UK Hampshire, UK
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South Downs College

Established: 2017
City
Beach

School Facts

  • Number of Students
    4200
  • Student Population
    CoEd - School for both genders
  • Accommodation
    Homestay Accommodation
  • Religious Affiliation
    Not religious
  • Program Length Available
    Multiple Year, Fall Year

School Description

Situated near Portsmouth on the beautiful south coast of England, South Downs College is a centre of excellence offering a wide range of vocational and technical courses. Students have a 98% examination pass rate, with over half of students achieving the highest grades of A*- B. As the first-choice college in the local area for these courses, South Downs prides itself on supporting students to develop the skills they need for future employment. Staff are committed to providing students with the highest level of teaching and learning possible and whatever their nationality, background or aspirations, all students are supported to ensure they reach their fullest potential.

Facilities
Students can benefit from the wide range of modern facilities across the South Downs campus. Dance studios, science labs, recording studios, a fully equipped gym and 4G Astro-pitch, art studios, study centres, libraries, a sensory room – the list is endless. Between lessons, there are plenty of social spaces for students to grab lunch or a coffee with friends, relax in the student lounge, or even enjoy the outdoor seating area in the warmer months. Beyond the fantastic campus sites, the local area offers lots to see and do and has excellent transport connections into the modern island city of Portsmouth.

Sports & Arts
There’s a lot more to South Downs College than just gaining qualifications. The Be Extraordinary programme is designed to give students lots of new opportunities and experiences. For students who enjoy keeping active, the college offers a range of sports teams for them to join. Whether they want to keep fit, get to know new people, or are aiming at competing at the highest level, there are lots of sporting activities to get involved in. Students have a wealth of opportunities to take part in trips and societies and spend time developing their interests and skills beyond the classroom.

Student Life
South Downs College encourages students to become independent adults by taking ownership of their studies and managing their spare time effectively, and this is encouraged by the college’s progressive approach to timetabling. Classes do not start until 10am because academic research shows that teenagers learn better later in the day. Students have 5 hours of teaching time per subject, per week, which is more than any other college in the local area. Staff always devise timetables with student feedback and needs in mind, so study time is scheduled into the day. This gives students who are well-organised the chance to keep evenings free for extra-curricular activities and socialising.

  • 11, 12 Grades at School
  • 1% Percentage of International Students
Diploma Year Offered?
No
Student Population
CoEd - School for both genders
Teacher/Student Ratio
1:20
English as Second Language (ESL) Support Available
Yes
French Immersion
No
Sports
Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Football, Hockey, Netball, Personal Fitness, Rugby, Soccer Academy, Sports Coaching Academy, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Trampolining, Volleyball
Arts
Acting, Choreography, Fashion Design, Film Production, Graphic Design, Make-Up Artistry, Performing Arts, Video Game Design
Music
Music - Performance, Production and Recording
Advanced Courses (AP, A-Levels)
Animal Management, Animal Science, Applied Science, Automotive Technology, Biomedical Sciences, Business, Catering, Criminology, Early Childhood, Engineering, English, Entrepreneurship, Forensics, Hairdressing, Health and Social Care, Information Technology, Law, Mathematics, Psychology, Sports, Exercise and Health Science, Travel, Uniformed Services - Preparation for Entry
Clubs and Extracurricular
Book Club, Cadet Council, Debate, Drama Club, Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, LGBT, School Trips, Student Union, Volunteer Service
Accepting Students in Grades
11, 12
Ages Accepted
16-18
Other - Eligibility Requirements?
Students should apply through Educatius.

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