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Enrichment

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:

  • 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
  • Young Enterprise students are also 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


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 aims to provide all Year 1 students with insights into a variety of careers, increasing their employability and helping to prepare them for independent living.

In previous years, departments have successfully organised:

• carousels of speakers including ex-students / professionals working in relevant career areas

• visits to courts, laboratories, galleries, museums and theatres

• skills development activities including interview skills and mock interviews

Full information about the day will be available following the event.  Please see below a sneak preview of visits organised for our Business students, the focus of these visits will be to learn about the operations of the business and how to succeed within them:

  • Lloyd’s Insurance Market, London
  • AMEX HQ,  Brighton
  • The Student Room HQ, Brighton. 

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.

MARCH 2019

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.

FEBRUARY 2019

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

JANUARY 2019

 Enrico Ceccone from The University of Bath came to talk to language students

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

• Historians

• Visual Arts - Graphite Digital

We run:

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


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.

JULY 2019

MPA Showcase - Attenborough Centre, Univeristy of Sussex.

APRIL 2019

BHASVIC drama students perform at the Theatre Royal Brighton

FEBRUARY 2019

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

            BHASVIC TV - Art Department 2018

            BHASVIC TV - Freshers Fair - September 2018

            BHASVIC TV - Welcome to BHASVIC 2018

            BHASVIC TV - Bhasvictors June 2018

            BHASVIC TV - WW1 Centenary Commemoration Friday 9 November 2018

            BHASVIC TV - Open Evenings 2018

            As part of the development of our "Futures Framework" employability programme we offered all students the chance to get involved in the NCS Social Action Programme in the Autumn Term.  This was part of a subsidised government initiative and is open to everyone, but is particularly useful for students 

            who are 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 your own team project, making a positive impact on the local community.  Watch this space to see feedback from students and parents who took part in this.

            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.

            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 (Wednesday, Room 27, 4pm-5pm) 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 on j.ogrady@bhasvic.ac.uk should you require any further information.

            The Women in Physics Society was started this year 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 (j.drummond@bhasvic.ac.uk) or Kishani Ranatunga (k.ranatunga@bhasvic.ac.uk) for further information.

            December 2018

            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. 

            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. 


            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. 

            EXTRA-CURRICULAR CLUBS
            The sports we offer for a Wednesday afternoon, team fixtures are:-
            • Men’s Basketball
            • Netball
            • Rugby
            • Ladies Basketball
            • Men and Ladies Football
            These are all team sports we have trials for in September.

             Recreationally we offer the following at lunchtimes:-

            • Volleyball
            • Badminton
            • Table Tennis
            • Futsal

            We also 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 or email n.robinson@bhasvic.ac.uk for further information.






            We are proud to run a large number of wide-ranging day and annual visits across most of our subject areas. Last year, we ran a number of residential trips in the UK and abroad, 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.