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

School news

26th Oct 2016
Chichester College is celebrating more glory for its herd of dairy cows, based at Brinsbury farm. The herd has judged by South West Counties Shorthorn Breeders Association (SWCSBA) to be the best in the region, which runs from Sussex to Cornwall. This latest victory follows on from a ... more
20th Oct 2016
Talented Chichester College students have been showcasing their work at a special exhibition in London. The five students took pieces to the Young Furniture Makers’ Exhibition, organised by The Furniture Makers’ Company, earlier this month. Alongside the exhibition, the Company also held ... more
20th Oct 2016
An inspirational Chichester College lecturer was honoured to receive his MBE this week during a special service at Buckingham Palace. Christian Notley was presented with the Member of the Order of the British Empire by the Duke of Cambridge on Tuesday (11 October), after he was included in ... more
12th Oct 2016
Brinsbury’s dairy cows are continuing to reap rewards at shows across the UK. This week two of the cows from the Chichester College farm at Brinsbury placed highly at the Dairy Show at the Bath and West show ground, Shepton Mallet. Finsbury Gentle 3 came first in the Senior Cow in Milk ... more
12th Oct 2016
Chichester College has welcomed the opening of a new AAT Hub at its campus – one of the first of its kind in the UK. The hub, based at the college’s Chichester campus, features a suite of rooms dedicated to provision for AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) courses. It has been ... more
12th Oct 2016
Floristry students at Chichester College have been showcasing their talents at this year’s South of England Autumn Fair. The five students, who are currently studying a level 2 floristry diploma at Brinsbury – the countryside campus of Chichester College, entered pieces into the show’s ... more
5th Oct 2016
A group of Chichester College students are starting an exciting year-long project which will see them taking a step back in time. The 12 students, all in their second year of a BTEC diploma in production arts hair and make-up, will be working with staff and volunteers at Fishbourne Roman ... more
22nd Sep 2016
Brinsbury’s dairy cows are among the best in the country. The farm, part of Chichester College, celebrated three of its cows placing highly at the recent Dairy Day competition in Telford. Margot 14th came third in the ‘Heifer in Milk’ category, with Molly 5th also finishing in third place ... more
22nd Sep 2016
A former Chichester College student will soon be swapping the wilds of West Sussex for the South African bush. In January, 22-year-old James Whitby from Midhurst will be taking up a role at a wildlife orphanage and bush school, where he will work as animal and camp manager. The wildlife ... more
7th Sep 2016
Chichester College’s links with local sports clubs are continuing to grow, with a new partnership arrangement with a successful local hockey club. The Pavilion bar, at the college’s campus in Westgate Fields, will serve as the clubhouse for Chichester Hockey Club as part of a five year ... more
19th Aug 2016
Students at Chichester College are getting ready for their next steps after celebrating their A-level results. Nearly half of the students at the college achieved A*-B grades – which means many have been celebrating getting into the universities of their choice. Becca Jones achieved two A ... more
4th Aug 2016
African adventure beckons for Chichester College  Staff and students from Chichester College have embarked on a mission to help build a school in Kenya. A group of 40 will fly to Nairobi today (Friday 29 July) as part of a two-week visit to The Walk Centre in Nakuru. During their ... more
29th Jun 2016
A Chichester College student’s design has taken pride of place in the reception area of a popular hair salon. Rush Chichester challenged art and design students at the college to design a bespoke wallpaper for a section of their salon – and the winning design is now on display. Jake ... more
15th Jun 2016
Chichester College are celebrating after hearing that a lecturer and former student have both been named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Christian Notley, furniture making lecturer at the college, has been awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for his services to ... more
15th Jun 2016
Could you walk on hot coals for charity? If so, Chichester College needs you! The college is looking for people to sign-up to be a ‘firewalker’ to help raise money to build a school in Kenya. As part of the college’s ‘Big Build’ fundraising efforts, a charity firewalking event has been ... more
26th May 2016
As part of their foundation degree course, the event and hospitality students have organised a number of charity events over the past few months. The students – Sarah Waddington, Anna Lewis, Lydia Marks and Rhys Clifford – put their knowledge and skills to the test by planning special dinner ... more
19th May 2016
Building Heroes, an armed forces charity based in West Sussex, has joined forces with the college to provide a foundation property maintenance course at Brinsbury, near Pulborough, which will give skills training to military veterans. Designed specifically for and funded by Building Heroes, ... more

Coming events

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