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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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