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Barking and Dagenham College


Welcome to Barking & Dagenham College
A Truly Great College - Passionate About Success
020 3667 0294 | www.bdc.ac.uk

Professional & Technical Training to take you into work or onto university

If you share our passion for success then you are in the right place and in good company. Every year over 12,000 students of all ages choose to study with us because they want to succeed too. 

Whether your goal is to be your own boss, work for a global business, secure promotion or gain your first job through a Traineeship or Apprenticeship, you will benefit from industry-standard training centres and facilities that are among the best in London. 

City & Guilds, BTECs, CACHE and more 

There's a huge range of subjects on offer, giving you qualifications that employers and universities know and trust. From Accounting to Animation, Plumbing to Product Design, and everything in between.


Apprenticeships combine practical training and job related knowledge with study. That means you'll be trained on the job by your employer and off the job at this College. Earn money while you learn, gain real work experience and a nationally recognised qualification at the same time. Find out more about our apprenticeship offer.

Aim high, stay local with our undergraduate and postgraduate options

Choose from Higher National Certificates, Higher National Diplomas, Foundation Degrees, BA (Hons), or a postgraduate MBA. You'll find more information in the Higher Education section of our website

National awards give you peace of mind

In April 2013, Ofsted praised us as a "Good" college with:

  • “Outstanding support for students”
  • “Excellence in innovation and entrepreneurship”
  • “Outstanding leadership and management of the student experience”

You can be reassured that when you choose Barking & Dagenham College you will be studying at a national award-winning college:

  • 2015 Enterprising College of the Year
  • 2014 Outstanding Support for Students
  • 2012 Outstanding e-Learning Team
  • 2011 Outstanding Entrepreneurship in Learning & Skills


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Barking and Dagenham College

Rush Green Campus

Dagenham Road





Nearest station


( 0.6 miles)

Dagenham East

( 0.7 miles)

Broadway Theatre




IG11 7LS


Nearest station


( 0.2 miles)


( 0.2 miles)

Rush Green Campus

Dagenham Road





Nearest station


( 0.6 miles)

Dagenham East

( 0.7 miles)

Open events

Open events are a great opportunity to get expert careers advice, take a tour of our fantastic industry-standard facilities and speak to tutors about the course you're looking to apply for.

We hold Open events throughout the year at both our Rush Green Campus and the Technical Skills Academy in Barking, so you can experience everything Barking & Dagenham College has to offer you.

Choose a date and time to suit you and bring your family and friends along too.

Rush Green Open Event dates 2018/19

Dagenham Road, Romford, RM7 0XU
  • Thursday 6 December 2018, 4pm - 7pm
  • Thursday 24 January 2019, 4pm - 7pm
  • Saturday 2 March 2019, 10am - 2pm
  • Saturday 11 May 2019, 10am - 2pm
  • Thursday 20 June 2019, 4pm - 7pm 

Adult Learner Evenings

Rush Green Campus, Dagenham Road, Romford, RM7 0XU

  • Thursday 15 November 2018, 4.30 - 7pm
  • Thursday 4 April 2019, 4.30 - 7pm

Barking (TSA) Open Event

Technical Skills Academy, 1 Short Blue Place, Barking, IG11 8FJ

  • Thursday 28 February 2019, 4.30pm - 7pm
  • Thursday 4 April, 4.30pm - 7pm
  • Saturday 15 June 2019, 10am - 2pm
  • Saturday 9 June 2018, 10am - 2pm 

Find out more about our Open events.


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Change your career with Access courses

Access to university and a brand new career

Access to Higher Education Diploma courses are perfect if you are aged 19+ and are planning to study for a degree at university, but you do not have the A-Levels or BTECs for entry.

An Access course is a one year intensive programme, at the end of which you will be able to apply for your chosen degree course at university.

Your Career

The Access subject you choose will depend on the career you are aiming for.

Choose from Access to:

  • Art and Design 
  • Business
  • Creative Media, Computer Games and 3D Modelling 
  • Education Studies / Teaching
  • Health Care Professions (online)
  • International Relations
  • IT
  • Law & Legal Studies
  • Nursing and Midwifery 
  • Science / Bioscience
  • Social Care & Social Work

Advanced Learner Loans: written-off for Access students

If you take out an Advanced Learner Loan to help pay for your course, you will not have to repay the loan if you go on to successfully complete your degree. You can find out more on our website.


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Success Stories

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 of Colleges' Student of the Year. His sprinting medal tally is growing rapidly:

  • European Athletics 200m Champion (won Fri 15/8/14) 
  • European Athletics 4 x 100m relay Champion (won Sun 17/8/14) 
  • Commonwealth 100m Silver Medallist (Mon 28/7/14)

"If you want to achieve success come to Barking & Dagenham College."

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 roles was in the soap opera Family Affairs. He has worked in a variety of TV roles including Ultraviolet and The Inspector Lynley Mysteries. He is also known for playing Russell "Stringer" Bell, the drug dealer who aspired to become a high-powered businessman, in The Wire. Elba is also a DJ under the moniker DJ Big Driis / Big Driis the Londoner, and a hip-hop soul recording artist.

Elba grew up in Canning Town, East London and attended Barking & Dagenham College. He says: "This is a great place to learn. Barking & Dagenham College was the first place I got to fall on my face as an actor and get back up to be supported by great people and a great College."

Vicky Knight

Vicky Knight, Health & Social Care Extended Diploma Level 3 student, was recently named Student of the Year by the Association of Colleges (AoC) after impressing judges with her hard work and determination to overcome difficulties presented early in her life.

Her biggest achievement has been the launch of her own charity Scar Quality, which provides professional makeovers for burns victims to help boost their self-esteem. She has raised £1,000 with a sponsored 28-mile walk and even travelled to South Africa to meet burns victims in the townships. Vicky also gives talks on how to overcome challenges and has shared her experience with adult counselling and childcare students, inspiring them to make generous contributions to her charity. Vicky, who was eight-years-old when she was the victim of an arson attack at her family's business, said: "It's amazing to win, I really can't describe it. My scars are something I have to live with every day, but by setting up the charity I can help others. It was hard work, but it's amazing."


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Our Hot Courses

We offer 100's of 16-18 and adult courses to choose from. Our courses offer technical and professional training that give you work ready skills. Our campuses & training centres have fantastic industry-standard, employer sponsored facilities and equipment. As a Gazelle College, one of only 18 in the UK we pride ourselves on giving you T-shaped - enterprise and employability skills. The CBI calls them ‘soft skills'. At BDC these T-shaped skills that employers look for are developed alongside technical expertise in your chosen career path. Our Entrepreneurs Academy based in the POD at our Rush Green Campus, has a talent bank of students who deliver commissioned projects for businesses.

Here is a list of some of our hot courses that lead to great careers (for a complete list of all the courses we offer, please visit our website).

Arts & Design

We have a big range of creative Art & Design courses which include fine art, graphic design, drawing & painting, 2D & 3D design, fashion and much more. Whether you see yourself as an Advertising Executive or a Product Designer, there is no better starting point than an Art & Design course at Barking & Dagenham College. Read more here...

Access to Higher Education

Access to Higher Education Diplomas are designed for mature students who are age 19+ and who want to move on to study for a degree at university but don't have the required A Levels. You can also prepare for an Access course with the Preparation for a Higher Education Access Course Diploma. Read more here...

Business Studies

Take a look at the range of courses, from beginners through to advanced. Our business course will train you to become a specialist business professional. Business Development Managers earn an average salary of £38k. There will be 241,000 job openings in the industry by 2022. Want to work in business or perhaps start your own business? Our business and enterprise course will help you turn your business ideas into a reality. Read more here...


Ofsted said "Teaching, learning and assessment in early years and childcare are outstanding." You will study how people develop from childhood right through to adulthood, and how people learn. You will develop your own communication skills and learn how the UK runs the health care and childcare sector. Read more here...

Cookery & Food Studies

Our professional courses are for those who want to train to work in restaurant and hospitality industry. You will train in our commercial and training restaurants including the Coffee Shop and The Chef's Hat. One in six people in London work in hospitality according to the British Hospitality Association. Train with us to grab those opportunities. Read more here...

3D Design

Our industry specialists deliver a range of activities that will give you an understanding of 3D. Become an Architect, a designer of interiors, furniture or products. Did you know that our 3D design students helped create the inspiration behind our campus development? From our new frontage at Rush Green, to our light and airy reception area. Read more here...


There is a technical skills shortage and mechatronics engineers will increasingly be in demand as more industries seek to make advances to products, processes and services. The key to the UK economy, there will be 50,000 job openings in the sector by 2022. Start with a £22k salary in the highly technical field. Read more here...


You will learn from highly qualified electricians who have worked in the industry and can guide you through exactly which qualifications you will need. Earn an average salary of £29k and join 297,000 people working in the industry. The practical career is easiest to get into through an Apprenticeship that are available through our courses. Read more here...

Finance & Accounting

With the City of London right on your doorstep, careers in finance and accounting are extremely popular. You can study for AAT courses with us and become a Qualified Accounting Technician. Projected job openings for Financial Account Managers is 74,000. Train with us to be a part of the work force. Read more here...

Graphic Design

If you are a creative person with a talent for idea generation, what about a career as a Graphic Designer, Web Designer, Illustrator or Art worker? Our graphics department is kitted out with all the latest industry-standard software and Apple Macs. Our graphic design course covers a range of topics using Adobe software including advertising, marketing, publishing, illustration and web design. Read more here...

Health & Social Care

Our Health and Social care courses are for those who want to work with adults over 18 years of age. 96% of people working in the care industry feel their work makes a difference. By 2022, there will be 530,000 job openings in the Health & Social Care sector with an average salary of £22k. Read more here...

IT & Computing 

Take advantage of this rapidly expanding sector and get skilled. Whether you are interested in data science and analytics, computer administration skills, software technology, web development, programming or computer games design - we cover it all. There will be 60,000 job openings in the IT industry by 2022 and you can expect to earn an average salary of £40k. Read more here...

Motor Vehicle & Motorsports Engineering

There is such an automotive heritage in our area of East London, which makes Barking & Dagenham College a natural choice for training for your future job as an Automotive Engineer/Technician or Motorsport Engineer/Technician. Automotive Engineers can expect to earn between £23,000 to £30,000, depending on the employer, work experience and the qualification acquired. Read more here...


Our photography programmes provide at the core an engaging framework in contemporary photography. Students develop a strong understanding of visual culture and artistic freedom in art and commercial practices. The only photography department in the UK to offer a paid 2 month internship to work in Paris whilst you study. Read more here...

Public Services

Public Service courses are designed to prepare you for one of the emergency services or one of the armed forces, including Police, Fire, Paramedic or Ambulance Technician, Prison service, Coastguard, Armed Services - Navy, Army or the RAF. You will learn about team work, resilience, how to communicate with people - plus your fitness will improve too! There are 193,000 people working as a Police Officer (based on Labour Force Survey) earning an average salary of £40k. Read more here...


As a professional plumber you have lots of options: to launch your own business, to work for an employer and to specialise in a variety of areas such as: Domestic or commercial, Gas Central Heating, Renewable technology - solar panels, heat pumps and so on. As a trained plumber you could expect to earn anything from £25,000 to up £60,000+. Read more here...

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths provision)

Unlock your potential on this great introductory course, covering range of interesting subjects from Forensic Detection to Electronics in Action. You will study in the regional Gazelle Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths Centre - the only one of its kind in London. Read more here...

Technical Theatre

Train for a career as a Theatre Technician, Stage Manager or Producer. You'll benefit from excellent rehearsal rooms, a recording studio, music technology room equipped to professional standards and a 360 seat theatre with the latest sound and lighting equipment. Our alumni includes Idris Elba and Emmanuel Nwamadi! Read more here...

Video Production  

If you are interested in filmmaking and video production, our creative media courses are perfect for you. Whether you are interested in news, music videos, drama production, documentaries or just want to gain a greater knowledge of the industry, you will find a course that is perfect for you and your needs as a young filmmaker. Read more here...

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Undergraduate & Postgraduate options

Aim High, Stay Local

You can benefit from an established and extensive undergraduate and postgraduate programme, all fully approved by the QAA the UK's higher education watchdog.

Undergraduate and Postgraduate options

Our diverse and flexible programme offers a variety of higher level subjects and study options. Choose from:

  • Higher National Certificates (HNC)
  • Higher National Diplomas (HND)
  • Foundation Degrees (FdA) 
  • BA (Hons) 
  • Master of Business Administration

From business studies to photography, graphic design to construction and loads in between, choose the subject to suit your career aspirations.

An approved centre

Give your career a boost and choose from courses offered by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.



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Advanced Learner Loan

Advanced Learner Loans

If you are age 19+ you could take out an Advanced Learner Loan to help meet the cost of your tuition fees for courses at Level 3 or above.

These loans will work in a similar way to the current loan system for Higher Education, meaning that you will only start to pay the loan back once you have completed your study or training and are earning over £21,000 a year. Repayments start in the April following the completion of your course.

Or, if you complete an Access to Higher Education Diploma and then go on to complete a Higher Education course, the Advanced Learner Loan will be written off.

It's easy to apply for the loan, your household income isn't taken into account and there's no credit check.

The loans are administered by the Student Loans Company.

Please visit our website where you'll find more information.


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Our Specialist Training Centres

Specialist training centres reflecting industry standards

Depending on the subject you choose, you'll enjoy industry-standard facilities using the latest equipment and software. When you study in an environment that closely reflects your future workplace, it will better prepare you for your career. Your technical knowledge and work-ready skills are developed in context, helping you stand out to employers.

Our main Rush Green campus

Welcoming all age groups and levels, from beginner right through to a postgraduate MBA. 

Technical Skills Academy

A specialist campus for 16 - 18 years situated in Barking town centre, with great transport links. 

Study options include: Business, Construction, Childcare, IT, Hairdressing, Beauty Therapy, Media Makeup, Professional Cookery & more.

The Broadway Theatre

Home to our School for the Performing Arts and Technical Theatre. In the spotlight or behind the scenes, this working theatre is also managed and run by Barking & Dagenham College.

London Road Garage

The base for Motor Vehicle and Motorsport training.

Barking Learning Centre
020 8724 5694 or 020 8724 8684

Evening or day time courses designed for adults age 19+ who want to get into work, upskill or retrain for a new career. 


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Contact details

For course information: 020 3667 0294
Switchboard: 020 8090 3020

Our main address is:

Barking & Dagenham College
Rush Green Campus 
Dagenham Road

Click here for directions on how to find us.

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