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Best Colleges in Hampshire

Aug 31, 2022
Best colleges in Hampshire
Hampshire is not only a place of spectacular natural scenery and rugged coastline, but it also boasts excellent educational facilities. If you’ve just moved here and are unsure about where to send your kids to college, we have you covered.

Read on as we’ve selected some of the best sixth-form institutions in and around the county’s main hubs – Southampton, Portsmouth and Winchester.


Eastleigh College

Students: approx. 20,000

Lying on the northern outskirts of Southampton city centre, Eastleigh College is a large-size sixth-form institution offering a wide range of vocational education, apprenticeships, and training programs from pre-entry to level 6. 

Students can access various curricular and extra-curricular activities, such as fundraising events, college gym and sports competitions. Students taking math at the GCSE level achieve higher than the national average.

Farnborough College of Technology

Students: approx. 8,000

Farnborough College of Technology is found in Farnborough, a stone’s throw from Aldershot, and was rated as outstanding by Ofsted. The staff is highly experienced and helps apprentices develop their numeracy and literary skills. The training programs the institution proposes are tailored to meet employers’ needs, which increases the chances of students finding their desired job. 

 Learners are offered the opportunity to take part in health and well-being conferences, covering topics like emotional well-being and healthy relationships. 


Havant and South Downs College

Students: approx. 6,000

Located a short drive away from Portsmouth city centre, Havant and South Downs College (HSDC) was formed from the merger of three colleges: South Downs, Havant and Alton College. It provides learners with fascinating programs and activities, including digital journalism and special construction. 

Journalism students benefit from work placements at employers such as newspapers, television production and marketing companies. They can also learn about content design, editing and professional writing and improve their time-managing and organizational skills.

Fareham College

Students: approx. 3,000

Located in Fareham, next door to Portsmouth, Fareham College has been rated as outstanding by Ofsted, and students achieve better GCSE results than the national average. 

The quality of teaching and learning is excellent, with enrichment activities including dance, music, football, computer gaming and fitness classes. The CEMAST campus for marine, automotive and aeronautical engineering is particularly successful and highly valued by employers.


Sparsholt College Hampshire

Students: approx. 5,000

Situated next door to Winchester, Sparsholt College promotes the relationship between students and teachers, which results in outstanding achievements.

Sparsholt campus hosts an agricultural engineering and motor vehicle centre, while the Andover campus hosts the new future skills and technology campus. This allows students to test their skills hands-on, combining theory with practice in various training courses. The level of safety is very high at the school, and learners feel secure and valued by their peers.

Peter Symonds College

Students: approx. 2,000

Found in the heart of Winchester, Peter Symonds College caters for around 2,000 students. The main subjects are math, arts and design, biology, psychology, chemistry and physics. The curriculum is continuously assessed and updated to offer learners a broad spectrum of learning, with new modules like law and criminology being introduced. 

Managers make sure their staff take part in social activities, such as pilates and yoga, to maintain their well-being.