Varndean College is a popular and successful Sixth Form College based on the northern outskirts of Brighton with approximately 1600 students aged 16 to 19. It offers a wide range of Advanced and Pre-advanced academic and vocational courses, as well as being the only state-funded college in the area to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma.
In the evenings, it opens its doors to the community by offering an extensive programme of Adult Education courses, as well providing Family and Community Learning at several outreach centres within the City. Full-time Access to Higher Education Diploma courses also offer places for up to 40 mature students.
The College not only draws from Brighton and Hove’s main secondary schools, but also many other schools throughout East and West Sussex, from as far north as Haywards Heath and as far east and west as Eastbourne and Worthing. A number of students also come from the independent sector and from overseas. This all makes for a lively and cosmopolitan mix of students.