A Guide to Higher Education

Academic excellence is supported by established and expanding links with industry to provide ongoing curriculum development, work placements, work-based projects and opportunities to meet industry contacts in the world of work.

HE students here at BCA have a dedicated HE-only space for study, one-to-one support and relaxation, helping them to make the most of their undergraduate studies. Our Higher Education Centre, with its quiet study area, computers and printing facilities, private tutorial room and huge kitchen/common-room, caters for all aspects of student life.

All these factors combine to reflect BCA’s commitment to provide HE students with the skills and knowledge, industry experience, contacts and opportunities they need to kick-start their careers or further progress their graduate or post-graduate education in their chosen field.Some of the other benefits of studying at BCA:

  • Lower tuition fees – when compared with many other colleges and universities
  • Study local – by living at home, you save on accommodation fees
  • Smaller group sizes – improved student/tutor contact time

BCA currently works in partnership with the Royal Agricultural University, the University of Reading and Bucks New University to deliver its specialist HE programmes.

Experienced and dedicated staff

BCA’s highly qualified, supportive and experienced HE team, whether lecturing or support staff, helps to ensure our HE students enjoy a rewarding and positive learning experience. It is the team’s aim to work with you to ensure that you maximise your study potential and are best placed to take your education further or move directly into employment at the end of your course.

Meet the lecturers who will support your student experience when you choose your course:

FdSc Animal Behaviour & Welfare
FdEd Childrens’ Development & Learning
BSc (Hons) Veterinary Physiotherapy
Level 4 Diploma in Floristry

Modern teaching and learning resources

BCA is fully equipped with modern teaching facilities, including a purpose-built lecture theatre. Extensive IT facilities allow for advanced e-learning through BCA’s Moodle Virtual Learning Environment, providing both on-campus and remote access to our e-library of academic texts and journals. BCA’s resources are complemented by study visits, which include trips to validating universities and a wide range of relevant industry settings.

Animal students have dedicated facilities in the shape of the BCA Animal Management Centre (AMC), arguably the UK’s best college-based animal care facility. Keep up to date on what’s happening in the AMC on Facebook.

Equine students, meanwhile, have l the facilities of the the BCA Equestrian Centre (EC) at their disposal. British Horse Society (BHS) approved and a leading Thames Valley equine training centre, the EC is also home to an exciting programme of events. Catch up with the the latest news on Facebook.

Unique campus facilities and Events

BCA’s campus is set in 400 acres of beautiful countryside. Within this unique environment, HE students have their own kitchen/common-room for making a cuppa, grabbing a sandwich or just taking time out. If barista coffee is more your thing, try Cheeki’s Café, or for a hot breakfast, lunch and snacks, the Courtyard Cafeteria and North Café. Click here to find out more about our onsite eateries.

The campus also hosts a number of external events throughout the year, including charity fundraisers, dog agility and riding clubs, The Young Farmers and British Eventing.