City College Brighton & Hove
Brighton Metropolitan College is a large general further education college in Brighton and Hove. Its main campus is at Pelham Street, Brighton. It was formerly known as City College Brighton & Hove, and before that Brighton College of Technology and before that Brighton Technical College. The college is a popular choice for visual arts progression from nearby colleges e.g. A-level art and photography courses, and provides academic grounding in workmanships such as woodwork, carpentry, engineering, plumbing and electronics. The technical progressions the college provides give opportunities for post-GCSE students wishing to pursue a specific profession rather than studying multiple A-levels. The college also supports adult learning for over 21s, including those without existing traditional qualifications but the necessary experience and intentions.
The college has embraced media technologies with the introduction of video games related qualifications. Courses syllabuses are regularly updated with new technologies to keep tuition up to date and the most desirable by employers.
The college offers vocational courses, academic and vocational A-levels, BTEC National and First Diplomas and NVQs. The College offers progression to its own Higher Education courses in conjunction with the University of Brighton.
Two thousand full-time students, and over 9000 part-time, attend the college every year. The students come from varying kinds of social and ethnic backgrounds, including many international students.
There is no accommodation for City College students.
On 11 December 2013 it was announced that plans for the college to be rebuilt were approved by the local planning committees. It is hoped the new building will be more appropriate for teaching, and will aid growth in the local area by creating 141 construction jobs. However, the plan has been controversial among students, staff and residents. This is partly due to part of the college plot being sold off for housing and many departments being reduced in size.
City College's carpentry department has been awarded a City & Guilds Medal for Excellence eleven times since 1996. The college has also achieved the ‘Action for Business Colleges’ (AfBC) accreditation, an award which marks the college’s responsiveness to the needs of the local business community.
In addition the college has also been awarded a 'Centre of Vocational Excellence' (CoVE) status in Digital Design, Instrumentation, Automation and Control Engineering, Heritage Engineering, Business, Management and Finance, Hospitality and Tourism.
Famous alumni of the college include:
- Julie Christie, actress
- Chris Collins, Blue Peter gardener
- Graham Kerr, chef
- Deborah Meaden, business woman
- Domenica Lawson, Down's syndrome education activist
- Steve Ovett, Olympic Gold Medalist
- Dame Flora Robson
- Ben McKellar, chef and owner of The Gingerman and Ginger Pig.
- Arumugam Vijiaratnam, engineer and Olympic athlete
- City College website
- "College celebrates approval for Pelham Street plans". City College Brighton & Hove. 11 December 2013. Archived from the original on 28 December 2013. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
- City College list famous ex-students