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  • 10 Jul 2017Mike Taylor Barbering College launches at BCoT

    Mike Taylor

    With barbering currently deemed the cool trade to be in there’s no better time to get into the industry and BCoT will be the place to train as we launch our new Mike Taylor Barbering College this September.

    The College is partnering with one of the UK’s leading barbers, Mike Taylor who was the very first in the UK to be crowned master craftsmen. As one of its founders, Mike is one of a handful of barbers in the country trusted to write the British Barbers' Association's national standards for the profession.

    The newly furbished academy will be based at our South Campus and will focus on providing qualifications for aspiring barbers at level 2 and 3. The courses will be available in a number of ways from part time to full time as well as a 12-week intensive programme. Fees can be paid in instalments or an advanced learner loan can be used for the level 3 course.

    Take a look at our courses and apply now to start a new career in male grooming.

  • 27 Jun 2017BCoT ranked among best colleges in UK

    Basingstoke College of Technology (BCoT) has ranked among the top UK colleges in the National Achievement Rates Tables issued by the government last week. The College was ranked number 3 in the country for level 3 achievement on higher level apprenticeship programmes; in the top 12% of colleges nationally for timely achievement of apprenticeships and impressively in the top 13% of colleges for achievement at Level 3 for 16-18 year olds ranking BCoT alongside the top colleges in the area for this measure.

    The results demonstrate how the College’s investment in high standards of teaching and learning across all its programmes is bearing fruit. Principal Anthony Bravo said: “What an exceptional set of performance figures for BCoT. Not only does this validate our approach but also ranks us among the best colleges in the country something I am proud we can offer the community in Basingstoke.” 

    He continued: “We are one of the largest providers of Apprenticeship training in the region working with large numbers of employers across all industry sectors. We are set to see a huge increase in the number of people taking an apprenticeship – from school leavers to those already in industry and employers now have the tangible assurance they will be working with one of the best providers in the area.” 

    The results for Level 3 achievement among 16-18 year-olds were particularly notable with BCoT securing an 89% achievement rate which is 4.2% above the national average for FE Colleges and Tertiary providers. Deputy Principal for Curriculum Mark Hillman added: “Our Level 3 performance, equivalent to A levels, is particularly impressive and shows the exceptionally high standards at BCoT in these vocational subjects. Many parents assume the vocational option is of less value than A levels, but we can see the exponential growth in young people who immerse themselves in subjects they love. They get a head start at university from studying their subject in more depth and they have highly developed research and self-study skills. Our results are testament to this.” 

    Mark who joined BCoT earlier this year is a champion of vocational education and continued: “Education at BCoT enables our students to go on to prestigious universities on completion of their Level 3 programme. These include Russell Group universities such as the University of Leeds, King’s College London, the University of Southampton to name a few, studying degrees as diverse as Biomedical Science, Automotive Engineering, Radiography and Politics. I want parents to understand there is real choice for school leavers out there and they can be assured of extremely high standards at BCoT.” 

    The achievement tables cover all levels of programme and qualification including courses for adults in the over 19 age range. BCoT once again ranked highly with achievement putting them in the top 33% of colleges in the country. Achievement on Level 2 functional skills was in the top 7% nationally. This is particularly impressive as these programmes help young people and adults to achieve a minimum of level 2 in English and Maths (GCSE equivalent), which is an important government target. 

    BCoT is still taking applications for courses in September and is launching its new Adult Learning Guide this month with a special Adult Learning Open event on 4th and 18th of July. Visit www.bcot.ac.uk for more information.     

    The National Achievement Rate tables for 2015/16 can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/national-achievement-rates-tables-2015-to-2016 and were published on 15th June 2017.

  • 11 May 2017Award for Aspiral Learning

    Aspiral Learning have been named Provider of the Month by the Northern Council for Further Education (NCFE)

    Aspiral Learning, the employer-focused national provider arm of Basingstoke College of Technology (BCoT), received the award in recognition of the work they have been doing in running the NCFE Mental Health qualification.

    Aspiral Learning specialise in providing training services for business and have recently added the NCFE Level 2 in Mental Health Awareness qualification to their programme. This has enabled them to help and engage with a broader range of learners outside of the business sector.

    During Mental Health Awareness Week, NCFE wanted to recognise the great work of Aspiral Learning team by awarding them the accolade of Provider of the Month.

    Sally Claughton, Business Development Manager at Aspiral Learning, commented:

    “The main reason we chose to deliver Level 2 in Mental Health Awareness was due to the press surrounding mental illness.

    We believe it is vital for individuals to have more information and a better understanding of mental health which will hopefully remove the stigma that is often attached to it. The information included in the qualification is excellent; the different types of mental illness are explained in great detail to ensure a thorough understanding.”

    Aspiral Learning currently offer the qualification on a distance learning basis and have successfully delivered qualifications this way for almost two years.

    Sally added: “One of the best outcomes of delivering the qualification is that we work with learners who have children suffering from mental illnesses; this qualification has helped the parents understand how and why it can affect individuals, helping their personal situations.”

    Clarissa Harrington, Business Development Officer at NCFE, added: “We have really enjoyed working with Aspiral Learning and are impressed with how they constantly adapt the way they deliver qualifications to ensure employers’ requirements are met.”

    The Mental Health Foundation hosts Mental Health Awareness Week in the second week of May each year. NCFE develops a range of qualifications in mental health, which aim to raise learners’ awareness and understanding of mental health and mental well-being.

    To find out more about NCFE programmes available through Aspiral Learning, please email sally.claughton@bcot.ac.uk

    Follow the conversation to keep up to date with Mental Health Awareness Week on Twitter #MHAW17



  • 10 May 2017BCoT prepares students for a digital future

    In the age of digital technology, BCoT is leading the way in ensuring its students have the digital skills needed to give them a head start in the world of work.

    The College has created a unique digital team whose role it is to develop the digital and technical skills of all staff and students. They work with the latest online tools such as Google Classroom to combine digital media and traditional classrooms techniques to create a new method of teaching and learning. This means that all students, whether they are training to be mechanics or beauty therapists, are gaining the technical skills demanded by industry in the classroom.

    As part of the digital team, BCoT trains Digital Apprentices in line with a county-wide initiative. The Apprentices are at the forefront of designing digital solutions to enhance the students’ learning experience. Sky Caves, a Learning and Technology Apprentice, works with lecturers to ensure all students across BCoT have access to digital learning technologies.  

    Sky said “The most exciting part of working with technology is that it is constantly developing and evolving. Things move at such an incredible pace and my role is to ensure that teachers and students get the very best from the digital tools we have at our disposal.”

    Since starting her role Sky has run group and individual training sessions, taught the principles of Google Classroom to teachers, spoken at industry conferences and set up online communities to engage with other colleges and lecturers to support their digital journeys.   

    Scott Hayden heads up the Digital team at BCoT and says “The work they are doing is completely hands-on; after only eight months they doing things which I never dreamt they’d be tackling. Speaking at conferences and working with industry leaders to use technology and share best practice is astounding. We’ve literally just scraped the surface on what can be done here at BCoT, it really is very exciting.”

    Scott and his team also work directly with industry to identify which digital tools are being used in the workplace and bring these back to the classroom. This guarantees that students are working with the very latest technology demanded by industry and are workplace-ready at the end of their time at college.

    To find out more and discover how you can be part of Basingstoke's digital future, come along to our Open Evening on Monday 15th May 4.30-7.00pm. To find out more visit bcot.ac.uk/open.


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