A local college is providing businesses and individuals with the opportunity to gain a professional industry qualification in Human Resources.

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Sussex Coast College Hastings is running a CIPD Foundation Level 3 Diploma in Human Resource Practice for anybody who is interested in a career in HR; whether they are just starting out or looking for career progression.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is the leading professional body in the UK for HR and people development. The college runs the course during two evenings per week, from 6pm – 9pm, at the Station Plaza campus. It provides businesses with a local place to up-skill their staff as Sussex Coast College is the only approved training centre within a 30 mile radius.

The course content gives students essential knowledge about HR practices and a wide range of practical skills. On successful completion of the course, students will also gain an Associate Membership to the CIPD where they can tap into online resources and a local branch network of talks and job opportunities.

Sue Ridley, Chartered Member CIPD and Academic Programme Leader at Sussex Coast College Hastings said: “This is the perfect course for anyone who wants to get a good solid understanding of what HR involves both theoretically and in practice.”

“There are a lot of small to medium-sized businesses in the area, all of which need some sort of HR process. A good HR process makes any sized business more efficient, which is why a human resources qualification is becoming so sought after.”

“Students not only gain academic knowledge from the course, but they also learn from their peers as students come from different business or even sector backgrounds, and have varying levels of experience.”

Large local businesses including Saga, Hastings Direct, Sussex Police, and Sussex Coast College Hastings have all invested in this qualification to up-skill their staff; as well as smaller charities and recruitment agencies benefiting from more efficient HR departments.

Sue continued: “We’ve had some really great success stories during the course. A couple of students have recently gained a promotion in their jobs, and one had a complete career change to now work in the industry. So you see, this course gives you really great career mobility and opportunities to progress.”

Applications for the course are still being taken and close at the beginning of September. Finance may well be available for students wishing to do the course. For more information about course fees and entry requirements, please email or call Robin Hugh on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 01424 458421. For information on course content please email Sue Ridley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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A group of language students were awarded General English certificates last week after they graduated from Sussex Coast College Hastings.

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10 students from Brazil travelled to Hastings to study English during the last three weeks of term. The students joined the college as part of a new initiative between Achieve Language School, which is based in Manaus, and the college.

During their three week stay, the students were able to enjoy a number of evening activities around the town including Crazy Golf, Archery and Axe Throwing. On the last evening, they celebrated the completion of the course during an awards evening where the Head of International, Jeremy Oughton presented them with certificates.

It is the second time that a group has travelled from the Amazon state capital to study at the college, some of them enjoying it so much that they plan to study A-Levels at the college in September.

The partnership between the two organisations is continuing to grow as Jeremy Oughton will head out to Brazil in early 2017 to extend the opportunity to other parts of the country; giving students, teachers and staff a taste of what the college, Hastings and England is like.


The college is also building and strengthening its links on the other side of the world in Japan.

A brand new partnership with Kyoto Gakuen High School in Tokyo, will see Sussex Coast College Hastings welcoming a cohort of Japanese students to study with them this September.

Last month the Head of International flew out to Tokyo to give the Japanese students an insight about Sussex Coast College and what it is like to study in England; before they embark on a 10 month study programme.

The programme, which is being supported by the Japanese government, looks to broaden the aspirations of students, allowing them to see what studying overseas is like.

The students will be selected based on their IELTS score, and have the opportunity to study English along with two A-Level subjects at the college.

The new partnership will be the start of an on-going programme that will see students aged 14 to 15 come to the UK every September. After the 10 months they will return to Japan to finish the remainder of their schooling. Once they finish school they will have valuable qualifications that will boost their employment prospects and ability to study at some of the top universities in the UK.

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24 students took part in a local MasterChef competition held at University of Brighton’s culinary arts studio last month.

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The Level 1 and 2 Hospitality & Catering students from Sussex Coast College Hastings took part in the two-day competition on Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th June at the Eastbourne based campus.

12 students competed on the first day, followed by the second half of the group on Wednesday.

On both days, the competition started at 9:30am and briefed the students on the format of the competition and the set-menu that they would have to cook.

To spice things up, the 12 students were split into groups of two and three to compete for the accolade of producing the best dish, but also the individual prize of top chef. By 2:30pm the groups had cooked three courses for an audience of 17 people and presented their dishes to a panel of three judges.

The teams cooked dished inspired by food from around the world, but it was Banoffee tart with blueberry ice cream that stole the show. Budding-chefs Emily Donaldson-Antelo and Kerry Marsh on day one, and Ben Cervi and Ryan Crouch on day two, wowed the judges with their dessert and won the best dish award for their efforts.

David Walker impressed with his culinary skills and teamwork on day 1, and Ashleigh Beeney was an inspiring leader on day 2, to both win best individual performance.

Local schools and colleges from across West and East Sussex were invited to the event organised by University of Brighton. The event is designed to boost confidence and aspirations of young people to open up opportunities in further and higher education they may not have considered or thought possible.

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'Call of Duty' - one of the dusters included in the collection, stitched by Jackie Batey.

A local college lecturer is challenging the perspective of domestic chores carried out by women in a collaborative art project.

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Vanessa Marr, who is Subject Leader for FdA Graphic Communication at Sussex Coast College, is asking people for their opinions and contributions to gain a modern day view on the relationship between women and domesticity, by stitching their thoughts onto yellow dusters.

The Sussex-based artist and designer started the project shortly after completing an MA at University of Brighton. When exhibited, the dusters are strung together like flags to display the range of thoughts and designs, which are all stitched in red to represent femininity.

Vanessa said: “It is very much an on-going project and I am still taking contributions. I started the project to explore how modern day society views domestic roles and responsibilities. In the West at least, women can now do anything and be anything, yet it predominantly still seems to be the case that daily domestic tasks are considered the responsibility of women.”

“I used yellow dusters to represent domesticity, as they are mundane like most domestic tasks, but they create something visually appealing because of their bright yellow colour.”

Over 80 individuals have contributed their poetic quotes, images, opinions and memories to the collection, and the project continues to grow. The dusters have been exhibited across the South East during an academic symposium discussing artistic responses to the home at the Geffrye Museum in London, at the De La Warr Pavilion and most recently at Sussex Coast College.

Anyone can get involved by picking up a duster starter pack from Plaza Art Supplies at the college. The pack includes a duster, a needle and red thread and is priced at £3, with 50p from each pack donated to Women’s Aid. You can also buy a selection of postcards of the current collection on sale too.

Please visit: for more information about the project.

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The Supported Education summer show brought all the tastes, colours and sounds of India to Sussex Coast College last week.

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'Bhangra Dayz' was the latest summer show put together by the Supported Education students, and inspired by the range of eclectic music, culture, traditional food, and colourful arts and crafts the country boasts.

Parents, carers and guardians were taken on an Indian journey last Wednesday as the students made tasty dahl, accompanied by chapatis and raita, and delicious Naan Nankhati biscuits and chai tea, for them all to enjoy.

The audience could also buy student-made Indian stylised brooches, incense holders, and cards with watercolour paintings of Indian textiles, as well as have Mehndi henna body paintings.

Two festival-style tents were used to host a multi-sensory display of spices, exhibiting their culinary and medicinal uses, and show a range of turmeric tie-dyed cloth. The tents were also the perfect ‘chill’ space so that people could relax on bean bags and browse a collection of books about India, provided by the college library.

There were two performances during the day where students danced, sang, and performed comedy sketches with their fabulously made props and scenery before the afternoon was concluded with a presentation of certificates for the students’ successes through the academic year.

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Supported Education provides a positive learning environment for those who have learning difficulties, disabilities or who may benefit from having the reassurance of belonging to a supportive programme to aid progression in or out of further education.

If you’d like to find out more then please visit our Additional Learning Support page on the website: or call 01424 458530.


5 members from the HR team donned their ponchos and battled against the elements to complete the Race for Life earlier this month.

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The ladies completed the 10k circuit around Alexandra Park on Sunday 12th June and raised a total of over £302.50 to help in the fight against cancer.

Penny Coppins, Sheree France, Lene Scrivener, Sarah-Jane Pocock, and Melanie Price managed to take a soaked selfie after the race.


Penny Coppins said: “We wanted to raise a target of £300 and I was really pleased that we managed to beat it.”

“The weather was terrible, but that didn’t put us off. Once we got going, it was fine, and we just powered through as a team.”

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