A Guide to Higher Education at BCA

At BCA, academic excellence in Higher Education (HE) is supported by established and expanding links with industry in order to ensure ongoing curriculum development, work placements, work-based projects and opportunities to meet industry contacts in the world of work.

Committed to widening access to and participation in higher education, BCA serves many, varied communities and places great value on the range of experience and diversity represented by our HE students. Our Access and Participation Statement is available for download here.

Also committed to providing the best possible study experience for our students, BCA has a number of other policies in place to provide a strong framework for the provision of higher education at the College. Our HE Policies & Procedures and procedures may be viewed and downloaded here.

BCA’s Higher Education Centre – a dedicated HE-only space – with its quiet study area, computers and printing facilities, private tutorial room and light, airy kitchen/common-room and separate garden area, caters for all aspects of undergraduate student life, including one-to-one support and relaxation.

All these factors combine to reflect BCA’s commitment to provide every one of its 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 and the University of Reading to deliver its specialist HE programmes.

Experienced and dedicated staff

BCA’s highly qualified, supportive and experienced HE team, whether academic, administrative 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.

Click here to meet the lecturers who will support your student experience when you choose your course.

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 Google Classroom Virtual Learning Environment, providing both on-campus and remote access to assignments, lecture notes and 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.

Programme specific facilities include;

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.

The BCA Equestrian Centre (EC) has been approved by the British Horse Society (BHS) and is 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 Coffee Society, or for hot breakfasts, 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.

Available Courses