Further and higher education

Find out about further and higher education options in Brighton & Hove and East Sussex.

At 16 you might choose to study full-time. Schools, colleges and training providers offer a range of subjects and courses. You could study subject based qualifications such as A levels or work and job related courses such as NVQs and BTECS.

A full-time course may only be for three days a week so you may want to find some part-time work or volunteering to do on the other days. If you do not have Grade 4 Maths and English you will need to keep studying these subjects.

Courses are at different levels and you can start at the level which is best for you. When you finish the course you might move onto the next level in the same subject of change to a different subject.

  • Entry level courses can be a good start for young people who have not studied for GCSEs at school.
  • Level 1 courses give you a good foundation in the subject you choose.
  • level 2 courses are GCSEs and job-related courses like NVQs, BTECs and diplomas that involve learning to the same level as you would for a GCSE
  • level 3 courses are A Levels and job-related courses like NVQs, BTECs and diplomas that involve learning to the same level as you would for an A Level
  • there are also courses at higher levels, for example a foundation degree at university is a Level 4 or 5 course

Where can I study?

Colleges and sixth forms offering a mix of subject-based and job-based courses (up to level 3)

BACA (Brighton Alridge Community Academy)

A Levels, BTECs and Diplomas.

BHASVIC (Brighton, Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College)

A Levels, BTECs and Diplomas.

Brighton MET (Greater Brighton Metropolitan College)

As well as level 2 and 3 courses, Brighton MET offers entry and level 1 courses: “Pathways” job-related courses for students without GCSEs. “Gateway” courses for 16-25 year olds with SEND.

Cardinal Newman Sixth Form College

A Levels and BTECs (level 3).

East Sussex College

Foundation learning, level 1, 2 and 3 courses.

Hove Park Sixth Form

GCSEs, A Levels and BTECs (Level 2 and 3 courses).

Varndean College

Level 2 and 3 courses, including A Levels and BTECs.

Providers offering mainly creative courses (up to level 3)

Brighton Institute for Contemporary Theatre Training (BRICTT)

Extended Diploma in performing arts, equivalent to three A Levels.

Brighton Institute of Modern Music (BIMM)

Diplomas (level 3).

DV8 Sussex

Level 2 and 3 qualifications in various creative subjects plus Maths, English and Personal Development.

EOB Academy (Wuwomedia)

Full time courses for 16-18 year olds (or up to 25 with an EHC plan) in Esports, Future Media and Game Design.

UK unsigned

Level 1 and 2 qualifications in music entertainment and media (plus Maths and English) through their Traineeship & Work Placements Programme for 16-19 year olds.

Providers offering mainly job-based or life skills courses (up to level 3)

Albion in the Community

Courses and apprenticeships for anyone aged  16+, including level 2 and 3 qualifications.

BACA Construction Centre

Trade qualifications at levels 1, 2 and 3 (NVQs and diplomas), including Multi Trades, Site Carpentry, Plumbing Studies, and Electrical Installation.

Downs View Life Skills College

Flexible curriculum for 19 to 25 year olds, to help with personal development and life skills.

Friends Centre

A range of courses including National Certificate in Adult Literacy & Numeracy (Level 1 & Level 2). Also short courses available in Arts & Crafts, ESOL and Health & Happiness.

Lagoon watersports with Newman College

BTEC Level 3 course, equivalent to 3 A-levels, in Sport (Outdoor Adventure). Other qualifications available on this course include: RYA Dinghy Instructor, Sailing, First Aid Certificate, Beginner & Intermediate Windsurfing, Windsurfing Instructor.

Learn Direct

Skills, training and employment services for people aged 20+.

Plumpton College

Job-related courses for 14-16 year olds and over 16s, including part-time courses and university courses.

Skills training uk

Study skills programme offering level 1 and 2 qualifications.

Sutton & District Training

Level 1 and 2 training for 16-18 year olds (19+ with an EHCP). Also GCSE qualifications in English and Maths.

Swim UK

Range of Level 1 to 3 job-related courses including teaching aquatics, lifesaving, personal training, first aid, food safety, child protection and customer service, in addition to maths and english

The Military Prep College

Level 2 diplomas in Employability or Entry into Uniformed Services, for those who want a career in the Armed Forces, Fire Services or Police service.

Higher education providers (level 4+)

Brighton Institute for Contemporary Theatre Training (BRICTT)

Undergraduate degree: BA (hons) in Performing Arts

Brighton Institute of Modern Music (BIMM)

Undergraduate degrees: BA (hons) in various music subjects, e.g. professional musicianship, music production, music journalism

Brighton University

Courses from level 4 up, including apprenticeships, foundation degrees and undergraduate degrees in a wide range of subjects

Plumpton College

Job-related courses from level 5 up, including foundation degrees and undergraduate degrees

UCAS University and college admissions service

You can use UCAS to find and apply to higher education universities and colleges

University of Sussex

Courses from level 5 up, including foundation degrees and undergraduate degrees in a wide range of subjects

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