You have the potential to be amazing

We understand it’s a worrying time for those looking to study at college but, despite the current uncertainty, we will always be available to answer any questions you have and help you to prepare for your future.

Our recruitment and teaching staff are available via Live Chat and over phone to talk you through how we can give you the qualifications, skills, knowledge and experience to achieve your life and career goals!

Which route is right for you?

Your guide to our virtual open event!

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    Go to the area you are interested in studying, take a look around and find out more information.

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    Watch our guidance videos and get to know our recruitment officers and find out a little bit more about how we can help you choose the best route for you!

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    Have a read about our enrichment activities, joining our college means that we will provide you with lots of opportunities and extra curricular activities to enhance your learning!

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    Take a tour of our amazing facilities, you can explore our campuses from the comfort of your own home!

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    If you have a talent for sport you can join our sport development centre and combine your full-time studies with our elite coaching programme!

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    Head over to our expert and friendly support page to find out how we'll help you reach your full potential.

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    Join a live chat conversation where we can answer all of the questions you have.

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    Have you found all all the information you need? Apply now and start your journey to an exciting future!

Take a virtual tour around Bede Campus:

Take a virtual tour around City Campus:

Got a talent for sport?

Why college is different to school

A fresh start

Sometimes you just need a clean break to become the person you were destined to be. Starting college is the perfect opportunity to break free and become that new person!

New people

Our diverse student community means that you will meet lots of new people of different ages, backgrounds and interests, so you can enjoy making lifelong friendships!

Specialist Staff

Most of our lecturers are industry savvy and are experts in teaching 16-18 year olds. They have lots of valuable experience and knowledge to pass onto you.


College is a more mature and relaxed environment than school and you are treated like an adult. You’ll be on first name terms with your lecturers so no more Sir and Miss! You can also start to make your own decisions.

Free time

Your timetable will be very different to school. You will have a lot more free time to take part in extra-curricular activities, study, or get extra money and work experience with a part-time job.

Different environment

College is a very different learning environment to school. You may even become more inspired and have a new motivation to work towards your future goal in a college environment.

More choice

A college can offer a much wider choice of A-Level subjects, plus vocational courses in lots of different subjects and at different levels.

More opportunities

You will have the opportunity to take part in lots of different activities outside of the classroom to boost your confidence and help you develop your skills and personal qualities.

Specialist facilities

A college can invest in an extensive range of industry-standard facilities to give you the skills and knowledge to prepare for university or employment, and can also offer subjects that need specialist facilities.

Expert & friendly support

Maths and English are important life skills that will help you to achieve your best in your studies.

Find out more

Information for parents

A great college experience

We're here for you

Hello from Jess, our Recruitment and Engagement Officer who talks you through our application process, the steps we are taking to support you through this challenging time and how to secure your place with us.

Our Recruitment and Engagement Officer Caron, talks you through transitioning from school to college, what it's like to study at our college, all about the fantastic facilities you'll have access to as a student and how we can support you to achieve your best even during these challenging times.

Jess talks us through GCSE results, how your grades will be calculated over the summer and how you don't need to worry - we are here to support you through this time and help you achieve your goals even from a distance!

If you're not sure about the route you want to take at college, Caron discusses our A-Level, Vocational and Apprenticeship routes so you can start to think about which path you want to take and start your journey to gaining a place with us.

We know some students are waiting until the summer to apply for a place at Sunderland College Caron explains why it's important to get your application on sooner rather than later.

Our Hairdressing lecturer Sue is showing us a short demonstration on how to plait hair and providing information on our Hairdressing course.  

One of Our Sports and Public Services lecturers Carl is talking all about our Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme and how you can combine your studies with your talent.

Just because you can't come to visit our Campus it doesn't mean you aren't able to see our Facilities, our Recruitment and Engagement Officer Jess shows you how to can use our virtual tour to see our fantastic City campus and the industry standard facilities we have. 

98%of our students progress to a positive destination

(*Destination data for Sunderland College students aged 16-18, academic year 2017/18).

Why choose Sunderland College?

Our achievement rates are well above the national average.

We are the College of the Year.

(*Top college nationally for BTECs, Pearson 2019)

We have a 99.1% overall A-Level pass-rate.

(*Summer 2019)

We have recently invested £50 million in our facilities.