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Welcome from the Principal

Mike Gaston Principal of HSDC

Hello and welcome to HSDC

One leading college with three campuses at Alton, Havant and South Downs (Waterlooville).

HSDC is ranked highest in our area for academic and vocational excellence and we are also leading after being selected as the only provider in South Hampshire to deliver all three of the new and exciting T Level qualifications from 2020.

Our decades of experience, superb links with employers and excellent vocational education and training have been nationally recognised, confirming us as a leading provider for technical skills.

Through our two A Level Centres of Excellence, we are reinforcing our A Level offering with outstanding progression to Oxbridge and Russell group universities and indeed planning the expansion of our own Higher Education programmes.

This means even more opportunities for our students. With our high level of student success, it’s no wonder over one third of all 16-18 year olds in the region attend our college.

From A Level, T Level and other Vocational provision to Apprenticeships, we have the course for you.

All of our study programmes are designed to prepare you for the world of work and, in many cases, our students progress to university level study as part of their career plan. However, if Higher Education is not the path you want to take, our outstanding employer links mean we can offer you Traineeships, Apprenticeships and valuable work experience to strengthen your CV.

We were recently recorded as second nationally for positive destinations for 16-18 year olds in the Government’s performance tables.

We can give you a student experience that you will find nowhere else; it is absolutely unique.

Thanks to the professionalism and dedication of our staff, as well as first-class facilities, we can help you embrace the new challenges post-16 education can present.

Among other things, you will learn to take more responsibility for your learning and development, which will prepare you for the exciting choices that lie ahead.

However, your studies aren’t the only focus of college life. We have a host of extra-curricular opportunities that can include social, enrichment and sporting endeavours for you to get involved with to maximise your student experience.

We are committed to providing you with the highest level of teaching and learning possible and whatever your age, background or qualifications, we can help you to reach your fullest potential. With significant further investments planned in our estate, the future is bright for HSDC.

We welcome all students whatever your aspirations and we encourage diversity at HSDC, offering extensive professional support to all students with disability, special learning needs or other requirements.

Whether you want to progress onto university, are keen to enter the world of work or want to start your own business, we can be the platform to help you succeed.

I look forward to welcoming you to the College.


Mike Gaston

Principal & CEO of HSDC



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