Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) courses combine academic study with investigative, hands-on work to equip you for a career in these industries or provide you with the transferable skills needed in other areas.
You’ll have the chance to work in our high-quality laboratories to gain first-hand experience and improve your existing skills as well as work placements.
We offer a wide range of trips to relevant museums, sites and organisations to complement your studies so you can talk to those already working in the industries. For example. our Animal Care and Management students have access to our animal care facilities which have over 400 animals as well as links to animal organisations,local stables and farms.
We encourage you to gain hands-on, practical knowledge, such as working closely with vehicles in our automotive workshops, uncovering forensic clues in our simulated realistic crime scenes, or undergoing fieldwork to aid geographical and geological study.
Our PC and Mac computer suites are fully-equipped with industry-standard hardware and software. Our hardware and networking workshop has its own private dedicated server based network. This allows our students to gain experience in using the latest Windows Server and Desktop operating systems, VMware Workstation, EXSI and vSphere.
Our Engineering students have access to a huge range of up-to-date technologies including Welding, 3D Printing, Computer Aided Design and Multi Sim.
My time at South Downs was definitely life changing, I have learnt a lot of new skills, and obviously it’s a completely new experience. The support was great, there was always people there to help and try make it as easy as they can for you. South Downs is really fantastic, it has helped me on the way to get to what I want to achieve within my career goals.Erin Morgan, BTEC student
The teaching has been really good, I’ve loved all of my teachers, they’ve all been really nice and supportive.Jodie Hook
There are lots of people at the college, each studying a diverse range of courses, people from all different areas come to study at South Downs, it creates a sense of community, there is a huge social aspect to college life across all courses.Lee Backhouse, BTEC student