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It is important that you continue to test 2x week. Test kits are available in the student common room at break & lunch time.

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Mental Health Campaign in Brighton and Hove

Varndean College is part of Brighton & Hove Citizens which is an alliance of education, faith, and community organisations working together for the common good. The idea is that if lots of groups and organisations join together they can bring about more positive changes in the local area.

Over the last few months, Brighton Citizens has identified that the mental health of young people is a key priority for the group to focus on. So, the first stage in this is to get the views of as many pupils and students from around the city. The group will then present the findings to our local MPs, council and any other group that might be able to bring about the practical changes that are needed. The questions below are the same ones used by other schools and colleges so that we can get a picture not just here at Varndean but across the city.

If you have any questions about this, please email me.

Avril Mackenzie-Parr



Year 1 exams 21st-25th June 2021

We are running year 1 exams for most subjects in the week beginning 21st June. This is a chance for you to get a feel of what it is like to have formal exams in your subjects and they are not progression exams, they will not determine whether you progress to year 2 of your courses. Instead they are a chance for you to measure your performance in a formal setting, to get a flavour of what it is like to sit an exam in college and to help you know what you might need to work on before September.

The teaching time table will be suspended that week and we will operate an option block system as follows:

The morning session will run from 9.00am -12.00pm and the afternoon session will run from 1.00pm - 4.00pm.

The precise location of the exam and any exam arrangements that you are entitled to will be available nearer the time.

Not all subjects are running exams. If a course is not running an exam then you will have an extended lesson in that subject according to the above timetable (e.g. if you have BTEC Business in option 2 then you will have an extended lesson on Wednesday morning in your normal teaching classroom).

If you do not know which option block you are in then either see this link or your subject teacher will be able to tell you.

Milla Jeffryes, a first year student, shares her experience in completing the Study Techniques Course.

The course is designed by educational psychologists and university lecturers to aid students in improving their study skills. The course is 4 weeks in duration if you spread it out as they recommend and you have access to the course for one month.

This course was so informative and beneficial to my study habits and I am really grateful Varndean has access to the FutureLearn platform where these courses can be studied. There are many other courses on the FutureLearn platform too so you can take courses on things you have an interest in.

Click here to see the full article...

The course has helped me identify and understand the common pitfalls of the studying process. The course’s structure is in three components: preview, study and revise. The preview topic educates students on how to prepare for their study session with tips such as having a good desk chair, good lighting and all the required study materials. The preview topic also helps with time management and procrastination. It also offers access to a really useful Guardian article about the psychology of procrastination which identifies the biggest time wasters and how to overcome them. The preview topic also helps monitor our use of time as students and how to see what works well for different people, as the studying process varies between individuals. And it also shows students how to ‘preview’ material before actually studying it which really helps with remembering the material.

The second topic, study, includes how to make a good summary from the study material. It includes tips such as reading the material first and then going back over it to write, to help absorb the information and cut down on how much writing you have to do which also helps with time management. The study component also gives great advice on how to structure your notes taken from study materials in visually appealing form such as flow charts, bullet-points and table formats. In the last component, revise, the course provides excellent tips on how to effectively revise and remember material previously studied. It includes tips such as spending the correct amount of time on your studies and how to make short and long term revision plans that are realistic, effective and motivating. There are also loads of helpful tips on how to manage exam and assessment related stress from university students who have been through a levels and university assessments. Those students also give really good advice on how to stay motivated which was really useful and helpful as the previous lockdowns have no doubt had an effect on everyone’s motivation.

CLUBS & SOCIETIES - What's on this week

Space to connect poster version 2.pdf
Alex Phil Soc: The Nihilist Insurrection
Wk 10 E&IdDG

Please see the link to see what societies are currently running and email the lead person if you are interested in finding more about it or joining to receive a google classroom link

Google links for E&D discussion group, philosophy society and storytelling society are all ON THE COLLEGE CALENDAR. You can join google classrooms for EXTRA RESOURCES.


Welfare drop-ins @ lunchtimes email Daniela dss@varndean.ac.uk


Workshop Furniture Assistant May 21.pdf

Workshop Furniture Assistant - Apprenticeship

Liqui Group are looking for apprentice workshop furniture assistants, read the PDF to find out more!

Interested in becoming a pilot?

Life as a Pilot: FTA Summer Sessions, an on-site open day experience.

Please use the link below to find out more....



Discover more here https://www.cybervolunteers.org.uk/

New Virtual Work Experience Opportunities

Please apply as soon as possible to have the best chance of success. Opportunities may close early if many applications are received. You can register here to receive updates.

To see the list of WEX Opportunities click here...

Make a splash with United Utilities – 3-day placement with major employer in the North West

(United Utilities)

14th – 16th July 10:00 – 15:00

Age: 16 - 18


Subject Areas: Engineering, water, corporate communications, plumbing, management

Deadline: 18th June

Build Yourself with Wates - Open your Mind to New Opportunities & Consider a Career in Construction


19th – 23rd July 10:00 – 14:00

Age: 14 - 19


Subject Areas: development, construction, property services

Deadline: 19th June

Tailored for ambitious open-minded young women | Careers within Construction

(Danny Sullivan)

12th – 16th July 10:00 – 15:00

Age: 15 - 19


Subject Areas: development, construction, property services

Deadline: 16th June

Women in STEM - 3 day Virtual Work Experience with Defence Science and Technology Laboratory


23rd – 25th June 10:00 – 15:00

Age: 14 - 19


Subject Areas: Laboratory, IT/Cyber Security, Engineering

Deadline: 4th June

Be a catalyst for change with Johnson Matthey

(Johnson Matthey)

12th – 16th July 10:00 – 15:30

Age: 15 - 19


Subject Areas: Transport, Technology, Sales, Research, Regulation, Quality Assurance, Production, Product Testing, Operations, Health, Environmental, Engineering, Commercial, Business

Deadline: 16th June

Discover Digital Careers with LJMU and Industry Professionals VWEX


17th – 18th June 9:30 – 12:30

Age: 14 - 16


Subject Areas: Technology, Software/Website Development, Research, Products, Production, Product Testing, Operations, Management, IT, IT/Cyber Security, Information & Analysis, Environmental, Engineering, Education, Digital & Online, Development, Design, Community Engagement

Deadline: 28th May

PREDICT 21: This is my Superdry! Behind-the-scenes into Superdry and career opportunities


24th June 9:30 – 15:00

Age: 16 - 19


Subject Areas: Retail & FMCG, Operations, Marketing & PR, Lifestyle, Digital Media & Publishing, Digital & Online, Design, Creative

Deadline: 28th May

PREDICT 21: Jump start your career in future technologies and business at Staffordshire University

(Staffordshire University)

23rd June 9:30 – 15:00

Age: 16 - 19


Subject Areas: Workshop, Technology, Masterclass, Events, Entertainment, Design, Business

Deadline: 28th May

Insight course for careers in nursing with British Army Medical Services

(British Army)

20nd July 17:00 – 19:00

Age: 14-19


Subject Areas: IT/Cyber Security, Information & Analysis, Communications

Deadline: 20th June

Tesco: Presenting Yourself with Confidence - 1.5 hr workshop


5th July 16:00 – 17:30

Age: 15-18


Subject Areas: Recruitment , Human Resources

Deadline: 21st June

Tesco : insight to CV Tips and Interview Skills - 1.5 hr workshop


7th July 10:30 – 12:00

Age: 15-18


Subject Areas: Recruitment , Human Resources

Deadline: 21st June

Tesco: Presenting Yourself with Confidence Post Exam Results - 1.5 hr workshop


17th August 10:00 – 11:30

Age: 16-18


Subject Areas: Recruitment , Human Resources

Deadline: 23rd July

Insight Day with Creative Tech | Ever dreamed of getting a job as an Inventor?


19th July 10:00 – 14:00

Age: 14-19


Subject Areas: Technology, Digital Media & Publishing, Advertising Sales & Marketing

Deadline: 18th June

PREDICT `21 Career pathways: Bringing maths and science to life

(Harper Adams University)

15th July 10:00 – 15:00

Age: 14-19


Subject Areas: Technology, Production, Product Testing, Laboratory, Environmental, Engineering, Education

Deadline: 26th June

Job opportunities for Job Hunters!

Remember that the maximum number of hours per week should be 10hrs otherwise it will affect your performance at college!

Latest Vacancies on the Street bulletin.

VOTS 24-5-2021.doc

Please email the Careers team to book an appointment or if you have any enquiry email: careers@varndean.ac.uk



Humankind: A Hopeful History
Fall Out: A Year of Political Mayhem
Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World
The Constituents of Medicinal Plants
The Skylight
Wish You Were Dead


City of Tiny Lights In the teeming, multicultural metropolis of modern-day London, a seemingly straightforward missing-person case launches a down-at-heel private eye into a dangerous world of religious fanaticism and political intrigue. (15)

Capernaum While serving a five-year sentence for a violent crime, a 12-year-old boy sues his parents for neglect. (15)

In the Loop A political satire about a group of skeptical American and British operatives attempting to prevent a war between two countries. (15)

PTSD: The War in My Head This film tells the stories of three British soldiers who died in 2018 following lengthy battles with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). (15)


We have lots of revision guides available as print copies and ebooks to help you with revision for your end of Year 1 exams. Use the library search on our Moodle page to find them, or ask one of the library team for more information.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by email on library@varndean.ac.uk and we will do all we can to help.

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