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Higher Education

Stay Local And Go Further

A university level qualification can make a huge difference to your career prospects. 

So whether you're at the start of your journey, looking to progress in your career or want to change direction you will find what you're looking for at our Chichester, Crawley and Brinsbury campuses, part of the Chichester College Group.

Access a variety of higher education courses and receive outstanding support from our highly experienced lecturers.

Why Go To College?

Entry Requirements
Our entry requirements are unique for each course, depending on course level and applicants' prior experience.

Funding & Fees
Our fees are typically lower than you'll pay at university and support is available to help cover tuition and living costs. Find out more about funding your Higher Education course.

We work closely with local comployers, so you can be assured that our courses reflect the skills you'll need in your chosen industry. 96% of our students gain employment after completing a higher education course (DLHE 2018).

Facilties & Resources
We offer a flexible and supportive study environment, in industry-standard facilities.

Experience & Knowledge
Our teaching staff have strong links with local businesses and a wealth of industry experience, that is integrated into your course.

Support & Guidance
You will have a dedicated personal tutor who will guide, advise and support you - and with small class sizes, you'll have one-to-one support from your lecturer.

Development Programme
A unique programme that develops your study and employability skills throughout the course, helping you to get ahead in your career.

HNC, HND & Foundation Degrees Explained

HNC, HND & Foundation Degrees

Our higher education (HE) courses will allow you to gain a qualification equivalent to the first 2 years of a traditional bachelor's honours degree. 

They offer an alternative and often cost effective way to study at university level. After completing your HE course, you can either choose to top up your qualification to a full honours degree at a partner university or go straight into work with this higher qualification on your CV.

If you’ve been out of education for some time and don’t have any A-levels or their equivalents, you can enrol for our Access to Higher Education diploma courses which gets you back into learning and prepares you for study at university level.

See our HE courses


HNCs and HNDs

HNCs and HNDs are university level courses that are equivalent to the first and second years, respectively, of an honours degree. We offer a range of vocational HNCs and HNDs that, once completed, you can then choose to top up to a full honours degree at certain universities.

Annual course fees for HNDs and HNCs are much lower than for a full degree. For more information, visit our course fees page or contact the Admissions Team on 01243 786321.


Foundation Degrees

Foundation Degrees are a relatively new type of university level qualification. They are innovative because they are work related and have been designed in consultation with employers to equip students with the relevant knowledge and skills for business.  If you're already in work, a foundation degree will give you the skills you need to develop your career further.  If you're moving on from full-time education, a foundation degree (which usually takes two years full-time) could be the perfect kick start to your career.

If you want to know more about foundation degrees visit the Learning at Work Information Service website.


Extended Degrees

Extended degrees are offered by universities, particularly in science related subjects, to enable those who don't have the appropriate qualifications to take a related honours degree, either because you didn't get the required grades in science or because you have been studying humanities and now want to transfer to science.  We work in partnership with universities to offer the first foundation year of their extended degrees. 

Contact the Admissions Team on 01243 786321 for more information.


How to apply

You will need to apply through UCAS for all our university level courses . To find out more about our university level courses and to talk through your individual situation call 01243 786321.

See our HE courses

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Financial Help for 19+ Years

Returning to education may not be as difficult as you think. You may be eligible to receive financial support to provide help with tuition fees, childcare and travel costs.

Student Finance for Higher Education (18+)

If you're planning on studying a university level course with us, there may be funding available to help you with course fees and living costs. Funding is administered by the government through Student Finance England. To apply, you will need to register online


The Chichester College Learning Support Grant for 19+

The Chichester College Learning Support Grant is the name we have given to our discretionary learner support scheme and is administered by the college.

This grant can provide you with:

  • Help with travel costs
  • Help with equipment, books or resources costs.
  • Contribution towards childcare costs.
  • Help to pay UCAS admin fees.
  • contribution towards enrichment activities linked to your course.

How do I apply for the Chichester College Learning Support Grant?

You can apply online for the Chichester College Learning Support Grant. We have tried to make applying as simple as possible, but it will involve filling in online forms, providing evidence and telling us about your financial situation. We will then make an assessment based on your personal circumstances.

The Chichester College Learning Support Grant may still be available to successful applicants of the 19+ Advanced Learning Loan (see below) if the total household income is below £32,000.

Apply online


Advanced Learner Loan

You can apply for a loan to help cover the costs of full or part-time courses for adults (aged 19 and over) covering an extensive range of subjects, all leading to a recognised level 3 to level 6 qualification. Call 01243 786321 for an informal chat with our admissions team to discuss all the options.

Am I eligible?

You are eligible to receive a Advanced Learner Loan if you are:

  • Aged 19 or over
  • Studying a recognised further education level 3, 4, 5 or 6 qualification
  • A resident in the UK

When can I apply?

You can start applying for your loan from the 1st of June of the year of your enrolment. For more information visit the Gov.UK website.




Stagecoach is offering a 7 day student Megarider gold ticket to allow unlimited bus travel on their bus services within West Sussex including routes to Brighton, Hampshire and Surrey. For more information or to buy your ticket online visit Stagecoach.


If your journey to Chichester or Brinsbury campus begins at Billingshurst, Shoreham-by-sea or Chichester, or any of the stations inbetween, you can purchase a 7 day Unizone ticket. A Unizone ticket entitles you to 7 days unlimted travel (within the destinations described above).

To purchase the Unizone ticket you will need both a 16-25 Railcard and a student card. Your student card will be given to you when you enrol. You will need to apply online at for your 16-25 railcard.

If you are over the age of 25 you can also apply for the 16-25 railcard. You will need to upload and complete the Mature Student Declaration available on the 16-25 railcard website.


If your journey to Chichester or Brinsbury campus begins at Horley or Ockley, or any of the stations inbetween, you will be entitled to a 34% discount. Tickets are purchased from Southern Railway's website

This will be subject to the following conditions:

- You must be a full time student

- You must have obtained a free 'Sussex Student Card' (visit )

- You must purchase your ticket for a minimum of one month

Your discount will only be valid for stations that are not covered by the Worthing and Billingshurst Unizone.



We have a nursery called First Steps at both the Chichester and Brinsbury campuses, which offer great quality childcare to students.

If you are aged 19 or under and have children, you can apply for help with childcare costs from the Care to Learn scheme.  If you are aged over 20, you can apply for help through the Chichester College Learning Support Grant for 19+.


Residential Bursaries

We offer bursaries to full-time students taking landbased courses at our Brinsbury campus who live beyond a normal, daily traveling distance. The bursary is for accommodation costs or for travel costs, if the student wishes to stay at home.  The bursary can be up to £94 a week for students living away from home.  The bursary is means tested, so the amount you receive will depend on your family's income.  Applications for bursaries are made direct to the college, please speak to the Student Finance team for more information.


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Getting back into higher education

If you’ve been out of education for some time and didn't take A-levels or their equivalents when you were at school and you now want to go to university, you can enrol for our Access to Higher Education courses which get you back into learning and prepare you for study at university level. 

An Access Diploma is recognised by universities as a good preparation for their degree courses.  It's taught over one year and provides crucial study skills required by universities, such as research, essay writing and presentations.  Over three terms, students cover theory and practical work equivalent to three A levels.

View access courses

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Chichester College has been awarded the QAA Quality Mark for meeting or exceeding UK expectations for quality and standards in its QAA review. View Chichester College's latest review report from QAA.


Below you can find links to various Higher Education policies and information.


View HE Academic Appeals Procedure

View HE Access Agreement

View HE Assessment Policy

View HE Complaints Procedure

View HE Course Handbook Policy

View HE Recruitment and Admission Policy


View HE Student Loan Registration and Withdrawal Process

View HE Student Terms & Conditions

View HE Widening Participation and Outreach Policy

View HE Work Readiness Policy

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