Barking and Dagenham College

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Barking and Dagenham College
Barking and Dagenham College logo.jpg
London's No. 1 College for Training That Leads to Work
Rush Green, London
School type College
LEA London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
Principal Cathy Walsh OBE
Age range 14 and up

Barking & Dagenham College is a large further education college with approximately 12,500 students (of which 9000 are 19+ and 3,500 are age 16 – 18) located in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham in Dagenham, East London, England. The Acting Principal/CEO is Yvonne Kelly, who has taken over from Cathy Walsh OBE. Cathy joined the College in September 2008. Cathy received her OBE in 2014 Queen's Birthday Honours and it was presented to her by HRH The Prince of Wales.[1]

The college offers hundreds of courses from Entry Level to post-graduate. These include BTECs at Level 3 (the College does not offer A-Levels). The degree-level qualifications include HNC/HND, Foundation Degrees, and a post-graduate Masters of Business Administration.[2] Winner of 3 national awards, it is a Gazelle college,[3] and home to the only regional Gazelle STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) Centre within the M25. Promoting a real work training environment, the college helps student develop employability skills via their Siemens Mechatronic Academy,[4] Commercial hair and beauty salons, The Chef's Hat restaurants, Start-up High Street and The POD (Pitch On Demand).[5]

The college trains around 860 apprentices each year (750 Intermediate and Advanced level apprentices, and 110 Higher Level apprentices), making it one of the largest providers of apprenticeship training in London. Working with a range of employer clients including Siemens PLC,[6] Wm Morrisons Supermarkets and North Essex NHS Partnership Trust, Barking & Dagenham College focuses on creating work-ready students.[7]

Specialist off-campus training centres include the Motor Vehicle & Motorsport Training Centre, The Broadway Theatre (School for Performing Arts and Technical Theatre), Barking Learning Centre and The Technical Skills Academy (TSA) in Barking.[8]

Some courses are offered in partnership with Havering College of Further and Higher Education at the Centre for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence, under the name Thames Gateway College.[9] Some of the college's courses are delivered through the Barking Learning Centre.[10]

Notable alumni[edit]


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  2. ^ Developer, Pixl8. "Master of Business Administration (MBA) (Evening) - Level 7". Retrieved 2015-05-31. 
  3. ^ "The Gazelle Group". Retrieved 2015-05-31. 
  4. ^ Nair, Ajay. "Romford engineering students to get top facilities with Barking and Dagenham College grant". Retrieved 2015-05-31. 
  5. ^ Davies, Rachel. "Student Businesses". Retrieved 2015-05-31. 
  6. ^ Developer, Pixl8. "Employers | Barking & Dagenham College". Retrieved 2015-05-31. 
  7. ^ Davies, Rachel. "Barking & Dagenham College appointed for apprenticeship delivery - Barking & Dagenham College appointed for apprenticeship delivery". Retrieved 2015-05-31. 
  8. ^ Davies, Rachel. "Selecting a training centre | Barking & Dagenham College". Retrieved 2015-05-31. 
  9. ^ Thames Gateway College – About Us
  10. ^ ,"Barking Learning Centre". Archived from the original on 2010-01-26. 
  11. ^ "Fatboy played by Ricky Norwood". BBC Online. Archived from the original on 27 January 2010. Retrieved 23 February 2010. 
  12. ^ "Ricky Norwood (EastEnders: E20) Interview". Last Broadcast. Retrieved 23 February 2010. 
  13. ^ Davies, Rachel. "Idris Elba". Retrieved 2015-05-31. 
  14. ^ Davies, Rachel. "Adam Gemili". Retrieved 2015-05-31. 
  15. ^ Davies, Rachel. "College gets behind The Voice finalist Emmanuel - College gets behind The Voice finalist Emmanuel". Retrieved 2015-05-31. 
  16. ^ Davies, Rachel. "Shaun Escoffery". Retrieved 2015-05-31. 

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Coordinates: 51°33′36″N 0°10′23″E / 51.560°N 0.173°E / 51.560; 0.173