Each week, students from all over the world visit the college to study and explore Hastings and the South East.

So we thought we’d take a little time out to chat to some of the students.

Francesco is studying on our International A-Level programme, and is in Hastings for 10 months.

“Hi, I’m Francesco and I’m from Ferrara in Northern Italy. I’m 17 years old and I am on a 10 month exchange programme from my college studies in Italy.

I am studying A-Level Maths, Further Maths and Physics, and was really interested in coming to England, and particularly Hastings, to study in a British college so that I can get a taste for studying abroad, experience a new town and culture, and improve my English.

I was really excited to arrange my study year and chose Hastings because it has lots of history and it is a beautiful and traditional seaside town. Since I’ve been here, I’ve been able to explore the town, visiting the old town, the cliff railway and the smugglers caves.

I started at the college in September and I was really impressed with the college when I arrived. It is a lovely new, modern building, with great resources inside and really friendly people. I settled into college life really quickly and really enjoy the subjects I am studying. I chose maths, further maths and physics because these are the subjects I am studying back in Italy, and hopefully they will help me to pass my exam when I return home.

As part of my studies, I was required to undertake a week of work experience, and during one of my visits to London, I was able to secure a placement with the British Museum, where I volunteered in the department of Prints and Drawings. It was an amazing experience learning how to handle delicate original prints, then scan and upload them to the Museum’s website. I was also able to look at original drawings from Italian renaissance masters, which was incredible. The team were wonderful and always willing to help.

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I think the work experience project is a very interesting and useful idea, as it helps young students understand the world of work and enter a richer and more complex life.

I'm thankful to the college for the amazing opportunity they've given me, and to the British Museum for accepting so kindly my request and to my team for all what they've taught me."


So the last bank holiday of the summer is fast approaching. What better way to spend it than hosting the ultimate BBQ.

We’re not just talking about slapping a few burgers on the grill and marinating a few strips of chicken – we’re talking wowing the flip-flops off your guests with some gorgeous grub.

We’ve found 5 delicious dishes, that are super easy to make, that will leave you with the unofficial title of “King of the BBQ”.

Piri Piri Halloumi Skewers


Waitrose has come up with (in our opinion) the best vegetarian skewers ever. Halloumi is simply the best cheese for grilling and I don’t know how we lived without piri piri before a well-known chicken restaurant introduced it to us. So together, this combination is genius. Grab some Mediterranean vegetables and stick them on the grill for 20 minutes.

Grab the full recipe here (picture credit: Waitrose)

BBQ Portobello Mushroom Sliders

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Jeanine and Jack, wife and husband, food bloggers from Austin, Texas, rave about these Portobello mushroom sliders. We gave them ago, and can see why they’re such a hit. They’re simple and easy to make and they are the perfect thing to snack on while other things are sizzling away.

Here’s the full recipe (picture credit: Love and Lemons)

Vegan Creamy Potato Salad


A fantastic and tasty variation on the traditional potato salad; this dish uses mustard, lemon juice and avocado instead of mayonnaise. Finish with chopped red onion and you’ve got the perfect side dish.

Check it out here (picture credit: Detoxinista)

Cheese-stuffed Burger Bombs


There isn’t much we can say about these, apart from WOW. Burgers with melted cheese in the middle. They are so easy to make and there is no reason why you can’t switch up your cheese section for the middle; Cheddar, Red Leicester, Mozzarella, Spicy, or Blue – whatever you fancy.

Watch how to make these magnificent creations here (picture credit: Tasty)

Honey Grilled Bananas


Now for something sweet. Lexi’s Clean Kitchen has come up with the perfect way to round off any BBQ; honey grilled bananas with a mocha chocolate sauce. Leave the bananas in their skin, halve them long ways, and stick on the BBQ. Drizzle with your mocha chocolate sauce you prepared earlier and enjoy.

Check out the full recipe here (picture credit: Lexi's Clean Kitchen)

5 amazing foods… but you’ll need something to wash it down with…

Strawberry Limeade Slushies

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Inside BreCrew Life, a sweet treat blog, has come up with a delicious summer drink to enjoy in the sun – Strawberry Limeade Slushies. If you have a blender, you’re half way there to making these little beauties. Blend strawberries, lime juice and ice cubes to create a natural and healthy drink that everyone will love.

See the full recipe here (picture credit: Inside BreCrew Life)

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A business student who raised £1,500 for St Michael’s Hospice has been selected as the latest Outstanding Young Person of the Month.

Kirsten Harman, 18, raised the money by holding a charity coffee morning and raffle in memory of her Nan, who spent time in the hospice before she passed away.

One of Kirsten’s modules for her Level 3 Business course at Sussex Coast College Hastings was to organise and manage a business event, so she decided to plan, arrange and host the coffee morning. She’d already been planning to raise money for St Michael’s Hospice and was pleased to be able to tie it in to her course.

Kirsten said: “I really wanted to give something back to the hospice after the care and support they gave to my Nan before she passed away, and this seemed like the perfect way.”

The event was held at Sacred Heart Primary School in Hastings and around 200 people attended.

The Outstanding Young Person of the Month Award is sponsored by Sussex Coast College Hastings and the Hastings Observer Series.

The award is presented to someone aged 18 and under who has excelled in some way. This could be in sport, their academic studies, or if they have performed an important role on a voluntary basis in their own home or the wider community.

Justin Rollings, Head of Marketing and Communications at Sussex Coast College Hastings, said: “We’re so impressed with Kirsten. She came up with the idea, found a venue for the coffee morning, persuaded people to donate raffle prizes and bake cakes and publicised the event all off her own back. She’s done so well and I’m sure the hospice will be delighted with her fundraising efforts.”

As part of her award, Kirsten will receive a complimentary meal for two and a further £100 donation will be made to St Michael’s Hospice.

To nominate someone for the Outstanding Young Person of the Month Award, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with details of who you are nominating and the reasons why.

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A cabin crew student from Sussex Coast College has been offered the chance to start her career with Monarch Airlines.

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Amy Birks, who has just completed her Level 2 Diploma in Air Cabin Crew at the college, recently travelled to Brighton for a recruitment day with the low-cost airline. The recruitment day took place at the Hilton Hotel and put the budding flight attendants through their paces with a number of physical and mental tests which included taking their height, a half an hour exam, and a 2on1 interview.

Amy was one of only a few people to pass the assessment with flying colours and to be offered a place on their 5 week training the same evening.

Amy said: “I was ecstatic to find out that I got a job with Monarch. It was all a bit of a whirlwind to be honest. I saw their recruitment day pop up on Facebook and a couple of days later I was travelling to Brighton.”

The former St Leonards Academy student, joined the college two years ago to study Sport, but an injury meant that it was time for a change of direction.

“My injury meant that I couldn’t carry on with my running, and I have always loved travelling, so I decided to ask Alexandra (Curriculum Area Manager) during the summer if I could join the cabin crew course, and she said yes.”

“From the moment I started, I absolutely loved it. The tutors are the nicest tutors you can ever meet. The work they put in to make sure their students do the best that they can is second to none. They always make sure that they are around to help if you need it.

“Everything I learned during the course, and the fact that we had to wear a cabin crew uniform and make sure that our make-up is immaculate, really paid off during my assessment. In fact, to help us even more, representatives from British Airways came into college a few months ago to put us through our paces during mock interviews.”

The assessment day lasted for 6 hours and required the group to undertake height tests, a short written exam with general knowledge questions, complete an application form and answer a series of scenario based questions during an interview.

“The course taught me lots about flight procedures, safety procedures, airport codes, currency, and what to do in an emergency. With all of that under my belt, it meant I could be confident and make a really good impression.”

“My training begins on 10th July and I’ll be moving to Three Bridges for 5 weeks so that I don’t have to commute from Hastings. It’s all very exciting and I can’t wait for the next chapter of my life to start with Monarch. I hope that this is the start of a long and successful flying career and one day, I’d love to come back to the college and pass on my knowledge to the cabin crews of the future.”

Samurai Students

Staff and students at Sussex Coast College Hastings were treated to a Japanese themed summer festival at the college last week.

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The end of year matsuri (the Japanese word for festival) was hosted by Supported Education students on Thursday 29th June to recognise the outstanding achievements of students and celebrate the college’s Autism Accreditation status.

The afternoon featured a lively programme of Japanese music, traditional folk dance performances, a display of samurai inspired skills, a kabuki theatre parasol dance and modern ‘kawaii’ (cute) dancing sushi.

The students showcased their diverse talents in dance, performance, and scenery and prop painting in the manga / anime style. The afternoon was enhanced by some dazzling costumes kindly lent by Julia Bovee and Opera South East.

An exhibition of art and sculpture was also created by students from the STEPS programme that drew inspiration from the culture and history of Japan. The atrium was decorated with 1000 origami paper cranes made by the students, and according to a Japanese legend, whoever makes 1000 cranes will receive good health, happiness and good luck.

The afternoon culminated in a presentation of awards. Lucy Jenion received the ‘Student of the Year’ award in recognition of her personal development, communication and progression in employability skills.

Stephen Dedridge from the National Autistic Society presented Lesley Watson, Supported Education Curriculum Area Manager, with the certificate of Autism Accreditation status; an internationally recognised award for services that meet high standards in understanding autism and in provision for autistic people.

Stephen highlighted the inclusivity of the show and commented on the fantastic achievements of Supported Education at Sussex Coast College.

The college has held Autism Accreditation status since 2011, and became the first department within a General College of Further Education to be awarded the accreditation.

Check out the other photos from a fantastic afternoon here.


From helping you get your perfect job to pursuing a long-held dream we round up the reasons why going back to school can be cool.

For many of us our school days feel like a distant memory but there are plenty of reasons to keep learning as we get older.

Whether it is a step up the ladder to your dream job, turning your passion into a career or just the joy of learning something new, there are plenty of reasons why life-long learning can be fun.

Not only that, but continuing to learn into adulthood can actually improve your health.

Studies have shown adults who keep their brains active are less likely to develop symptoms of dementia and acquiring a new skill or developing an old one can improve mental well-being.

We team up with Sussex Coast College to round-up the top eight reasons why life-long learning can be fun and improve your quality of life.

1. Learning new skills – no matter what your age there is satisfaction in learning a new skill, whether it is dry-point etching or web page development.

2. Meeting like-minded people – taking a course you are passionate about brings you into contact with people who share that passion and could leave you with new life-long friends.

3. Getting back to work – returning to the workplace after a career break can be daunting. Getting up to date with the latest developments in your chosen field will improve your CV and self esteem.

4. Up-skilling for that promotion – make yourself stand out from your co-workers by taking the initiative and improving your skills.

5. Staying young – keeping your mind active and stimulated can improve your mental well-being and improve cognitive function.

6. Building self-confidence – taking the time to invest in yourself can boost your self-esteem. After years of looking after others or working just to pay the bills this is your chance to do something for yourself.

7. Discovering a hidden talent – once you start studying again you could discover a hidden talent in anything from engineering to creating the perfect hair style.

8. Starting out on your own – more people than ever are choosing to start their own business and life-long learning can give you the skills you need to make that leap.

Sussex Coast College launches its year-round part-time courses in July with a week of free taster sessions.

Anyone who signs up by July 31 receives a 10 per cent discount on course fees, subject to terms and conditions.

For more information, visit our adult learning page or call 01424 442222.

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