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Why HSDC is the best college for you

In 2018 we had an impressive 893 students sit their A Level exams with us. Our students did us proud, and on results day we celebrated an overall pass rate of 98.5%, with 51% of our students achieving A*-B grades or equivalent. 

Last year our students achieved better results than those at other local Hampshire Colleges, including higher average A Level grades and points – showcasing not only the hard work and dedication of our students, but also the support and level of teaching we offer here at HSDC.

But don’t take our word for it, the Department for Education results speak for themselves:

Ranking Name of College
1st Havant & South Downs College
2nd Portsmouth College
3rd St Vincent College
4th Highbury College

If you’re looking to get into the top universities HSDC is the place for you. We’ve got a track record of excellence, with more students progressing to the top third of universities than our local Hampshire competitors.

How come?
In comparison to other local Hampshire colleges including Portsmouth College and Highbury College and St Vincent College, our A Level students achieved the most high level grades (AAB or above) including at least two facilitating subjects.

So what are facilitating subjects?
Facilitating subjects are those most commonly required to gain entry on university level courses. If you’re stuck on a subject to study these are a great option as they’re well received by Oxford, Cambridge and other Russell Group universities.

Facilitating A Level subjects include:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English Literature
  • Geography
  • History
  • Physics
  • Modern and classical languages
  • Maths & Further Maths

In addition to excellent exam results, we’ve also got a whole array of extra-curricular activities to help improve your university application. For example, our HE+ programme offered in collaboration with the University of Cambridge and our debating society

An amazing 89% of students secure long term employment, or continue in education after College, with 9% of these students moving to Apprenticeships, and 4% of all our full time students progressing to Russell Group universities.

Name of College Students in sustained education or employment after College
Havant & South Downs College 89%
Fareham College 88%
St Vincent College 87%
Portsmouth College 86%
Highbury College 80%

In addition to these great figures for 2018, we have a history of excellence – our successful alumni boast everything from a PHD student at the University of Cambridge, Mental Health Lawyer and a Criminal Investigator to a Professional Actor, Successful Illustrator and a Professional Footballer for Scottish Premiership football team, Hibernian FC.

University isn’t for everyone – if you want to jump straight into employment or progress onto an Apprenticeship we can help you achieve your goal. We’re the best local Hampshire College for progression to a long term career. See below the Department for Education rankings based on the proportion of students progressing into long term employment. 

Ranking Name of College
1st Havant & South Downs College
2nd St Vincent College
3rd Fareham College
4th Highbury College
5th Portsmouth College


So why is HSDC so good at employability?
Whether you’re studying A Levels or a Vocational course, getting you career-ready is a top priority for us. Here’s how we do it:

Excellent industry links
We work closely with local and national employers to ensure our students are gaining the skills they need to make it in the world of work. Examples include our dedicated Engineering academy in partnership with Harwin and Apprenticeship partnership with Fuller’s.

Professional careers service
Advice, guidance or just help with your CV. Our Careers and Employability Team are there to support you throughout College and after you leave.

Insights into the world of work
Our talented teaching staff are both passionate about what they do and experts in their field. Many of them have been successful in the very industry you aspire to work in – they know what you need to succeed.

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