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Unemployed?

Get work-ready on a course

If you’re not currently in work, we have plenty of options to prepare you for employment and improve your CV.

Build the knowledge and experience you need to work in specific industries through apprenticeships and training for work courses. Or, if you don't know what field you want to go into yet, enrol on the Prince's Trust Team Programme or one of our adult short courses to develop confidence and essential work skills.

Professional skills short courses

Apprenticeships

If you're over 16 and unemployed, you can combine days spent at College with work-based learning on an apprenticeship. You'll earn a wage and gain a recognised qualification at the end. Many of our apprentices go on to find work within the company they were an apprentice for.

You can find an apprenticeship through the Government’s apprenticeship vacancy matching serviceIf you don't see one that's right for you, our team could help set one up for you, particularly in these areas:

If you have any questions, get in touch on 020 8918 7272 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Prince's Trust Team Programme

If you're 16-25, this free 12 week programme will help you develop valuable skills for work through team activities, a community project and work placement in a field of your choice. You'll also get help with your CV, job applications and interview techniques. And, if you're claiming Job Seekers Allowance, you'll still receive this while taking the course.

Find out more and apply for the Princes Trust Team Programme.

Training for work

We work in partnership with Job Centre Plus to offer short training programmes across a range of subjects. These courses will give you practical, relevant skills in your chosen field, and you'll attend workshops on CV writing, interview techniques and searching for jobs.

These courses are open to anyone claiming job seekers' allowance and you can apply for them through your Job Centre Plus:

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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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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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