Havant and South Downs College

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TypeFurther education college
MottoBuild your confidence, individuality and maximise your potential
Local authorityHampshire
Chief Executive and PrincipalMike Gaston [1]
GenderMixed Education

HSDC is a Further education college located in Waterlooville, Hampshire, England.[2] The college was formed on 1 August 2017 following a merger of South Downs College and Havant Sixth Form College.[3][4]

The College subsequently merged with Alton College on 1 March 2019, to become HSDC, composed of three campuses; HSDC Alton, HSDC Havant and HSDC South Downs. The College provision includes nearly 40 A Level subjects across the three campuses as well as vocational courses including T Levels (from September 2020), UAL and BTEC qualifications and apprenticeships delivered in partnership with leading local and national businesses.

The college has just under 7,500 students, with nearly 4,200 of these being full-time students, and 380 apprentices.


HSDC has three main campuses all located within Hampshire:

  • HSDC South Downs: This site is the former location of South Downs College and is the Vocational hub of HSDC. Address – College Road, Waterlooville, Hampshire, PO7 8AA
  • HSDC Havant: This site is the former location of Havant Sixth Form College and is an A Level Centre of Excellence. Address – New Road, Havant, Hampshire, PO9 1QL.
  • HSDC Alton: This site is the former location of Alton College and provides a broad educational offer. Address – Old Odiham Road, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 2LX


In addition to the full-time A Level and Vocational courses taught at HSDC, there are also a range of part-time and Higher Education courses on offer. A number of the HSDC Higher Education courses are taught in partnership with local universities including the University of Chichester and the University of Portsmouth.

Academic performance[edit]

In 2018 the A Level pass rate was 99%.[5]


At the time of the original merger in 2016 there were 1,200 students at Havant College and 4,000 at South Downs College.[6]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Welcome from the Principal HSDC Page". HSDC. Retrieved 1 September 2020.
  2. ^ "All schools and colleges in Hampshire - GOV.UK - Find and compare schools in England". Find and compare schools in England. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Colleges unveil 2017 merger plan". BBC News. 14 March 2016. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Newly-established Havant and South Downs College celebrates first step". Portsmouth Evening News. 1 August 2017. Retrieved 22 August 2018.
  5. ^ Morton, Sam (16 August 2018). "A Levels: Havant & South Downs College students celebrate 'high flying' A Level results". Chichester Observer. Retrieved 22 August 2018.
  6. ^ "South Downs and Havant College 2017 merger plans revealed". BBC. 14 March 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2018.
  7. ^ "From footballer to Radio 1 DJ – how Nick made it to the top". The News. Portsmouth. 3 February 2012. Retrieved 6 September 2019.
  8. ^ "My mum always said I'd be an entertainer". The News. 4 August 2008.
  9. ^ "It's wacky, it's funny – and now it's on TV". The News. 11 January 2008.

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