Growing up in Lisbon, Portugal, Joao moved to England in 2019 and studying at Sunderland College helped him adapt to life in the North East. After leaving college Joao signed a professional contract with South Shields FC.

BTEC Sports Level 3.

I had it on my mind before going to the college.

Because the course fit in perfectly with my career aims.

Everything! From the teachers to my class mates and the most important thing I learned was how to gain new knowledge independently.

They’re always willing to help someone who’s struggling.

A calm and good atmosphere I’d say.

I’d highly recommend the college to someone who’s committed to hard work and wants to be someone in life.

I am a professional footballer for South Shields FC.

It played a big part in me becoming the person I am now.

Student success stories

Maths and English for a Successful Future

Maths and English are everywhere! They are important life skills that will help you to achieve your best in your studies and to progress to your dream career. A GCSE Maths and English qualification could be the difference between being accepted onto a university course or getting a job promotion.

98% of our students progress to a positive destination

*Destination data for Sunderland College students aged 16-18, academic year 2017/18).

Why choose Sunderland College?

Our achievement rates are well above the national average.

We are the College of the Year.

(*Top college nationally for BTECs, Pearson 2019)

100% of our HND and HNC students progressed to employment or further study. 

(*Destination data, academic year 2016/17, HNC 19+)

We have recently invested £50 million in our facilities.