Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths

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.

Everyone at the College was really helpful, and there’s lots of facilities, meaning it’s very easy to get your work done on time, and get good grades. The teaching and support was excellent, they were always on top of it, and made sure you got work done on time and you were challenged. Everyone is friendly and its really diverse, meaning you can get involved in lots of different things.

Conor Ward, BTEC student

My experience at South Downs has been really good, it’s been really rewarding, all the lecturers were so lovely and supportive there’s no way I could have done it without them - the teaching has been outstanding.

Lucie Brooks, A Level student

The teaching and support was absolutely brilliant, they couldn’t have done anything more or anything better, if I had any questions my lecturers would always stay behind to help me if I needed it and their emails were always open, it was second to none. South Downs College is the best by far.

Amber Searle, BTEC student



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