transition offer
to you


Where possible, identified students with Education Health Care Plans, and those who have completed a support needs questionnaire will receive the following:

A personalised and individual transition approach to support you. This is based on the information you, or someone on your behalf has shared.

Your personalised transition could include; face to face or virtual meetings, individual or group tours of our sites, meet and greets with our Additional Learning Support team as well as curriculum staff, visits to you in your current educational environment and summer activities.

You, or someone who is helping you with your application, can request further information or a discussion around your support needs.

Where possible you, and those supporting you, will be given the chance to visit your campus over the summer period. You will be directed to the virtual transition information to find out more about our buildings and services.

Contact Us

If you need to talk to someone about Transition, simply email our Transition Team

Hastings student


My name’s Jack and I study Level 2 Art & Design at East Sussex College Hastings.

Hospitality & Catering student


My name’s Ewan and I’ve completed the Level 2 Diploma in Professional Food and Beverage Service Skills and level 2 certificate in general and beverage services skills.

Art student


Coming to college, I was most looking forward to making new friends and learning new skills


After leaving secondary school seven years ago, I felt excited and nervous about starting a BTEC level 1 course at college.

Targeted Support

For those new students with EHCPs, and other complex issues, such as medical needs, in addition to the support provided at the universal level, we will:

  • Contact you by phone and/or email to discuss your needs in more details, and work with you to complete an information sheet informing your new curriculum team, plus any risk assessments or care plans, as needed.
  • Liaise with our site teams regarding any adjustments or allowances that you might need (e.g. a lift pass).
  • Be available to liaise with any external support teams around you to help with their understanding of our provision or planning of their support.

Specialist Support

For those students with the most complex needs, in addition to the support provided at the targeted level, we will:

  • Arrange, where possible, for bespoke visits and assessments to take place to inform your programme on site.
  • Our in-house therapists will contact external health and therapy services to aid the review of information and therapy programmes.
  • Join our virtual Summer School and receive work via email to keep engaged and get prepared for the start of college.
  • Take a video tour of our learning spaces, readily available online to help our young people transition from a distance and to be accessed as often as needed.
  • Our course leaders will contact previous providers to ensure we have detailed student profiles and bespoke care information in order to provide the best classroom and personal support.
  • Our SEN Entry 1 team will create individualised transition plans and strategies for our learners that would benefit from extra time or an adapted timetable to ease back into college life.
  • Get to know the SEN Entry 1 team by accessing virtual meet and greets as well as logging onto your own Youtube Channel which has been created by the staff team.
  • Take a video tour of our learning spaces, readily available online to help our young people transition from a distance and to be accessed as often as needed.

If you require more information about our offer to young people with SEND, then please read our local offer here.

Bursary Queries

Students (or their families) who are in receipt of eligible benefits or have a low income, and are studying a course that leads to a government funded qualification, may be eligible for an award from the discretionary Bursary Fund towards the cost of travel, compulsory visits and equipment/materials needed for their course. Eligibility criteria will apply.