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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.
More information coming soon - watch this space!
If you have any questions, drop a line to the Events Team
Students learned practical coping techniques for study & exam stress. BHASVIC students joined the Flourish Mentor group who held a 2 hour fun and useful workshop teaching about stress and how to reduce it.
Environmental Employability Masterclass
At an Employability Masterclass focusing on sustainability, students were guided through sustainable design and the co-design process by:
- Stuart Large from HNW Architects, the award-winning practice that designed the Elms Building
- Councillor Samer Bagaeen, Hove Park councillor
- Sustainability consultant, and Jessica Melville-Brown PhD student at the University of Brighton studying co-design
The hands-on session encouraged students to consider what sustainability means for building and planning by exploring the theory, creativity and practicality that underpins sustainable design.
The Masterclass was part of BHASVIC's work on the DfE Skills Development Fund Trailblazer to develop Green Skills.
Wednesday 27 April 2022
If you want to see more events like this, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Women's History Month #BreakTheBias Celebrations
Live speakers, workshops, interesting talks, discussions and activities from local women from a variety of fields and experiences to celebrate Women's History Month.
14 March - Karen Dobres, Director, Lewes FC & Kelly Lindsey, Head of Performance, Lewes FC
We were joined with Karen and Kelly as they talked about their experiences in sports and how women's football is a vehicle for social change. Karen was elected director of Lewes FC in 2019 and has since paved the way with equal pay for Lewes FC's Men's and Women's football teams. Kelly, a former professional football player, was appointed Lewes FC's Head of Performance in 2021 and has previously coached the Afghan Women's Football team and both Moroccan National Teams.
Watch Karen & Kelly's talk here
15 March - Anxiety Management Workshop
Students learned practical coping techniques for study and exam stress with the wonderful Flourish Mentors. A free workshop in a safe, relaxed space learning ways to reduce stress and understand how to manage anxieties.
21 March - Jade Hylton, Visual Artist and Blogger
Brighton-based photographer, artist, model and writer, Jade, visited BHASVIC to speak about her experiences as a woman in the arts, her career journey and exciting opportunities which opened up for her, as well as Jade's empowering story of how visual arts ran alongside her BLM activism and charity work.
23 March - Amber Oliphant, Project Engineer at High Speed Rail
Amber candidly discussed her journey into engineering, the experiences she faced as she entered a male-dominated profession and the achievements she has accomplished! Amber also discussed the opportunities of apprenticeships and the effectiveness of working on the job to gain confidence as well as professional experience.
Karen discussed ways mindfulness and nature can help break the boundaries for a more equal future.
Watch the full webinar here
29 March - Dr. Isabel Rabey, Physicist
Dr. Isabel Rabey visited BHASVIC to share her inspiring story as a woman in STEM, her amazing achievements and the incredible projects she has worked on, as well as her journey through Imperial College London.
Clothes Swap Drive
BHASVIC's Climate Change Society seasonally host their Clothes Swap Drives, in BHASVIC's efforts to be more environmentally conscious, where our students swap their pre-loved clothes with each other.
Our Clothes Swaps have been huge successes totalling over 400 items swapped across both the Spring and Winter events!
Watch this space for future Clothes Swaps! Get in touch with email@example.com for more information
Book Swap Drives
Students team up with the Events Team to host successful seasonal Book Swaps!
Swapping your books will not only give other students the chance to dive into new stories, but it is also an environmentally sustainable way to get rid of your books which may, instead, go to landfills.
We will be holding book swaps more regularly, watch this space! Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to see more events like this at BHASVIC, or if you wish to get involved with the next Book Swap!
Over 200 books swapped in March!
BHASVIC's Veganuary Food Stalls
Student's from Climate Change Society celebrated Veganuary by selling yummy dishes and treats including Tom's famous vegan Thai Green Curry and vegan brownies.
The homemade vegan food was a sell-out!
Well done, and thank you, to everyone who got involved! Climate Change Society hopes the students and staff all enjoyed their vegan dishes!
We hit refresh for our January Refreshers Fair!
Students came along to explore our exciting range of enrichment opportunities and support services offered at BHASVIC!
- Student Union
- Clubs & Societies
- Curriculum Activities
- Student Services & Welfare
- NHS Sexual Health Team
The Student Union hosted ‘Bhas 'o' Ween', on 22nd October, to bring the college together to celebrate Halloween.
To get students in the spooky spirit, there were treats, with a Halloween themed bake sale, all money raised went to the student's chosen charity, and a cross-college fancy dress competition with frighteningly fantastic prizes for the winner and runners up!
In the afternoon, the SU screened a scary movie for students!
The Student Union hope Bhas 'o' Ween was a great way to end a very busy first half term and to get everyone in the Halloween vibe!
Our Freshers & Enrichment Fair returned on Wednesday 29 September to welcome all students to BHASVIC!
The fair was a great opportunity for new and returning students to chat with local organisations, find out about support services in and outside of college and to sign up for exciting college enrichment activities and societies!
Find out more about…
- Student Union
- Support from Local Organisations
- Clubs & Societies
- Curriculum Groups & Enrichment
- BBC Radio Sussex Opportunities
- Student Services (Careers, Work Experience, Welfare)
- Model United Nations
- … And much more!!
The Freshers & Enrichment Fair was held in the Main Hall and the Elms Theatre with live music and over 30 stalls!
Please see a list of the stallholders.
BHASVIC's Duke of Edinburgh goes from strength to strength with 118 students, both first and second years, gold and silver, successfully completing 3 days of walking and camping on expeditions in the New Forest over October half term.
Our students were brilliant at working together, walking at pace, map reading, resolving problems and cooking up a feast - many tonnes of porridge were eaten! Well done to all who took part.
BHASVIC's brilliant Duke of Edinburgh students volunteered their time to bake cakes and cookies for local food banks around Brighton & Hove.
Working with local community group Sussex Bake Down, the students used the BHASVIC kitchens and donated ingredients to create for Whitehawk and Brighton Foodbanks, as well as The East Brighton food coop who make 1700 meals a week for vulnerable and isolated people across the city.
We are delighted to report 39 brave Silver DofE students made it through three days hiking in Ashdown Forest at the start of term. They managed to overcome blisters and 30 degrees heat to walk about 35km, camping and cooking their own food in teams. A great time was had by all.
We were delighted to be launch our Duke of Edinburgh Programme, with the option to do Silver or Gold. We are keen to enable students to complete their award at BHASVIC despite the problems this year has brought and hope that the programme will go some way to repairing the loss of experiences and opportunities they may have suffered. It’s a fantastic award which incorporates a mixture of worthy social elements with the infamous expeditions.
The DofE is non-competitive and open to all young people – it's about setting personal challenges and pushing personal boundaries. Through their DofE, students will make friends and memories and build traits like confidence, resilience and self-esteem, which can benefit mental health. They’ll gain skills and attributes for work and life, like problem-solving, team-working and self-motivation – and they’ll achieve an Award that’s recognised by top employers and can help them stand out when applying for uni or jobs.
To achieve their Silver/Gold Award, participants must complete four/five sections: Skills, Volunteering, Physical and their Expedition [and Residential for Gold].
Every young person’s DofE programme is personal to them – they can choose what they’d like to do for their Skills, Volunteering and Physical sections, and most activities can count. We will provide guidance and support, and students can either choose to continue an activity they already do or discover something completely new.
During and in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, participants who complete their Skills, Volunteering and Physical sections will also receive a DofE Certificate of Achievement – a formal recognition, by the DofE, of their efforts at this extraordinary time.
Activities for each section take about one hour a week over a set period of time, (though this may also be completed in bigger chunks more infrequently) so they can fit around studying, hobbies and social lives. For more details about programmes and timescales visit DofE.org/do.
The following information will help you to understand what is involved for your young person, plus there is plenty of information available online here:
If you require further information please contact Lesley Clark, DofE Manager at BHASVIC – email@example.com.
We have an exciting range of societies open to all BHASVIC students to join.
- Debating Society
- Feminist Society
- Book Club
- LGBTQ+ Society
- Architecture Society
Please go to the BHASVLE to see the full list of societies and further information on how to sign up.
The Music Department have launched the following clubs during lunch time and after college, please contact the Music Department for more details.
- Wind Ensemble - Monday lunchtimes
- Salsa Band - Monday lunchtimes
- Band Practice - Monday 15:45 - 16:40
- Big Band - Tuesday lunchtimes
- Choir - Wednesdays 15:45 - 16:40
- String Ensemble - Thursday lunchtimes
- Brass Ensemble - Friday lunchtimes
- Concerts / Gigs - Friday lunchtimes
Please see Jo Hatton, Ben Albu or Rich Cross to join any of these ensembles or if you want to take part in one of our Friday concerts
- Table Tennis
- Women's Rugby
- Women's Basketball
LOOKOUT Project and #brightfest present #TheExchange A new collaboration between internationally acclaimed artists and young people in Brighton & Hove. An 8 week exchange of creative ideas, influences and experiences to create something new.
The project culminates in a live online celebration sharing what the artists and young creatives have made together. Join us on Thursday 20th May at 7pm as part of the Brighton Festival.
BHASVIC Virtual Futures Fair took place through March 2021, supporting National Careers Week 1- 6 March.
A1 students - were able to find out about university options, subject webinars, apprenticeships, work, gap years and volunteering.
A2 students - were able to research next steps (student finance/accommodation/CVs) and advice on what to do after college.
Full information is still available for students in the Virtual Futures Fair section of the VLE (students were sent details via tutorial), parents and carers were able to access information during March in order to support their young person and review all the amazing resources on offer, view the BHASVIC Virtual Futures Fair Event Guide - March 2021. Please also keep up to date with the latest Careers and Employability resources on our web page HERE.
We are pleased to announce the launch of BHASVIC’s online student magazine B-Mag. You can access it from the main BHASVIC homepage- just click on the B-Mag button in the top menu bar. You will find fiction pieces and articles on a range of topics, written, subedited, and illustrated by students in their first and second year. The magazine needs more keen authors, and students interested in photography, fine art or graphical illustration.
If you’d like to get involved, please contact Anna Wexler on Teams.
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
Young Women in Enterprise
American Express, one of Brighton’s biggest employers, have joined up with Albion In The Community (the community organisation of Brighton Hove & Albion Football Club) to deliver ‘Young Women In Enterprise’, a virtual activity hosted at BHASVIC for our students.
Joined virtually by a range of American Express employees, there will be discussions on career pathways and experiences, backgrounds and the key skills needed to be successful in the world of work. There will also be an opportunity for a question & answer session, where students can ask specific questions to any of the employees from either AITC or American Express.
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’
24 February 2021 - CollegeLive
Speakers included: Martyn Sibley, Entrepreneur; Emily Travers, Designer, Adidas Originals and Kate Thistleton, TV presenter and radio DJ. A recording will be available soon.
18 November 2020 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.
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
DECEMBER 2020 - APRIL 2021
Inside the Box - Visual Arts at BHASVIC are continuing their quest to bring a community of creatives together with the launch of ‘Inside the Box’ in collaboration with GBMet Art Foundation. Encouraging Students, Staff and our wider community (parents, carers, governors) to be playful and innovative to create a piece of Art using a matchbox, for full details including sound and visuals see 'Inside the Box' in collaboration with BHASVIC Visual Arts and GBMeT.
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
Women's History Month Talks
An exciting lineup of inspiring women from a variety of fields, backgrounds, and experiences joined our celebratory series for Women's History Month to discuss their empowering stories with our students.
- Karen Dobres, Director of Lewes FC & Kelly Lindsey, Head of Performance at Lewes FC
- Jade Hylton, Visual Artist and Blogger
- Amber Oliphant, Project Engineer at High Speed Rail
- Karen Leibenguth, Mindfulness Coach and founder of Green Space
- Dr. Isabel Rabey, Physicist
BHASVIC's A2 Criminology students were visited by Deputy Governor for HMP Lewes and a member of the city's probation team who formerly worked in the prison service. The probation officer is also a Criminology graduate and is discussed her HE experiences with our students, many of whom have applied to take criminology.
BHASVIC welcomed Sports Rehabilitation, Therapist & Physiotherapist Roxanne Addison, also a former BHASVIC student, to talk with our sports students.
Law Enrichment Day
We will be welcoming the following guest speakers to deliver exciting talks to our BTEC Law students:
- Lucy Tarrant, President of The Sussex Law Society, founding partner and managing director of Cognitive Law
- James Yates, former BHASVIC student, solicitor-advocate at the law firm, Martin Cray & Co
- A police inspector.
- True Crime lecture, delivered by University of Law.
- Colette McBeth, ex BBC legal and political correspondent and critically acclaimed author of psychological thrillers and member of Killer Women, a collective of crime writers.
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.
OCTOBER 2021 - BLACK HISTORY MONTH
In 2005, BHASVIC Performing Arts ran a theatre trip to the Royal Court, to see the then aspiring playwright, Debbie Tucker-Green. We use Tucker-Green's work as stimulus material with our students. BHASVIC alumni, Miranda Mufema was particularly inspired by Tucker-Green's plays while studying at BHASVIC. Tucker-Green's ‘Ear for Eye’ is being shown concurrently at the BFI London and streaming on BBC 2,16th October at 10:15 pm.
Miranda is now on a play-writing course with the Theatre Royal and working as an Assistant Dramaturg with Murmuration Arts, a community arts project organisation. Here is a monologue she created while at BHASVIC. It is a verbatim piece of theatre, about motherhood, which she researched in her community. I hope one day we will see her on the BBC too!
Following an online workshop in March, @ensemblereza visited BHASVIC today to perform our A level Music students’ compositions. An amazing experience for our students to hear their pieces performed by professional musicians. If you are interested in Ensemble Reza’s education, community and performing work please visit www.ensemblereza.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org
BHASVIC's Media & Performing Arts Department is delighted to announce the launch of the The Digital Talent Show Challenge . The aim is to encourage creativity at home and the potential to have a bit of fun.
Thank you to BHASVIC Music students and all staff who helped in recording the BHASVIC Virtual Christmas Concert, to listen Click here
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
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. Following our successful week last year activities will run online for students in pathway teams, resources and information for parents and carers will be available in June on our Careers and Employability website page.
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.
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 has been set up 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). 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.
BHASVIC Women’s football team have reached the last 8 of the AOC National Cup after a resounding 9-0 win against Barnet and Southgate College. We now await the draw to see who we face in the quarter-finals.
The BHASVIC girls who are also regional champions will be representing the South East at the National Championships in Nottingham this coming April. The women’s programme has gone from strength to strength over the years and now sees BHASVIC as one of the strongest women’s football teams in the country.
Our Netball first team have won 4 out of their 5 fixtures this year, reaching the semi-finals of the Sussex County Cup! The Netball second team have won all 7 of their fixtures this season too!
Women's Football Regional 7 a side Tournament
Our women's football team travelled to Southampton and went up against 15 other teams from the South East, competing to represent the AOC South East region at the Nationals in Nottingham next spring 2022. We are delighted to say that our incredible team won!! Remaining unbeaten all day and not conceding a single goal (until the penalty shoot out in the final).
BHASVIC will now represent the South East region for women's football with all the other sports and compete at the National Championships - a similar format to the Olympics. Another fantastic achievement for these students who have really put BHASVIC's name on the map! Congratulations to everyone who took part!
BHASVIC also offers coaching and qualifications in several sports, which can be taken in addition to your academic courses.
We are proud to run a large number of wide-ranging day and annual visits across most of our subject areas, including a number of residential trips in the UK and abroad, enhancing subject knowledge with first hand experience. We recommend that students inform parents/carers if they are attending a trip and this is included within trip letters/emails and within the residential trip forms students have to complete.
- Drama - Wuthering Heights, Theatre Royal Brighton
- Biology - Field Work, Devils Dyke
- Duke of Edinburgh - Lake District
- Computer Science/IT - Computing Live!, Disneyland Paris
Please see some of our past trips below:
- Archaeology & Classical Civilisation - Sicily
- Business & Economics – Trip to Budapest
- Chemistry/Physics - Greenpower Race Day at Rockingham Motor Circuit
- Chemistry – Sussex University Chemistry Experience Day
- Classical Civilisation - British Museum
- 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
- Drama - UBU by Splendid Productions, Theatre trip
- Environmental Science – Knepp Wildland in West Sussex
- Environmental Science - Rampion Wind Farm Boat Trip
- Economics - Walking Tour and Trading Activity in London
- French - Montpelier
- Geography - Geography Study Tour to Slovenia & Croatia
- Geography, Media & Film – New York
- Geography - Geographical Association Inaugural Lecture
- Geography - Sussex Coast Fieldwork
- German – Berlin
- History - Modern History Trip to Russia
- History- Battle of Hastings Trip
- History of Art - Nelson Monument & National Gallery
- History of Art - Ways of Seeing: Association of Art History Conference
- Law - Goldsmiths Law Symposium
- Maths - Double Maths trip to Blatchington Mill School
- Maths - Mathematical Institute, Oxford University
- Media - Black Panther Study Day & Screening, Lewes Depot Cinema
- Media & Film Studies - WJEC Moving Image Awards, BFI London
- Music - Glyndebourne Opera House
- Music - Royal College of Music
- 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
- Physics - Trip to Goodwood
- Politics - Model United Nations Conference
- Science - FSC Juniper Hall
- Sociology - Berlin
- Sociology – First Aid Qualification Courses
- Sociology - Sociology in Action Conference, Emmanuel Centre
- Sociology - Theatre trip to see JAMIE
- Sociology - Women of the World Conference, London
- Spanish – Salamanca
- Sport - BTEC Sport trip to the Bouldering centre in Portslade
- Sport - Go Ape
- Sport - University of Brighton Taster Day
- Sport - Women's Football National Championships, Nottingham
- Ski Trip, Zauchensee, Austria
- Visual Arts - Trip to Brighton Photo Biennial ‘A New Europe’