IAG – Information, Advice and Guidance
Planning your career path can be a scary prospect but the friendly BCA careers staff offers expert careers information. Vicki, the Transition & Progression Manager, can help you identify a career which suits your skill set and work out a progression route towards your goal.
All advice and guidance offered is impartial – whether you’re a current or prospective student we’ll help you find the right path for you. As well as helping students to find the right course to enrol upon, Vicki can assist existing students who feel they are not quite suited to the course they have enrolled on.
What are the progression routes for students?
Throughout your son or daughter’s time at BCA they need to think about what they plan to do when their course is completed.
Primary options for students are to go directly into work, apply to university or take a progression course at College. Regardless of the option they wish to pursue they will have access to a wealth of support, to help them to achieve their aspirations and goals.
For support with progression and careers advice, our students can meet with our friendly Transition & Progression Manager, who can provide information, advice and guidance with health, leisure, education, employment and training issues.
All of our courses are structured to enable each student to progress upon completion. For some students, this may mean starting new courses or progressing to the next level of a specific qualification within the College.
At all stages of progression each student will be able to access support, advice and guidance to ensure that their progression route meets their individual development needs.
BCA has numerous links with local employers relevant to the course areas being studied.
Staff can offer students advice and pointers for employment routes. The College also runs Employers Engagement Activities and Events where students can speak to companies and staff about careers.
We also offer workshops to support CV writing and interview preparation, with specific advice and guidance available.
BCA offers a number of higher education courses and also has established excellent links with local universities who provide our students with a wealth of information and support to Higher Education.
Students applying for a university course generally follow a BTEC National Diploma course (equates to three A-levels), a range of A-levels or the Advanced Diploma.
An increasing number of students progress from a BTEC Level 2 First Diploma on to a BTEC National Diploma and then on to university.
The College runs Higher Education Events throughout the year to provide students with information and support in making their decisions and application to University.
Students who intend to apply to University need to consider their progression plans in Year 1 and should ideally begin work on the application in the final term of Year 1 to enable them to have a competitive advantage over other applicants.
For more information about these progression routes, please contact the Transition & Progression Manager on 01628 827326.