Preparing for College

Understand the whole process.

The simple steps to joining our College community

There are several key stages to joining our College community. Here’s our guide to what you should be doing and when:

By reading our prospectus and visiting our website and social media you can gain an accurate idea of what life at the College will be like. We will also be visiting a number of schools with assemblies and at careers fairs.

Importantly, you should have read through your course options and already be weighing up your alternatives.

South Downs Campus: Tuesday 10 October 2017

Havant and South Downs Campuses: Wednesday 11 October 2017

Havant Campus: Thursday 12 October 2017

Open Evenings are prime opportunities for you and your parents to meet teachers and students, tour our facilities, get a feel for the atmosphere at the College and ask any questions.

During Open Evenings staff will also be on-hand to provide information on careers, learning support, transport and student finance.

Your Interview

Once we have received your application you will be invited for your interview. This will be relatively informal, giving you the chance to discuss your Study Programme and find out more about the College.

Once you have completed your interview and an appropriate Study Programme has been agreed, we will most likely offer you a place.

You can choose to confirm your place at the interview or send us your acceptance a few days later.

Student Shadowing Starts

One valuable option is to come and spend some time in at the College alongside a current student who is already studying the subjects you wish to pursue. To find out more about this, please email


After you have accepted your place we’ll keep you up-to-date with all the latest news and events at the College via email and mobile. Therefore, please make sure you provide us with your most current email address and mobile number.

Havant Campus: Wednesday 28 February 2018

South Downs Campus: Tuesday 6 March 2018

This is a further opportunity for you and your parents to meet teachers and students, tour our facilities, get a feel for the atmosphere at the College, and ask any questions.

This is when your GCSE exams begin. We wish you good luck with these and hope you achieve your potential. We’ll also send you some handy revision tips to help you along the way!

In July, after your GCSE exams have finished, we will invite all our applicants to the College’s Summer Event Programme.

Our biggest event is the New Student Festival. We also have a range of workshops and sports trials to get involved with. These are an ideal opportunity for you to meet your teachers, make new friends, attend masterclasses, ask questions, find out about enrichment opportunities, and attend our BBQ and festival afternoon.

Pre-enrolment information

Once you have confirmed your place with us, we’ll write to you over the summer to arrange an enrolment interview, which will take place in the days after you receive your GCSE results.

During this interview we will help you to decide your final Study Programme.

GCSE results day

This is when you will finally discover how you have performed in your GCSEs. If you need to make any adjustment to your plans at this stage, we’ll be available to discuss this with you.


You’ll start at the College early in September 2018. Your first day will include an official welcome from your Personal Tutor and a Fresher’s Fair where you can sign up to clubs and societies. You’ll also become a member of the Student Union.

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