Specialised support for student success
Our staff are dedicated to giving you the best possible start in your academic study and career. That means individually tailored support, from assistance with coursework to your personal welfare.
Our students tell us they like the informal but purposeful atmosphere in the college, and the independence college life offers. We believe our students are young adults, capable of taking responsibility for themselves and their work, and requiring support and guidance to achieve this.
As a BHASVIC student, you will receive support with your progression planning via the tutorial programme, and from the resources which can be found on the VLE.
However, in addition to this, we also have two fully-qualified and experienced Careers Advisers who can help you explore your options during a one-to-one appointment. This individualised service is open to all students and appointments can be booked via the Student Services reception desk, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
One-to-one guidance is designed to support students' aspirations, challenge preconceptions and open their eyes to the range of opportunities available to them. Our advisers are skilled in helping individuals assess their own skills, values and interests and how these may match future careers.
A key aim for us is to ensure that all students have the self-awareness and research skills they need for their future progression. We hope to equip all of our students with skills that will take them from BHASVIC onto the next stage of their education or career and beyond.
Our regularly updated VLE page provides up-to-date information about colleges and universities, career options, apprenticeships, gap years, voluntary work, working abroad and a variety of other possibilities. This is backed up by our annual Futures Fair where we have approximately 100 exhibitors available to guide our students in their choices.
Whether you’re looking for advice and guidance on your transition from College to Higher Education or the world of work, exploring longer-term career ideas, updating your CV or brushing up on interview techniques, our careers service will answer your questions and help you develop the required skills.
The Careers and Next Steps page of the VLE also contains more subject specific information and access to licensed careers software which can also help students in their research and decision making:
A useful guide for those leaving BHASVIC after the first year:
Apprenticeships and Degree Apprenticeships
Rate my apprenticeship has reviews of employers and national database of vacancies:
The National Careers Service has a good overview of different job
profiles which includes their entry requirements and training paths,
duties and hours of work:
Target Careers has information by sector and a parents section of the website:
Plotr has information on a wide range of careers:
Explore jobs related to different degrees through Prospects:
Distance Learning: Short Courses
We do not recommend that students undertake any more than 12 hours work whilst completing their studies. The College is not responsible for vacancies advertised on external websites. Individuals should take their own steps in ensuring the validity of the opportunity when contacting any of the advertised groups or individuals
CVs & Covering Letters
These websites below offer general advice on taking a gap year and do not include specialist company websites.
Not in Education, Training or Employment (NEET)
There is information, advice and guidance services run by Local
Authorities who can support young people not in education, employment or
training. The service to refer to depends on where a young person
The Prince’s Trust offers support and runs programmes to build skills and work experience:
National Citizen Service summer programme for 16-17 year olds:
Starting your own business
The Counselling Service at BHASVIC is provided by YMCA Dialogue, an organisation with over 20 years experience in delivering counselling and therapeutic services to children and young people. Our Lead Counsellor has over 25 years of experience and is supported by 5 other counsellors, with the aim of supporting as many students as possible. The service is fully accredited by the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy.
The purpose of seeing one of our counsellors is to offer you a regular, supportive, safe and confidential space to talk about anything that is making you worried or upset, or any difficult thoughts you are having.
Young people come to counselling for lots of different reasons, such as:
• Sadness, depression, unhappiness, loneliness
• Difficulties with family and/or peer relationships
• Worries about college or work
• Concerns about sex or sexuality
• Use of alcohol and/or drugs
• The illness or death of someone close to them
• Experience of sexual, physical or emotional abuse
• Self harm
• Suicidal thoughts
What you say remains private - unless we think you or any other person is at risk of coming to serious harm. Even then we would hope to talk to you about it first. Sometimes young people ask us to talk to parents, carers, teachers or tutors on their behalf.
Your counsellor will listen to you and talk through any difficult things that are going on for you. Most students are offered 6 sessions which last for 40 minutes each. However, sometimes people come for just one session and sometimes we see people for several months - this will depend on what you and your counsellor feel you need.
Any student who wants to speak to a counsellor can self-refer by:
Texting: 07624 802745. Start your text with TALK followed by a space and then your message
Completing a referral form: Referral forms are available from the Student Services Centre or the counselling page of BHASVLE (Home page > Students > Student Services > Counselling. You can also access the form here: Counselling Referral Form
Completed forms can be scanned and sent to the email account above, or a hard copy can be handed to a member of Student Services staff, or posted into the red Confidential Post Box in the entrance area of the Student Services Centre. This box is kept locked at all times and is only accessed by members of the Student Services team.
The member of Student Services who deals with your referral will check your timetable and find the first available Counselling Assessment Appointment that would work for you. We will then contact you via your BHASVIC email address to confirm the appointment with you. Please note that it can take up to 2 – 3 weeks for an assessment to be available.
An assessment is an opportunity for you to meet our Lead Counsellor and talk through your concerns. You can also use the opportunity to ask any questions you have about counselling. At the end of the assessment our Lead Counsellor will talk to you about the options for on-going support, either from the College, or an external service, if this is appropriate.
Whatever it is that is worrying you, no matter how small you think it may seem, if you want to talk to someone please get in touch.
Whilst at BHASVIC, students have access to a range of support services. You can find more detailed info about each service on this page/below but here is an overview of what all students can expect to receive during their time with us.
Social Media Links to Wellbeing
Over the past couple of years, BHASVIC students have been involved in the #IAMWHOLE campaign, which aims to reduce the stigma around mental health #IAMWHOLE campaign.
Here are two videos from the campaign the first is made by BHASVIC TV and second reinforces the message that we are all responsible for thinking about the language we use, and suggesting changes to others when we hear stigmatising words and phrases: Video
BHASVIC is committed to ensuring that everybody in our community (students, staff, parents, carers, governors and applicants) is treated fairly and equally.
With this in mind, we aim to be:
• an inclusive and accepting college where every individual feels part of a community and where we play an active role in our local community to help raise standards and aspirations
• an efficient, fair and intelligently managed organisation
• a college where staff and students are supported, valued and developed in a safe environment, knowing their own wellbeing is key to our success
• a college which allows all students to achieve above and beyond what they think is possible
• an enabling curriculum, providing a broad and balanced, all-round education
Students and staff are welcome to join the BHASVIC Inclusivity Group (BIG), which advises on EDI matters in the college.
BHASVIC’s EDI and Welfare Coordinator is Aoife Tobin. 01273 552200 extension 4817 email@example.com
External organisations for equality, diversity and inclusion
These documents list local and national organisations that can support people based on their demographics, protected characteristics, or personal situation.
Services are organised alphabetically within each category. Inclusion on this list is for advice only. Not all groups included in this list have been assessed by the college. Individuals should take their own steps in ensuring suitability when contacting any of the groups or organisations listed. Details correct at date of publication – May 2018.
PLEASE NOTE: APPLICATION FORMS FOR 2018-19 WILL BE AVAILABLE HERE FROM WEDNESDAY 27 JUNE.
Financial Support for 2017-18:
16-19 Bursary Fund (for students who are aged 16-18 on 31st August 2017)
The 16-19 Bursary Fund for 2017-18 is now open. The 16-19 Bursary Fund & Free College Meals Flowchart found below provides a useful summary of the support available to students. After reading the information available below, You may be eligible to apply, you can print a copy of the application form below and return it to the Student Services Centre. Hard copies will also be available from the Student Services Centre and Reception.
Please note the following important information:
The closing date for applications is Friday 8 December 2017 but you should apply as soon as possible. If you find yourself in financial hardship after this date please contact Student Services
Funding is limited and we cannot guarantee that we will be able to meet all of your financial support requirements
Payment of bursary funds is dependent on student maintaining attendance of 90% or above on all their courses and displaying appropriate behaviour whilst at College
It is essential that you complete the application form in full and return it to us with the evidence we have requested. Please send photocopies of evidence – we cannot guarantee the return of any original evidence we receive
Please be aware that confirmation of awards may not be made until mid-September at the earliest due to the large numbers of applications expected. Parents and students may wish to put in place a contingency to pay for travel, books/equipment and trips in September. However, please be aware that we cannot guarantee that any expenditure made over this period will be reimbursed.
If you think you may qualify for financial assistance with travel to and from College, you should contact your Local Authority (council area) for up-to-date information and advice in the first instance. Further information can be found in the 16-18 Bursary Fund Guidelines below.
Free College Meals (for students who are aged 16-18 on 31st August 2017)
Eligible students will be given vouchers to use in the College canteen for each day they have timetabled lessons in College. Please refer to the 16-19 Bursary Fund & Free College Meals Guidelines for further information and use the 16-19 Bursary Fund & Free College Meals Application Form to apply.
You will receive a log-in to our online portal early in September, where you can keep track of your progress, attendance and support plans.
Parents can also track student progress online and through termly written subject reviews. These give students a regular opportunity to reflect on their performance across all courses, and enables students and parents to see feedback from staff.
There are three Parents' Evenings in the first year which offer parents the chance to meet with the personal tutor and subject teachers.
By maintaining a transparent relationship between students, staff and parents, we ensure that learners are getting the support they need both in school and at home.
BHASVIC recognises that all members of the College community have the right to be safe and protected, both within the College and whilst engaged in College-related activities. The welfare and wellbeing of students is of paramount importance, in and out of College.
The College ensures that relevant and effective safeguarding practices exist and are actively promoted through the College and that it is understood by all that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. This applies both online and in the physical environment. BHASVIC involves students in shaping these safeguarding practices and in promoting safety and wellbeing to everyone in the College community.
We would like to remind all students to wear their lanyard IDs whilst onsite at BHASVIC. We need to be able to answer the question ‘How do we know who our students are?’ and lanyards provide us with the ability to answer that question and ensure the campus is as safe as it can be. Please can we ask you to ensure your ID is visible whilst onsite and comply with staff who ask you to produce and wear them to ensure you play your part in keeping everyone safe. Student Lanyard Poster.
What can I do if I am concerned about my or someone else's safety?
You can speak to any member of staff in the College. This could be your teacher, Personal Tutor, Guidance Manager, a member of the Safeguarding Team, or any other member of staff you feel able to talk to. All of our staff receive Safeguarding training.
The member of staff is not able to promise confidentiality, but will be able to refer you to the right person or Department, if there is a need to do so.
If the problem is something that you would prefer to speak to someone closer to your own age about, please speak to Oliver Philpot the Welfare, Equality and Diversity Officer in the Student Union. You can find lots of useful advice on the Student Welfare page on the VLE.
Emergency safeguarding information outside College hours:
Outside of College hours if you are concerned about a child's welfare, please contact the relevant agency in your area.
Brighton and Hove
Brighton and Hove Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub
Single Point of Advice (SPoA) Mon-Thurs 8.30am-5pm and Fri 8.30am-4.30pm.
Phone: 01323 464222
Out of Hours Social Care Service - Children's services: 01273 335905/6
Anyone who has concerns about the welfare of a child can contact a single countywide phone number, known as the 'MASH'. Monday to Friday between 9am-5pm: 01403 229900
At all other times, including nights, weekends and bank holidays, contact the 'out of hours' emergency team: 03302226664
BHASVIC Safeguarding Team
Assistant Principal (Director of Student Services)
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Lead responsibility for Child Protection
Designated senior member of staff with lead responsibility for both safeguarding and child protection in the College.
Assistant Principal (Director of Resources)
Health and Safety
Safeguarding Operational Lead
Student Services Manager
Human Resources Manager
Safer Recruitment and ISA
PA to Director of Student Services
37 students gained places at Oxford and Cambridge in 2016, and 27 students gained places in medicine, dentistry or veterinary science.
If you’re looking to apply to Oxford or Cambridge, or to pursue a medical career, you can rely on our comprehensive program of guidance.
Support and advice is available from the moment you enrol at BHASVIC, with regular trips to Oxford and Cambridge universities plus visits from key Oxbridge staff.
Our specialised tutor group pathway will also help you with the Oxbridge application and interview procedure.
Our medical and veterinary programme will help you select appropriate courses, navigate the application procedure and build a relevant work experience portfolio. We will coach you for interviews and help you prepare for the UKCAT and BMAT entrance exams.
Our tutorial programme is carefully designed to support you on your educational journey, from settling into your new environment, all the way through to leaving College and embarking on your next adventure.
You will be assigned a Personal Tutor right from the very start of your studies, joining a Tutor Group of about 20 students.
Your Personal Tutor will be a guide and mentor, keeping an eye on your progress, offering support, sign-posting help and encouraging you in your endeavours.
Tutor sessions take place once a week and are located in our Student Services building, which also hosts a range of specialist support from careers and work experience advisers, bursary advice, welfare and counselling.
These sessions are used for one-to-one discussions, as well as group
activities to support your wider development. Your Personal Tutor will
provide outstanding information, advice and guidance and will help you
make the most of your time at BHASVIC by informing you of the huge range
of opportunities available beyond your courses.
In your second year at BHASVIC you will be able to select a specialist tutorial pathway that will best assist you with your courses and lead you toward your chosen career or area of study.
- Oxbridge or Medical and Veterinary Careers
- Work Experience / Apprenticeships / Progression Options
- University (UCAS) and Higher Education (H.E)
- Visual Arts applications
- Support (for students receiving specialist / curriculum support)
Together with your tutor you will construct a study programme that reflects and supports your developing career aspirations, with a range of options to extend your specialism beyond the curriculum.
Described as ‘outstanding’ by OFSTED in 2012, our university application support system will take you from your first thoughts about Higher Education right through to practical advice about making the most of your student loan and dealing with landlords.
You will be given extensive help by your Personal Tutor as you research universities, subjects and courses. You will also find detailed support in preparing your application and writing a personal statement. Your Personal Tutor will check your progress in applying every step of the way and will guide you to making informed and successful choices.
Parents and carers are also supported through this process via specialist links on our website and through HE Information Evenings in the Spring term of the first year.
Our [destinations data] shows the excellent degree completion and achievement rates of BHASVIC students, who are places among the top achievers nationally compared with independent, sixth form college and state schools.
Choosing a course
University Taster Courses
We fully encourage any student who wishes to study overseas, drawing on the college’s close links with leading US universities.
The Heads of the Harvard and Yale International Applications departments visit BHASVIC to answer students’ questions, and our staff have undertaken residential visits to Rutgers and Yale.
The leading universities of the Netherlands also visit BHASVIC every year, conducting Information Evenings for parents and students in the Autumn term and working closely with the College to support applications.
Whether applying for a foundation course, a foundation degree course or a BA honours degree, our specialist tutorial programme provides information, support and advice on the types of courses available, the visual arts application process, interview techniques and portfolio preparation.
The EDI & Welfare Coordinator, based within the Student Services team, is available Tuesday to Friday from 10:00am – 4.30pm, in Room C305 on the ground floor of the Student Services Centre. Appointments are not needed; students can simply drop in.
The EDI & Welfare Coordinator is extremely knowledgeable, has extensive experience in working with young people, and has links with many specialist agencies and support services working with young people in Brighton, and the surrounding area, and can help students to find support both inside and outside the College.
Every year, hundreds of students visit the Welfare Office to seek advice and support on a variety of issues. There are far too many to list, but include:
• Money worries
• Mental health and emotional wellbeing
• Physical health
• Safety and crime
• Accommodation difficulties e.g. breakdown of family relationship leading to an insecure housing situation
• Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
• Alcohol, Smoking and Drugs
BHASVIC is also part of the C Card scheme, which enables us to register students for the free card which gives them access to free condoms from pick up points across the city. We also provide non-judgemental advice and information about contraception, STIs, relationship and sexual health, pregnancy and on-site self-testing for Chlamydia and gonorrhoea.
The Welfare Office provides a place where students can be listened to, where they can talk about any difficulties or worries they have inside or outside college, and access support specific to their circumstances.
There are still spaces available on some of the Summer Schools, for more information please click HERE
Widening Participation is a government initiative aimed at supporting social mobility and ensuring that all students have access to high quality information, advice and guidance in order to help them make appropriate decisions regarding their future.
BHASVIC works closely with a number of organisations, both locally and nationally, to encourage students from all backgrounds to consider Higher Education. We will help students to conduct research and consider the most appropriate route for them. Widening participation offers free, no risk opportunities for students to ensure they understand what is involved in undertaking a university undergraduate degree. Students are able apply for whichever opportunities they feel are appropriate.
The work we undertake is intended to enable students to make informed decisions about their future; if a student does not feel that Higher Education is for them then we will support them in their search for employment or other progression routes of interest to them e.g. gap years, college leaver schemes or apprenticeships.
The opportunities offered to Widening Participation students are varied and can include subject-specific taster days, one to one careers support, advice in making university choices and support with personal statements and interview preparation.
Over half our first year intake qualified for some sort of Widening Participation scheme in 2016-17, and we have an outstanding reputation for our work in this field, leading the way in best practice and sending regular newsletters home to ensure there is support for parents and carers too.
You can find out more about Widening Participation from the links below:
We encourage all of our students to explore career ideas through work experience placements. This may be a compulsory curriculum requirement eg. Health and Social Care BTEC, a compulsory tutor pathway requirement, eg. Enterprise and Employability A2 students, summer term enrichment or on an ad-hoc basis.
We can help you source a relevant placement and work with you to ensure that you get the most from the experience.
Some useful resources to help you on your way...
Hospital Volunteering (including Royal Sussex County, Princess Royal and Worthing Hospitals): contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Local business directory: Free Index Brighton & Hove
Student Ladder - work experience across all sectors.
For more information please drop in and see Judith Shard, downstairs in Rm 307, Student Services.