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Admissions Update: 03/04/2020
An important udpate about accepting your offer of a place. You do not need to email Admissions if you sent you acceptance letter back to BHASVIC before Monday 23rd March.
We are only asking those who have received offer letters in the last couple of weeks from BHASVIC to send an email acceptance to us.
Our admissions account is being somewhat overwhelmed by many applicants emailing accepting their place who have already done so by returning their acceptance letter prior to Monday 23rd March.
Thank you all and wishing you a good Easter break in these very unusual times.
COVID-19 Exceptional Circumstances
We appreciate these are very uncertain times for our prospective students and that this is not how anyone anticipated secondary school would finish.
Through our interview process we have reviewed your school reports, predicted grades, attendance records and school references. Where we have made you an offer of a place, we have been really impressed with your commitment to your studies and your desire to come to BHASVIC and further your learning with us.
With the cancellation of GCSE exams and BTEC final submissions, we are all in new territory. At the time of writing we do not have the details around how final grades will be calculated, but I want to assure you that they will be robust and fair. Our admissions process has always been geared up to determine how suitable students are for their chosen courses and it is still our aim to get you on the right qualifications and courses for you and your future aspirations.
Will Baldwin, Principal
In this update:
- Offer Letters
- Acceptance of our offer of a place
- Applicants on our Priority Waiting List
- Moving On Day (Thursday 25th June 2020)
- Course Choices
- GCSE Results Day
- BHASVIC Entry Requirements
- Academic summer work for Year 11 students
- Taster Day (Friday 3rd July 2020) - cancelled
Before we had to close the college site, we still had around 500 offer letters to print and post. We have sent nearly all of these now via Royal Mail, so please continue to look out for our letter in the post, if you have not yet heard from us following your interview.
Please don’t forget to reply, accepting your place at the college, which we now ask you to do via email confirmation to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Acceptance of our offer of a place
At the best of times it is hard for us to predict who is going to come to BHASVIC and what they want to study. This year it will be even harder, so my plea to you is that if you have accepted an offer, but know that you won’t be taking up a place with us, please let us know by emailing email@example.com withdrawing your place at the college.
We understand that BHASVIC may be your back-up choice or that you may have a back-up choice in case you do not qualify for your first choice college or courses. This is fine and you should keep your options open.
Applicants on our Priority Waiting List
For those students who applied by our application deadline, who we interviewed and for whom we have not been able to immediately offer a place (some of our students in Admissions Category 3), we will endeavour to update you with any change in your status after the Easter Holidays. We do remain oversubscribed at time of writing, so ensuring you have an alternative sixth form place is essential.
Moving On Day (Thursday 25th June 2020)
We want to make sure that you are able to transition from school to college as normally as any other year. We need to take some time to decide if and when there will be a Moving On Day and this will depend on national circumstances. Needless to say, we are excited to see you when the time comes and we look forward to welcoming you to BHASVIC.
An important feature of Moving On Day is to enable students to experience a lesson in their chosen courses, along with being set some summer work to enable them to begin their studies in September with confidence. We also run a help desk on Moving On Day for students who wish to change a course.
We will be looking at how we provide the lesson experience and change of course option if we cannot run an ‘on site’ Moving On Day.
Our admissions process will be under more strain than usual and whilst we always try and ensure students enrol onto the courses that they want, we can never guarantee this until our final enrolments occur.
GCSE Results Day
We have been informed by government that students will receive their GCSE results “by the end of July 2020”.
BHASVIC will be looking at how this date will impact on our enrolment, which was scheduled to take place on Thursday 27th and Friday 28th August, following the usual GCSE Results Day, which was due to take place on Thursday 20th August 2020.
As soon as we are able to resolve the implications for final GCSE grades awarding this year, as well as Autumn GCSE exams which students can request as an appeal of their grade, we will post an update on this page about our plans, and email our prospective students and parents/carers with details.
BHASVIC Entry Requirements
You may wish to check again our Entry Requirements available from the Admissions section of our main website – these will still form the most important method by which BHASVIC assesses students for enrolment at the college and onto courses.
I wanted to reassure all our new students and their parents, carers and schools that the college is planning for as little disruption to normal admissions and enrolment processes as possible.
Academic summer work for Year 11 students
Some Year 11 students have been asking whether they could or should begin to study for their A level courses now that the GCSE syllabus has finished and there are no GCSE exams to revise for. I must say this is wonderfully characteristic of prospective students, wishing to keep their mind, knowledge and skills fit and in shape through continued study.
Our advice to prospective students is to not worry about starting A levels early. Please ensure you have completed and mastered the content of your GCSE courses to the best of your ability. Reviewing aspects of these courses which link to your course choices at BHASVIC, especially content you found more difficult, will be highly beneficial to your success at A level and BTEC Level 3.
BHASVIC will be providing summer work at the usual time for you (around May Half Term). Right now our teaching teams are working full-time on ensuring our second-year students complete their syllabus and our first-year students’ learning is optimised. Teaching teams are adapting and making a lot of adjustments to lessons and schemes of work right now, to keep momentum and confidence going for our current students. We know you’d want your BHASVIC teachers to have been doing the same if you were in your first year of A levels at this time.
Some suggestions for Year 11 study…
In the meantime, and before our summer work becomes available to you, there are some fantastic online learning courses and wider reading opportunities online. If you stick to established and reputable sources, such as exam board reading lists and recommended platforms (all our BHASVIC courses have the link to the exam board specification from the course page on our website) you can take this time as a wonderful opportunity to broaden your skills and interests in all sorts of fascinating topics and areas. If you are unsure whether a course is worth your time, any course which broadens your critical thinking skills will always be advantageous for A level and BTEC Level 3 study. There are a wide range of providers such as FutureLearn, iTunes U, Coursera, Khan Academy, Alison, Bitesize and the wide range of Universities in the UK and USA, who have lots of different courses that can be studied for free.
Taster Day (Friday 3rd July 2020) - cancelled
Thank you for your application to our BHASVIC Year 10 Taster Day. Unfortunately, due to current circumstances, uncertainty about the summer term and the knock on implications of these factors, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our Year 10 Taster Day this summer.
I want to reassure you that the Year 10 Taster Day does not impact whatsoever on any future application you make to the college. We offer Year 10 Taster Days to support students in their subject choices and to get a ‘feel’ for BHASVIC to help them decide whether to make an application to us.
We fully expect Open Evenings to run in November 2020 as normal, and these are a great opportunity to help inform your decisions about whether to apply to the college and which subjects you choose. We look forward to seeing you then!
Applying to BHASVIC
Click here to go to our Online Application Form
We welcome applications from all students, and are proud of our diverse student body.
Please carefully read the contents of this page so that you are guided on and understand our application process and timeline. Also on this page is information about our Entry Requirements, Admissions Policy and the Accord Colleges (BHASVIC, Varndean and GBMET) shared application rules.
Summary of the Application Process
SEPTEMBER 2019 - START PLANNING
Start planning early! This time next year you could be a BHASVIC student, so think ahead. Make the most of information in this prospectus and on our website, along with information sessions at your school. Start to get an idea of what courses you think you might want to do, what the entry requirements are and what qualifications you need to have to get into future degree courses or careers you might have in mind.
NOVEMBER 2019 - OPEN EVENINGS
There are two Open Evenings in November for prospective students and parents to visit the college. These give you a fantastic opportunity to see the college and facilities, to hear from the Principal about the college’s ethos and culture and to visit departments and find out more about the courses you are interested in. You will also get a chance to speak to lots of current students who will be the best source of information on what college is really like!
DECEMBER 2019 - APPLICATION DEADLINE
Make sure your application is submitted by the first Friday in December by 5pm, to be considered a priority applicant.
NOVEMBER 2019 - EASTER 2020 - INTERVIEWS AND OFFER LETTER
If you are a UK student and we have received your application form by the first Friday in December by 5pm, you will normally be given an admissions interview at the college. We consider your current progress by looking at your most recent school report and attendance, and discuss your intended programme of study, entry conditions and future career. If we are able to make you an offer, we will normally do so within two weeks of your interview although students who are interviewed before Christmas will not receive an offer until January). You must accept your offer of a place at BHASVIC within two weeks of receiving an offer letter.
JULY 2020 - MOVING ON DAY FOR STUDENTS NEW PARENTS INDUCTION EVENINGS
Once you have accepted your place at the college, you will be invited to our Moving On day in late June or early July (as soon as GCSE exams have finished) when you come to have induction lessons and confirm your course choices. We also run Parents’ Induction evenings where parents can find out more about our guidance and support systems.
AUGUST - SEPTEMBER 2020 - RESULTS AND ENROLMENT
When you receive your GCSE results in August, we can offer you advice via our Results Advisory Service. At the very end of August or beginning of September you will have an enrolment interview to finalise your course ready for you to become an official BHASVIC student.
SEPTEMBER 2020 - INDUCTION
Around the second week in September our full teaching timetable will start and you will begin your time as a student with an induction session which will ensure you know everything you need to know to make the best start here at BHASVIC.
Accord College: BHASVIC, Varndean and MET
BHASVIC, Brighton MET and Varndean College together form the Accord Colleges in Brighton and Hove. The three colleges have a coordinated application process for students seeking to study at any of the Accord Colleges.
Under the Accord, you will not be able to make an application to both BHASVIC and Varndean College. This is so that these two sixth form colleges can effectively plan curriculum provision to cater for as many students wishing to study in one of these colleges as possible.
You are welcome to make an application to one of these two Sixth Form Colleges and also to Greater Brighton Metropolitan College (includes Brighton MET and Northbrook MET), however you are also entirely free to apply to any other educational institution – it is only in the case of BHASVIC and Varndean College that you are not able to apply to both colleges. An Accord College is likely to ask you, at interview, about any other applications you have made or offers you hold from other educational institution, employer or training provider.
As part of the application process for either Sixth Form College, you will be asked to confirm that you have not made a separate application to the other Sixth Form College.
BHASVIC and Varndean work very closely together and will share data to check and avoid applicants having applied to both Sixth Form Colleges. If you have made an application to both Sixth Form Colleges, you may no longer be treated as a priority applicant. One of the colleges will contact you to ask which application you wish to withdraw and an interview will not be possible at either college until this has been established.
As BHASVIC is often oversubscribed, we will give priority to students whose application forms reach the college on or before the first Friday in December.
In the event of oversubscription, we will offer places to students in the order specified by our Admissions Policy.
We welcome applications from all students, and are proud of our diverse student body. We do not discriminate based on disability, family responsibility, marital status, race, colour, ethnicity, nationality, religion or belief, gender, or sexual orientation.
To proceed with an application to either BHASVIC or Varndean College, you will be required to agree to the two colleges sharing your name, date of birth and contact details. Both colleges will only use this for duplicate application checking in December, after the priority application deadline. Once the checking process has been completed, the college you did not apply to will permanently delete your personal data.
This are a great way to decide whether BHASVIC is the right college for you and also to help you ‘taste; what it feels like to be in a sixth form, what studying at Level 3 is like and what BHASVIC feels like. It is also a great way to begin to meet new students from other schools and to sample some courses and subjects you may be interested in.
The date of our Taster Day is in our BHASVIC Calendar, available on our website – it is usually towards the end of June or the beginning of July.
You apply for a place on the Taster Day through our website. The application form usually becomes available not long after February Half Term.
Applications are on a first come first served basis.
If you do not manage to come to a Year 10 Taster Day, please do not worry – this will not affect your application priority in any way whatsoever. The Taster Days are simply there as an offer to you to help you with your decision making about your next steps.
This time next year you could be a BHASVIC student, so it pays to think ahead. Start to form an idea of what courses and subjects you’d like to do, bearing in mind where your talents lie now and where you see yourself in the future.
Consider the qualifications you might need for future careers or degree courses, and learn more about how BHASVIC can help you achieve them. Make the most of the information online and in our prospectus.
We hold two open evenings for prospective students and their parents. These are a chance to see the college and its facilities, to learn about the college’s ethos and culture from our Principal, and to learn more about the courses you’re interested in.
You will also get a chance to speak to lots of current BHASVIC students, who can answer all your questions as to what college is really like.
There is no need to book. Please note there is NO parking on site and parking is very limited on the roads around BHASVIC. Please use public transport if possible. For Blue Badge holders only – parking spaces are available on a first come first served basis at the front of BHASVIC.
December is decision time. Make sure your application is submitted by the first Friday in the month by 5pm to be considered a priority applicant.
If you are still uncertain of exactly which courses you wish to apply for, do not worry – this is fairly normal. Deciding on your three courses is difficult, we know, and there is still time to finalise these at interview. The most important thing is to:
- apply by the deadline
- enter the courses you are most likely to want to study
- continue to seek advice from your school teachers, parents/ carers, friends, family, careers advisors, etc.
- remember that your final course choices are your decision, not anyone else’s
- let us know at interview whether you were uncertain about or wish to change any courses
If you are a UK student and we’ve received your application form by the first Friday in December, you will normally be given an admissions interview at the College.
This will be a chance to discuss your intended program of study and future career. To take your current progress into account, we’ll ask to see your most recent school report and attendance records.
If we are able to make you an offer, we’ll normally do so within two weeks of your interview (although students who are interviewed before Christmas we may not contact you until January). You must accept your offer of a place at BHASVIC within two weeks of receiving an offer letter to continue to be a priority applicant. If we do not receive your acceptance, we will withdraw your application after two weeks.
Once you have accepted your place at the College, you’ll be invited to our Moving On day in late June or early July (as soon as GCSE exams have finished). Here you’ll confirm your subject choices and join induction lessons, giving you a taste for college-level learning.
We also run induction evenings for new parents, where they can ask questions and find out more about our guidance and support systems.
We hope you will receive the GCSE results you’re hoping for. However, if there’s any doubt we can offer you advice via our Results Advisory Service. Please contact Admissions.
At the very end of August or beginning of September you will have an enrolment interview to finalise your course structure in readiness for becoming an official BHASVIC student.
Please make sure you have returned from holiday and are available for enrolment, as this enables you to remain a priority applicant for the courses of your choice.
The second week in September is when our full teaching timetable starts. You will begin your time as a BHASVIC student with a thorough induction session, including plenty of opportunities for you to ask questions.
We will ensure that you have everything you need to know to make the best possible start here at BHASVIC.