Sussex Downs College

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Coordinates: 50°47′06″N 0°19′05″E / 50.785°N 0.318°E / 50.785; 0.318

Sussex Downs College
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Sussex Downs College
"Putting Students First" [1]
Headquarters: Cross Levels Way
Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 2UF
United Kingdom
Established November 2001
Ofsted number 133435
Principal Melanie Hunt
Staff 1,000
Gender Co-educational
Age 16+
Enrolment 5,000 full time; 10,000 part time
Language English
Campus Eastbourne, Lewes, Newhaven
Campus type Urban
School colour(s) Blue shades
Athletics Football, tennis, track & field
Nickname SDC
Budget £35m
Revenue £35m

Sussex Downs College is the largest further education college in East Sussex, providing education and training from foundation to degree level. The college educates almost half of the county's young people and over 8,000 adults each year at campuses in Lewes, Eastbourne and Newhaven, and in the workplace.

Sussex Downs College is the principle provider of work based further education and apprenticeships in these areas.


The college was established in 2001 through a merger of Lewes Tertiary College and Eastbourne College of Arts and Technology, with Park Sixth Form College added in 2003.


Sussex Downs College, Eastbourne

Cross Levels Way, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 2UF

Sussex Downs College, Lewes

1 Mountfield Road, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2XH

Sussex Downs College, Newhaven

Training Centre, Denton Island, Newhaven, BN9 9BN


A variety of part-time and full-time courses are offered at Sussex Downs College including A levels, BTECs, apprenticeships and many work based vocational qualifications.

Students can also study at the Sports Academy, Performing Arts Academy and East Sussex Music Academy [2]

International College[edit]

Sussex Downs College offers a wide range of programmes for overseas students, with learners undertaking anything from one week courses to three years of academic study in preparation for progression to UK universities.

Student Population[edit]

4,500 full-time students under the age of 19. 10,000+ adult learners.

The College has 1,200 staff.

Academic results[edit]

In 2014 the College achieved an overall A-Level pass rate of 97%[3] with almost three quarters of students achieving higher grades of A-C.

An outstanding 55 subject areas achieved 100% pass rates. [4]


In the most recent Ofsted inspection (2014), Sussex Downs College was rated 'Good'.

In the report, Ofsted identified that Sussex Downs College "delivers good quality teaching to students, with a vibrant and inclusive environment for all".

For the most recent reports please click on the ofsted link.[5]


Beacon status from the Learning and Skills Improvement Service. [6]

Artsmark Gold for its creative and performance arts education from Arts Council England. [7]

Awarded the Matrix Standard for advice and support services. [8]

The College is a founding member of the 157 Group, which was established in 2006. [9]

The College was a founder member of The National Academy for Creative & Cultural Skills.

Member of English UK national association of accredited language centres. [10]

Achieved Investor in Careers status. [11]

Assessed under QAA UK Quality Assured scheme. [12]

Action for Inclusion working together to develop and improve education for learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities in the FE sector. [13]

Notable alumni[edit]


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