Varndean College

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.


Varndean College is a campus style sixth form college, with facilities for students studying subjects such as A Level Art, Drama, English, Maths, History, Photography, Psychology and Textiles. There are a wide range of Science labs (including its newly opened £2.9m STEM Centre), 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.

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.

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.

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Professional Training
Art & Design Length Price Location Reviews
Acrylic Painting - The Impressionists 5 weeks From 105 GBP Brighton
Flower Arranging for All From 65 GBP Brighton
From splendour to ruin, painting the West Pier in Acrylic From 52 GBP Brighton
Lino Printing 6 weeks From 52 GBP Brighton
Mosaics From 52 GBP Brighton
Paint the Impressionists in Acrylic From 105 GBP Brighton
Watercolour Painting - Landscapes 5 weeks From 68 GBP Brighton
Watercolour Painting - Portraiture 5 weeks From 68 GBP Brighton
Watercolour Painting - Still Life 5 weeks From 68 GBP Brighton
Functional Skills
GCSE English From 437 GBP Brighton
GCSE Maths (Foundation) Grades 1-5 From 440 GBP Brighton
GCSE Maths (Higher) Grades 5-7 From 440 GBP Brighton
GCSE Spanish From 436 GBP Brighton
Maths Level 1 Pre GCSE From 316 GBP Brighton
Health and Social Care
CACHE L2 Understanding Behaviour that Challenges From 453 GBP Brighton
Childcare Caring for Children (for ESOL students) From 1,081 GBP Brighton
Childcare Caring for Children Level 2 From 672 GBP Brighton
Childcare Level 1 Working with Children From 295 GBP Brighton
Education Level 2 Supporting Teaching & Learning From 849 GBP Brighton
Education Level 3 - Supporting Teaching & Learning From 1,417 GBP Brighton
Health & Lifestyle
Meditation for Wellbeing Workshop From 42 GBP Brighton
Hobbies and Interests
Bridge for Beginners 10 weeks From 105 GBP Brighton
Bridge Intermediate - Continuation 10 weeks From 105 GBP Brighton
Creative Writing From 110 GBP Brighton
Pruning Workshop From 42 GBP Brighton
Craft Courses
Acrylic and Collage 5 weeks From 68 GBP Brighton
Festive Flower Arranging Workshop 1 hour From 52 GBP Brighton
GCSE Italian From 449 GBP Brighton
ESOL Entry 1 35 weeks From 572 GBP Brighton
ESOL Entry 2 36 weeks From 577 GBP Brighton
ESOL Entry 3 36 weeks From 582 GBP Brighton
GCSE English 31 weeks From 436 GBP Brighton
GCSE Italian 31 weeks From 348 GBP Brighton
Italian A Level 28 weeks From 543 GBP Brighton
Italian Conversation 26 weeks From 225 GBP Brighton
GCSE Spanish 31 weeks From 337 GBP Brighton
Spanish Conversation 20 weeks From 140 GBP Brighton
Lifestyle, Fitness and Beauty
Pilates - 10 weeks 7 weeks From 65 GBP Brighton
Pilates - 7 weeks 10 weeks From 75 GBP Brighton
GCSE Maths (Foundation) Grades 1-5 31 weeks From 439 GBP Brighton
GCSE Maths (Higher) Grades 5-7 31 weeks From 439 GBP Brighton
Mental Health
CPCAB Award in Introduction to Counselling Skills From 240 GBP Brighton
CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills From 592 GBP Brighton
CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies From 850 GBP Brighton
CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling From 6,000 GBP Brighton
Music lessons
Ukulele for Beginners 6 weeks From 75 GBP Brighton
Science & Research
GCSE Biology 31 weeks From 433 GBP Brighton
Teacher & Instructor Training
CACHE/NCFE Certificate Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools 34 weeks From 1,417 GBP Brighton

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At Varndean we pride ourselves on our inclusive and harmonious environment, where every student is given the opportunities and support they need to fulfil their potential.



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