Welcome to your student dashboard
Student Services are here to support all of our students and help them achieve their goals during their time at BHASVIC. We provide cross College information, advice and guidance services in the following areas to assist our students:
- Financial Support, Bursaries and Travel
- Welfare, Wellbeing and Safety
- Individual Support and Counselling
- Progression after BHASVIC, including Careers, Employment Seeking, Widening Participation, Work Experience, References and Making Applications.
Financial Support for 2017-18:
16-19 Bursary Fund (for students who are aged 16-18 on 31st August 2017)
The 16-19 Bursary Fund for 2017-18 is now open. The 16-19 Bursary Fund & Free College Meals Flowchart found below provides a useful summary of the support available to students. After reading the information available below, if you feel you/your son/daughter may be eligible to apply, you can print a copy of the application form below and return it to the Student Services Centre. Hard copies will also be available from the Student Services Centre and Reception.
Please note the following important information:
- The closing date for applications is Friday 8 December 2017 but you should apply as soon as possible. If you find yourself in financial hardship after this date please contact Student Services
- Funding is limited and we cannot guarantee that we will be able to meet all of your financial support requirements
- Payment of bursary funds is dependent on student maintaining attendance of 90% or above on all their courses and displaying appropriate behaviour whilst at College
- It is essential that you complete the application form in full and return it to us with the evidence we have requested. Please send photocopies of evidence – we cannot guarantee the return of any original evidence we receive
Please be aware that confirmation of awards may not be made until mid-September at the earliest due to the large numbers of applications expected. Parents and students may wish to put in place a contingency to pay for travel, books/equipment and trips in September. However, please be aware that we cannot guarantee that any expenditure made over this period will be reimbursed.
If you think you/your son/daughter may qualify for financial assistance with travel to and from College, you should contact your Local Authority (council area) for up-to-date information and advice in the first instance. Further information can be found in the 16-18 Bursary Fund Guidelines below.
Free College Meals (for students who are aged 16-18 on 31st August 2017)
Eligible students will be given vouchers to use in the College canteen for each day they have timetabled lessons in College. Please refer to the 16-19 Bursary Fund & Free College Meals Guidelines for further information and use the 16-19 Bursary Fund & Free College Meals Application Form to apply.
Care to Learn
Learners who are under the age of 20 before they start their course can apply for help with childcare costs through the 'Care to Learn' scheme by calling 0800 121 8989 or emailing C2L@studentbursarysupport.co.uk
BHASVIC has produced a useful student travel guide for 2017-18 which can be accessed here: Student Travel Guide 2017-18
Useful Travel Links:
The Welfare Office is open Tuesday to Friday from 10:00am – 4.30pm and is based in the Student Services Centre, room C305. Appointments are not needed, students can drop in, but if you would like a set time, just ask. The Welfare Coordinator has links with many specialist agencies and support services working with young people in Brighton, and the surrounding area, and can help students to find support both inside and outside the College. We can direct you to support with the 16-19 Bursary, Free College Meals and other financial support available for students, and can also can give advice and information on the different types of travel schemes/subsidies available to students, and help them find the cheapest and easiest way to get here.
In the Welfare Office and adjacent Welfare Library students can find lots of information and resources on a wide range of issues, such as housing, money worries, drugs, alcohol and smoking, mental health and emotional wellbeing, family issues, safety and crime, equality and diversity and much more!
BHASVIC is part of the C Card scheme, which enables students to collect free condoms from pick up points across Brighton and Hove, and in Welfare we provide non-judgemental advice and information about contraception, STIs, relationship and sexual health, and on-site self-testing for Chlamydia and gonorrhea.
The College employs a qualified Dialogue Counsellor with whom you can discuss your feelings, thoughts and any worries you may have concerning such things as College work, relationships and home life, in a confidential and informal setting.
The College has a dedicated Careers Suite within the Student Services Centre where students can access up to date information about: local full-time and part-time job vacancies; local Colleges and national universities & Music, Dance & Agricultural Colleges; Careers, gap years, voluntary work and working abroad.
The Work Experience Co-ordinator can help and advise you on finding a work experience placement either as part of your course or as E4L enrichment. If you are interested in a career in medicine/nursing she can also provide information on hospital volunteering.
Click here to find out what to do if you are absent from College.
Click here to find out more about the SICKLY App.
Student Union 2017/18
BHASVIC Student Union is affiliated to the National Union of Students, which means that you will receive a nationally recognised student card, giving discounts in shops and other places. Union officers are elected to serve from April for a year. One of our jobs is to organise regular social events. These also provide funds for us to improve facilities for you. We see ourselves as an advice centre for students on all sorts of matters and we can and do act as a pressure group to get things changed. Our charities programme doesn't just raise money for local and international causes; it usually involves some fun events during a charities week. We support the NUS at times by direct action, for example at meetings or marches up in London. You can choose to join the Union when you come to BHASVIC.
What do we do
BHASVIC Student Union: 2017/18 consists of the following officers:
Kelly Balmer - President
Abby Stock-Duerdoth - Governor
Alice Clasby - Entertainment Officer
Cerys Salkeld Green - Entertainment Officer
Emily Westgate - Enrichment Officer
Hugo Burkill - Secretary
Stephen Ford - Environments Officer
Hasina Ahmadi - Communications Officer
Kwami Glyn-Wright - Communications Officer
Savva Pistolas - Equality and Diversity Officer
Keir Hobby - Student Liaison Officer
Chris Symes - Charities Officer
Leo Capocci - Charities Officer
Extra time or Separate Room in Exams?
If you are expecting to receive any special exam arrangements – e.g. extra time, a smaller room, the use of a Word Processor or a reader/scribe – then you will need to have requested this by 20th January 2018.
Please see Colette McElroy, Head of Additional Leaning Support, in College House Room 111.
Equality Law - Web site compliancy
All details on our college web site can be viewed in alternative formats to meet the needs of disabled users. For example visually impaired users may access the site using software such as speech screen readers like Zoom. Where images have been used we have added 'Alt' tags - alternatives that describe the image. We have also included a only version of the web site View this web site as ONLY. From the only environment you can choose your viewing preferences according to your needs, for example for those with Dyslexia there is the option to change size, background colour, or button navigation.
Menu to Access Keys = Alt + 0 so users who are unable to use a mouse or pointing device can now access more speedily the main web pages.
The college prospectus and all course information are on the college web site - this means alternative versions are available to meet a variety of needs. Should you have any problems in achieving the alternative format required please contact:
Who to contact
If you are applying to the college please contact:
Denise Mansfield, Admissions/Schools Liaison Manager,
Tel: 01273 859810
If you would like more information about the support available for students with a disability, including those with learning support needs please contact:
Colette McElroy, Head of Additional Learning Support,
Tel: 01273 552200, Textphone: 01273 550234
BHASVIC recognises that all members of the College community have the right to be safe and protected, both within the College and whilst engaged in College-related activities. The welfare and wellbeing of students is of paramount importance, in and out of College.
The College ensures that relevant and effective safeguarding practices exist and are actively promoted through the College and that it is understood by all that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. This applies both online and in the physical environment. BHASVIC involves students in shaping these safeguarding practices and in promoting safety and wellbeing to everyone in the College community.
What can I do if I am concerned about my or someone else's safety?
You can speak to any member of staff in the College. This could be your teacher, Personal Tutor, Guidance Manager, a member of the Safeguarding Team, or any other member of staff you feel able to talk to. All of our staff receive Safeguarding training.
The member of staff is not able to promise confidentiality, but will be able to refer you to the right person or Department, if there is a need to do so.
If the problem is something that you would prefer to speak to someone closer to your own age about, please speak to Oliver Philpot the Welfare, Equality and Diversity Officer in the Student Union. You can find lots of useful advice on the Student Welfare page on the VLE.
Emergency safeguarding information outside College hours:
Outside of College hours if you are concerned about a child's welfare, please contact the relevant agency in your area.
Brighton and Hove
Brighton and Hove Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub
Single Point of Advice (SPoA) Mon-Thurs 8.30am-5pm and Fri 8.30am-4.30pm.
Phone: 01323 464222
Out of Hours Social Care Service - Children's services: 01273 335905/6
Anyone who has concerns about the welfare of a child can contact a single countywide phone number, known as the 'MASH'. Monday to Friday between 9am-5pm: 01403 229900
At all other times, including nights, weekends and bank holidays, contact the 'out of hours' emergency team: 03302226664
BHASVIC Safeguarding Team
Director of Student Services
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Lead responsibility for Child Protection
Designated senior member of staff with lead responsibility for both safeguarding and child protection in the College.
Assistant Principal (Director of Resources)
Health and Safety
Safeguarding Operational Lead
Student Services Manager
Human Resources Manager
Safer Recruitment and ISA
PA to Director of Student Services
Welfare, Equality and Diversity Officer Equality
Advice for BHASVIC ex-students on completing UCAS applications
If you are applying through Clearing for 2017 entry, follow the below instructions, but use the buzzword: BHASVIC17
Step 1: How to apply 2018
To register: Use the apply button above, click on ‘Register and apply for 2018 entry’. If you applied last year and are re-applying you will still need to register as a 2018 applicant. Click on ‘Register’ and read through and complete the sections, making sure you keep a note of your username and password.
- Go to ‘Log in now’ on the UCAS site and when you start your application you MUST apply ‘as an individual’. On the ‘Initial UCAS questions’ page, the question: ‘How are you applying?’, choose ‘as an individual’. Complete UCAS further questions and ensure you keep a note of your Personal ID number. Verify your email address by clicking ‘Please click here to verify your email address’. UCAS will then send you an email so that you can verify your email address using the UCAS verification code within the email.
- On the UCAS ‘Welcome’ page complete all the requested sections within the left-hand menu; ‘Personal Details’, ‘Additional Information’, ‘Student Finance’, ‘Choices’, ‘Education’ ‘Employment’ and ‘Personal Statement’. It is important that you do this before linking your application to BHASVIC. Please make sure that you check your application carefully – ensuring you use your full name (including middle names), correct fee code (usually 02 LEA) and list ALL your exams and your module grades (including AS levels) with the correct grade and exam board.Ex-students re-sitting exams at BHASVIC must have BHASVIC under the education section twice; one for the actual time you attended with the actual grades achieved and then the period in which you are re-sitting your exams and list the exams you are re-sitting. Therefore, the subjects and College should be on your application twice: one with your achieved grades and one with the pending grades.
- Reference Section: Please leave the referee section blank as you will need to link your application to BHASVIC by following ‘Step 2’ below. If you enter details here you will not be able to link your application to BHASVIC.
- Once you have completed each section, ticked ‘section completed’ and then saved each section you can then go to ‘Step 2’ and link and send your application to BHASVIC.
Step 2: Linking your application to your centre (BHASVIC)
- On the UCAS ‘Welcome’ page, go into ‘Options’ (at the bottom of the left-hand menu). Choose ‘Link your application to your school, college or organisation’. You will be asked for a buzzword: BHASVIC18
- It will state ‘Your Centre has not yet made a decision. As soon as your centre makes a decision, it will be displayed here’. Your application requesting to be linked to BHASVIC will then be accepted as long as you have followed ‘Step 3’ below
Step 3: Sending your application to your centre (BHASVIC)
- You will not be able to send your application to BHASVIC until all the relevant sections have been marked as complete as mentioned in ‘Step 1’ above.
- Once you have followed ‘Step 2’ above requesting that your application be linked to BHASVIC you MUST email: firstname.lastname@example.org mentioning in the subject heading your: reference request, ex-student status and full name. (Please note your reference will include your achieved exam grades when you left full-time education at BHASVIC. If your grades have changed, or you have re-sat exams, please include the subjects and new grades. Also let BHASVIC know if you are re-sitting exams in the future, so that we can include this in your reference).
IMPORTANT: If you do not inform us by email, as above, your application will not be processed.
Step 4: Processing of your application and forwarding to UCAS
- Once we have received your email, we will then accept your UCAS application request: whereby you asked for your UCAS application to be linked to your college, BHASVIC. Please allow 10 working days for your application to be checked, processed and reference added. However, if there are any queries or changes to be made, you will be notified via email and your application may be returned to you to make the relevant changes. Therefore, please check your emails regularly.
- After we have accepted your application, ensure your application and personal statement are complete, then please pay by credit or debit card online; the application fee for this service is £24 for more than one choice or £13 for a single choice. Paying for your application does not send it to UCAS; it is the College that sends your application to UCAS.
- In ’Pay/Send’ within the 'Declaration' section please ensure you tick the box 'I agree to allow details of my application and its progress to be shared with my school / college / centre'.
- We will add your reference and send the completed application to UCAS on your behalf.
Apply Session: If you would like to arrange a meeting to check your application and personal statement, please email: email@example.com marking it for the attention of Nikki Fabry and requesting an apply session. We will then contact you to arrange a convenient time or we can offer this via email.
- Internal College Deadline for Oxbridge/Medics/Vets/Dentistry – 15 September 2017
- UCAS Deadline for Oxbridge/Medics/Vets/Dentistry – 15 October 2017
- CUKAS External Deadline – 2 October 2017 - please check deadline dates with individual institutions
- Internal College UCAS Deadline – 24 November 2017
- UCAS Deadline - 15 January 2018
IMPORTANT: Please note that some UCAS deadlines are during the weekend and BHASVIC will only be open to process applications until the Friday before the UCAS deadline during usual working hours.
UCAS RESOURCES FOR EX-STUDENTS:
The Careers and Next Steps page of the VLE also contains more subject specific information and access to licensed careers software which can also help students in their research and decision making.
Early Leavers Careers Information Guide
A useful guide for students who are leaving BHASVIC after the first year.
Apprenticeships and Degree Apprenticeship
The National Apprenticeship Service page is the main site for researching vacancies and making applications.
Love Apprenticeship is another good website on apprenticeships providing vacancies and advice.
The latest apprenticeship campaign from the National Apprenticeship Service.
The Apprenticeship Guide is a one-stop-shop for anyone looking to find out more about apprenticeships and offers a whole host of information to help college leavers make the right career choice.
The Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge for Schools project has been commissioned by the National Apprenticeship Service, part of the Skills Funding Agency (SFA), to support the Government’s target of achieving 3 million apprenticeship starts by 2020.
Apprenticeships in Sussex can help young people to search for apprenticeship, traineeship and pre-employment training in Sussex.
Rate my apprenticeship has reviews of employers and national database of vacancies.
Apprenticeship vacancies in the local area.
Guide to higher and degree apprenticeships
This guide provides a good overview of how to support young people making career choices.
The National Careers Service has a good overview of different job profiles which includes their entry requirements and training paths, duties and hours of work.
Target Careers has information by sector and a parents section of the website.
Plotr has information on a wide range of careers.
Explore jobs related to different degrees through Prospects.
OCR Careers page for learners and parents.
Careers websites offering information on a range of options
Short courses which may be helpful:
Distance learning higher education courses
Part-time work (we do not recommend that students undertake any more than 12 hours work whilst completing their studies). The College is not responsible for vacancies advertised on external websites. Individuals should take their own steps in ensuring the validity of the opportunity when contacting any of the advertised groups or individuals:
CVs and Covering letters:
You may wish to look at other local colleges:
Adult education providers:
These websites below offer general advice on taking a gap year and do not include specialist company websites.
Not in Education, Training or Employment (NEET)
There are Information, Advice and Guidance services run by Local Authorities who can support young people not in education, employment or training. The service to refer to depends on where a young person lives.
The Prince’s Trust runs offers support and runs programmes to build skills and work experience.
National Citizen Service summer programme for 16 - 17 year olds.
Government page on what qualifications levels mean.
Starting your own business
University (Please also see Higher Education)
You can also find useful information on the University Applications section of the Parents and Carers page of the website.
Specific sites for parents
Choosing a course
Unistats compares data on courses such as how the course is taught and assessed, average salaries after the course, cost of accommodation etc.
University Taster Courses University Taster courses can be a good way to experience the academic and social life at university before completing an application
Provides information on finance and funding.
Barclays Life Skills have put together a virtual work experience module
Local business directories can be a good starting point for gaining contacts in relevant sectors