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About the College

If you are planning to study with us in September, please be reassured that your application will be processed in the normal manner. Although we will not be able to conduct a face-to-face interview at this current time, we are looking at alternative ways to do this. We are committed to ensuring all potential students are supported through their application journey and we will work with you to secure your place at the College. Should you have any questions regarding your application, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

📦 Message to Suppliers (Updated 20 March 2020) 

Click here to read an important statement for suppliers

With effect from Monday 23rd March 2020, all College sites will be closed with the exception of the Humanities, Arts and Health campus located in Out Risbygate Street Bury St Edmunds (IP33 3RL) which will be open from 09:00 until 17:00 hours Monday- Friday.

A skeleton staff team will continue to operate during these hours at this location and therefore deliveries must be taken to the University Studies Centre on the site where a temporary reception has been established. It is the College’s intention to continue to operate as best as it can in these unusual circumstances and therefore it is intended to continue to issue purchase orders to suppliers.

In the event that government measures are extended to a complete lockdown, the College may then have to close its premises completely and deliveries will not be possible.

Please watch the website for further details of this because as you will appreciate it is a fast changing situation. For any queries please send these directly to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

We are a large local employer with 786 staff and a turnover of £30.5 million.

  • 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

Abbeygate Sixth Form College

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Find out more at www.abbeygatesfc.ac.uk or see a fly through of the new building here.