Why Study With Us?

More students are studying locally through full and part-time courses to achieve foundation and honours degrees. Studying for university qualifications at college can be more affordable and colleges often have smaller groups, individual attention and good working relationships between students and tutors.

Whether you are currently completing a course at the college or are thinking of coming to the college for the first time, we can offer advice about a university course that suits you. We are here to support you at every stage and look forward to working with you in the future.

Successful candidates have the option to apply for a top-up degree to gain their honours degree. Students studying Music Production and Digital Media can also take a top-up degree at Sussex Downs College.


All of our Foundation and Top Up Degrees are validated by the University of Brighton. Therefore Degrees gained at Sussex Downs College will have the quality and reputation associated with the University of Brighton, along with the expertise and vocational specialism that only we can offer.


Sussex Downs College offers university-level courses on your doorstep with good facilities needed for practical study of your subject. The College has two campuses, Lewes and Eastbourne.

Teaching and learning

All our HE staff are well qualified and lessons are very student centred. We aim to set high standards of teaching and students and external bodies have praised the standard of lessons on both campuses (Quality Assurance Agency inspection). Many of our staff have industry experience and are therefore able to advise students concerning progression and career opportunities.

University-level courses that fit in with your life

You can choose to study full- or part- time and fit your course around other life commitments. You will gain a university-level qualification, validated by the University of Brighton, which can lead to a wider choice of work, better salary, and the opportunity for further study such as a top-up degree.


We have a range of specialist facilities to support our students, including fantastic learning centres, IT support, an online learning portal and fully-equipped studios and workshops.

Focused on work

Your course includes learning relevant, practical skills that can be used in employment. Work experience and contact with employers form an important part of your degree course.

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