Bicester Technology Studio is set to prepare students for careers in local growth industries. Alongside the core curriculum, students are offered specialist qualifications in engineering and business.
The specialisms are designed to enhance skills and knowledge as well as increase the opportunity for success in GCSEs, A-levels and BTEC qualifications. Specialist study provides a valuable differentiator for students when they are applying for higher education or employment.
The curriculum has been shaped to reflect local employment priorities and is delivered in partnership with big name employers including A2Dominon, Brita, Chiltern Railways, RED Engineering, Zeta Specialist Lighting, Bioregional and Willmott Dixon.
Principal Richard Brown said: “Bicester Technology Studio develops students’ practical, academic and problem-solving skills through real-world projects and exceptional links with leading local employers.
“Students gain excellent transferable skills to take into employment and higher education, as well as getting a head start into the area’s growth industries.
“Our vision is to train tomorrow’s business leaders and technological innovators. Our specialisms in engineering and business will offer students a clear line of sight into employment in two of the UK’s most dynamic sectors.
“These young people will have the skills, confidence and know-how required to shape the future of Bicester and beyond.”
Focusing on a particular specialism would not reduce a student’s options in the future. As well as progressing within the engineering and business industries, the courses available at Bicester Technology Studio enable students to access a variety of subjects at university and offer multiple pathways to employment.
Specialisms are delivered through:
- a blended combination of tutor-led seminars
- meaningful work experience
- project-based learning
- employer expert input, delivered onsite, via video conferencing or through mentors visiting BTS
- independent learning assignments
The project-based approach allows students to progress at a pace that challenges and engages them.