Thank you for joining us on our first ever Virtual Open Day, which took place on Saturday 1st August.
We would have loved to have been able to show you around our wonderful 400-acre campus and meet you face to face, however, due to the current circumstances we were sadly not able to. However, we still felt that we could give you a taste of what BCA is like from the comfort of your own home, so thank you for joining us and we hope that you agree.
We will hopefully be able to welcome you in person for our next years’ Open Events, but until then you’ll be able to ‘meet’ our Principal, Gillian May, in the video below and watch our College video to get an overview of our amazing campus and facilities.
All our course pages also include videos from our curriculum teams, which we hope will address any subject-specific questions you might have.
If you have any further questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact us via email to email@example.com or call 01628 824444 (Mon – Fri, 9am – 3pm) and we will be able to help you out.
Principal’s Welcome Talk
College Campus Tour
We are still taking applications for a September 2020 start. Complete your online application today!
We will be on hand to answer your questions on Facebook & Instagram via DM’s (Mon – Fri, 9am – 3pm)
Academy of Sport
We offer our full-time students the chance to join our Football, Rugby and Netball Academies.
English and maths
You will have heard a little bit about English and maths if you watched our Principal’s video above.
The Autumn term starts on Monday 7th September. You will be given your first week’s timetable at enrolment so you know exactly where you have to be and when.
Each department has its own individual BCA branded clothing that can be ordered during enrolment, from our official suppliers. We don’t have a specific uniform at College, the student can wear their own clothes providing they are suitable for the course.
We offer one-to-one or group support in lessons, as required. Students who have received Additional Learning Support (ALS) in the past should visit the appropriate section of this site whilst exploring here today for more information from the team. If a student requires support to address issues not necessarily related to college life, they can book appointments with our dedicated welfare team. Pastoral support is also offered including counselling support from qualified staff and organisations that specialise in working with young people. We also have Young Carers and Thames Valley Police come into College and offer drop-in sessions where students can ask for support and advice on a range of topics.
Our bus routes cover a 30-mile radius from the College spanning Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and into Middlesex. Please see our dedicated Transport page for more information about routes and stops, including what time you need to catch the bus in the morning and the cost of bus passes.
Any student who is studying a full-time course at the College can register their interest in our Sports Academies. Interested parties will then be invited to attend trials for the teams. We currently run a Football Academy in partnership with Maidenhead United FC, a BCA Rugby Academy and a BCA Netball Academy.
Each student who has declared an additional learning need on their application form will be met at interview by the Additional Learning Support (ALS) team along with a member of staff from their course of interest. Within the interview, the students’ needs will be discussed and the support that is available will be clarified.
You can apply for more than one course and then decide at enrolment which course you want to enrol onto.
- If you change your mind for another course that you haven’t already applied for, you would need to complete another application form, as our applications are tailored to the subject and you would also need to attend an interview for the new subject.
- We won’t automatically swap an offer from one department to another department if you change your mind after applying.
The College day runs from 9am – 4:15 pm. If you are using College transport, buses arrive before 9am and depart at 4:30pm, Monday – Friday. You will have two breaks a day, a 15-minute break mid-morning and an hour-long break for lunch.
Most lessons across the curriculum are usually between one or two hours long. Some of the Sports sessions may take place on Wednesday afternoon to allow for full matches to be played.
Students will be timetabled to come into College for 3 days per week. We continue to follow government guidelines around Covid-19 and as such are currently planning for appropriate social distancing measures for September with the potential to reduce the number of students on campus and on the coaches, if necessary.
All students will need either a laptop, Chromebook, or access to a desktop PC to carry out their studies and coursework remotely, while not at College. If this is not possible for any reason, please approach one of your tutors and explain the situation.
When you come to study at BCA you will have the amazing opportunity to do an industry placement as part of your study programme. Almost all courses that we offer incorporate industry placement in some way.
- Each subject has different requirements regarding the length and time of the placement and you’ll be given this information when you enrol so you can get started in your search for the perfect placement straight away!
- At BCA there is a dedicated Industry Placement team based in the Learning Centre who are always on-hand to offer help and advice on placements and employability.
- BCA has a database of 2000+ employers and we’re always looking for more.
- Students are predicted to complete 200,000+ hours working in industry while on their placements during 2019/2020.
- Two-thirds of employers say they are more likely to hire someone who has completed an industry placement.
We have a dedicated Transition and Progression Manager, called Alice. She’s on-hand throughout the year to offer support and advice to all our students with all things career and university related. She’s also an absolute whizz when it comes to writing your Personal Statement or completing your UCAS application. The best way to get in touch with Alice is via email (term-time only) to: firstname.lastname@example.org
You will be working on all sections of our Animal Centre e.g. Small Mammals and Dogs, Zoo, Exotics and Livestock: depending on what level, of course, you are studying may impact the level of interaction you have with some of our animals e.g. our primates but there is plenty of opportunities to progress and acquire the skills you need to work with all of our species. Please watch our Virtual Tour of our Animal Centre, where you will have the opportunity to see each section of the Animal Centre in more detail and gain further insight into the species of animals we house and how their accommodation is set up.