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Chichester College

Chichester College is a college of further education in Chichester, West Sussex. It has a second, campus at Brinsbury, near Pulborough and small centres in Bognor Regis, Littlehampton and Worthing. It is a member of the 157 Group which represents the largest colleges in England.[1]

Chichester College has over 15,000 students, of whom over 5,000 are full-time (about 4,000 are between 16 and 18 years old; 1,000 are over 19 and several hundred are taking university level courses). Students can choose from a wide range of courses including: A-levels (about 900 students); BTEC Diplomas at Level 3 (vocational A-level equivalents); and many vocational qualifications that prepare young people and adults for working life.[2]

Brinsbury campus is part of a 570 acre estate and has its own commercial farm with dairy, beef, sheep, pig and arable enterprise all of which are used as the basis for much of the practical teaching.


Chichester College, opened in 1964, as the major centre for a wide range of academic, commercial, scientific, technical, recreational and adult education courses in the south western part of West Sussex. The college is set in Westgate Fields within sight and to the south west of the cathedral, half a mile from the Market Cross.

Brinsbury campus is in West Sussex, three miles north of Pulborough. It was originally founded as an agricultural education centre for West Sussex and was a base for Land Girls during the Second World War. In 1966 it was officially designated the West Sussex School of Agriculture. It became Brinsbury College in 1998 and then merged with Chichester College in 2002.[3]


Facilities at both campuses include laboratories, classrooms, libraries and computer suites as well as specific facilities for vocational courses such as:[4]

  • iMedia rooms, art studios, a photography dark room and an exhibition space
  • First Steps nurseries, a chain of children's nurseries owned by the college
  • Burlington English language room and other language labs
  • Gas training centre
  • 17 hairdressing and beauty therapy salons
  • Training kitchens and two training restaurants: Options is a cafe and the Goodwood restaurant is a silver service restaurant
  • The Riverside theatre, recording studios, a recital hall, and many music rehearsal rooms
  • Dance and drama studios
  • Aircraft (the nose, cockpit, galley and front seating section) for cabin crew training
  • All-weather sports pitch and a Sports Centre, which includes a climbing wall
  • Stables, indoor riding school, two outdoor schools
  • Small animal unit
  • Dog grooming unit
  • Motor vehicle and motor cycle workshops
  • Forge
  • Construction workshops


  1. ^ 157 Group Retrieved 29 July 2010
  2. ^ Chichester College Annual Report 2010
  3. ^ The History of Chichester College, 2004
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