Information for Looked-After Children

 

The results are outstanding, a delighted Principal, Anthony Bravo, said: "We are an exceptional provider of vocational education in Basingstoke. The results demonstrate that our learners are inspired and they succeed and excel, progressing to their next level with a great foundation for a future career."

Going to college is a really exciting opportunity. You can study something you have previously enjoyed at school or to try something new, be in a new place and make new friends. As an important step towards your independence, you have more freedom at college and more responsibility for yourself.

What we do

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Basingstoke College of Technology is a Further Education College offering a variety of courses for everyone in Basingstoke and the surrounding area. Our results for 16-18 year old learners puts us in the top 5% of colleges nationally and our students rate us above national averages for their overall satisfaction with the College. We are an amazing launch pad for progression to university as well as employment. We offer courses from entry level right up to university level qualifications; the challenge is deciding which of our many options is right for you.

Support for care leavers

At BCoT we are proud to support students of all ages and backgrounds to succeed in their education. We understand that the experience of Looked After Children and Care Leavers may differ from other students and there may be specific areas in which you would like further information. This guide has been designed to provide you with key information to aid you in your decision to attend college, as well as details of the support available should you wish to access this.

Financial support

The Guaranteed Bursary is a sum of £1,200 per year for those learners aged between 16 and 18 years, who the Government class as 'vulnerable', ie:

  • Care Leavers
  • Learners looked after by the Local Authority
  • Young parents in receipt of income support
  • Learners living independently and in receipt of income support
  • Disabled learners in receipt of ESA and DLA benefits

Learners eligible for this bursary will have their transport and equipment costs covered by the bursary. Remaining amounts will be issued to the learners as a weekly allowance for food and other essential items for college. Some learners will also be eligible for the new Free College Meal scheme, and if you are aged over 19+ you may be entitled to our discretionary Bursary.

College counsellors

College is a new learning environment with a lot of exciting prospects. At BCoT we understand that you may at times feel overwhelmed, either from stresses at college or issues you are having at home or work. We have counsellors onsite, located next to the Learning Resource Centre (LRC), who provide confidential counselling to learners, and this is provided free of charge.

Support for you

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We have a team of Retention and Progression Tutors; each full time student will have their own dedicated tutor. The role of the RAP Tutor is to help you succeed and excel in your studies as well as work with individual learners on a 1:1 basis, outside of timetabled lessons. Working when necessary with other professionals, they can help you break down barriers to your success.

We also have staff in place that will help address your social, emotional and/or behavioural barriers to learning. Barriers could include poor literacy/numeracy skills, under-achievement, poor attendance, disaffection, difficult family circumstances and low self-esteem.  

I’m not sure which course I want to study or what I want to do in the future

If you’re not sure which course to study at BCoT, or if you would like to find out more about a specific career, then you can attend an Open Day or Evening. Once you have applied you can come along to one of our weekly Advice and Guidance evenings. You can also arrange a meeting with one of our Careers and Progression Advisers who will help to point you in the right direction.

I’m worried about making new friends

We are proud to say that BCoT is a welcoming and friendly place for all of our students. There are various events and activities for all of our learners to take part in, including welcome events and an induction programme for new students. We have several different enrichment activities running alongside our courses that any student can join, as well as a friendly Student Union team that will be able to help you settle in and provide support.

Will I always have support?

Once you have enrolled as a BCoT student, we have a designated member of staff within our Student Support team that you can talk to about college life, and who will make sure you are taking advantage of the various opportunities and assistance. You are not obliged to take up this support but it is available to you for the duration of your time with us. From time to time we may contact you about new opportunities and support on offer. We understand that some students prefer not to be identified as a care leaver, however please know that the support available for care leavers is confidential and discreet. You can take up as much or as little support as you wish to.

To ensure you succeed and excel

Helpful Phone Number: 01256 354141

email: information@bcot.ac.uk

www.bcot.ac.uk

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Basingstoke College of Technology
Worting Road
Basingstoke
Hampshire
RG21 8TN

Tel: 01256 354141
information@bcot.ac.uk

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