Higher education provision in Hampshire has been boosted by the opening of a new facility at Basingstoke College of Technology (BCoT).
University Centre Basingstoke offers a range of full- and part-time courses, including entry level access to higher education, higher national certificates (HNC) and foundation degrees, and professional level seven qualifications.
Based at BCoT’s Worting Road campus, the centre’s professionally focused HE courses will be delivered in partnership with the universities of Portsmouth and Reading.
“This will enable more people in Basingstoke and the surrounding areas to upskill and retrain, affording more people the opportunity to fill higher level jobs in the area,” said Lois Neale, head of higher education and adult learning at BCoT.
“Our centre has working professionals at heart, meaning we offer part-time, flexible learning options, with affordable fees meaning study fits around existing jobs and family life. We hope this accessible offer allows more people to achieve their goals.”
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The facility was officially opened on 20 May by the MP for Basingstoke, Maria Miller, with the first cohort set to take up their places at the beginning of the new academic year.
Courses on offer include level seven CIPD strategic human resource management, level five children and young people’s counselling, foundation degree in children’s learning and development, and HNC in electrical and mechanical engineering.
“The college’s ambition to support skills growth and manage the skills gaps in the region to support local businesses is critical to local and regional economic success,” said Mark Cooper, associate pro vice-chancellor (education partnerships), University of Portsmouth.
“The partnership between our two institutions and the creation of the university centre will enable student success in their chosen careers and provide them with sustainable progression routes into higher education.”
Pic: The official opening event at Basingstoke College of Technology was attended by (L-R): Lois Neale (head of higher education and adult learning, BCoT), Anthony Bravo (BCoT principal), Mark Cooper (associate pro vice-chancellor, University of Portsmouth), Jo Elsey (head of early years, University of Reading), Maria Miller MP, and Cllr Simon Bound (leader of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council)