We’ve created a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to help you better understand the way of life at BCC and provide answers to questions you might have. Click on the question to be taken to the answer. If you don’t see the FAQ you’re looking for, contact the Registrar for the information you need.
What are some of the uses of the BCC ID card other than to identify a student?
ID cards are needed to access all student services at BCC, as well as to write internal and external examinations.
Is it OK if I carry my ID in my back pack/bag?
Each student is required to have his/her ID card prominently displayed on his/her person at all times while on campus. They must hand the ID card to senior administrative staff, members of faculty or security personnel if asked to do so. Students who do not comply with this request may be disciplined.
What is the dress code for students?
Students are free to wear most types of clothing to the college. However, they are not permitted to wear:
Students must also adhere to all stipulated dress code guidelines as outlined in Divisional/Department handbooks or information sheets.
Can I smoke at BCC?
No. Smoking is not allowed at BCC.
I am disabled. Have any special arrangements been made at the BCC for someone like me?
Yes, the college has made provisions for students with specific needs. They include:
Feel free to contact Student Services or the Registrar’s Office for additional assistance.
Programmes and courses
What is a programme?
A Programme is a set of courses grouped together and organised as a specialisation leading to BCC Certification.
What is a course?
A Course is a defined set of units of study within a particular subject area.
What is a core?
A Core is a compulsory course identified by the College as essential for the educational development of all graduates. The core courses are:
What is an elective?
An Elective is a course selected outside of the major area of study that is chosen by the student. It is designed to further enhance his/her educational development.
Further studies & the Associate Degree
What is an Associate Degree?
The Associate Degree is a level of certification awarded at the tertiary level. It represents two years of a four (4) year degree at University. Most of the programmes are two (2) years in duration. However, professional programmes such as Nursing and Pharmacy are three (3) years in duration.
Is the Associate Degree a better qualification than CAPE?
The Associate Degree is an established qualification which is accepted by colleges and universities globally. Persons who hold the associate degree are granted Advanced Standing, which means they get a reduction of the number of years required to complete an undergraduate degree.
Is the Associate Degree a well known qualification?
Yes, the Associate Degree is well known to Colleges and Universities in the region, as well as institutions in the USA, Canada and Great Britain.
When should I apply to the College?
The College presently accepts students once a year - each September. The application period extends from December 1 to March 31 of each year. If you wish to study at the College you must apply during this period.
Can the Associate Degree be used to enter the world of work?
Yes, the Associate Degree is accepted as a qualification for many jobs.
What are the advantages of studying at the College when compared to going on to sixth form?
The main advantage is that the College environment better exposes the students to a university-like culture that more adequately prepares them for the transition to university. Being registered at the College also presents students with the opportunity to benefit from Semester Abroad Programmes (SAPs).
What qualifications do I require to gain entry to the College?
The entry requirements to the College are a minimum of four (4) passes at CSEC General Proficiency Level with Grades 1, 2 and 3 OR their equivalent. One of the subjects must be English Language.
There may be other subjects specified depending on the area of study selected by the students.
Do I have to pay tuition fees for my programme of study?
Barbadian students are not required to pay tuition fees for full time programmes. However, they are required to pay registration fees ranging from, in Barbados dollars:
Barbadian students attending part-time and/or evening courses or programmes are required to pay tuition fees.
Non-Barbadian students are required to pay tuition fees as follows, in Barbados dollars:
These fees are subject to change