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Choosing to go to university is a big decision and one you must take very seriously. Be prepared to do your research on the best course and university for you…

There are three local universities in Sussex;

  1. the University of Chichester
  2. the University of Brighton
  3. and Sussex University.

All three offer different courses and experiences.

It is also possible to study Higher Education courses at local colleges in this area too.

The University of Chichester is a Strategic Partner of and you can hear from both their Careers Adviser and a student in the videos below:

Access and Outreach (Widening Participation) | University of Chichester

Here at the University of Chichester we believe passionately that higher education should be open to all who have the ability and potential to benefit from it, regardless of family background, age, ethnicity or disability.  In line with this tradition, today’s Access and Outreach Team is dedicated to supporting schools and colleges to guide their students through the myriad of choices and decisions into university (and other career pathways) through the delivery of sessions within the University of Chichester Learner Progression Framework [LPF].

Read more…

Want some more advice about University?

The University of Brighton Compact  is a partnership with over 50 schools and colleges in Sussex and beyond. Through Compact, the University are leading efforts to encourage participation in higher education.

Students studying at the Compact partner schools and colleges can benefit from Compact workshops and impartial advice no matter which university you’re considering.


How can the Compact benefit me?

Students studying at Compact partner schools and colleges can benefit from workshops and impartial advice, no matter which university you plan on applying to.

Compact provide impartial information, advice and guidance to help you make a strong application to university. Compact offer events at your college and at the university.

These include talks and workshops with step-by-step advice on how to:

.. choose the right course

.. make a strong university application and

.. write a personal statement that does you justice

To check if your school/college is part of the Compact please visit the website here

The Compact Plus programme

Not all students have the same opportunities, and for some people the transition from school or college to university is more challenging. To enable these students to go on to university we have developed the Compact Plus programme.

If you are eligible for the Plus programme you can receive enhanced support that includes priority access to:

• taster lectures and workshops

• summer and Saturday schools

• opportunities to shadow our students

• one-to-one support with writing your personal statement

• help in preparing for interviews.

If you go on to study at the University of Brighton you may also be eligible for a Compact Plus bursary and opportunities to work part-time for the university.

Am I eligible for the Compact Plus programme?

You will be eligible for the Plus programme if you:

  • have a disability or learning difficulty
  • are currently in, or have been in, the care of a local authority
  • care for someone at home with a long-term illness or disability
  • have refugee or asylum seeker status in the UK.

You will also be eligible if you meet two of these criteria:

  • your parents or guardians did not go to university.
  • you were eligible for free school meals or you receive a 16-19 college bursary.
  • you live in an area where fewer than the average number of people go to university (we will check this for you).
  • the main wage earner in your household is in groups 4-8 of the National Statistics Socio-Economic Classification (we will assess this when you fill out the application form).

We look at each application individually, so please let us know of any other circumstances you would like us to consider. To check your eligibility and get an application form contact the Compact Plus team at the University of Brighton: or 01273 641043



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