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Prospective parents

Deciding to study at City College Brighton & Hove


A College where students succeed

City College has a ‘good with outstanding features’ rating from Ofsted and our success rates make us the top College in Sussex for 16-18 year olds. 97% of our 16-18 students on long courses achieved their qualifications with 86% of students going into further study, work or university.

But it’s not just academic success that makes the College special - survey feedback tells us that:

• 97 % of students have enjoyed their time at college
• 97% of students believe that the college respects individuals and celebrates difference
• 96% of students believe that their course has given them the skills they need to progress
• 96% believe that the teaching is good
• 91% of students seeking work have told us that they have secured paid work

Did you know?

We are first place nationally for Grade A*-C achievement in GCSE English and mathematics for FE colleges, so you can be sure your child will reach their full potential.


Choosing a full-time course or an Apprenticeship

If a student starts a full-time course, they are choosing to stay in full-time education and will be in college for between 3-5 days per week. Those starting an apprenticeship will be working and earning – doing the job they wish to start a career in. They’ll learn ‘on-the-job’ and also come to college, usually 1 day each week, to further their skills and get the qualifications for that career. Apprenticeships are no longer restricted to practical trades such as carpentry and plumbing – they cover a broad spectrum of careers including business, service industries, the creative and cultural sector, sport and technology. For more details see our apprenticeship area of the website and

What are ‘vocational courses’?

Vocational courses train students for specific careers, such as catering, accounting, hairdressing, IT, childcare, social care, carpentry, motor mechanics, etc. Types of vocational courses available include NVQs and City & Guilds qualifications. During a vocational course, a student will be assessed on their practical skills but academic skills are also still required and will continue to be assessed. Qualifications are available at levels 1-3 and can be taken full time or as part of an apprenticeship. The key strength of these courses is that they enable a student to study one subject that they have a flair for in an in-depth way that will provide them with the type of specialist knowledge that employers value.

It’s important to note that vocational qualifications can also lead onto higher education courses in related fields if that’s the direction a student wishes to take.

Routes into employment

City College is focussed on making our students ‘work-ready’ by providing training that directly meets the needs of the local economy. Our facilities such as our state-of-the-art training restaurant and salons replicate real working environments, ensuring students have the skills they need to enter the workplace. All of our courses also incorporate work experience and are taught by tutors with direct industry knowledge and links to employers.

The College has forged links with the likes of American Express, Brighton & Hove City Council, and Mears which support progression into employment.

The careers team at City College are available to give careers advice and support to our students and can give them help and advice with planning their next steps after college, as well as improving their skills and experience while they are studying. As well as this, the ‘City Plus’ initiative provides activities and events aimed at developing the social, entrepreneurial and employment skills that employers and universities are looking for.

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What to do next

At its Open Evenings, City College welcomes parents/carers to come along to find out about vocational courses for 16-18 year.olds and adults are also welcome to come along for information on evening and weekend courses. The next Open Evening is on Wednesday 19th March 2014 - further details to be confirmed.

For more details, please call Course Information on 01273 667759.

What happens once they've applied? 

To find out more about the application process click here.