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GCSE english and maths

Get your maths and English GCSEs at one of our campuses in London. Our GCSE course will equip you with essential skills for further study or work, and could also be useful if you're a parent and want to help your child with their homework.

Please note if you're:

  • Aged 16-18 AND
  • Studying a full-time course with us AND
  • Without GCSE maths or English at a grade C or above

You must study GCSE maths or English alongside your course. 

GCSE courses

Can I retake my GCSEs if I'm studying another course?

It depends what you're studying and if you're with us or another college/school.

 Type of courseCan I study GCSEs with South Thames?
Level 1 Yes
Level 2 Yes
Level 3 Yes, but we recommend you take only one GCSE as you'll find it hard to study your course and two GCSEs at the same time
Access course Yes, but we recommend you take only one GCSE as you'll find it hard to study for your course and two GCSEs at the same time
Part-time course Yes
At another college Yes if you're 19 or older

How do I apply?

You'll need to take an assessment before you can enrol on the course. Book an assessment online or drop into one of our campuses and speak to Student Services. Let us know you can come and we'll see you there.

How much does it cost?

If you don't have a grade C or above in maths or English then you can retake that GCSE course for free so long as you get a good enough mark in 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 beforehand.

We also offer a paid-for GCSE course. This is only if you’ve done quite well in your assessment but we think it might be hard for you to get a grade C or above in the exam. This way you can still take the one year GCSE course with us but you’ll have to pay. You’ll also have to make sure you work hard at your studies to give yourself the best chance of getting a C or above in your June exams.

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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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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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