Celebrating student success for Colleges Week 2021

October 21, 2021

Students throwing their graduation caps in the air

Students are the reason behind everything we do here at HSDC, and we are so proud of everyone who has studied with us over the years.

Last year, HSDC students achieved an overall pass rate of 99% with 67% of students securing A* to B or equivalent grades and 41% of our students achieving the highest A*/A or equivalent grades.

For Colleges Week’s Go further theme, we want to spread the word about some of the fantastic achievements our students have made over the past year, whether this is success in a competition or achieving a coveted scholarship.

Here is a selection of reasons why our students have been celebrating recently…


  • South Downs Campus student Lily Slade will be competing in the finals of WorldSkills UK next month in the Commercial Makeup section. Lily used her fantastic talents to impress the judges with her colourful look created while studying Level 3 Theatrical, Special Effects Hair and Media Make-Up. 


  • Our recent cohort of Higher Education students from all walks of life graduated from the Early Childhood BA Top Up course, Foundation Degree in Early Years and Foundation Degree in Teaching & Learning Support.


  • A Level student George Shadbolt from HSDC Havant was awarded our first ever Study for ALL scholarship in partnership with the University of Law. George said: “The College has always been flexible to my specific needs and has offered a wide range of support throughout my time here. As excited as I am about moving on further within my life, I will always miss HSDC and everyone there.” 



  • HSDC Alton student Mackenzie Wellfare won the National Theatre’s annual playwriting competition for people aged 14 to 19, New Views. Mackenzie’s play, Perspective, was inspired by his own and others’ experience of Autism, and was selected from over 400 final entries from 74 secondary schools and colleges across the UK. 




We love hearing how our ex-students are getting on and which career paths they have taken. If you are an ex-student, please visit our Stay Connected page to tell us what you’ve done since you left our College!