Yes, you will get a place at College. Following your application, you will be invited for an interview. This interview will take place either over the phone or on-line. The purpose of the interview is to understand a bit more about you, your reasons for choosing the course and to make sure it’s the right course for you.
Once you’ve successfully completed your interview, our admissions team will be in touch to offer you a place at the College.
The important thing to remember is not to panic. Once you have your results, please call a supportive member of our Information, Advice & Guidance team on 01278 441234. There are a number of options and alternatives that they’ll be happy to explore with you.
In most cases yes, but some courses such as plumbing and professional cookery need you to start at Level 2 to develop your skills. Once you receive your results, please get in touch to discuss your options.
Your interview is an informal chat with a tutor about your successes at school, your aspirations and future plans. If you’ve applied for a creative arts course or subject, you will be asked about a recent performance or a piece of artwork. Don’t worry, the tutors are really friendly and just want to get to know you better. It’s also your chance to find out more about the course you’ve chosen and ask questions. At the end of the interview, you’ll be offered a place at the College based on your predicted or actual GCSE grades or the other criteria you’ve talked about.
Please check your voicemails and emails if you think you may have missed a call, we will have left a message or sent you an email advising you what to do next. Our curriculum teams will keep trying until they get through to you, but if you have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org
If the details you supplied have changed, please email your updated information to email@example.com and we will update your records accordingly.
Following a successful interview, the tutor will ask our Admissions team to send you an offer, Admissions will send this out to you in the form of an email, so make sure you keep an eye on your email account.
To accept your offer of a place, there will be a button you select on the offer email we send you. If you prefer you can email our Admissions team on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01278 441368.
We would encourage you to accept your offer unless you are 100% sure you don’t want to study at BTC. By accepting your offer it allows us to plan class sizes and secures you a place for the start of term. If you don’t accept your offer until later in the year you may find the course you want to study is full or be cancelled because of low numbers!
If you are unsure and need some extra information to make your decision visit the Student Life page on our website. This page will tell you about the exciting enrichment and academy activities you can get involved in as a BTC student, how we can support you with your learning, 2020/21 term dates and lots more.
Many businesses are facing disruption due to the Covid-19 outbreak, but whilst some businesses will continue to recruit as normal, others are putting their vacancies on hold.
You may find it more difficult to secure a place with an employer looking for an Apprentice. Therefore, it may be a good idea to apply for a full-time study programme, as your second choice, which starts in September. Please note, it is possible to transfer to an Apprenticeship at any point in the year, and we will help you find a suitable employer and support you to explore your options.
If you have applied to study an Apprenticeship and have an offer of employment, please email the Admissions team at email@example.com with the name of the business and their contact details as soon as possible.
Team BTC is our over-arching term for our Sports Academy programme and is open to all students, regardless of their course or campus. We have a number of high-quality teams with students regularly training to compete. These include football (men’s and women’s), rugby (men’s and women’s), hockey (men’s and women’s), netball, golf, basketball and trampolining.
However, don’t worry if you play a sport outside of these at a competitive level. Whilst we don’t complete weekly training in all sports, we will still ensure all students have the opportunity to represent the College at regional and national competitions such as badminton, cricket, tennis, squash, athletics, table-tennis, swimming and many more.
We have a number of clubs and societies designed to enhance your studies as well as your leisure time. For example, Cannington has its own Young Farmers’ Club (YFC), and we have a coding club, an engineering club and a driving club – all of which develop your skills and enhance your employability.
You can join before enrolling or after you start College by visiting the academies page or speaking to someone at Freshers’ Fair.
Our well-qualified and award-winning learning support staff provide one-to-one or small-group tuition for students with:
Our dedicated team also provides in-class or break-time support for students at every level, this is available to any student who has learning, mental or physical difficulties.
We pride ourselves on the fact that every student, regardless of their precise needs, has full access to our curriculum, and is given every opportunity to realise their potential.
To access our first-rate support, you need to make us aware of your needs at the point of applying to College. That way, we can set up the right structures from the start of your time with us.
We match every student to a personal tutor, who takes responsibility for their learning and development. There is a mix of 1:1 professional review and themed group tutorials.
Personal tutors meet students either individually or in small groups to review progress, signpost further learning opportunities and identify areas that require more work. The regular professional reviews and themed group tutorials are a valuable part of College life and help steer you through this crucial phase of education and professional development.
Your timetable depends on the course you choose. If you’ve chosen a full-time course, rather than an apprenticeship, you will be expected to attend College on certain days of the week. Apprenticeships work differently; you could be at work all week and only come into College one day a week or, you could spend a few weeks at College then work full-time, or never come into College and learn everything on the job (including being assessed at work by a College Assessor).
If you are at College, on a typical day, lessons start at 9am (9.30 at Cannington to allow for travel) and finish by 4pm with breaks for lunch.
Each campus has a common room, where you can catch up with friends over a cup of something warm, shoot some pool or compete on a games console, or simply relax on comfy sofas until your next class. It’s these communal spaces that make our campuses such special places to study. They help build strong networks between students, ensuring you’ll always find someone to hang out with, or a place to take five in the midst of a busy day.
Our award-winning catering team ensures you’ll never want for choice when it comes to eating. Whether you and your friends want a nourishing home-cooked meal, a quick snack or slurp of coffee, there are plenty of cafes and restaurants across our campuses.
If you don’t have a lesson and aren’t taking part in an activity, you could spend time in one of the common rooms or Learning Resources Centres. Each campus gives you access to thousands of books, journals, DVDs, CDs, magazines and newspapers, our LRCs are a wonderful asset to our campuses. You’ll be encouraged to use them as study spaces, where you can access all manner of resources that fire your imagination, stretch your intellect, and inform your growth. A bank of computers and free WiFi make the centres perfect working environments.
You can, but you need to apply and there are certain criteria. If you meet the criteria, you’re entitled to a daily hot or cold meal with a drink. All students have a College account that allows them to use their student ID to pay for meals in the restaurants. If you receive free meals, your ID will be pre-loaded in the same way as your peers.
The cost varies depending on if you’re in your first or second year and the type of accommodation you choose. In 2020/21, prices ranged from £6,003 for a first year student in an en-suite room with a five day meal card, to £7,018 for a larger room in Dartmoor Hall with a seven day meal card.
Bridgwater is on the main train line from Bristol to Exeter and the campus is only a ten-minute walk from the station. For timetables and costs please contact Trainline or National Rail. If you’re studying at the Cannington campus, you could take a bus from the Bridgwater campus.
Taunton’s busy rail station connects directly to Tiverton, Exeter, Bristol, Weston-super-Mare, Bath and Bridgwater – as well as many other small stations in between. You can walk from the station to College in about 20 minutes. If you’re in a hurry, you can always catch the bus.
Buses travel to and from College all day, so if you have finished your timetabled lessons, you could get the next bus home. However, many students choose to make use of the library to complete homework, play sport or spend time with friends.
Getting to and from College can be a costly affair for some students, and we don’t want money issues to put anyone off attending.
Previously, Somerset County Council offered the County Ticket scheme which was an annual pre-paid ticket. Due to potential social distancing measures and possible changes to the level of College attendance required from September 2020, this ticket is not the most viable option.
For those needing to travel via public transport, purchasing one of the ticket options offered by the public transport operators would be more cost-effective. Please click here for more information.
For prices, application forms or further information on any of the passes, as well as available bursaries to help with costs, please contact the College Information, Advice & Guidance team on 01278 441234.
Yes, you can change to an Apprenticeship at any time after you start your Study Programme if you find employment.
Our Union is affiliated to the National Union of Students (NUS) and run by students for students. Their focus is on the wellbeing of their peers, and the overall experience of studying at BTC. They ensure we do our jobs properly and give you the best possible chance of achieving success.
You automatically become a part of the Student’s Union when you join the College. To take full advantage of the opportunity, you can buy a TOTUM card, which gives you a range of discounts at shops, restaurants and online retailers.
The Students’ Union also organises social events and occasions such as RAG Day and themed parties. When it isn’t doing all of that, it makes suggestions for improving College facilities, and helps create an environment in which everyone feels at home.