Coronavirus Update

Reporting symptoms and a positive covid-19 test

You should notify us using the online notification form of all results and updates.

  • If you are a student and you have received a positive result for COVID-19, you must not come into college and MUST self isolate for 10 days along with others in your household who should isolate for 14 days.
  • If a member of your household or close contacts has received a positive result for COVID-19, you must self isolate for 14 days regardless of any test during this time (even if you receive a negative test yourself).
  • If you have COVID symptoms do not come into college or leave your home. Please arrange to have a test and if positive self isolate for 10 days, and members of your household should isolate for 14 days. If negative, return to college when feeling well and non-symptomatic.
  • If a member of your household has symptoms of COVID-19, they are advised to arrange a test and you must all isolate until a negative result has been reported.

Please inform us of the outcome of the test as soon as possible.

If you are self-isolating because you have been contacted by Test & Trace, another member of the household or direct contact has symptoms, or you have returned from an area requiring quarantine, please notify us and follow the latest advice at

Alternatively, you can notify us by emailing

Thank you for your cooperation and support.

COVID-19 Current Positive Cases

The table below shows the number of current cases at each campus. In each of these cases, we have followed our established procedures for contacting everyone directly affected.

(College currently closed)

Alton Havant South Downs
0 0 0


6 January 2021

Yesterday evening, the Department for Education issued new information regarding January vocational exams stating that schools and colleges can continue with the vocational and technical exams that are due to take place in January, where they judge it right to do so. As such, whether at Havant, Alton or South Downs, HSDC will provide you the opportunity to sit your exams this month as planned for all those who wish to take them.

You now have a choice: we encourage you to take your January exams if you have been able to prepare and are ready for the exam, can travel into College safely and are not self-isolating or ill. However, if you consider you are not ready to take the exam because your studies have been disrupted by the pandemic, or if you are worried about getting to campus or being around other students during the exam, then you may choose not to take it.

Please think carefully about the best decision for you. We know that you will have worked hard to prepare for these exams, so if you can safely take the exams, we encourage you to do so. However, we also recognise that some of you will have suffered considerable hardship in the last few months and may have concerns around your health and safety that will prevent you from taking these exams or performing well in them.

To read the rest of the letter sent to students, please click here.

4 January 2021 

The Prime Minister announced tonight that schools and colleges in England will cease face to face teaching from Tuesday 5 January until Monday 22 February to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. He also informed us that exams will not take place as planned in May and June although we understand that January exams still stand. This is obviously another significant announcement for the education sector and there will be further details in the next 24 to 48 hours.

Whilst this will be a considerable shock and will be of concern to parents and students, my plea is that students remain committed to their studies and learning. I hope studying via our virtual learning platform will provide some sense of normality during this time.

We will remain open for vulnerable learners and children of key workers as we were during the first lockdown. We will update you when we receive more details.

Thank you for your continued support.

Mike Gaston
Principal & CEO

Please be sure to check the Government website for the most up to date guidance on what to do if you have symptoms and what to do if you have received COVID-19 test results.

If you are a student and you have received a positive result for COVID-19 or have symptoms of COVID-19, you must not come into college. You should notify us using the online notification form. If you haven’t already, please arrange a test and follow the guidance from the NHS. You must isolate until you have the test result. Please inform us of the outcome of the test as soon as possible. Alternatively, you can notify us by emailing

As a result of the third lockdown, all future interviews for new applicants will be by phone until further notice. Each interview will take place on the same date and time as scheduled. If you have any questions please contact Customer Services.

You will be well aware of the fast-developing situation with COVID-19 and the need to mitigate risk to staff, businesses and students. Therefore, we can confirm that any part time/adult learning course (excluding distance/online learning) that was due to start in January or February, will be postponed until after the February half term. We can only apologise for any inconvenience or disappointment this may cause and, of course, this may change if we have any further government updates. We are still accepting applications for these courses with the hope that we can run these after the half term. Please contact if you have any concerns or queries.

There have been a number of changes around College recently as a result of COVID-19, to ensure the safety of students, staff and visitors when on campus. Please see below for a summary of the new procedures and features around campus, so you know what to expect when visiting us.

Arriving & Departing Campus

  • All students and staff are required to wear a face covering when walking around the internal areas of the College, including classrooms. This includes corridors, social spaces, libraries, refectories. Please remember to bring a clean mask with you each day.
  • All students and staff are required to wear their College lanyard and ID at all times when on College premises.
  • One-way system – you’ll see lots of yellow stickers pointing out the one-way system in place. Please adhere to this and give yourself time to move around the directed routes.
  • Sanitiser stations – these are located at the entrance to every building and throughout campus. We do recommend that you also have your own sanitiser with you when on campus.

Teaching sessions
All teaching rooms have been set out with distancing measures and with defined teacher areas. Desks and tables should not be moved without the agreement of the teacher.


  • No food containing nuts should be brought onto campus.
  • We encourage you to bring your own lunch but there will be a ‘Grab & Go’ limited offer available.
  • You may find that the eating areas are zoned out for Year 1 and Year 2 students and it is important to stick to these zones.
  • There will be reduced seating in social areas and we would encourage you to eat in the classroom you have your afternoon lesson in where possible.

Non-timetabled sessions
Normally we would want you to stay on campus and use the facilities, but at present, if you do not have a lesson we ask that you leave campus and work from home to reduce the number of students on campus at any one time unless otherwise requested by staff.


You are encouraged to:

  • wash your hands regularly
  • avoid touching your face
  • sneeze/cough into a tissue or the crook of your elbow
  • try to avoid touching surfaces, such as staircase railings
  • use sanitiser provided

If you have any questions at all about being on campus and the new guidelines, please don’t hesitate to speak to our reception team when you visit, or you can call the team before your visit.

The Department for Education (DfE) has launched a new helpline dedicated to answering questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people are welcome to contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

The gym at Alton and South Downs will be closed for the duration of the third lockdown for both the public and staff and will be reviewed again in line with the Government guidelines prior to reopening.

We understand that this is a difficult and worrying time for our HE applicants, but please be assured that we are working on understanding the situation.

Our advice, for now, is to confirm your offer as normal and as the situation becomes clearer, we will provide further information on how we are managing our admissions process.

You can also visit the UCAS website for further information.

HE teaching at HSDC this year

In the event that the Government guidance changes or class sizes require further social distancing, HSDC has the ability to adjust the timetables and teach fully online or through a blended model. This would involve implementing a mixture of in-person and online teaching and learning using a variety of flipped learning methods, making use of effective learning technologies. If necessary, lectures will be online and seminars conducted in smaller groups. If a further lockdown is necessary, lectures will be pre-recorded using Screencastify and seminars delivered live online using Google Meet. Tutorial and 1:1 support would also be offered using video conferencing software.

Consideration will be given to subjects that need access to specialist facilities or hardware/software as part of the course. Courses will therefore be designed so that students can complete units remotely online and in college. When on campus, all health and safety guidelines will be followed regarding the use of equipment and spaces.

HSDC Restaurant will be temporarily closed until the restrictions ease. If you have an upcoming reservation to dine at The Restaurant over the coming weeks, it will be cancelled therefore there is no need to contact us to do so.

In the meantime, The Restuarant will continue to accept bookings for when it reopens. To make a reservation or to contact The Restaurant, please email

Synergy Salon will regrettably be closing on Thursday 5 November 2020 until further notice due to the national lockdown. The salon will endeavour to reopen as soon as restrictions ease and the lockdown period is over. We will keep this website updated with our reopening dates. We would like to thank our loyal customers for their continued support during this time and encourage bookings once we reopen.

If you have any questions at all, please email Synergy.

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