Here are some of our frequently asked questions. If you can’t find what you’re looking for here please get in touch on 023 9387 9999 or email customerservices@hsdc.ac.uk.


A. You can find out about term dates here. The hours and days you are required at College will vary depending on your course, so you will need to contact your course leader. If you don’t know who your course leader is, our admissions team should be able to help you (customerservices@hsdc.ac.uk).

A. You can find out more about a course you’re interested in by using our course finder. Each course should have information on entry requirements, course structure, how the course is taught, the campus and progression opportunities.

Alternatively, you can attend one of our open events where you’ll have the opportunity to speak to lecturers and ask any questions you may have.

A. If you know the subject you want to study but aren’t certain about which level is best suited you can still make an application to study with us. Our helpful Admissions team review each application so can advise you on the course that is best for you. Alternatively, if you want to check before making an application you can email admissions@hsdc.ac.uk with information on the qualifications you currently have and which course you’re interested in. You can also check out our Qualifications Explained page for more information.

A. Our interviews are really just a chat! You get to ask any questions you have about College life and the course you have applied to. We’ll talk to you about why you applied to the course, what you’ve done so far and what your aspirations are. Interviews are our way of making sure the course is right for you, so you can get the most out of your time at HSDC. Take a look at our interview top tips.

A. This all depends on your age, circumstances and what type of course you’re applying to. In general if you are under 19 you will not have to pay for your course. The College is able to offer some financial assistance to certain students over 19, more information on this can be found here.

The prices for our Part Time and Higher Education courses can be found using our course finder.


A. If you’re torn between two courses or have applied to multiple Colleges, it’s easy to lose track of what course you’ve applied to! Just email admissions@hsdc.ac.uk with your name, date of birth and details of the courses you think you may have applied to.

A. If you previously studied at South Downs College, Alton College, Havant College or are a current HSDC student, you can email

exams.southdowns@hsdc.ac.uk  (South Downs Campus)

exams.havant@hsdc.ac.uk (Havant Campus)

exams.alton@hsdc.ac.uk (Alton Campus)

If you simply forgot to collect your certificate(s), they may still have them on file or they can contact the exam board to get hold of them.
If possible please include your full name, the year you sat the exam, the name of the qualification and the exam board in your email.

A. You can find details of our latest part time and full time open evenings in our events calendar.

A. Absolutely! We offer college tours throughout the year at all three campuses. All you need to do is email tours@hsdc.ac.uk, letting us know who you are and when you’d like a tour.

A. We’re always keen to work closely with local employers. If you’re looking for an apprentice, visit our apprenticeship page. If you have a part time job opportunity for current students or are looking to recruit a student who has recently finished College, please email careers@hsdc.ac.uk

A. Synergy Salon is open from Monday to Friday, 8.45am – 5pm during term time. Please note, our term dates are different from schools. You can find our term dates here.

A. Our restaurant is open for lunch between Tuesday-Friday from 12pm, to 12.45pm (last orders). The restaurant dinner service is on a Wednesday from 6-6.45pm (last orders).

For information on prices and how to book please visit the restaurant page.


Alton Campus

The gym is open to staff and students only from Monday to Thursday 7.30am-5.30pm and Fridays 8.30am-4pm. Unlike South Downs Campus, the Alton Campus gym is not open to the public, therefore is not open at weekends.

South Downs Campus

Our fitness centre is open to the general public from Monday-Thursday 5.15-8.45pm, Friday 5.15-8.15pm and Saturday 9am-12pm. To find out more about prices and other fitness classes offered please visit the sports and fitness page. As a student or staff member, you can use the gym for free!

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