This summer, our students have once again achieved a very successful set of results in their Level 3 courses (equivalent to A-levels). Many of these students are confidently progressing to university as their next step with others going on to high-quality apprenticeships and direct employment in their chosen careers.

Congratulations to all of our Level 3 students and we wish them all the best for their future careers.

Rin, who achieved a triple distinction* in their Level 3 Media course, is now progressing to study BA (Hons) Film Production at Arts University Bournemouth.

Sharing how City College really helped them to prepare for university and their career goals, Rin said: “It has been great to be able to focus on one subject and really put all my effort into something I was passionate about. I enjoyed the live assignments as they helped to put what I had learnt into practice and the work experience was really valuable as well. I feel very prepared for university and my future career.”

Isaac is celebrating achieving distinctions in his Level 3 Production Arts course and is now achieving his career goal of working as a Technician at The Point and The Berry Theatre.

He explained that “The facilities here were superb and second to none, I have been lucky enough to work on a wide range of events and shows. My teacher also taught me the key employability skills needed for this industry and was genuinely an expert which has meant I have not only achieved in my course but I have also gone directly into a full-time position.”

Regina came from St Anne’s Catholic School and is now progressing to Solent University, Southampton to study BA (Hons) Education after completing her Level 3 Childcare & Education (Early Years Educator) course.

About her experience, she shared “I always knew I wanted to work with children and help them develop so this course was perfect for me. The teachers really knew what they were talking about and were passionate about sharing their skills and experience which has really helped me to succeed, I feel very confident going on to university.”

We are delighted to announce the successful merger of City College Southampton, Eastleigh College and Fareham College which, as of Tuesday 1 August 2023, has become South Hampshire College Group (SHCG).

This merger received a positive endorsement from students, parents, staff and local employers in the public consultation and a recommendation for the go-ahead from the Department for Education (DfE).

Students, apprentices and businesses from across South Hampshire will benefit from a financially strong, responsive and ambitious Further Education organisation; with the vision, resources and expertise to best support the evolving and growing skills demands in the region.

Whilst our group name has changed to South Hampshire College Group, the individual campus names remain unchanged and will retain their important links to local communities.

The newly-appointed CEO of South Hampshire College Group, Andrew Kaye, said: “It’s an exciting new start and will bring many benefits to our students and staff, businesses and local communities.

“We will pool all our resources and expertise to enhance the range and quality of courses in this region. We also look forward to delivering enhanced pathways into higher levels of study and work; increasing the supply of skills; meeting employers’ needs and supporting our region’s economy to grow.

“Our ambition is to create a new and vibrant college, better able to meet the economic and social mobility challenges that the region faces.”

Chair of the new Board of Governors at South Hampshire College Group, Sandra Prail, said: “We are tremendously excited to be at the helm of the new SHCG and our Board members look forward to contributing their expertise and skills from many industry sectors into the new venture.

“I’m positive the students attending courses at our new college will flourish, grow in confidence and ultimately make a real tangible contribution to the local workforce and economy with their skill sets.”

Our new group website is currently under development: (new window)

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