Varndean College

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Introduction to Varndean College

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Varndean College is a state-run sixth form college on the northern outskirts of Brighton, offering a range of over 30 A Level and BTEC courses for full-time 16-19 year old students, as well as the internationally recognised International Baccalaureate Diploma. In addition, it offers an Adult Education Programme offering a broad selection of evening classes and courses ranging from counselling, arts and crafts, music, photography, IT, health and personal development, general interest, as well as GCSEs in English, Maths, Biology and Languages.   

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Do you want to go to university, but do not have the required qualifications to do so, or simply re-train in a new profession? Varndean College offers a range of three Access to Higher Education Diploma courses. Please see our website for further details.


Varndean College is a campus style sixth form college, with facilities for students studying classroom based subjects such as English, Maths, History, Psychology etc., as well as studios for Art, Textiles, Photography, 3D Design, Graphic Design, Music and Performing Arts.There are also a range of Science labs, teaching rooms specifically designed for IT and Computing, as well as editing suites for Film and Media. In addition, the College has a gym, fitness suite, cafeteria, library and careers centre.


Varndean College is situated on the northern outskirts of Brighton, within easy reach of the main A27/A23 roads, as well as the local bus and train network. There is free street parking outside.  

Rail – We are a 15 minute walk from Preston Park railway station

Bus  - Varndean College is served by the 5B bus service, with bus stops immediately outside the College’s main entrance. Buses run approximately every 7 minutes.

Car  – We are in close proximity to the A23 and A27 roads and there is free street parking in the surrounding streets. During the evenings, there is also limited car parking available on site.  

Qualification Courses

Please contact us either by email, in person, or on the telephone if you are interested in one of our qualification courses, as we need to ensure you are applying for the right course for you and will give you advice and guidance.   

You will then need to complete an enrolment form and provide appropriate benefit or proof of age evidence on enrolment if you wish to claim fee remission or concessionary fees.

Please note that for Access, Counselling, Teaching Assistant and Working With Children courses there is a separate enrolment form available on our website adult or you can phone our advice hotline on 01273 546602

Fees & funding

There are a range of concessions and funding for many courses. Please check our website for full details.   

Please note: Varndean College cannot accept students under the age of 16 on the day their course starts.

How to enrol

By Telephone: Call 01273 546604 Monday - Thursday 8:30am - 4:30pm or Friday 8:30am - 4:00pm.  Please have your debit/credit card and course details ready.

In Person: Print and complete the enrolment form, and visit the Registry Office at the College on Monday to Thursday 8:30am - 4:30pm or on Friday 8:30am - 4:00pm. 

By Post: Print and complete the enrolment form and post with full payment either by cheque (payable to ‘Varndean College’) or with debit/credit card details to: Admissions, Varndean College, Surrenden Road, Brighton, BN1 6WQ. 

Via EMail: Email your completed enrolment form to the address shown.  


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Addresses for Varndean College

Varndean College Surrenden Road BRIGHTON BRIGHTON & HOVE BN1 6WQ Show on map
Brighthelm Centre North Road BRIGHTON BRIGHTON & HOVE BN1 1YD Show on map
St Georges Hall 140 Newick Rd BRIGHTON BRIGHTON & HOVE BN1 9JG Show on map


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