The Event: On Thursday 27thJune, the college held its annual Student Achievement Awards. The evening was an opportunity to put the students in the spotlight and praise their achievements throughout the year. A packed atrium full of parents, tutors, dignitaries and award sponsors helped applaud the success of the students. The top awards sponsors were, Arrow FM, Heart FM, Cobb PR and Saga.

A quote from Principal, Clive Cooke said: ‘This celebration of our students’ achievements is a key event in the college’s calendar and we are extremely thrilled of their success. They are a shining example to their peers and to the community, showing what can happen when you are determined to succeed. When they go out into the world of work and further study, they can be proud of saying they studied at Sussex Coast College.’

Sam Lewis, winner of the Principal’s Award for Contribution to College Life said, “This is a wonderful accolade which I am extremely happy to receive and just demonstrates the College’s commitment to student achievement”.


The Winners were:

Automotive – Shannon Firminger
Access – Cynthia Chukwu
Academy 6 – Hayley Graham
Adult & Community Learning – Olena Orawski
Business – Josh Arnold
Construction – Sean Carey
Engineering – Edward Jury
Foundation Learning – David Salter
Hair & Beauty - Celina Zomer
HE Award – Shammi Begum
Health, Social & Childcare – Sharon Dolan
Hospitality & Catering – Emil Grozev
International – Kishore Chandra Patra
ICT – Cihan Dogan
Ken Melsom’s Award – Marisa Li
Travel & Tourism - Charlotte Douglas
Principals Award – Sam Lewis                                              
Part-time – Paul Reece
Public Services – Joshua Fitzpatrick
Sport – Lewis Catt
SLDD – Marissa Stewart
The Arts – Ashley Allwood
Work Based Learning – Holly Fuller




What was the event: Sussex Coast College’s BA (Hons) Art and Design show continues an on-going collaboration with The Printworks and our interdisciplinary show is impressively situated in this wonderful space.

Quote by Andrew Robey, Programme leader / BA (Hons) Art and Design, said, “Going the extra mile at show time and challenging our students to excel within the context of professional practice has always been a corner stone of the creative constitution at Sussex Coast College.”



Picture supplied by Justin Lycett 

The Event: Sussex Coast College Hastings’ annual Fashion Show took place at St Mary in the Castle this year and proved to be another success. The large auditorium was packed with cheering crowds, thumping music and flashing cameras as National Diploma and Degree level Fashion Design students showcased their new collections on the catwalk.  This popular annual show saw an audience of 400+  from across the country descend upon the venue to see designs unveiled in a spectacular high-energy show. This year’s students chose to create collectons inspired by a wide range of themes, including  strong female characters  such as Athenian Female Warriors,  the Snow Queen and Fairies with Attitude, while others explored the concepts of decay and restriction.

Students have been working round the clock; designing, cutting, stitching and beading  their collections  in preparation for the show, which is renowned for the quality and creativity of its collections and its meticulous choreography.

Quote from Alison Hawkins, Head of Foundation Degree in Fashion: said  ‘In the weeks leading up to the show work steps up a pace and students get a realistic  idea of the stresses of working to deadline in the fashion Industry. Many of our students are working into the evening to complete the work to the exacting level of detail that is expected from them at this level’  We are particularly proud of the large number of our students who have been invited to undertake internships within the industry or complete full BA Honours degrees, either here at Sussex Coast College or elswhere in the country.








What happened?Students studying ESOL, which includes aspects of British politics at Sussex Coast College, were thrilled to have Local MP, Amber Rudd as their guest speaker on Friday, talking about politics and her role as an MP.

Aim of the visit: To gain an understanding of being in the life of a MP. This included asking Amber a variety of questions on how she manages a work/life balance, what drives her to succeed and what was it like going into parliament for the first time.

Quote from local MP, Amber Rudd: ‘It’s always a great pleasure coming to the college and especially nice to meet international students with probing questions and to see them take a keen interest in our country’s politics.’

Quote from student, Daryoush Afshari: ‘I was so pleased to meet Amber Rudd MP; she is the first important politician I’ve met in my life. She is a really strong lady’

Published & Photographed by Arron Polton, Trainnee Marketing Coordinator 


Group Picture

The Event: On Tuesday 11th June, level 3 Travel and Tourism students held a mini travel market promoting seven different countries.

What was the aim: To enable the learners to experience the adrenaline of the travel market and develop their skills in organising an event as part of their qualification. They had all funded their own stalls and costumes, blasting the venue with colourful decorations and music to create a carnival atmosphere.

Student View: ‘As a group we all feel that the event was a great success, reaching a new visitor record. We all received positive feedback and enjoyed the experience’.

Quote from Course Tutor, Kim Scott: ‘I am extremely proud of the professionalism and dedication these level 3 learners have projected today. What a great way to end the academic year, it has been a pleasure to teach them all. Congratulations and good luck in your future careers’. 

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