Why study with us?

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We are a multi award-winning state college of Further Education (FE).  Over the last 20 years we have built a worldwide reputation for academic excellence, outstanding student support and success. Each year around 400 international students from over 30 countries worldwide choose to study English language and academic and vocational courses with us.

AN award-winning COLLEGE

Sussex Downs College holds a Beacon Award from Association of Colleges (AoC) and the British Council  in recognition of our outstanding international student support. In June 2015 we were also awarded the National Union of Students/UK Council for International Students Affairs Award for Excellence in International Student Support in the Further Education sector.

If you choose to study with us you will receive excellent academic and pastoral support to help you achieve your university, career and personal goals.




A leading government College for quality English language teaching and value-for-money

Based upon research carried out by the EL Gazette, Sussex Downs College is ranked as a leading state English language centre (as reported in the EL Gazette article September 2015)  .

Furthermore, based on recent British Council inspections, Sussex Downs College is rated the top college in the United Kingdom for high quality learning and best value for money (as reported in an article from the EL Gazette March 2016 edition)





Winner of the British Council and AoC Beacon Award for International Student Support

Receive award-winning student support throughout your studies. Your Personal Tutor and other support staff will do everything they can to ensure you reach the best possible results and achieve your academic and personal goals.

Our services include: one-to-one academic guidance and counselling, group and one-to-one tutorials, dedicated accommodation and welfare staff on each of our campuses as well as UK and overseas university advice and application support. (Please note that there is a charge for non-UK university application advice and application support. Please refer to the Additional Services and Fees section of our fee sheets for more information).

You can find out more about our exceptional student support here.

Excellent IELTS Teaching & testing

We are a large UK IELTS Test Centre. You can take your IELTS test with us at our Eastbourne campus. We also an IELTS exam preparation option as part of our Year Round 21 Hour English Language Plus course. We can also run dedicated intensive IELTS courses for nurses and other professions/groups of students if there is sufficient demand.

Find out about our IELTS centres


International Prospectus

International Prospectus 2017-18
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