Vocational & Foundation Learning

Through these courses, you can acquire and improve skills that will open doors to further study, employment or supported employment.

Class sizes are generally smaller and a variety of specialist support is available.  You can choose vocational options to try out, such as catering, drama, sport, automotive, art, animal care, health and care, business and retail, IT and hair and beauty.  

HSDC is excited to announce that we have been awarded Hampshire SEND Employability Hub status. We are looking to take on a cohort of Year 11 students through a specialist, individualised programme where the outcome is paid employment. For more information visit our SEND Employability Hub page.

Alumni - Liam

Former Supported Internship student Liam completed an internship with Waitrose in Waterlooville. With his learning difficulty, he found some tasks difficult, however he worked hard to overcome these and secured a small hourly contract with Waitrose, picking up all the overtime he could and became a valued member of their team. He is now working at Morrisons.

“I decided a Supported Internship was the best route for me to progress into work. My job coach gave me support to learn the role and fit in as part of the Waitrose team. I am glad I took this route as I would never have thought I would be where I am now.”

– Liam

Alumni – Will

Will completed a placement with Blue Reef Aquarium, where he progressed from working with the Animal Care team to working with the Visitor Services team and in the café. Will gained a lot of confidence and worked hard to overcome the difficulties presented by his Tourette Syndrome and has since been offered a seasonal contract with them to work in their café and continues to volunteer with the aquarists.

“Before I started the internship, I didn’t feel I was able to work.  Now I have overcome my biggest fears such as speaking to the public, and I am now doing public talks in the aquarium. My confidence has grown so much. I couldn’t have achieved this without this opportunity.”

– Will

Careers

The teaching and support was absolutely brilliant, they couldn’t have done anything more or anything better, if I had any questions my lecturers would always stay behind to help me if I needed it and their emails were always open, it was second to none. This college is the best by far.

Amber Searle, BTEC student

I’m very, very happy, I didn’t expect to do so well. The College has been helpful and supportive. I loved my courses, and the teachers were really good – every single one of them. The facilities are great, but it’s the staff that really make this place.

Matthew Randell, A Level student

The tutors were really supportive and it was all thanks to them that I have achieved what I have. I’ve also made loads of great friends and really enjoyed my time at the college.

Lizaveta Sinkerich, A Level student

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