Welcome from the Principal

Mike Gaston Principal of HSDC

Hello and welcome to Havant & South Downs College.

I am pleased to look back on our first year as Havant & South Downs College and to reflect on the successes we have already achieved. Not only were we ranked highest in the Portsmouth area for academic and vocational excellence, but we were also selected as one of two Colleges in South Hampshire to pilot 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.

Our academic achievements have led us to look towards expanding our outstanding provision to even more students, as we have been chosen to merge with Alton College.

Through this exciting partnership we will not only reinforce our A Level offering but will also look at the expansion of Higher Education and, in 2020, T Levels.

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 to 18 year olds in the region attend our College. From A Level and Vocational courses 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 means we can offer you Traineeships, Apprenticeships and valuable work experience to strengthen your CV.

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 further investments at our A Level Centre of Excellence, our upcoming partnership with Alton College and being chosen to pioneer T Levels, the future is bright for Havant & South Downs College.

We welcome all students whatever your aspirations and we encourage diversity at Havant & South Downs College, 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 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 of Havant & South Downs College

 

 

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