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Welcome to West Suffolk College

West Suffolk College is an ambitious vocational and academic College, with a stunning main campus set in the heart of Bury St Edmunds, and its Construction and Building Services courses taught at the nearby Milburn Centre. 
We also serve our rural community through local learning centres in Haverhill, Ipswich, Mildenhall, Thetford, Newmarket, Stowmarket and Sudbury. 
In 2014/15, West Suffolk College had over 11,010 students including 14-16 students, 16-18 students, apprentices, workplace learners and adult students. There were 997 Higher Education students. 

About us

West Suffolk College is an ambitious vocational and academic College, with a stunning main campus set in the heart of Bury St Edmunds. 
We are committed to providing outstanding education to all our students. Our ethos is to put our learners’ success at the heart of everything we do. That means we will do everything we can to help our students succeed and be the best they can be.
We have a wonderful range of courses, facilities, tutors and opportunities to build an excellent foundation for a career or go onto Higher Education.
As a partner College of the University of Suffolk, we offer more than 40 foundation and honours degrees at the College across a wide range of subjects.
We have forged valuable links with business and industries across all fields to make sure students develop skills that will increase their employability. 
We believe in engaging with our students as young adults in a supportive and encouraging environment and we aim to give the best opportunity to develop, grow and become passionately involved in their own education.
Plans to build a world-class sixth form college in Bury St Edmunds have been given the go ahead and it will open its doors in September 2018.
The college is a collaboration between the West Suffolk College sponsored Suffolk Academies Trust - which includes Suffolk One in Ipswich and local upper schools including King Edward VI School and Sybil Andrews Academy in Bury St Edmunds.
The college aims to replicate the success of Suffolk One, an outstanding sixth form college, and will offer more than 40 A-Level courses to 16-19 year olds from across the whole of West Suffolk. Curriculums will be timetabled to allow students to study high level specialist vocational qualifications at West Suffolk College alongside their A Levels if appropriate.
West Suffolk College is on a journey. We have huge ambitions to be the best college in the UK and we believe our community deserves nothing less. 

Facilities available

West Suffolk College prides itself on state of the art facilities including:

  • Purpose-built workshops equipped to industry standard for engineering, automotive and construction.
  • A full suite of art studios which have provision for traditional methods including print, 3D, animation, ceramics, digital and wet photography. These are complemented by up-to-date computers and software on Apple Macs and PCs.
  • Conservatoire EAST - watch a show in our theatre with a 120 seating capacity. 
  • Edmunds Restaurant - enjoy a freshly cooked meal at our popular restaurant
  • In Vogue Salon - from manicures and facials to new hairstyles, our friendly salon will give you the look you've always dreamt of.
  • Music recording studios with industry standard recording technology and dedicated tracking and mixing facilities running the latest software. 

Additional support

One of the College's strengths is the support we offer too all of our students. Learning Support Tutors are on hand to help students with their work and our Student Futures team can help you with careers advice. 

Learner success

Success Rates

  • 84.2% success rate for all ages on long and short qualifications
  • 86% success rate for 16-18 long qualifications
  • 80.8% success rate for 19+ long qualifications
  • 78% success rate for Full Apprenticeship Framework
  • 88.7% success rate for Full NVQ2 and 3 delivered in the workplace
  • 87.7 success rate for Higher Education students

We are a large local employer with 331 full-time staff and a turnover of £26 million.

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact West Suffolk College directly.

Last updated date: 13 December 2016
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