Big Creative Education

Pre and post 16 provision

Big Creative Education (BCE) is an innovative college of excellence based in Walthamstow, East London. Its mission is to develop talent, transform lives and create careers. 
Specialising in Media, Game Design, Computer Science, Music & Events Management, Make-up, Media, Film and TV, Sports Studies, Art and Design, Production, Performing Arts, Music, Dance, Drama, T- Levels and Fashion Design. BCE offers courses and internal progression routes from Entry Level through to Level 3 along with Maths and English resits.  
BCE Creative Academy houses industry standard facilities. The specialist space includes a 200-seater theatre, a gym, community café, outdoor performance area and gardens as well as technical studios for music, dance, drama, fashion, make-up and TV.  
The Digital Futures Campus, which opened in Sept 2022, is a dynamic training space that reflects the modern working practices in Games Design, Animation, VFX, Digital Media and Post Production.

They offer T-Level in Digital Production, Design and Fashion. T-Levels are a 2 year qualification alternative to A Levels and other post-16 courses. Students spend 80% of their time in the classroom and 20% on a 45 day placement with an employer to provide the skills and knowledge companies look for.

New to their offer is a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design. This is an intensive 1-year pre-degree course designed to develop specialist artistic practice and prepare students for their next steps in art & design. The course provides an ideal bridge for those who have completed their studies at Level 3, and wish to continue to an undergraduate degree in a creative subject, or develop and explore their own practice in preparation for progression into the industry. To support the transition into Level 4, the course begins its teaching at Level 3, equivalent to A-levels.
They also offer advanced apprenticeships in Live Events, Digital Marketing and Digital Media. Apprenticeship employers include ITN, Vice Media and Village Underground. An apprenticeship at BCE will provide the skills and experience needed to start a career within the creative industry. 
Their team of teachers and mentors are all professionals who have a wide range of experience in life and education, and all have current industry experience and use modern approaches to teaching and learning. 
With industry standard equipment and facilities, Big Creative Education gives its students exposure to the creative industry as well as helping them gain a vocational qualification.

95% Vocational success for Academy students 78% BCE creative apprentices’ progress into careers in London’s creative economy.

Contact details

Big Creative Academy Campus - BCE Clifton Avenue, Walthamstow, London, E17 6HL

Big Creative Training Campus - Uplands House, Uplands Business Park, Blackhorse Lane, Walthamstow, E17 5QJ

020 3873 5800


Bus routes: 123 / 230 / 158 / W15
Overground: Blackhorse Road/St James's Street
Tube: Blackhorse Road/Walthamstow Central


Quality Assurance (Pupil Referral Unit): Meets required standard (February 2024)
DfE registered: Yes
Ofsted rating: 1 (2024)

This page was last modified on: 21 Jun 2024