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  • 18 Sep 2017Visit New York with BCoT

    Register your interest now for the chance to visit New York in February 2018.

    This year, BCoT students have the exciting opportunity to visit the Big Apple for a 6-day trip which includes visiting all the major New York landmarks and popular sightseeing locations including Grand Central Station, The Empire State Building, Times Square and Central Park and many more. You will get a feel for the atmosphere and hustle and bustle of "the city that never sleeps" with excursions to China Town, Little Italy and your own free time to explore on your own.

    The trip departs on Sunday 11 February and returns on Friday 16 February 2018.

    To sign-up for this fantastic trip, a deposit of £100 will need to be paid by the deadline of Monday 18th September 2017. The total cost of the trip is £933 which can be done through a payment plan of instalments, or through the BCoT online shop.

    The trip is on a first come, first served basis with 22 spots available, make sure you aren’t the one to miss out. Once you have signed-up, you are invited to attend an information evening on Thursday 21st September 2017.

    To secure your place, contact Alexis Smith at Alexis.smith@bcot.ac.uk or 01256 306471.

  • 08 Aug 2017Latest BCoT Newsletter

    We've had a busy year at BCoT and can't wait to welcome our new students in a few weeks time. 

    Keep up to date with all of our events, activities, news snippets and good news in our latest newsletter

  • 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.


  • 27 Sep 2017Fresher's Fair 2017

    Freshers Fair 2017     

    On September 27th BCoT will host its annual Freshers Fair. The fair provides students with an opportunity to get involved with teams and clubs around college, but also to see what businesses and charities are in the local area. More importantly, it is a great chance to grab some freebies and special deals! Some of the confirmed attending businesses are; Pizza Express, Subway, Café Nero, Absolutely Karting and more. The Fair is a must for any college student and not to be missed.

    The fair will run from 11:00am-2:00pm in the Lower Concourse.

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