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Careers and Progression

The ‘Beyond BCA team’ offers impartial advice, guidance and support as students progress through college and beyond. This includes career research, college and university guidance and advice on where to look for employment and apprenticeship opportunities.

Employability Skills

We also support employability skills helping students to prepare CVs, complete job, college and university applications, UCAS guidance and advice in writing personal statements. Our friendly Careers Manager, Linda also helps students to improve their interview techniques.

Linda is part of the wider Beyond BCA team, who have created this handy careers hub for use by all of our students, no matter their course or level of study.


What are the Progression Routes for Students?

Throughout their time at BCA, our students are encouraged to think about what they plan to do when their course is complete.

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 Beyond BCA staff, who can provide information, advice and guidance with health, leisure, education, employment and training issues mentioned above.


Internal Progression

All of our Further Education (FE) 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 and goals.

With our Further Education provision, the highest level offered is the Level 3 Extended or Advanced Technical Diploma, with the exception of our Floristry course which goes up to a Level 4 Higher Diploma. Anything after this level is considered as Higher Education.



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 employer engagement activities and events where students can speak to companies and staff about careers available within their sectors.

We also offer workshops to support CV writing and interview preparation, with specific advice and guidance available.

Higher Education

BCA offers a range of Higher Education (HE) courses and also has established excellent links with the University of Reading and the Royal Agricultural University, who provide our students with a wealth of information and support into Higher Education, as well as accrediting our qualifications.

The College runs a Higher Education event each academic 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 careers team on
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Careers Track Flowchart

This is our approach to guiding students through the career exploration and development journey.

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