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BCoT course shock for student Jordan Butcher
A STUDENT turned up for the first day of a two-year business course at a Basingstoke college – only to be told it had been cancelled.
Jordan Butcher wanted to further his career by taking a higher national diploma course in business studies, as offered by Basingstoke College of Technology (BCoT).
But when the 19-year-old arrived at the Worting Road campus for his first day last Wednesday, he was told that not enough people had signed up for the course and that it had been cancelled.
Jordan, of Bolton Crescent, South Ham, Basingstoke, said: “Basically, they told me to go home. I felt angry because I had spent two years doing another course to get to this point, and sad because there’s nothing I can do now for a whole year.
“If they had told me two or three weeks before, I could have entered the university clearing programme or found another course.”
The former Costello Technology College student completed three AS levels at BCoT before opting to study an extended level 3 business diploma, which he passed with flying colours.
He said it would have been too costly to enter university in a different town, so instead chose to study the national higher diploma course at BCoT.
His plan was to then attend a further year-long course at The University of Winchester to give him an equivalent degree qualification before starting his career.
His mother Rebecca Butcher said college principal Anthony Bravo told her Jordan could study in another town, but she said this would be too expensive.
She added: “I explained that we are a low income family and the reason we chose BCoT was because it was in the town. Not everyone is rich enough to study elsewhere.”
Jordan told The Gazette he plans to carry on his volunteering work, with the Basingstoke Community Furniture Project, until the next academic year.
Mr Bravo said that students were told about the cancellation on the induction day on Friday, September 6, and that, like other colleges, BCoT has to regrettably cancel courses when there is a lack of demand.
He added: “If, on the rare occasion, we are forced to cancel a course, we let the students know as soon as possible and advise them of other similar courses they could take at the college, or other colleges offering their first choice of course – in this case that included three other colleges within easy travelling distance.”
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