Merger with Merton College
South Thames College and Merton College merged in summer 2009. After consultation, it was decided to retain the name 'South Thames College' for the new institution. The Merton College site became known as the Merton Campus of South Thames College.
The Merton Campus continues to offer the same courses as it did prior to the merger, including its substantial 'A Level' sixth form provision. Specialist subject areas for the campus, including engineering, catering and tourism, are still thriving and substantial investment in the campus has been made. In 2010 a new £12m Technology Block, including six workshops for Motorcyle Engineering and Musical Instrument Technology, was opened by the then Apprenticeships Minister, Lord Young of Norwood Green.
Services at the Merton Campus include two cafes, a common room, a spacious library and open access computing facilities. Student services including course advice, careers, youth workers, enrichment activities and student welfare support are all available at the Merton Campus as well as at the Wandsworth Campus.
The Campus retains its distinctive identity, with a spacious and tranquil atmosphere reflecting its location on the edge of Morden Park, over 100 acres of woodland and playing fields.
Ivan & Serena Fernandes, Morden Park Dental Practice
Training our new member of staff via an Apprenticeship at South Thames College seemed like the most cost effective route and was the best option for funding available. We chose South Thames College because of its good reputation, track record for results and the proximity to the practice. The relationship with the College has been very good and flexible, we particularly like that the course hours are not disruptive on our Apprentice’s working hours and the work based observations have been very discreet and not intrusive at all on our practice or patients. Since starting the apprenticeship we’ve noticed our Apprentice has grown hugely in confidence and the course has been a huge underpinning of her knowledge which would take time/resources that we don’t have the time to do. We’re also happy that English and Maths are incorporated into the Apprenticeship framework which means that students can get increased confidence and brush up on key skills. We would definitely recommend other employers going down the Apprenticeship route with South Thames College. We get constant feedback about how our apprentice is doing and we have a good working relationship with the College.Read more…