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Year 11 Open Evening season came to a close on Thursday evening as Sussex Coast College Hastings hosted their third and final open evening of the year.

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The three events, which took place during November and December, were a huge success with almost 1600 people visiting to see what the college had to offer.

Students and parents were treated to some light entertainment and a whole host of activities to get involved with at the Station Plaza, Ore Valley, and Automotive Centre campuses.

The hair and beauty department were offering manicures and hair-ups, the sport department had netball posts, football goals and massage beds, and the catering department were making choux swans and giving people the chance to decorate gingerbread biscuits and Christmas puddings.

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At the Ore campus, the music students performed an acoustic set as guests arrived, the construction department gave students the chance to tour around the realistic working environments and check out all the machinery, while upstairs, people were entering into the world of virtual reality as the IT students showcased the Oculus Rift.

Lighting and events specialists, Tech Events helped to give the occasions the glamour they deserved, while a harpist created a relaxing and welcoming ambiance.

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Students were able to visit the ‘claws and jaws’ enclosure, where the personalised learning staff had arranged for a number snakes, spiders and creepy crawlies to visit the college.

Both the Art and A-Level floors were packed with students wanting to find out about the courses and getting a feel for college life. The buzz from each floor was reflected in the feedback survey collected by the college. Over half (52%) of the 337 visitors who completed the survey, said that they had come to find out about A-Level subjects.

Student now have a few weeks to decide on their plans after secondary school and are being encouraged to apply as soon as they can to guarantee their place at college and get the choice of subjects they want.

Clive Cooke, Principal of Sussex Coast College Hastings said: “What a fantastic three events. I was delighted to welcome so many people to the college and give them the opportunity to explore our magnificent college and talk to tutors about the subjects they are interested in."

"Our provision is growing year on year, with A-Levels continuing to be extremely popular. The support and guidance that we can offer students is first class, nurturing each individual talent helping them to go on into careers they are passionate about, being who they want to be”

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