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 experience with the teaching and support was really well, as I’m dyslexic, they helped me a lot and I’ve achieved good grades, so I’m really pleased.Thomas McCann, A Level student
I got into both of the Universities I wanted to. It happens so fast and it’s an amazing feeling when you think that all of the work you’ve done has paid off in the best way possible.Anton Sukhorukov, A Level student
My experience at South Downs was great, it’s very different to school, and I think it’s a good step to going to University. The support was amazing, I loved all of my teachers, they helped me through everything. The College is friendly and you will succeed.Heidi Adamson Brattland, A Level student