Krept & Konan Visit BCT

December 1, 2017 - Posted By in Big Creative Education

On Friday 17th November our Training site had a very special surprise visit from UK rap duo Krept & Konan. Music production learners had the opportunity to play some of their own beats to the pair and received valuable feedback and advice on how to succeed in the music industry. Some of our hard-working learners were lucky enough to receive a pair of free Puma trainers!

Free Weekend Performance Classes

November 21, 2017 - Posted By in Big Creative Education

Big Creative Academy is pleased to announce our collaboration with Leaders Performing Arts School who will be running a free performing arts school for young people at weekends. There will be classes in singing, drama and dance.

Leaders Performing Arts School have a long history in working with young people and if your young person is passionate about performance then join us and learn from the best. Tutors currently work with global brands such as MTV, ITV, X Factor, UEFA, Disney and Sky Sports. Students will learn:
· Commercial Street Dance
· Performance Techniques
· Acting and Singing (all genres)
· Confidence Building and Self-Esteem

The free sessions are for 7-18 year olds and will run every Saturday from 25 November 2017 in 10 week blocks. Students can do one or all three of the classes in singing, drama and dance.

For more information and to enrol:
Call 07831 224 510

Leaders Performing Arts School is funded by Big Creative Academy’s Big Lottery grant to provide community activities for young people. The Academy wishes to thank the LVE Charitable Foundation for match funding the programme.

National Poetry Day

October 30, 2017 - Posted By in Big Creative Academy, Big Creative Education

Big Creative Academy hosted a performance event for National Poetry Day on Thursday 28 September. National Poetry Day is a campaign organised by the Arts Council UK celebrating poetry throughout the country.

Our students were lucky to have the opportunity to work with a professional poet, Raph Blake, and one of our governors, Lawrence Lartey, to create original poems on the theme of freedom. Students performed their poems over one lunch time to showcase the new poetry writing skills that they had learned. Raph Blake even performed his very own spoken word piece on Freedom.

Principal Sacha Corcoran MBE says:
“Big Creative Academy sees National Poetry Day as a chance for our students to have their voices heard. Working alongside our governor Lawrence Lartey and industry professionals we want to show that the theme of freedom is applicable to and resonates with many of our students. By incorporating National Poetry Day into our English curriculum we are enabling the students to use their experiences, be creative and link their learning to a form of expression.”

Students found the workshops motivating. One learner commented, “I loved the workshop and Raph’s performance inspired me. He’s very talented and the way he uses words is so clever. Studying poetry has really helped me with my music.”


August 21, 2017 - Posted By in Big Creative Education

We will be opening our doors to prospective learners and Apprentices this week as enrolment for September courses starts!

Pop into our Training campus between 10:00-16:30 to enrol onto a course with us.

BCE, Uplands House
Uplands Business Park C
Blackhorse Lane
E17 5QJ

What do I need to bring?

Mandatory Documents:

  • Evidence of existing qualifications (GCSE, BTEC, NVQ, Functional Skills, overseas qualifications etc.)
  • Passport and/or Birth Certificate (if you are not a UK/EU/EEA citizen and your settlement is dependant on a family member, you will need to bring their passport too.)

(Please note you will not be able to complete your enrolment without these documents.)

Learner Services and Financial Support
(Please read the below very carefully in order to access any financial support at BCE.)

  • Bank Details (including bank/building society, branch name, sort code and the 8 digit account number.)
  • Financial support is only available to learners who are 16-18 years old from 31st August 2017.
  • Please bring in any of the below evidence you have in order for us to make a full assessment of your entitlement.

Vulnerable Bursary and Free School Meal (evidence in your own name):

  • Evidence of living in care or being a care leaver (a latter from local authority confirming care status)
  • In receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit
  • Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit and Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments

Discretionary Bursary and Free School Meal (evidence in your parent(s) or Carer(s) name):

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension
  • Child Tax Pension (provided no entitlement to Working Tax Credit) AND evidence of household income £16,190 or less
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for 4 weeks)
  • Evidence of £25,000 or less household income evidenced by P60, HMRC self-assessment, letter from employer.
  • Please note all of the above documents must be dated within 3 months of your course start date.

    Learning Support:
    A valid EHCP (Education and Health Care Plan) and/or any additional documents issued by your Local Authority
    Key contact details for any external agencies you are currently working with who can support with your learning

BCT Summer Showcase

July 14, 2017 - Posted By in Big Creative Education, Big Creative Training

On Wednesday 28th June, we celebrated another successful academic year at Big Creative Training by hosting our annual Summer Showcase at Rich Mix London. The evening saw Rich Mix venue transform into a creative haven with live music performances, a fashion show and a gaming hub where guests had the chance to experience the gameplay of the fantastic 2D games our games design learners created. The evening was organised by our level 2 live event management class who worked extremely hard in the run up to the show to secure the acts and ensure the night ran smoothly. Each learner was designated a specific job role on the evening ranging from Front of House, Artist Liaison and Stage Managers. Support Tutor Paul AKA Bwoy Wonder was our host with the most for the evening, joined by promoter and DJ for Lethal B ‘Frisky DJ’.

“The attitude, understanding and professionalism of the team improved a great deal from the first BCTA event to the final event. The end result was an industry standard show with slick changes and great acts. I’m very proud of the BCT events team.” – Simon Pollit, Event Management Tutor

Academy Newsletter – July

July 12, 2017 - Posted By in Big Creative Academy

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Academy Summer Showcase

July 10, 2017 - Posted By in Big Creative Academy, Big Creative Education, Events, Fashion, Music
What better way to celebrate the end of another successful academic year than with a Summer Showcase?!

Organised by our level 3 Event Management class, the Summer Showcase was held at the Bernie Grant Art Centre in Tottenham, East London and displayed the final work that our learners have been working hard on throughout the year. The events class had only three weeks to organise the show and began by sourcing the venue and allocating job roles within groups such as; marketing, production and technical teams. On the evening of the show, the mezzanine floor was transformed into an exhibition space where our very talented level 3 fashion learners displayed their own creations alongside mood boards and sketches which inspired them. Our first year dancers opened the show with an up-beat routine followed by Drama learners who depicted the murder of Trayvon Martin, touching on pressing issues such as stereotyping, racism and the justice system. Our second year dancers took to the stage with a performance which was choreographed by the learners themselves which displayed their amazing technical ability followed by a tribute to the musical ‘Chicago’; performed by our second year level 3 Drama learners. Media learners’ work was displayed movie-style as a show reel, showing off their short film projects such as music videos, adverts and documentaries. Our first and second year musicians closed the show with an hour long set displaying amazing musical abilities within a band, a duet and solo sets.

Music Tech Summer Course

June 15, 2017 - Posted By in Big Creative Education, Music

Do you have an EP that needs some final touches? Are you an artist who wants to know how to mix to get that professional sound? We have the perfect course for you!


Summer Course


The course will run for 5 days a week from Monday 3rd July- Friday 28th July 9.30-16.30 pm.

Who is the course for?
The course is for 16-18 year olds who have not been in education for this current academic year.

Do I need any particular skills or qualifications?
Applicants do not have to have any prior qualifications or previous knowledge about the subject. Applicants must however have a keen interest in music production, Djing or sound engineering.

What will I gain from this course?
Learners will gain a Level 2 Employability qualification with us provided they remain on the course for the duration.

What will I get from being taught?
Learners will be taught how to use the latest Logic Pro software and DJ equipment. They will have the opportunity to use our studio to create a short EP Album with their original music and create a social media platform for their music to be heard. They will learn how to mix and master their music and collaborate with their peers.
The will also learn about the various roles within the music business and how each role intertwines with each other. They will learn how to calculate taxes and find out more about how they can earn royalties through different outlets playing their music.

Are bursaries available?
Yes, learners will receive money to compensate for their travel and lunch.


Interested? Contact our Admissions Team on:
Telephone: 0203 873 5800

Ableton Training Session

June 6, 2017 - Posted By in Big Creative Training, Music

A select number of staff and students took part in an Ableton training session hosted at our Training campus. This was an excellent opportunity to get first-hand experience using the newest Ableton Live software and exciting, new ‘Push’ controller. The new ‘Push’ gives users the best of everything. It’s a powerful, expressive instrument that provides hands-on control of an unlimited palette of sounds, without needing to look at a computer; making the process of making a song easier than it has been before.The training session demonstrated how to load sounds into the ‘Push’, how to sequence, how to time-stretch as well as various modern techniques of music production. Staff and students had great fun learning how to use the controller, special thanks to Simon from Ableton for delivering such an informative and interactive session!

Watch a demonstration of the Ableton Push:


We’re All Good!

May 26, 2017 - Posted By in Big Creative Academy, Big Creative Education, Big Creative Training

Ofsted, the schools’ regulatory body, has recently inspected all three organisations within our Big Creative Education family and rated us at Grade 2 ‘Good’.