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Welcome to Brighton Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College - BHASVIC

BHASVIC is a fantastic place to come to learn and study where you will enjoy being part of a vibrant community. We are a college with traditional academic roots, but as you will see from our prospectus and when you come to visit BHASVIC, we are also a modern and forward thinking college offering a variety of qualifications. We are a place where everyone is treated as an individual and where your future success is our priority.

Come to our Open Evenings 2018 on Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 November 6:30 – 9:00pm

About us

An all-round education: Courses, Skills, Values, Breadth

Our mission at BHASVIC is to ensure that you receive an all-round education that prepares you to be an independent lifelong learner. We want you to make the most of the opportunities available here that will enable you to realise your potential.

A levels and/or BTECs (along with English or Maths GCSE for those who need it) will form the foundation of your timetable at BHASVIC. Learning here will go deeper than the course content you are required to know – doing well at this level requires you to be able to manipulate knowledge which means you have to understand it. We ensure you will develop the skills to be able to do this.

Learning how to learn requires that you have the study skills and abilities to know how to manipulate knowledge, solve problems and make connections. On top of that it involves knowing how to manage your time and work independently. We will help you reflect on your studies and your progress and identify skills you need to develop, not just to ensure you do well in your courses but so that you are well prepared for your future as a lifelong, independent learner. In part we do this using our 6 R’s initiative – that students are Reflective, Resilient, Resourceful, Respectful, Responsible, Risk-takers. Your lessons will also involve learning independently, learning with others and receiving individualised academic support from your teachers.

We want to ensure that you leave here informed and aware of your role as a citizen at local and national level as well as in the wider world. At BHASVIC you will belong to a community where you can develop your own values of democracy and freedom of speech through discussion and debate. You will have the opportunity to join college societies outside of your lessons whilst within tutor groups you will follow carefully tailored sessions to develop your thinking and understanding of issues.

We want to ensure that your learning stretches over a number of domains, whatever the focus of your course combinations. There is an incredible array of smaller, shorter portfolio courses from which to choose in your second year, including the Extended Project. These short courses are designed to help you specialise further and build your CV in a course or career focus of your choice. Our enrichment opportunities add breadth to your time here.

Facilities available

Resourcing your learning

The college has a range of facilities to help you to work . Our well-equipped library provides a superb silent environment for independent study and research, with a wide range of reference works, text books, journals, newspapers and computer access to on-line journals and media. Computer printing and photocopying facilities are available and the Librarians will help you to make the best of the resources. Library staff provide advice and support with research and study skills.

IT facilities are spread throughout the college and BHASVIC has an impressive ratio of one device for every two students. BHASVIC wi-fi supports access via your own personal devices if you have them and choose to bring them.

Many departments have the specialist facilities you would expect to find at a large college. The Science Departments have well equipped laboratories dedicated to their specific science, and excellent technical support for individual practical work. Modern Languages students use the Language Centre’s digital facilities to improve their speaking and listening skills. There are three large Art studios, two large Photographic studios and a dark room. The current theatre has a 100 seat capacity and there are five music rehearsal rooms alongside the main Music teaching room. Media and Film have a fully equipped editing suite, with high-spec macs and software. The Sports Hall and Dance studio are also well-equipped specialist facilities within the college. The Copper Building is home to excellent facilities where the Copper Cafe, Additional Learning Support and student social space can be found.

We are due to have a new building, planned to open in 2020, with enhanced Drama, Music, Media and Film provision along with additional specialist Science labs andstudent social / study space.

Additional support

Support for students with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) is referred to as ‘Additional Learning Support’ at BHASVIC. This support is available for any student who requires some help and guidance with their learning, not just those with a diagnosed or assessed need. We aim to work with you to make sure you have every opportunity to achieve your potential. We provide a range of support that is tailored to suit the needs of the individual student. Students can bring work related to their studies including coursework, and address their difficulties with the help of Additional Learning Support Teachers. Support can include help with essay writing, effective note-taking and organisational skills. We also provide support for Maths and English GCSEs and preparation and practice for exams. In-class support is sometimes provided to students who have significant needs. Assistive technology can be provided to help students access learning, where assessments demonstrate need.

If you have had Access Arrangements and/or Reasonable Adjustments for Exams for your GCSEs we will assess you at the start of your course to see if you will continue to need these arrangements during your studies at BHASVIC. Our aim is to ensure that students develop the skills and strategies they need to manage their difficulties in preparation for a productive and fulfilling life.

If you have a specific learning difficulty (e.g., dyslexia) a sensory impairment, mobility problems or anything else that affects your learning, please let us know via the Admissions Department: 01273 859810 or

Learner success

Preparing for life after BHASVIC

The support we offer students applying to University runs from the first thoughts a student might have about studying in Higher Education right through to advice about how to budget your student loan and deal with landlords! The tutorial programme is structured to help you begin making decisions and understanding your options from early in the first year of your study at college. There is detailed support for you in researching options, 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 via specialist links on our website and through Higher Education Information
Evenings in the Spring term of the first year.

These allow tutor groups with similar progression aims to focus on developing the skills to conquer the application process, utilising the expert guidance of the tutors involved. Students can opt for Oxbridge, Medical or Veterinary Careers, Visual Arts, Study Abroad; and for those not wishing to pursue Higher Education, there is an Employability and Enterprise pathway focusing on preparing students for apprenticeships and the workplace, which includes a work experience placement.

Students who are interested in moving onto an apprenticeship or gaining direct employment when they leave college will receive excellent support. We have strong links with local training providers who work with us to help students achieve a placement. We work with local employers to give students advice on job applications, CVs and interviews, and we arrange visits to their workplaces. You can undertake a work experience placement throughout your time at BHASVIC; whether it is over the college holidays, to fit in with your timetable or during the last week of the summer term. Whatever you choose, we can help you to find a placement and once one has been found, we will work with you to ensure that you get the best from the experience.

Our careers team are located in Student Services and provide access to up-to-date information about local full-time and part-time job vacancies; local and national colleges and universities; specialist training; careers, gap years, voluntary work and working or studying abroad. Two dedicated Careers Advisers provide free information, advice and guidance on your transition from college to Higher Education or work; planning your next steps and exploring career ideas; help with CVs and filling in forms; interview techniques and money matters.

The Welfare team at BHASVIC offer advice on financial support available to our students, including 16-19 bursaries. We provide extensive information on travel to BHASVIC and the various discount schemes that are available for bus and train. You can access information and support on a wide range of issues such as sexual health, anxiety and stress, alcohol, substance misuse and relationships. The college runs various events and activities throughout the academic year linked to National Awareness Days and provides a wide range of information on a variety
of welfare topics within the Student Services Centre. The college employs qualified Dialogue Counsellors. You can discuss your feelings, thoughts and any worries you may have concerning such things as college work, relationships and home life, in a confidential and informal setting.

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Brighton Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College - BHASVIC directly.

Last updated date: 25 September 2018
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