• Excellence Awards 2014

    Excellence Awards 2014

    Barking & Dagenham College students were joined by 24 year old multimillionaire entrepreneur Jamal Edwards yesterday (Tuesday 11th November) as part of the College’s annual Excellence Awards ceremony held at The Broadway Theatre, Barking.

    Click here for more information about the awards.

  • Card Stack wins £5,000 in the Edge Challenge competition

    Card Stack wins £5,000 in the Edge Challenge competition

    A team of budding entrepreneurs from Barking & Dagenham College were awarded first prize in a national enterprise competition with their brand new concept of digital business cards.

    Click here to read the story.

     

  • Open Event & Christmas Market

    Open Event & Christmas Market

    Thinking about what to do after school? 16-18 at school or sixth & not sure you made the right choice? Adult looking to retrain or boost your career?

    Come along to our Open Event & find the right course for you. Thurs 11 Dec 4.30-7pm

    For more information click here

    To register for the event click here

  • Technical Skills Academy Open Event

    Technical Skills Academy Open Event

    Our Technical Skills Academy offers a range of work ready courses for 16-18s. Sat 13 Dec 10am-2pm

    Click here for more information about the Technical Skills Academy

    For more information click here

    Register now and guarantee your place

  • Could your company benefit from free training for your workforce?

    Could your company benefit from free training for your workforce?

    London Colleges Network have secured a £4.6m cash boost to fund English and Maths qualifications for an estimated 5,000 adult employees.

    For more information click here

  • Higher Education Creative Fair

    Higher Education Creative Fair

    Thinking of studying a Creative Arts degree? Come along to the BDC Creative HE Fair, Rush Green Campus.  

    Thurs 27 Nov, 4 pm – 8pm. 

    Talk to students and tutors and find out what it’s like to study at Barking & Dagenham College.

    For more information, follow this link

  • 16-23? Interested in a career in construction?

    16-23? Interested in a career in construction?

    Apply now for our 12 week Traineeship in Building Services and you will gain work experience that can help you get a job or progresson on to an apprenticeship.

    The Traineeship will give you the first step towards becoming a Plumber, Electrician and Heating and Ventilation Engineer.

    Click here for more information

  • Beat the rush and apply online now for courses starting in September 2015.

    Beat the rush and apply online now for courses starting in September 2015.

    Secure your place at London’s No.1 College for training that leads to work.

    Click here for more information about our courses for 16-18’s.

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If you are looking for a fresh start and have out-grown school, the Technical Skills Academy can train you for your career, learning from industry professionals in a real work environment.

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Courses that lead to careers

Theatrical/Media Make-up Artist, Professional Chef, Plumber, IT Technician, are just a few of the careers you can train for. Click on the links to watch the video and get the inside story from students and parents. 

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Events

  • Car Boot Sale
    Car Boot Sale

    15 November-20 December 2014

    Your Barking & Dagenham College Car Boot sale will take place every Saturday. Pick up a bargain or turn your unwanted items into cash! Hot drinks - including proper barista coffee...

  • Higher Education Creative Fair
    Higher Education Creative Fair

    27 November 2014

    We’d like to invite you to our Higher Education Creative Fair.

  • Care Employer Networking Event
    Care Employer Networking Event

    9 December 2014

    This will be an opportunity for you as care employers to come and find out what training opportunities are available here at the College for your workforce, to enhance your staff skills,...

  • Open Event & Christmas Market
    Open Event & Christmas Market

    11 December 2014

    On Thursday 11 December (4:30-7pm) the Rush Green Campus will be hosting an Open Event and we will have our Christmas Market open.

  • Technical Skills Academy Open Event
    Technical Skills Academy Open Event

    13 December 2014

    On Saturday 13 December 10am-2pm the Technical Skills Academy will be holding an Open Event.

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Success stories

  • 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 their first jobs in industry at the same company, WysePower....

  • Shaun Escoffery
    Shaun Escoffery

    "My training in Performing Arts at Barking & Dagenham College really put me in good stead for the realities of the entertainment industry.

    "The lessons I learnt were invaluable....

  • 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.

  • Marianne Jean-Baptise
    Marianne Jean-Baptise

    Marianne has excelled as an actor both in the UK and the US. She is a Golden Globe winner and has been nominated for an Oscar. A former student of the College, she studied with...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Adam Gemili
    Adam Gemili

    Adam graduated from Barking & Dagenham College in the summer of 2012, just before taking part in the London Olympics as a sprinter for Team GB. In 2012 Adam was named as the Association...

  • Perry Torrance
    Perry Torrance

    With 13 GCSEs under his belt including 1 A* and 10 A grades, Perry (age 18) joined Barking & Dagenham College in September 2013 to train to be a chef. Perry, who juggles jobs at...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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.

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Student Businesses

  • The Pod
    The Pod

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

  • The Chef's Hat
    The Chef's Hat

    The Chef's Hat provides a first-class and affordable restaurant experience in a modern, relaxed setting. We serve quality French cuisine.

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