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Skills Show Experience

The Skills Show Experience @ BDC

The FREE event is linked to The Skills Show, the nation’s largest career and skills event, and gives young people from East London a taste of the national event, right on their doorstep.

TV's Maggie Philbin from BBC One's prime-time science and technology programme Bang Goes the Theory will be appearning at the event. 

Click here for more information and to book your FREE tickets.

Creative Courses at Barking & Dagenham College

Design your career and join the most creative College in East London

Barking & Dagenham College is an Associate College of The National Skills Academy for Creative & Cultural Skills. That means you will benefits from the best information about jobs in the creative industries and study in the best creative environments.

Click on the links and take your pick from beginner to degree level courses in Graphic Design, Art & Design, Fine Art, Fashion & Textiles, 3D Design, Photography, AnimationMedia and Performing Arts

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Success stories

  • Christopher Adams
    Christopher Adams

    Christopher Adams, is currently working hard to achieve his Level 2 NVQ in Hairdressing at the Technical Skills Academy in aim to start his award-winning one of a kind mobile hairdressing...

  • Courtney Walker
    Courtney Walker

    Courtney Walker (19) has secured a Bond Street role with Nails Inc, the UK's most successful luxury nail bar chain for 3 days a week, whilst still juggling her studies for a Diploma...

  • Danny Barclay, James Clarke and Cameron Aguimatang
    Danny Barclay, James Clarke and Cameron Aguimatang


    Three trainee electricians from the same City & Guilds electrical course at Barking & Dagenham College (BDC) have all been given...

  • Olivia Till
    Olivia Till

    Olivia Till, who is studying for an Extended Diploma in Fashion Design, was given the opportunity to showcase her design talent at London Fashion week.

  • Rachael Edwards, Laura Sawyer and Tia Howard
    Rachael Edwards, Laura Sawyer and Tia Howard

    Rachael Edwards, Laura Sawyer and Tia Howard, who are currently studying the BDC course Diploma for Legal Secretaries Level 3, have been selected for three work experience placements...

  • Vicki-Louise Flowers
    Vicki-Louise Flowers

    Vicki-Louise launches her new candle business, "With Love." Whilst studying at Barking & Dagenham College, Vicki embarked on a project called 'opposites,' which got her thinking...

  • Abbey Dell
    Abbey Dell

    Abbey Dell, Diploma in Painting and Decorating Level 2 student, gained an Apprenticeship with Roseville Projects Ltd, and become the only female on the tools with the company, who have...

  • Aaron Kumar
    Aaron Kumar

    3D design student Aaron Kumar has clinched a coveted £3,000 a year scholarship to Brunel University at Uxbridge to study for a degree in industrial design and technology.

  • Vicson Lopez
    Vicson Lopez

    Former student and Graphic Designer Vicson Lopez, who now works for the Entrepreneur Academy at the College, saw his design unveiled on one of London 2012's Games Time Training Venues...

  • Sahil Saini
    Sahil Saini

    Sahil Saini travelled almost 4,000 miles to study Business at Barking & Dagenham College. 21- year-old Sahil left Punjab over 2 years ago and is now studying for a HND in Business...

  • Idris Elba
    Idris Elba

    Idrissa Akuna "Idris" Elba is a British television, theatre, and film actor who has starred in both British and American productions, including 'The Wire'. One of his first acting...

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Student Businesses

  • Headjogs Hair Academy
    Headjogs Hair Academy

    We believe that every day should be a great hair day, so whether you want a fresh new look or a cutting-edge hairdressing career, Headjogs should be your first choice.

  • The POD
    The POD

    The POD is a new FREE creative zone for student entrepreneurs and local small businesses to help get business ideas off the ground.

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