12th February 2020

BHASVIC is a pipeline to world-class institutions


BHASVIC students have received a multitude of offers from Oxford, Cambridge and other leading Universities this year, yet again demonstrating that the college is one of the largest providers to these prestigious Higher Education establishments. 

Fifty-five students are in receipt of an offer to Oxford or Cambridge this year, which means a total of 160 students have been offered a place to study at Oxbridge in the last three years alone, showing that BHASVIC is a pipeline to these world-class institutions. Thirty-six students have been accepted in to Cambridge with nineteen heading to Oxford – so long as they meet the grades required. 

The group of students have been drawn from 25 different schools from across the region (see below). Between them, they have selected 25 different degrees to be studied at 26 different colleges. For the first time, more students have been offered a place for Computer Sciences than Natural Sciences. Four students are in receipt of an offer to study Computer Sciences at Cambridge, where there are 11 applicants per place. As in previous years, social mobility is a strong driver of our commitment to support students through the application process and this year 19 students from this cohort have been part of our Widening Participation programme which aims to work with students whose parents do not have HE qualifications or those who come from areas with low HE participation. 

Offers for other highly selective courses and institutions include one for Berniya Hamie, who has been awarded a full scholarship covering four years' tuition fees to study piano and cello (joint first) at the Royal College of Music. 

Principal William Baldwin said: ‘For an open access state funded sixth form college to be consistently getting over 50 offers a year for students to study at Oxford or Cambridge is truly remarkable. There are often stories in the press about Oxbridge success in state schools that ignore the fact they are highly selective of those who enter their sixth form. We pride ourselves on ensuring that students with a range of academic abilities can not only come to BHASVIC, but if they are interested and aspirational they can also go on to study at Universities like Oxford or Cambridge. I’d like to thank our Oxbridge team who do some incredible work to prepare and guide students through this process, to also thank the schools who have laid the foundations for these applications. Finally, I’d like to wish our students luck as they work towards their exams and securing their offers’. 

Offers were received for students previously at: Brighton and Hove Highs School for Girls (2), Blatchington Mill (3), Brighton College (4), Cardinal Newman (3), Chailey (2), Cavendish Eastbourne (1), Dorothy Stringer (1), Eastbourne (1),  Downlands (1), Eastbourne College (1), Gilredge House (1), Heathfield Community College (1), Hove Park (1), King’s School Hove (1), Lewes Old Grammar School (1), Portslade Community College (1), Priory (7), Shoreham Academy (1), Shoreham College (1), St Paul’s (1), St Richard’s (1), Dorothy Stringer (8), Varndean (7), Warden Park (3), Willingdon (1).