Brighton, Hove & Sussex Sixth Form College
GENERAL INFORMATION ON CITY COLLEGE
For over 100 years, City College Brighton and Hove has ensured that the very best in further education is available in Brighton. In recent years, the College has undergone an £8.2 million refurbishment programme providing a new Library Resource Centre, Refectory and Training Restaurant in the centre of the city.
The College has 2,000 full time students and over 13,000 part-time students,including Adult & Community Learning. The College offers a wide range of courses from basic skills to high level professional programmes with NVQs and over 200 vocational qualifications, as well as GCSEs and A-levels. The Centres include Academic and Continuing Education, Visual and Performing Arts, Business and Hospitality, Technology and Service Industries.
The College has a Centre for Work Based Learning which provides Apprenticeships and NVQ Training for 16 - 24 year olds. Apprenticeships are mainly carried out in the workplace and give young people the perfect opportunity to earn and learn at the same time. Employers are also invited to put forward existing employees for training.
The College works in partnership with many local organisations, including the sixth-form colleges and other FE providers. It has excellent links with the two Universities and has a good relationship with employers, providing training both in the College and in-house at all levels to the local workforce. City College helped to establish a 50-bed space Foyer on the College campus and provides the training element of the facility.
The Flexible Learning Centre of the College is a very successful part of the College offering a range of distance learning programmes at opening times to suit different client groups. The Flexible Learning Centre is also a Learn-Direct Centre. This enables many students to continue with their learning, whilst caring for their family or working difficult hours. With their wide range of courses, the College’s Adult Education programme is also a very popular addition to community activities.
The College has strong links with local schools and runs a programme which offers ‘work based learning’ to pupils who are keen to pursue vocational qualifications. The College also offers a high level academic programme with the emphasis on A-levels and the development of Key Skills through ‘Curriculum 2000’. There have been many top achievements at the College, particularly with the more mature students. Many students have gone on to be very successful following a course at the College, with local employers keen to recruit those trained in the College’s work-related environment. City College Brighton and Hove’s Training Restaurant has received high acclaim and the College’s Hair and Beauty Salon is open to the general public. There are also theatrical performances at the Tower Theatre, which is part of the College campus.
The College employs approximately 900 staff both full and part-time. These staff are spread through a variety of specialisms such as lecturers, administrators, technicians and programme managers.