Starting at Seevic


By Sophie Gibbons

I have been a student at Seevic for approximately a month now, where I have been attending for 3 days a week, which is all I am required to do for my Level 3 Extended Diploma in Media.

My initial thoughts of being a new student at Seevic were overwhelming – I thought that everything would change in my life, due to being in a new environment with new people and new teachers, however I couldn’t have been any further from the truth. Since starting a new chapter of my life at Seevic, everything has finally started to fall into place for me.

Since being at Seevic, things have changed for me – but only for the better. I love the independence I now have at college (which is something I barely had at school) and how, as soon as you walk through the entrance doors into Seevic, you forget everything that is happening in the outside world.

Since being at Seevic, things have changed for me – but only for the better.

Overall, I didn’t really need to do a lot of preparation for college except for the basics like buying some new pens and sorting out how I would travel to and from Seevic, however this wasn’t a problem due to Seevic having a reliable set of buses which can pick you up from a variety of different places.

The main tips I would give to people starting Seevic, based off my own experiences, is firstly be prepared for your course that you are taking. Secondly – be ready for any new upcoming changes you might face during college, finally – be confident in your own skin because, unlike school, you can dress however you want, have your hair whatever colour you want and have how many piercings you could possibly dream of.

Good luck!




By Enzo Harrison

If this is your first time at Seevic what you’re about to read could change your life. (If you’ve already been here a year or two, this is old news!)

Lunchtime: A time for relaxing but also paradoxically the most stressful time… unless you do it right.

So, here’s how:

There are two areas to eat lunch indoors at Seevic, up the ramp and down the ramp. The latter consists of the Restaurant (AKA the Canteen), the Pool Table area and the bit in the middle. Up the ramp is made up of The Hub and Campus Coffee (AKA the Cafe).

Now. The Canteen is not the Cafe and the Cafe is not the Canteen. Coffee? Cafe. Wedges? Canteen. Got it? Safe.

If you go to Seevic, you will understand why wedges are so important. If you don’t, I’d suggest you come and discover them yourself!

Crunchy on ye outside and fluffy on the inside, add and pinch of salt and grab some mayonnaise for the best culinary experience this side of the A127. They are essentially an unofficial currency that keeps Seevic going, a universally recognised statement of sophistication.

And they’re only £1.30. Bargain, mate.

And that’s pretty much all you need to know. Enjoy!

Applying to college


By Lacey Cottle

Have you applied to Seevic and wondering what happens next? Or maybe you’re considering applying to the college, but unsure how to go about it?

Before the enrolment process begins, you will need to decide what course you would like to do and what is suited for your future career aspirations. Due to the wide choice of courses that the college offers, there is plenty to choose from: A-Levels, Professional qualifications, Apprenticeships, and Foundation Learning, Adult and Higher Education pathways.

After deciding your course, you will be able to apply at through an online application form. This will go into detail about information such as your GCSE grades, contact details and previous school, although the content may vary according to the type of course you wish to do.

Alternatively, you will be able to get a prospectus from your school or at a careers event – if they have run out, then you are able to request one through the Seevic website. At the back of the prospectus, you will find a paper copy of the application form for you to complete with regards to your chosen course to study at the college.

The actual enrolment process is very quick. Typically taking place during the last week of August, it will assist you in finalising your course.

Once you have completed your application form – whether it is on the website or from the prospectus – this will be sent off to Seevic. If they accept you and the course you want to pursue, you will receive a letter of congratulations and be invited to attend an interview to discuss your choice. If you have any last minute doubts about your course choice, don’t worry – this can be discussed at the interview too.

Before enrolment, you are also invited to a Starting College event – usually at the end of June. This will allow you to meet with tutors and other students, look around the college once again and get a taster of the course you have applied for.

The actual enrolment process is very quick. Typically taking place during the last week of August, it will assist you in finalising your course.

At enrolment, you will also be given a postcard completed by the tutor so that you have something to take away immediately. This information will ensure that the course you have chosen is appropriate for your future career path. It will highlight your main programme alongside any employability and work experience you will carry out during your time at college, as well as things like enrichment and study skills. This information is to help you keep on track and reach your progression goals at Seevic.

If you start your course and are finding yourself uninterested or have a change in future career paths, you are able to change it within the first month or at the end of the first year whilst attaining the grades if achieved within the first year.

Good luck!

My time at Seevic


By Lacey Cottle

I have been a pupil of the college for three years. I came here when I was 16 as a school leaver from Greensward Academy and studied A-Levels in Law, Psychology, English Combined and Dance in my first year.  I attained two Cs and could have continued within my second year however, due to my heightened fear of exams, I opted to change to a BTEC.

On the contrary, I did thoroughly enjoy my English A-Level because the curriculum provided me with a very distinctive split of literature and language. The content was interesting, enjoyable and enabled me to advance my writing in various different formats, such as blogs, short stories, letters and other material. The Dance course was also amazing as I was dancing a lot of the time and even the theory was made enjoyable. The topics being taught involved watching remarkable performances and just discussing the beauty of the unclaimed sport. I also had the ability to go to London on a couple of occasions to watch performances with my class, which was highly entertaining because of the company.

I was unsure on my career path as I was constantly changing my opinions, which made it difficult for me to understand the exact subject I wanted to do. This uncertainty encouraged me to think about an array of jobs that interested me, which enabled me to expand my thoughts and views. I concluded that I’d need a greater understanding in Business as a subject because this catered for all the positions I could see myself doing in the future.

Three years at Seevic has provided me with an open mind, widened perspective and greater motivation to accomplish.

This led me to study a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business & Finance. This was coursework-based with some smaller exams, which I preferred. Although the coursework was sometimes time consuming and stressful, we were able to have a second attempt at our work which was useful. Throughout the duration of two years, you complete several units which collectively contribute to your final grade. You can gain assistance, help and support from the team who are all keen for you to achieve your greatest potential. Don’t get me wrong – you will have moments of despair, hard times, scenarios where you feel no-one understands you and circumstances unexplained – but the result is worth it.

I would 100% recommend this course to people who are uncertain on the industry or job they want to pursue. I enjoyed this course and the content intrigued me due to the vast areas covered that are essential and crucial for a business success, as well as general functioning. In addition, I went on a once in a lifetime trip to the Big Apple – New York City – with my best friends. It was an unbelievable, treasured and magical memory, where I wandered the streets of city that never sleeps. With the endless beauty, breathtaking views and phenomenal shopping opportunities, I felt I was entering a false reality.

Despite the workload which comes with both A-Levels and BTECs, both are successful routes that will enable you to pursue your chosen future career path alongside a learning style tailored to you.  Also, you can access the course information which will allow you to carefully select the one that will enable you to attain your greatest grade and achieve the highest you can.

Three years at Seevic has provided me with an open mind, widened perspective and greater motivation to accomplish. The conversations and encounters I experienced with members of staff were mature and they discussed the topic matter with the utmost respect for me as an individual.

There have been many obstacles along the way, but I am grateful for this chapter at Seevic College.

What’s next?

By Lacey Cottle

University, employment or apprenticeship is the greatest decision an individual has to decide when leaving college.


University can be essential depending on the career path you want to explore, so make sure you research the industry and job requirements. If you are a first year, get ahead of the game and understand the needs, wants and expectations of the position and sector. If you are in your second year, it is never too late to change your career path – as long as you are determined to dedicate time to completing and attaining documentation relevant to your career goal.

“University is giving me the opportunity to attain a scheme with organisations within my industrial field, as well as other opportunities. This will allow me to excel and heighten my employability after finishing my degree.”



Apprenticeships are beneficial for those who prefer hands-on learning. The main advantage is that it allows you to gain further qualifications whilst undertaking real work experience within your desired industry and earning a decent wage at the same time. If you inform the business of the job you want to successfully pursue in the future, they may be able to direct you on the right path, highlight relevant opportunities and give you the opportunity to apply or be placed on a scheme.

“As an apprentice I have been provided with unique experiences. Also, I have had the ability to enhance my current skills, as well as attain relevant ones related to my career goal. I have seen first-hand whether I like and want to carry on working in this field of work.”



Employment allows you to dive directly into a particular industry. You will be paid and potentially given the opportunity to advance your way through the company’s hierarchy with enough determination and a good work ethic. Although some do not provide additional qualifications for your profession, many do – so make sure to ask about any progression opportunities.

Therefore, dependent on the industry you want to work in, I recommend you research it to decide which would be most beneficial for you to progress and excel. For example, if you are interested in positions requiring degrees, masters or doctorates, it may be your only choice to go through university unless you find an alternative method within an organisation.

“Having a job has been greatly beneficial because I am quite money motivated. This has driven me to attain a shift managerial position within 8 months. I am aiming to gain higher titles and potentially move to another company within the same industry to progress.”


My decision

My initial career goals have changed drastically in the few years I have been at college, and have been continuing to change up until I attained my part-time job at an award winning home and gift boutique. I realised my passion for retail and wanted to pursue this further as a full-time career.

I have always admired and had a keen interest in fashion, whether it is clothes, bags, jewellery or shoes, which encouraged me to consider fashion retail. I researched this to discover numerous roles within this industry. The areas I have looked further into so far include managerial, marketing and digital communication positions.

If you are aiming to venture down a path in retail like me some aspects you should consider are;

  • You can go on to university, college, an apprenticeship or internship
  • There are various sectors to go into – for example marketing and digital communication, buying and merchandising, customer care, managerial, sales assistants and many more
  • Gain a part-time job in retail – this will provide you with basic skills to excel and attain relevant knowledge. When applying for a role within this industry, the employer often states “retail experience required” which you can achieve through carrying out work experience, which in turn would assist within attaining a job in general.

Therefore, with the opportunity to go to university, gain an apprenticeship, be accepted onto a scheme or apply for a job, I had to thoroughly research each option in depth and detail.

I personally chose employment because I struggle with exams, and fashion retail often provides schemes and qualifications to boost your career prospects and gain specialised skills, qualifications and the ability to advance.

Overall, everybody has their own personal learning style and you should ensure you pursue the path most suited to your abilities. Be loyal to yourself and make the decisions you need to achieve your own goals because success begins with you.

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.