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Main Reception will close from 12:45 on Thursday 11 July. Main Reception will be open from 9am to 3pm only from Monday 12 August until Wednesday 28 August. Normal college Reception opening hours will commence at 8am on Thursday 29 August. The college site will be open, except on Bank Holiday Monday 26 August, however, most staff will be unavailable. If you need to contact a Department by email, please take a look at our Contact Us page.

Yasmin Samaroo

Legal Apprentice at Gowling WLG

I came from Longhill High School and studied at BHASVIC from 2016 to 2018. I studied BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Law (Single Law BTEC), BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Business (Double Business BTEC) and 1 year portfolio subject in Criminology

I had a great time at BHASVIC over my two years of studying. I really enjoyed my subjects as I knew I wanted to do something business/law related in the future. I opted for BTEC as I am better suited to coursework rather than exams (my own preference). My teachers were knowledgeable and always very helpful. I felt supported with my studies and also outside of my studies with areas such as university, mental health and career options etc. I had a brilliant tutor group and both my tutor and teachers were always approachable. There were many resources available and specialist staff on hand if I had any questions (example - careers advisor). I made some friends for life at BHASVIC and had a truly fantastic experience, I wish I could go back!

After BHASVIC, I took a gap year which allowed me to focus on applying for legal apprenticeships. I also worked various jobs, volunteered at Sussex Police and travelled around Australia.

In September 2019, I started a Paralegal Apprenticeship in an international law firm, based in London. The law firm deals with commercial clientsthis ties in with my business studies and law courses very nicely. I have almost completed the second year of my apprenticeship and have recently finished several exams. On successful completion of this 2 year apprenticeship, I will be a qualified Paralegal. In September this year I will progress onto the Solicitors Apprenticeship. The apprenticeship is roughly 6 years and involves working a full time job alongside studying a law degree. The ultimate aim is to qualify as a Solicitor via this un-traditional route. Although it is hard work and a long hours, I am thoroughly enjoying it and look forward to seeing what the future holds.

My best advice would be to make sure you choose the subjects that are right for you. I would highly recommend BHASVIC!