Jay Hannah Hancock 2013

Jay Hancock, 20, started her apprenticeship qualification in Advanced Business and Administration in November 2011, and is due to complete in November 2013.

Jay has secured a role as Training Administrator at the Let’s Do Business group whilst studying for the qualification through the apprenticeship scheme at Sussex Coast College Hastings.

Jay was an Advanced Apprentice with Hastings Trust on a training programme funded by Sussex Coast College Hastings. The training provided, gave Jay a detailed understanding of the apprenticeship training process and the confidence to take on the new challenge.

Stephen King, Training and Skills Manager at Let’s Do Business commented ‘The Let’s Do Business Group are very proud to be able to offer Jay Hancock a full-time role as the business and opportunities continue to grow.’

Tim Scott, Head of Business Development congratulated Jay on her success to date. Tim added ‘our partnership with local employers is essential to help improve employability of our young people. We are focused on working with local partners to give other students, like Jay, the opportunity to develop in line with the needs of the business and community around Hastings.’

Jay said ‘It is great to use the skills I have developed on my training programme to good effect. I am able to talk confidently to potential apprentices and explain in detail what an apprenticeship really means. To me there was no better way to learn by doing and getting paid to learn was a real bonus.’

Photo: Stephen King welcomes Jay Hancock to the role of Training Administrator at the Let’s Do Business Group.


freshers fair

Last Thursday and Friday (5th and 6th September) SCCH hosted their Annual Freshers’ Fair to welcome new and returning students back to the college, at both campuses in Hastings and Ore.

Approximately 500 students attended the fair which was established to give new and returning students a fun and interesting welcome to Sussex Coast College Hastings, as well as building relationships with local businesses and organisations.

There was a great show of interactive stalls including Plaza Art Supplies, Targeted Youth Support Service, RP Combat Conditioning, YMCA, Trapped Magazine, Pop Up Knitting, National Table Tennis Association, Active Hastings and Fighting Tigers Gym, who gave kickboxing demonstrations and offered student discounts.

Labour, Conservative, and Liberal Democrat parties also attended the fair to talk to students and promote their views and opinions on local issues.

Some of the most entertaining guests included mascots from Xtrax and Shakeaway, who gave spectators a fantastic dance off in the Plazas atrium.

SCCH Youth Worker Abbie Murley commented ‘I can vouch for Plazas energetic atmosphere. This Freshers’ Fair was definitely a success, we managed to engage with many new students and our team is really pleased with the attendance.’

For more information on Sussex Coast College Hastings, or the Fresher’s Fair event, please visit or call us on 01424 442222.



Gallery Students

Budding artists from Hastings College have had work accepted for sale at a specialist print gallery in Eastbourne.

The Emma Mason Gallery considered work from 12 students who submitted it as part of a professional practice module.

Four students from the FdA Illustration course were successful and the work of Nina Somers, Rowena O’Rilly , Keith Hau and Lianne Cheal can now been seen on display at the gallery.

Emma Mason said: ”I think the partnership has worked remarkably well. Initially, we agreed to select work from only two students, however the standard was much higher than expected and made it hard to choose.”

The Professional Practice unit is designed to prepare students for becoming working freelance illustrators.

Andrew Moran, course tutor said: “Most of our students aim to become professional illustrators or printmakers and in order to reach this goal they need the ability to sell work as well as produce it. We teach them that being commercially aware is just as important as creative ability.”

Hastings based Nina Sommers said: “This has been a fantastic learning experience. Now that I understand the process involved in submitting artwork to a gallery, I feel far more confident about getting my work out there.”


Students from Sussex Coast College Hastings are celebrating after achieving outstanding A Level results, performing significantly above the national average for A Level students for the 5th year running.

SCCH students secured an exceptional pass rate of 100% on the range of A Level subjects offered by the college, with just under half of students gaining 45% A* to B/high grade at A2 level. Similarly, first year AS students produced outstanding results, with a success rate of 82.35%, compared to the national average of 75.05% (11/12).

Art & design, science, mathematics, humanities and social science courses all significantly exceeded the high national average success rates, with students securing places at top universities across the UK.

Jim Sharpe, Head of Academy 6 at SCCH said ‘Our learners and teachers have worked extremely hard for this success and we are delighted with their achievements in both the first and second year of the programmes. SCCH would like to congratulate all students on their outstanding achievements this year.’

The college’s quality improvement drivers in 2012/13 focussed on improving the quality of their outcomes, including improved levels of achievement and high grade performance.

SCCH is therefore pleased to report a significant improvement in the A Level success rate due to a much improved achievement rate, with more students than ever achieving in the higher grade bands of A* - C.

Deputy Principal, April Carrol commented ‘The excellent results provide compelling evidence that the college’s advice and guidance, learning, assessment and teaching, and quality improvement activities introduced in 2011/12 and refined in 2012/13, have continued to have a positive impact on the outcomes for A level students in 2012/13.’

Sussex Coast College has seen an increase in applications for A level courses over recent months and is about to start enrolments for the new academic year.

If you would like to study at the college, or have any questions about A levels, contact Student Services on 01424 458 465.

Photos by Steve Hunnisett

On Friday 9th August, Sussex Coast College Hastings held a free music event for current and potential students, with an aim to keep them engaged with the college during the summer months.


A variety of acts took over the stage inside the atrium for an afternoon of fun, including a popular photobooth and plenty of refreshments.


The afternoon kicked off with local band Dorey The Wise, followed by The Parades, Charlee Drew, Tich and headlining rapper, Angel. DJ Lady D introduced the acts and provided music during the intervals. An online competition gave some lucky students the opportunity to meet the artists, which to them, was a highlight of their summer.


One potential student said ‘I had such a fun afternoon and now I am even more excited about starting at Sussex Coast College in September.’


The student engagement team worked collaboratively with the marketing team to organise and promote the free festival, which was open to everyone.


Matthew Pitts, Student Engagement Co-ordinator at SCCH commented ‘It was great afternoon with a real ‘feel-good’ summer vibe. A huge thanks to the artists who were so generous with their time, chatting to fans, signing autographs and making it a day to remember.’


SCCH hope to run the event again next year, providing an afternoon of music and entertainment for everyone.




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The Event: On Wednesday, 26th June 2013 our Public Services level 3 students held a Help the Heroes Ball as part of their course. The students organised a formal dinner and dance for the local community which was held in Coast Restaurant, Station Plaza. The students planned and prepared the whole event and acted as waiters on the evening.

Quote from Learning Standards Manager, Neil Palmer said: 'The event was a great success and we hope to do the same next year and look forward to raising more funds for such a good cause'. 

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