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City of Sunderland College is one of the largest Further Education and Sixth Form Colleges in the UKmarker based in Sunderlandmarker.

The college is a multi-centre establishment, with sites throughout North East England. The main centres of the College are the Bede Centre, Hylton Skills Campus, the Shiney Rowmarker Campus, Usworth Sixth Form College and St. Peter's Sixth Form College.


It should be noted that what was Sunderland Technical College was separate to this institution, becoming what is now the University of Sunderland.

Shiney Row Campus

This Campus is the specialist centre for most of the visual and performing arts courses. It is on Success Road in Shiney Rowmarker near the A182 and its junction with the A183, two miles north of Houghton-le-Springmarker. The campus's ethos is strong on creativity, encouraging students to pursue their talents with the use of the large performing hall and recording studio.

It provides facilities to assist students with their studies, careers or with university progression.

The Campus is equipped with language and science labs, hair and beauty salons, large-scale computer sites and an art and design wing. It has recently been awarded the title of Training Quality Standard (TQS) which has superceeded the Centre of Vocational Excellence (CoVE)status. This has been awarded for its Computer Network Academy, which offers Cisco CCNA, Microsoft and the new Foundation Degree which has been formulated for those working with Hewlett Packard equipment.

This centre is also home to the College's Higher Education courses.

Hylton Skills Campus

Hylton is the main centre on the north side of the river Wear in Sunderland. For students wishing to train for careers in numerous occupations it offers real life learning facilities, including a £1 million hospitality and catering wing with fully equipped training kitchens.

The Centre is home to Hyltons Restaurant and Conference Centre. Also there is a hair and beauty salon, which offers hands-on experience over the range of vocational courses on offer.

A recent refurbishment has brought new teaching facilities, workshops and preparation areas for construction courses such as bricklaying, plumbing and joinery, as well as motor vehicle and electrical courses.

Bede Centre

The Bede Centre is situated close to Sunderland City Centre on Durham Road (A690) in Humbledon, in the buildings of the former Bede School. Bede Grammar School closed in the 1970s, and was also known as Bede Collegiate School for Boys. The Centre offers the students a lecture theatre, equipped with audio-visual aids. These facilities enable the centre to deliver business and computing courses.

It has the facilities to assist students with their studies, careers or with university progression. In addition to the lecture theatre - the centre has fully-equipped science labs and a two-storey learning centre with hundreds of computers, thousands of books, CDs and research materials.

Sixth Forms

The College has three Sixth Forms in partnership with local schools. These are St Peter's Sixth Form, The Bede Sixth Form Academy at the Bede Centre, Durham Road and the Usworth Sixth Form College.

St Peter's Sixth Form College

St Peter's Sixth Form College serves the Sixth Form needs of Sunderland North, and is situated on Charles Street, next to the A1018 and the River Wearmarker and the University of Sunderland in Monkwearmouthmarker. It currently has a partnership arrangement with Monkwearmouth, Hylton Red House and Castle View Schools. Whilst these partnerships are in operation, the attendance of the Sixth Form is not restricted to those areas. Anyone within range of the centre can attend. The centre was officially opened on 25 November 2008, by Steve Cram, Chancellor of the University of Sunderland. The Sixth Form also has a partnership arrangement with Hays Travel that allows it to host a travel agency, Citysun Travel, which helps students get work experience in a real working environment. Managed by an industry professional, Citysun Travel, is open to the public and is ABTA bonded.

Bede Sixth Form Academy

Bede Sixth Form Academy serves the Sixth Form needs of Sunderland South and currently has a partnership arrangement with Southmoor, Farringdon, Sandhill View, Academy 360 and Thornhill Schools.

Usworth Sixth Form College

In September 2006, Usworth Sixth Form College opened its brand new £10 million campus on Stephenson Road in Washington, Tyne and Wearmarker. The campus also won the award for Public Sector Building of the Year at The Journal Landmark Awards. It is on the site of the former Usworth School just of the A195 near the junction with the A194 in Usworth and Concord.

Future sixth form college in Seaham

Early 2008 it was announced that City of Sunderland College was to build yet another Sixth Form Centre. In partnership with Seaham School of Technology, Hetton School and Easington School, the centre is to be called The Headways Sixth Form Centre.


Each of the College's centres has its own Independent Learning Centre or ILC in which the students can have access to networked computers, borrow books from the library, or even just find a quiet place to read.

Famous Past Students

Bede Grammar School

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