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.
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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 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.
Resourcing your learning
The college has a range of facilities to help you to work, in addition to your timetabled lessons. Our well-equipped library provides a superb silent environment for independent study and research facilities 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 available. Library staff provide advice and support with
research and study skills.
The Student Learning Centre is equipped with forty-five computers and students can use this space for studying and research on a drop-in basis. Other IT facilities are spread throughout the college. BHASVIC wi-fi supports access via your own personal devices.
SPECIALIST CURRICULUM FACILITIES
The college Sports Hall and Dance Studio are specialist facilities. 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 walk-in dark room. The 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.
Excellent new facilities with catering provision, Additional Learning Support and student social space can be found in the Copper Building along with a large drop-in Study Support and group study area.
ADDITIONAL LEARNING SUPPORT
Support for students with SEND is referred to as ‘Additional Learning Support’ at BHASVIC and is available for all students who require some help and guidance with their learning. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
After BHASVIC – Where Next?
From your initial interview to regular meetings with your Personal Tutor, staff will carefully consider and plan how to facilitate your progression. We will encourage you to be aspirational and challenge yourself to do the very best you can in your exams and in your future career and life goals.
BHASVIC offers specialist progression support for Visual Arts students, Oxbridge students, Vets, Dentists, Medics, Musicians, those aiming for apprenticeships or direct employment after college, and students applying to foreign universities. Our progression advice and guidance is recognised as outstanding.
All students discuss their careers with their Personal Tutor as part of the weekly tutor programme and students are guided and encouraged in their use of resources, both in the Careers Suite and on the best websites to find out about Higher and Further Education courses, apprenticeships, employment, careers of interest and gap year projects.
Students leaving BHASVIC go on to university, into employment or take a gap year.
At BHASVIC, we consider our students’ next steps to be of primary importance. In many ways, our students’ destinations after completing their studies with us, and their achievements later on in their lives, are as important to us as the results they achieve while they are here. This is why we invest every effort in supporting our students to gain entry into their chosen destinations and to continue to achieve once there.
The impact of this investment in our students’ futures comes from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (www.HESA.ac.uk). Here, statistics show how well BHASVIC students performed in comparison with other national providers of sixth-form education.
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Brighton Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College - BHASVIC directly.