Remembrance Parade 2018 web

Students, staff, and war veterans gathered in the atrium at East Sussex College Hastings on Friday 9th November for the college’s annual memorial service to mark Armistice Day.

40 Public Services students organised a Remembrance Service and Parade at the Station Plaza campus to remember and honour those who lost their lives in wars and conflicts over the last century.

Hastings War veterans, the Mayor of Hastings, and members from the Royal British Legion were all in attendance to join together to say Thank You to all who served, sacrificed, and changed our world.

Students and tutors filled each of the five floor balconies to watch the service. The parade began at 10:30am with a coordinated march from the Level 2 and 3 Public Services students. Guests then heard readings and poems from the college principal and a local priest. Children from the Jigsaw nursery then laid two poppy wreaths before the five standard bearers lowered their flags on the first note of the Last Post.

The bugle player then sounded the last few notes as the bearers began to raise their Standards and on the final note the college observed two minutes of silence.

Jim Sharpe, Principal, East Sussex College Hastings said: “Our Remembrance Service is a special date in the college’s calendar and we were proud to mark this occasion of remembrance with a special service. It was important for us to welcome members from the Royal British Legion, Hastings War Veterans, the Mayor of Hastings, students from Hastings Academy, and young children from Jigsaw nursery to join us in saying thank you to the fallen war heroes, and mark 100 years since the end of the First World War.”

CertTESOL web

Teaching English can open up a world of opportunities – quite literally

Our Level 5 Trinity Cert TESOL course can give you the internationally-recognised qualification you need to teach English to speakers of other languages.

The course is perfect if you’re planning a career break or you're planning to take a gap year, travel the world and you're looking to earning some extra cash by teaching English. Alternatively, you could become an English language tutor, hosting and teaching students from the comfort of your own home.

Either way, you can study the course on a part-time basis, just one day a week for 22 weeks.

The great thing about the course is that you don’t need any knowledge of grammar or previous experience in teaching. Our experienced tutors will teach you everything you need to know about the English language and help you gain practical teaching experience in a supportive environment. We will even teach you the basics of a foreign language so you can gain an insight into what it is like to be a beginner learning another language.

What’s more, you can now apply for an Advanced Learner Loan of up to £800, to help cover the cost of the course.

If you're still undecided, here are 8 more reasons to study this course.

Learning is fun

No matter your age, learning something new can give you a great deal of satisfaction. Not only will you learn effective teaching techniques, but you will also be able to learn everything you need to know about the English language and understand what it’s like to be a beginner learning another language.

A great way to make new friends

Starting a new course will give you the opportunity to meet lots of great people. This Cert TESOL is no different. At the start of the course you will meet people with similar interests to you. Then over the 22 weeks you will work together, share teaching practices, and perhaps make some life-long friends.

Earn money in the UK

The Cert TESOL qualifies you to teach English to non-English speakers, meaning you will be able to take up teaching roles at local language schools. Alternatively, you may choose to benefit from the booming tourism industry in the south east of England by hosting and teaching international students in your own home.

Gain a qualification to boost earning power abroad

All language schools pay teachers according to their qualifications and experience. By completing this course and acquiring the qualification, you will be able to boost your teaching salary. If you choose to live abroad, for example in Australia, this could mean the difference between earning just enough to pay the rent, and earning a qualified teacher’s salary, enabling you to travel around and really experience the country you’re working in.

Take a break from your normal job/career

This qualification could be just the ticket you need to take a break from your normal job or career. If you fancy getting away from it all and trying your hand at something different, then you can. Whether you want to stay in the UK or travel abroad, this qualification is internationally recognised so you will be able to teach English wherever you like.

Travel the world

This qualification could be a gateway to seeing and experiencing lots of different countries and cultures. Newly qualified teachers from this course have gone on to have amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experiences teaching in Europe and Asia.

If you have the travel bug, then there would be no reason why you couldn’t visit as many countries as you can, earning money teaching English to fund your trip.

A first step to becoming a teacher

If you have always dreamed of becoming a teacher, then this course could be a good place to start. The great thing about the Cert TESOL is that you don’t need any knowledge of grammar or previous experience in teaching. But once you have these skills, your increased confidence would put you in a good position to go on and study to become a full-time teacher in a primary or secondary school or further education college.

The world is learning English

It is thought that 2 billion people will be studying English by 2020, meaning there is a huge opportunity for English teachers. Countries across the globe, from Latin America to Asia will need English teachers. According to the International TEFL Academy, an estimated 250,000 native English speakers work as English teachers abroad in more than 40,000 schools and language institutes around the world. China and South Korea hire approximately 1,000 new English teachers every month.

If you are interested in finding out more, take a look at the course page, give us a call on 01424 442222 or pop in to our Station Plaza campus to see us.


The Eastbourne Sports Park at our Eastbourne campus has been announced as the new venue for sci-fi festival Wyntercon, returning in 2019.

It’s a conventional family like never seen before as the South Coast’s biggest sci-fi convention and registered charity, Wyntercon, returns in 2019 at a new home: Eastbourne Sports Park at East Sussex College. And for all involved, it’s a family tie worth celebrating.

“Holding Wyntercon VI at Eastbourne Sports Park lets us work with College staff and students in a creative, hands-on aspect,” explains Andy Kybett, Wyntercon Founder. “We look forward to working with course areas including Construction, Theatrical Make-up and Art and Design throughout the year.”

The Wyntercon Festival is Wyntercon’s annual showcase fundraiser. All proceeds from the event go to help Wyntercon, as a registered charity, do more work within the local community.

Throughout the year, Wyntercon delivers hands-on workshops, activities and educational programs to encourage and develop organisational, interpersonal, communication and life skills to individuals who are disabled or from an underprivileged or disadvantaged background. Through their work, Wyntercon embraces the creative media sector and encourages learners to take an active part in their local community.

“The event we are bringing to the college is a family-friendly fundraiser, with a variety of all-age workshops in arts and crafts, a good selection of activities including a Jedi fight academy, circus skills, photo ops with props from franchises like Game of Thrones and Dr Who, steampunk, pirates, cosplay and more.”

Also exhibiting will be a number of local businesses showcasing their wares in costume-making, print memorabilia, medieval swords, role-playing games and cosplay. The event will also feature local artists and authors from schools and establishments like the Devonshire Collective.

The sci-fi and cult horror genres have a loyal fan following, with cosplay increasing popular at events worldwide. There’s an undeniable appeal of stepping away from reality to indulge in a fantasy world complete with superheroes and villains. And with returning cult favourites like Doctor Who being introduced to a new generation of viewers, there has never been a better time than to witness the ‘East Sussex College Dalek Project, a current work in progress by the Motor Vehicle team and various courses and companies within the community.

The inside space and outside area of Eastbourne Sports Park is the perfect setting for Wyntercon VI. The event has grown in size each year and welcomes special guests including actors, SFX artists and illustrators to the South Coast.

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Remember remember the fifth of November.

Bonfires and fireworks are fun at any time of the year, but there is something even more exciting about these spectacular displays on 5th November. Couple that with eating toffee apples and writing your name with sparklers and you’ve got yourself a pretty good evening.

In the UK, we’ve been burning effigies of Guy Fawkes to celebrate the foiled gunpowder plot of 1605 for over 400 years – and the tradition is still going strong today.

So we’d thought we’d round up 5 of the best FREE shows this November.

Battle Bonfire Night // Saturday 3rd November // FREE

First up is the bonfire night in Battle on Saturday 3rd November. You can make a day of it as proceedings start at 10am with the ringing of the church bells and the children’s procession following.

Battle Bonfire 

‘The Guy’ is then marched up the High Street from around 7pm which is followed by the lighting of the fire, fireworks, and effigy from 9pm on Abbey Green.

Lewes Bonfire Celebrations // Monday 5th November // FREE

The bonfire celebrations in Lewes are one of the biggest, if not the biggest in the UK. The event is a Lewes tradition and goes back many years. It features torch lit processions through the town, followed by bonfire and fireworks displays on the surrounding hills.

 Lewes Bonfire

Photo credit: Lewes Scenes

The event is organised by local societies and starts around 5pm and runs into the very early hours.

Rye Bonfire // Saturday 10th November // FREE

Another fantastic setting for a bonfire and firework display is Rye. The procession gets underway at 7:50pm and is started by the loud, firework-like, maroon. The procession then follows the route through the town.

 Rye Bonfire

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‘Rye Fawkes’ will then appear and light the bonfire at around 8.45pm with the fireworks display beginning at 9pm.

If you’re up for travelling a little further afield then here are two other brilliant events.

Cambridge Bonfire Night // Monday 5th November // FREE

The Midsummer Common in Cambridge hosts one of the biggest and most popular bonfire events in the country. This free event has been running for over 20 years and is back again this year with a bonfire, food stalls and fairground rides from 6pm.

 Cambridge Fireworks

The first rocket will be launched at 7pm followed by the lighting of the bonfire.

Ottery St Mary Tar Barrels Festival // Monday 5th November // FREE

The Tar Barrels Festival in the Devonshire town of Ottery St. Mary has been running since 17th century. Ottregians (those born in the town) carry flaming barrels above their heads all the way through the town.

Tar Barrel 

The event is very spectacular, even if a bit bizarre. You can also enjoy a funfair and one of the largest bonfires in the south west.

Organiser expect large volumes of people to attend each of these events so make sure you allow plenty of time for your journey, arrive early, and wherever possible walk or use public transport.

ESC and ESCC adult training web

A new partnership, that will help people get back into work, has been launched by East Sussex College and East Sussex County Council.

Partners successfully bid for funding from the College’s Adult Education Budget to deliver programmes that will address skills gaps identified by the college and County Council and included in tenders that were released in September.

The partnership includes the support of other local organisations in Hastings, Eastbourne, Lewes, and Brighton and Hove, and provides useful and relevant training opportunities for people who are out of work, on low incomes, are single parents, have disabilities, physical health or mental health issues.

Partner organisations include Creative Process Digital Ltd, Education Futures Trust, Albion in the Community, Crossland and Dudson, and East Sussex County Council libraries, who are working alongside the college and the council to deliver courses in a range of areas including sport and fitness, catering, health and social care, and IT.

Dan Shelley, Executive Director Strategic Partnerships & Engagement, East Sussex College, said: “This new partnership is a great way to reach local people who want to get back into work. We’re teaming up with a range of organisations who, using their expertise, will be able to offer a range of new training opportunities to help people learn new skills or brush up on their existing skills.

This new partnership will help us to engage with the local community and demonstrate our commitment to meeting the employment, skills, and economic priorities that are outlined in the Skills East Sussex, and wider South East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Skills plans.”

Cllr Rupert Simmons, East Sussex County Council lead member for economy, said: “For our economy to continue to grow and flourish, it’s vital we have a workforce which has the required skills and training businesses need.

“We are delighted to be working with East Sussex College Group to ensure a wide range of courses are available which will make a real difference to people's lives – both those looking for work and those already in employment who are keen to progress their careers.”

Sian Crossland, Director, Crossland and Dudson, said: “This is an exciting time for us to be involved in this partnership. We help people to get useful qualifications such as maths and English Functional Skills as well as qualifications that lead directly into work. These include SIA security badges and five year CSCS cards. Recently, we’ve been able to forge relationships with several major building projects in the local area, which means we will be able to help place people directly into work.”

Carole Dixon, Chief Executive, Education Futures Trust, said: “Education Futures Trust is delighted to work in partnership to deliver the Adult Community Learning programme. We are excited to be offering a wide range of practical, hands-on experiences that develop new skills, open up new hobbies, enhance employability, and support mental and physical health. These will include classroom based delivery such as IT, a range of practical courses such as furniture making, and outdoor learning that will include conservation and forest school.”

The organisations involved in the partnership are:

Creative Process Digital Ltd & Numerica – working together to provide employer focused training in the digital world that leads to progression within their role. Suitable for those who are already in employment and want to up-skill, or are pushing for a promotion.

People Plus & All Dimension – working together to provide short courses linked to finding employment in a Health and Social Care setting.

People Plus & Go Train – working together to provide pre-employment courses designed for people who have been out of work for a period of time.

Education Futures Trust - providing family and interrogational learning opportunities within the wards of Hastings and Rother.

Albion in the Community – working to provide health and wellbeing courses for adults with mental health issues; engaging with people through sport and fitness.

Crossland and Dudson & ESCC libraries – working together to provide community learning focused activities such as basic IT, in a relaxed and friendly environment.

If you are interested in joining a course or would like to find out more, please get in touch with our friendly team on: 01424 458317.

 Personal Statment writing

It may seem like the term has only just started, but the UCAS deadline isn’t too far away. So if you’re planning on going to university next September, now would be a good time to start your personal statement.

Your personal statement forms a core part of your university application and should explain why you’ve chosen that particular course and why you will be good at it.

Your personal statement should be 4,000 characters or 47 lines (whichever is shortest). To give you an idea of what this looks like, one page of Word is 51 lines. So try and sell yourself in one page and make sure that your writing is to the point.

So to get you started, we thought we’d give you our top tips on how to plan, write, and check a good personal statement.

Plan your content

Start by making a rough plan of what you need to include. Try to remember that universities want you to tell them why you should be accepted onto their course.

So before you start writing, make a few notes about why you want to study there.

Ask yourself:

  • Why do you want to study that subject?
  • Why do you want to study at that university?
  • How will your experiences and skills help you to be a success?
  • What work experience do you have?
  • What relevant clubs or societies are you apart of?
  • What career goals do you have?

If you’re still struggling to make a start, take a look at the UCAS page on Turing and pick up a UCAS Handbook from student services.

Make it manageable

Once you have an idea of the content, try separating it into manageable chunks. This will help you to decide what is essential and what isn’t.

Like with most pieces of writing you’ll need a beginning, middle, and an end; so getting your content into manageable chunks will also help you to decide what should go into each section.

Arguably, the first and last paragraphs are the most important so you can make a good first impression and leave a good lasting impression.

With this in mind, you need to cut to the chase in this first sentence and tell the reader why you want to study this course. Allow yourself 5 lines to do this.

Use the next 25 lines to explain and provide evidence of why you deserve the place, then summarise and recap in the last 15-17 lines.

*Top Tip*

Think about your experiences, what skills these have given you, and how these will be useful to help you in your studies and future career.

Write a rubbish first draft

So now you have your content and you know what you’re going to include in each section, it’s time to write your rubbish first draft.

We call it a rubbish first draft because we don’t want you to be too precious about this one. Don’t spend too long trying to get it right first time. Just get some words down and give yourself something to build on. Good writing isn’t about the quality of your first draft. It’s about nurturing your ability to spot what’s good in your draft.

Read, refine, and repeat

Now you have something to work with, you can spend some time tightening up your introduction, really selling yourself in the body of your statement, and finishing it off with a memorable ending.

Try to avoid using clichés and over-used phrases such as: For as long as I can remember I have… It has always been my dream to work in… Just write in a clear and simple way.

Make the final paragraph bold and memorable, leaving the reader with no doubts as to why you will be an excellent addition to their university. Don’t be afraid to let your personality shine through in this part either. You want to stand out, not blend in.

While you’re reviewing, keep asking yourself – is this to the point? Am I telling them why I deserve a place on this course? You are not writing an essay. What matters are the facts - get these across clearly and avoid the temptation to embroider your writing with flowery language.

*Top Tip*

Keep communicating with your tutor and book in time to see them so they can provide you with feedback. Make sure you do this well in advance of your deadline because their time will be booked up quickly.

Before you send it…

Leave your personal statement for a couple of days and come back to it with fresh eyes. That way you’ll be able to sport any glaring errors. Once you’ve read it, ask a friend to read it. Then ask your parents to read it too. This will be useful because they should be able to let you know if it reflects who you are.

For even more tips and information about writing your personal statement, why not try:


Book a Personal Statement Surgery appointment with Christian Emmerson & Jo Brett. They run each Thursday from 12:30pm - 2:30pm in the Sixth Form Common Room

Write your name on the sign-up sheet to book your slot.

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