East Sussex College International Guide

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East Sussex College INTERNATIONAL COURSE GUIDE All you want from a top ranked language school... plus much more!






English Language Courses

All you want from a top ranked language school... plus much more!


Year Round 21 Hour English Language Plus




Vocational, Technical 26 and Professional Diplomas

One college, three campuses


Year Round 15 Hour English Language Plus (with unpaid work experience option) IELTS Summer Preparation Course

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Successful students Where are they now?

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Academic/Vocational Courses 24

UAL Foundation 28 Diploma in Art and Design

The UK education system


Gold Standard 1-1 English Language



International Study Year 18




Care of under 18s


Young Learner Summer School

College activities


Tailor-Made Year Round Groups


Meet the team


Applying to East Sussex College


University Level Courses 30

Please note: course information is correct at time of going to press. Government changes to qualifications and funding may mean that information in this guide is subject to alteration. For the latest information, please visit our website www.escg.ac.uk or contact Admissions on 030 300 38787.




Quality, Care And Success


We are delighted that you would like to find out more about studying at East Sussex College (formerly Sussex Coast College and Sussex Downs College which merged in March 2018). We are based in the beautiful South Downs and coastal areas of South East England. We have three campuses: two on the south coast in Eastbourne and Hastings, and one in the historic county town of Lewes. We are a government college with accreditation from the British Council or our English language provision. In our 2018 British Council inspection report, that was carried out in Lewes and Eastbourne, we achieved 13 out of the 15 areas of strength, and we therefore retain our position as one of the top English language providers in the UK. We are also proud to have won an award for Excellence in International Student Support in Further Education from the National Union of Students, and the UK Council for International Student Affairs. We employ a full-time Immigration Compliance Officer to help advise you on all aspects of student visas.

We have around 5,500 full-time UK students, in addition to around 200 international students at any one time from around 35 different countries. This rich mix of cultures and backgrounds makes for a vibrant, exciting and welcoming learning community. We are very proud of our students and their achievements. Our students have, in recent years, progressed to Oxford, Cambridge, London School of Economics, Durham, and to many other top universities and conservatoires, including those outside the UK such as Harvard University and the University of Hong Kong.

The last year has seen significant growth in our international work, with the college attracting an ever increasing amount of groups for ministays, English combined with work experience, and English combined with academic subjects. Numbers for individual English courses have also gone up and we are welcoming a growing number of Tier 4 and International Study Year students. East Sussex College is definitely the place if you are seeking high quality learning, new experiences, and the opportunity to meet people from a wide range of backgrounds. We look forward to welcoming you!

Our English Language examination results are outstanding and have been above national averages for the past three years. Cambridge PET, FCE and CAE exams had 100% pass rate in 2019. We hope that this prospectus will give you a clear idea of what we have to offer. Our website www.escg.ac.uk/study/ international will give you up-todate information on the work and activities of our students and staff, and we encourage you to look at this too.

Mark Allen International Director

Our successful English Language Plus courses now run all year round! We continue throughout the year, without half term breaks, so you can join at any time of the year.


All You Want From A Top Ranked Language School PLUS MUCH MORE!


15 & 21 HOUR a week English Language Plus course options

Dedicated International team with full-time Immigration Compliance Officer to advise on all aspects of visas Residential on-campus accommodation and homestay options


to meet the demands of an ever changing international education market (English with unpaid work experience, one week school group ministays, 1-1 English lessons)

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pass rate in Cambridge PET, FCE and CAE exams in 2019.

On-campus IELTS Test Centre and Cambridge English Language Assessment Authorised Centre 4


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Recognised by the UK Council for International Student Affairs and National Union of Students for Excellence in International Student Support in the Further Education sector.





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THE CAMPUSES • Wide range of academic and vocational courses • Well-established English language centres, offering year-round English language tuition • IELTS test centre at Eastbourne • Cambridge exam centre at Lewes and Eastbourne • Modern and state-of-the-art building in Hastings

EASTBOURNE FACT FILE • Regularly tops the annual chart as the sunniest town in the UK • Eight kilometres of unspoilt beaches • Lively social scene • Large shopping centre • Many national awards such as “Best UK Resort”, “Tourism Destination of the Year”, and “Most Welcoming Town in Britain”


LEWES FACT FILE • Historic town offering a peaceful and typically English experience • Wonderful 1000-year-old castle and rich in culture • Many independent shops, cosy restaurants and cafés • Safe and welcoming for our international students • The university city of Brighton & Hove just 13 minutes by train from Lewes

HASTINGS FACT FILE • Historical seaside town famous for the Battle of Hastings in 1066 • Interesting Old Town with fascinating shops and cafés • Known for its Smugglers’ Caves and Castle • UK’s largest cliff railway • Large beach home to Europe’s largest beach-launched fishing fleet


Where Are Our Campuses? All three campuses are within easy reach of Gatwick and Heathrow airports and the exciting city of Brighton.




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Successful Students

97.3% A-Level pass rate for 2019 (Lewes) - up by 0.7%

We take great pride in our students’ examination results, which are consistently above the national average. Recent university destinations for our international students include:

UK • Cambridge • London School of Economics • Imperial College • University College London • Warwick • Durham • Bath • Exeter • Bristol • Queen Mary • King’s College London • Surrey • Kent • University of Arts London • Royal Academy of Music • Royal College of Music

OVERSEAS • The University of Hong Kong

100% pass rate in Cambridge CAE, PET and FCE exams in 2019

• The Hong Kong Polytechnic University • University of Toronto • University of Melbourne • The Chinese University of Hong Kong • The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology • Flinders University of Tokyo • Osaka University • Kyoto University






Where Are They Now? This year marks the 10th year since I graduated from East Sussex College. Many things have happened since then, but it is nice to take a more careful look back and start to appreciate that the college days have actually offered much more than I had realised at my graduation.

LIU Fangzhou (Albert) CHINA

To me, ESC was the transition point in my journey; it connected my education back in China to the undergraduate and masters experience in the UK and the ongoing PhD study in the USA. It built a foundation for the academic kit you need to develop for university, and it equipped you with the skills to deal with stress, to balance coursework and extra-curricular activities, and most importantly, to manage relationships with peers and

I started studying at East Sussex College in 2005. I studied English, Maths and Information Technology as my goal was to study Software Engineering at Brighton University. In 2006, I was accepted by Brighton University and graduated with honours. Right after graduating, I started studying an MSc in Theoretical Computer Science at the University of Edinburgh.

Sasan Padidar IRAN

Once I graduated from my master’s programme, I emigrated to the United States and settled in the San Francisco Bay Area. Within a few weeks of arriving in the US, I was able to get a job at a consulting firm working for technology companies such as Kabam, Facebook and Google. After a couple of years, I started working for a mobile cybersecurity company, where I was quickly promoted to the role of Chief Architect. In 2015 I founded a cybersecurity start-up, along with

instructors for your higher education. So on a personal note, ESC really provided a comfortable environment that cushioned all the impacts down the road. To many of us at ESC, our tutor, Jo, was so much more than a personal tutor, she was a mother eagle. She protects, helps and equips you to become a grown-up – she forgives your occasional lack of motivation, but she fences with your indolence and lack of discipline, and she never tolerates with you giving up on yourself. I am now completing my PhD on natural hazards, specialising in landslides, at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the USA. ESC stays with me as I now use many of the teaching and tutoring techniques that I learnt from Jo with my undergraduate students!

a friend of mine, in Silicon Valley’s competitive market. Within two years of starting the company, our start-up was acquired by Tenable Network Security. Our product is now being used globally by many large organisations. I am currently serving as Director of Engineering at Tenable Network Security, leading a large distributed team of engineers. During my time at East Sussex College, I was guided very clearly towards the steps I needed to take towards achieving my aims. My tutor and teachers truly cared about me and my goals. They invested a lot of time in ensuring that I was making progress and on the right track, and they provided a level of support that I have never experienced since then. Without their help and guidance, I would not have been able to lay the foundation needed for my further studies and career.


UK Education System

English Language Programmes

LEVELS 1-2 • 21 Hour English Language Plus • 15 Hour English Language Plus • Summer IELTS Preparation Course • 1-1 Gold Standard English • Groups (Adults and Young Learners)






Higher Education LEVEL 5 • University Foundation Degree and HND

LEVEL 6 • Bachelor Degree

LEVEL 7 • Postgraduate Certificates and Diplomas • Masters Degrees

LEVEL 8 • Doctorates

Preparation for Academic Study LEVEL 3 • International Study Year • A-Levels • Vocational, Professional and Technical Courses • Art and Design Foundation Diploma (UAL)










Year-Round 21 Hour English Language Plus • Improve your general English • Gain an English Language qualification • Study a wide range of options relevant to your interests or personal goals • Flexible start dates and course lengths depending on your study objectives A weekly tutorial to check your progress and keep you informed about what’s on in the college Course Start

2 weeks minimum Average class size 13 (maximum 19) Hours per week

General English 15 hours Course includes: grammar and vocabulary, speaking, listening, reading and writing and tutorial. Options Three hours each Additional English (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Pronunciation) Use of English and Speaking Sports Academies*

Most Mondays throughout the year (see fee sheets for holiday dates) Course length


Exam Preparation One choice per term (three hours) IELTS FCE (First Certificate-Upper Intermediate) PET (Preliminary-Intermediate) CAE (Advanced) Total programme 21 hours

21 Minimum age

LEWES General English 12 hours Course includes: grammar and vocabulary, speaking, listening, reading and writing and tutorial. Options Three hours each Business Art & Design Film Studies Travel & Tourism Academic English with IELTS Additional English (three to six hours) Sports Academies * Exam Preparation One choice per term (three hours) IELTS CAE (Advanced) FCE (First Certificate) PET (Preliminary) Total programme 21 hours

16 years old Entry requirements English language level at Pre-intermediate/CEFR A2 or above Campus Eastbourne or Lewes (all year round)

*See Page 37 (Sports Academies) All options and exams are subject to student demand. In July and August, the structure of the English Language Plus course in Lewes is slightly different as you will take additional English classes. The course does not run in Eastbourne during July and August because of the Young Student Summer School. Please note that although students aged 16-18 are classified as adults in respect of their eligibility for this course (and the 15 hour option), they are subject to stricter rules on supervision, details of which can be found on Page 34 of the brochure.



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Year-Round 15 Hour English Language Plus



• Suitable for those on a smaller budget and allows students free time to pursue other activities. • We can now arrange the option of an unpaid work placement to combine with your English course for European Union passport holders only with a right to work. This will be an excellent addition to your CV and will greatly help you to secure work upon your return to your home country. • The 15 hours General English includes grammar and vocabulary, speaking, listening, reading and writing, plus a weekly tutorial to check your progress and let you know what’s happening in the college and local area. • If you are attending this course in Hastings you will be in mixed nationality classes with overseas students living permanently in the UK taking English as a second language (ESOL).

Course Start

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Most Mondays throughout the year (see fee sheets for holiday dates) Course length

2 weeks minimum Average class size Eastbourne/Lewes: 13 (maximum 19) Hastings: 15 (maximum 25) Hours per week

15 Minimum age

16 years old Entry requirements English language level at Pre-intermediate/CEFR A2 or above Campus Eastbourne, Hastings or Lewes All options and exams are subject to student demand.

“I am studying on the 21 Hour English Language Plus course. I enjoy the atmosphere in the classes, the quality of the teaching and the excellent facilities, particularly the catering facilities and the Learning Resource Centre. Lewes is a very safe town with beautiful surrounding countryside. My homestay provider is very friendly and I have enjoyed living a typical English lifestyle. My spoken English is much improved since I have been here. I am going to take a short course at the University of Arts London in Brand Management before I return to Thailand. I will then go back to running my PR agency and I will be much more confident in attracting new clients from abroad with my improved English.”


IELTS Summer Preparation Course

IELTS is the International English Language Testing System. It measures your ability to communicate across all four language skills-reading, writing, listening and speaking.

The course is ideal if you need to take the test for academic or professional purposes in your home country or elsewhere. It offers focused English language teaching which is designed to fully prepare you for the IELTS test. The classes focus on the skills needed to pass the exam at all levels. The minimum level is 4.0 and teachers are experienced in stretching and supporting their students so that you can achieve your individual goals. East Sussex College has its own IELTS test centre at the Eastbourne campus and you have the option of taking the test here at the end of the course. Please note that our Eastbourne IELTS test centre is not approved for UKVI IELTS so cannot be used for applying for a UK visa. For UK visa applications you will need to arrange a test at a UKVIapproved test centre.

Course dates

6 July - 8 August 2020 Course length

4 weeks Average class size 13 (maximum 19) Hours per week

21 Minimum age

16 years old Entry requirements English language level at Lower Intermediate/ CEFR B1/IELTS 4.0 or above Campus Lewes



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1-1 Gold Standard English Language

The Gold Standard class provides an expert teacher on a one-to-one basis with the course content developed specifically to meet your individual needs.

You can choose from General English, Executive English or exam preparation in IELTS, PET, FCE, CAE or BEC. You can study this class on a parttime or full-time basis and it can be arranged to fit around teaching or work schedules on all campuses. One-to-one Lessons can also be a very useful additional support to help you on our English Language Plus and International Study Year programmes should you require them. The number of sessions available is flexible to meet your needs and can be combined with standard group classes.


International Study Year

• Achieve a higher level of fluency in English language whilst experiencing UK lifestyle and its education system. • Study alongside British students but without the pressure of sitting exams. • Ideal for students taking a “gap year” before university studies. • English language support and services of personal tutor built into the course. • Flexibility of studying for just ten weeks or up to a whole academic year.

Course Start

1 September 2020 - 2 July 2021 Course length

10 weeks up to a whole academic year Minimum age

16 years old Entry requirement Minimum English language level equivalent to IELTS 5.5 (Academic) with a minimum of 5.0 in each paper. Minimum five passes at GCSE level or equivalent.

Please note that although students aged 16-18 are classified as adults in respect of their eligibility for this course, they are subject to stricter rules on supervision, details of which can be found on Page 35 of the brochure.


Students must choose subjects they have previously studied in their country of origin up to Year 11. Our team can offer guidance on subject choices. Should you wish to change subjects on arrival, we cannot guarantee that this will be possible. Campus Hastings or Lewes


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You will be able to choose up to three academic subjects or one technical or professional subject from the following options:


Camilla Coletti

Natali Ferkova

“I am studying Spanish, French and English on the International Study Year. I like the organisation of the lessons and the classroom atmosphere as well as the friendly teachers. They are well prepared for the lessons which are captivating and interactive.

“I am studying Maths and Biology on the International Study Year.

ACADEMIC • Maths • Economics • Biology • Chemistry • Physics • Accounting • Psychology • Sociology • Art & Design • Physical Education • French • Spanish • Music • Business

TECHNICAL AND PROFESSIONAL • Engineering • Massage • Make Up • Hair • Floristry • Patisserie • Cookery • Motor Vehicle Body • Performing Arts • Travel & Tourism

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Lewes is really safe and has good shops and everything you need. I’m going to finish school in Italy and after this I’m going to University. I hope to use my knowledge of English in my future job.”

All the teachers are really friendly and the lessons are fun. The classes are not stressful but enjoyable. Lewes is a very peaceful town with beautiful countryside around. Even though it is a small town you can find everything you need, on the High Street you can find authentic cafés and restaurants. I really appreciate the location of Lewes as you can be in Brighton and London really quickly. I like Biology lessons as we are not just writing notes but carry out many practical and interesting exercises. After my course I plan to finish school in Slovakia and then start university.”


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Young Learner Summer School (EASTBOURNE OR HASTINGS)

• Full package, including tuition, accommodation, activities, excursions, course materials and airport transfers. • Age range 11-17 years old in Eastbourne and 13-17 years old in Hastings. • 19 hours per week General English, working on all four skills. • Homestay option available at both campuses and residential offcampus accommodation available at our Hastings campus with 24hour supervision. • Memorable weekly excursions to top UK cities and attractions such as the Harry Potter Studio, London, Oxford, Cambridge and Stonehenge. • Half-day excursions every week to fascinating local places of interest such as: - Historic Lewes and its 1,000year-old castle - Picturesque walk and cream tea at Seven Sisters beauty spot near Eastbourne - Tour of Brighton - Fun activities such as sports afternoons, ten pin bowling, treasure hunts and quizzes • Regular groups come back year after year from Italy, China, Germany, Austria, Ecuador, Brazil, Japan and Spain.



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Tailor-Made Year-Round Groups (ADULTS AND YOUNG LEARNERS)

We can offer a wide range of group packages depending on your requirements, from simple General English with social programme courses to a more complex course involving different subjects. For young learners the age range in Eastbourne is 11-17 years old. In Lewes and Hastings the age range is 14-17 years old. Here are the most popular options we have recently hosted (min age for all three options below is 16 years old): 1. English plus unpaid work experience (for EU students only) Normally students follow a week’s course in General or Business English with possibly CV writing or interview technique classes before undertaking one or two weeks of unpaid work placement in the local area. 2. English plus workplace related activities which include: • Business English • CV writing and Interview Technique workshop • Seminars (international marketing, employability and cultural issues) and tour of the vocational college • Trip to London to visit London Financial District • Discussion with members of East Sussex College Students’ Union on various topical issues

3. English plus integration classes with British students We can offer sample lessons in academic subjects such as: • Sport • Performing Arts • Art & Design • Media/Film • Health & Social Care • Engineering • Hair & Beauty • Modern Foreign Languages Different options, excursions and activities can be added to the package if required. Please contact Jonathan HarrisGibbins for a quote at: jonathan.harris-gibbins@escg.ac.uk



Your passport to the best universities in the UK • Usually made up of three subjects • You benefit from ongoing English language support to help you achieve the best grades possible • Option to take our Enhanced Support Package which includes additional language and study skills lessons • Pre-arrival advice to ensure that your subject choices are right for you • On-course support from a dedicated Personal Tutor, individual progression advice and help with your university application Course Start

1 September 2020 - 2 July 2021 Course length

2 years Minimum age

16 years old Entry requirement English language level equivalent to IELTS 5.5 (Academic) with a minimum of 5.0 in all four papers for three A-Levels. IELTS 6.0 (Academic) with 6.0 in writing is required for four A-Levels. EU students are required to have a GCSE qualification or equivalent in Maths and English or obtain them as part of their course. Successful completion of two years of senior secondary school or equivalent. Campus Hastings and Lewes



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OUR STUDENTS Students normally study three of the following subjects:

Alexandra Vidodo

Maxence Pardon

“I am studying A-Levels in Graphic Design, Business, Psychology and Spanish. My experience at this college has been life-changing to say the least. I feel that my English has improved more in the space of four months since being here than all the time I learnt English in Spain. The teachers are very good and I enjoy the class atmosphere.

“I like East Sussex College because the teachers are very interesting and the college staff are very friendly.

• Accounting • Art & Design • Biology • Business Studies • Chemistry • Computer Science • Dance • Drama & Theatre Studies • Economics • Film Studies • Fine Art • French • Geography • History • Law • Maths • Further Maths • Media • Music • Music Technology • Philosophy • Photography • Physical Education • Physics • Politics • Psychology • Sociology • Spanish • Textiles

I love Lewes which is a very peaceful and safe town. The train station is very close by which has allowed me and my friends to explore different parts of England at weekends.

Lewes is a small city but it is very peaceful and safe. For a small town there are a lot of things to do. I’m thinking about going to Australia to study and now I have a good level of English to realise my dream.”

My plan for the future is to study in London. I want to be an advertising and promotions manager. The college is helping me work towards my future and I am very grateful for this.”

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Vocational, Technical And Professional Diplomas

• Obtain the skills and knowledge needed to enter the workplace or university • Benefit from quality tuition from highly qualified teachers who have considerable industry experience • Develop your hands-on skills in a ‘real’ working environment that is relevant to your course. This may include East Sussex College’s own restaurant, beauty salons, or workshops, all of which have the latest, industry standard equipment Diploma Start

1 September 2020 - 2 July 2021 Diploma length

1-2 years Minimum age

16 years old Entry requirement Minimum English language level equivalent to IELTS 5.5 (academic) with a minimum of 5.0 in all four papers. Successful completion of two years of senior secondary school or equivalent. EU students are required to have a GCSE qualification or equivalent in Maths and English or obtain them as part of their course. Campus Eastbourne, Hastings or Lewes



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OUR STUDENTS Please find below the list of subjects you can study:

Maria Urieta

Borja Onieva Ustara

“I like the way the teachers support me if I have any problems or difficulties in my lessons.

“I finished my degree in Business in 2017 and after my English course at East Sussex College I would like to find a job in the UK.

• Applied Science • Art & Design • Business • Construction & the Built Environment • Creative Media (Film & TV Production) • Dance • Engineering • Interactive Media • Hair & Beauty • Complementary Therapy • Make-Up Artistry • Health & Social Care • Hospitality & Catering • Information Technology • Motor Vehicle Repair • Music • Music Production & Creative Recording • Performing Arts or Production Arts • Software Development • Sport • Travel & Tourism

Lewes is a small city where you can find a lot of things to do and it is also very peaceful and beautiful. You are also close to London and Brighton. I like being with a lot of different nationalities in the classroom and I’ve met a lot of amazing people. I’m going to work in London after my course because my English has improved so much and further my career in the UK.”

I especially like the teachers, they are very friendly and all the staff are great professionals. Lewes is a beautiful place where you can relax and it is also very near Brighton. The lessons are very dynamic. Every day we have different lessons with different ways of doing exercises so they are very enjoyable.”

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University Of The Arts, London - Foundation Diploma In Art And Design An intensive, practical, and exciting one-year course, designed to prepare you for an art or design-based university programme. • All tutors are practising artists, designers, and crafts people who will support you throughout your course and encourage you to develop your creative and analytical skills. • Covers all areas of art and design, including fine art, graphics, Illustration, fashion and textiles, 3D, product and interior design, or photography. • High success rates in gaining places at top UK universities and art colleges such as Central St Martins, Edinburgh University, Goldsmiths College, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion, Ravensbourne, University of Brighton, University College London (UCL) and the Winchester School of Art.


Course Start

1 September 2020 - 2 July 2021 Course length

1 year Minimum age

18 years old by December in year of entry Entry requirement Minimum English language level equivalent to IELTS 5.5 (Academic) with a minimum of 5.0 in all four papers. Senior secondary school certificate above GCSE level. Satisfactory portfolio of art, design and craftwork. EU students are required to have a GCSE qualification or equivalent in Maths and English or obtain them as part of their course. Campus Eastbourne or Hastings


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Please find below the courses available: • Business • Accounting • Computing • Catering Management • Complementary Healthcare • Digital Media Design • Music Production & Creative Recording • Sport Coaching & Development • Health & Social Care • Broadcast Journalism • Creative Media Production • Animation • Designer Maker (Craft) • Fine Art • Graphic Design • A Foundation Degree is equivalent to two years of a traditional honours degree. It can be a standalone qualification and you may gain employment after the course or decide to study for one more year by doing a “Top-Up” honours course. • An HND is a work-related course and is the equivalent of two years at university. Like a Foundation Degree you can study one more year and achieve a full honours degree at university.

Course Start

• Hospitality Management

September 2020 - July 2021 (depends on course) Course length

18 years old Entry requirement English language level equivalent to IELTS 6.0 (academic) with 6.0 in writing. Successful completion of senior secondary school, A-Levels or a Foundation course or equivalent. Campus Eastbourne, Hastings or Lewes


• Photography • Business (Top up) • Engineering Mechanical & Manufacturing (Top up)

2 years Minimum age

• Illustration

• Construction • Teaching (PGCE and Cert TESOL)


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Accommodation Accommodation is thoroughly checked and monitored by our Accommodation and Welfare staff in accordance with the standards set out in the British Council Accreditation Scheme. There are two categories of accommodation for students: Homestay accommodation (with meals) Residential accommodation

HOMESTAY ACCOMMODATION (All three campuses) What are the benefits? • Practise English language • Experience British culture • Enjoy home comforts • Safe and secure • No guardian needed • Individual care • Life-long friendships

RESIDENTIAL ACCOMMODATION Four different types: • On-campus residence in Caburn House for over 18s (Lewes only) • Residential self-catering accommodation living with a host • Residential accommodation with meals living with a host


On-campus residence, Caburn House (Lewes Campus only) • Must be aged 18 years or over • Secure and independent environment • Private en-suite study bedroom • Shared kitchen and living facilities • Free Wi-Fi Residential self-catering accommodation (Eastbourne and Lewes) • You live with host in family home but you cook your own meals • Ideal for the more independent student • Live alongside other international students Residential Accommodation with meals (Eastbourne) • You live with host in accommodation with capacity for more than four students with a host who provides meals. • Live alongside other international students • Enjoy home comforts





Weiyu Chen

“I am delighted to live with my host family. I like watching TV with my host father and his mother. We all like Strictly Come Dancing which was on every weekend in the autumn. I am a big fan of Stacey who won the competition. One unforgettable thing was the Christmas Holiday. I have never celebrated Christmas in my country so I was looking forward to it and very pleased to have the special dinner turkey, sprouts and potatoes. The atmosphere was fabulous. During the time I have been living with my host family, I feel that it has not only improved my English but I have learnt a lot about English culture. I have also enjoyed living with other International students. I’m really thankful to the college for placing me with my host family.”


Care Of Under 18s East Sussex College welcomes students from all over the world. This section describes how we care for you if you are under 18 years of age.

PARENTAL CONSENT Before arriving at East Sussex College we will require you and your parents/ guardian to sign a parental consent form. This is to confirm that you and your parents understand the rules that we have in place for your welfare and the level of supervision that we provide for you. The College will inform your parents/ guardian of any breaches in the rules and the consequences. The form will include the your parents/guardian contact details in case of emergency.

TRAVELLING FROM THE AIRPORT TO THE ACCOMMODATION East Sussex College works with trusted local taxi companies to provide airport transfers. We strongly advise that your parents/guardians book our airport transfer service in advance of your arrival.

ACCOMMODATION If you are under 18 we usually require you to book homestay accommodation through the college. Alternative arrangements where you will have adult supervision, such as staying with a family friend, can be accepted, provided we have written confirmation of the arrangements from your parents at the time of the enrolment.


East Sussex College carefully recruits homestay hosts who meet British Council requirements. All homestays are inspected at least every two years by our Accommodation and Welfare Team. East Sussex College will only place you in a homestay where the main carer has provided an Enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) certificate, which confirms suitability to work with children. You will be placed in a single room. Twin room accommodation is possible if you are travelling with a friend of the same sex and similar age. You will be treated as part of the household and be able to enjoy morning and evening meals with your host family. There will always be a responsible adult at home overnight. East Sussex College has strict curfew rules if you are under 18. All homestay hosts are aware of the rules and will contact the emergency number if you are not home on time. Our curfew time is 23:00 daily. The student must provide written permission from their parents if they wish to be absent from the homestay overnight.

MEALS Homestays provide breakfast and dinner every day. Lunch is not provided but we have a canteen at all campuses, where you can buy lunch for a small price (around ÂŁ4 for a full hot lunch). Alternatively, there are shops on the campuses where sandwiches, snacks, and drinks can be purchased. At weekends, you will be provided with a light lunch by your homestay host.

TRAVEL Lewes Our Lewes campus is very close to the centre of town and most of our homestay hosts live very close as well. That means you’ll never be more than a 25-30-minute walk away from college. Your homestay host will show you how to get to college on your first day. You can then make your own way to college for the rest of your time with us. Eastbourne Our Eastbourne campus is just outside the town centre and you


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may require a bus pass to reach the college. You can purchase a bus pass from the driver when you get on the bus. These normally cost £15 for a week’s worth of travel. Hastings Our homestay hosts in Hastings all live within a 10-15-minute walk from the campus. You will be able to travel between your homestay host and the college unsupervised. Your homestay host will show you how to get to college on your first day. You can then make your own way to college for the rest of your time with us.

SUPERVISION East Sussex College does not provide 24-hour supervision. After class you are very welcome to join the college’s social activities, relax in the common areas, or use the Learning Resource Centre. You will not be supervised during your free time but the College will give advice on how to stay safe during these times.

AT THE COLLEGE If you are under the age of 18 and on English Language Plus or mainstream courses, you may be in classes with adults. You are expected to attend every lesson and you must be on time. If you are under 18, you cannot take holidays or days off without parental consent. If you are absent from College we will try to contact you. If there is no response, the International Accommodation and Welfare Officer will check with the homestay and follow up until we are sure that you are safe.

SOCIAL ACTIVITIES The College provides a variety of optional social activities. These are a good way for you to socialise and practise your English. Not all social activities are suitable if you are under 18, but we do aim to offer a variety of activities that everyone can take part in. All social activities organised by East Sussex College are supervised. East Sussex College also recommends a local company (UK Study Tours) which organises full-day weekend excursions for you. UK Study Tours has carried out their own risk assessments and follow best practice in particular with regard to students aged 16 and 17. However, if you are 16 and 17, you will be treated as an adult. Excursions organised by external companies are guided but there will normally be some time (2-3 hours) where you will be unsupervised. For example, there may be time for you to go shopping. These trips are not run exclusively for East Sussex College and people of all ages from other local schools often attend.

INTERNET ACCESS East Sussex College provides free access to the internet and wi-fi across our campuses so you can stay in contact with friends and family. Our servers are set to block content that is not suitable for under 18s.

East Sussex College is committed to providing a safe, supportive environment for everyone, and in particular for under 18s. You will receive a full induction on your first day, where you will be introduced to key members of staff. The induction includes a tour of the building, information about the course, the college, surrounding towns, and health and safety information. You will be issued with a 24-hour contact number that you can call for any out-of-hours emergencies. If you are under 18 you will be reminded of the curfew times and general code of conduct agreed in the parental consent form. You will be given specific guidance on staying safe in and out of college and you will be made aware of who you can talk to if you need help. You will be given your college ID on your first day and it is important that you wear your college ID badge at all times while you at college. The College has a safeguarding policy. All members of staff have received appropriate safeguarding and child protection training and know the procedures that should be followed if there is cause for concern. All homestay hosts receive relevant information and guidance on safeguarding young people and who to report concerns to. All homestay providers who host students under 18 are required to provide a valid Enhanced DBS.


College Activities • Participate in a wide range of activities that will support your learning, enabling you to learn new skills and make new friends • Learn many new skills which can enhance your Curriculum Vitae (CV) for both university and job applications

SPORT AT EAST SUSSEX COLLEGE • Each campus is equipped with a wide range of sporting amenities and there are leisure centres, swimming pools, gyms and athletics training facilities located on or near to each campus

You could participate in the following sporting activities either on campus or in the local area. Those available on campus are marked with an asterix. There may be a charge for the activities below: • Badminton* (Hastings) • Basketball • Zumba* (Eastbourne) • Football* • Golf • Gym* • Hockey • Rugby* • Squash • Swimming • Table Tennis* • Tennis • Volleyball



SPORT ACADEMIES • Open to you if you are studying from September to at least April • Entry by interview and trial • Combine weekly training with professional coaching and competitions Eastbourne: Football (Men & Women) Lewes: Football, Rugby & Netball

OTHER ACTIVITIES ON AND OFF CAMPUS: • Orchestra and choir (Lewes) • Day trips to cultural and tourist destinations such as Oxford and the Harry Potter Studio in London • Regular fun activities such as picnics and barbecues • Award-winning Students’ Union • Town tours • Language exchange with UK students (Lewes) Please consult our main college website: www.escg.ac.uk for part-time leisure classes available.

Images, clockwise from top left: choir at Lewes campus, students in Grange Gardens (Lewes), Oxford University, basketball at Eastbourne campus, studying in a local park, students using the gym at Hastings campus, relaxing in the café at Hastings campus.


Meet The Team

Caron Lewis International Admissions, Accommodation & Compliance Team Leader

Mark Allen International Director

Almudena Del Pino International Business Development and Sales Officer (Hastings)

Jonathan Harris-Gibbins International Business Development Manager

Sarah Perrin Elena Dennison International Admissions & Visa Compliance Officer


Accommodation & Welfare Officer (Lewes)


Sheila Claughton International Welfare & Admissions Officer

Melissa Bloom International Programme Leader

Emma Williams Accommodation & Welfare Officer (Eastbourne)

Camila Supervielle Accommodation & Welfare Officer (Lewes)

Graham Perry International Programme Leader (English Language)

Erin Prescott

Joanna Bourne

International Admissions Officer

Senior Personal Tutor

Otto Haas International Programme Leader

Mina Morabito Finance Officer



You should submit the following documents to us for consideration: 1. Application - a fully completed online international application form 2. Passport - a scanned copy 3. Academic Reports - your most recent school reports 4. English language certificates For full details on the application procedure please visit the “How to Apply� section at www.escg.ac.uk/study/international


Eastbourne Campus

Hastings Campus

Lewes Campus

Cross Levels Way Eastbourne East Sussex, BN21 2UF United Kingdom

Station Approach Hastings East Sussex, TN34 1BA United Kingdom

Mountfield Road Lewes East Sussex, BN7 2XH United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 (0) 30 300 38787 (Lewes and Eastbourne) + 44 (0) 1424 458521 (Hastings) Email: international@sussexdowns.ac.uk (Lewes and Eastbourne) international@sussexcoast.ac.uk (Hastings) Website: www.escg.ac.uk/study/international

Watch a video of a day in the life of our students on our website