About Portsmouth College
Portsmouth College has been the sixth form college for Portsmouth since 1984. In September each year there are about 950 16-18 students at the College, the majority coming for Portsmouth schools and about 15% from the wider Hampshire area.
The College has a well established reputation for its high academic standards and friendly, supportive environment. Over the years students have consistently praised the positive efforts of staff in helping them to progress towards success on their courses and in supporting their individual ambitions.
About 75% of students join the College to start level 3 courses: these include AS/A levels, Level 3 BTECs and the New Diploma courses. Range, variety and flexibility are features of the College’s curriculum offer; many students take four AS levels in their first year but others combine AS levels with the more vocational BTEC qualifications. It is also possible for students to re-take important GCSEs (e.g. English, Maths or Science) alongside their main level 3 courses.
Students have been achieving excellent results for many years. A level results have been above the national average for ten consecutive years and consistently at levels which compare favourably, or more than favourably, with our local competitors. The College has a particularly strong record for ‘value added’ results – an indication of the progress made by students from their level at entry.
A specialist careers service is a very important part of the College’s programme of support for students. Each year around 72% of students progress on to courses at universities around the country. Support is also extensive for those students seeking employment or further education with training.
The College’s mission reflects our commitment to the city of Portsmouth and our determination to work with others to maximise the future prospects of local students. In 2009/10 the College was honoured to receive the Association of Colleges Beacon Award for College-School Partnerships. This was in recognition of our highly proactive work with partner schools and other educational partners in the City to improve the aspirations and achievements of all of our students.