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Student Success at South Downs Campus

Our South Downs Campus is the place for technical excellence. We offer a comprehensive range of Vocational (A Level equivalent) courses, Higher Education courses, Apprenticeships and T Levels. With our excellent facilities and teachers, it’s no surprise that our students progress to amazing success and fantastic careers.

So far this year, 61 Havant and South Downs students have applied to Oxford, Cambridge, Medicine and Veterinary courses.

Recently, our successes include:


Despite two years of studies being disrupted due to the pandemic, outstanding results across Vocational and Technical courses show that HSDC students continued to thrive throughout difficult circumstances. Almost three-quarters of Level 3 students achieved high grades and over half achieved very high grades.


Student showing how to create a regional news report through graphics

HSDC South Downs students competed in the semi-finals of the national skills competition WorldSkills UK in July 2021. Putting their skills to the test were Hayden Kracke, Jack Hilton, Isaac Callendar-Barlow and Ellie James, who were all students from the UAL Level 3 Creative Media Production & Technology – Film & TV Production course.

The Digital Media Production semi-final was held virtually on 6 July, with the students being given a timed brief and then set a challenge to research, plan, shoot, edit and then post a YouTube video. The amazing team made it through the semi-finals and will be going into the final at the NEC in Birmingham in November 2021 as top 5 in the country!

Esports Success

Three virtual cars on winning screen

A team of students from South Downs Campus went head to head against colleges across the UK in a Rocket League competition in July 2021. The South Downs Esports team, named South Downs Storm, won the All-star Showdown 2021, hosted by the British Esport Association, following three days of competition.

Watch out for South Downs Storm in 2021/22!



four student holding their results

These amazing UAL Level 3 Performing and Production Arts students all achieved a Distinction overall!

In 2019/20, over three-quarters of our Level 3 students achieved high grades in their qualifications and over half achieved the very highest grades (such as triple Distinction*) – these results mean our students progressed to higher education, employment or apprenticeships with great confidence and an even greater chance of future success.

Similarly, our students who retook their GCSE Maths or GCSE English achieved superb results – far higher rates of 9-4 grades than students at colleges nationally.




WorldSkills UK

Bella with her Gold medal and her lecturers. Left to right: Anthony Millon, Bella Skipp & Gary Poole-Gleed

Three of our students placed at the WorldSkills UK National Finals in 2019, claiming Gold, Silver and Highly Commended awards. They managed to obtain their winning places by competing against more than 500 apprentices and students. Ex – Catering student Bella Skipp won Gold for Confectionery, while ex-Sport students Jake Francis-Chin and Luke Keogh were awarded Silver and Highly Commended for Fitness Trainer: Personal Training.



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