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We’ve had a makeover!


Our in-house hair and beauty salon, City Revival, was recently treated to a makeover of its very own. We’ve upgraded and increased our facilities to provide our students with the best environment in which to learn their trades. And it feels even more like a high street salon for clients.

We’re one of the leading hair and beauty training organisations in the South East so it’s fantastic that we can train the next generation of beauticians and hairdressers in conditions that mirror professional salons.

Our talented students offer everything from blow drys and highlights to manicures, facials and massages. Treatments are available for the public, so why not pay us a visit?

Get in touch

Our students are supervised by highly experienced tutors so you’ll receive a professional experience in the centre of Brighton, at a fraction of high-street prices!

Give us a call on 01273 667788 to book your appointment.


Photo credit: Gideon Fisher

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GCSE results 2016 – what if I don’t get my GCSEs?

Worried about your GCSE results?

Year 11 is a stressful time, it can feel like your entire life is taken up by GCSEs. There’s predicted grades, mock exams, revision, the endless post-its, and more revision, revision, revision!

The whole time you have teachers and parents telling you how important it is that you live up to expectations. That these grades will be the key to your future success.

Then there’s actually taking the exams, and that hit-or-miss feeling after, like; I owned this, or, what if I’ve failed?

Not to mention that nail-biting two months, waiting to hear if you’ve got the grades you were aiming for.

If you’re worried about your results and not sure what your options are, I thought you might appreciate a little help and advice…

Firstly, although a good level of education is important for yourself and your future. In time, you’ll find out that not everything is pinned on those golden GCSE results you’re hoping for.

If you want to go to go on to uni and you don’t get the GCSE results you expected, it’s not the end of the world.

It’s the grades you get at College that really matter, check out this little quote from the University of Cambridge:

“Our research shows that post-16 examination performance is a much better predictor of degree success at Cambridge…. Strong performance in Years 12 and 13 can make up for a less stellar performance at GCSE.”

So, there you have it from the best of the best – don’t stress!

So, the big day itself comes, GCSE results day – 25th August 2016, you’re surrounded by friends, you open the envelope… and things aren’t what you were hoping for.

Most likely you’ll be worried about one of two things:

Help! I haven’t passed Maths/English!

  • Obviously you’ll be disappointed, but at City College we’ve made a commitment to make sure every student is supported to achieve their GCSE English and maths.
  • You can do these at the same time as your course, and we’ll support you all the way.
  • City College has the best GCSE English and maths results of any FE College in the country so you know you’re in good hands!

Help! I don’t have the grades I need for my college course!

Lots of colleges will be able to either offer you an alternative course or if they think you can handle it they might let you onto the course you want with a review plan and support in place.

The main thing is to chat to them. They’re there to help and you’ll be surprised at the advice and support you can get if you ask.

Lots of colleges are busy around this time so if you can’t get through on the phone try to email them or get in touch via social media, you’ll probably get a much quicker response.

What really matters is that you focus on what you want for your future and work towards that. Simples.

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5 Lunches Under a Fiver!

Studying and working in the heart of North Laine, Brighton’s lively, cultural hotspot is one of our favourite things about City College!

These colourful, vibey little Brighton streets have everything you could ask for (and a tonne of stuff you never knew you needed!) from on-point vintage and boutique fashion to independent cafes and restaurants – you’ll never be stuck for something to keep you busy on your lunch breaks.

The problem for me, is I get a bit hangry around lunchtime and with all that choice it can be a little daunting! I’m sure I’m not the only one though, so to help you guys out, I’ve done a little “research” and come up with a top 5 hit list of lunchtime treats that won’t leave you with an angry burning hole in your wallet.

#1 We Love FalafelFalafel in Brighton

I think you’ll probably guess what these guys sell…that’s right, it’s falafel!

I actually don’t know anyone who has tried We Love Falafel and not loved it. They are really yummy and come in different flavours like sweet potato or olive and basil, sometimes you even get a fancy special like cashew & lime with peanut hummus. Basically they are delicious and you get loads for your money, a standard Falafel Salad Wrap is £3.70, they are huge and come with a rainbow of salad, gherkins and homemade hummus. Prepare to go to falafel heaven. #Goals

Location: 37 Sydney Street | Time to Central Campus: 1.5 mins | Cost: £3.70 – £4.95

Vietnamese food in Brighton

#2 Milk No Sugar

If you’re looking for something light and healthy, look no further than this family-run, no-frills Vietnamese Café.

You can get a delicious, fragrant Pho noodle soup for £4.50 or a Vietnamese curry and rice for a fiver. If you haven’t had Pho before, it’s a traditional Vietnamese soup with flat rice noodles, beansprouts and meat or tofu in a clear broth flavoured with lime juice, mint, coriander and chilli – lovely! Pho is perfect for a quick afternoon treat and they do take-out if you’re in a rush, which is also £1 cheaper = win!

Location: 68 Trafalgar Street | Time to Central Campus: 4 mins | Cost: £3.00 – £5.50

City College Cafe#3 Central Campus Refectory

As you probably know, Central Campus has its own café, The Refectory, which is run by the lovely guys from Harrisons Catering. Everything in The Refectory is priced with a student pocket in mind and you can get a really hearty meal for just £3.75!

But… Did you know? If you’re between 16 and 18 and your family receive certain benefits, you can get your lunch from The Refectory for FREE! You’ll need to be eligible and apply with a bursary form from the Student Centre, pop in to speak to Course Advice if you need some help!

There are daily offerings including, the classic full-English, pasta bakes, freshly made sandwiches, burgers and fries, soup, quiche and salad and also weekly themed menus reaching from the four corners of the globe, a recent favourite of ours was a Jamaican themed menu featuring jerk chicken, rice and peas! Don’t miss out – daily menus for The Refectory can be found on Vibe!

Location: Central Campus, 1st floor| Time to Central Campus: 0 mins | Cost: £2.75 – £3.95

The Real Junk Food Project#4 The Real Junk Food Project

Let’s face it, food waste is a big problem, even somewhere as progressive as our little city by the sea! It’s not just what we individually throw away, but the massive quantities of edible food our big supermarkets bin each year. When families are struggling to put food on the table and people are finding it ever harder to make ends meet, it’s easy to see why projects like this are slaying on the food waste scene.

What’s even more fantastic about The Real Junk Food Project is that this quirky little pop-up café feeds the local community on a ‘pay as you feel’ basis by using food that would otherwise have gone to landfill, encouraging diners to think more about the food on their plate. We really love this place, the food is absolutely delicious, it has a charming atmosphere that’s welcoming and friendly and on top of all that it offers an awesome space where everyone is equal, you pay what you can, and if that isn’t much no-one will judge.

If you want your lunch to be delicious and guilt-free pop down to One Church, Gloucester Place on a Friday, the café is open from 1-3pm but it’s VERY popular so expect a queue!

Location: One Church (Fridays only) | Time to Central Campus: 6 mins | Cost: donations in the box

Kitchen Cafe Brighton#5 Kitchen Café

Now, if you’re a bit of a traditionalist, this is the place for you to eat. Kitchen Café serve straight-forward, no messing around British food. Offerings are simple, incredibly reasonably priced and served by people who care a great deal about this little Brighton institution and of course its customers.

Kitchen Café has been going for an impressive 40 years and when you can get a full-English or some tasty homemade pie and mash for under a fiver, we can see why!

Location: 93 Trafalgar Street | Time to Central Campus: 1 min | Cost: £2.50 – £6.00

Rheanna Davidge-Huxley

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City College hosts Brighton Fringe Children’s Art Exhibition

An exhibition of artwork by local children submitted for the Brighton Fringe Family Brighton Fringe Children's Art - group photo - webDrawing Competition has been officially launched at City College Brighton and
and is currently on display at the main foyer of the College’s Pelham Street Central Campus. The winning artwork by 9-year-old Betty Durrant features on the cover of Brighton Fringe’s family guide.

Brighton Fringe Children's Art - workshop - Emma H & student - webCity College’s Art & Design students and technicians took on the task of setting up the exhibition and the launch also included an art workshop for the children during which students and tutors enabled them to further explore their creative talent.

For more information on Art & Design courses at City College, contact course information on 01273 667759, email or see

For City College media enquiries, please call Brian Bell, PR, Alumni & Communications Officer, on 01273 667788 Ext. 488 or email website

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Prince’s Trust Team on mission to transform football facilities at Whitehawk Manor

A group of youngsters on the City College’s Prince’s Trust Team programme are currently on a mission to bring much-needed improvements to Prince's Trust Whitehawk Manor webfootball facilities at The Manor Sports & Activities Centre in Whitehawk. The project involves clearing ground for three new football pitches, painting goalposts and providing new equipment including nets. To date, the group have raised over £300 for the project through cake sales and a sponsored walk from Worthing to Brighton but they need a further £200 to hit their fundraising target.

Team Leader Charlotte Geerts says: “Making significant improvements to facilities in their own community is a really rewarding project for the team to be involved and for me personally, this project means a lot as my late grandfather Tony Geerts had a long-standing connection with Whitehawk Manor and was a hugely respected figure there through all his many years devoted to schools football in Sussex.” 

Tanya Burbidge, Managing Director of the Manor, adds: “It’s brilliant to have a group of young people to help out at The Manor as its run by volunteers from the local community and its jobs like painting the goalposts that never seem to get done.  We owe a massive thank you to the Prince’s Trust for their kind offer of help to make our community a better place for all to enjoy.’

The Prince’s Trust Team programme is a 12-week personal development course for 16-25 year olds which helps unemployed young people gain the skills and confidence to find a job. Three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust move into work, training or education.

If you would like to support the Team’s fundraising for this project, contact Charlotte on 07881 335969 or email

For more details on the Prince’s Trust Team programme at City College, email

For City College media enquiries, please call Brian Bell, Marketing Communications Officer, on 01273 667788 Ext. 488 or email website

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College stages ‘Elements vs Seasons’ Charity Hair Show Spectacular

City College Hairdressing students and their models recently showcased some spectacular hairstyles with an ‘Elements vs Seasons’-themed HairCity College Hair Show combo web Show at the College’s Pelham Street Main Hall. The theme provided the students with the opportunity to let their imaginations run riot with glamorous stylings taking inspiration from both the changing seasons and the elements of fire, earth, air and water. The event, a charity fundraiser for Macmillan Cancer Support which raised over £1,500 on the night, featured around 110 students. The grand total raised by the College for Macmillan since 2009 is £9,000.

The event’s VIP judges this year included Gogglebox’s Stephen Webb and Chris Steed as well as top industry professionals from Toni & Guy and TIGI International. Also among the judges was local salon owner and former student Simon Webster, who was the ‘Best in Show’ winner of the event exactly 30 years ago and now runs a successful salon in North Laine. Commenting on this year’s Best in Show winner Simon Nix, Simon said: “The execution was absolutely spot-on with lots of braids and intricate work and every single aspect was using natural hair. It’s also absolutely lovely to come back to where I first learnt my trade. The College is a fantastic training ground for local stylists and its showing some great flair and creativity.” 

Gogglebox star and proprietor of Hurstpierpoint salon Lustig & Webb Stephen Webb added: “Some of the work the 2nd and 3rd years were doing, I couldn’t do myself – it was amazing. I’m keen to support this event because the next Trevor Sorbie or Toni & Guy could be amongst that group of students. The hairdressing team here feels like a family. Everyone’s really friendly , they all seem to get on really well and the students clearly get huge support.”

For further information on hairdressing courses at City College, call 01273 667759, email or see

For City College media enquiries, please call Brian Bell, Marketing Communications Officer, on 01273 667788 Ext. 488 or email website

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Fly-through video provides advance preview of City College’s new Construction Centre

A fly-through video created by Sussex-based HNW Architects is offering local people an advance preview of City College Brighton and Hove’s new Construction & Trades Centre atCCE Construction Centre - Artist's impression 2 the College’s City College East Campus on Wilson Avenue. The Centre has been designed to be a leading educational and training hub for Brighton & Hove’s next generation of construction workers and is scheduled to be completed by March 2017. The £9m centre, which has been funded by the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), will enable students in the different trades to work together and follow each other through the construction process, mirroring real site conditions. HNW Architects designed the centre, leading construction firm Osborne  are building it and the works will be project-managed by Sussex construction and property consultancy practice, NorthGates. Demolition of old structures on the site started in November last year and construction work commenced this month.

Nick Juba, City College’s CEO, said:

“State of the art facilities are fundamental to the College’s ambitions, so it’s tantalising to get a sense of the scale of the Construction Centre and how it might impact on our approach to teaching and learning in the construction trades. The College is committed to helping local people gain the vocational skills that employers expect and we’re proud that this Centre will provide a space in which the carpenters, builders, electricians and plumbers of the future will be able to learn their skills in realistic working environments.”

For more information on courses at City College, contact course information on 01273 667759, email or see

For City College media enquiries, please call Brian Bell, Marketing Communications Officer, on 01273 667788 Ext. 488 or email website

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Chefs’ Academy trio return to City College for Graduates’ Dinner

Three talented young chefs from the Exclusive Chefs’ Academy, a two-year life-changing training programme from Exclusive Hotels and Venues, recently returned to City College Graduates' Dinner Jan 16 1Brighton and Hove to share their skills with current Catering students for a sell-out ‘Graduates’ Dinner’ at the College’s Gallery restaurant attended by friends and family of the students and regular Gallery customers. In July 2015, having just completed their studies at City College, Arion Christophers, Fraser Hawkins and Elizabeth Bastable embarked on an intensive two-year journey under the mentoring and leadership of Exclusive’s award-winning chefs. The Exclusive Chefs’ Academy programme has been designed to develop young chefs’ skills, reward their talent with full time employment and further their career in some of the best restaurants in the South of England.

Fraser Hawkins says: “It was a pleasure for me to be involved in this event because City College gave me the qualifications and push I needed to become a better chef and help me progress in my career. Because the College has a strong link with the Exclusive Chefs’ Academy and promotes it to students, it created an amazing opportunity for me. It was really rewarding to come back and show current students what I’ve picked up at the Academy as I’ve learnt so many new techniques and methods of becoming a better, more efficient chef. For the Graduates’ Dinner event, it made life so much easier that the current students definitely know their stuff. When they’re asked to do a job, they know straight away what’s required and you don’t have to mollycoddle them.”

Guest Peter Fern says: “It was a wonderful event. The menu showed a real imaginative flair and I was particularly impressed with what the chefs achieved with the delicious beetroot starter. The quality of each course was excellent.”

For media queries on the Exclusive Chefs’ Academy, contact Julia Gosling on 01892 617912 or email

For more information on catering courses at City College, call 01273 667759, email or see

For City College media enquiries, please call Brian Bell, Marketing Communications Officer, on 01273 667788 Ext. 488 or email website

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Link between City College and Whitehawk FC Youth creates table-topping success

A link between City College Brighton and Hove and Whitehawk FC which was originally forged in the 2013-2014 season, has since developed into a highly significant partnership. City College - Whitehawk FC U18s portraitThe Hawks’ Under 18s team, currently top of the Ryman Youth League South Division, is managed by City College’s Sport Lecturer Jude Macdonald and features no less than eight City College footballers in its squad. Assistant Coach to Jude is former student (and Argus Youth in Action Awards Sports Person of the Year 2015 winner) Harry Shooman, now studying Sports Coaching & Development at the University of Brighton. Meanwhile, City College’s 1st XI have won both their league fixtures and the College’s 2nd XI are in the semi final of the 2nd XI County Cup and also 3rd in the league.

“With the City College East campus being in Whitehawk it’s really important and constructive that we tap into the community and link up with its local club,” says Jude. “As well as the competitive experience, it’s also been great for our students to enjoy Whitehawk’s new found fame during the FA Cup run, and the club has been giving back to the community by offering its boys academic opportunities at the College. The partnership between the College and the club took time to prove its worth and initially the Under 18s team was struggling for results but from Whitehawk’s side of things, we’ve attracted players from the College that we’ve seen a real progression in and our position in the league speaks for itself.”

Jude’s role at Whitehawk FC is performed on a voluntary basis on top of his responsibilities at the College but he feels that it is a more than worthwhile endeavour:

“Players like James Seltzer, Marco Lincoln and Lucas Rodrigues (currently top scorer in the league and training with the senior team) have been involved from the start and all are now ready to make the transition to men’s football – something which was not an option at the beginning of this process. From the College’s perspective, we’ve been able to attract high calibre students who have come here specifically for the football and this is beneficial to the whole Sports department. From a personal perspective, I’ve also have the privilege of working alongside great people at the club such as Mark Seltzer and Fred Moore and previously Sami El-Abd before he moved on to a new role at Albion in the Community.”

Captain of both the College team and Whitehawk Under 18s is James Seltzer, who adds:

“Having players who are in both the College team and in Whitehawk Under 18s enables us to be effective for both teams in consistent ways. On top of playing youth football at a semi-professional level at Whitehawk, studying for the Sports BTEC award at the College will help us to pursue careers in sport. For instance, I’m planning to be a PE teacher and I know of other students who are interested in that path too, as well as other careers such as becoming personal trainers.”

 “The link between City College and Whitehawk FC has seen the club’s Under 18 side come on leaps and bounds, especially when you consider that the club had to withdraw their Youth team just a few seasons ago due to lack of interest,” says Whitehawk FC’s Manager, Steve King. “The attraction of football at a good standard has seen the side match the 1st team’s progression on the pitch. The partnership has proved to be a great success, with several players from the Under 18s coming to support the first team this season and show their commitment to the club. Seeing some of these players on the bench for the 1st Team recently shows they have come a long way in a short space of time.”

For more information on Sports courses at City College, call 01273 667759, email or see

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College offering new degree-level HR qualification

For students who’ve gained the Foundation Level 3 Certificate in HR CIPD image 2Practice or are currently taking on managerial responsibilities in their HR role, City College Brighton and Hove is now offering a degree level qualification – the CIPD Intermediate Level 5 Certificate. The course, which is not available elsewhere in East Sussex, enables HR professionals to achieve an industry-recognised qualification to expand on their existing experience and gain the knowledge and analytical skills integral to a managerial role. The course also supports students to create and implement a personal career development plan and develops their knowledge and application of current HR practices, theories and legislation.

Current Level 3 student Lisa Franklin, an HR Officer at Martello Beach in Eastbourne, says: “It’s really helpful that the College is now offering this qualification as it will give me the step up and knowledge I’ll need to progress in my role, grow our HR department and make sure our company and its employees are well-supported. It will be an eye-opening course to help perfect my HR practice.”

For more information or to arrange an interview, contact Catherine Meek on

For City College media enquiries, please call Brian Bell, Marketing Communications Officer, on 01273 667788 Ext. 488 or email website

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