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If English is your second language and you live in Britain permanently you will find our English courses helpful for your life, work or studying. We offer nationally recognised qualifications at six levels - from beginner, entry levels 1-3 and levels 1 and 2 - and you can choose to study in the daytime or the evening.

For advice please visit the campus you want to study at. When you visit us a teacher will test you to find out your English level and recommend the best course. When you arrive collect a ticket at reception, this ticket will give you the day and time for your test.

You can collect a ticket at reception from: Wandsworth, Tooting, Merton or Roehampton.

Find out which ESOL course is right for you - click here for our guide.

ESOL for under 19s

When you learn English with our experienced ESOL tutors you also study IT, citizenship and maths once a week to gain a numeracy qualification. At the end of the year you will take Trinity ESOL exams.

You study English five afternoons a week at our Wandsworth Campus. To keep your course interesting and fun you can also join in with enrichment activities, such as class outings, guest speakers and by using our sports facilities.

We always keep parents and carers up to date with your progress in reports and parents and carers evenings.

CELTA courses

There are no discounts available for any of our CELTA courses. To find out more about CELTA email us at 

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.


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.


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.