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Enrichment at BHASVIC

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 scroll down to view some enrichment highlights below.

Please also see BHASVIC News and individual  Subject Course Pages for further enrichment.  You may also like to read previous editions of our Parents' and Carers' News HERE.

 

DEMCEMBER 2022

  • Book Swap Drive
  • BHASMAS 

2023

  • Futures Fair
  • Refreshers Fair 
  • Anxiety Workshops with Flourish Mentors

 

We are proud to run a large number of wide-ranging day and annual visits across most of our subject areas, including a number of residential trips in the UK and abroad, enhancing subject knowledge with first hand experience.  We recommend that students inform parents/carers if they are attending a trip and this is included within trip letters/emails and within the residential trip forms students have to complete.

Upcoming Trips:

December 2022

  • History - History in Action: Russia & Revolution
  • Sciences - Observing Evening, University of Sussex
  • Geography - London
  • Cross-College - Ski Trip

2023

  • Classics - British Museum, London
  • Computer Science/IT - Computing Live!, Disneyland Paris
  • German - Study Trip, Berlin
  • English - Creative Writing, Arvon Centre
  • Geography - Jersey

Please see some of our past trips below:

  • Archaeology & Classical Civilisation - Sicily
  • Business & Economics - Budapest
  • Biology - RSPB Pulborough Brooks
  • Chemistry & Physics - Greenpower Race Day at Rockingham Motor Circuit
  • Chemistry - Sussex University Chemistry Experience Day
  • Classical Civilisation - British Museum 
  • Computer Science / IT - Computing Live! Conference held at Disneyland Paris
  • Computer Science / IT - Computer Science in Action at The Emmanuel Centre
  • Computer Science / IT - UK Bebras Computational Thinking 
  • Dance - Sadler’s Wells, London
  • Drama - Fame, Theatre Royal Brighton
  • Drama - Wuthering Heights, Theatre Royal Brighton
  • Drama - The Seagull, Duke of York's Picture House
  • Drama - Othello, Connaught Theatre
  • Dance - Russell Maliphant's Silent Lines, Worthing
  • Environmental Science – Knepp Wildland, West Sussex
  • Environmental Science - Rampion Wind Farm Boat Trip
  • Environmental Science - Wakehurst 
  • Economics - Walking Tour and Trading Activity, London
  • English - Arvon Creative Writing, Yorkshire
  • ESOL - Brighton Table Tennis Centre
  • Film Studies - Vertigo Study Day, Lewes Depot
  • French - Montpelier
  • Geography - Geography Study Tour to Slovenia & Croatia
  • Geography, Media & Film – New York
  • Geography - Geographical Association Inaugural Lecture
  • Geography - Sussex Coast Fieldwork
  • German – Berlin
  • History - Modern History Trip to Russia
  • History- Battle of Hastings Trip
  • History of Art - Nelson Monument & National Gallery
  • History of Art - Ways of Seeing: Association of Art History Conference
  • Law - Goldsmiths Law Symposium
  • Maths - Mathematical Institute, Oxford University
  • Media - Black Panther Study Day & Screening, Lewes Depot Cinema
  • Media & Film Studies - WJEC Moving Image Awards, BFI London
  • Music - Glyndebourne Opera House
  • Music - Royal College of Music
  • Music - Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique, Royal Festival Hall
  • Music - Production day visit – Behind the Scenes Tour at the Brighton Dome of Florence and the Machine
  • Politics - Westminster Politics Conference
  • Physics - Engineering Education Scheme (EES) Residential Workshop
  • Physics - Trip to Goodwood
  • Politics - Model United Nations Conference
  • Science - FSC Juniper Hall
  • Sociology - Berlin
  • Sociology – First Aid Qualification Courses
  • Sociology - Sociology in Action Conference, Emmanuel Centre
  • Sociology - Theatre trip to see JAMIE
  • Sociology - Women of the World Conference, London 
  • Sociology - International Day of the Girl, United Nations
  • Spanish – Salamanca
  • Sport - BTEC Sport trip to the Bouldering Centre, Portslade
  • Sport - Go Ape
  • Sport - Women's Football National Championships, Nottingham
  • Sport - Adur River Kayaking
  • Ski Trip, Zauchensee, Austria
  • Textiles & Visual Arts - Victoria & Albert Museum
  • Visual Arts - Brighton Photo Biennial ‘A New Europe’

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Latest information is communicated to students via the BHASVLE, students can also check Student Union - Clubs and Societies

We have an exciting range of societies and clubs open to all BHASVIC students to join, including:

  • Debate Society
  • Culture Club
  • Book Club
  • LGBT+ Society
  • Climate Action Society

If you are a BHASVIC student, head to the BHASVLE to see the full list of societies and information on how to sign up. 

The Music Department have launched the following clubs during lunch time and after college, please contact the Music Department for more details.

  • Monday lunchtimes - Salsa 
  • Monday lunchtimes - Woodwind Ensemble
  • Tuesday lunchtimes - Big Band
  • Wednesdays - Choir 
  • Thursday lunchtimes - String Ensemble
  • Thursdays - Rock and Pop Bands
  • Friday lunchtimes - Brass Ensemble

Lunchtime Sports Clubs - For more information on any sport enrichment, please contact the Sport Department.
  • Table Tennis
  • Badminton 

We are pleased to announce the launch of BHASVIC’s online student magazine B-Mag. You can access it from the main BHASVIC homepage- just click on the B-Mag button in the top menu bar. You will find fiction pieces and articles on a range of topics, written, subedited, and illustrated by students in their first and second year. The magazine needs more keen authors, and students interested in photography, fine art or graphical illustration.

If you’d like to get involved, please contact Anna Wexler on Teams.

The DofE @ BHASVIC

The DofE award scheme at BHASVIC is open to students with or without any previous experience of the Award.

If you are new to the scheme then you will be doing your Silver Award. This is a fantastic opportunity to get to know people and challenge yourself to complete the four sections below, including the brilliant expeditions in May and July.

If you have previously achieved the Bronze award you may choose whether to skip straight to Gold or to move onto Silver. If you have your Silver then obviously you will progress straight to Gold.

Each participant must complete the four sections. Participants should spend an hour a week on each section, and each section will take between 3 – 18 months to complete (depending on the level):

  • Skills
  • Physical
  • Volunteering
  • Expeditions

For more information, see www.dofe.org.uk

At BHASVIC we help students to plan and carry out the four sections either individually or via groups which you as the students may form / join yourselves. For example, to help with the volunteering or skills section you can join our weekly baking group in the kitchens here and help distribute the baked goods to the Brighton Food Network. 

Expeditions

The expeditions are May 19-22, and then in July, sometime between 1-9th July. These expeditions involve hiking in the hills (about 10-15km every day), carrying all your own equipment and then camping each night. We will place you in teams of 5-7 people. If you have a friend(s) you wish to be with then that’s fine, or if you are travelling solo, that’s fine too. Each expedition costs between £200-£350 (depending on how long the expedition is, and how far we need to travel). There are grants available to those who may struggle to pay for the expedition.

Equipment such as boots, waterproofs, rucksacks and sleeping bags can be borrowed from our store.

Please contact l.clark@bhasvic.ac.uk if you would like financial assistance with enrolment, or have any other questions.

 

OCTOBER 2021

BHASVIC's Duke of Edinburgh goes from strength to strength with 118 students, both first and second years, gold and silver, successfully completing 3 days of walking and camping on expeditions in the New Forest over October half term.

Our students were brilliant at working together, walking at pace, map reading, resolving problems and cooking up a feast -  many tonnes of porridge were eaten! Well done to all who took part.  

     

BHASVIC's brilliant Duke of Edinburgh students volunteered their time to bake cakes and cookies for local food banks around Brighton & Hove.

Working with local community group Sussex Bake Down, the students used the BHASVIC kitchens and donated ingredients to create for Whitehawk and Brighton Foodbanks, as well as The East Brighton food coop who make 1700 meals a week for vulnerable and isolated people across the city. 

SEPTEMBER 2021

We are delighted to report 39 brave Silver DofE students made it through three days hiking in Ashdown Forest at the start of term. They managed to overcome blisters and 30 degrees heat to walk about 35km, camping and cooking their own food in teams. A great time was had by all.

We were delighted to be launch our Duke of Edinburgh Programme, with the option to do Silver or Gold. We are keen to enable students to complete their award at BHASVIC despite the problems this year has brought and hope that the programme will go some way to repairing the loss of experiences and opportunities they may have suffered. It’s a fantastic award which incorporates a mixture of worthy social elements with the infamous expeditions. 

The DofE is non-competitive and open to all young people – it's about setting personal challenges and pushing personal boundaries. Through their DofE, students will make friends and memories and build traits like confidence, resilience and self-esteem, which can benefit mental health. They’ll gain skills and attributes for work and life, like problem-solving, team-working and self-motivation – and they’ll achieve an Award that’s recognised by top employers and can help them stand out when applying for uni or jobs.

To achieve their Silver/Gold Award, participants must complete four/five sections: Skills, Volunteering, Physical and their Expedition [and Residential for Gold].

Every young person’s DofE programme is personal to them – they can choose what they’d like to do for their Skills, Volunteering and Physical sections, and most activities can count. We will provide guidance and support, and students can either choose to continue an activity they already do or discover something completely new.

During and in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, participants who complete their Skills, Volunteering and Physical sections will also receive a DofE Certificate of Achievement – a formal recognition, by the DofE, of their efforts at this extraordinary time.

Activities for each section take about one hour a week over a set period of time, (though this may also be completed in bigger chunks more infrequently) so they can fit around studying, hobbies and social lives. For more details about programmes and timescales visit DofE.org/do.

The following information will help you to understand what is involved for your young person, plus there is plenty of information available online here:

If you require further information please contact Lesley Clark, DofE Manager at BHASVIC – l.clark@bhasvic.ac.uk.

 

Book Swap is happening December 2022! While Book Club are preparing, take a look at your bookshelves and get ready to dust off a few books to bring into college to swap, in time for some cosy winter reads!

Book Swap Drives

Students team up with the Events Team to host successful seasonal Book Swaps! 

Swapping your books will not only give other students the chance to dive into new stories, but it is also an environmentally sustainable way to get rid of your books which may, instead, go to landfills.

We will be holding book swaps more regularly, watch this space! Email events@bhasvic.ac.uk if you want to see more events like this at BHASVIC, or if you wish to get involved with the next Book Swap!

MARCH 2022

Over 200 books swapped in March!

 

Clothes Swap Drives

BHASVIC's Climate Action Society seasonally host their Clothes Swap Drives, in BHASVIC's efforts to be more environmentally conscious, where our students swap their pre-loved clothes with each other. 

Our Clothes Swaps have been huge successes totalling over 400 items swapped across both the Spring and Winter events! 

Watch this space for future Clothes Swaps! Get in touch with events@bhasvic.ac.uk for more information

DECEMBER 2022

MARCH 2022

NOVEMBER 2021

NOVEMBER 2022

Self-Care Workshop with Zoe Lyons

Our students joined the Flourish Mentors on a new and exciting workshop featuring Zoe Lyons, comedian and Flourish Mentor, who will shared her personal story around the theme of feeling different as a young person.

The workshop covered:

  • Ways to support your well-being
  • How to improve your self-care

MAY 2022

Anxiety Workshop With Flourish Mentors

Students learned practical coping techniques for study & exam stress. BHASVIC students joined the Flourish Mentor group who held a 2 hour fun and useful workshop teaching about stress and how to reduce it.

OCTOBER 2022

The Student Union hosted BHAS 'o' WEEN, on 21st October, to bring the college together to celebrate Halloween before the half term break

To get students in the spooky spirit, there were treats, with a Halloween themed bake sale, the SU raised over £100 - this will be given to the student's chosen charity, and a cross-college fancy dress competition with frighteningly fantastic prizes for the winner and runners up! 

In the afternoon, the SU screened a scary movie for students

The Student Union hope BHAS 'o' Ween was a great way to end a very busy first half term and to get everyone in the Halloween vibe!

Congratulations to the Vampire that won the costume competition!

September 2022

BHASVIC Freshers & Enrichment Fair returned in September 2022! 

The ultimate welcome to college... BHASVIC Freshers & Enrichment Fair!



Freshers Fair '22 was bigger than ever! At the fair were all the clubs, societies and support offered at college, along with a wide range of local organisations and support services!

Students had the opportunity to meet other BHASVIC students with similar interests, grab freebies and sign up to our exciting clubs and societies, ranging from Debate Society, to Dungeons & Dragons Society, to LGBTQ+ Society, to Women in Music Society! There's something for everyone.

Who exhibited at the Fair?

  • BBC Sussex
  • NHS
  • The Student Room
  • YMCA
  • Brighton & Hove Council
  • BMYEPP

& many more...

See the full line up of Freshers 2022 stalls here 

September 2021

Our Freshers & Enrichment Fair returned on Wednesday 29 September to welcome all students to BHASVIC!

The fair was a great opportunity for new and returning students to chat with local organisations, find out about support services in and outside of college and to sign up for exciting college enrichment activities and societies!

Find out more about…

  • Student Union
  • Support from Local Organisations
  • Clubs & Societies
  • Curriculum Groups & Enrichment
  • BBC Radio Sussex Opportunities
  • Student Services (Careers, Work Experience, Welfare)
  • Model United Nations
  • Volunteering
  • … And much more!!

The Freshers & Enrichment Fair was held in the Main Hall and the Elms Theatre with live music and over 30 stalls!

See the full line up of the 2021 stallholders.

BHASVIC Futures Fair will be returning in January 2023 - watch this space!

JULY 2022

Students explored the exciting range of possible future pathways after leaving BHASVIC, including volunteering, gap year opportunities, employment, and universities!

Futures Fair is an amazing chance for students to speak to the 100 organisations who were there! We also ran the biggest range of live talks yet from the attending organisations

Here is a preview of some of the fantastic organisations that exhibited:

  • NHS
  • Army Careers
  • Univeristy of Bristol
  • Dyson
  • YMCA
  • Projects Abroad
  • University of Manchester
  • Rathfinny Estate
  • University of Sussex
  • St. Barnabus & Chestnut Tree House 
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Kent
  • Rate My Apprenticeship
  • University of the Arts London
  • ... & many more!!

 

Veganuary activities will return in January 2023! As Climate Action Society prepare for their Veganuary take-over, check out what we did in 2022...

JANUARY 2022

BHASVIC's Veganuary Food Stalls

Student's from Climate Action Society celebrated Veganuary by selling yummy dishes and treats including Tom's famous vegan Thai Green Curry and vegan brownies.

The homemade vegan food was a sell-out!

Well done, and thank you, to everyone who got involved! Climate Action Society hopes the students and staff all enjoyed their vegan dishes!

Refreshers Fair will be back in January, where students can find out about all of the societies and support services at BHASVIC

JANUARY 2022

We hit refresh for our January Refreshers Fair!

Students came along to explore our exciting range of enrichment opportunities and support services offered at BHASVIC!

  • Student Union
  • Clubs & Societies
  • Curriculum Activities
  • Student Services & Welfare
  • NHS Sexual Health Team

Women's History Month #BreakTheBias Celebrations

Live speakers, workshops, interesting talks, discussions and activities from local women from a variety of fields and experiences to celebrate Women's History Month.

14 March - Karen Dobres, Director, Lewes FC & Kelly Lindsey, Head of Performance, Lewes FC

We were joined with Karen and Kelly as they talked about their experiences in sports and how women's football is a vehicle for social change. Karen was elected director of Lewes FC in 2019 and has since paved the way with equal pay for Lewes FC's Men's and Women's football teams. Kelly, a former professional football player, was appointed Lewes FC's Head of Performance in 2021 and has previously coached the Afghan Women's Football team and both Moroccan National Teams.

Watch Karen & Kelly's talk here

15 March - Anxiety Management Workshop

Students learned practical coping techniques for study and exam stress with the wonderful Flourish Mentors. A free workshop in a safe, relaxed space learning ways to reduce stress and understand how to manage anxieties.

21 March - Jade Hylton, Visual Artist and Blogger 

Brighton-based photographer, artist, model and writer, Jade, visited BHASVIC to speak about her experiences as a woman in the arts, her career journey and exciting opportunities which opened up for her, as well as Jade's empowering story of how visual arts ran alongside her BLM activism and charity work. 

23 March - Amber Oliphant, Project Engineer at High Speed Rail

Amber candidly discussed her journey into engineering, the experiences she faced as she entered a male-dominated profession and the achievements she has accomplished! Amber also discussed the opportunities of apprenticeships and the effectiveness of working on the job to gain confidence as well as professional experience. 

28 March - Karen Liebenguth, Mindfulness in Nature Coach & founder of Green Space

Karen discussed ways mindfulness and nature can help break the boundaries for a more equal future.

Watch the full webinar here 

29 March - Dr. Isabel Rabey, Physicist

Dr. Isabel Rabey visited BHASVIC to share her inspiring story as a woman in STEM, her amazing achievements and the incredible projects she has worked on, as well as her journey through Imperial College London. 

Environmental Employability Masterclass

At an Employability Masterclass focusing on sustainability, students were guided through sustainable design and the co-design process by:

  • Stuart Large from HNW Architects, the award-winning practice that designed the Elms Building
  • Councillor Samer Bagaeen, Hove Park councillor
  • Sustainability consultant, and Jessica Melville-Brown PhD student at the University of Brighton studying co-design

The hands-on session encouraged students to consider what sustainability means for building and planning by exploring the theory, creativity and practicality that underpins sustainable design.

The Masterclass was part of BHASVIC's work on the DfE Skills Development Fund Trailblazer to develop Green Skills.

Wednesday 27 April 2022

If you want to see more events like this, please email events@bhasvic.ac.uk

Progression Week is an essential part of the first-year study programme at BHASVIC and is the perfect opportunity for students to engage in research and activities about their options for life after BHASVIC and to start making progress towards those destinations. It follows on from our A1 into A2 transfer process  where students chose their preferred “tutorial pathway”: either UCAS, Employability and Enterprise (E&E), Oxbridge, Medics, or Visual Arts.

Progression Week is a combination of online activities and in-person workshops. There will be essential information on topics such as how to make applications to UCAS, medical school, Oxford or Cambridge, art foundation, employment, apprenticeships and more. Applications to conservatoires of music will be mentioned as part of the UCAS sessions. Students will also have time for independent research and, if they have made suitable arrangements, to attend open days or similar events in person or online. For further information go to Events and Communications.

 

 

 

 

 

A Sample of Employability Enrichment Activities arranged by the Business & Economics department:

  • In June, our Economics students benefitted from a guest speaker from the Bank of England. 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

 

MARCH 2022

Mock Interviews with Local Employers

BTEC Business students had a series of mock interviews on campus with a range of employers, including Morgan Sindall, Job Socks, Public-i, CK Futures, Win at Life and more.

Each student had a professional interview with feedback at the end of the session, this included being interviewed with an employer in rotation with acting as an interviewer - interviewing a class peer 1:1. Students were tasked to “apply” for a role that they have researched themselves.  

DECEMBER 2021

Young Women in Enterprise

American Express, one of Brighton’s biggest employers, have joined up with Albion In The Community (the community organisation of Brighton Hove & Albion Football Club) to deliver ‘Young Women In Enterprise’, a virtual activity hosted at BHASVIC for our students.

Joined virtually by a range of American Express employees, there will be discussions on career pathways and experiences, backgrounds and the key skills needed to be successful in the world of work. There will also be an opportunity for a question & answer session, where students can ask specific questions to any of the employees from either AITC or American Express.

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Past Enrichment:

Green Careers Talk: Sustainable Design & Urban Planning with HNW Architects, Architecture Lecturer from Brighton University & a Hove Councillor / expert in planning - April 2022

Upcoming Activities

British Algorithmic Olympiad - December 2022

Oxford University Computing Challenge - March 2023

 

Past Enrichment

2022

BEBRAS Computational Thinking Competition - November

 

2020

Seven teams of Year one Computer Science students are taking part in the CyberCenturion VII competition run by Cyber Security Challenge UK and designed by the American Air Force Association. 

Each team of 3/4 students undertakes training and practice rounds through October to develop their technical skills before then completing a series of online qualifying rounds from November to January which challenge them to learn about the following:-

  • Networking
  • Defence
  • Cyber security. 

Leaders in each group could be invited to a national final to find an overall winner, who wins a once in a lifetime trip to America to visit the Northrop Grumman facilities. 

Past Enrichment:

Daniel Van Olmen, from Lancaster University, Visited Our English Language & Creative Writing Students

A Discussion with Linguist, Lynne Murphy from University of Sussex

Visit from Gen Roberts, Journalist with the i Newspaper, and Lecturer at University of Portsmouth 

Author, Bethan Roberts, Visited Our English Language Students 

Students Heard from the Royal Literary Fund

English Students Visited the E-magazine Conference in London

Trip to Arvon Foundation: Creative Writing

Upcoming Activities

The Geographies of Crime: The Case of Cybercrime - 2023

With guest speaker: Professor Tim Hall, University of Winchester

Farming in the post-Brexit World - 2023

With guest speaker: Romy Jackson, NFU

The Challenge of Providing Education in Refugee Camps - 2023

With guest speakers: Debra Laxton & Dr Linda Cooper, University of Chichester

 

Past Enrichment:

'Lessons from Auschwitz' Programme - November 2022

Micromobility: The Future of Personal Transport - November 2022

With guest speaker: Brock Rogers, Future Transport Zone Project Manager

The micromobility sector has been on a rollercoaster journey since Barclays Cycle Hire, better known as ‘Boris Bikes’, launched in London in 2010. Now officially named Santander Cycles, the UK’s first city-wide bike share scheme has proved hugely successful. It was even able to withstand the ‘wild west’ period of the mid-2010s when emerging competitors’ laissez-faire business models threatened to tarnish the entire sector. Today, bike share schemes across the UK are well established and many towns and cities have delivered almost two years of e-scooter trials. This presentation will introduce the concept of micromobility and share experiences of launching multi-city and multi-operator micromobility schemes across the Solent Region.

Violent Extremism and Terrorism: Global Issues that Demand Local Solutions - November 2022

With guest speakers: Elias Pogany & Hamish Lee, Albany Associates

Over the past 20 years or so, in countries around the world, there has been a surge in individuals, (particularly young people) being drawn to violent extremist ideologies and joining terrorist organisations. While many of the general narratives and arguments that these organisations use (whether in Syria, Britain, or Bangladesh) are common, what actually drives someone to ‘become a terrorist’ so often depends on what they and their families have been through in their own villages, towns, cities and countries. In this session, we will draw on case studies from Kosovo and Kyrgyzstan to examine the various drivers of violent extremist radicalization, comparing similarities and differences between the drivers in each of these countries. We will then look at the specific tools and solutions that one counter extremism project has applied in both Kosovo and Kyrgyzstan order to reduce the likelihood of young people being radicalized or continuing down violent extremist paths.

Classical Civilisation Students Explored the British Museum - 2022

Lecturers from University of Kent Virtually Visited our Classical Civilisation Students - 2022

History Students had a Visit from Guest Speakers from Royal Holloway University - 2022

Year 12 Geography Students Attended a Coasts Study Trip - 2022

Year 13 Geography Students: London Trip - 2022

Geography Association Lectures - 2022

We regularly run:

  • Languages competitions 
  • Poetry / Creative Writing competitions
  • Film / video competitions

Weekly Enrichment Activities;

STEP and Stretch

A 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. Many BHASVIC Alumni are currently studying Maths at Oxford, Cambridge, Warwick, Imperial College etc. having honed their skills at STEP & Stretch.

 

Upcoming Activities:

BHASVIC Maths Alumni to Visit & Discuss Maths Courses & Progression Options Post-Sixth Form - 2023

 

Past Enrichment:

Alumni Maths Students Presented to our Current Maths Students Possible Progression Routes with Maths & University Courses - 2022

The former students were from a range of universities studying a range of subjects

Our Maths Students Visited Oxford University's Maths Department

University of Liverpool Virtually Presented a Maths Talk to our Students

With over 100 BHASVIC students in attendance

Weekly Enrichment Activities

Digital Theatre - This is a chance for students to see productions staged by companies like the RSC, Frantic Assembly and the National Theatre for free, with discussion.

Monologue Slam -  Students are welcome to come and find their voice, exploring writing, poetry, rhythm and swagger. Helpful for audition practice and competition entry and fun.

 

Upcoming Activities:

Performing Arts & Art Students To Meet Marvel Comics Illustrator, Short Film-Maker and Author - December 2022

Kev Hopgood is a freelance illustrator and comic book artist. His best known comics credit is his stint drawing the Iron Man comic book for Marvel Comics. During his time on the book he designed the War Machine and Hulkbuster characters that have since made appearances in several Marvel Studios movies He is also a short film-maker, having directed 2 short films: Story Time and The Last Confession and has also illustrated  a Ringo nominated graphic novel  "Blowback" and written a novel "Dead in the Water". Kev will be visiting our Music & Performing Arts and Art students to talk about his creative and diverse careers. 

Northern School of Contemporary Dance: Cultural Dance Forms Workshop - March 2023

Year 13 Composition Project with Ensemble Reza Professional Musicians - 2023

Workshops in Greek Music Performance with Rebetiko Carnival - 2023

 

Past Enrichment:

Production of Bramblehead by Thea Adams, a Current BHASVIC Student - December 2022

Thea wrote & starred in the play. All proceeds donated to RISE Charity. 

Institute of Contemporary Theatre's Head of Acting, Phil Edgerly: Progression routes into the Acting Profession - November 2022

On Campus Workshop with Hofesh Schecter Dance Company

Akram Khan Visited to Host a Workshop Focused on Dance & Choreography

Ceyda Tanc Dance Company Ran a Contemporary Technique Workshop for our Dance Students 

Alumni & Singer Songwriter, Lily Knott, Visited to Share Experiences of Working in the Music Industry

Judith Shard Visited Students to Present Experiences of Working in Music Press

Drama Industry Visit from Sophia Ragavelas, Notable Lead in Les Miserables & Mamma Mia

BTEC Acting Virtual Discussion with Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA- Drama School)

Drama A2 Mock Audition Panel 

Mercy by Evvie Visser
Current A2 Drama student playwrights, Evie Visser, was given the opportunity to direct and perform at BHASVIC for charity

Black History Month - October 2021

In 2005, BHASVIC Performing Arts ran a theatre trip to the Royal Court, to see the then aspiring playwright, Debbie Tucker-Green. We use Tucker-Green's work as stimulus material with our students. BHASVIC alumni, Miranda Mufema was particularly inspired by Tucker-Green's plays while studying at BHASVIC. Tucker-Green's ‘Ear for Eye’ is being shown concurrently at the BFI London and streaming on BBC 2,16th October at 10:15 pm.

Miranda is now on a play-writing course with the Theatre Royal and working as an Assistant Dramaturg with Murmuration Arts, a community arts project organisation. Here is a monologue she created while at BHASVIC. It is a verbatim piece of theatre, about motherhood, which she researched in her community. I hope one day we will see her on the BBC too!

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Ensemble Reza Visit - March 2021

Following an online workshop in March, Ensemble Reza visited BHASVIC today to perform our A level Music students’ compositions.  An amazing experience for our students to hear their pieces performed by professional musicians. If you are interested in Ensemble Reza’s education, community and performing work please visit www.ensemblereza.com or email info@ensemblereza.com

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Annual Events:

  • Concerts and events in college including: Christmas concert, Summer Concert, Leavers Event
  • BHASVICTV videos on a range of topics and college events
  • The BEARDS, Visual Arts Exhibition.
  • Moving Image Awards: BHASVICTORS at the Duke of York's Cinema.
  • Dance shows
  • LOOKOUT Project – Creative industry mentoring for students.
  • BTEC Music Trip to BIMM - Future of the Music Industry
  • WaterBear College of Music Visits our Music Students to Discuss Careers in the Music Industry

 

BHASVIC TV FOOTAGE

BHASVIC TV - Futures Fair 2022

BHASVIC TV - Young Carers Interview 2021

BHASVIC TV - Freshers Fair

BHASVIC TV - Welcome to BHASVIC

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.

Upcoming Activities:

Local MP, Caroline Lucas Visit - December 2022

Discussion with Politician, Mims Davies - January 2023 

Local MP, Peter Kyle Visit - January 2023

BTEC Law Enrichment Day - January 2023

Tim Loughton, MP, In Conversation - January 2023

Visit from Lloyd Russell Moyle - January 2023

Court Trips to UKSC and Royal Courts - Spring Term 2023

 

Past Enrichment:

Visit from Professor Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos of Goldsmiths University - December 2022

University of Law: A workshop case study on Tony Martin - November 2022

Visit by a Supreme Court Justice, Lady Rose - November 2022

The PPL department is pleased to announce a visit by Lady Justice Rose, a Justice of the UK Supreme Court, taking place at BHASVIC on Friday 18 November.

James Yates, Alumni & Solicitor Visited Our Law Students

A Discussion with Lucy Tarrant, Partner and Director of Cognitive Law

Visit from BBC Crime Correspondent, Colette McBeth

Workshop for Law Students in the Royal Courts of Justice

Students debated a murder case and took on the roles of prosecution and defence

Social Mobility Business Partnership 

Our Law students liaised with the Social Mobility Business Partnership; students were offered work insight and skills development

Upcoming Activities:

Technopolis Group and Mott MacDonald will be coming to BHASVIC to give a talk to our students about Tackling Climate Change and Innovative Technology.

Biology CREST Award Portfolio Course is working with the University of Sussex looking at the yeast genome and links to cancer

University of Brighton are teaming up with our Biology CREST Award students in researching the properties of artificial skin and bioplastics

SeaLife Centre are working with our students on a variety of projects, including blacktip reef shark hierarchy. 

Biology Photography Competition - The theme for 2022 is sustainability. All past winners are proudly displayed in the Biology corridor.

 

Past Enrichment:

DECEMBER 2019

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

MARCH 2019

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 has been set up 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). 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.

Our Sports Centre includes a large sports hall, a dance studio, tennis courts, fields and a fitness teaching facility. You can opt. to take part in a wide range of team sports including: basketball, football, rugby and netball. We keenly support sporting talent, and many of our students have gained county or national honours. 

BHASVIC 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 a variety of different activities each lunchtime. For more information, please contact the Sport Department.
 
Over 250 students per month have engaged in our variety of lunchtime sports clubs. Find out more on the 'Societies & Clubs' tab. 
 
We have athletes who compete in other sports such as swimming, athletics and trampolining. Although we do not offer training for this, we can still enter them in to competitions under the college name.
 
 
Speak to any member of the Sports Department if you are interested in any of the above or email sport@bhasvic.ac.uk for further information. Follow us on @bhasvicsport
 

NOVEMBER 2022

Strength & Nutrition Employability Talk 

Our guest Alex Levington is an experienced Strength & Nutrition specialist working in football and with other populations. Alex will talk about progression and current roles in the industry; he gained an undergraduate degree in Sports & Exercise Science, a masters in Sports Nutrition and is currently completing a PhD related to Nutrition. Alex's roles range from being a personal trainer to head of performance and nutrition at Portsmouth Women FC. He also works with charities such as Take Heart, Can Rehab and BeeZee Bodies. 
 
OCTOBER 2022
 
BHASVIC Alumni and qualified charted accountant in the football industry, Kieran Maguire, spoke to our sports students about the wide range of possible careers in Football, Finance & Media. 

FEBRUARY 2022

BHASVIC Women’s football team have reached the last 8 of the AOC National Cup after a resounding 9-0 win against Barnet and Southgate College. We now await the draw to see who we face in the quarter-finals.

The BHASVIC girls who are also regional champions will be representing the South East at the National Championships in Nottingham this coming April. The women’s programme has gone from strength to strength over the years and now sees BHASVIC as one of the strongest women’s football teams in the country. 

Our Netball first team have won 4 out of their 5 fixtures this year, reaching the semi-finals of the Sussex County Cup! The Netball second team have won all 7 of their fixtures this season too! 

DECEMBER 2021

Women's Football Regional 7 a side Tournament

Our women's football team travelled to Southampton and went up against 15 other teams from the South East, competing to represent the AOC South East region at the Nationals in Nottingham next spring 2022. We are delighted to say that our incredible team won!! Remaining unbeaten all day and not conceding a single goal (until the penalty shoot out in the final).

BHASVIC will now represent the South East region for women's football with all the other sports and compete at the National Championships - a similar format to the Olympics. Another fantastic achievement for these students who have really put BHASVIC's name on the map! Congratulations to everyone who took part!

 
 
 
 
Upcoming Activities:

A Discussion with Kev Hopgood, a Marvel Comics illustrator, short film-maker and author - December 2022

Print Workshop from Brighton University Tutor, Phil Taylor

Visit to Brighton University Textile Studios

Dog & Bone Gallery: BHASVIC Student-Takeover- March 2023

 

Past Enrichment:

Trip to the V&A for Textiles

Articulation Art Prize Heats

A Talk from the Brighton Art Foundation

University Arts London Talk

Discussion with a Curator from the V&A

 

Annual Events:

  • The Visual Arts - a gallery of student work in Art, Photography and Textiles - Visit our virtual Visual Arts Exhibition
  • Virtual Summer Concert - Watch and listen to our brilliant music students performing from their homes. There's something for everyone - from Micheal Bublé to Tchaikovsky.
  • 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.

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Please see a sample of curriculum clubs offered at BHASVIC:-

  • Greenpower Eco Car HERE
  • Peat Fires research
  • Maths and Science Olympiads
  • IT competitions
  • Drama clubs

Greenpower electric car challenge

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.