Student Life in Wandsworth
Several centres of South Thames College are located in the borough of Wandsworth, the largest of the inner London boroughs. Central London is easily accessible and you can get into the centre in less than half an hour. The borough is a collection of differing districts, each with its own distinct character, and making a multi-cultural community.
Wandsworth's parks and open spaces are extremely popular and varied. The River Thames runs alongside Wandsworth, Battersea and Putney. Putney Bridge provides the starting point for the annual Oxford & Cambridge Boat Race which draws hundreds of people to the area. The annual Putney Music Festival takes place at the same time.
There are lots of shopping and eating facilitiesin Wandsworth, many within walking distance from the College centres.
The Southside Shopping Centre has more than 100 retail outlets. There is a wide range of restaurants and pubs in Wandsworth, all with a different feel. From riverside pubs and eateries to the quaint charm of York Road and the more cosmopolitan town centre itself - there is something for every pocket and taste.
Wandsworth is great for entertainment too. Cineworld, around the corner from the College, has 12 screens and shows all the latest movies. Students get discounts.
Tooting is one of the busiest of Wandsworth's five town centres, trading seven days a week and offering a huge variety of places to eat and shop. Many cultures have made their home in Tooting. As a result the town centre is noted for its wide range of acclaimed restaurants that serve excellent cheap food, as well as popular pubs, many of which offer evening entertainment.
In the town centre - familiar high street names rub shoulders with many independent, specialist and market traders.
During the summer the place to be seen is Tooting Bec Lido, down on Tooting Common. It is the largest open air pool in Europe - 90m - and can accommodate up to 2,000 people.
Dental Nurse Apprenticeship
"I knew I would have to study for a qualification alongside work and I liked that the apprenticeship was flexible and it was packed into one intense session one day a week, rather than splitting learning to smaller sessions throughout the week. Prior to training to become a dental nurse I was studying at the Brit School but I wanted to do more of a job that would help people and make a difference. I found that Dental Nursing offered this career satisfaction and made a difference in how patients looked and felt. It’s a nice thing to be able to do for people. I have learnt so much on my apprenticeship for instance about orthodontics and braces; we learn procedures even if your own practice doesn’t do it. My confidence has increased a lot and every time I watch the dentist I can see what they’re going to be doing next and I can pre-empt what they might need. The apprenticeship has opened up the doors to more options and future possibilities."Read more…