You deserve to learn in a friendly and inspiring environment. BCoT is somewhere you can turn your passion into valuable skills. And not just in lessons.
We aim to support you to be the best you can be outside of the classroom too. So we create opportunities for you to get involved in the life of our student community. To broaden your experience, develop key life skills – and, crucially, to have fun.
Here you can enjoy motivational guest speakers and make great friends in all sorts of clubs and groups. And you can take part in a variety of activities to enrich your college experience – from going on trips like the annual Thorpe Park visit, to being part of rewarding fundraising and team-building events.
We’re always investing to make our campus a great place to be. There are two contemporary social areas where you can relax with friends and enjoy a game of foosball or table tennis.
Get your voice heard
You’re not just a student at BCoT. You are part of a community. So we guarantee you the opportunity
to take part in a range of Student Voice (SV) activities. SV might include helping to organise social activities, promoting diversity throughout the College, or attending our ‘learner parliament’ as a student representative for your tutor group. We also have a Student Governor who works closely with both their peers and senior management to make sure the voice of every student is heard. Because, as a college, we’re here to help you go far in life.
We offer a range of extra curricular clubs so you can make friends outside of your course, learn new skills and take part in tournaments and championships.
Clubs currently on offer include:
- BCoT Pride
- Debate Team
- Esports Team
Why not start your own club?
For interest in starting a new club please contact Tamara.Smith@bcot.ac.uk
Trips are a highlight of College life - our learners visited London, China, Belgium, New York and Alton Towers last year. You may have the opportunity to go on trips relating to your course, such as fashion shows for Art and Design, farms for Animal Management and Silverstone for Automotive Technologies. You will be asked to cover the costs of these but if you are aged 16-18 you will not be excluded from any visit which is essential to the course if you cannot afford it.
If there is a trip or educational visit that is essential to your course then you can apply for half of the cost from the Enrichment Fund.
We aspire to be:
Passionate - about providing education and training that brings opportunities and transforms lives
High Performing - anything less than 100% success leaves room for improvement
Innovative - by focussing on the promotion of sustainability and enterprise as we move forward
Respectful - we value every person as an individual and embrace diversity in our community
Inclusive - we provide opportunities for all and we welcome people of all abilities and backgrounds.
Code of Conduct
We believe it is essential to work in partnership with you to provide you with the best experience and create an atmosphere of mutual respect. Not only do we ask you to respect the College's codes of conduct - we recognise the importance of respecting your needs and expectations as well.
As a BCoT learner, you have a right to:
- Enjoy and achieve
- Make a positive contribution
- Be healthy
- Feel safe and stay safe
- Achieve economic and social well-being
You can expect from us:
- Teachers who are committed to your learning
- Courses that are interesting, well-planned and organised
- Interesting lessons that stimulate learning
- To have your work marked promptly and returned within 10 working days
- To be supported with any difficulties that you may have
- To have a fun and lively summer school and induction programme with regular on-going advice and progress tracking
- Careers guidance, employment support, welfare support, financial guidance and support with personal matters
- Good classrooms, IT facilities and resources to support your learning
- An environment where equality and diversity are valued and actively promoted
- The right to fairness and equality in the way you are treated
- The opportunity for personal development and improved employability skills
What we expect from you:
- Commitment to your course and making the most of your learning and development opportunities
- Good attendance and punctuality (with good reason for any absence)
- To complete your work on time, to the best of your ability
- Good behaviour and respect for others
- Taking care of our College environment for your own benefit and the benefit of others
- Using the College services to help you succeed