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South Thames College Further Education Higher Education South London Learn Vocational Qualifications Learn Academic Qualifications get help advice and guidance support for learning difficulties special needs
  • South Thames College Further Education Higher Education South London Learn Vocational Qualifications Learn Academic Qualifications get help advice and guidance support for learning difficulties special needs

Skills for working life

Skills for Working Life offers individually tailored learning programmes for 16-24 year olds with particular learning needs, in a friendly and supportive environment at our Merton campus. You'll gain practical skills for personal and working life and also study for nationally recognised qualifications in English, maths and IT.

What we provide

After an assessment, we'll tailor your curriculum programme to meet your specific needs. The programme is based around personal and social development, functional skills in maths, English and IT, and enrichment. These areas span a variety of activities including cooking, art, drama, work experience and travel training. You may study these at different levels, and you can work towards qualifications at Entry Levels 1, 2 and 3, and Levels 1 and 2. Courses can last up to three years and there are opportunities to progress onto other courses at the college afterwards.

Sessions run from 9am-3pm four days a week, with one teacher to around every ten learners. Each class has a teacher and a support worker. You might need extra support from a learner support worker - this could be one-to-one or as part of a small group. Support is also available from other specialist staff such as speech and language therapists and specialists in Deaf education.

Application process

We accept applications all year. Download the form below, fill it in and return it to our Freepost address (detailed at the bottom of the form). After you've applied, you will be invited to the college with your parents or guardian for an English and maths assessment. You will also meet a Skills for Working Life teacher to discuss your plans for the future and the opportunities you will have at the college. We will contact you within ten days.

Click here to download a copy of our paper application form

You are welcome to visit us. Check our college open days or if you'd like to arrange a separate visit, please contact us.

Our Local Offer

We want information about our services to be clear and accessible. This is also our responsibility under the Government's Special Educational Needs Regulations (Local Offer) 2014. If you're unsure of the support we can offer you, please get in touch.

Download full details of our Local Offer as a PDF