Sussex Coast College Hastings
|Sussex Coast College Hastings|
Inspiring futures: Changing lives
|East Sussex, UK
Hastings / Ore Valley, East Sussex, TN34
|Principal||Janak Patel (as of 2010)|
|Age||14+ (Typically 16+)+|
|Enrolment||1,916 full time; 464 part time|
|Average class size||30 pupils|
Sussex Coast College Hastings formerly Hastings College of Arts and Technology (HCAT) or Hastings College, is a medium sized Further Education college based in Hastings, East Sussex. It provides general further education for Hastings and the surrounding rural area in Rother District.
The college's main site is at Station Plaza, adjacent to Hastings rail station. There are two smaller sites based in nearby Battle and Rye, and a site in Ore Valley. The college works with local secondary schools to provide vocational courses for year 10 and 11 students, the college also works in partnership with Pestalozzi International Village in Sedlescombe to offer the International Baccalaureate.
Station Plaza is situated in the town centre, directly next to Hastings train station. Its large, light-filled atrium is part of 22,000 square metres of study spaces and social zones. Classrooms are equipped with the most up-to-date resources and each one has an interactive whiteboard. Students have 24/7 access to lessons and learning resources from home via wiki, podcasts and teacher / student blogs. Station Plaza also houses IT suites, a gym, performing arts and dance studios, an art gallery, a Costa Coffee shop, a training kitchen, a professional hair salon, a Subway Franchise restaurant, a restaurant, a learning resource centre and audio-visual / media equipment.
The address of this campus is: Sussex Coast College Hastings, Station Approach, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 1BA,
Less than a mile from Hastings town centre, this brand new site has 7,000 square metres of realistic working environments, workshops and ‘live build’ areas, where students build, wire, plumb, fit-out and decorate a full-size house in the central atrium. Students have access to the latest equipment and digital technology, a sports pitch, diner and coffee shop. The site is adjacent to Ore Valley train station, with Hastings town centre just one stop away.
This campus houses most of the construction and ICT / Computing courses.
Motor Vehicle Centre
The Motor Vehicle Training Centre in Bexhill offers qualifications and hands-on training in all aspects of vehicle maintenance, repair and restoration. A former working garage, the centre has undergone a makeover and has IMI (Institute of Motor Industry) accreditation and approval to deliver E3 and Levels 1 to 3 Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Apprenticeships. Sussex Coast College Hastings is working in collaboration with St Leonards-on-Sea MOT Test Centre, Sovereign Coachworks and Bexhill 100 Motoring Club, who house vintage cars on-site and provide technical knowhow on restoration.
Demand for places is high there are currently 5 groups registered to study, as well as a waiting list. The Motor Vehicle Training Centre is looking for donations of small vehicles for students to work on.
With mounting environmental concerns over energy use, conservation is more important than ever. The new Sussex Coast College Hastings Energy Centre commercial facility has been created to meet current and future market sector skills needs for renewable energies.
This is part of the college's continued commitment to the green agenda, and educational led regeneration, and we aim to meet the needs of learners and employers from the local and wider community. This unit also includes the facilities for operatives to renew trade licences.
The Energy Centre is located on the largest Industrial estate in Hastings/St Leonards with easy access and good parking facilities, and will be using the latest industrial standard equipment for training purposes.
The Energy Centre can offer courses such as: ACS (CORGI) accreditation, 17th Edition, PAT testing, Unvented Hot Water, Biomass, Solar Domestic Hot Water, Sustainable Energy for Construction, PV, Water Regulations, Part P, Rainwater Harvesting, Carbon and Energy Management, SMART meters and Solar Thermal for Installers.
On 25 November 2011 Ofsted inspected Sussex Coast College giving it a Grade 4 (Inadequate). Inspectors returned in January 2013 and found many improvements. The overall grade was moved up to a Grade 3 (Requiring improvement). As of 2014 Ofsted inspection graded Sussex Coast college Hastings grade 1 (Outstanding) and grade 2 (Good)
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