Sussex Downs College

With campuses in Eastbourne, Lewes and Newhaven, Sussex Downs College in East Sussex provides high quality education and training for almost half of the county’s young people.

The College offers a broad mix of qualifications catering to people from 14 years-old into adulthood. These include traditional A-Levels, vocational and higher education courses, Apprenticeships and programmes for 14-16 year-olds. The International College also offers an extensive range of subjects for students from abroad.

Sussex Downs College is actively involved with the community. As well as our links with voluntary organisations in the area, we work with around 3,000 local employers, offering bespoke training programmes and support for Apprentices.

The College’s links into the business community at both local and national level were praised by Ofsted and have been recognised by business leaders and politicians.

Today, Sussex Downs College offers more courses, to more students, than any other in East Sussex. Students leave the College with high quality qualifications that gain them entry to university, to further study and to employment. Almost a quarter of students who progress to Higher Education gain admission to the prestigious ‘Russell Group’ universities, which include Oxford and Cambridge.

What do our students say?

“I absolutely love Sussex Downs College. All of the teachers are great, the other students are there to work, but also to enjoy college life. Support is in place in case I need it and all of my courses are working out very well for me.”

“Sussex Downs is a really good college and I have made lots of good friends. The teachers really make me want to be here.”

“I am happy at this college and I’m glad I chose to come here rather than following my friends. The courses I’ve taken are great and I have fantastic teachers. It’s helped build my confidence.”

“Choosing to go to Sussex Downs College was one of the best decisions I have ever made.”

Open Events

Our Open Events will prepare you for life after Year 11 and give you a real flavour of life here at Sussex Downs College. Explore the campus freely, see our learning resources, classrooms,
IT facilities, workshops and studios, as well as our great social spaces where you can eat, drink and catch up with friends.
Look out for displays across the College in the subject areas you’re interested in. Some even include ‘have a go’ activities to give you a taster of College life.