How to Apply

15 to 19 years

If you would like to join a course at Sussex Downs College, but don’t know which one to choose, you can ask for a guidance session. Our friendly staff will listen to you, and help you to work out the best course for you.


Students are invited to apply online to the College via UCAS Progress (from 3 October) –

Download An application form and Apply today

2018/19 Application Form

You can print the Application Form and fill in the details using a Black pen (in Capital Letters) and then return the completed form to the college.


Download an Academic Reference Form
You will also need to send a reference form to your school (if applicable) who will need to fill in and return the form to the college.


Email me an Application Form or request a call back

If you would like to have the Application Form and Reference Form from emailed to you to fill in at home, or if you would like to request a call back to discuss your application then please fill out this short online request.

  • We will be happy to give you a call back to discuss your application or answer any queries that you might have.
  • Please let us know a convenient day/time for you (between the hours of 9am - 5pm) when would be preferred time to call you back.
  • By adding your email address to the Sussex Downs College mailing list, you will only be sent marketing information and college newsletters from Sussex Downs College. We will not share you information with any third parties.

Applying for Access to Higher Education (University)

We recommend you come along to one of our Information Sessions which are held throughout the year. Then our free Pre-Access course in June will help you to decide whether our Access course is the best route for you into Higher Education. As soon as you have been offered a place on the Access course you will need to enrol. Contact us for details on our information sessions.

Applying for Higher Education and University Level courses

Student Services can help with advice on applying for Higher Education courses. Application for University courses must be made through UCAS.

Applying for Employer Training

We offer a comprehensive choice of training programmes, delivered by qualified trainers who are selected for their specialist knowledge and industry experience. Some of the training is available on an open basis, such as our scheduled courses, but training can also be tailored to suit the specific needs of your organisation, and delivered at a time and place to suit you and your employees.

You can book one of our scheduled courses by completing the Booking Form.

Our Admissions Policy

Applying for International College

To apply for a course please download and complete the application form. You will need to return your completed form to the International Office along with your deposit payment.


See the steps involved in applying for International College

Admissions procedure for disabled students

If you are disabled, please tell us about your access needs or learning difficulty as soon as possible. Read more

Standard Entry REQUIREMENTS Guide

At least 6 A* – A in at least five different subjects. You will need English Language and Maths GCSE at minimum of C or above. 4 A levels
5 GCSEs grade A* – C in five different subjects.  You will need English Language and Maths GCSE at minimum of C or above. Mixed 3 A levels / BTEC Level 3
5 GCSEs grade A*-C in three different subjects, including English Language and/or Maths, or equivalent BTEC L2 qualifications. BTEC Level 3
4 GCSEs grade D or above including English and/or Maths, or equivalent L1 BTEC. Level 2 programme to include English and Maths as required
Mostly E – Gs Foundation Learning – Level 1
No formal qualifications Foundation Learning – Entry courses
*Please note: individual subjects/courses may have further specific entry requirements.

There may be flexibility around these entry criteria, depending on your individual situation. Please contact Admissions for more information.

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