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Welcome to East Sussex College

East Sussex College is a place where you can be the best that you can be.

College will be a very memorable and important part of your life. It will be a place where you meet life-long friends and hopefully discover and decide on what you want to do in the future, whether you want to go to university, start an apprenticeship, or launch yourself into your career.

We have hundreds of courses for you to choose from, based within our amazing facilities, and taught by the finest tutors around.

We are dedicated and care deeply about nurturing and encouraging you to achieve your very best, both academically and personally. We will make sure that we provide you with the very best learning support, provide you with advice and guidance to enable you to make the right choices after college, and give you meaningful experiences and opportunities to equip you for the world of work.

Our current and past students constantly tell us how friendly, supportive, and welcoming we are. They also let us know that they really appreciate being treated like an adult and they feel respected as individuals.

We look forward to meeting you soon.

About us

East Sussex College is a newly formed college following the merger between Sussex Coast College Hastings and Sussex Downs College. The college now has campuses in Eastbourne, Hastings, Lewes, and Newhaven, and provides high quality education and training for almost half of the county’s young people.

The College has years of experience of successfully delivering a broad range of academic and vocational programmes. These include A-Levels, Vocational and Technical qualifications, Apprenticeships, and Higher Education.

Our students come from a diverse range of backgrounds, many different schools, and in some cases, different countries. Their achievements are testament to the College’s high expectations, the dedication of our lecturers and, of course, to the students’ own hard work and commitment to their studies. Students leave the College with high quality qualifications that gain them entry to university, to further study and to employment. Almost a quarter of students who progress to Higher Education, gain admission to the prestigious ‘Russell Group’ universities, which include Oxford and Cambridge.

The college is actively involved with the community, working with around 3,000 local employers and voluntary organisations to offer bespoke training programmes and relevant and meaningful work experience opportunities.

What do our students say?

"I absolutely love this college. All of the teachers are great and there is a great vibe. We’re all there to work, but also to enjoy college life. Support is in place in case I need it and all of my courses are working out very well for me."

"This is a really good college and I have made lots of good friends. The teachers really make me want to be here."

"I am happy at this college and I'm glad I chose to come here rather than following my friends to another college. The courses I've taken are great and I have fantastic teachers. It's helped build my confidence."

"Choosing to go to East Sussex College was one of the best decisions I have ever made."

Facilities available

Our campuses are a place where you’ll be able to be yourself and feel right at home. College is very different to school and you’ll be given independence and you will take responsibility for your own learning.


Our Eastbourne campus is located against the beautiful backdrop of the South Downs and has a university feel to it with ten specialist and general teaching buildings spread across the grounds. Learning facilities include realistic industry-standard vocational workshops, studios, kitchens, a commercial restaurant, and commercial hair and beauty salons. This campus also boasts well-resourced Learning Resource Centres, a 400m athletic track, a custom-built sports hall, and realistic construction workshops for our carpentry, plumbing, painting and decorating, and brickwork courses.

Station Plaza - Hastings

Our Station Plaza campus in Hastings is situated in the middle of Hastings town centre and next door to Hastings Train station. Station Plaza is a modern, 22,000 square metre building, filled with study space and social zones. The light-filled atrium is a focal point of the campus and features a gym, cookery kitchens, a commercial restaurant, hair and beauty salons, complete with sauna and Jacuzzi, and dedicated art studios filled with printing presses, photo studios, a darkroom, and a kiln. We also have a Coast coffee shop, Subway, art shop, and a large Learning Resource Centre.

Ore Valley - Hastings
Less than one mile from our Station Plaza campus is our Ore Valley site. It has 7,000 square metres of realistic working environments, workshops, and ‘live build’ areas. In the central atrium, students construct, wire, plumb, fit-out, and decorate a full-size house. Students have access to the latest equipment and digital technology, a Learning Resource Centre, coffee shop and refectory.

Automotive Training Centre (ATC) – Hastings

Our Automotive Training Centre, situated along the Ridge, offers hands-on training and qualifications in all aspects of vehicle maintenance and repair. The centre has IMI (Institute of Motor Industry) awards accreditation and approval to deliver various levels of Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Repair programmes and apprenticeships at Levels 2 and 3. ATC is equipped with Snap-On tools, the latest industry equipment, and industry standard car bays.


Our Lewes campus features four well-equipped teaching buildings and a hall of residence for international students. The campus is located close to the public sports centre and Lewes train station. The Campus has a recently-built Performing Arts Centre, hair and beauty salons, high spec labs, and a well-resourced Learning Centre, as well as a variety of catering options.

Additional support

Learning support

Our Additional Learning Support team can help give you the best chance of success. We recognise that everyone has different learning needs, so we will make sure that you are given the support and encouragement you need.

Our experienced teams will work with you to help remove obstacles that prevent you from learning, and make sure positive outcome are achieved. We have been recognised for our excellence in a number of areas including:

  • Autism
  • Dyslexia
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Deaf or hard of hearing
  • Physical disabilities
  • Learning difficulties
  • Blind or partially sighted
  • Exam concessions
  • Specialist equipment
  • Reader, note-taker or prompt
  • Support during your transition to College

We work closely with the East Sussex Local Safeguarding Children Board to make sure that all young people are protected from any kind of abuse. We have a designated team of staff to protect our students and actively promote safeguarding.

Equality and Diversity

We respect diversity within our college and community. We value the enrichment that differences that disability, gender, race, sexuality, faith, culture, age, and socio-economic background bring to our lives and work. We are committed to ensuring equality of opportunity for all who learn and work at the college. We strive to produce a working and learning environment that is safe and free of all forms of discrimination.


Our friendly Admissions team is at the heart of the college’s support system and can provide you with any information, advice, and guidance you may need during your time with us.

You can talk to them about joining or changing a course; find out what’s on offer and what’s right for you, financial information, the student associations you can become a part of, and the types of support available to you, which may include childcare, travel bursaries, careers education, higher education, and apprenticeships.

Financial support

If you are worried about affording your course, there are many sources of financial help that you could be eligible for including bursaries, travel grants and discounts, grants, and discretionary learner support.

How to apply

You can apply for courses at East Sussex College through UCAS Progress. Add courses to your favourites to apply to this provider.

Last updated date: 05 March 2019
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