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An Award Winning College

An award-winning College in the heart of Brighton & Hove 

The excellence of City College Brighton and Hove’s students and staff has been evidenced in recent years by a range of awards and accolades:


Association of Colleges (AoC) Student of the Year Awards -  City College was been confirmed as the only UK Further Education College to have two students amongst the nine finalists in the Association of Colleges (AoC) Student of the Year Awards. Sports student Jack Whitmore came runner-up in the 16-18 Student of the Year Award and Mears Construction Apprentice Cheryl Govey was runner-up in the Apprentice of the Year category. 

UAL 'Origins' Exhibition Awards - At the UAL award body’s ‘Origins’ Exhibition at the Menier Gallery in London,  105 artists from 48 different colleges around the country exhibited their work and amongst six prizes awarded for outstanding work, the Level 3 Art & Design winner was City College student, Emily Higgs.

Argus Youth in Action Education Awards - Deaf learner Kieron Nugent was named winner of the ‘Against All Odds’ award in this year’s Argus Youth in Action Education held at the Amex Community Stadium. Kieron, who is a Sports student at the College, has been active in the Trades4Aid charity project in Tanzania, travelling to Africa with a group of students and staff to take on essential construction work in a remote village and tirelessly fundraising for the project. The College had a total of eight contenders who were finalists at the event: Hairdressing Department (Charity Achievement of the Year) Shiloh Defreitas (Sports Person of the Year), Morgan Noquet (Pupil of the Year), Hannah Cydnie, Charlotte Aldridge, Kieron Nugent & Katie Bates (all finalists in the 'Against the Odds' award) and Prince's Trust Team leader, Charlotte Geerts (Teacher of the Year). 

Sussex Spring Awards - With five awards to its credit,  City College celebrated outstanding success in the F.E. Sussex Spring Awards, hosted at the Brighton Hilton Metropole. There were overall winner awards for Matthew Quinney - AQA Sussex College Learner of the Year and Ross Jennings - Sussex Apprentice of the Year plus three runner-up awards: Katie Bates - City & Guilds Sussex Learner Making the Most Progress, Charlotte Aldridge - Outstanding Progression to Higher Education and Harry Shooman - Pearson BTEC Learner of the Year.

Keith Fletcher Memorial Access to HE Learner Prize - Access to Health & Health Sciences student Jamie Allington, now studying Psychology at Durham University, won the ‘Outstanding Academic Achievement’ award from the LASER awarding body.


Schools Business Masterclass - A team of Sports students (Deyon Modeste, Jack Whitmore, Marco Lincoln, Reuben Odora and Sam Piper) were named winners in Albion in the Community’s Schools Business Masterclass event which aims to give local students the opportunity to develop core business skills, through hands-on practical tasks exploring elements of how Brighton & Hove Albion operates as a commercial business. The task was to create an app that enhanced fan experience at the stadium and the students created an idea based on moving the stadium programme online combined with a ‘click and collect’ for supporters' food. The idea was highly praised by the panel which included former Albion legend Guy Butters and current star Liam Rosenior.

Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Awards - Success for 3 former Catering students with renowned chef/restaurateur Ben McKellar winning the Best Food Pub award for his Hove pub The Ginger Pig for the third year running while rising young Head Chefs Ben Hutton and Madelynne Crombie won accolades for the quality of their food in The Basketmakers (Best Pub winner and Best Food Pub runner-up) and The Earth & Stars (Best Sunday Lunch winner) respectively. 

Brighton & Hove Business Awards - Former student Lee Evans and his business Organic Roofs won 'Best Environmental Industry Company' award.

Argus Youth in Action Education Awards - City College students won three awards: Harry Shooman - Sports Person of the Year, Renzzo de Souza - Pupil of the Year and Lucy Camsell - Against The Odds Award. 

SEBTA Awards - Beauty Therapy student Feeby Awad was selected as one of the six finalists for the prestigious Student Electrotherapy Beauty Therapist Award which focuses on excellence in facial Electrotherapy.

Keith Fletcher Memorial Access to HE Learner Prize (LASER awarding body) - Access to Humanities & Social Sciences student Carl Jackson, who is now studying International Relations at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, was presented with the ‘Outstanding Academic Achievement’ award in a presentation at the Palace of Westminster, hosted by Nic Dakin MP.

Sussex Spring Awards - With three awards to its credit, City College celebrated success in the FE Sussex Spring Awards 2015, hosted at the Brighton Hilton Metropole.  City College apprentices scooped both winner (Bruce Daughtree) and runner-up (Joanne Williams) accolades in the Barclays Sussex Apprentice of the Year category. There was further success for the College with Carpentry student Renzzo De Souza winning the City & Guilds Sussex Learner of the Year award.


EDF Awards - Former Journalism student Claire French is named as Best Daily Journalist of the Year.

Sussex Sports Awards - Building Maintenance student Ashley Edwards is named as the Young Volunteer of the Year.

Argus Community Stars Awards - Waste House project (the first permanent building in UK to be made entirely out of waste materials and made in partnership by City College, the University of Brighton and Mears) wins Green Project of the Year award while Public Services student Kiya Ingham is shortlisted for Young Community Star Award.

Youthbuild UK Young Builder of the Year Awards - Former City College bricklaying student Vana O'Brien named joint runner-up.

National BTEC Awards - Interactive Media Student Simon Wilson named Outstanding BTEC Adult Learner of the Year 2014.

WorldSkills - In South East regional heats, Complimentary Therapies student Melanie Mendendez Garcia won 1st prize in Reflexology and fellow students Sarah-Jane Prince and Nicola Devenney were awarded 2nd and 3rd prize respectively in Aromatherapy. 

Brighton & Hove Adult Learner Awards - Amongst this year's winners was City College AAT Accountancy Apprentice, Ryan Goddard.

Argus Youth in Action Awards - City College had two winners with the Against All Odds Award going to Acting student Jesse Cooper and the Pupil of the Year Award going to Motor Vehicle student Anthony Booth.

Young Start-up Talent – In the competition aimed at 16-25 year olds in the Brighton and Hove area who have that special spark to start up in business, amongst the finalists competing for a £50,000 prize fund were current City College student Ricardo Mwe-Di-Mailila and former student William Sudan.

Sussex Spring Awards - With three awards to its credit, City College celebrated success in the FE Sussex Spring Awards 2014, hosted at the Brighton Hilton Metropole. Mature student Eamon Dehdashti was named as the winner of the Outstanding Progression to Higher Education Award sponsored by Chichester University and alongside Eamon’s success there were two further awards for City College students. Acting student Jesse Cooper came runner-up in the BTEC Sussex Learner of the Year Award and Motor Vehicle student Anthony Booth was runner-up in the City & Guilds Sussex Learner Making the Most Progress Award.

Prince's Trust National Celebrate Success Award - City College's Tia Riddle was National Breakthrough Award runner-up at a glittering awards ceremony hosted by Ant and Dec.

Guinness World Records - City College Dance tutor Rosaria Gracia choreographed a record-breaking event at the Royal Albert Hall when 1,675 children set a new Guinness world record for the largest ever Samba band.


WorldSkills UK Finals - Beauty Therapy student Agnieszka Ceesay won a Gold Medal for her stunning Nail Art (subsequently featured on BBC South East) and Hairdressing student Amy Cadwallader was 'Highly Commended' for her outstanding skills and creativity.

Prince’s Trust Celebrate Success Awards for London and the South East - 20-year-old Tia Riddle, having overcome many obstacles and difficulties in her young life, was the winner of HSBC Breakthrough Award.

East Sussex Women in Business Awards 2013 - Lisa Leighton, a Beauty Therapy tutor at City College, won a ‘highly commended’ award in the ‘Rising Star of the Year’ category of the East Sussex Women in Business Awards 2013. The awards recognise local women who build businesses that help to contribute to a thriving economy and who have succeeded as innovators and mentors. The award was achieved through Lisa’s teaching at City College, and through running her own Mobile Beauty business. 

National Apprenticeship Awards 2013 - Mears has been named as the South Central’s best employer of apprentices (Medium Employer category) in the regional final of the National Apprenticeship Awards 2013. Winners were announced at a high profile awards ceremony at Fareham College, Hampshire organised by the National Apprenticeship Service. On a local level in Brighton, supporting the Apprentice framework in partnership with City College has been an integral part of the Mears’ ethos since 2005. Meanwhile, two other local employers that City College delivers apprenticeships for, FaceMediaGroup and ICP Recruitment, received Highly Commended accolades for the strength of their apprenticeship programmes.

Sterex Student of the Year 2013 - Loredana Giustra scooped the Sterex Student of the Year 2013 award for the UK’s top electrolysis students. This national competition, held at the Sterex Academy in Birmingham, is the first of its kind in the industry, recognising the hard work and dedication of the lecturers and the professionalism and commitment of the students who enter.

West Sussex Writers Award - Nicola Davies, a Creative Writing student, scooped a national short story award with a cash prize of £200 with her first attempt at writing a complete short story. Nicola beat off competition from around 170 other entrants in a competition organised by West Sussex Writers. 

WorldSkills UK -Four City College students had success in the regional heats of the WorldSkills UK national competition. VTCT Nail Technology student Agnieszka Ceesay came first in the Nail Art category while Level 3 VTCT Complimentary Therapies students James Dixon and Stacey Beattie came first and third respectively in the Aromatherapy category. Meanwhile, Hairdressing student Amy Cadwallader came third in Hairdressing heats.

Regional Press Awards - Claire Smyth and Bill Gardner, both former NCTJ journalism students, were shortlisted for the prestigious Regional Press Awards, organised by the Society of Editors.

Sussex Spring Awards - With five accolades to its credit, City College celebrated outstanding success in the FE Sussex Spring Awards 2013. The Hospitality Student of the Year award went to Catering student Katie Westein who was also named winner in the City & Guilds Learner Making the Most Progress category. Accounting apprentice Emma King won the Sussex Business & Management Learner of the Year award and there was a runner-up award in the Widening Participation in Higher Education category for former boxing academy apprentice Luke Batstone. Sue Rout, a Business Administration Apprentice, came runner-up in the City & Guilds Sussex Learner of the Year award.

Bupa Bake Off Competition - Catering & Hospitality student Lois Budd baked her way to national success, winning through as the overall Great Britain champion in the Bupa Bake Off competition.


NCTJ Awards – Poppy Bragg wins award for 100% accuracy in shorthand in 110 wpm, Alice Neal wins award for best performance in the Essential Media Law exam, while Daniel Bell wins awards for best performance in Essential Public Affairs exam and the Media Law Court Reporting exam.

Sussex Spring Awards – Catering student Asha Phelps wins the Hospitality Student of the Year Award and Counselling student Lyn Strong is runner-up in the NCFE Sussex Learner of the Year Award.


Sussex Business Awards - College winner of the ‘Business in the Community’ and shortlisted for the ‘Sussex Company of the Year.’

Times Educational Supplement’s Further Education Awards - College shortlisted in the ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community’ category.

Argus Achievement Awards – Boxing Academy student Archie Hutchins wins Achiever of the Year award, Principal Phil Frier shortlisted for the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Sussex’ award, Head of Carpentry Tom Dowds shortlisted for the ‘Local Hero’ award, Motor Vehicle tutor Brian Lawrence shortlisted for ‘Teacher of the Year’, Catering student Asha Phelps shortlisted for ‘Carer of the Year’, ex-Catering students Ben McKellar (The Gingerman restaurant) and Luke Southby shortlisted for the ‘Business of the Year’ and ‘Achiever of the Year’ awards respectively.

TES Awards 2011

TES Awards 2011

Skillsmart Retail Rising Stars Awards – City College’s Retail Trainer Marcus Pescod is named as the National Skills Academy for Retail 'Trainer of the Year.'

NCTJ (National Council for the Training of Journalists) Awards – Ex-Journalism student Danny Bell wins the Public Affairs Award.

YCN (Youth Creative Network) Awards – Digital Media Design student Jess O’Callaghan wins an ‘A’ award.

Brighton & Hove City Sport and Physical Activity Awards - Archie Hutchins is named ‘Young Sports Personality of the Year’ while his coach Adam Haniver wins the ‘Coach of the Year’ award.

Sussex Spring Awards – Catering student Wendy Tunnicliffe is named ‘Hilton Brighton Metropole Hospitality Student of the Year’, Plumbing student Lewis Tydeman scoops the ‘Sussex Work Based Learner of the Year’ award, Access student Helen Ansell wins ‘The University of Brighton Award for Widening Participation in Higher Education’ award and Interior Design student Karina Carrick is runner-up in the ‘NCFE Sussex Learner of the Year ‘category.


Sussex Young Chef of the Year – Ex-Catering student Simon Duncan named runner-up.

Jerwood Drawing Prize - Cadi Froehlich, a mature student on a Fine Art Foundation Degree, is named as one of the winners of the country’s leading award in drawing.

Association of Colleges (AoC) Gold Awards – Ex-Business student Deborah Meaden of Dragon’s Den fame wins this prestigious honour.

YCN (Youth Creative Network) Awards – Digital Media Design student James Cox wins an ‘A’ award.

VQ (Vocational Qualification) Awards – Childcare student Julie Bishop and Games Development student Liz Bedwell are named ‘South East Learner of the Year’ in the over 25 and under 25 age groups respectively while Liz also wins the overall national VQ Award in her age category.

South East Learning and Skills Awards – Apprentice chef Andy Simmons named Apprentice of the Year of the Year.

Sussex Spring Awards - City College has three overall winners - Andy Simmons (Sussex Apprentice of the Year), Jack Lynch (Most Inspirational Apprentice in Sussex) and David McDonnell (City & Guilds Sussex Learner of the Year) while runners-up awards go to Julie Bishop (City & Guilds Sussex Learner Making the Most Progress), Gill Shobeiri (Hilton Brighton Metropole Hospitality Student of the Year) and Natasha Van Diggelen (City & Guilds Sussex Learner of the Year).