Welcome from the Principal

Mike Gaston Principal of HSDC

Hello, and a warm welcome to Havant & South Downs College.

The next step you take could shape the rest of your life: we want to help you make sure it is the right one. Recent events have marked the start of a bright new future for further education in our area. The merging of Havant Sixth Form College and South Downs College means two campuses, one College, but most importantly, one incredible journey for our students.

With our high level of student success it’s no wonder over one third of all 16 to 18 year olds in the region attend the College. From academic subjects to job-specific vocations, 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. We work in partnership with many employers providing traineeships, apprenticeships and valuable work experience and part of your study programme may be based with an employer.

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

Coming to college means making new friends and mixing education with a great social life. You will find all you need at Havant & South Downs to help you get great results and achieve your goals, but have fun along the way.

As you may know, learning at post-16 level presents many new challenges, but we will encourage you to embrace those challenges as opportunities. Opportunities to reach your potential.

This is possible thanks to the professionalism and dedication of our staff, as well as our first-class facilities – both of which will give you the support you need to focus on achieving your goals.

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.

Being part of our College community is about much more than achieving good grades. Throughout your studies we will encourage you to engage with a host of extra-curricular opportunities that can include social, enrichment and sporting endeavours.

Indeed, your time here will be a holistic experience that will enable you to grow as a person as well as a student, preparing you for a rich and fulfilling future.

We are committed to providing you with the best learning experience possible and whatever your age, background or qualifications, we are sure that we can help you to realise your aspirations. We welcome all students whether returning to study after a break or continuing your education direct from school or college. We welcome and encourage diversity at Havant & South Downs College offering extensive professional support to all students with disability, special learning needs or other requirements.

I wish you well during your time at HSDC.  Best wishes, Mike.

Mike Gaston

Principal of Havant & South Downs College



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