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*Please be aware due to the current ongoing Covid 19 situation we have had to change the Enrichment we are able to offer at BHASVIC. We are in the process of updating this page so please check new initiatives that will be coming up soon.
BHASVIC isn’t just a centre of academic success. We also offer numerous opportunities beyond academic courses, enriching our learners’ experiences via sports, the arts, clubs and societies, travel options and more.
Please also see here for up-to-date BHASVIC News.
A Sample of Employability Enrichment Activities arranged by the Business & Economics department:
- Business and Economics Enrichment Day 2019
- Our Economics students benefitted from a guest speaker from the Bank of England on Monday 17th June. Owen Lock, an analyst with the Bank’s Financial Market Risk department, came in to talk to our students about monetary policy and financial regulation. He ended this fascinating talk with some information and advice on careers in this fascinating and essential 325 year old organisation.
- Our 4 Young Enterprise teams competed in the Area Finals in the AMEX Stadium on the 25th April. Soundwaves came second place in the ‘Company of the Year’ category for their success with their Bluetooth waterproof speaker. This allowed them to compete in the County finals on the 1st May at Ricardo Ltd’s Innovation centre in Shoreham where they won ‘Best TV advert’!
- a cohort of our BTec Certificate students had a talk from two different digital marketing businesses to support their coursework preparation. The students heard from Nina and Tiff Garner from Icrossing, and James Leigh from Graphite Digital.
- a cohort of A1 Business students had a talk from Simon Harrison, HR Director of Training, American Express,
- a cohort of BTec Business Certificate students had a talk from Simon Cobb, Founder of Stoneham Bakehouse – a Hove bakery with well being in the community at its heart
- Young Enterprise students were interviewed for their team roles by local business people, details here https://www.bhasvic.ac.uk/young-enterprise-interviews .
- Our BTec Business Diploma students, as part of their ‘Managing a Business’ event coursework, organised and marketed the recent BTec Music gig, details here https://www.bhasvic.ac.uk/btec-music-fundraising-gig-for-the-martlets .
- Other students in the class organised and marketed our Business BTec course for the college’s Open Evening.
- Business students visit the BMW mini factory.
- Economics students visit the London School of Economics
JULY 2019 - Business and Economics trip to Budapest
The Economics team were delighted to learn that one of our students, recently wrote to Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England, to challenge him on the lack of diversity in Economics. His reply, while not providing any answers, highlighted his interest in this issue. The same student has also recently entered the Bank of England’s essay competition. The theme of the competition is the Future of Money and the essay submitted was titled ‘The Cost of Being A Woman’
Careers Enrichment Day aimed to provide all Year 1 students with insights into a variety of careers, increasing their employability and helping to prepare them for independent living.
Full information about the day is available here: Careers Enrichment Day Menu - July 2019
Students took part in the Computing Olympiad 2018 - December 2018
The British Informatics Olympiad is an annual competition in computer programming for secondary schools and sixth form colleges. The first stage of the BIO is a very challenging three-hour exam, taken in College in which students solve problems by writing computer programs. A final for the top 15 students nationally is held at Cambridge University, where 4 students are chosen to represent the UK in the International Olympiad in Informatics competition.
All of our Y1 (and some Y2) students in Computing and Computer Science took part in the UK Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge, which is sponsored by Oxford university. 6415 students competed this year in the 16-18 category. Of our 181 students, we achieved:
- the best scores in East Sussex
- 47 achieved a Distinction certificate (scoring in top 25% nationally)
- 13 of those scored in the top 10% nationally meaning they are now invited to a second stage competition – The TCS Oxford Computing Challenge, which helps talented computational thinkers develop their skills by asking them to solve tasks with programmed solution
Our annual Creative Arts Festival celebrates creativity in all its forms, with a series of events showcasing student skills
- BHASVICTORs - a celebration of films produced by students from Communications and Culture, Media and Film Studies.
- InMotion - an evening of contemporary dance from our Dance and Drama students.
- The Beards - a showcase of written work from students in the English Department.
- The Visual Arts - a gallery of student work in Art, Photography and Textiles.
- Cafe Culture - a summer evening of relaxing and enlightening music.
- Greenpower Eco Car
- Peat Fires research
- Maths and Science Olympiads
- IT competitions
All students who have previously completed Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards will have the option of working towards the Gold Award at BHASVIC.
Covering skills, service, physical recreation and the expedition itself, the Award is a wonderful opportunity to challenge and develop yourself outside the classroom. It is easy to see why it is so highly valued by universities and employers.
The programme consists of weekly planning sessions under the guidance of a member of staff, short walks on the Sussex Downs to hone your map and compass skills, and the final 4 day camping expedition. We allow students to borrow tents and other equipment for the expedition free of charge.
Students had the chance to join societies and clubs representing a broad range of interests. These included, Classics Society, Christian Union, Debate Society, LGBTQ+ Society, German Society, Socialist Society, Law Society, BHASVIC ZINE, Maths, Software Development, Model United Nations, Creative Writing Club, Film Review and more.
A range of outside organisations were also be available, see the list below for more details:
- Brighton and Hove Council: Road Safety team
- Young Carers Project
- NHS: Public and Patient Participation Team
- NHS Sexual Health Screening team
- University of Sussex
- YMCA WiSE
- The Hummingbird Project: Global Social Club
- National Citizens Service
- Springboard Project
- Black and Minority Ethnic Young People’s Project (BMEYPP)
- University of Brighton
- Young People's Centre
All events took place in the Main Hall.
A unique event to BHASVIC with over 100 exhibitors attending, please see our website Careers & Employability for full details.
Wednesday 29 January - The BHASVIC Media department were thrilled to welcome Lloyd Embley, Group Editor-in-chief of Reach plc, Britain’s biggest news publisher, to give a talk with Q&A to about 40 Media Studies students. Lloyd offered us a fascinating, entertaining, and incredibly useful insight into the world of print news, touching on key topics which our students have to address in their media studies exam, such as the impact of digitalisation and how the ideological perspectives of different newspapers can target different audiences. He also told us about his role in creating the Trump election front cover of the Daily Mirror, which is a set text for our current A2s, and he was so engaging that the talk went on way beyond the allotted hour! We are very grateful to Lloyd for giving up his precious time to come and engage with our students, and we hope that he may come back again one day. Please see here: BHASVIC News
Friday 17 January - English Language students were treated to a talk by Professor Lynne Murphy from the Linguistics department of Sussex University. An expert in the study of British and American varieties of English, and attitudes to language change, she discussed issues raised by her recent book The Prodigal Tongue: The Love Hate Relationship Between British and American English.
Election Fever hit BHASVIC - We welcomed many of the local MPs and Candidates who came in during lunchtimes in November and December including: Peter Kyle, Labour, Hove; Ben Thomas, Liberal Democrats, Kemptown; Caroline Lucas, Green Party, Brighton Pavilion and Joe Miller, Conservative, Kemptown. It was organised by the Politics team and the Student Union Political Societies. All events were open to students and staff, and began on Monday 25 November with the very well attended Student Union Question Time in the Main Hall followed in December by Student Mock General Elections.
We hosted representatives in the main hall from four of the UK’s top Universities on 17 September they included: Imperial, University College London; London School of Economics and King’s College.
Alumni talk with students:
- James Leigh from Graphite Digital, Professionalism: Careers in the Arts – UK Creative Industries and Professional skills. CV. On line Portfolio/website talks to Visual Arts students.
- 'The way I see it' - Local abstract artist, Abigail Bowen, discusses life after A-levels and how not going to tap-dancing lessons changed everything talks to Visual Arts students.
- Jamie Oliver Productions talks to Media and Performing Arts students.
Professor Julian Petley, from Brunel University, delivered a guest lecture to second year Law students on Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. He covered recent cases on the issue of the right to privacy and press intrusion on such privacy, including the Cliff Richard case and the drone incident at Gatwick Airport. The students were engaged in interactive research activities, and also had the opportunity to ask questions about the niche area of human rights law. Professor Julian Petley Visit
Previous Speakers who have visited BHASVIC
• Politicians: John Bercow; Gordon Brown; Ed Milliband; Eddie Izzard; Ed Balls; Tom Watson; Nicholas Soames; Annalise Dodds – MEP; Nigel Farage – MEP; Caroline Lucas; David Starkey; Peter Kyle; Tim Loughton.
• Campaign groups
• Visual Arts - Graphite Digital
- Languages competitions
- Poetry / Creative Writing competitions
- Film / video competitions
Students can go to the enrolment options on the VLE to sign up to clubs and societies: Student Union - Clubs and Societies information can also be found on the Student Bulletin. Please see an example of clubs available below that take place during lunch, unless otherwise stated:
The Dials Social Club meet in Student Services every Monday, it aims to support students to lead interconnected lives through widening social networks, bringing together activities, dialogue, food and friendship. The club is for any student who want to improve social bonds. There will be regular Dials twilight events throughout the year too.
Debate Soc (Casual)
BHASVIC Orchestra - 15:50 - 17:50
Young Carers Lunch Club - Are you a student who cares for someone at home? All 'young carers' at BHASVIC are welcome to attend a monthly lunchtime social starting from Tuesday 22 October
Tea & Toast
BHASVIC Choir - 15:50 - 16:40
Debate Soc (Formal)
BHASVIC Pop Choir
BHASVIC Big Band
STEP and Stretch is the weekly club where the best BHASVIC mathematicians gather to Stretch themselves and prepare for the challenging entrance papers demanded by top universities, such as Cambridge University’s STEP exams. It’s also where students find advice and support with personal statements and university interviews. Dozens of ex-BHASVIC students are currently studying maths at Oxford, Cambridge, Warwick, Imperial College etc. having honed their skills at STEP & Stretch.
Senior Teams Maths Challenge Regional Finals 2018-19
Record Numbers competed in the above event organised by the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust and Advanced Mathematics Support Programme. We are very pleased to announce four BHASVIC students came third place in this.
As part of our enrichment programme this year in Media and Performing Arts we have entered The National Theatre Connections Festival. This is an annual festival that includes student groups from the whole country who all choose, rehearse and perform a specially commissioned play out of a choice of ten. This year our chosen play is called “The It” and tells the tale of a young woman finding her voice in a society where everything feels overwhelming. A lot of the topics raised are extremely relevant to our young people today and highlights many issues that we are all having to deal with.
The piece is a documentary style drama and includes original music created for the project by Students and Staff from the Music department. The piece runs for just over an hour without an interval and will run from Wednesday 26th to 29th February starting at 7pm. Tickets are available on www.ticketsource.co.uk.
In addition to these performances we will also tour the production to Chichester Minerva Theatre on Thursday 26th March. The link to tickets can be found here for this performance. https://www.cft.org.uk/ntconnections
DECEMBER 2019 - Christmas Concert
8 July - BHASVIC’s Media and Performing Arts department presents an evening of immersive performance work across Music, Drama, Film and Dance at the Attenborough Centre, Univeristy of Sussex, further information click here: Sound and Vision
We are proud to stage professional quality theatrical and musical productions.
Education, Education, Education is The Wardrobe Ensemble’s love letter to the schools of the 1990’s and asks big questions about a country in special measures, exploring what we are taught and why, and where responsibility lies.
You don’t have to take Drama or Music courses to be involved in our productions – anyone can take to the stage and shine.
The Media & Performing Arts Department run a large number of events throughout each year. Here is a selection of them:
- Concerts and eventsin college including: Christmas concert; Creative and Performing Arts; Evita;WW1 Armistice commemoration.
- BHASVICTV videos on a range of topics on Youtube and for college website.
- The BEARDS, Visual Arts Exhibition.
- Moving Image Awards: BHASVICTORS at the Duke of York's Cinema.
- Music shows: Café Culture SummerConcert featuring both contemporary and classical pieces. The Christmas concert showcases an eclectic range of talents, while our annual musicals combine the skills of musically and dramatically inclined students alike.
- Dance show: In Motion.
- John Young Workshops - Visited first year media students on news broadcasting.
- LOOKOUTProject – Creative industry mentoring for students.
- MusicBTEC Production day visit – behind the scenes tour at the Brighton Dome ofFlorence and the Machine.
- Performing Arts - First year BTEC Extended Certificate in Performing Arts students have a unique opportunity to gain an insight into the working of Brighton's most renowned Theatre Royal. The students experienced what it's like to be on stage as well as behind the scene
BHASVIC TV FOOTAGE
MedSoc brings together students who are exploring entry into medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine. There are weekly meetings covering diverse topics from First Aid to medical ethics, infectious diseases to work experience. The aim is to support students through the complex application process and to develop the skill sets that will see them succeed at interview. Over the last eight years, MedSoc is proud to have seen over 200 students take up places at medical schools, many of whom return to work with and encourage our current cohort.
MedSoc students undertake work shadowing in local dentists, GP and veterinary surgeries and local hospitals. They develop their interpersonal skills through volunteering; our students regularly give up their time to others at Blind Veterans, Whoopsadaisy, Chailey Heritage and in numerous other residential homes and schools around the area.
- MedSoc members attended lectures at BSMS and by the Brighton Medico-Chirurgical Society
- Ex-BHASVIC students from BSMS and Cambridge universities gave presentations
- Ex-students returned from 10 different medical schools to coach our current students in interview skills, review Personal Statements and answer questions
- MedSoc students will attend a lecture on Ageing and Disease at the Genome Centre
As part of the development of our “Futures Framework” employability programme we offered all students once again the chance to get involved in the NCS Action programme during the Autumn term (second year students need to be under 18 for Phase 1).
It was for students who were looking to develop their CV's/Personal Statements in order to apply for careers which show leadership skills, team-building, and evidence of community or voluntary work. Examples of those who had signed up include those who are interested in medical careers (doctors, paramedics, nursing, veterinary science etc.), Oxbridge, public services (teaching, police, youth work etc.), health & social care, sports leadership, environment work - but any student is welcome.
The project ran across the Autumn term in three main phrases and included a 4-day residential and development of a team project, making a positive impact on the local community
There were three phases:
Phase 1 – 24 – 27 October – Location: Osmington Bay, Weymouth
Phase 2 – 28 – 30 October – Location: BHASVIC (daytime only)
Phase 3 – In the local area at times and dates to suit.
NCS were also available at our Enrichment and Freshers Fair which took place on Tuesday 24 September in the main hall.
The BHASVIC progression event provides all our A1 students with guided time and expertise to help them consider their options on leaving BHASVIC. The programme follows the tutorial pathway options students chose for their A2 year via the A1-A2 transfer process they completed in March.
UCAS Tutorial – Visit to University of Sussex
Included presentations on:
• Student Life
• Applications, Admissions and Personal Statements
• Subject Tasters
• Optional campus tour
• Study Skills
• Student Finance
Oxbridge / Medics Tutorial – On site activities organised by Oxbridge/Medics Coordinator
Focuses on application process, personal statements, admissions testing and preparing for interviews. Supported by Oxbridge/Medics alumni and external visitors.
Visual Arts Tutorial – Visit to the Faculty of Arts at the University of Brighton
A series of talks and activities took place, students received impartial information, and advice on a range of topics relating to applications for degree programmes in Visual Arts. Students also had a guided tour of the Visual Arts degree exhibition and had the opportunity to speak to some of the graduates about their work.
Enterprise & Employability Tutorial – Visit to the AMEX Stadium
Motivation & Information Session:
• Speakers gave an insight into their careers since leaving college or university up until now.
• Helpful tips and advice on how to prepare yourself for your career following college or university.
• Behind the scenes tour of the AMEX Stadium.
Intended outcomes for students:
• An understanding of what employers are looking for
• Practical tips and advice for your next steps after college
• Developing a broader understanding of the different opportunities available to you
• Increased self-belief and motivation
We have a partnership with local primary and secondary schools, allowing A Level students to develop their skills with children and young people while giving back to the community.
BHASVIC students are valued by schools and younger students alike, and the skills you’ll develop as a mentor will be considered highly by higher education establishments.
On Friday 13 December 2019 twenty four Biology/ Chemistry students travelled to the European Molecular Biology Laboratory near Cambridge to visit the internationally-renowned Genome Centre. The students attended a lecture by Dame Janet Thornton, a Senior EMBL Research Scientist, entitled ‘Ageing and disease – what’s the link?’, where they learned about current research into theories of ageing, the role of computational biology, and experienced a scientific conference first-hand. The students toured the impressive campus and saw laboratory work in action. An excellent ‘speed-dating’ session allowed them to meet and question four scientists about their career paths and their current research; an interactive display introduced them to burgeoning field of careers in genetic counselling. All in all an inspiring experience, giving the students a chance to imagine their own futures in science
National Careers Week in Physics First-year physics students had the chance to meet with scientists working in STEM careers.
February 2019 Visitor Akiko Sato is a PhD student in the Serpell Research Group at the University of Kent. She visited BHASVIC to speak to chemistry/biology students about her work on the biochemistry of DNA, and how it links back to A-level concepts in these subjects. In particular, her talk focussed on supramolecular chemistry including intermolecular forces and organic chemistry, which are central to the theory behind her research work. Prior to her PhD, she has worked across Europe in various scientific fields and holds a Master’s Degree in Scientific Communication. Please see further details of the visit here: Akiko Sato Visit
BHASVIC ChemSoc (Chemistry Society) is open to all chemistry students and runs a range of extra-curricular activities to enhance their CV and/or University Applications. Weekly activities are advertised via the VLE and include research collaborations with East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, trips to local universities to study pharmacy practicals and internationally recognised competitions such as the Chemistry Olympiad in January or the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge in June. Participation is free, and any first year chemistry students keen to pursue a career in a chemistry related field or medicine, for example, would be well advised to consider taking part even if on an ad hoc basis. Please see the “news” section of our home page to view some of the regular events we have held over the past year. Please contact BHASVIC chemistry teacher Jason O’Grady should you require any further information.
The Women in Physics Society was started this year (2019) to help build bonds, confidence and excitement in Physics among our female Physics students. The first event- a picnic in which students mingled with visiting women in STEM careers- was enjoyable and well attended. This was followed by a session on "Building resilience in female physicists" by Neil Atkin, Gender officer for the Institute of Physics and priority places given to female students at a University of Brighton outreach lecture, Measuring with Light to hear how Physics is being used to make more efficient engines. Students had the opportunity to go to a session on "Laser cooling in Quantum Technology" by Will Evans (Quantum ambassador and DPhil student at the University of Sussex). Next term we plan to get telescopes out for a Star Party, visits to Sussex Laboratories and a Lecture on Particle Physics. Please contact Jane Drummond or Kishani Ranatunga for further information.
Sociology students and staff had a fantastic time on a trip to London to see Jamie, this extraordinary play. We loved the way it dealt with issues of identity we have discussed on the A level course, especially sexuality, gender and youth. The opportunities to be more fluid than ever with our identity and to create new hybrid version of ourselves in this postmodern world are well exemplified in this uplifting musical.
The College also offers coaching and qualifications in several sports, which can be taken in addition to your academic courses. If your interest is more for fun or fitness, we offer plenty of variety, with different activities each lunchtime including yoga and dance, further details are listed below.
German Exchange Visit - from Monday 25 through to 29 November, we are welcoming 14 students and 2 accompanying teachers from a school in Germany visiting BHASVIC on an exchange with our A1 and A2 German students.
Vietnam 2020 - Voluntary work offered to students.
A great opportunity for students to carry out voluntary work from Monday to Friday for two weeks in and around Hanoi, Vietnam. They will be working in schools and care centres as well as having time to explore the local area. There will be opportunities helping to teach English, organise sports and arts activities as well as doing some renovation projects. A letter was available from student services and more information was given at a welcome evening which took place on 19th September in the Main Hall. To secure a place deposits needed to be made by Friday 4th October.
We are proud to run a large number of wide-ranging day and annual visits across most of our subject areas, during 2018/2019 we ran a number of residential trips in the UK and abroad (listed below), enhancing subject knowledge with firsthand experience:
- Archaeology & Classical Civilisation - Sicily
- Business & Economics – Trip to Budapest
- Chemistry/Physics - Greenpower Race Day at Rockingham Motor Circuit
- Chemistry – Sussex University Chemistry Experience Day
- Computer Science/IT - Computing Live! Conference held at Disneyland Paris
- Computer Science/IT – Computer Science in Action at The Emmanuel Centre
- Computer Science/IT - Computing Olympiad 2018
- Computer Science/IT - UK Bebras Computational Thinking
- Dance - Sadler’s Wells, London
- Drama - Fame at the Theatre Royal Brighton
- Drama - Visiting Theatre Workshop
- Environmental Science – Knepp Wildland in West Sussex
- French - Montpelier
- Geography - Geography Study Tour to Slovenia & Croatia
- Geography, Media & Film – New York
- Geography - Geographical Association Inaugural Lecture
- German – Berlin
- History - Modern History Trip to Russia
- History- Battle of Hastings Trip
- Law - Goldsmiths Law Symposium
- Maths - Double Maths trip to Blatchington Mill School
- Music - Glyndebourne Opera House
- Music BTEC Production day visit – behind the scenes tour at the Brighton Dome of Florence and the Machine.
- Performing Arts - First year BTEC Extended Certificate in Performing Arts students have a unique opportunity to gain an insight into the working of Brighton's most renowned Theatre Royal. The students experienced what it's like to be on stage as well as behind the scenes.
- Politics - Westminster Politics Conference
- Physics - Engineering Education Scheme (EES) Residential Workshop
- Politics - Model United Nations Conference
- Sociology - Berlin
- Sociology – First Aid Qualification Courses
- Sociology - Theatre trip to see JAMIE
- Spanish – Salamanca
- Sport - BTEC Sport trip to the Bouldering centre in Portslade
- Ski Trip, Zauchensee, Austria
- Visual Arts - Trip to Brighton Photo Biennial ‘A New Europe’
For those seeking adventure further afield, World Challenge expeditions combine both the physical challenge of trekking with community, culture and conservation work.
These expeditions can last up to one month, allowing you leadership opportunities from the very beginning as you plan and budget for the trip. The experience itself offers a different perspective, trading modern convenience for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.