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Your real-work
campus for 16 - 18s
in Barking town centre

If you are looking for a fresh start and have out-grown school, enrol at the Technical Skills Academy this summer.

You can train for your career, learning from industry professionals in a real work environment.

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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  • Car Boot Sale
    Car Boot Sale

    5 July-25 October 2014

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

  • Summer Code Bash @ the Code Club
    Summer Code Bash @ the Code Club

    28 July-29 August 2014

    We’re running some fantastic IT workshops over the summer for anyone aged 11+ years. Come along and learn how to build an App or develop your own game. Parents and families welcome...

  • Boot Camp @ BDC
    Boot Camp @ BDC

    5 August-4 September 2014

    Join us in a challenging and fun Boot Camp class to help you get fit and toned this summer!

  • Great War Exhibition
    Great War Exhibition

    11-22 August 2014

    To commemorate the 100th aniversary of the start of the first world war Barking Learning Centre will be opening a free exhibition on 11 August. The exhibition will showcase the Great...

  • Havering Town Show
    Havering Town Show

    24-25 August 2014

    On Sunday 24 August & Bank Holiday Monday 25 August 11am - 6pm Barking & Dagenham College will have a stand at the Havering Town Show.

  • Degree Courses Open Enrolment Tues 26 August, 9am-7pm
    Degree Courses Open Enrolment Tues 26 August, 9am-7pm

    26 August 2014

    Did you know that you can study locally for your degree level course and it's not too late to secure a place? Join us on Tuesday 26 August 2014, 9am - 7pm when all our Higher Education...

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Success stories

  • 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.

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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Student Businesses

  • 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.

  • 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.

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