decided to transfer to BCoT and change his course entirely, despite having never studied Art and Design previously.
Theo said: “At first I quite enjoyed experimenting with different art forms and media which the Art Department at BCoT had tons of, and eventually found myself specialising in graphic and digital design. The teachers here have been incredibly supportive and encouraging which has definitely pushed me to excel in my field and I’ve made some of my best friends on the course.”
Principal, Anthony Bravo, said: “Congratulations to all our Level 3 students on receiving your results this week - you have worked so hard and should be proud of all that you’ve achieved during your time at BCoT. I wish our students all the best as they embark on their next steps into Higher Education or their careers. I’d also like to thank our teaching staff and support team who have worked tirelessly to help students achieve in a particularly difficult year with a hybrid of in-person and online teaching. This hard work from students and staff is reflected in our fantastic 97.5% Level 3 pass rate - well done to you all.”
BCoT has been offering advanced technical training in Basingstoke for more than 70 years, and the more practical and coursework-based nature of vocational courses allows students to be continually assessed throughout the year. While the global pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on colleges, BCoT has found itself well-equipped for such a situation, as a result of a strong ethos of putting digital technology at the heart of teaching and learning.
Lecturers not only bring their industry knowledge to lessons but are also very creative in the tools and methods they use. BCoT’s dedicated Digital team work alongside lecturers to integrate digital skills and technology into the classroom so students have been learning in an active way that suits them.
For further information on studying a vocational course at BCoT, and to apply for September 2021, go to bcot.ac.uk