Students celebrate at annual awards event

Sussex Downs College awards ceremony
Sussex Downs College awards ceremony

Students at Sussex Downs College celebrated a year of hard work at their annual awards evening.

The Access to Higher Education Annual Awards Ceremony saw 300 students, friends and family celebrate successfully completing their qualifications in a range of subjects, from business to medicine.

Following a drinks and canapés reception, students attended an awards ceremony to be presented with their qualification certificates by principal and chief executive of Sussex Downs College, Melanie Hunt.

She said, “I would like to congratulate all of our Access to Higher Education students on their achievements, the majority of whom are now going on to further their studies at university.

“Their hard work and commitment, together with the expertise and support of the brilliant staff here at Sussex Downs College, has ensured their futures are looking very bright indeed.”

Access to Higher Education is for people over the age of 19 who would like to study at university but for whatever reason, don’t hold the qualifications to secure a place. The courses prepare people for degree level study and take around 34 weeks to complete on a part-time basis. Following successful completion of the course, students will be fully qualified to secure a place at university and progress towards their chosen careers.

Sussex Downs College offers Access courses in a variety of subjects at both its Eastbourne and Lewes campuses. Students can attend classes during the day or in the evening to fit around their other commitments. For further information about the range of Access to Higher Education courses on offer at Sussex Downs College and forthcoming information sessions, visit