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Welcome to Hastings

The historic and picturesque town of Hastings is a blend of Victorian elegance and modern transformation, with a vibrant mix of business, tourism, leisure and education.

Recent regeneration has attracted many new businesses, visitors, and students to the town, giving it a real buzz.

Hastings is sometimes referred to as Brighton’s little sister, and shares a lot of the same quirky, artistic qualities as its neighbour.

But Hastings is beginning to move out of the shadows and make a real name for itself.

…And we much prefer the more recent reference of Shoreditch-on-Sea, because Hastings shares many of the same characteristics that the swanky London suburb is synonymous with. Read the Article here

Many of the national news outlets have also been backing Hastings as a very attractive place to live, work, study and play (and of course, we agree!).

The Guardian and Times travel editors have spent a weekend in the town taking in all that it has to offer. Read the article here

The UK’s steepest funicular cliff railway provides stunning views of the town, Hastings National Park, and across the English Channel.

The newly re-opened £14million Pier, capturing all the charm and elegance of the original, offers open-air cinema, yoga and star-gazing.

The London Evening Standard called Hastings the “new jewel in the South East Coast” encouraging readers to visit the ancient Old Town ‘twittens’, which are lined with interesting and quirky boutique shops. Read the article here.

Hastings’ identity and reputation as a thriving national and international arts centre is gathering momentum.

In August 2016, Hastings was named as a hotspot for thriving creative industries. It was identified among 47 creative clusters across the UK that showed that Hastings was starting to have a significant impact on the industry. Read the article here.

Hastings has 654 creative companies, representing 9.4 per cent of total businesses in the town and providing employment for 1,319 people

The Guardian says that the town is undergoing an artistic renaissance and creative talents and businesses are flourishing alongside other like-minded people and the fun spirit of the town. Many high profile creative people are starting to make the move from Brighton and London. Read the article here.

With its seaside setting, stunning parkland, cliffside walks, bustling old town, beautiful buildings, varied bars, clubs, restaurants, and colourful character, Hastings is a unique and exciting place in which to live, study, work and play.

Why study here

In 2016, the University of Brighton announced that they would be reviewing the sustainability of their Hastings Campus.

Many feared that this would mark the end of a university presence in the town. However, this is not the case.

Sussex Coast College Hastings is committed to offering high quality degrees and training qualifications, giving students and the local community the opportunity to gain degree level qualifications that offer the full student experience, that are flexible around your lifestyle, and that are affordable.

So why choose us?

We know it is so important to choose the right place to study for your degree.

We love what we do and we want you to love studying with us, so you can become an award winning student too.

We’ll treat you as an individual

You’ll be taught in groups rather than being one of hundreds in a huge, impersonal lecture theatre.

This means you'll get far more contact time with your tutors and your learning will be individually tailored to your needs.​

Our tutors are always available to help

If you ever need help or guidance, your tutor will always be around to help.

All our courses are built around student-staff contact; you'll never be just a name on a list: you'll know your tutors and they'll know you.​

Our courses give you value for money

We offer significantly lower tuition fees than many other institutions in the South East.

Hastings also has the added advantage of having a lower cost of living compared to Brighton.

We have fantastic facilities

Our multi-million pound campuses are right in the centre of Hastings and just metres away from Hastings train and bus station.

They are visually stunning and give you access to Learning Resource Centres, a library, 1,500 Macs and PCs, and all the latest industry-standard equipment.

We get the thumbs up from the Quality Assurance Agency

During the last QAA review in 2012, it showed that we met all expectations and gained a full confidence rating.

The University of Brighton Partnership Review in 2016 also graded us as very good.


Living in Hastings

We know that choosing a university and preparing to move away from home is difficult. So finding somewhere to live shouldn’t be.

Hastings is only a small university town compared to many others, so doesn’t have blocks of student accommodation, so we make sure that you have modern, welcoming, clean and safe rooms, so that you can make yourself at home.

We’ve teamed up with the town’s most exciting property developers to offer you a range of clean, stylish, New York style living spaces in the heart of Hastings.

So if you’re looking for a more independent approach to student accommodation, then you’ll love what Lets2Share have on offer.

Lets2Share is an innovative accommodation provider, who’s passion is to create sustainable and affordable urban regeneration for students, young people and working professionals. All of their properties are regulated by industry organisations, and are somewhere we know you’ll love to live.

The shared and flexible accommodation ranges from 3 to 8 bedroom buildings that are fully furnished with a double bed, storage and an en-suite bathroom. All utility bills (including council tax) are included in the weekly rent price. Broadband and TV licence is paid for and maintenance and cleaning is available, should you wish to use it. Rent prices start from £100 per person per week, based on 39 week tenancy.

Let us take care of the accommodation, while you look forward to the next chapter of your life.

There are other student and individual accommodation options available through local letting agencies such as:



Student life isn’t just about studying. It’s about making friends, gaining life skills, and exploring

Hastings is a fantastically unique, independent and bohemian town to explore and spend your free time.

Hastings Town Centre, as it is today, is a modern pedestrian shopping area, filled with high street brands, coffee shops, and snack shacks.

We could tell you all about the high street shops where you can spend your student discount, but that’s the same in most towns and cities. What we’re dying to tell you about is the Old Town.

Wandering through the quirky streets of the old town or ‘Twittens’ as they’re known, you’ll get a real feel for the true spirit and eccentric vibe that this ancient town has.

There is a whole range of vintage and quirky boutique shops and restaurants to grab your attention; many of which have featured in national press and style magazines.

If you’re looking for vintage, then you’ll be sure to find it in The Butlers Emporium. Hooks hang from the wooden clad walls displaying all sorts of memorabilia and treasures, fit for decorating your new surroundings with.

You’ll be able to create your own unique style and find ‘one-off’ clothes items in clothing and textile specialists, Warp and Weft Styling.

Hastings is packed with over 80 amazing bars, pubs and restaurants.

Where else would you be able to order a Thai green curry in a bookshop, and enjoy a Lamb Tagine while sat amongst handbags and accessories?

Trip Advisor can give you an idea of the best places to eat and drink, but nobody really knows Hastings like we do. Here are some of our favourites:

The Crown

The Crown is adored by locals and visitors and is a real jewel in the Hastings… well, crown.

It is a traditional pub with rustic wooden tables and a golden crown hanging above the door. It sits just a few strides from the seafront in the Old Town and serves a selection of local ales and craft beers, fine wines, specialist gins, whiskeys and cider. The food is pretty awesome too with a fine range of home-cooked meals to make you feel at home.

Local artists have their work displayed on the walls, live music plays most weekends, and there is an open fire to sit back and relax in front of on a chilly day.

Dragon Bar

In the heart of the Old Town, the Dragon Bar is an informal and friendly place to enjoy food and drink.

The resident DJ likes to play a diverse range of tracks straight from vinyl on his mini decks, while you enjoy fine bistro food and chose from a huge range of alcoholic beverages.

The bar is a big hit with trendy Londoners who visit Hastings, probably because there is a second Dragon Bar in Shoreditch.

Albion Hastings

The Albion has been beautifully refurbished with the help of local designers, artists and artisan crafts-people.

Among the changes, the venue now has a stage for live music, bespoke bar tops and stylish furniture. It has 6 hand pumps, a selection of craft beers, and serves traditional British food with a modern approach at lunchtime.

Ye Olde Pump House

The Pump House looks as if it could be the oldest pub in Hastings with its low beamed ceilings and lead-lined windows, but in actual fact, it’s less than 100 years old.

But take nothing away from it, it still has bags of character and is a cracking place to grab a pint and a bite to eat.

Porters Wine Bar

Porters is a trendy and premier wine bar set in a Grade 2 listed building in the Old Town.

The restaurant is beautifully decorated and still has old wooden beams running throughout.

The charming venue serves home-cooked seasonal dishes, accompanied by a great range of wines and regular appearances from the award winning jazz singer, Liane Carroll.


Walkers is a popular wine bar in the middle of Hastings, offering great food and a cracking range of cocktails in a laid back atmosphere.

It’s a really popular place as there is something for everyone; whether you’re out with friends for lunch or out for a few drinks in the evening.


Just behind Priory Meadow shopping centre, Pissarro’s is a pub, wine bar, bistro and restaurant all rolled into one.

It has a modern décor with influences from across the pond, which wouldn’t look out of place in an American Jazz bar, and offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as a packed line-up of live music and entertainments every Friday night.

The John Logie Baird

The JD Wetherspoon in Hastings is named after a local man who conceived the idea of TV.

Wetherspoon always offer a great range of food and drink at great prices and often have festivals to celebrate local ciders, world craft beers and real-ales and a whole range of spirits.

Casa Mexicana

It might be a small, intimate restaurant, but its big on flavour!

This is a great place to indulge in some Comida Callejera or Mexican street food.

Dishes are prepared quickly and meticulously using traditional recipes and you can get anything from empanadas to fajitas.

Did we mention they also have over 10 different types of tequila? Arriba!

Boulevard Bookshop and Thai Cafe

The Boulevard Bookshop and Thai Cafe brings a taste of Thailand to Hastings.

However, unlike other Thai restaurants, the tables and chairs are set among bookshelves.

You’re invited to kick back, relax, and read a good book while you wait for your two course thai feast to be cooked.

All the food is freshly cooked using authentic ingredients from Thailand.

What’s more, you can bring your own wine and beer!

Café Maroc

Another cosy little restaurant in the Old town, offering the finest home-made Moroccan dishes.

Café Maroc is a shop by day, selling handbags, accessories and authentic Moroccan gifts that you could expect to find on market stalls in Marrakech.

By night it turns into a wonderful dinning space, serving authentic, delicious and generous sized portions of Moroccan food.

You can bring your own alcohol and pay a small corkage fee.

In the rest of the town you’ll find some of the best fish and chips shops including: The Cod Father, The Old Town Fryer and the Kingfisher.

There is a row of arcades and amusements, a Go-Kart track and the UK’s largest adventure golf complex.

To the east, you’ll find a glorious stretch of beach, with Europe’s largest beach-launched fishing fleet, the iconic black fishing huts, with views of the East Hill in the background.

The Jerwood Gallery has very much made itself at home in this part of town since opening in 2011 and offers a ‘uniquely British experience’.

Heading west, you’ll find the famous Hastings Pier.

After being burnt down in 2010, the pier re-opened 6 years later.

It acknowledges the history and charm of the old one by using some of the old planks in the restoration.

It now offers a clean, modern, spacious area for people to explore.

Since re-opening, the pier has been a hive of activity with open-air yoga, cinema screenings, a circus and live music.

The pier was once a popular venue for live music. The Rolling Stones, The Sex Pistols, The Who and Jimi Hendrix all played here in their heyday. It looks as if the pier will once again become a hot spot for live performances after Dizzy Rascal, Madness, the Levellers, and DJ sensations MK and Hannah Wants all played sold out sets over the summer.

Throughout the year, it’s hard not to get carried away with all the parties and festivals going on in the town.

The Seafood and Wine Festival, Jack in the Green, Pirates Day, and its very own version of Mardi Gras - Fat Tuesday are some of the best.

Student Union

When you enrol onto one of courses you will become part of the University of Brighton student union.

There are so many clubs and societies for you to join, both in Hastings and in Brighton.

Students are proactive in arranging Fresher’s events and our active student societies are organised, run and funded by the Student Union.

All of the societies work hard to arrange trips, exhibitions and events for students to get involved with and take advantage of throughout the year.

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Each year hundreds of students join our Higher Education courses at East Sussex College, bringing with them their own experiences, talents and ambitions.

We want you to enjoy a rich and rewarding experience at SCCH so we provide constant support to remove any obstacles to your success.

Services are confidential and free. If we cannot offer the support you need, we can give you information about other sources of help.

Our services include: Childcare, Counselling, Disability services, Dyslexia support, Financial support, Healthcare and Welfare issues.

Disability Services

Our dedicated Additional Learning Support team can help and support you throughout your studies.

Our professionally trained and experienced team are committed to removing any barriers that prevent you from learning.

They can support with: Autism, Mental health and well-being, physical disabilities, learning disabilities, blind or partially sighted, deaf or hard of hearing, or during your transition from further education to higher education.

Dyslexia Support

SCCH is recognised at a dyslexia friendly organisation and currently holds the British Dyslexia Association Quality Mark for its commitment to supporting students. You can seek advice about dyslexia and book screenings at the college.


East Sussex College has the primary responsibility for dealing with initial queries relating to student support, wellbeing and careers advice, and for the provision of counselling services.  East Sussex College may refer students to the University of Brighton’s Student Services where expert advice is required.

Financial Support

If you have financial concerns, you can initially discuss these with your Subject Leaders, but for further advice on HE finance and support please get in touch with one of our Student Support Advisors on 01424 442222.

Health and Well-Being

We offer a wide range of support and advice about health and well-being including: relationship advice, free contraception and pregnancy tests, drug and alcohol advice, healthy living advice, anger management, and stress management.


We can support students with childcare, through the Care to Learn scheme, providing assistance with the cost of childcare if you are under 20 at the start of the academic year. If you are over 20 then we can support you through the childcare support fund. Application forms are available from Student Services or at www.gov.uk.

Mentoring and Study Support

For study support, students can attend UCH study workshops; contact Jordan Vibert  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Student Reps

Student Reps provide student support and can also support the organisation of student events and societies.

All students are welcome to contribute and develop their own ideas and apply for Student Union funding through the Student Union Officer.

2018/19 Term Dates

  1. Autumn Term: 6th September 2018 
  2. Autumn Half Term: 22nd - 26th October 2018
  3. Christmas Holidays: 19th December 2018
  4. Spring Term: 3rd January 2019
  5. Spring Half Term: 18th - 22nd February 2019
  6. Easter Holidays: 5th April 2019
  7. Summer Term: 23rd April 2019
  8. Summer Half Term: 27th May - 31st May 2019
  9. Summer Term: 28th June 2019

SCCH Code of Conduct

Everyone who works and studies at SCCH has agreed to respect each other and their environment.

Students and staff are expected to embody the college values: Respect, Teamwork and Achievement.

By respecting each other, as well as college buildings and equipment and by working together, we can all achieve our goals.

The Student Contract

Students and Staff are expected to:

  1. Eat and drink within designated areas only
  2. Refrain from chewing gum
  3. Smoke at least 50 metres from college buildings
  4. Leave the College clean and tidy
  5. Use non-abusive and non-offensive language
  6. Dress appropriately
  7. Follow the Health and Safety Policy
  8. Wear their ID card at all times whilst on campus
  9. Attend on time and contribute positively
  10. Work hard and meet deadlines
  11. Inform the college promptly if they are unable to attend
  12. Comply with the licensing and copyright rules required by the college Learning
  13. Resource Centre in relation to resources
  14. Use mobile phones with consideration and switch them off around learning areas
  15. Adhere to the IT users policy
  16. Check their college email regularly for announcements and use it for any communication with college staff

In addition students are expected to:

  1. Carry out reasonable instructions given by college staff
  2. Give names politely when asked by college staff

The college is expected to provide:

  1. Learning and support, planned to meet your needs
  2. Prompt and constructive feedback
  3. Encouragement and help to achieve your qualification(s)
  4. Advice and guidance with progression planning
  5. Assurance that your complaints and concerns will be dealt with fairly
  6. Praise and recognition for your efforts
  7. A safe and secure learning environment

Access & Participation

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When you study with us, you’ll be getting so much more than a degree

Our degrees have a vocational focus, giving you all the essential skills you need to be a success in your chosen career.

We pride ourselves on going that extra mile to make sure our students get a totally enriching experience.

We know the importance of gaining valuable work experience, which is why we encourage you to put your learning into practice.

Our tutors are experts in their field and have a wealth of industry contacts at home and abroad for you to tap into.

We will guide you with your personal portfolios and help you to build your CV, even after you’ve graduated.

We’re committed to doing this because we care about you, and want you to succeed.

Who knows, your lasting impression may get you a job when you graduate.

Meet our Alumni

Studying at University Centre Hastings at SCC is fantastic, but don’t just take our word for it. Here is what our past students have to say about studying here:

Olga Pope, FdA Graphic Communication, 2010

“Sussex Coast became a turning point in my adult life.

I had no art and design experience before I started the course, but by the end I was nominated for two prestigious design awards and had a coveted place accepted at Central Saint Martins.

I’m now working in my dream job as a creative at the country’s biggest and most awarded advertising agency, AMV BBDO. 

The support from everyone at SCCH was incredible.

Thanks to SCCH, in two years I went from feeling utterly hopeless, to a level of confidence and ambition I didn’t think possible.

I owe an enormous part of my success to SCCH, and could not thank its staff enough for changing my expectations of what could be achieved.”

Mitch Blunt, HND & HND 2D/3D Graphic Design and Communication, 2002

“I grew up in Hastings, and didn’t have that many options after school because I didn’t do very well in my GCSE’s. The only thing that I was any good at and enjoyed was drawing so I headed straight to SCCH.

I spent four years there learning everything, from how to use all design programs on a Mac, printmaking, general communication skills and specialising in commercial Illustration.

I then moved on to Kingston University and had a clear head start on the other students from my time at SCCH. I got my first commission from The New York Times Magazine whilst in my second year and haven’t stopped working as a practicing commercial Illustrator since graduating in 2009.

I still use many of the skills that I learned at SCCH in my day to day job to communicate complex financial, scientific and political copy. And even after 15 years, I credit most of my success to my time there.”

David Adams, Graphic Communication, 2006

“I was a bit unsure whether I wanted to move away to a big University after seeing the costs involved and thought gaining a Brighton University degree on my doorstep seemed very favourable! I grew up in the area, so I knew that it was a really diverse town with lots to offer.

After graduating, I built my portfolio and tried to get as much freelance work as I could while also working part-time. After a few years of working for print agencies, I then landed a job at an event management company in Brighton called Yellow Fish in 2012.

After 5 years, I have worked my way up to Senior Creative Designer working on everything from logos, flyers, catalogues, websites, htmls, set design, conference stationary to packaging for internal EE incentives focusing on the latest handsets. 

It has taken a while to get where I am but it has been worth it.

I’m a Graphic Designer working in Brighton, and it is very fulfilling to look back at my achievements knowing that it all started with the course at Hastings College!

All the best to all the students, hang in there, don't give up, your time will come!”

Sarah Fretwell, PGCE, 2014

“I started my PGCE in 2014 with zero experience in teaching.

Two years later I have developed my own teaching style, applying and adapting the strategies I have learned."

The course gave me an excellent work / life balance, especially as I am a working mum and the support I received from my tutor right the way through, was fantastic.”

Aidan Croucher, FDA Graphic Communication and BA Hons (Top Up) in Art and Design, 2012

“Sussex Coast College Hastings is my local college, where I studied A-Levels and really enjoyed my time there.

I wouldn't have a career in design if it wasn't for my time at Sussex Coast College Hastings.

It was during the degree that I found my passion for design and grew the ambition to have a career in the industry. Being taught by people that work, or have worked, in the industry definitely helped to inspire me.”

Mark Andrew Lowman, PGCE, 2014

“I initially chose to study a PGCE to formalise my previous teaching experience and chose Sussex Coast College because it was convenient and reasonably priced.

I realised that my previous experience lacked a foundation to work from, but the content in the first year of the course helped to get me up to speed.

I was supported throughout the two years and encouraged to develop my ideas for my research project through a continual dialogue with my tutor.

I was also able to benefit from my teaching position at Sussex Coast College, gaining valuable experience working at different levels.

Again, the support I received from my mentor was excellent allowing me to put my learning into practice.

I am now working as the Art and Design Technician at the college where I am looking to gain further teaching experience within a diverse and interesting environment.”

James Bryant, HNC and HND in Mechanical Engineering, 2012

“I started an engineering apprenticeship with QinetiQ and the Sussex Coast College Hastings and progressed onto an HNC and HND in mechanical engineering.

The whole time I was at Sussex Coast College Hastings, I was completely supported by my tutors and given every opportunity to succeed.

I remember being very impressed by the facilities and the tutors’ knowledge during an Open Day.

I wasn’t disappointed when I joined, as the resources and available and the approachable manner of everyone helped me to gain high marks in my course.

My whole time there was thoroughly enjoyable and after completing my apprenticeship become a Design Engineer at the same company.

I use the skills I learnt on a daily basis, without these skills I would not be at the same level I am today.

I am extremely grateful for what the college provided me over the three years I attended.”

Vladimir Da Silva Pimentel, HND & HNC Business 2011

”SCCH is just big enough so that you do not feel overwhelmed and uncomfortable, but small enough so that when you walk around you always see someone you can say hello to.

The staff really care about you and want you to do well and enjoy yourself.

My tutor was exceptional. He was incredibly helpful and went above and beyond to tailor everything to me. The lectures were very clear and structured helping me to understand and prepare for exams.

Hastings seafront is more than just a beach for me; it’s given me that wonderful feeling of a ‘home-away-from-home’.

SCCH helped me to move onto my next step and complete a degree top-up at University of Brighton, which I achieved a 2.1."

Rachel Slatter, HND Business, 2012

“I really enjoyed studying at SCCH. It was a really relaxing and stimulating experience.

I had studied a diploma in business at the college previously, and I wasn’t at all put off by continuing with a degree in a further education college.

It is a great college to learn in no matter what you’re studying. I gained so much knowledge about business from my tutor and visiting lecturers, as well as learning and reflecting from older students in the group.

The Subject Leader was the star, not only coordinating the course, but providing the charisma and supportive atmosphere where I could feel I could learn.

There are more and more career opportunities becoming available, and it’s not far from London and Ashford.”

Ellen Edwards, HND Health and Social Care, 2014

“I studied a Level 3 diploma at the college and aspired to go onto university to study Health and Social Care in more depth, but needed to be close to home and work full time.

I was so pleased to find that the college ran the HND course, because it fitted perfectly with my commitments.

The tutors are so supportive, without the team I don’t feel that I could have done as well as I did- they all have such a huge amount of varied experience and can use this experience to really bring the teaching to life.

The college environment is inviting and makes me feel that I am part of something buzzing and vibrant- it’s exciting to come to college.

I have now enrolled on the Level 6 Healthcare management course and am aiming to complete my Masters in Social Care with the college.”

Where are they now?

  • BA (Hons) Art & Design International student Meinhard Mikladal gained regular freelance Graphic design employment at the F.A, London for the World & FA Cup.
  • BA (Hons) Art & Design student John Price, employment at the MILL the prestigious London and Los Angeles based production company and offered further MA postgraduate studies at Kingston University
  • BA (Hons) Art & Design student student Gwen Tooke Progressed to MA Sculpture at the University of Humberside – and a work placement working an Internationally renowned Danish Sculptural practice in Copenhagen
  • BA (Hons) Art & Design student David McGillivary is working for a New York based new media company whilst a student. His work for an international student design competition has been acknowledged and he is relocating after graduation to New York. He has also worked for London based / Saville Row bespoke shoe maker
  • BA (Hons) Graphic Design student Ceri Bates secured work placements in design agencies in Japan and employed with Boots & Habitat and senior designer for global company Paperchase
  • BA (Hons) Graphic Design student Jonathon Stanbrook won an YCN award (Young Creative’s Network) in the advertising category for a challenging brief to promote understanding of Mutual Corporations
  • BA (Hons) Graphic Design student Leah Basnett completed a successful internship with publishers Faber and Faber, culminating in the design of their marketing literature and the cover of the new edition of Faber Selected Poems: Philip Larkin
  • BA (Hons) Graphic Design student David McGillivray has worked with photographers Lucy Bell to brand and promote her new gallery, and developed the marketing material for the prestigious Terry O'Neill awards
  • BA (Hons) Graphic Design student Tom Petty was engaged by The Jerwood Foundation to develop signage concepts for the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings, and develop and produce a visual treatment for the site hoardings
  • BA (Hons) Graphic Design student Julia Humphreys has worked extensively with the campaign to save Hastings Pier and was the only photographer allowed on site to record the site since it's closure, she was commissioned to photograph the work of artist Alan Rankle for his latest catalogue and exhibition
  • A trio of BA (Hons) Graphic Design students from Hastings, Leah Basnett, Steph Badham and Emma Smith designed the promotional material for the first Sussex Arts Prize, in conjunction with the Jerwood Foundation
  • BA (Hons) Graphic Design student Emily Stone was commissioned to develop interiors and marketing material for the Old Vicarage Boutique Hotel in Hastings Old Town Award Winning Fashion Designer, Katherine Hamnett
  • BA (Hons) Designer Maker Suzi Fuller gained Full-Time employment through her work placement with the Imperial War museum London, with the Churchill collection She was entered by the Museum for the London Museum award, winning the Innovation category. She received a university of Brighton Scholarship in recognition
  • BA (Hons) Designer Maker Student Sophie Bradbury was invited to work with the Victoria and Albert Museum in their Artist books section where she created her own ceramic book. At the end of the placement the book was accepted as part of their permanent collection
  • BA (Hons) Designer Maker student Emily Betson won two prizes at the prestigious Pewter Live London in 2010 for her handbag books, the first prize was the Giftware Association's Pewter Gift and the second prize was Fashion- from Jewellery to the Total Look

Want to work with our students?

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Higher Education

About us

 Welcome to Higher Education at Sussex Coast College. 

dfowlerAt the heart of Hastings is the £120 million Sussex Coast College. Our Higher Education courses, run in conjunction with the University of Brighton, are rapidly gaining national recognition for consistent achievement and success.

Our two campuses at Station Plaza and Ore Valley are just 90 minutes from London and mainland Europe, making the College perfectly located for national and international access. Students at SCC learn in a stimulating environment with the best in student support.

Our Higher Education students regularly win national and international awards, gain excellent work experience and find employment in relevant professional sectors. There is good quality student accommodation available across the town, with some rooms available in UoB Hastings halls of residence — an ideal chance to meet new people and settle into the town. Most of our courses are delivered as part of the University of Brighton; meaning SCCH students are also UoB students and therefore have access to an impressive range of resources and support systems.

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Sometimes it can be difficult to decide the right level at which to study. The guide below will help you work which level is best for you.

Entry Level

These courses are for students who want to start progressing up the qualifications levels or have no previous qualifications.

Vocational Level 1

You must have a mixture of grades E to G at GCSE to study at this level.

Vocational Level 2

You must have two grade D's and two grade E's at GCSE or a relevant level 1 qualification to study at this level.

Vocational Level 3

These courses are equivalent to A levels, you must have at least four GCSE's at grade C or above or a relevant level 2 qualification.

A Levels

A levels are level 3 courses, you must have or expect 5 A-C grades at GCSE level including Maths and English.
Foundation Degree and Degree Our university courses typically require a relevant level 3 qualification or 120 UCAS points.