Update 25-09-20

Student and staff safety is of paramount importance to us. We have stringently followed government guidelines and are working closely with the Public Health Team. The college remains open. Our latest communication to parents and carers can be found here

The full college risk assessment for Coronavirus is available here

Please continue to scroll down to see the FAQ sections below

I have been in contact with someone who has tested positive - what should I do?

  • If you are identified as a close contact of an individual who has tested positive you will need to isolate for 14 days from the date of last contact with that person.
  • The fourteenth day needs to be a full day, so, for example if the last date of contact was a Wednesday, you would come out of quarantine on the Thursday two weeks later.
  • You don’t need to get tested (unless you become symptomatic). Others in your household who come into contact with you but who didn’t come into contact with the covid positive person don’t need to isolate (unless you become symptomatic).
  • Others outside of your household (fellow students, friends, work colleges, etc) who came into contact with you but who didn’t come into contact with the covid positive person don’t need to isolate (unless you test positive).
  • If you have been identified as a close contact and do get a test, even if that test result is negative, you must remain in isolation for 14 days of last contact.
  • If you have received a positive test result, you must isolate for 10 days from the onset of symptoms (or the date of the test if asymptomatic). Your household must isolate for 14 days. In these cases, please contact BHASVIC urgently via outofcollege@bhasvic.ac.uk

Here is the link to the Government site – which has all the exception clauses to the above advice: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/how-long-to-self-isolate/

 

I (or someone who lives with me) has a medical vulnerability or extreme anxieties linked to being onsite and/or travelling to and from college and I would prefer not to come on site for lessons. Can I access all my lessons remotely?

We understand that this is a very worrying time for anyone with medical or other vulnerabilities. We are keen to support you in maintaining your health and wellbeing and to help you to continue to access learnin.

However, you should be aware that we do not have the teacher time or resource to provide one-to-one, remote tuition on a long-term basis (more than a couple of weeks). Our online course resources are part of a 'blended' approach and do not stand alone as a complete educational package for a student who is not coming to lessons. 

Shielding advice for all adults and young people was paused on 1 August. This means that even the small number of students who will remain on the shielded patient list can return to college, as can those who have family members who were shielding. Please read the current advice on shielding.

If you are worried about coming into college, you should contact your personal tutor or Guidance Manager who can complete an individual risk assessment with you and discuss ways in which we can support you in attending lessons on-site.  We may agree a short phased return, but long-term non-attendance and distance learning is not an option we are funded to provide. If you continue to feel unable to attend lessons on-site, it may be appropriate to pause your learning at BHASVIC this year and discuss alternatives, which may include a referral to the Local Authority and/or transfer to their home schooling service.

What are the 'rules' on self-isolation?

The general rules are set out here. You must self-isolate immediately if:

  • you have any symptoms of coronavirus(a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste)
  • you've tested positive for coronavirus 
  • you live with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive
  • someone in your 'support bubble' has symptoms or has tested positive
  • you're told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace
  • you arrive in the UK from a country with a high coronavirus risk 

If you have symptoms or have tested positive for coronavirus, you'll usually need to self-isolate for at least 10 days.

I have been in contact with someone who is highly likely to have coronavirus but they can’t get a test

The current system only requires isolation once a case is confirmed positive. However, if you decide to isolate as a result, then that is a pro-active measure but currently it up to you to decide this.

I have been in contact with someone who has been identified as a close contact – do I need to do anything?

A ‘close contact’ of a ‘close contact of a confirmed case’ does not need to isolate unless that close contact becomes a confirmed case themselves or unless you become symptomatic yourself.

How is a close contact defined?

Anyone who has touched a confirmed case

Anyone who has been within 1 metre for one minute

Anyone who have been within 2 metres for 15 minutes

When should I book a coronavirus test?

Please read this letter from the Chief Nurse of Public Health England.

I can’t get a test – what should I do?

Remain in isolation until your quarantine is completed

I can’t get a test – does college have any?

No. We were given 10 tests and these are reserved for clinically vulnerable members of our community

It is not uncommon for sixth form students to wish to change one of their courses, once they have started college.

Changing course can be the right decision, because you will be studying the course for the next two years, and Level 3 study is hard, so we want to get you on the right courses, however, we cannot easily change a course for you.

A lot of our courses are full, so it is a case of one out / one in. Popular courses also run waiting lists.

BHASVIC will do whatever it can to get you onto the right programme of courses – we are used to and experienced in helping students with this.

General advice is to speak with your Personal Tutor and/or subject teachers for advice, before taking any action.

  1. I submitted a Help Desk From and haven't heard anything yet - should I submit the query again?
  • Please DON’T submit the same query again. Please be patient, though we understand the worry that not knowing or not having had a resolution causes. You should have received an email confirmation of your original query post - which comes to your BHASVIC email address.
  • We deal with queries in chronological order and most often need to prioritise these queries in the order in which they came in. If you submit the same query again, we will take your second submission as the date of your query - we do this to deter you from repeatedly submitting the same query.
  1. I want to change one or more courses and I already know the new course(s) I want to pick up. How can I request the change?
  • Even if you are certain about a change of course, you should always speak with the subject teacher of the course you wish to drop. They can check with you and advise you.
  • Changing course is quite common at Sixth Form, so your subject teacher will not be at all upset or disappointed if you are considering dropping their subject – they will also not pressure you either way, they will just help you make the best decision.
  • If changing course is the right thing to do, then complete a Help Desk Form and you will be able to begin the Course Change process.
  1. I know the course(s) I would like to drop, but am not sure about the course(s) I would like to pick up. Where can I get advice?
  • Even if you are certain about a change of course, you should always speak with the subject teacher of the course you wish to drop. They can check with you and advise you.
  • Changing course is quite common at Sixth Form, so your subject teacher will not be at all upset or disappointed if you are considering dropping their subject – they will also not pressure you either way, they will just help you make the best decision.
  • If changing course is the right thing to do, then complete a Help Desk Form and one of our advisors will be in touch.
  1. I am not happy with one or more of my courses but I am not sure whether I should change course. Where can I get advice?
  • You should speak with your Personal Tutor in the first instance.
  • Speaking with your subject teacher is also a really good idea – they are used to students being uncertain about their course choices and will give you very supportive and helpful advice.
  • If changing course is the right thing to do, then complete a Help Desk Form and one of our advisors will be in touch to help you formulate the best decisions.
  1. I requested a course change – when and how will I know if the change has been made?
  • Check your timetable on Student Advantage twice a day. If we are able to accommodate your request, then the change will appear here.
  • You must continue to attend the course you had requested to drop, unless you have been specifically told otherwise by a college manager. This is in case we are unable to make your course change request – you cannot drop down to fewer courses and would be expected to continue on the existing course.
  1. I requested a course change, but the course is still not on my timetable. What should I do?
  • Please DON’T fill in yet another Help Desk Form!
  • We will have recorded your course change and it will not have been possible at this time. This is because there is no available space on the course (you will be on the Waiting List).
  • Please continue to attend your current timetable in full. You may wish to speak with your Personal Tutor if you are worried about your circumstances.
  1. I have been told that I am on the Waiting List for a course change. When and how will I know if I have been given a place or not?
  • Check your timetable on Student Advantage twice a day. If we are able to accommodate your request, then the change will appear here.
  1. I have requested to change course – do I need to do the summer work even if I am on the Waiting List or do not know if I will get a place?
  • The short answer is ‘yes’. The summer work and catch-up activity will help you be certain you have made the right choice.
  • Also, your new teacher will have expected you to demonstrate that you are serious about the course which you will be starting late.
  1. How do I access the summer work for the subject I want to change onto?
  • You access this from the front page of the BHASVLE. Follow the ‘New Student’ drop-down link in the top navigation bar and select Moving On To BHASVIC. This takes you to the page with all the courses.
  1. I cannot find my classroom. How can I get help?
  • All rooms have room numbers and all corridors have signs on the walls and stairwells to help you find your way. It can be difficult to find certain rooms at BHASVIC, so…..
  • Ask any member of staff – they are friendly and helpful and also very used to being asked. Other students can also help you on your way.
  • Reception and Student Services both have student information desks where you can get help finding a classroom.
  • Finally, do use the totem signs (tall, red signs in our outside areas) to help you, they display building positions and room locations.
  1. I went to the room stated on my timetable, but no-one was there/ a different class was there. What should I do?
  • Double-check your timetable on Student Advantage to make sure you have the right day, time and block.
  • If you do have that room at that time on this day, then it would be best to head to Reception or Student Services to seek help.
  • To reassure you, such timetable errors are exceptionally rare at BHASVIC and you are unlikely to be lost and to miss the start of your lesson.

Making changes to your timetable is not straightforward. However, requests to make changes to timetables are very common at the start of an academic year and at sixth form.

Due to the very busy start to the year for all students and for all of our services and staff, we ask that you read the FAQs below carefully and DON’T submit timetable change requests for reasons which do not qualify.

We will prioritise students who have errors and clashes on their timetable, and students who have serious and significant personal circumstances which make their access to learning difficult without changes being made.

For our new students, getting used to the BHASVIC campus, your timetable and your routines can take a little time. Everyone who is new to sixth form will find that the change from secondary school to college and the more adult and independent study week does take a while to adapt to.

If you are struggling to know what to do, where to go or how to manage your time, your Personal Tutor is the first person you should speak to – they are experienced at advising new students.

Also, do not wait too long if you are not settling down into a routine – sixth form study is hard and you want to make sure you settle quickly and with confidence.

  1. I submitted a Help Desk From and haven't heard anything yet - should I submit the query again?
  • Please DON’T submit the same query again. Please be patient, though we understand the worry that not knowing or not having had a resolution causes. You should have received an email confirmation of your original query post - which comes to your BHASVIC email address.
  • We deal with queries in chronological order and most often need to prioritise these queries in the order in which they came in. If you submit the same query again, we will take your second submission as the date of your query - we do this to deter you from repeatedly submitting the same query.
  1. I have Study Support on my timetable and want to discuss a change to this. What should I do?
  • Please DON’T complete a Help Desk Form – instead email alsreferrals@bhasvic.ac.uk with your issue and someone from the department will be in contact with you to discuss your query.
  1. I don’t understand my timetable and am not sure which lessons I should come on site for. How can I get help?
  • In the first instance watch this explainer video – this should help you understand the principles of how your timetable works.
  • If you are still unsure, then you could email your Personal Tutor or check-in with your teacher via Teams.
  1. Something is missing on my timetable (a course, a lesson, tutorial, Sports Teams, Rehearsals etc). What should I do?
  • Please complete a Help Desk Form as a matter of urgency. One of our advisors will be in touch to help you correct this.
  1. There is a clash between two things on my timetable – what should I do?

    • Please complete a Help Desk Form as a matter of urgency. One of our advisors will be in touch to help you correct this.

  2. Can I change block to be with a friend in another class?
  • Unfortunately, due to the complexity of Sixth Form timetables, we are unable to accommodate requests such as these.
  • Make a friend in your existing class – this is one of the main things that BHASVIC is about. It might seem that everyone else seems to know each other, but I can guarantee you they absolutely do not. There will be many people in that class who are very keen to make a new friend in the class. You can then use WhatsApp to help each other with your classwork. You may well make a friend for life in that class!
  1. I would like to change from my current class to a different one, to be with a particular teacher. What should I do?

    • We do not accommodate teacher change requests. If we were to agree to such requests, the college and timetabling would be in disarray.
    • Please DON’T complete a Help Desk Form making such a request.
    • You may wish to speak with your Personal Tutor about any concerns you have with your current teacher or any disappointments you feel because you are not with a certain teacher. Your Personal Tutor can help you process and understand your circumstances.

  2. One of my lessons clashes with my part time job. How do I get my lesson moved?

    • We do not accommodate these requests. If we were to agree to such requests, the college and timetabling would be in disarray.
    • Please DON’T complete a Help Desk Form making such a request.
    • You are in full time education and your other commitments must fit around your college timetable, not the other way around.
    • Your Personal Tutor can provide an email or letter to your employer explaining the college position, if this helps you with any difficulty with this clash and with your employer.

  3. On one day I only have tutorial. Can I get my tutor group moved to a day when I have a lesson as well?
  • Yes, we will try and change this for you.
  • Please complete a Help Desk Form and check your timetable on Advantage regularly for any change we make.
  1. I only have one lesson on one of my days – can I get this changed so that I have the day off?
  • This is very normal and we will not make changes due to this.
  • Please DON’T complete a Help Desk Form making such a request.
  • You are in fulltime education and your lessons and tutorial across five days is to be expected and normal.
  1. I have another commitment outside college which clashes with something on my timetable. Can I get my timetable changed?
  • We will only accept these requests if they are due to a highly significant commitment, such as performing or competing at a national level or being involved in something outside college which is an essential aspect of your career progression.
  • Please discuss this with your Personal Tutor in the first instance and if they advise you to request a change to your timetable, then do so via the Help Desk Form.
  1. I have very significant personal circumstances and need my timetable changed so that I can cope. What should I do?
  • If you have very significant extenuating personal circumstances and need to condense your timetable, then please do let us know. Examples would be a serious health condition or disability coupled with a medium to long journey to BHASVIC or need to use public transport, or significant caring responsibilities for someone else in your home.
  • We advise speaking with your Personal Tutor in the first instance. These are just examples – please discuss with us if you have other significant circumstances.
  • In such circumstances, we want to support you and make sure BHASVIC is doing everything it can to support your success. Your Personal Tutor may take the matter forward for you, they may refer you to your Guidance Manager or they may advise that you complete a Help Desk Form.
  1. I have a long gap on my timetable – can I get it changed?
  • We will try to change this for you if this is on a Tuesday and you have a lesson/tutorial Period 1 and a lesson/tutorial period 5 and nothing in periods 2,3 or 4.
  • We will try to change this for you if you have a tutorial in period 1 and a lesson in period 4 (or vice versa) and nothing between (or after if on Tuesday) – or vice versa. In these cases, we would aim to move your tutorial if we can, but cannot guarantee we can.
  • In either of the above two situations, please complete a Help Desk Form.
  • We will not change this if you have a lesson period 1 and 4 with nothing in between. This is very common with a sixth form timetable and we simply do not have enough capacity in periods 2 and 3 to avoid most students having such a gap on one or more days of the week.
  • IN the above situation, please DON’T complete a Help Desk Form.
  • Instead, discuss ways to use this time with your Personal Tutor or subject teacher(s).
  1. I have a long gap on my timetable – where can I go to study?
  • A1 students have study space available in the Main Hall and Coper Café – in these areas you can eat, socialise and carry out your independent study.
  • The Library is exceptionally popular and also very busy, but there are also dedicated first year study spaces available.
  • Finally, you may wish to use classrooms which are left open and available to students during break and lunchtimes.
  • If weather permits, our outdoor spaces and the BHASVIC field are popular with students –please adhere to social distancing however.
  • Please only use these spaces when you have trapped time between commitments on your timetable and you are not able to go home.

PLEASE NOTE: Please be aware that whilst you are able to view your draft timetable this is only to enable you to check your subjects. Timetable structure and layout, blocking, staffing etc. WON’T be finalised until after A2 Welcome Day (9 September) if you have queries which relate to subjects, portfolios, recovery courses etc. then please use the virtual helpdesk otherwise please wait until the timetables are finalised before raising queries.

Please also be aware due to the unprecedented nature of the current situation we may not be able to make every cosmetic change requested

I submitted a Help Desk From and haven't heard anything yet - should I submit the query again?

Please DON’T submit the same query again. Please be patient, though we understand the worry that not knowing or not having had a resolution causes. You should have received an email confirmation of your original query post - which comes to your BHASVIC email address.

We deal with queries in chronological order and most often need to prioritise these queries in the order in which they came in. If you submit the same query again, we will take your second submission as the date of your query - we do this to deter you from repeatedly submitting the same query.

What changes will there be at BHASVIC after the lockdown/ How will my BHASVIC experience change this year?  

Please see the Latest Information page HERE and scroll down to the Autumn Term 2020 Arrangements for information on how BHASVIC has adapted to keep everyone as safe as possible. 

What makes up a full A2 timetable (also known as a study programme) at BHASVIC?  

A full-time timetable usually consists of THREE core subjects, ONE Tutor period, plus ONE other element (e.g. portfolio course, EPQ, study support, work experience, language conversation class etc.) You need to have at least 540 (or more) Guided Learning Hours, in order to count as a full-time student at college. 

How can I access my timetable?   

Timetables will be available on Student Advantage before the start of term. We hope to have them available by midday on Tuesday 8 September. You must ensure you can access Advantage, if you cannot please email cis@bhasvic.ac.uk for assistance. 

One or more of my main subjects is not on my timetable? 

Some subjects do not start in the first week of term, please check your enrolled courses on Student Advantage AND change the dates on your online timetable to 14 September. If you have checked and your subject still does NOT appear, we will need to conduct a manual check. Please complete the Help Desk form.

I picked up a new AS or BTEC subject as a recovery option and it is not on my timetable? 

If you have not been able to continue with one of your courses and are picking up a new subject then this may not be on your timetable yet, as year one courses start slightly later. Please check your enrolled courses on Student Advantage AND change the dates on your online timetable to 14 September. If you have checked, and you still believe you have not been enrolled in your recovery course then please complete the Help Desk form.

My Portfolio course does not appear on my timetable? 

Some portfolio courses will be starting later this year so that everyone can get accustomed to the new arrangements.  Others, mostly those that carry a formal qualification, will start sooner. You will need to check Student Advantage to confirm you have been enrolled. If you have not been enrolled on a Portfolio course, please complete the Help Desk form. Please note some Portfolio courses carry a charge, please see list full list of charges here: Portfolio Course Charge List.

I no longer wish to do the Portfolio course I have been assigned; can I change it? 

We are not considering requests to change Portfolio courses now, unless there is a career related reason. Portfolio courses tend to be full at this point in the year and it is highly unlikely we will be able to accommodate you. If you feel, you have a very pressing reason then please complete the Help Desk form stating your reason and your ideal choice of Portfolio. 

I have been enrolled on the wrong Tutor Pathway (E&E, UCAS, Oxbridge, Medical, and Visual Arts) or I wish to request a change? 

Please complete the the Help Desk form stating which pathway you expected to be on/ wish to change to. 

I do not feel able to continue with one or more of my courses?

It is very unusual to drop or change a course at the start of the second year. You should discuss this with your teacher first. If you have already done this, or in the summer progress review you received an N grade or your teacher recommended that you do not continue with a subject, then you should already have been contacted by your Guidance Manager to arrange a new course. If this is not the case, then please complete the Help Desk form.

I am not happy with my timetable? 

Unfortunately we are not able to make changes to timetables due to external commitments, which you may have, such as part-time work, or attending regular clubs or societies outside college. We understand that this can be frustrating but the college is working at capacity and it is almost impossible to accommodate these requests due to a lack of spaces across the timetable.  
 
The TWO exceptions to this is if a) TUTORIAL is your ONLY lesson on a particular day AND you are traveling a long distance to college or b) You have been assigned blocks E and B on a Tuesday with no lessons in between. If either of these apply, you can make a request to have your blocks reconsidered please complete the Help Desk formHowever, please bear in mind that in most cases will not be able to accommodate changes EVEN where one of these criteria apply.  

I have been told by my tutor that I do not have enough Guided Learning Hours (GLH) in my timetable or there is another problem with my study programme? 

If you need to add a portfolio course to increase your GLH you need to choose a portfolio course and a backup and submit your choices using the Help Desk form.  The Help Desk form includes a link to the A1-A2 Transfer Guide (which is also on the VLE under A1 Tutorial/4. A1-A2 Transfer and The Wider World). The Transfer Guide tells you about the different courses, including how much work is involved and if there are any special entry requirements. Your tutor can tell you which portfolio courses are oversubscribed (and therefore there is no point in choosing one of these).  This will need to be investigated by your Guidance Manager - please complete the Help Desk form.

 

 

 

On our BHASVIC website, we have extensive information for you about our Student Services. This is a good starting point for any support you need.

  1. How can I inform the college of a health concern I have and would like support with?
    Please discuss this with your Personal Tutor as a matter of priority. You may wish to email them or contact them in Teams
  2. How can I inform the college or a learning difficulty?
  • You should talk with one of your subject teachers about this. Your teacher can make a referral to our Additional Learning Support team.
  • Alternatively, you could also speak with your Personal Tutor. This can be helpful if your circumstances are not just about a potential educational learning need or disability.
  • Our Additional Learning Support team are based in Room 411, which is on the first floor of the Copper Building. They are incredibly friendly and helpful and you may wish to refer yourself to them and drop by to see if someone can speak with you.
  1. How can I refer myself to the college counselling service?
  • The referral system for the college's counselling system will be available from Monday 14th September. Go to Student Services and scroll down until you reach the 'Counselling' section.
  1. Where can I find information about travel options and routes to college?
  • If you are unsure of how to get to college, and which ticket combinations would be best value for you, please email studentservices@bhasvic.ac.uk and we can advise. Please do make sure you have investigated options yourself first.
  1. How can I apply for financial support (travel, living costs, college meals)?
  • You can find the 16-19 Bursary Fund Guidelines, and the link to the online application portal Student Services.Scroll down to the 'Financial Support' section.
  1. How can I make a payment to the college for a course or an activity?
  • Your parents/carers can make payments online. If you are not able to pay online, please visit the cash desk in the Main Building.
  1. I don’t have an ID card. What should I do?
  • There will be a Photobooth in the Main Hall on Thursday 10 September. Go along to have your photo taken and your ID card printed.  If you uploaded your photo very recently or after the deadline, you can pick up your card from Student Services next week.
  1. Can I change my BHASVIC photo, which is also on my ID card?
  • Not at present. We simply do not have the capacity to retake photographs and reissue cards during the busiest time of year.
  1. How can I get a student locker?
  • These are available for the storage of inexpensive personal property. A locker can be hired for £10 (£5 rental fee plus £5 refundable deposit once the key is returned) payable at the Cash Desk. Please note that the locker remains the property of the college and we reserve the right to open it without your permission if we feel there is a just reason for doing so. Any lost keys will incur a £5 charge.

The FAQs below are exceptionally common for students, especially at the start of term. There are extensive guidelines on the BHASVLE to help you understand and access all our college systems. These can be found from the top navigation links on the BHASVLE “IT Services”.

If you cannot access the BHASVLE, then navigate from the BHASVIC website and choose Students from the top menu. This will take you to the Student Dashboard – your hub to everything at BHASVIC. There is an IT Help Desk icon where you can request account help to access BHASVLE.

Here are some of the most Frequently Asked Questions which can be answered via the BHASVIC Student Dashboard:

  1. How do I find/log into my BHASVIC Student Email Address?

  2. I don’t know my login details for the BHASVLE/Advantage/365/Teams – what should I do?

  3. When I try to log into a BHASVIC account I can’t, but my username and password are correct – what should I do?

  4. How do I set up my Wi-Fi access at BHASVIC on my phone/laptop?

  5. I can’t get into one of my student accounts from home – what should I do?

  6. How do I manage my printing and printing credit?

What will the BHASVIC arrangements be for students and staff from the start of term in September 2020?

The Autumn Term 2020 FAQ concertina has three main sections to it:

Section1: Is everything to do with teaching, learning and lessons, etc

Section 2: Is everything to do with safety on site, being in and around college, travel, etc

Section 3: Is everything to do with student services and support, guidance and tutorial

Section1: Teaching, Learning, My Study Programme, My Courses, Assessment, Exams, My Timetable, Enrichment, Club & Societies, Trips, Visits & Speakers

Will lessons be taught on site in September?

Yes! You will attend two out of three 90-minute lessons each week for each subject in the classroom, with work from the other 90-minute lesson completed remotely. In addition, you will have independent work to complete each week (‘homework’). Your tutor will help explain the mechanics of your timetable to you at Welcome Day or in your A2 Tutorial.

When will students be able to return to full-time, on site learning?

As soon as it is safe. At the moment, the Department of Education guidance states that we must do everything we can to minimise contact and minimise mixing amongst students and staff. Operating at 2/3rds capacity allows us to do this.

When does my timetable and lessons start in September?

Timetabled teaching will start on Monday 14th September. Welcome Day for new students is Thursday 10th September – students will be allocated to either a morning or afternoon session. A2 Students will ‘check-in’ with each subject from 1st – 4th September (upload summer work, start new work, ask questions etc). Further activity will take place on Tuesday 7th September, which will include contact with your Personal Tutor.

How will the two-thirds capacity model work?

Classes will be formed as normal with a maximum of 22 students in each group. Second year classes will largely remain together from the first year. Each class will be split into three smaller groups, X,Y and Z. Two of these smaller groups will attend each lesson in rotation to allow us to adhere to social distancing restrictions. Students will be allocated to the same letter either X, Y or Z for each of their subjects. All this will be explained in detail through your induction.

Will enrichment and extra-curricular activities be available?

Yes. Some will occur virtually and others will occur on site. Find out more once term starts and via events like the Fresher’s Fair.

How is remote learning delivered at BHASVIC?

Your teachers will communicate directly with you over how they will set remote work. This will range from accessing recorded lessons, attending live lessons or working through resources like PowerPoints and worksheets either on Microsoft Teams or BHASVLE.

What would the college do if there was a local/national lockdown?

Students will be taught remotely as they were during March to July 2020. This will be delivered through a variety of both interactive ‘live’ sessions and independent study that will be closely tracked. The Government have indicated they will do all they can to keep schools and colleges open – even during a local lockdown.

What would the college do if a student or member of staff tested positive for Covid?

We will work closely with public health authorities and be guided by them.

If my teacher has to self-isolate, what will this mean for me?

If your teacher is self-isolating but not ill, you will be taught remotely by them. If your teacher is unwell, lessons will be covered under our usual arrangements.

If I am self-isolating and cannot come into college, how will I be taught?

If you are self-isolating you will complete all the work remotely as directed by your teacher. Where lessons are delivered live, remote, you will be asked to attend these, but as lessons will be taking place in classrooms and on site, it is likely that the majority of your experience will be guided, independent study whilst self-isolating.

I have to quarantine and will miss some of the start of college – what should I do?

Contact our admissions team at admissions@bhasvic.ac.uk and let them know. They, in turn will notify your teachers and personal tutor who will liaise with you over catch-up work. However, your quarantine should not impact drastically on you, as lessons start from 14 September.

How will practical and group aspects of my course be delivered remotely?

With lessons occurring onsite, a lot of practical work will now be able to be completed in the classroom. If there is another lockdown, it is amazing what can be delivered and completed remotely. Last term, even Drama students were able to complete practical work remotely! We will work tirelessly on creative solutions, as we have had to do between March and July.

Will I be assessed at the start of the course?

No. Your GCSE results will help to guide and determine the best courses for you. There may be a couple of instances where you are assessed, for example in Music, to determine the most appropriate course, but there will be no formal assessments or entry assessments at BHASVIC. Of course, assessment is a crucial part of the learning process and so each teacher and course team will be using assessment to help you with your learning from the start of the course.

I missed some aspects of my GCSE courses and feel behind on my learning for my sixth form courses – how will the knowledge/skills gaps in my learning be closed?

There is always a jump up between GCSEs and A level/BTEC Level 3 and our staff are used to helping students bridge this gap. Subject Extensions will help at a course level and we are deploying some additional staff hours into tutor support. Sadly, colleges are not getting any additional funding to help students ‘catch-up’ but we are a high-performing teaching institution with good experience at helping our students learn and develop.

As an A2 student, my learning in the first year at BHASVIC has been disrupted – how will I catch up?

Departments will – as they normally do – recap work throughout the year and you will be able to use Subject Extensions for any specific needs individual to you. Departments are planning their schemes of work to ensure everything is covered before exams take place in the summer of 2021.

Will there be any adjustments to 2021 exams and assessments or the content we are expected to cover in recognition of the disruption this year?

Nothing has been formally announced. Ministers have said that exams will go ahead as normal in 2021 and we will ensure you are ready for them. There may be adjustments by the government to the style and timings of summer exams 2021, but this is still undecided at this time.

Will I be given a calculated grade as happened this summer?

After the chaos of exam grades this year, the government will do all it can to avoid this option in 2021. It is likely that exams will occur come what may. Therefore, you need to prepare fully for them, and we will ensure you are ready for them.

Will there be formal Mock Exams at some point?

Assessment occurs in a variety of ways and this will include classroom-based tracking tests or centrally managed mock exams. First year students will take progression exams in exam conditions in Summer 2021 and second years will complete Mock exams in the Spring Term.

I need to retake my GCSE Maths/English – how will I be taught this?

You will be taught in the same way as your other lessons. We focus additional resource into these courses so that you get the support you need to gain these crucial qualifications.

Will GCSE Maths/English Retake Exams happen in November?

Yes.

I chose a Portfolio Course in my second year of study – when will this start?

You will be allocated to a Portfolio course according to choices you made in the summer term. Some of these (e.g. EPQ) will start immediately. Others will not start until January to allow us to focus our teaching staff support to you on your core qualifications.

I realise I made a wrong choice for one of my courses – what should I do?

Please see our FAQ on GCSE Results for all the information you need.

 

Section 2: Safety, Risk Assessments, Travel to and from College, Being On Site, The Campus and New Building, Social and Study Space, The Library, The Canteen & Catering Facilities, Toilets & Other College Facilities, General Hygiene Rules & Systems

What has BHASVIC done to ensure it is a safe environment for students and staff?

We are operating at 2/3rds capacity and social distancing on site will need to be adhered to, both inside and outside of lessons. First and second year students will have designated canteen, social and study spaces. We have offset lesson times for first and second years to reduce congestion, introduced one-way systems and hand sanitation stations and we have increased our daytime cleaning routines around the college.

Read our ‘Do and Don’t’ Guidance and College Risk Assessment for more details.

We encourage all our community to bring their own sanitiser and hand wipes, and as this will be commonplace it would not seem odd or out of place to do so.

I will be traveling into BHASVIC on public transport – what do I need to do to travel to and from college safely?

Plan your route, socially distance when possible and always wear a face mask. BHASVIC timetables will not always require students to travel at peak times. If you can cycle or walk to college instead then please do.

I live within a 25 minute walk/cycle from BHASVIC – should I go home between lessons?

We are encouraging those who are able to pop home in-between long gaps in lessons to do so where they can.

I will be traveling into BHASVIC from some distance and won’t be able to return home between lessons – what are my options between lessons?

The Hall and Sports Hall will be specifically set up for students to remain in college in between lessons to be able to work in a centrally managed space. The library will have designated areas for A1 and A2 students to work in. The Copper café will be designated for A1 students and the Canteen for A2 students.

How do I access the Library?

The library will be open from 09:30-16:00. You will need to access it via the outside stairs by the Drama studio in the Piazza (unless you need alternative access arrangements). There will be a designated capacity of A1 and A2 students on a first come first served basis. Book borrowing will be done on a click and collect basis.

I am extremely clinically vulnerable, will there be a safe, quiet and well-managed space for me to be between lessons?

In addition to the spaces outlined in the answer directly above, Room 411 is our Additional Student Support centre and that will be somewhere for you to go.

Will there be catering facilities on site?

Yes. The Copper café will be designated for A1 students and the Canteen for A2 students. They will be selling ‘grab and go’ boxed meals in addition to snacks and drinks. Additional purchases can be made from vending machines.

Should I bring a packed lunch to college?

It’s completely up to you! You will be allowed to eat in our student study spaces in the Hall and Sports Hall.

What is the face covering policy at BHASVIC?

Ensure you maintain a distance of 1m+ at all times. If you cannot do this you must wear a face covering, including if you are outside and always during transition. This applies to all areas of BHASVIC. It is your discretion as to whether you wear a face covering in lessons, but we recommend you think about it carefully.

Will we be expected to adhere to social distancing whilst on site?

Yes! Please adhere to social distancing on site. It is the transmission of Covid that is the biggest risk, not the risk to you as an individual 16-18 year old student. Follow, our one-way systems and keep your distance. Remember ‘Hands-Face-Space’.

‘Minimise Transmission – Maximise Learning – Keep BHASVIC Open’. We don’t want to have to revert to remote learning because of a local spike and lockdown. This will only be prevented if you take individual agency and keep physically apart from others.

Many of the behaviours we want to see from students in regard to this section are cultural and we want people to adopt them because they are the right thing to do rather than to have to enforce them punitively (changing the feel of the college experience entirely from a mature and adult environment, and taking our staff away from their important teaching, and academic/pastoral student support work). We will of course deal with serious and persistent breaches via our student code of conduct.

What about using Toilets?

To avoid congestion in break and lesson change over times, we are encouraging all of you to use the facilities throughout your lesson times. All teachers will actively facilitate this and it will become the new normal. Please adhere to toilet capacity signs and don’t use urinals marked with a cross to allow space to be maintained.

Is there any additional advice or guidance?

Please read this document from Brighton and Hove Council: Director of Public Health letter to Parents and Carers 


Section 3: Tutorial and My Tutor, Student Services, Financial and IT Support, Additional Learning Support, Individual Risks and Vulnerabilities

I am a Year 1 student. How will my tutor sessions be taught?

During the first half term, you will be part of a tutor group of about 22 students, but we will split the class in two. Your weekly tutor sessions will alternate, with one week on-site in the Student Services building with about 10 or 11 other members of your tutor group, and the next week where you will be learning remotely. You will be set tutorial activities in your remote learning week and you can check-in with a Support Tutor if you need particular help.

I am a Year 2 student. How will my tutor sessions be taught?

Unless you have switched to a specialist pathway (Employability & Enterprise, Visual Arts, Oxbridge, Medics tutor group in the summer) most of you will be with the same tutor as last year. During the first half term, you will continue to be tutored remotely, via Microsoft Teams. You will be set tutorial activities as usual via the VLE and your tutor will run 1:1 check-ins if you need help.

Is the Student Services building open for counselling, welfare support, careers appointments etc?

The Student Services building is open and you can make appointments at the Student Services reception desk or by e-mailing studentservices@bhasvic.ac.uk Some appointments may be conducted remotely, via Teams, and we can give you more information about this when you are booking.

I have additional learning needs – will the support I am entitled to be available to me?

Yes, our Additional Learning Support team will be working to meet your individual needs, in collaboration with your teachers and tutor, as per normal. Our Learning Support Centre in th Copper Building will be in full operation and all in-lesson, exam access and study support services will be running.

What financial support is available to me?

The college offers a bursary scheme (including for free college meals, transport or other costs linked to study) The guidelines on eligibility are here. You can apply online by going to the ‘Financial Support’ section of our website here. We also run a weekly food bank on-site which you can access by contacting Student Services.

What other support and services are available to BHASVIC students?

The Student Services building forms the hub of student support services. It is where on-site tutoring happens, and you can make an appointment with your Guidance Manager or any one of the careers, welfare or counselling teams. You can get a good idea of the specialist information, advice and guidance we can offer by looking at the “Our Support Services” section of the website here

I don’t have daily access to a computer and the internet at home and cannot effectively learn remotely – what should I do?

There will be some access to computers at college, but this will be limited. If you are a first year, please let us know at enrolment and we will help you to complete the online survey we will be running about IT access. We will then discuss how best we can support you. If you are a second year, please let your tutor know or e-mail studentservices@bhasvic.ac.uk.

Whilst you are here, we wanted to signpost you to the fact that as a BHASVIC student, the Dell Advantage Scheme enables you to buy a Dell computer with a discount voucher giving you up to 20% off.  You can spread the payments over 6 or 12 months with PayPal.  To make use of this scheme, go to the Dell Advantage website or see further details on BHASVLE.

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