Havant Sixth Form College and South Downs College merged on the 1st August 2017 to form Havant & South Downs College. A broad range of A levels and vocational programmes are offered to students from a wide academic and physical catchment areas. Of the 49 areas in Hampshire, which are placed in the 10% most deprived areas in England for education, 21 of these are located in the Havant area. Approximately 4000 students attend the College and typically 22% (870+) students are accepted onto Higher Education courses.
A levels are primarily taught at our Havant campus and from September 2019 they will be exclusively taught there. Historically, our A level students achieve a 98% pass rate, with 42% of students achieving the highest A Level grades of A* – B. Because of this high success rate approximately 80% of our A level students’ progress onto university. There are 34 A Levels subjects on offer and most students study three A levels, though a few, after consultation, opt to take four subjects. Those taking a full A level programme can also complete the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and undertake work experience.
Our predicted grades for Linear A levels are based on end of year mock exams and results of a continual assessment process used by the College. Technology is embedded throughout the A level curriculum and we use Google for Education as an integrated digital platform.
The College offers an Aim High programme that develops skills for the most committed and aspirational students who have an average GCSE point score of 6.5 – 8. The programme provides support for students who wish to progress onto competitive, prestigious and specialist future opportunities. The programme includes the HE+ programme which is offered in conjunction with the University of Cambridge.
We have a wide range of vocational courses on offer, ranging from Level 1 to Level 5, qualifications all taught at the South Downs campus. The vocational courses give students a healthy mix of classroom-based theory sessions, hands-on practical lessons and allow the students the chance to practice their skills in realistic work-based environments.
The vocational courses will be assessed through a continuous programme of assignments, class activities, practical tasks, discussions, presentations, written reports, voluntary work and completion of an independent research project. Each assessment will be graded against assessment criteria and each unit will be awarded a Pass, Merit or Distinction.
With an extensive range of A levels and vocational courses available we recognise that one size does not fit all, and we are committed to providing our students with the best possible learning experience to help them achieve their aspirations.