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Sussex Downs College is a significant college in East Sussex; providing high quality education and training for almost half of the county’s young people.  With East Sussex County Council we are a co-sponsor of The Eastbourne Academy – an 11 -16 academy which is rapidly raising standards and improving life chances for young people in the heart of Eastbourne.   We are also a member of the prestigious 157 Group of Colleges nationally, who work together to promote and develop further education.
The high standards at Sussex Downs College are founded on the expertise, experience and talents of our staff and the many achievements of our learners.  Our diverse curriculum ensures that there are education and training pathways for a wide variety of learners, employees and communities.  We work from campuses in Eastbourne, Lewes and Newhaven, and on employers’ premises.  We work with close to 1,000 local employers, other educational providers and a range of voluntary and community partners.


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Collab Group is a forward thinking membership organisation which represents leading UK Colleges and College Groups. Collab Group colleges, in collaboration with others, are transforming the UK economy through the delivery of high-quality technical and professional education.

The European Social Fund (ESF) was set up to improve employment opportunities in the European Union and so help raise standards of living. It aims to help people fulfil their potential by giving them better skills and better job prospects.

The Matrix Standard is the unique quality standard for organisations to assess and measure their advice and support services, which ultimately supports individuals in their choice of career. An independent external assessor awards this quality kite mark.

Launched in 1994, the AoC Beacon Awards, aim to highlight the breadth and quality of education in Colleges throughout the UK and increase understanding of Colleges’ contribution to UK educational skills policy and economic and social development. The Awards recognise imaginative and exemplary teaching and learning practice in Colleges and promote and celebrate the FE sector’s commitment to pioneering approaches to equality and diversity.





The British Council supports and works collaboratively with education agents and advisors for international students to the UK. Our aim is to facilitate access to the best agents for students, parents and all accredited UK education providers. Our agent training programmes are rigorous and highly valued by all of our partners. The British Council in Education

The QAA Quality Mark is awarded to higher education providers who are QAA subscribers who have met or exceeded the UK expectations for quality and standards in their recent  review by QAA. It communicates to everyone that an institution has a guaranteed minimum level of quality and standards.


Artsmark is Arts Council England’s flagship programme to enable colleges and other organisations to evaluate, strengthen and celebrate their arts and cultural provision, it is nationally recognised as demonstrating excellence in arts and cultural provision. Artsmark also contributes to the cultural aspect of Ofsted’s requirement that a college promotes students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
We are very proud to have been awarded the Gold Artsmark Award at Sussex Downs College, one of only fifteen colleges in the country to have been awarded this status.

English UK is the national association of accredited English language centres. Formed in 2004, with 450 member centres in private schools, educational trusts and charities, further education colleges and universities. All members are accredited under the Accreditation UK scheme in partnership with the British Council.

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