Chichester College - Energising environment for learning

Photo-1A bright and lively atmosphere greets you at Chichester College.  The buzz of student chat mingles with music in the reception area, a large sign welcomes all comers in a multitude of languages and a banner proudly declares that A Level passes are at 99%. Painting and textiles work catches the eye and it’s clear this is a vibrant and energising environment for learning.

Well known as a successful college offering huge variety in vocational courses and apprenticeships,  its academic side is not to be overlooked. Around 600 students are currently studying AS and A Levels with a strong support network guiding them into the best universities. These qualifications can also be linked to vocational courses, allowing students to tailor their courses as required.

Chichester College is in the top 10% in the country for its overall qualification results, and these continue to improve year on year. With 15,000 full and part-time students, it’s constantly evolving to offer the best facilities. £10 million investment has just seen a new Construction Trade Centre open in Chichester in Autumn 2013, housing everything from brick-work, electrical and plumbing courses, furniture making and painting and decorating. A further £3 million has been spent on a new block at Brinsbury campus, housing animal care, dog grooming parlour and floristry shop.

Courses cover everything you can think of – finance, fashion and farriery to health and safety, horticulture and history. Sports courses are popular including coaching, massage or personal training. Large multi-sports halls also feature a large climbing wall and fitness suite and there are a range of outdoor pitches and courts. Catering and hospitality students get first-hand experience in the college restaurant; travel and tourism students in the travel agency and hair and beauty trainees in the salons. Childcare courses also work with the on-site nursery and a creche and after-school club are provided to help parents returning to study.

“Being a big college, we’re able to offer a lot of opportunities but the campus is zoned so students have their own environment with their own community of learners. They make friends quickly and are soon comfortable in their own area,” said spokesman Helen Ward.

Campus locations make access easy for all students. Chichester College is five minutes walk from the train and bus stations and enjoys its position in the popular city with excellent links in the local business community.

Brinsbury campus, close to Pulborough, is a Rural Centre of Excellence set in 570 acres of beautiful Sussex countryside. Buses run past the college entrance and the Brinsbury minibus also picks up and drops off at Pulborough station. It has a working farm, excellent equine facilities and is also a Centre of Excellence for Regional Food and Drink.

Whatever the type of course, entrepreneurship will be built in, honing employment skills and encouraging student companies. This personal development helps ensure students can comfortably progress from the classrooms and workshops, into the workplace.

Principal Shelagh Legrave said: “We are extremely happy about our excellent success rates and of being the only college in the area and one of only seven in the whole country to have been awarded an overall `Outstanding’ grade by Ofsted, following our 2014 inspection.

“At Chichester College we are proud of the inclusive nature of the College, which means we welcome any young person who wants to develop themselves. Our aim is to do the best for all of our students and to nurture and encourage them to achieve the best they can, whilst developing into well qualified, well grounded members of the workforce and the local community. This means we focus on developing more than just getting a qualification, we also focus on developing personal and employability skills, on giving students the opportunities to develop enterprise skills and to help them get into their chosen university or job. We are proud that our success results show we that we are achieving this and helping all members of our community achieve their full potential.”

Student support is prominent in college life. Desks of advisors are always on hand to discuss career options, training options when returning to work, financial concerns or help find accommodation. Two halls of residence are based on-site at Chichester, providing accommodation for overseas students, those with families in the Forces as well as many people who travel from further afield to study a short specialist course which is unavailable to them closer to home. All students also have a personal tutor who is not a member of teaching staff but is dedicated to their pastoral care. Formal one-to-ones happen every three weeks or so, but the open door policy means this form of support is available whenever and however often individuals require.

When not hard at work in lessons or studying in the many learning resource rooms, there’s plenty of space to relax on the fields, in the cafes or in the Student Union area.

All this goes to ensure students have a rich, rewarding and outstanding experience at Chichester College.


Note from the Head

I’d like to wish you a very warm welcome to Chichester College. I’m pleased you’re thinking of coming here to study and want to find out more about the services we offer. We boast a wide range of courses, so I am sure you will find the right subject and level for you.

Whether you’re seeking to gain a qualification, go to university or get the job of your dreams, we can help you achieve your goals. Our vision is to change lives through learning.

With over  15,000 full and part-time students split over two locations, our Chichester and Brinsbury campuses offer great places to learn.  In the heart of the city, our Chichester campus provides students with a broad selection of A level courses and vocational study programmes.  Excellent Hair and Beauty salons, brand new construction centre and motor vehicle workshops, to name but a few, provide sought after qualifications benefitting many.

Specialising in land-based education and skills, Brinsbury is home to Equine, Animal Care, Floristry, Dog Grooming, Horticulture, Agriculture, Blacksmithing and a wonderful working farm.  Its 570 acres of rolling countryside provide the perfect natural setting for the bespoke and traditional qualifications.

Our students tell me that what they like about Chichester College is that it’s a really friendly place, where you are free to be yourself and that you can feel that the moment you walk through the door.

If you are a parent or guardian wanting to help your son or daughter make an informed choice, we do our best to provide you with all the help you need.  Visit the ‘Information for Parents’ section on our website for further details.

See what attracted our current students to Chichester College, by attending one of our forthcoming Open Evening’s at either campus.  Our staff can talk to you about your needs and aspirations and guide you through our excellent facilities.  Get in touch with our Admissions team by ringing them on 01243 786321 for further details, email or pop in to the Student Centre at either campus to speak with an adviser.

I look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to the college.

Shelagh Legrave


“Chichester College couldn’t have done more for me; my teachers and student tutor were fantastic. I learned loads and am now a qualified Plumber running my own business. I would really recommend it there.”

“My furniture courses were very enjoyable. I benefitted from a very high level of tuition and friendly support from the lecturers. I am very grateful for all the extra hours and help they have provided me with for the WorldSkills competitions of which I have recently won gold in! I would certainly recommend this course at Chichester College!”
George Callow

“I didn’t know many people when I came to Brinsbury but I have made lots of friends and really enjoy my course, I have learnt a lot and become more confident, especially in practical situations. I would recommend my course.”
Amy Aylwin, Studying Agriculture

Coming events

Information Evening
Thursday, 1st September 2016
Time: 4.30pm - 7pm
Location: Chichester College, Chichester Campus, Westgate Fields, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1SB
Open Evening
Tuesday, 11th October 2016
Time: 4.30pm - 7pm
Location: Chichester College, Chichester Campus, Westgate Fields, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1SB
Open Morning
Saturday, 5th November 2016
Time: 10.00am - 1pm
Location: Chichester College, Chichester Campus, Westgate Fields, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1SB

School details

Address: Chichester College, Chichester Campus, Westgate Fields, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1SB
Phone: 01243 786321
Head: Shelagh Legrave
Founded: 1964
Pupils: 15,000 full and part-time students
Ages: 14 +
Prospectus: N/A