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Higher Education

Study university level courses at college, with the option to top up to a full honours degrees after you finish and prepare yourself for a career in a range of industries. Know you're in safe hands, as 100% of our higher education students progress into employment or further training.

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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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All About UCAS

Below you can find links to various HE 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 Learning and Teaching Strategy

View HE Recruitment and Admission Policy

View HE Strategic Aims (KPIs)

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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View our HE Access Agreement

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HE Enquiry

HE Graduation

We've been awarded TEF silver rating

Worried about the fees?

  • Student loans are much cheaper than many people think
  • Maintenance grants are available, which don't have to be paid back
  • The HE route can lead directly into work or a top-up to an Honours Degree
  • Typical university costs per year are £9,125...
  • ...HE courses at Chichester College cost from as little as £5,750 for full time and £2,500 for part time
  • Higher education at Chichester College means high quality learning and great value for money

Need financial help?

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?

Application forms and guidance are available from the Student Finance team in the Student Centre at Chichester and the student tutor office at Brinsbury. To register your interest, call the Student Finance team on 01243 786321 ext 2325 or 2119. We have tried to make applying as simple as possible, but it will involve filling in 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 houshold income is below £32,000.

Download application form


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.

Professional and Career Development Loans

A Professional and Career Development Loan is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. For further information visit the Gov.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.




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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Need somewhere to stay?

If you're on a full time course, are 18 years old or over at the time of admission and are unable to travel into college daily, you can choose to live in accommodation at our Chichester campus or nearby.


Westgate Hall of Residence

Westgate Halls provides accommodation for students who are 18 and over at time of admission. Westgate has superb self-catering and full board student accommodation for 160 residents. All rooms are single and en-suite with some having been specifically designed to meet the needs of disabled students.

Find out more


Homestay accommodation for 16 - 18 years old


Homestay means that you will live in a house with the owner and family. This accommodation is available if you are on a full-time course and both self-catering and half-board are available. You will be able to choose whether you want to be in a smoking or non-smoking household and whether you want to stay in accommodation with or without pets or children.

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Prices & how to apply

Non-Refundable Accommodation Booking Fee 1-4 Weeks £50

Non-Refundable Accommodation Booking Fee 5 Weeks + £100

Allocation of accommodation depends on what is available when you apply. We advise that you apply early, stating both your first and second choices. If you have any specific requirements please add this to your application form.

The Brinsbury campus has no on-site accommodation, but students can apply for a homestay with host families close to the campus.

To apply, download the form below and send through to If you need any help with your application, please call +44 (0)1243 812205.


Download  Accommodation application form (UK)

Download  Accommodation price list 2017/18


Under 18 years?

If you are under 18 at the time of admission, you can find out about our accommodation for 16-17 years.


Not a UK student?

If you are an international students, please visit our international pages for detailed information of our accommodation.


Want to come and see for yourself?

To arrange a tour of our accommodation, or if you have any questions, please email

Your contents. Covered.

Chichester College is working in partnership with Endsleigh, the No. 1 student insurance provider, to provide some cover for the contents inside your room. You don’t need to do anything to activate this cover, but it is important for you to check and ensure that you fully understand the protection provided and whether it is sufficient for your needs.

Visit Check Your Cover to:

  • Check your level of cover
  • Review key exclusions and limitations
  • Check your policy excess
  • Learn how to make a claim
  • Extend and personalise your cover to protect laptops, phones and other valuables


All our accommodation is quality assured. 

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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

Chichester College celebrates successes at graduation ceremony

The success of more than seventy Chichester College graduates was celebrated at Chichester Cathedral on Thursday 29 June.

The ceremony recognised the hard work and achievements of students who have completed higher national certificates (HNCs), higher national diplomas (HNDs) or foundation degrees in subjects ranging from animal management to performing arts.

The cathedral was packed with family members, college staff and governors, as well as local dignitaries including the Mayor of Chichester, Peter Evans.

And for the graduating class of 2017, it was an emotional occasion.

Ashlea Piper, graduating with a HNC in Performing Arts (Musical Theatre), said: “It’s exciting to graduate and it has been quite emotional. It’s the end of the road for us here and it’s come around so quickly!”

Emily Johnson, who was awarded with her HND in Music Performance (Jazz) and also received the award for Music Performance (Jazz) student of the year, added: “I’m very happy and overwhelmed! I wasn’t expecting it to be such a big event.

“I feel very happy and very privileged to have studied here.”

Friends Abigail Clue and Kayle Fairman were among the graduates paying tribute to their lecturers after collecting their HNDs in Equine Management – which they studied at the college’s Brinsbury campus.

Abigail said: “The support from everyone has been amazing over the past two years.”

Kayle added: “The lecturers were really, really helpful. They helped me every step of the way.”

This was also reflected across other areas of the college, with Lydia Mark – graduating with a foundation degree in Events & Hospitality Management - echoing their comment: “Lianne (Grogan) and Andy (Ward) were brilliant. If you had a really bad week, you’d come in to college and they’d just brighten up your day. They encouraged us and pushed us forward.”

Classmate Sarah Waddington-Azambuja agreed: “I would not have graduated without them. I think we all think that they are just the best people.”

Chichester College Principal Shelagh Legrave OBE led the ceremony, which started with a procession of college staff and dignitaries.

She said: “It is fantastic to be celebrating the achievements of our new graduates – a happy and emotional day for everyone.

“They have all worked tremendously hard to reach this point.

“They have overcome challenges and shown such dedication, commitment and passion for their chosen subjects. I know I speak for everyone at the college when I say how proud we are of them.

“We now look to their futures and the successes that I’m sure await them – I am very much looking forward to hearing their stories in the years to come.”

Professor Graham Baldwin, Vice-Chancellor at Southampton Solent University and a special guest for the ceremony, presented certificates to the graduates, while a number of special awards, sponsored by local organisations, were also handed out to those who had demonstrated a particular flare or ability during their course, had achieved outstanding grades or had made significant progress.

The following special awards were presented:
  • Chichester Chamber of Commerce and Industry Award for Business Student of the Year – Holly Moore
  • Hilton Avisford Park Award for Events and Hospitality Management Student of the Year – Lydia Marks
  • Business IT Plus Ltd Award for Computing & Systems Development Student of the Year – Samuel Kemp
  • TopSpec Equine Ltd Award for Equine Management Student of the Year – Paige Jones
  • Chichester College Award for Animal Management Student of the Year – Hollie Cooper
  • Chichester College Award for Performing Arts (Dance) Student of the Year – Chantelle Hammond
  • Chichester College Award for Performing Arts (Acting) Student of the Year – Naima Ozbek
  • Chichester College Award for Performing Arts (Musical Theatre) Student of the Year – Emily Hale
  • Chichester College Award for Music Performance (Jazz) Student of the Year – Emily Johnson
  • Chichester College Award for Creative Media Production Student of the Year – Charlie Paul
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Chichester College awarded Silver rating in higher education teaching review

Chichester College has been awarded a Silver rating in an important review of teaching and learning across the UK’s higher education sector.




The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), introduced by Government, monitors and assesses the quality of teaching at colleges and universities.

Chichester College is one of 116 higher education (HE) providers to be awarded a Silver rating, which is given for delivering high quality teaching, learning and outcomes for students.

The findings stated that the college’s submission indicated that ‘all students achieve excellent outcomes in relation to progression and retention’ and that the metrics showed ‘high levels of student satisfaction in teaching, academic support, and assessment and feedback’.

Shelagh Legrave OBE, Chichester College Principal, said: “To receive a Silver rating in the first TEF review is a great result for us. 

“It is a direct reflection of the efforts and dedication of our staff, who regularly go above and beyond their duty to ensure our students receive an outstanding education.

“It is the first review of its kind and will give students clear information about the quality of teaching available at colleges and universities.

“We cover a huge range of HE courses, from performing arts to animal management, business to engineering – and many more subjects. This versatility, coupled with our Silver rating, will give future students more reasons to consider choosing Chichester College.”

The TEF awards were decided by an independent panel of experts, including academics, students and employer representatives.

They draw on national data and evidence submitted by each university or college to measure excellence in three areas: teaching quality, the learning environment and the educational and professional outcomes achieved by students.

The results and the underlying evidence will help students thinking about which university or college to apply to for autumn 2018, and encourage teaching and learning excellence across the UK.

Madeleine Atkins, Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England, said: “Students invest significant amounts of time and money in their higher education. They rightly expect a high-quality learning experience and outcomes that reflect their potential.

“The UK already has a high bar for quality and standards, which all universities and colleges must meet. But the TEF judges excellence above and beyond this, clearly showing the highest levels across the sector.

“The TEF measures the things that students themselves say they care about: high-quality, engaged teaching and a supportive, stimulating learning environment which equips them with the knowledge and skills they need to achieve their potential, and then to progress to a good job or further study.”

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