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Vocational & Foundation Learning

Through these courses, you can gain 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. He has since secured employment as a Support Worker with Dimensions.

“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

There are lots of people at the college, each studying a diverse range of courses, people from all different areas come to study here, it creates a sense of community, there is a huge social aspect to college life across all courses.

Lee Backhouse, BTEC student

I’m really happy and pleased with my grades. I really loved my time at the college, I have also made lots of friends, it’s a really nice place to be, I don’t want to leave.

Lauren Piper, A Level student

“HSDC provided me with the opportunity for autonomous study and the choice of subjects that I wanted to study, which helped me develop relevant knowledge as well as relevant skills for the workplace.”

Lucas Ratcliffe, A Level and CTEC student

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