City of Sunderland College
Sunderland College
Type Further and Higher Education College
Principal Ms Angela O'Donoghue
Location Durham Road (A690)
City of Sunderland
Tyne and Wear
Local authority Sunderland
DfE URN 131347
Ofsted Reports
Ages 16+

Coordinates: 54°53′34″N 1°24′31″W / 54.89276°N 1.40852°W / 54.89276; -1.40852

Sunderland College, is a Further Education, Higher Education College based in Sunderland, North East England. The enrolment includes around 6,300 part-time learners and approximately 4,800 full-time students.[1] A report following a January 2010 Ofsted inspection awarded the school a Grade 2 (good) that icluded a Grade 1 (outstanding) on 3 inspection criteria.[1] The College is a member of the 157 Group of high performing schools.[2]



The College is a multi-centre establishment, with five campuses throughout North East England, these are Bede Campus, Hylton Campus, Shiney Row Campus, Usworth Campus and St. Peter's Campus, which is located on the St Peter's campus of the University of Sunderland.


Statistically, Sunderland College has held the top position of colleges and sixth forms in Sunderland - achieving the best grades locally in comparison with St. Aidan's RC, St. Anthony's RC and St. Robert's of Newminster, in recent years.

The Colleges Bede Campus is in the buildings of the former Bede School which began as a coeducational comprehensive in September 1967. The School, briefly known as Bede School closed in 1991, and was itself a combination of the Bede College School for Boys and Bede Grammar School for Girls, run by the County Borough of Sunderland Education Committee. The girls' school had around 500 girls in the 1950s, and by the 1960s the boys' school had 900 boys.

Shiney Row Campus

This Campus is the specialist centre for most of the visual and performing arts courses. 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 It has recently been awarded the title of Training Quality Standard (TQS) which has superseded the Centre of Vocational Excellence (CoVE)status.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.

Higher Education

Shiney Row Campus is also home to the College's Higher Education courses. Sunderland College offer a range of Higher Education qualifications such as Higher National Certificates (HNC's), Higher National Diplomas (HND's) and Foundation Degrees.

Hylton Campus

The Hylton Campus 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 The Lounge 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.

Sixth Form Campuses

The College has four Sixth Forms in partnership with local schools. These are St Peter's Sixth Form, Bede Sixth Form, Headways Sixth Form and Usworth Sixth Form.

Bede Campus

The Bede Campus is home to both Bede Sixth Form and Headways Sixth Form which is situated close to Sunderland City Centre on Durham Road (A690.

The campus offers the students a lecture theatre, equipped with audio-visual aids. These facilities enable the centre to deliver business and computing courses. In addition to the lecture theatre - the centre has fully equipped science labs and a two-storey learning centre. The campus also includes a Goals Soccer Centre with all-weather 3G 5-a-side pitches.

Bede Sixth Form serves the Sixth Form needs of Sunderland South and currently has a partnership arrangement with Southmoor, Farringdon, Sandhill View, Academy 360, Thornhill and Venerable Bede Schools. Headways Sixth Form which currently has a partnership with Seaham School of Technology, Hetton School and Easington School.

St Peter's Campus

The college's St Peter's Sixth Form campus serves the Sixth Form needs of Sunderland North, and is situated on Charles Street, next to the River Wear and the University of Sunderland. 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 campus was officially opened on 25 November 2008, by Steve Cram, Chancellor of the University of Sunderland.

The college 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.

Usworth Campus

In September 2006, Sunderland College opened its brand-new £10 million Usworth Sixth Form campus on Stone Cellar Road in Washington, Tyne and Wear. 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(M) in Usworth and Concord.


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. Refectories, cafes, shops and common rooms are all available at each of the campuses.

Campuses also include lecture theatres and/or performance stages.

There is also access to the media facilities and libraries of the University of Sunderland.

Notable alumni

Bede Grammar School for Boys

Bede Grammar School for Girls


  1. ^ a b Ofsted inspection report 2010 retrieved 29 July 2010
  2. ^ 157 Group, members. Retrieved 29 July 2010

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