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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. New initiatives are updated on a regular basis.
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: Spring 2020/Autumn 2019/Spring 2019. There is a special feature on Enrichment in our Summer 2019 edition.
CollegesLive was an online event for college students which took place on zoom across the country to be inspired by innovators, survivors, and risk takers from around the World including:
Midge Ure OBE, Co-Founder of Band Aid/Live Aid, will be sharing his journey from growing up in a deprived area of Glasgow to receiving his OBE from the Queen, how he overcame setbacks and the importance of resilience and learning to embrace his love of creativity growing up.
Former FBI special agent, author and podcaster, Jerri Williams will be inspiring students across colleges as she reflects on how she succeeded in a male-dominated environment in the FBI, the importance of diversity and inclusion and working collaboratively to achieve your goals.
And the youngest person to walk on the Moon, Charles Duke, will be proving that the sky is the limit, encouraging curiosity, how to overcome setbacks in order to achieve your goals and will discuss how teamwork was crucial to the success of the Apollo mission.
All students were signed up to the Freshers’ and Enrichment page which went live on the Student BHASVLE from 12 October 2020 and were able to find out about the following:-
- BHASVIC Student Societies
- BHASVIC Student Union
- Curriculum Groups
- Social Groups
- Student Ambassador Roles
- Support Offered from Local Organisations.
A combination of videos, posters and literature for students were available to view with the contacts details for various groups and organisations. Further information will also be coming soon on the Student Union - Clubs and Societies page. Students are also encouraged to join our online community and all links are available on the Student BHASVLE (Virtual Learning Environment).
The MUSIC Department have launched the following clubs during lunch time and after college, please contact the Music Department for more details.
- Big Band - Monday lunchtime
- Session orchestra - Tuesday lunchtime
- Pop choir - Wednesday lunchtime
- Chamber Choir - Wednesday 15:45
B-FEST 2019 - Celebrating the achievements of our second year students, full details here: Parents' and Carers' News Summer 2019.
A Sample of Employability Enrichment Activities arranged by the Business & Economics department:
- Young Enterprise 2020 - Two BHASVIC teams made full entries into the 'virtual' Young Enterprise Area Finals. This involved the teams submitting company reports, video presentations and trade stand pictures, read full information here Young Enterprise Competition
- International Women’s day hosted by American Express – March 2020 During Careers Week over 20 Business/Economics female students attended a workshop event focusing around ambition and aspiration. The students also thought about how their values, skills and experiences made them unique, and how these could be developed in the workplace.
- 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
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:-
- 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.
All of our Year 1 (and some Year 2) 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 Creative Arts Festival celebrates creativity in all its forms, showcasing student skills through a series of 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.
Please see a sample of curriculum clubs offered at BHASVIC:-
- Greenpower Eco Car HERE
- Peat Fires research
- Maths and Science Olympiads
- IT competitions
The Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award is a nationally recognised programme which promotes personal development and community engagement. Participants complete five sets of tasks:
- Helping the community/environment.
- Becoming fitter.
- Developing new skills.
- Planning, training for and completing an expedition.
- Working with a team on a residential activity.
It is a wonderful opportunity to challenge and develop yourself outside the classroom and it is easy to see why it is so highly valued by universities and employers. At BHASVIC, we provide regular planning and check-in sessions to support you in achieving each aspect of the award and hope to offer the chance to participate in practice and qualifying expeditions.
A unique event to BHASVIC with over 100 exhibitors attending in 2020, please see our website Careers & Employability for details on last year's event. More information coming soon to this page.
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
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
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
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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 in September 2019.
Progression Week is designed to be the launch of the second year (A2) tutorial journey. In order that we are able to tailor second year tutorial sessions to particular pathways and application deadlines, students opt for one of five different options, broadly based on their intended destination and career aim after BHASVIC. This year these activities were run online in pathway teams, you can see full resources here: Careers and Employability. Full details of our Progression Day in June 2019 can be found in our Parents' and Carers' News Summer 2019 Edition.
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
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
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.
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.