Head of Equine Studies in Show Jumping Success

Huge congratulations to Head of Equine Studies, Helen Cranfield who competed on the South Oxfordshire Riding Club team in the Area 6 Intermediate Show Jumping Winter Qualifiers at Snowball Farm on her mare Millie at the weekend.

Helen and Millie jumped double clear in the first two rounds to continue on as an individual in the jump off. “Myself and Millie posted a quick clear meaning we won the qualifier and qualified for the Championships at Bury Farm on April 29th this year” explained Helen. “This is a great achievement for a home bred and produced horse who is stabled here at BCA”.

Talented floristry students visit holland

A group of talented BCA floristry students recently embarked on an exciting trip to the home of the tulip, Holland. During their trip the students were able to meet industry experts and experience the phenomenal Aalsmeer Flower Auction to enhance their knowledge and skills.

During their visit to the Flower Auctions, the students were able to see first-hand the huge scale of production, how and where the flowers were grown and also examine the processes involved in checking and assuring quality.

A visit to European Floristry Designer, Astrid Van Den Berg was next on the agenda, where the students watched a demonstration using the latest techniques and products. After the demonstration, the students were able to put into practice what they had learnt as they participated in a workshop producing their own floral designs.

To find out more about our Floristry courses please visit: http://bit.ly/2mSVFRV


BCA Conservation Club on Marlow FM

If you’re by a radio at 11am today tune into Marlow FM’s ‘Mid Morning Matters’ programme to hear BCA Animal Technician Nick Shelley & members of our Conservation Club talking about their forthcoming activities & why wildlife and conservation is so important.

Equine Careers Day Success

On Tuesday 21st February our Equine department hosted their annual Equestrian Careers Day. Throughout the day we welcomed representatives from the Household Cavalry, Racing Industry, Equine Charities, British Horse Society as well as International Showjumper; James Fisher and Event Rider and Coach; David Britnell and many more!

A huge thank you to all of our guest speakers and to everyone who attended the insightful day. To find out more about our Equine courses, click here: http://bit.ly/2lp77Uv


The Prime Minister Visits BCA

Our staff and students were delighted to meet with the Prime Minister; Theresa May on her visit to the College last Friday.

Mrs. May was met by a cohort of excited students from a number of curriculum areas on her arrival, taking the time to greet them all individually and gratefully receiving a beautiful bouquet created by the College’s Floristry team.

The Prime Minister was then escorted to Hall Place Mansion where she met with Chloe Wheeler, Finance Officer and Mental Health Champion at the College to discuss all aspects of tackling Mental Health issues within the workplace.

Chloe had written to the Prime Minister following her announcement of the importance of addressing mental health with a focus on young people earlier this month. Chloe, 22, explains “Tackling stigmas around mental health issues is something I feel very passionately about. When I heard the Prime Minister’s announcement that this was at the forefront of her agenda, I just had to write to her. I couldn’t believe it when I heard she was coming in to work to meet me to discuss the issue further. We talked about the need for more funding, how we can help to raise awareness and the importance of the individual voice – and she really listened. It was a great experience.”

Public Services students welcome The Coldstream Guards

This week our Public Services students welcomed the The Coldstream Guards. During their visit, the guards presented the career opportunities available and also had a selection of stands where the students were able to find out more about the communications and reconnaissance aspect of the job. At the end of their visit, the guards judged the students annual drill competition with the Level 31As taking the lead.

BCA Wildcats Meet Reading FC Captain

Exciting times for our BCA Wildcats football team yesterday afternoon when Reading FC first team captain, Paul McShane arrived onsite for a Q&A session after a friendly kick-about.

The BCA Wildcats are an enthusiastic team of our Foundation Studies learners. As well as finding out more about life as a professional footballer, all students received signed photographs. What a great Wednesday!