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

12th Jul 2019
Students at Chichester College relished the opportunity to take part in this year's Junior Leaders' Field Gun competition, which was held at HMS Collingwood in Fareham on Friday (July 5 ). The Chichester team, made up of sports and public services students, spent four days training together ... more
10th Jul 2019
Musicians and visitors braved the elements to enjoy Chichester College's musical extravaganza in June. Heavy rain showers on Saturday, June 15,  were not enough to prevent people turning out for this year's Chi-Fest, which saw dozens of local artists perform across five stages at the ... more
4th Jun 2019
The Chichester College Group has welcomed new review of post-18 education and funding, which was published last week. The long-awaited review, which was conducted by an independent panel chaired by Philip Augar, makes a number of recommendations for Government to consider which would improve ... more
15th May 2019
Diners at Chichester College's 64 Restaurant were treated to a night to remember, at the latest in this year's 'pop-up' dining experiences. The college welcomed chefs from Halliday’s Restaurant in Funtington and Spring Restaurant at Somerset House in London, who worked with students at the ... more
15th May 2019
Determination, dedication and sheer talent. The trio of traits that helped Chloe Buchanan win a national education award for her achievements at Chichester College. Chloe, 22 from Gosport, was presented with the Outstanding Academic Achievement Access Award at this year’s Keith Fletcher ... more
15th May 2019
A football fairytale come true. That’s how Chichester College’s Female Football Academy’s rise to golden glory at this year’s AoC Sport National Championships has been described. The Academy, which is only in its second year, saw off competition from eight other college sides – many of ... more
15th May 2019
A Chichester College brickwork student is celebrating after earning well-deserved second place at a recent college competition. Brandon Harwood-Telfer took the runner up spot at the regional heats of the Guild of Bricklayers competition, which was held at Highbury College on Wednesday 24 ... more
25th Apr 2019
Daring Chichester College staff and students conquered the Brighton i360 – and raised more than £1,000 for charity. The fearless four – led by Executive Principal Andrew Green – abseiled 450ft down the British Airways i360 in Brighton. They were fundraising for Sussex-based charity RISE, ... more
25th Apr 2019
The Chichester College Group is number one for student achievement and apprenticeships in Sussex. The National Achievement Rates Tables (NART) for 2017/18 revealed that the combined achievement rate for classroom-based learning across the group’s family of colleges (Chichester College, ... more
2nd Apr 2019
Chichester College Group and Worthing College have formally merged, in a move which will bring significant benefits to the region.   The merger means the Chichester College Group (CCG) will now provide high quality learning opportunities for around 25,000 students across four colleges – ... more
21st Mar 2019
Hair students from Chichester College showcased their talent at a special ‘Dinner with Lee Stafford’ event. Local salons were invited to the evening – held in the college’s 64 Restaurant last week - which saw them enjoy a three-course dinner cooked and served by catering and hospitality ... more
12th Mar 2019
A former Chichester College student will represent the UK at one of the world’s most important and prestigious skills competitions. Owen Aldous will travel to Russia in August with Team UK for the WorldSkills 2019 Finals. He will be competing in the cabinet making category, having ... more
12th Mar 2019
hichester College is offering aspiring leaders the opportunity to take their careers further with the launch of its first degree-level apprenticeship. The college is now able to offer a Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA), which will be delivered by the college and validated by ... more
12th Mar 2019
Dance students from Chichester College virtually swept the board at this year’s Global Rock Challenge heat, held at The Hawth in Crawley on Thursday. The students stepped back in time to the 1950s for their multi-award winning performance ‘Bletchley’, which told the story of a group of women ... more
28th Feb 2019
Students at Chichester College were treated to a special sensory lesson with a difference when staff from Lush visited their class recently. Representatives from Chichester store of the cosmetics company provided two interactive sessions with learners from the college’s foundation learning ... more
31st Jan 2019
Hair students at Chichester College enjoyed a masterclass in styling by one of the best in the business. Earlier this month, renowned stylist and head judge of TV’s Extreme Hair Wars Martyn Holmes showcased how to create a timeless ‘vintage tong’ style, giving students the knowledge they ... more
14th Jan 2019
A former Chichester College student has been awarded with a coveted City & Guilds Medal for Excellence. Cherie Newnham, who completed a City & Guilds Upholstery course last year, was awarded the medal for her upholstery work. The award celebrates the achievements of learners and ... more
14th Jan 2019
Around 20 Chichester College students embarked on the experience of a lifetime recently. The animal care students, who are studying at Brinsbury (part of the Chichester College Group), travelled to Costa Rica in November where, along with three members of staff, they spent ten days helping ... more
12th Dec 2018
Students, staff and visitors to Chichester College can be assured they are 'eating well' when they stop by Cafe 19. The cafe, a student-run training restaurant, has received a Gold level award for its healthy menu, under the national Eat Out Eat Well scheme. Cafe 19 serves healthy and ... more
12th Dec 2018
A Chichester College cabinet-maker has won silver at this month’s national skills competition finals. Apprentice Jamie Kennard, 18 from Eastleigh, came second in the cabinet making category at the national finals of the WorldSkills UK competition, which saw more than 500 competitors battle it ... more
12th Dec 2018
A small but dedicated band of Chichester College students and staff defied the rain on Tuesday (27 November) to help ‘drum out abuse’. The group came together for a special march, organised to raise awareness of domestic abuse and the work of Sussex-based charity RISE, which supports people ... more
28th Nov 2018
A host of employers from across Sussex and Hampshire came together last week to meet Chichester College students. From Sussex Police and Western Sussex NHS Hospital Trust to Amberley Museum, Gi Group and Vitacress, more than 11 companies and organisations were on hand to talk about job ... more
28th Nov 2018
It was a 50th birthday celebration with a difference. Instead of receiving gifts, Andrew Green decided to give back – in spectacular fashion, raising around £28,000 for a West Sussex-based children’s charity. Andrew, who is the Executive Principal of the Chichester College Group, held a ... more
14th Nov 2018
Local horticulture students will soon be transforming a plot of land at St Richards' Hospital in Chichester to create a haven for cancer patients. The students, who are studying at Brinsbury (part of the Chichester College Group), are designing and building a beautiful, peaceful garden with ... more
14th Nov 2018
Students at Chichester College were ‘Putting on the Ritz’ when they welcomed chefs from the Earl of March into their training kitchens for a very special dining experience. A team of first and second year hospitality and catering students worked under the tutelage of Giles Thompson, owner of ... more
2nd Nov 2018
Chichester MP Gillian Keegan tried her hand at bricklaying at Chichester College on Friday (19 October). She was visiting the campus during Colleges Week, part of the ‘Love Our Colleges’ national campaign that celebrates the positive impact of colleges on their local ... more
2nd Nov 2018
Chichester College has received a fourth consecutive ‘outstanding’ inspection grade for care standards, after a recent inspection by Ofsted. The college’s residential provision – which comprises of students who live on campus in the Woodlands and Westgate Halls of Residence or within a ... more
2nd Nov 2018
The hard work of more than thirty Chichester College graduates was celebrated last week. The special ceremony, held at the college on Thursday 11 October, recognised the efforts and achievements of students who have completed various professional business courses including human resources, ... more
12th Oct 2018
Chichester College is supporting a national campaign that celebrates the positive impact of colleges on their communities and calls for fairer funding. Colleges Week takes place from Monday 15 October to Friday 19 October and is part the ‘Love Our Colleges’ campaign. It highlights the vital ... more
12th Oct 2018
Chichester College students wowed audiences – and even sold out three of their five show run at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival. They travelled to Scotland to perform their version of The Jungle Book at Greenside at Nicholson Square last month. Visually stunning, the eye-catching ... more
10th Sep 2018
The first town planning technical support apprenticeships in the country have been completed at Chichester College. And to celebrate the occasion, the college brought together all its town planning apprentices for a special afternoon to recognise their accomplishments. This entry level ... more
10th Sep 2018
A scheme designed to help young women struggling to afford sanitary products has arrived at Chichester College. The college has become the first organisation locally to sign up to the Red Box Project, and will be home to donation and collection boxes, with anyone able to donate sanitary ... more
17th Aug 2018
It’s official! Chichester College has achieved a superb pass rate for vocational courses. Results just released for 2018 show that the college’s pass rate for level 3 vocational courses (A-level equivalent) is 97%. It means many of these students will be celebrating getting into the ... more
17th Aug 2018
Beaming smiles brightened up a rainy results day at Chichester College, as A-level students arrived to celebrate their achievements. Nearly half of the A-level students at the college achieved A*-B grades – which means many are celebrating getting into the universities of their ... more
17th Aug 2018
Chichester College Group’s support for Armed Forces personnel – past, present and future – has been recognised with the Ministry of Defence Employers Recognition Silver Award. To achieve the award, employers must demonstrate their commitment to the Armed Forces Community, which includes ... more
10th Aug 2018
Crawley College, part of the Chichester College Group, has been announced by the National Skills Academy Rail (NSAR) as an official member of the National Network of Colleges, part of the National Training Partnership. The college has strong history of delivering apprenticeships and this, ... more
10th Aug 2018
Shelagh Legrave OBE will soon be donning her running shoes to raise money for charity. Shelagh, the Chief Executive at the Chichester College Group, will be competing in the Berlin marathon in September – for reasons close to her heart. Her parents met in Berlin in 1949, during the Berlin ... more
1st Aug 2018
The Chief Executive of the Chichester College Group has been contributing to an important parliamentary conversation about the sustainable future for international students in the UK. Shelagh Legrave OBE was among the industry leaders invited to speak at an All Party Parliamentary Group for ... more
1st Aug 2018
A senior manager at the Chichester College Group took to the skies to raise vital funds for a school in Kenya. Lisa Humphries, Group Director of Student Services & Pastoral Support at the Chichester College Group, raised more than £2,500 for the Walk Centre in Nakuru by taking part in a ... more
1st Aug 2018
Construction students at Chichester College are celebrating following the college’s Construction Prize Giving ceremony. The awards are held annually and aim to highlight students’ achievements in plumbing, carpentry, joinery, brickwork, painting and decorating, and electrical and ... more
12th Jul 2018
Students from Chichester College battled soaring temperatures to haul their way to victory in this year’s Junior Leaders Field Gun competition. The annual tournament, which is organised by the Royal Navy and was held at HMS Collingwood in Fareham on Friday 6 July, saw 19 teams competing to ... more
12th Jul 2018
The success of Chichester College graduates was celebrated at Chichester Cathedral on Thursday 28 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 ... more
21st Jun 2018
Two Chichester College lecturers have won Sussex Teacher of the Year awards for 2018. Claire Jackson and Kim Hunt were named FE Sussex Members’ A-Level Teacher of the Year and FE Sussex Members’ Apprentice Assessor of the Year respectively at the ceremony held in Brighton on Wednesday night ... more
21st Jun 2018
Chi SU – the Chichester College student union – has been shortlisted for the Union of the Year award at this year’s 2018 NUS Awards.  The annual awards are a celebration of the extraordinary work which students’ unions undertake each day, as well as marking their achievements over the past ... more
13th Jun 2018
A Chichester College show destined for a week-long run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is getting a special preview at the college later this month. Students from the college will be presenting their version of The Jungle Book at the world-famous festival in August – but lucky audiences in ... more
13th Jun 2018
The Chichester College Group, which includes Chichester College and Crawley College, has been awarded the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Silver award for its higher education provision. It is the first major higher education (HE) review of the college group since its creation in August ... more
1st Jun 2018
Two students at Chichester College have scooped medals at a recent regional skills competition. Stephen Robinson and Louis Brady each won bronze at the SkillElectric and SkillPlumb competitions (respectively), which were held at Chichester College earlier this month for the fourth year ... more
1st Jun 2018
A former Chichester College student will represent the UK at Europe's most important and prestigious skills competition. Tom Pennicott, 19, will travel to Budapest in September with Team UK for the EuroSkills Finals. He will be representing the UK in the cabinet making category, having ... more
31st May 2018
A team of Chichester College footballers had a taste of the magic of Wembley on Saturday 19 May. They were invited to the FA Cup Final as champions of the FA People’s Cup Female Futsal (college) competition. Poppy’s Players were the first team to win this category at the FA People’s Cup, ... more
10th May 2018
A Littlegreen School student – who is based at Chichester College – took part in a special sponsored swim for a charity close to his heart. Charlie Feltham, 15, challenged himself to swim a mile – 48 lengths of the swimming pool at Westgate Leisure Centre – to raise around £200 for St Barnabas ... more
10th May 2018
Two Chichester College students are celebrating after reaching the shortlist at the recent Institute of Hospitality Student Awards. Millie Harrington and Grace Knight were nominated for the ‘front of house’ and ‘management’ categories (respectively), with Millie finishing as a finalist while ... more
6th Apr 2018
Motorsport students at Chichester College will be in the heart of the racing circuit this summer, as the college prepares to make its debut in the MINI Challenge. The college is entering its own car for the competition, donated by Sussex Road & Race who will also be supporting the team ... more
6th Apr 2018
A fantastic facility fit for the farriers and blacksmiths of the future. That was the general feeling of visitors who visited Brinsbury, part of the Chichester College Group, on Tuesday night (27 March) for the official opening of the new Brinsbury Forge. Chichester College has invested ... more
6th Apr 2018
Students from Chichester College, Brinsbury and Crawley College enjoyed their first combined cross-college group learning experience recently.  The day - which was sponsored by NCOP (National Collaborative Outreach Programme) and Chichester College’s Enterprise Society - attracted more than ... more
6th Apr 2018
Agriculture students at Brinsbury braved the cold to learn more about farm safety earlier this month. Staff from the Farm Safety Foundation spent the day with more than 50 students at the farm at Brinsbury, which is part of the Chichester College group. The students were taken out of the ... more
6th Apr 2018
A national charity is working with local colleges to transform training within its organisation. The RSPCA and Chichester College have teamed up to deliver apprenticeships to staff, highlighting the different ways employers can embrace apprenticeships. The charity has so far signed up ... more
19th Mar 2018
Chichester College added more awards to their trophy cabinet, after impressing judges at the Lee Stafford Education national student competition. The college came away with three of the top prizes at the event, which saw the nine Lee Stafford Education partner colleges go head-to-head in ... more
19th Mar 2018
Visitors from twenty-five countries united to celebrate a very special anniversary at Chichester College. Anglia Examinations marked its 25th Anniversary with Chichester College with a two-day conference and celebration. In 1993 the college took over ownership of Anglia, with the aim of ... more
28th Feb 2018
A trio of pop-up dining experiences at Chichester College came to a close in style earlier this month. A team of chefs from Exclusive’ Chefs Academy took over the college’s kitchens and restaurant, giving catering and hospitality students a cooking masterclass. Diners, many of whom are ... more
21st Feb 2018
Chichester College art students were given a rare opportunity to gain industry insight on their talents. Taking inspiration from the exhibits at Cass Sculpture Foundation, the students – in their second year of the art & design diploma – created a series of maquettes (small scale models of ... more
24th Jan 2018
The first lambs of the year have arrived at Brinsbury this month. Eight Jacob lambs have been born to five ewes, with the campus – part of the Chichester College Group – celebrating the arrival of three sets of twins and two single lambs. Jacob sheep, known for their striking horns and ... more
24th Jan 2018
Students at Chichester College gained an insight into the world of work, courtesy of executives from hospitality and catering corporation Aramark. The company delivered its fifth annual Enterprise Day at the college earlier this month, which gives hospitality, travel and tourism students the ... more
17th Jan 2018
Chefs from some of the West Sussex’s top hotels shared their expertise with students at Chichester College. Historic Sussex Hotels took over the college’s kitchens and restaurants on Thursday (January 11) to deliver a special ‘pop up’ fine dining experience in 64 Restaurant & Bar, at the ... more
7th Dec 2017
Students from across the region attended performances of potentially life-saving road safety presentations at Chichester College. More than 2,000 students heard powerful personal stories combined with dramatic video footage to warn and educate young people about the tragedy and suffering ... more
7th Dec 2017
Two Chichester College students have been named in WorldSkills UK’s official squad – taking them a step closer to competing against the best skilled young people in the world. Owen Aldous and Tom Pennicott, both 19, will be training in cabinet making with the aim of representing Team UK at ... more
16th Nov 2017
Chichester College marked a host of exceptional achievements at their annual Star Awards ceremony with a glittering night of celebration. Around 50 students and members of staff scooped awards at the ‘Stars of 2017’ on Thursday November 9, where the college paid tribute to their hard work, ... more
16th Nov 2017
‘Absolutely outstanding’. That was the verdict delivered by diners at a recent exclusive dining experience at Chichester College. Catering and hospitality students hosted a very special pop-up dining evening at the college’s 64 Restaurant and Bar on Thursday evening (November 2). Guided ... more
8th Nov 2017
Two Chichester College motorsport students enjoyed the experience of a lifetime. Jason Hardy and Owen Brassfield, both 16, were invited to join the Sussex Road & Race (SRR) team at the final round of the ‘Mini Challenge’ at Snetterton. They were joined by SRR apprentice Phil Jones ... more
30th Oct 2017
A Chichester College lecturer helped Team UK to achieve their recent success at the ‘Skills Olympics’ in Abu Dhabi.  Christian Notley MBE, who is deputy head of learning for furniture at the college, is the UK Training Manager for cabinet making and travelled to Dubai with Team UK to support ... more
20th Oct 2017
The hard work of more than thirty Chichester College graduates was celebrated last week. The special ceremony, held at the college, recognised the efforts and achievements of students who have completed various professional business courses – many of whom have been studying alongside working ... more
20th Sep 2017
Staff and students at Chichester College have raised more than £82,000 to build a new school in Kenya. Over the past two years, they have been working with the African Adventures Foundation to raise money to help provide quality education to thousands of children living in extreme poverty in ... more
20th Sep 2017
Three Chichester College students worked round the clock to help performers bring the past to life at this year's Goodwood Revival. Mae Brogan, Danielle Miller and Melanie Railton, who are studying level 3 production arts hair and makeup diplomas at the college, worked with renowned hair and ... more
20th Sep 2017
While many at Chichester College were enjoying a summer break, equine student Georgia Darlington was riding to success at the British Show Pony Society Championships. Georgia, who is studying for her diploma in equine management at Brinsbury, was invited to represent England at the ... more
20th Sep 2017
Chichester College students wowed audiences – and even sold out their first show - at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival. They travelled to Scotland to perform their version of Jason and the Golden Fleece at Greenside at Nicholson Square from Monday 21 August to Saturday 26 ... more
31st Aug 2017
To help you explore your options, Chichester College is holding YES (Your Education Sorted) events at its Brinsbury campus on Wednesday 30 August (4.30pm-7pm) and Chichester campus on Thursday 31 August (4.30pm-7pm). These evening events are open to anyone who is looking to start a course in ... more
23rd Aug 2017
Chichester College has been given an important seal of approval by its students. The college has scored highly in the annual National Student Survey (NSS), which asks students at higher education providers – including colleges and universities – to rate their experiences reinforcing the ... more
23rd Aug 2017
A piece of history was donated to Chichester College earlier this month. In an emotional return to Chichester, the family of a popular former vice principal presented a beautiful oil painting of the college to Shelagh Legrave OBE. The picture was given to Vic Lark when he retired in 1985 ... more
17th Aug 2017
It’s official. Chichester College’s A-level pass rate has exceeded 99% for the ninth consecutive year. The results, just released for 2017, show that the college’s overall pass rate is 99.1%. An impressive 27 A-level subjects have recorded 100% pass rates. These include several ... more
6th Jul 2017
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 ... more
6th Jul 2017
Students studying for qualifications in the construction sector have been presented with awards for their hard work during the Construction Prize Giving 2017 at Chichester College. Three of the awards presented on the evening – Best Level 1 Carpenter, Best Level 3 Apprentice, and the Award ... more
27th Jun 2017
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 ... more
27th Jun 2017
Chichester College lecturer Holly Hackney has won a prestigious national award. Holly – who is a lecturer in animal care at the college’s Brinsbury campus – won the City & Guilds (C&G) People’s Choice category at their recent Lion Awards ceremony in London. Voted for by the public, ... more
27th Jun 2017
Preparations are underway for a team of talented Chichester College students, who will be swapping the South Coast for Scotland this summer. They will be taking their version of Jason and the Golden Fleece to the world-famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August – but lucky audiences in ... more
22nd Jun 2017
The work of talented Chichester College students has been on display at Pallant House. The students, who are in their second year of the Graphic Design A level, have spent months working with staff at the Chichester-based gallery on a project aimed at inspiring young people. The students ... more
22nd Jun 2017
Staff and students representing Chichester College at this year’s South of England Show were delighted to receive a royal visitor. Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall attended the show on Thursday 8 June, and during her visit she spent time meeting stallholders – including those at ... more
22nd Jun 2017
Chichester College’s Owen Aldous has added another prestigious medal to his growing collection. The talented 18–year-old, who is studying his level 2 wood machining diploma at the college, came first at a recent national competition. He won the Worshipful Company of Joiners and Ceilers – ... more
22nd Jun 2017
Chichester College student James King has been honoured at a regional awards ceremony. James, who is on a level 3 brickwork apprenticeship, was named Apprentice of the Year at the Federation of Master Builders regional awards in Bournemouth recently. James works for Guilfoyle Construction ... more
22nd Jun 2017
Four Chichester College students have raised just over £1,500 for a local mental health charity. As part of their foundation degree course, the event and hospitality students organised a very special fundraising event – Journey to Joy – for Coastal West Sussex Mind. The students – Sarah ... more
31st May 2017
Thrilled and honoured. That’s how Chichester College lecturer Holly Hackney feels after awarded a City & Guilds Medal of Excellence. The award celebrates the successes of learners and tutors across the country. Medal winners not only receive recognition of their achievements, but are ... more
24th May 2017
Chichester College has unveiled an innovative new partnership, which will see its commitment to international learning continue to grow. The college has teamed up with PAM Education and the Tianjin Municipal Education Commission in China to pilot a transnational blended learning programme, ... more
24th May 2017
Students brought an impressive selection of medals back to Chichester College after scooping five awards at the recent SkillBuild regional heat in Southampton. Owen Aldous won a gold medal in the cabinet making (senior) category, while Ronnrick Marquez took the bronze medal. Owen said: ... more
16th May 2017
Students at Chichester College have teamed up to create a sensational array of images for a local food manufacturer. They have been working on a project for Midhurst-based firm Pan’Artisan, helping to showcase their products for a range of promotional material. The project saw catering ... more
9th May 2017
Visitors to the Brinsbury Show and Country Fayre in May will be able to help sow a new wildflower meadow. Horticulture students and staff at Brinsbury, the countryside campus of Chichester College, have working hard over the past few months to plan and prepare the meadow, which is more than ... more
27th Apr 2017
Chichester College is celebrating after taking several awards at the first Lee Stafford Education national student competition. The college came away with three of the top prizes – along with several other accolades – at the event, which saw the seven Lee Stafford Education partner colleges go ... more
5th Apr 2017
Wallpaper designed by Chichester College students will be seen by more than 250,000 people later this month. The paper will be used in the interiors for one of the show homes at the Ideal Home Show, which runs until Sunday 9 April at Olympia in London. College students have designed the ... more
30th Mar 2017
Horticulture students from Chichester College have won a Silver Gilt medal at the 2017 Young Gardener of the Year competition. The students, who are based at the college's Brinsbury campus, were competing against five other horticulture colleges to design and build urban front gardens at this ... more
23rd Mar 2017
Chichester College has committed to supporting Armed Forces personnel and their families. At a ceremony at the college’s Brinsbury campus on Friday (17 March), college Principal Shelagh Legrave OBE signed the Armed Forces Covenant alongside Lieutenant Colonel Andy Betts, Commander of the ... more
15th Mar 2017
Changing lives through learning is at the heart of Chichester College - and over the years thousands of young people have discovered just how true that is. More than 25,000 apprentices have passed through the doors at Chichester College in the past 10 years. The news comes during National ... more
28th Feb 2017
The dangers of farming have been brought to life for agriculture students at Chichester College. The Farm Safety Foundation put the students through their paces at the college’s Brinsbury campus, where they took part in thought-provoking workshops designed to make them realise the risks in ... more
22nd Feb 2017
Two Chichester College students have been shortlisted for a national award. Paul Ferris and Rob Solomon, who are both studying furniture making at the college, have had projects selected for the Mixology Student Award, which is decided by a public vote. Paul has been nominated for his ... more
17th Feb 2017
Art and design students at Chichester College are embarking on the opportunity of a lifetime. The students, who are aged between 16-18, will be taking centre stage at this year’s Ideal Home Show in March, by designing the interiors of the show homes. These are the focal point of the show, ... more
10th Feb 2017
Staff and students at Chichester College have been taking a united stand against campus litter. Spurred on by the frustration of scattered pieces of rubbish in the grounds, the college organised a special ‘Respect the Environment’ week – designed to raise awareness of the wider issue of ... more
2nd Feb 2017
Two litters of very rare Berkshire piglets have been born at Chichester College’s Brinsbury Farm. Sows Olive and Loretta each gave birth to eight piglets – meaning the farm, which is part of the college’s Brinsbury campus near Pulborough, is celebrating the arrival of 16 new ... more
10th Jan 2017
Four cows have celebrated reaching – and exceeding - their 10th anniversaries with Chichester College this week. The Dairy Shorthorn cows were presented with long service awards by agriculture students at Brinsbury, the countryside campus of Chichester College. The ceremony was part of ... more
10th Jan 2017
Staff and students at Chichester College have been busy stitching and sewing to help homeless people. They have been working with local charity, Blanket Angels, to transform recycled grey utility covers into brightly coloured winter warmers for homeless people in the area. The blankets ... more
16th Dec 2016
More than 20 lambs are due in January, with the discovery that all 10 of the campus’ Jacob breeding ewes are pregnant following a successful mating season with Rupert the Ram. Jacob Sheep, known for their striking horns and black and white faces, are a rare breed of small sheep that has ... more
8th Dec 2016
Chichester College is celebrating after scooping a national award for its website. The college won gold at this year’s FE First College Marketing Network awards in the Website Development category, sponsored by FEmarketing. The award comes after the website underwent a complete redesign, ... more
2nd Dec 2016
Students at Chichester College have been boosted after a generous donation from a local car dealership. Peter Cooper Volkswagen, which is based in Terminus Road, have donated a VW Golf to the college’s motor vehicle department. It will be used as a teaching tool for students, especially ... more
2nd Dec 2016
Chichester College has officially unveiled its new restaurant and kitchens, with the help of one of the country’s best chefs. Steven Edwards, 2013 champion of Masterchef: The Professionals, joined students to host the grand opening on Thursday (24 November). The chef, who is the creative ... more
24th Nov 2016
The University of Chichester has appointed Professor Jane Longmore as Vice-Chancellor: she will take up her post from Tuesday 2 May, 2017. Professor Longmore is currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at Southampton Solent University where she has responsibility for learning, teaching, ... more
24th Nov 2016
Two Chichester College cabinet-makers have won gold and silver at the national skills competition finals. Chris Clarke, 18 from the Falkland Islands, and Tom Pennicott, 18 from Bosham, took the top places in the cabinet making category of the competition, which was held at the recent Skills ... more
2nd Nov 2016
Volunteers from Chichester College have been thanked for helping to transform the lives of schoolchildren in Kenya. Alex Maina, founder of The Walk Centre, visited Chichester recently to see the college and meet some of the people who have been involved in the ‘Big Build’ project with the ... more
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

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


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