Basingstoke College of Technology (BCoT)
Basingstoke College of Technology (BCoT) offers a different way of learning. While some thrive on classroom-based learning, others prefer a more ‘active’ learning approach.
Our courses combine academic study alongside practical application – so you get the ‘know-how’ and the ‘how-to’ in one.
Our courses aren’t all exam-based – you will be continually assessed throughout your course. With formal assessments each term you will get an ongoing indicator of how you are progressing with plenty of time to make improvements.
Our teachers not only bring their industry knowledge to your lessons, but are also very creative in the tools and methods they use to help you understand your subject. For example, lecturers use digital tools such as Google Classroom, online quizzes, YouTube videos, surveys on your phones and much more to make your course as engaging as possible.
Prepare for your next steps into the animal industry by learning first-hand about the care, handling, health, welfare and accommodation of a wide range of animals in BCoT's specialist facilities with expert lecturers and technicians.
Whatever your passion, our diverse art and design courses are an exciting opportunity for you to build an impressive artistic portfolio. With unrivalled facilities and expert, passionate staff, you will build up your knowledge and skills and showcase your work at our end of year exhibition.
The demand for automotive skills has never been higher and an automotive course at BCoT will give you the chance to learn in industry-standard workshops from professionally-experienced staff. Whether mechanics or motorsport is your thing, our courses will set you on the road to an exciting and fulfilling career in the automotive industry.
Training in beauty or media make-up at BCoT will open up many opportunities to you, as past students have travelled the world in this diverse and vibrant industry. Learn a range of popular treatments including nail technologies and massage, and media make-up techniques for TV and stage from expert and industry-experienced staff.
Build a solid start to your career in business, management or accounting with a course at BCoT. You will gain skills in a range of subjects including marketing, finance, human resources, business administration and law through active learning from industry-experienced staff.
The demand for skilled tradespeople continues to grow and BCoT's industry-standard workshops in Basingstoke and Bordon provide the perfect backdrop for you to build your career in the construction industry. You will learn from industry-trained staff using the latest facilities and equipment. BCoT's links with employers are extensive and you can move seamlessly from a full-time college-based course to an apprenticeship.
BCoT's selection of part time and intensive courses will offer you the flexibility in which you can train to become a qualified counsellor. The essence of counselling is the establishment of a therapeutic relationship in which the client experiences being heard and understood with sensitivity. An effective counsellor can create a safe space to communicate empathic understanding and an ability to listen effectively. BCoT's experienced and highly qualified staff will guide you through this process which will involve understanding the theoretical concepts of counselling alongside aspects of self-reflection and evaluation.
Computing and digital technologies play a vital part in the world we live in today, from business to entertainment. At BCoT we offer a range of employer-designed courses covering a range of technical skills, from hardware and IT technical support to cyber security and software development. As a CISCO and Microsoft IT Academy, students also have access to free Microsoft software and a software and hardware lab.
The care and teaching of children is a well-respected and sought after profession. With a high level of regulation and responsibility, you must be able to work as part of a team, be accurate at keeping records, be able to solve problems and manage your time. Our highly-experienced Early Years team are proud to offer a range of courses that will help you become a fully-trained childcare professional, ready to enter the world of work or continue studying at university.
Our range of Education and Training courses are aimed at anyone who wants to work in a teaching role. With a range of entry levels depending on your previous or current experience, our part-time and Higher Education courses will give you all the skills you need for a long and successful career in teaching.
BCoT's Engineering department promotes the highest standards of work, and is one of very few engineering training facilities approved by three professional engineering institutions: Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Institute of Measurement and Control, and the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
Gaining professional qualifications in hairdressing and barbering is the best way to start your professional career in the male and female grooming industry. BCoT's outstanding training facilities and links to some of the top salons in the country make BCoT the perfect place for you to develop your skills. Led by experienced staff in both the hair and barbering industries, you will learn the core skills required to work as a hairdresser or barber. Mike Taylor Barbering College will provide specialist training in male grooming.
This rewarding profession covers all aspects of health and social care and prepares you for a career in this most valuable industry. With the NHS being one of the largest employers in the UK our courses will prepare you for careers in allied health or social care settings. Many people get great satisfaction from helping others and knowing they have made a difference to their lives. You will not only focus on learning the underpinning theory for your course but will also have the opportunity to put this into practice through work experience and work placements.
BCoT's hospitality and catering courses have gained a superb reputation based on the performance of our students, who learn in industry-standard training kitchens and a real working restaurant. Students are taught by expert tutors who bring their industry experience to their teaching.
Students learn everything from food production and culinary skills to drinks service and licensing along with event management. The career history of our alumni is impressive, with many going on to successful careers in the industry as restaurateurs and head chefs.
With the enormous growth in the digital media industries, BCoT's courses will prepare you for careers in the many diverse areas or higher level study. You will have the opportunity to work in recording studio, music practise and photography rooms. BCoT's specialist games design is home to the latest technology in virtual and augmented reality as well as motion capture. BCoT's have an excellent track record of industry relations and a diverse range of work experience opportunities, including creating social media content for All in the Mind Festival, and interactive tools for Lasham Gliding Heritage Centre.
If you have a passion for serving the public either through the emergency services or armed forces, then these courses provide the perfect foundation for your future career. You will be introduced to the exciting and challenging world of the public services. You will have the opportunity to work with the Metropolitan Police, Royal Marines, RAF and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service. You will take part in a range of activities and visits to places such as RAF Odiham, Hampshire Police and international disaster response exercises.
If you are excited by understanding the world from a scientific perspective or pushing boundaries and creating new knowledge then BCoT's applied science programmes could give you just the interesting career you are looking for.
You will get the chance to study in our modern laboratories using excellent equipment. Previous students have had work experience with paramedics, at hospital laboratories and an arson unit. There are also visits to outside laboratories and local fire stations to see forensics in practice.
Prepare for a career in the sports industry learning about the science of exercise and how to improve performance. Whether you are interested in sports coaching, development or personal training – BCoT's courses are designed to prepare you for work in the industry or higher level study.
Careers in tourism offer multiple opportunities for exciting travel and a sociable career helping people make the most of what the world has to offer. You will have the chance to learn all about the world of travel and how the sector operates, from airlines and holiday destinations, to holiday reps and resort operations. BCoT have built extensive industry links and their great communication links means you will get to visit real life operations.
Aged 16 to 18
You won’t need to pay any tuition or registration fees. There may be costs for equipment for your course, if so you will be advised of this at enrolment.
Aged 19 and over
If you are between 19 and 23 and are studying for your first eligible Level 2 or 3 course then your fees may be waived. If you are studying for an eligible Level 3 or 4 course you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan. Otherwise tuition and exam fees may be payable – concessions are available for those on means tested benefits.
If you are unable to pay any of the fees you may be eligible to receive financial assistance from the Government Bursary Fund.
You may also be eligible also claim financial assistance towards childcare, travel, trips, equipment and materials, fees and exam costs.
As an international student, you will receive study support to help you enter a UK university. You can benefit from excellent courses, high teaching standards and the opportunity to meet new friends. BCoT has 70 years of academic success and provides an inspiring environment in which to learn.
Head: Anthony Bravo