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
Email: recruitment@bigcreative.education

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’.




Careers & Progression Day

May 16, 2017 - Posted By in Big Creative Academy, Big Creative Apprenticeships, Big Creative Education, Big Creative Training
On April 27th Big Creative Academy campus hosted our annual Careers and Progression Takeover; a day devoted to exploring career opportunities and educational progression for our learners at both Big Creative Training and our Academy. We invited a number of exhibitors in to have one-to-one chats with our learners about the opportunities open to them once completing their time studying with us at BCE. The third floor of our Academy was transformed into an exhibition space where various organisations and universities were on hand to deliver expert advice from how to make your CV the best it can be to opportunities available with St John Ambulance. As well as giving learners the chance to browse the exhibitors, they had the chance to take part in interactive workshops with Leap; Confronting Conflict, The British Council and Waltham Forest Y.I.A.G.
The Careers & Progression Takeover is an excellent way to connect our learners to fantastic opportunities that contribute to their professional and personal progression, in addition to building the necessary skills for a sustainable career in the creative industries…” Anthony Brathwaite - (Careers & Progression Officer/Organiser of Careers of The Careers & Progression Takeover)
Special thanks to Anthony Brathwaite and the student services team for doing a fantastic job of organising the day!

Industry Guest – Raf Riley

May 9, 2017 - Posted By in Big Creative Education, Music


Member of the OddChild family, Raf Riley, took a trip to our Academy to meet our level 2 and 3 music performance and technology learners. Known for his unique style of production, Raf has worked with a roster of artists including Etta Bond, Avelino, Lady Leshurr, Stormzy & more! During his visit, he spoke about the steps he took in his career and how he ended up collaborating with some of the UK’s most successful artists as well as spoke about his preferred production software and his views on current popular music. Once quizzed with questions, our music performance learners took to the stage for the opportunity to perform to Raf and receive feedback on their chosen song; Raf was particularly impressed with our Academy band!

Industry Tips – Alex Manzi

May 4, 2017 - Posted By in Big Creative Education, Marketing & PR, Music



At our Careers & Progression Day we were joined by the BBC 1XTRA Outreach team who held a discussion about their own career progression and the work experience opportunities available at BBC Radio 1XTRA.

Social Media Producer for BBC Radio 1XTRA Alex Manzi shared some of his most valuable tips when trying to succeed in your chosen career:

1. Nothing is handed to you on a plate. Be prepared to put in extra hours outside of school/college/work.
2. If you’re really passionate about what you do, these extra hours should never feel like work.
3. You will find obstructions along the way, but you need to have the fight to overcome them.
4. Don’t ever compare yourself to anyone else. You have your own story to write and journey to follow.
5. Focus on the small goals instead of the end goal. You will get there if you do all of the right things along the way.
6. Very important! Never stop learning about what it is you want to do. Knowledge is king.
7. If you start out trying to chase the money, you’re already taking the wrong approach. You should be doing it for the love of doing it.
8. Ask for advice. There are plenty of people like myself who will try to offer help where they can.
9. Take inspiration from the people around you, as well as the people you look up to.
10. Don’t let exam results or grades define you. They only make the next step slightly easier. You can achieve anything you want.


Alex also records and uploads chats with industry professionals as ‘Dreamer’s Disease’ on SoundCloud, have a listen to his latest podcast where he speaks to Artist Manager and Record Label Owner Moz  about getting a foot in the record industry, his experiences in different working environments, how a life-threatening operation changed his outlook, what he learnt from being on tour with Chance The Rapper and loads more!