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ESOL south London Learn English south London English for Speakers of Other Languages English for International Students
  • ESOL south London Learn English south London English for Speakers of Other Languages English for International Students
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  • ESOL south London Learn English south London English for Speakers of Other Languages English for International Students
  • ESOL south London Learn English south London English for Speakers of Other Languages English for International Students

Functional skills English and maths (Basic Skills)

Introduction

If you're 19 or over our functional skills courses can help you develop the practical skills in English and maths that you need to live, study and work. You'll learn to apply English and maths skills in real-life situations through reading, writing, speaking and listening tasks. The course is run at our Wandsworth and Tooting campuses. 

The courses are available across different levels, so you'll be able to study at the level best suited to you. If you've applied to study a GCSE with us, depending on your assessment, we may recommend you study Functional Skills first.

You'll work towards the Edexcel Functional Skills qualification, or the City & Guilds Award in Functional Skills.

Entry requirements

This course will suit you if you're a beginner, or want to work towards GCSE or other higher level English qualification. There are no formal entry requirements, but before you enrol you'll have a short test with one of our tutors to help us decide what level is right for you.

If you've already completed a functional skills course and want to study for the next level, please bring your certificates with you when you come in for your test.

You can take another course at the College alongside functional skills. Remember to check the entry requirements for the other course as well.

If you don't have a formal qualification in English or maths then you can take this course for free as long as you get a good enough mark on your assessment. On our free courses there are sometimes administrative charges - like the College registration fee - to pay. Find out more when you enrol or by speaking to Student Services.

When and where can I study?

Courses run at our Wandsworth and Tooting campuses. You can study in the daytime or evening.

On daytime courses you'll study two 2.5 hour sessions a week. Both sessions run at the same time; morning or afternoon. Evening classes are one evening a week for 3 hours. Your class times depend on your assessment level.

Sessions run from Monday to Friday at these times:

  • Mornings: 9:30-12:00
  • Afternoons: 13:00-15:30 or 12:30-15:00
  • Evening: 18:15-21:15 

Your tutor will discuss timetabling options and your study level when you come in to enrol.

What you'll pay

If you don't have a formal qualification in English or maths then you can take this course for free as long as you get a good enough mark on your assessment. On our free courses there are sometimes administrative charges - like the College registration fee - to pay. Find out more when you enrol or by speaking to Student Services.

How to apply

You'll need to take an assessment before you can enrol on the course so we can put you on the right level. 

Click here to book your assessment.

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Fee reductions for adult short courses

 Cost of course by campus
Students who are:WandsworthTootingMerton
Receiving income-based benefits £40* £40* 50% discount**
Aged 60 or over
  • For courses costing £53 or over you'll receive 30% off
  • For courses costing less than £53, the fee will be reduced to £40*
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* There is no reduction for courses costing less than £40 
** Non-accredited courses only (courses that don't lead to a certificate or qualification)

How to apply for reduced fees

Come to Student Services at any of our campuses with payment and proof of your age or benefit status.

Accepted proof of age:

  • Passport
  • Driving license

Accepted proof of benefits:

  • A benefits letter dated from the last two months

If you're unsure whether you're eligible for reduced fees email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or pop into Student Services. Check our opening times before making your journey.

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CELTA courses

There are no discounts available for any of our CELTA courses. To find out more about CELTA email us at teacher.education@south-thames.ac.uk 

Leisure courses

You might be able to get a discount on some courses if:

  • You are 60+ years of age. You may have to pay for materials on some courses
  • If you're on income-based benefit. It's usually £37 each term. You may have to pay for materials on some courses. There is no College registration fee for leisure courses.

    Please bring proof of your benefit status that is less than two months old when you enrol.

Qualification courses

Aged 16-18

You don't have to pay tuition or exam costs but you may have to pay for materials on some courses.

Please note that if you're applying for a reduced fee, your benefit evidence needs to be no older than two months.
Aged 19 or older not on benefits

You will have to pay tuition and exam costs and you may have to pay for materials on some courses.

Aged 19 or older on 'Active Benefits' eg Jobseekers Allowance

You don't have to pay tuition or exam costs but you may have to pay for materials on some courses. Please note that JSA signing on books are not accepted as proof of benefits for a reduced fee.

Aged 19 or older on other benefits eg income support

You may get a discount depending on the type or level of education you've done already. You may have to pay for materials on some courses.

New government funding for 24 and older!!

If you are taking a Level 3 or 4 course, you may be able to get a government loan to cover your course. Find out more here.

There is a College registration fee of £30 but only if you are on a qualification course that is not 'full cost'. You don't pay it if you're 18 or younger or on Active Benefits.

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For CELTA courses

Apply for CELTA courses using the application form here. If you're applying for the CELTA taster day you'll need to follow the steps below to enrol.

For courses not leading to a qualification

You can enrol anytime between now and the start of your course using our enrolment form.

In person: Bring your completed form to any of our centres Monday to Thursday: 8.45am-7.00pm (10-4 during College holidays) Friday: 8.45am-4.00pm or Saturday 9.00am-1.00pm with:

  • Evidence of benefits or age(if you are applying for a reduced fee)
  • Payment (cash, cheque, credit or debit card)

By post (only if paying full fee): Send the enrolment form with a cheque or the credit card information completed to:

College Enquiry Unit, South Thames College, Merton Campus, FREEPOST CN2701, London Road, Morden Surrey, SM4 5QX

Please do not send cash in the post. Cheques should be made payable to: South Thames College Corporation. Please note we don't accept Electron or American Express cards.

By phone (only if paying full fee): Call us Monday to Friday between 9am and 4pm on 020 8918 7777 with your credit or debit card to hand. You will soon be able to pay online too.

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Which level is right for you?

You are at Entry 1 level if you:
  • Know the alphabet
  • Can write basic sentences and read very short texts
  • Can speak giving basic information about yourself.
You are at Entry 2 level if you can:
  • Write long sentences and read simple passages
  • Read and use the past tense
  • Speak giving detailed information about yourself
  • Speak using the past tense.
You are at Entry 3 level if you can:
  • Form more complicated sentences
  • Read more complex texts using different tenses and grammar
  • Express your opinions and debate on numerous topics.
You are at Level 1 if you can:
  • Write using a range of grammar techniques and varied vocabulary and sentence structure
  • Speak on a wide range of topics and can speak to persuade and challenge your listeners
  • Read, write and speak at a low GCSE level.
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Advanced Learner Loan

If you're 19 or older at the start of this course and you've lived in the UK for 3 or more years, you could get a loan to help with your tuition fees. It's not means-tested, and you won't need to pay it back until you've finished your course and earn over £21,000 a year.

If you get an Advanced Learner Loan to study an Access course then go on to complete a HE course, your loan repayments will be wiped off.

The amount you'll receive depends on the course and tuition fees. The minimum is £300.

How to apply

You can apply for this loan once you've got a place on the course. After you've accepted your place we'll send you a learning and funding information letter which you need to complete your loan application. You can do this online on the gov.uk website.

For full details about the loan and eligibility, see the UK government website.

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