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About the College

West Suffolk College is on a mission to be the best college in the UK – we believe our community deserves nothing less.

We’re making history at West Suffolk College in a place famous for it. On a stunning campus in the heart of historic Bury St Edmunds, we’re advancing ambitious plans to become a leading vocational and academic college, serving our students outstandingly, and supporting the success of businesses and the regional economy.

We provide an outstanding education to every one of our students. Our ethos is to put our learners’ success at the heart of everything we do. That means we do everything we can to help our students succeed and be the best they can be.

We have an impressive range of courses, high quality facilities, inspiring tutors and incredible opportunities to open up a career or succeed in higher education. We believe in engaging with our students as young adults in a supportive and encouraging environment and we aim to give the best opportunity to develop, grow and become passionately involved in their own education.

As a partner College of the University of Suffolk, we offer more than 40 foundation and honours degrees at the College across a wide range of subjects. We also have strong links with business and industries in the region to make sure our students develop skills that will increase their employability.

Plans to build a world-class sixth form college in Bury St Edmunds were recently given the go ahead.

The new college is a collaboration between the West Suffolk College-sponsored Suffolk Academies Trust, including Suffolk One in Ipswich and local upper schools, King Edward VI School and Sybil Andrews Academy in Bury St Edmunds.

The college aims to replicate the success of Suffolk One, an outstanding sixth form college, and offering more than 40 A-Level courses to 16-19 year olds from across the whole of West Suffolk.

Curriculums will be timetabled to allow students to study high level specialist vocational qualifications at West Suffolk College alongside their A Levels if appropriate.

Success Rates

  • 84.2% success rate for all ages on long and short qualifications
  • 86% success rate for 16-18 long qualifications
  • 80.8% success rate for 19+ long qualifications
  • 78% success rate for Full Apprenticeship Framework
  • 88.7% success rate for Full NVQ2 and 3 delivered in the workplace
  • 87.7% success rate for Higher Education students

We are a large local employer with 331 full-time staff and a turnover of £27 million.