The A to Z Student Guide 

In all communication at BHASVIC first year students are called A1 and second year students are called A2.

Student Absence Hotline: 01273 559966 / Text: 07860 022847

Welcome to our A-Z Student Guide. We are delighted that you have chosen to study at BHASVIC, and this guide contains lots of helpful tips and information about student life at BHASVIC. I hope that it answers many of your questions, but if you do need further information or advice, please do not hesitate to contact us in Student Services. The reception desk in the Student Services building is open 5 days a week, between 08:30 and 15:30 or you can phone Sam or Neeve on 01273 552200 ext. 4584. We are updating and adding to our information and online guides all the time, so if you think there is anything missing, please do let us know: e-mail Caroline Abbott –

I hope that you find your time at the college to be enjoyable and we are able to support you to work hard and achieve well.

Alison Cousens
Assistant Principal (Director of Student Services)

College map College Calendar 2018 - 2019

BHASVIC is a fantastic place to study and I hope you enjoy being part of our vibrant community. We are a modern and forward-thinking college with an aspirational culture – we want you to perform above your potential.

Here you will be taught more than just subject content; we will ensure you develop the skills you need to be an independent, lifelong learner with the ability to think for yourself. Our first-class student services and guidance staff will ensure you are well supported at every step of the way.

All of this culminates in outstanding results and ensures that you develop the necessary skills and experiences to be successful in whatever you decide to do next. I hope you are very happy here - both academically and socially and make the most of the extensive opportunities available outside of the classroom to make new friends, take part in enrichment activities or go on some of the many educational trips we offer.

Best wishes

William Baldwin

Welcome to BHASVIC!  As your Student Union, we’re here to help you during your time here. If by chance you encounter any problems, have any queries or any suggestions on improving student life then we want to talk to you. We can be found on Twitter (@bhasvicsu), the Student Union VLE page, via email on or via the BHASVIC SU Facebook page. You can also come see us in the SU office in the refectory. If you have a more specific query, for example a problem with discrimination in the college or a charity you think we should be supporting, then we can arrange a chat with whoever we feel is most suitable. Finally, we want to make sure that your time at BHASVIC is as fun and enjoyable as possible, an experience and not just an education. To do this we organise various outings, trips, charity events and numerous social events throughout the year, as well as working with the college’s Senior Management Team on issues around college policy and student welfare. Student Union

Kelly Balmer and Adam Ives
SU Presidents

We want the college to be a safe and welcoming environment for all students, staff and visitors. To ensure this is the case, there are a few things we ask of you:

Under no circumstances must any student:

  • Bring alcohol or drugs, including legal highs, on to the college site other than medicines prescribed for personal use and simple over-the-counter treatments for common medical symptoms.
  • Come on to the college site whilst under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, other than prescribed or appropriate over-the-counter medicines.
  • Use nicotine products anywhere on the college site, apart from the designated Smoking Shelter. This also applies to the near vicinity of the college for BHASVIC students.
  • Participate in gambling of any kind.
  • Bully or harass any other member of the college community. Our policy on bullying and harassment is available as part of our Behaviour Management procedures for students on the college’s website. Please click here: Bullying and Harassment Policy. If you experience, or witness, bullying either in college or online, the most important thing to do is tell someone. You can speak to your teacher(s), Personal Tutor, Guidance Manager or any member of the Student Services team.
  • Invite non-BHASVIC students on to college premises.
  • If you are meeting friends who aren’t at BHASVIC please do this off-site.

Please remember to:

  1. Wear your student lanyard with your college ID card whilst on college premises and ensure it is visible at all times. *If you forget it, you should collect a temporary ID wristband from Reception, Student Services or the Library. You will need your card to access college services e.g., the Library, and to sit examinations.
  2. Check your BHASVIC email daily and the Student Bulletin on the VLE regularly for important news and information.
  3. Read the College Charter. This tells you what you can expect from the college and provides information on what we expect from you.

Also remember:

  • To use the bins/recycling provided for litter, both in college and in our local community.
  • The college does not provide car parking for students. Friends or family who have arranged to pick you up should arrange to meet you off-site. If you are taking driving lessons, your instructor should also wait for you off-site. Cars which are not authorised to be on-site may be clamped.

Failure to abide by the rules above may lead to disciplinary action, temporary suspension and/or meetings with parents/carers.

You must attend all timetabled lessons and tutorials. You must be available for 1 to 1 appointments, given appropriate notice, with members of staff throughout the college day.

If your attendance falls below 90% for no good reason by the end of the Spring Term you may jeopardise your place at the college and will be required to pay a £50 contribution towards the costs of your exams and assessment.

What to do if you are absent:

Planned Absence
All planned absences must be notified in advance, using the Planned Absence Slip available from Reception or the front page of the VLE. You must also provide appropriate supporting evidence. If you fail to inform us in advance, your absence will be unauthorised.

Unplanned Absence
In the case of sickness or unexpected absence the college MUST be contacted before 10:00 on the morning of absence: (Call 01273 559966, email or text 07860 022847).
Upon return, we require a written explanation which must be received at Reception within 2 weeks of the date of your absence. Failure to do this will mean the absence is unauthorised. Holidays taken in term time are always unauthorised absence. We also reserve the right not to authorise absences where there is a clear pattern of absence.  You can find more information on Attendance and Absence via this link: VLE page.

It is essential that you arrive on time and well-prepared for all timetabled commitments. Arriving late to a lesson, even by a minute or two, is not acceptable and disrupts your own and others’ learning. If you are late to lessons, you should collect a Reason for Lateness form from Reception and take this to your teacher. It is your responsibility to let your teacher know that you have arrived and to explain why you are late.

Bike racks are provided on the college site. Please do not lock your bikes against any railings around the college. We advise you to use a security code, lock it with a D-lock and obtain insurance cover for your bicycle. The college takes no responsibility for bikes left on the premises.

Textbooks and other resources may be issued on loan to you for use during your time at college. You will have to pay the replacement cost of any item issued to you which is lost or unreasonably worn/damaged. At the beginning of your time at the college you pay £50 as a refundable deposit. This will be refunded to you when you return any loaned items in good condition at the end of your course, provided you have not incurred any other costs such as assessment fees.

As a BHASVIC student, you will receive support with your progression planning via the tutorial programme, and from the resources which can be found on Student Life.

However, in addition to this, we also have two fully-qualified and experienced Careers Advisers, Lynne Trower and Adele Fox can help you explore your options during a one-to-one appointment. This individualised service is open to all students and appointments can be booked via the Student Services reception desk, or by emailing

One-to-one guidance is designed to support students' aspirations, challenge preconceptions and open their eyes to the range of opportunities available to them. Our advisers are experienced in helping individuals assess their own skills, values and interests and how these may match future careers.
A key aim for us is to ensure that all students have the self-awareness and research skills they need for their future progression. We hope to equip all of our students with skills that will take them from BHASVIC onto the next stage of their education or career and beyond.

Our regularly updated webpage provides up-to-date information about colleges and universities, career options, apprenticeships, gap years, voluntary work, working abroad and a variety of other possibilities. This is backed up by our annual Futures Fair where we have approximately 100 exhibitors available to guide our students in their choices.

Whether you’re looking for advice and guidance on your transition from college to Higher Education or the world of work, exploring longer-term career ideas, updating your CV or brushing up on interview techniques, our careers service will answer your questions and help you develop the required skills.

Cash dispenser
Situated in the main building reception. Opening times are 8.15am–2.45pm, Monday to Friday, term time only.

Cash desk
Opening times are 8.15am–3pm, Monday to Friday, term time only. Please show your student lanyard at the Cash Desk.

The Counselling Service at BHASVIC is provided by YMCA Dialogue, an organisation with over 20 years’ experience in delivering counselling and therapeutic services to children and young people. Our Lead Counsellor has over 25 years of experience and is supported by 5 other counsellors, with the aim of supporting as many students as possible. The service is fully accredited by the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy.

The purpose of seeing one of our counsellors is to offer you a regular, supportive, safe and confidential space to talk about anything that is making you worried or upset, or any difficult thoughts you are having.

Young people come to counselling for lots of different reasons, such as:

  • Sadness, depression, unhappiness, loneliness
  • Difficulties with family and/or peer relationships
  • Anger
  • Worries about college or work
  • Concerns about sex or sexuality
  • Use of alcohol and/or drugs
  • The illness or death of someone close to them
  • Experience of sexual, physical or emotional abuse
  • Self harm.
  • Suicidal thoughts

What you say remains private - unless we think you or any other person is at risk of coming to serious harm. Even then we would hope to talk to you about it first. Sometimes young people ask us to talk to parents, carers, teachers or tutors on their behalf.

Your counsellor will listen to you and talk through any difficult things that are going on for you. Most students are offered 6 sessions which last for 40 minutes each. However, sometimes people come for just one session and sometimes we see people for several months - this will depend on what you and your counsellor feel you need.

Any student who wants to speak to a counsellor can self-refer by:


Texting:  07624802745. Start your text with TALK followed by a space and then your message
Completing a referral form: Referral forms are available from the Student Services Centre or the Counselling page under Student Services / Counselling. You can also access the form here. Completed forms can be scanned and sent to the email account above, or a hard copy can be handed to a member of Student Services staff, or posted into the red Confidential Post Box in the entrance area of the Student Services Centre. This box is kept locked at all times and is only accessed by members of the Student Services team.

The member of Student Services who deals with your referral will check your timetable and find the first available Counselling Assessment Appointment that would work for you. We will then contact you via your BHASVIC email address to confirm the appointment with you. Please note that it can take up to 2 – 3 weeks for an assessment to be available.

An assessment is an opportunity for you to meet our Lead Counsellor and talk through your concerns. You can also use the opportunity to ask any questions you have about counselling. At the end of the assessment our Lead Counsellor will talk to you about the options for on-going support, either from the college, or an external service, if this is appropriate.

Whatever it is that is worrying you, no matter how small you think it may seem, if you want to talk to someone please get in touch.

Course costs
There are set charges attached to taking certain courses. These charges are for trips (excluding transport costs) and materials to ensure our high standards are maintained. Students are expected to pay ALL charges due before starting lessons at the college, unless otherwise agreed. The courses with charges attached and their amounts are in the College Prospectus.

Coursework deadlines
It is essential that you meet all your coursework deadlines. A copy of 'Coursework Deadlines - A Guide for Students and Parents ’ is available on the college website. You can also access the document here. Your teachers will confirm any deadlines with you and you can also check the college calendar on the VLE (You will need to log in and navigate to the calendar). Make a note of relevant dates in your diary. All coursework should be handed in at Reception unless alternative arrangements are made by the Head of Department.

Many courses involve trips and visits. We also run enrichment trips which aren’t linked to a particular course. You will be asked to get your parents’ permission to attend these in advance. Payment for all trips should be made on time at the Cash Desk near Reception.

You will be given a BHASVIC email address and you will use this to send vital information to you and we ask that you check your college email daily. When emailing a member of BHASVIC staff, or emailing anyone from your BHASVIC  email address, please consider carefully the tone of your message and be considerate and polite.

You can expect a response from a member of staff within five working days. Please note you should not expect a response in evenings or weekends and you should not normally email a member of staff over a matter that requires an immediate response – in these instances you must find someone and speak with them.

More information about the use of email and Social Media (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google, Blogs, Forums etc) can be found on the Policies pageWhen communicating as a BHASVIC student, consider your online reputation and digital footprint. Always write professionally, with accurate spelling and grammar. Use the right level of formality.

IMPORTANT: Remember that online, anyone can read what you say and it can be re-posted anywhere. Imagine an employer, a university, or a parent was going to read your comment and then write it.

The college offers a wide range of enrichment opportunities in three categories:

One-off opportunities such as trips and visiting speakers. We have a large number of wide-ranging opportunities for you throughout the year. You will hear about them from your teachers/tutor, and through the Student Bulletin if they are of general interest.

Regular activities on offer range from sport to creative writing. The college runs a Fresher’s and Enrichment Fair in September/October to showcase these activities and allow you to sign up for the clubs. You can find out more from the Student Union, or from the Sports and Performing Arts Departments.

  • Music and Drama - We have ensembles, bands, orchestras and a choir. We organise trips to concerts and recitals and you do not have to study music to take part. Many students take part in drama productions, not just as members of the cast, but also in stage management, costume and set design. You do not have to be a drama student to become involved.
  • Sport - We have over 20 teams in a variety of sports and we also offer many non-competitive (or only slightly competitive!) sports. You do not have to be studying a sports course to represent the college. Look for the notices in the Student Bulletin or contact Joe McTiffen (FE Sports Co-ordinator FESCo) in the Sports Centre .

BHASVIC is committed to ensuring that everybody in our community (students, staff, parents, carers, governors and applicants) is treated fairly and equally.  Our work to promote equality and human rights, and to tackle inequalities is integrated into our strategic planning to ensure that staff, students and the wider college community understand their responsibilities.

Students and staff are welcome to join the BHASVIC Inclusivity Group (BIG), which advises on EDI matters in the college, please go to Our Support Services for further information.  Aoife Tobin is the Welfare and EDI Coordinator is located in Student Services.

The Entry process for summer examinations begins in January, but there is an internal deadline for re-sits of 22 November 2018.

At the end of the Spring Term, you will be asked to check on Student Advantage, that all your exam entries are correct. Failure to do so could incur late amendment charges.  You will receive an exam seating timetable at the beginning of May, you will need this to gain entrance to your exams. NO mobile phones, iPods, MPS/MP4 players, smart watches or any product with an electronic communication/storage device or digital facility are allowed in exams. Infringement of the regulations could result in disqualification.

Results for summer exams will be available on Student Advantage and statement of results available for collection for GCE on Thursday 16 August; all those not collected will be posted out that day.
GCSE/Portfolio courses results are the following week, 23 August. You will need to bring your college ID card with you to collect them.

Full information on Exams and Results can be found here Exam Information

If you are finding it difficult to meet the costs of coming to college, please speak with your Personal Tutor, Guidance Manager, or the Student Services Coordinator who will advise you of any additional help the College is able to offer. All sources of financial support at the college have eligibility criteria and we always do our best to help and advise. More information can be found on Our Support Services.

A wide variety of quality food and drink is available from the Copper Building, and Canteen. We are able to cater for specific dietary needs if given prior knowledge of your requirements. Please ask a member of the catering team if you require any assistance or have any questions.

Copper Building: 8.00am until 3.00pm
Canteen: 8.00am until 3.00pm
Vending machines are located in the Copper Café and Walkway.

We would appreciate your cooperation in ensuring that YOUR social areas remain clean and tidy. Please help us by ensuring that all rubbish is put in the bins and recycling bins provided.

Staying Safe – All departments at BHASVIC have Risk Assessments covering the activities that students are asked to participate in. These assessments reduce the risk of injury to a minimum, by the use of control measures (e.g. safety glasses, equipment guards, rules in sport etc.) These controls will be communicated to you for each activity. It is your responsibility to follow all procedures and controls as you have been told. If you are not sure about how to follow it, please don't hesitate to ask, all questions are important.

  • Take care! Accept personal responsibility for your own safety and watch out for your fellow students.
  • Follow the rules and warnings given to you in your lessons, in specialist areas (e.g. laboratories, workshops, studios and sports areas) and in other situations which may be hazardous - e.g. outside field work or work experience.
  • Do not misuse, neglect, damage or interfere with any safety equipment. Your own safety, or that of other students, may depend on them working on another occasion.
  • Report hazards to teaching staff or Reception. This could prevent other people from accident and injury.
  • Accidents or Serious Illness - In the event of an accident or serious illness, please call for any member of staff to attend. If you are involved in an accident, even if it is relatively minor, please fill in an accident report form available from Reception.
  • First Aid – There are green and white First Aid posters in every room. Ensure that you have read and understood the instructions. You can contact a First Aider by going to Reception, or by dialling 0 on a college phone.
  • Fire and Emergency Procedures - In the event of a fire or other emergency, a siren will sound continuously and you will be asked to leave the building immediately, using the nearest exit. It is your responsibility to know the routine thoroughly. You must meet at the appropriate assembly point (see details on the FIRE NOTICE in each room). Wait at the assembly point until you are given further instructions. Do not re-enter any buildings unless instructed to do so by a member of staff.
  • If the siren is intermittent, the building you are in is not threatened - stay alert; do not leave the building – even if it is a break or lunch period. If you are in an outside area when the siren sounds, you must go to the nearest assembly point. Do not enter any building.

Student opinion plays an important part in the way that the college is run. All students complete surveys and you will elect representatives to participate in student voice focus groups throughout the year which enables them to feedback on their experience at BHASVIC. In addition, you can put your concerns and suggestions directly to members of the college’s Senior Management Team via the Cross College Council. You can also request information via the Student Union or the two Student Governors: Bo-Min Ryu and Christian Williams. 

The Library offers a silent place to study, with tables, individual study booths, 100 computers, laptops and WIFI. There are facilities for printing, photocopying, scanning and using Photoshop. We also manage your print credits and sell stationery.

It is open access, which means you can drop in whenever you have a free period and do not have to book computers. As a silent study area, we ask that you respect other people’s need to focus on their work. There are up-to-date resources to support all your taught courses, which you can borrow using your BHASVIC ID card.

We hold a wide selection of books, including your textbooks, revision guides, and hundreds of books to read around your subjects. There is a large selection of DVDs, journals & magazines and a large fiction collection. The library also provides high quality online resources to support your subjects which can be accessed in college and from home - have a look at the library VLE pages and we can also be found on Twitter (@BHASVICLibrary). If you have any queries or want help finding information, the library staff are always happy to help you.

Printing: You receive £3 worth of print credits at the beginning of the year. When these have run out, you can buy more at the front desk in the library. It costs 3p a sheet to print in black and white; 20p in colour. Photocopying: 5p for black and white, 20p for colour.

Opening Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 08:00 – 18:00 Friday: 08:00 – 17:00 (Holidays: 10:00 –16:00)

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.

Lost property
You must take responsibility for anything you bring into college. BHASVIC cannot take responsibility for any loss or damage, whatever the cause. Make sure you have appropriate insurance cover for items such as musical instruments, mobile phones, bicycles and anything else of value. We strongly advise that you do not bring large amounts of money into college – where this is unavoidable please ask the Cash Desk to look after the money in a safe. If you lose any items, please go to Reception where they may have been handed in. If you find someone else’s lost property, please bring it to Reception where it will be logged and stored. Unclaimed lost property will be disposed of at the end of each term.

You have access to a personal network drive within the college, or via a link from the Student VLE main page, accessed by individual username and password. If you forget your password, ask at the Library desk or you can visit the IT help desk in College House, room 126a which is also open for general enquiries during the college day.

Many students have part-time jobs and gain personal and financial benefit from them. However, we ask that you take on no more than a maximum of ten hours per week. You must not arrange to undertake paid work at any time during the college day, as you may be required to attend meetings with staff at any time.

Plagiarism means taking someone else’s words, thoughts or ideas and trying to pass them off as your own. It is a form of cheating which is taken very seriously. It is alright to make reference to other people’s work, as long as you have given it credit in a bibliography and used quotation marks where appropriate.

Before you submit coursework, you will be asked to sign a statement confirming that you have read and followed the regulations. Don’t take any risk, and always ask your teacher for advice if you are unsure.
There are many ways that teachers and examiners detect plagiarism:

  1. Changes in the style of writing and use of language
  2. Familiarisation with the topics they are marking, and a good chance they may have read the source you have used
  3. Internet search engines and specialised computer software can be used to match phrases or pieces of text with original sources and to detect changes in the grammar and style of writing or punctuation.

Penalties for breaking the regulations
If it is discovered that you have broken the regulations, one of the following penalties will be applied by your awarding body:

  • The piece of work will be awarded zero marks
  • You will be disqualified from the unit for that exam session
  • You will be disqualified from the whole subject for that exam session
  • You will be disqualified and barred from entering again for a period of time

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 well being 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 well being to everyone in the College community.  We have a duty to safeguard our students from a number of risks which include: sexual abuse and inappropriate relationships, physical and emotional abuse or neglect, domestic violence, bullying, self-harm and victimisation due to race, sexual orientation, faith, gender, gender identity, age, marital status or disability.

If you are affected by any of the above issues, or are concerned about someone else, we recommend you speak to your Personal Tutor or Guidance Manager or any other member of staff (one of your teachers, for example).

BHASVIC Policies

The Prevent Duty

Student Lanyards

We would like to remind all students to wear their lanyard IDs whilst onsite at BHASVIC. We need to be able to answer the question ‘How do we know who our students are?’ and lanyards provide us with the ability to answer that question and ensure the campus is as safe as it can be. Please can we ask you to ensure your ID is visible whilst onsite and comply with staff who ask you to produce and wear them to ensure you play your part in keeping everyone safe. Student Lanyard Poster.

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

01273 290400


East Sussex

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

West Sussex

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

Alison Cousens

Assistant Principal (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.

Jutta Knapp

Assistant Principal (Director of Resources) 

Health and Safety

Child Protection

Matt Bannister

Guidance Manager

Safeguarding Operational Lead

Jo Usher 

Student Services Manager

Designated Officer

Christine Nagle

Human Resources Manager

Safer Recruitment and ISA

Caroline Abbott

PA to Director of Student Services

Guidance Coordinator

Aoife Tobin

Welfare Coordinator

If you are feeling unwell whilst at college, you should go to Reception, either to sign out and/or for Reception to call a First Aider. If you are using any medications, please communicate it to the First Aider.

The Student Council is made up of representatives from each tutor group and meets twice a term. It is an open forum where representatives can voice concerns expressed by members of their tutor group and put forward new ideas. It is also an occasion to let your Students’ Union and members of the College’s Senior Management Team know your views on how well they are doing and what you want them to do for you. We can be found on Twitter (@bhasvicsu), the Student Union VLE page.

Personal Tutor and Guidance Manager

You will have a Tutor Group reference, the first initials are your Personal Tutor and the second initials will be your Guidance Manager i.e. AMC/NJF.

Your Personal Tutor is there to support you and you will see them regularly. Your tutor will review your progress regularly based on assessments provided by your subject teachers. You can discuss any aspect of college life with them and also about any concerns or difficulties you have which are impacting on your ability to study. They will offer you advice and support and can refer you to your Guidance Manager and/or specialist services if needed. Full details of the Guidance and Students Services team can be found here

Your Guidance Manager is also a source of support for you. Your tutor may refer you to them for advice, or you can refer yourself by speaking to a member of staff in the Student Services team.

The Student Services team provide specialist information, advice and guidance on a number of areas.

  • Confidential Counselling
  • Careers Information, Advice and Guidance
  • Financial Support
  • Student Welfare
  • Widening Participation
  • Work Experience

 A full list of the Student Union Representatives can be found here

Every year, hundreds of students visit the Welfare Office to seek advice and support on a variety of issues. There are far too many to list, but include:

  • Money worries
  • Mental health and emotional wellbeing
  • Physical health
  • Safety and crime
  • Accommodation difficulties e.g. breakdown of family relationship leading to an insecure housing situation
  • Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol, Smoking and Drugs
  • Bullying

BHASVIC is also part of the C Card scheme, which enables us to register students for the free card which gives them access to free condoms from pick up points across the city. We also provide non-judgemental advice and information about contraception, STIs, relationship and sexual health, pregnancy and on-site self-testing for Chlamydia and gonorrhoea.

Aoife Tobin, The EDI & Welfare Coordinator, is based within the Student Services team and is available Tuesday to Friday from 10:00am – 4.30pm, in Room C305 on the ground floor of the Student Services Centre. Appointments are not needed; students can simply drop in. Aoife is extremely knowledgeable, has extensive experience in working with young people, and 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. 

The Welfare Office provides a place where students can be listened to, where they can talk about any difficulties or worries they have inside or outside college, and access support specific to their circumstances. 

Twitter: @Well_at_BHAS. Please also see further information on Our Support Services.

The student area is based in Room 411 and staff are based in 420 (both in The Copper Building). If you are having difficulties with your college work, speak to your Tutor who may refer you to Learning Support for additional help, or come and book an appointment to discuss your needs with one of the Study Skills team.

  • The college computer system is provided for you to carry out work related to your college work only.
  • You are responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your password. You will be held responsible for any breach of the college rules committed using your computer account.
  • All students have to accept an agreement when they logon that means they are agreeing to abide by the college’s rules concerning the computer network.
  • Please read the Student’s Acceptable Use Policy which can be found on your desktop.
  • Only use software that is provided for your use by the college. Any attempts to install software will result in disciplinary action.
  • The internet is for educational use; you must not access unsuitable material. All internet activity is monitored and improper use can result in disciplinary action.
  • Do not download executable files, music, movies, or any copyrighted material.
  • Report any faults to your Teacher or other supervising member of staff.
  • You must not use the system in such a way as to cause inconvenience to others.
  • When you leave a computer area, ensure that you tidy up after yourself, placing unwanted print outs in the recycling.
  • No eating or drinking is allowed in the vicinity of computers under any circumstances.
  • You are responsible for making backup copies of all your work in case of a system failure.

Only BHASVIC students and staff are allowed on college premises. All visitors must sign in at Reception and display a visitor’s badge. All staff and students are issued with a lanyard and ID which should be visible and carried at all times.

The VLE can be accessed from the college website and from home, with your usual college log-in name and password.Logon here

The VLE contains material uploaded by teachers in your subjects including homework assignments and has important information, notices and updates on the front page. The Student Services menu gives you access to key information on the support and services available to you at college, e.g. the Library, Careers Information, Advice and Guidance, Confidential Counselling and Student Welfare.

Widening Participation is a government initiative aimed at supporting social mobility and ensuring that all students have access to high quality information, advice and guidance in order to help them make appropriate decisions regarding their future.

BHASVIC works closely with a number of organisations, both locally and nationally, to encourage students from all backgrounds to consider Higher Education. We will help students to conduct research and consider the most appropriate route for them. Widening participation offers free, no risk opportunities for students to ensure they understand what is involved in undertaking a university undergraduate degree. Students are able apply for whichever opportunities they feel are appropriate.

The work we undertake is intended to enable students to make informed decisions about their future; if a student does not feel that Higher Education is for them then we will support them in their search for employment or other progression routes of interest to them e.g. gap years, college leaver schemes or apprenticeships.

The opportunities offered to Widening Participation students are varied and can include subject-specific taster days, one to one careers support, advice in making university choices and support with personal statements and interview preparation.

Over half our first year intake qualified for some sort of Widening Participation scheme in 2016-17, and we have an outstanding reputation for our work in this field, leading the way in best practice and sending regular newsletters home to ensure there is support for parents and carers too.
Our Widening Participation scheme is managed within our Student Services department and for further information or questions, please email

You can find out more about Widening Participation here

For some courses, work experience is an essential part of your course and the college will support you in securing
appropriate placements. Even if work experience isn’t compulsory, it’s a great opportunity to broaden your skills, build confidence and help you stand out from the crowd.

If you would like to find a placement, the college can give you advice on how to research and approach businesses and apply for positions. We may even have existing contacts who would be willing to offer you a placement.

You can find more information on work experience on the Work Experience page here