Run, Seevic, run!


Next month will see some of our lovely staff and Governor Andy Frye run the London and Brighton marathons, and we’d love you all to get involved.

Our aim is to get staff and students running the combined distance of a marathon (that’s 26.2 miles, if you’re unsure!).

Whether you can run for 1 minute or 1 hour, we’d love your support.

A treadmill will be placed within The Hub on Monday 27 March from 10am to 2pm – please come along to add to the mile tally, cheer on our Seevic marathon runners and, most importantly, fundraise for such great causes!

Discover their stories…

Andy Frye

Running for: Havens Hospices

Andy says: I had always sat and watched the London Marathon from an arm chair on a lazy Sunday morning thinking to myself how good it would be to run one year. After watching my colleague Clint run last year from the crowd, the support and buzz from the people watching made the decision for me.

We’ve supported Havens for many years and as many of you know the work they do for the patients and their families is unbelievable. It’s an absolute privilege to run for such a worthy cause.


Dawn Edwins

Running for: The Cure Parkinson’s Trust

Dawn says: The majority of people think that Parkinson’s is an older person disease but there is so much more to it than this – 1 in 5 people diagnosed are under 40.

The Cure Parkinson’s Trust focuses all of its effort on finding a way to slow down the progression of Parkinson’s and ultimately find a cure for this nasty disease.


Debbie Catt

Running for: Arthritis Research

Debbie says: I started running over 2 years ago, by starting a couch to 5k course, and much to my surprise fell in love with it.

I am raising funds for Arthritis Research. Arthritis is a horrible disease, and it’s estimated that 10 million people are living with it in the UK. The charity helps to fund research into the cause, treatment and cure so people can live a pain-free, active life.


Carol Hardy

Running for: Heads Together

Andy says: I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.

Heads Together is a fairly new charity helping a lot of people – young and old – with mental health issues. Mental health issues are illnesses, not personalities, and more people need to be aware of them



Staying on top of your coursework


By Lacey Cottle

Whether you are taking a BTEC or an A-Level, if it includes coursework, it is imperative you stay on top of the work you are doing. If you fall behind, it will cause disruption for yourself and create chaos for the rest of the unit or assignment, potentially even delaying your start on another.

To ensure you stay on top of the coursework, the following pointers may help:

  • Mind-set

It is crucial that you think about the result and all aspects of the course. You have to have the right approach because it is the key to achieving the outcome you want.

To ensure you succeed it is vital to assess each obstacle based upon your capabilities, keeping your thoughts positive. Your mind-set will keep you focused, motivated and determined on achieving your final aim, even when encountering set-backs and difficult periods.

  • Know the course

This might sound funny, but knowing the course will be hugely beneficial.  To ensure you succeed, research the contents of what it is about and ensure you understand it inside out. Enhancing your understanding of what is being expected of yourself, whether it is for one or two years, will provide you with crucial knowledge and information that will be useful throughout the duration of your course.

Moreover, this array of material will be specialist and further applicable to various elements within the subject/s. Therefore, from completing coursework during college, you will have a vast amount of relatable information to help you.

  • Understand the criteria

Before completing any task, ensure you read the criteria. This will inform you of what you will need to answer throughout the document, as well as the specific information required. It will inform you of the topic matter which, with assisted (and recommended) research, will provide you with a greater insight into the task. In addition, enabling yourself with better subject related knowledge.

Moreover, if you do not include information and data that is relevant to what it is asking then there is a high chance you will not achieve your overall goal.

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill

  • Ask for help

If you are experiencing difficulty in completing work then it is important that you get assistance. Do not fear judgment or getting something wrong. Everyone has strenuous encounters and needs assistance from an individual with greater knowledge and experience at times. Education is about learning new content, skills and knowledge applicable to future opportunities.

You will benefit from gaining help, as you will be able to complete the weakest areas of work to a greater level than previously. Moreover, you will be able to understand where you went wrong for future purposes, which will provide you with the ability to achieve the grade wanted.

  • Work outside college

Having a break from the computer screen or diverting your attention from your task is important. For the majority of the time our homes are the place where we relax and get away from our college work. Although, this is also valuable time, where averagely you should be spending an extra 10 hours a week devoted to completing assignments. This environment is familiar and comfortable, which will enable you to focus, with potentially fewer distractions.

If you were absent, falling behind or to ensure you have completed all work to your greatest abilities, complete your work at home.

  • Be organised

Organisation is imperative for your overall success. We all have our own personal quirks and this will be different for everyone. Popular ways to organise your documents is in relation to assignments or topics. Moreover, these can be further divided via the use of a folder with dividers, plastic wallets and files.

In addition, ensure all your files are backed up. (However if using a memory stick ensure it is not the only back up because if it goes missing then they’ll be gone forever!)

  • Don’t stop trying

It is important that you have faith in yourself. Failing is something that everyone endures throughout life. It is important that you never give up and keep pushing to succeed.

Life in America


By Joshua Devlin

Ever wondered what it is like to study in America? Well I am currently studying Business Administration at Mount Aloysius in Pennsylvania after receiving a football scholarship through Future Elite Sport. 

I started my journey to America on Friday 12 August, meaning I was not even in England to collect my A-Level results.

This was a strange feeling as I had been working towards this day for two years and was not around to open the envelope myself – my mum had to Skype me and thankfully we were both really pleased with my results!

Although I am really busy, it is a great experience and I have already had some great opportunities…

As soon as I got to America I started training immediately.  In the beginning it was tough, but I soon got used to it. Some sessions started at 6am, so as well as getting used to the time difference I also had to be wide awake and ready to train at an unfamiliar hour of the morning!

The hard work seemed to pay off from the outset though as we won our first friendly 4-1 after being in America for just over a week.

Not only did we have our first friendly game the week beginning Monday 22 August but lessons also started!  Nothing like throwing you in the deep end right?

By the end of September I really started to settle in – both with the American lifestyle and with my lessons.

My routine now looks something like this:

  • I wake up at 7am (most days anyway)
  • I go to the gym twice a week when my lessons start late ( well if you can class 9.30am as late)
  • The other days I start at 9am
  • We train every day for two hours
  • And if that wasn’t enough I thought I would get myself some campus jobs to earn some money!

Although I am really busy, it is a great experience and I have already had some great opportunities including playing in New York City, Washington and Buffalo.

Getting ahead at Seevic


By Lacey Cottle

This term was the beginning of my second year of my BTEC course and I was excited to return. I previously studied A-Levels and attained the grades for my second year, however the career path I wanted changed drastically. With some determination and help from my tutors, I decided that a BTEC was right for me.

The course I study is a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business and Finance. Before starting the course, I was able to speak with tutors in the area to discuss the outcome that I wanted from the course to see if it would be suitable.  They provided me with knowledge about the course itself, as well as the specific units involved which was really helpful.

In order to obtain high grades for my course, I asked my tutors for the amount of detail that I should include within my work.  I also looked at the context behind what I learned in class, as well as getting involved in extracurricular activities that would help me.

I came into my final year with greater determination and motivation. My mindset made a drastic difference to my work ethic.

Collectively, all of this information structured within my work will allow me to hit the criteria needed for the greatest grade.

In addition to this, as part of my course, I am able to do a week’s work experience which is crucial when applying for vacancies and other career related roles.

I have gained an insight into various companies whilst deciding which role would help me in my future career.  Furthermore, I researched voluntary work and there are so many positive benefits it will have when gaining a career.

On the social side, I have gained a close friendship group – especially those in my classes. I’ve continued to make new friends each year, through knowing people from outside college and forming friendships with their friends.  This is positive as forming friendships will allow you to perform better within a classroom environment, as well as externally.

This term I have been provided with a vast amount of information in relation to the format of my course and the structure of my units, including vital dates and organisational tools, which will equip me throughout my final year.

I came into my final year with greater determination and motivation. My mindset made a drastic difference to my work ethic.  I also approached my future choices with an open mind, which has allowed me to look further into each career path and establish my personal wants and needs from a job.

Altogether these aspects and help from college staff have thoroughly assisted me within my aspirations and goals both inside and outside college.

The start of this term has allowed me to see things from a different perspective.

Success at A-Levels: A former student’s guide

By Will Clarke

Get your mindset right

Success in anything starts with how you think about things, and as I found out with A-Levels, having the right approach in your mind is key to achieving what you want.

It’s important to outline what you are trying to achieve before you even attend that first class. For me, the minimum was to achieve the grades I needed to get into university. But before you decide what you want, I think it’s important to have an optimistic view. If you are thinking negative, and targeting the lowest grades, then inevitably your energy and outcome will be negative. Where your focus goes, your energy will flow.

So for me, when there was a particularly essay I didn’t want to write, I used to block out all the ‘I don’t want to do this’ talk, and just see it as an opportunity to succeed and achieve my goal, rather than an obligation.

Understand the specification

Each subject you are studying should have a ‘specification’ which in essence outlines what you need to know for your exam. Obviously the teacher is meant to teach you all you need to know, but I found that having the specification on me when I was revising was really helpful because often there is information in textbooks that you just don’t need to know and a quick glance at the specification will inform you of what you do and don’t need to know.

Furthermore, they often give hints about the exam by sometimes stating that only a small amount of knowledge is needed on a particular topic which helped me tailor what I need to revise.

Know the course

Obvious though it may sound, but actually knowing the whole course is a huge benefit. The reason I say this, from my experience and from talking to friends, is that when there is a choice of questions to answer and you only know about topic A rather than topics A, B and C, you are limiting your chances of doing well and often suffer. It’s true that if you master one topic and its guaranteed that a question will come up on it, you can do brilliant, but from my experience not only is this stressful (i.e. the examiner decides to be annoying and not put the question in or the question is really difficult) but also extremely risky. Thus, I strongly recommend that you know all the topics.

Doing this will allow you to pick and choose what question to answer in the exam rather than being forced to do a particular question. And yes it’s a great feeling when you can look at the questions and think to yourself ‘I can answer any of these and do well’.

Do the thing you keep putting off/find most difficult first

We’ve all come to that stage, whether at home or in the library, when we have everything set up to revise, and we ask ourselves ‘what do I revise?’. For a long time, my approach to this question was to revise the area I found most interesting or liked the most. Yet how I regretted that when the exam paper came back with me scoring maximum marks on one question and then for the rest of the paper getting the bare minimum.

This made me realise that the concept which I found most difficult, was what I must learn and revise first. For me this was ‘quantitative easing’ and after I prioritised it at the top of my revision, I began understanding it more, answered questions confidently and scored highly. Additionally, when you understand the topic you find most difficult, you will be much more confident about the course as you have learnt the hardest part.

Over the course of the school year, there will be times when you don’t do well or where you put everything in and it still doesn’t come out right. It happened to me several times over. But each time it happened, I just looked at my end goal and kept going, and it worked.

Start early

I’m sure you have heard this tip several times over, which if anything says that there is some truth behind it. In my opinion, there is no doubt about it, that the main reason why I knew all the course and was confident going into exams was because I started early.

When you have being going over the same things for nearly 5/6 months, the answers and correct way of doing things just come naturally to you. Obviously at the start of the course, you have learnt little content so there isn’t much to revise, but I found by the time I got to December there was enough content learnt to be revising fully. Yes you do have to revisit topics when you revise early, perhaps several times over, but this is good, as you have already learnt it and created notes, meaning that you just need to remind yourself of the content instead of having to learn from scratch.

Moreover, I found that teachers don’t necessarily finish teaching the course until 1 or 2 weeks before the exam. So, if you have revised early, it gives you a chance to focus more on the content that’s new rather than fretting about the fact you are going to have to revise both old and new knowledge.

Revise in short periods

When was the last time you spent 3 full hours, without no break concentrating fully on one task? The closest I can think of is perhaps when watching a long film, but even then your mind begins to wander. So why is it that people think they can revise in one lump sum of 2/3 hours? It’s not possible to work that long on one topic without losing concentration.

Think about it, footballers play for 45 minutes and then have a 15 minute break, and authors don’t write a whole book in a day, they might do a couple pages a day. I revised in either 40 minute periods followed by 10 minute breaks, or 20 minute periods followed by 5 minute breaks. It’s much more efficient to revise in this manner and it felt more effective in helping me remember content.

Find your rhythm and what suits you

One of the key parts to my success at A-Levels was I figured out what worked best for me. And by that, I mean things like where I worked best, what time of day I revised best in, what subjects to revise first, who to revise with etc. These things may sound a bit ridiculous, but when I found out what worked best I soon became better at my subjects.

For example, when I started out revising with friends in the library, I realised that my revision notes weren’t to a good standard or I couldn’t remember what I learnt, as I was talking more to my friends. To rectify this, I completed all revision which required reading and writing at home, and left revision where I would test myself to do with my friends.

Another example, is that I would practice doing exam papers at the same time of day in the same conditions as they would be for actual subject exam so that when it came to the real thing my brain had been tested on the same knowledge at the same time of day in the same conditions several times over. Although the questions were new, the process wasn’t, which eliminated any nerves and made me more confident.

Test yourself

Testing myself over so many months was crucial to my success as it allowed knowledge to be fully built-in. This was essential for someone like me, who can easily forget stuff and when you want to know all the course to get the best grades.

There are various ways you can do this. I think the best way I did this was writing cue cards with questions on one side and the answers on the other, and taking time to test myself once a day. Be careful not to write loads of content on these cards as then it can be impossible to remember or even complete. Testing with friends in a similar manner is also effective, especially with things like key terms. Everyone has their preferences in doing these things, but I think the key is to take time to test yourself each day.

I used to make the most of the ‘dead time’ of my day by testing myself. For example, in my 20 minute walk to college I used to listen and answer questions I recorded myself asking on my phone, or just try and remember pros and cons of a topic.

Past papers

Effectively this tip is the same as the last, but completing past exam papers is an essential part of doing well at A-Levels. Although I didn’t want to do them, all the past questions I completed really helped me to know the correct style of writing answers, and understanding what sort of questions typically come up in exams.

I made the effort of printing off past papers as far as 2004 all the way to the most recent paper. Even though it took some hunting around on the internet, doing so enabled me to see all the different questions that have come up over the years, and allowed me to prepare for any possibility. I soon realised that examiners often use the same questions, but just change the wording of the question to make it seem different which I think helped me understand what questions normally come up and what the question is actually asking for. I think the key is to practice questions, as no matter how many revision notes and posters you write (which is good), you need to actually answer questions to get ready for the real thing.

Don’t give up

This tip is more general but something I just thought I’d end on. Over the course of the school year, there will be times when you don’t do well or where you put everything in and it still doesn’t come out right. It happened to me several times over. But each time it happened, I just looked at my end goal and kept going, and it worked.

It’s tough but it’s worth it.

Jumping into A2


By Chanoice Jones

My first week back at Seevic was slightly more difficult than expected. Firstly, I had to become accustomed to waking up before 11AM and going to sleep before 1AM! This, as you can expect, made me very disorientated for the first few days…

Moving straight into A2 from AS is a bit of a step up, and you are expected to give 100% effort from the minute you walk through the door. There’s no ‘easing into things’ like last year – but then there’s the bonus that you only do 3 subjects rather than 4 that you do in the first year.

The A-Levels I will be completing this year are Textiles, Photography, and Media.  As these are mostly coursework-based, I’ve made sure to get prepared early so that I hit all my deadlines later in the year.

This time last year, I was trying to find my way around the college a little so it has been a bit of an easier transition and more familiar environment this year.

Saying that, being a first year was really good – making new friends that you will have for life and getting to grips with new and exciting lessons.

If you’re just starting out at Seevic, I’ve put a few tips below.

  • Complete your summer homework. I can’t even begin to tell you how much this helped me start college. It meant I could get ahead on my coursework while I had a large summer break instead of having to complete it when I was already at college
  • Don’t waste too many free periods. If you have a 3 period break, spend at least one of them in The LINC catching up on work. This will guarantee you more free time outside of college
  • The jump from GCSE to A-Levels is big so it wouldn’t be beneficial to think you can sail through it as easily. Learn from my mistakes and do as much work as you can – I achieved an A in Geography at GCSE however, at A-Levels, I got a U in the same subject
  • Invest in a few pairs of good quality jeans. It might seem simple but transitioning from wearing a uniform every day to wearing casual clothes every day can be difficult. This will ensure you will always have something to wear
  • Make as many friends as you can in the first week. It’s more acceptable to start a conversation with a stranger in the first week than it is when you have been in the same class for 8 months and you still do not know their name
  • If you can on some of your longer breaks, get lunch somewhere outside of college – Hadleigh, perhaps – a change of scenery can be refreshing and will help your concentration in periods 8 and 9.

Getting arty at Seevic


By Sarah Judd

Thinking of studying art or design at college?  I am an A2 student studying Fine Art, Graphic Design and English Literature at Seevic, and so the Creative Arts department here plays a big part in my everyday life.

If you are thinking about studying an arts-related subject, Seevic is a great choice.  I’d recommend the Fine Art and Graphic Design courses as they have helped me to develop creatively by using a variety of media.  The purpose-built West Building at Seevic, in which its Creative Arts department is located, is an amazing environment where you can grow your artistic potential and build your portfolio for the future.

From my experience, all the art tutors and technicians are wonderful – giving advice, guidance and a push in the right direction right when you need it.

For Fine Art and similar subjects, there are large open-plan studio style classrooms in which white walls are gradually decorated with student artwork as the term goes on, giving you plenty of inspiration as you look around the rooms. For Graphic Design there are many Apple Mac computers with up-to-date software and the full set of Adobe programmes ready to be utilised for all of your design needs. There are also friendly technicians at the technician station where you can ask for help and borrow equipment like paint, paper, cutting tools, laptops and even graphics tablets for digital illustration. If you are studying a Film Studies or Media course you can also borrow cameras, microphones and tripods. Whatever it is you need help with, the technicians have it covered!

If you want to study art further, moving towards a career, Seevic is a great place to start. From my experience, all the art tutors and technicians are wonderful – giving advice, guidance and a push in the right direction right when you need it.  The majority of tutors have experience in their field outside the college and so are able to give an insight into the industry and advice on what path you need to take in order to progress in the competitive art world. The atmosphere in the art department is great as you are surrounded by peers who share the same interests and ambitions as you, and working together can be very inspiring.

Overall, if you are thinking of studying an art-related subject at A-Level, Seevic College offers an amazing, supportive environment with great facilities to help you create anything you want.

I’m in my second year as an art student now and am enjoying it immensely.  I have been given a wide range of projects to help stretch and develop my skills.  I have decided to continue on next year at Seevic with the Art and Design Foundation Diploma before moving on to university.  This is another fantastic opportunity that the college offers, allowing you to take a year to build your portfolio and try different disciplines.  If you are also currently studying an art course, whether in AS or A2, and are unsure how to take it forward in the future, it would be a good idea to look into the Foundation course at Seevic as it is valued by many universities.

Overall, if you are thinking of studying an art-related subject at A-Level, Seevic College offers an amazing, supportive environment with great facilities to help you create anything you want. It also offers great opportunities if you are currently studying an arts subject to help you get the most out of your course and further your career prospects.

Meet your Principal


By Dan Pearson

With the new academic year in full swing, I just wanted to take some time to say hello as your new Principal.

I have worked in education and management in and around London for the past 16 years where I have had the privilege of positively impacting the lives of over 10,000 students – many of whom have become very successful in their own field.

Before training as a teacher and undertaking management qualifications in education, I trained as an Actor gaining a degree, and latterly as a Director. I enjoyed a career in theatre and television and, from time to time, I will be found working with our own creative arts students.

I’m proud to be here to make sure you get where you need to be.

I hail from Liverpool and, with a passion for football, please feel free to stop me for a chat about LFC – or, on a more serious note, tell me how you are getting on here at Seevic and how we can continue to improve.

I’m proud to be here to make sure you get where you need to be, and my initial focus will be stimulating innovation and encouraging your tutors to experiment with new techniques to ensure you enjoy and excel in your learning.

I’m always open to new innovative ideas, so remember to stop me and give me yours!

I look forward to seeing you all as I walk around the college; here’s to a great year.


My taste of the working world

olivia parmenter

By Olivia Parmenter

After studying my Level 3 Childcare Learning and Development course at Seevic College I then continued with my studies as I wanted to pursue my career in becoming a Primary School teacher.

I decided to continue studying at Seevic as I felt the college has a thriving environment with fantastic facilities which were extremely beneficial to me. Seevic College offers a part time Foundation Degree in Early Years which suited me greatly which is why I chose to do this. The Early Years Degree enables me to work alongside my studies allowing me to begin to earn my own money, which I feel is a bonus being able to study and earn money at the same time.

I consider myself as very lucky, being offered this job and it was Seevic College who provided me with this job opportunity.

I have recently been offered a job as a Learning Support Assistant (LSA) in Thundersley Primary School which I am due to start in September. I will be working in the school four days a week and on a Thursday I will be returning to Seevic to continue with my Degree.

I consider myself as very lucky, being offered this job, and it was Seevic College who provided me with this job opportunity. The reason being that Thundersley Primary School was where I completed one of my work experience placements, allowing me to express my skills and capabilities, resulting in the Head Teacher offering me a job at the school.

From my work experience I gained a great amount of knowledge, experience and responsibilities which I feel helped me to develop into the ambitious person I am today, with a goal of becoming a Primary School Teacher.

During my placements I volunteered in various childcare settings such as nurseries, preschools and primary schools which encouraged me to decide what aged children I would like to work with in the future.

I would like to say a massive thank you to Seevic College for providing me with a great opportunity which is allowing to fulfill my dream.

Summer Plans

Helena Wood

By Helena Wood

It’s finally summer.

After a long year of hard work it’s finally time to chill out, relax, and basically sleep for 11 weeks.

Or is it? In reality, there’s a lot to do over the summer that can help you to prepare for the challenging year ahead.

Obviously, what you do is going to depend on whether or not you finished college this year. If you have: congratulations! Whether you’re going to university or not, good luck, and have fun venturing out into the big wide world. If, like me, you’ve just finished your first year, the work isn’t over yet. It’s time to get ready for next year.

There’s a lot to do over the summer that can help you to prepare for the challenging year ahead.

One thing you can do is get work experience, if you don’t already have a job. This is useful for the future because experience is highly valued by potential future employers. It also helps because you can gain skills, which will also help in future employment. Plus, you can potentially get paid! And who doesn’t want some extra cash for summer?

Another thing to do over summer is to go to university taster/open days. These help you get a feel of the place you might potentially be studying and living in for a long time, so it’s important to choose the right university for you. You can also discover more about the course you want to study, which is obviously important. I’ve been to two so far, and can vouch for how useful they are, both to get information about the course and also to get a general feel for the campus, atmosphere, and accommodation, etc. You don’t want to end up going somewhere you hate for 3+ years.

While there’s a lot to keep you busy over the summer, it’s important that you do take time to relax, and to enjoy your free time. You’ve earned it! You’ve dealt with the doom and gloom of exams and coursework, and so you deserve to have as stress-free of a summer as possible.

Have fun!