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.
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.
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.
We are proud of our diverse student body, and are committed to providing equal opportunities for all members of our community.
During your time at the college, you will be respected as a young adult and treated as an individual. We will treat you fairly and without prejudice.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of learners and expect our staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
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.
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.
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.
Our dedicated guidance and student services team provides excellent support for students who are interested in applying for an apprenticeship or gaining direct employment when they leave College.
We have strong links with local training providers who come into College to explain the apprenticeship system and how to be successful in achieving a placement. We also work with local employers across industries to give students advice on job applications, CVs and interviews.
In the second year students can opt into a specialist tutorial pathway which focuses on developing these opportunities and achieving a successful, extended work experience placement of at least 25 hours.
Our Personal Tutors and Careers Advisers provide outstanding guidance in group settings and one-to-ones and make use of the excellent resources available in our careers area and online via our Virtual Learning Environment.
We encourage all of our learners to explore career ideas firsthand through work experience placements. You can undertake a placement anytime at BHASVIC; whether it’s to fit in with your course timetable, during the holidays, or during the last week of the summer term.
We can help you to find a relevant placement and work with you to ensure that you get the most from the experience.
The College works closely with Brighton and Sussex universities to encourage students from all backgrounds to progress into higher education.
This includes specialised university open days, subject-specific taster days, support through personal statements and interviews, and extensive information, advice and guidance on the funding and support available.
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.
As a BHASVIC student, all doors will be open to you - and our dedicated careers advisors will help you explore your options.
Our regularly updated Careers Suite provides up-to-date information about local full-time and part-time job vacancies, colleges and universities, career options, gap years, voluntary work and working abroad.
Whether you’re looking for advice and guidance on your transition from College to Higher Education or 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 find your path.
College life isn’t always easy, and we want all of our learners to feel emotionally supported throughout their time at BHASVIC.
We employ qualified Dialogue Counsellors, with whom you can discuss your feelings, thoughts and any concerns on College work, relationships, home life and future decisions in a confidential and informal setting.
Our student services are dedicated to offering impartial and confidential information and support on a wide range of issues such as sexual health, anxiety and stress, alcohol, substance misuse and relationships.
Our Welfare Co-ordinator also offers advice on the financial support available to our students, including 16-19 Bursaries. We also provide extensive information on travel options and the various discount schemes that are available for students on buses and trains.
The 16-19 bursary is aimed at providing vulnerable young people with a level of financial support.
The College is able to use its discretion to award monies from the Bursary Fund in ways that best fit the needs and circumstances of individual students. This could include providing help with travel, books or other course related costs.
The College will look to target support to students facing the greatest financial barriers to participation.
Application forms are available from the Student Services Centre from August 2017.