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  • South Thames College Further Education Higher Education South London Learn Vocational Qualifications Learn Academic Qualifications get help advice and guidance
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English and Maths Courses

Higher Education




courses for 16-18 year olds

We’ve got lots of courses and plenty of support available to help you make the move from school to college. There’s more choice than you might be used to at school - from business to music technology and hair and beauty to construction. 

We prepare you for working life with practical skills too. You do this by studying in real working conditions like those in our hair and beauty salons, radio and tv recording studios and modern kitchens. Whatever course you opt for you’ll end up with a qualification to take onto university or work. 


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We know picking a course is an important decision, so if you don't feel ready to apply yet, register your interest below and we will contact you to help you with your decision.

Working with Employers

Our dedicated Business Centre works with employers to train their workforce, which can help grow the business at minimum cost. We've already established ventures with industry from local hair salons to regional companies like Crossrail and international businesses such as 3M.

Our team can:

  • Provide flexible work-related training to your staff
  • Design and deliver courses tailored to your business
  • Help you tap government initiatives and funding set up specifically to invest in workforce skills
  • Get you access to our business and conference services.

Our vocational qualifications

  • Health and Social Care
  • Dental
  • Team Leading and Management
  • Children and Young People Workforce
  • Business and Administration
  • Hospitality and Catering
  • Facilities (including Management, Security and Cleaning - BICS)
  • Construction and engineering
  • Civil enforcement
  • Retail
  • Customer service
  • IT

Looking to improve your team's skills?

We can help. Come to us for advice and support about the best way to access specific skills training and to find out if government funding is available.

Don't forget help is at hand too if you tap into apprenticeshipssector work based academies and courses for the unemployed.

To find out more, take a look at our dedicated Business Centre website, call us on 020 8918 7272 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

adult education

Courses for 19+

Whether you want to get back into education, improve your skills for work, or pick up a new skill for fun and make new friends, we have something for you. Our courses include evening and day workshops, as well as longer courses.

Short courses for adults:

» Part-time classes to boost your confidence and your career

Access to higher education:

» Get the training you need to progress onto university

Higher education:

» HNCs, HNDs and other HE courses

Work skills and professional development:

» Work-based learning and professional courses

HND, HNC and HE courses

Our higher education courses are a flexible, competitively-priced alternative to university. Study for one, two or three years and at the end of each year achieve an industry-recognised qualification with our HNCs, HNDs and foundation degrees in a diverse range of subjects from accounting to games animation.

For most students, there are no upfront fees to pay, and maintenance loans are available. All of these become repayable only when you are working and earning over £21,000.

Our students have a diverse range of backgrounds, many of them not having studied A-levels but instead arriving with significant real-world experience. Courses are career-focused with teaching from industry specialists, and many have work placements to give you a real understanding of your chosen field. Employers value the professional relevance of HNCs and HNDs so you know you'll graduate with a qualification to set you on the right path to your chosen career.


Focus on problems in your personal life in a confidential and non-judgemental setting.
As you work through what's troubling you with a counsellor you'll find you have more energy to focus on your studies.

Whatever your situation we will do our best to support you and help you complete your course successfully. There are many reasons you might want to come to us - stress, relationships, bereavement, sexuality or abuse.

Many of our students find counselling incredibly helpful but the decision is entirely yours -not your tutors, parents or other students.

You can arrange to see a counsellor at the Advice Centre or reception at your campus.

We have specialist teaching and support teams to work with young people and adults with a wide range of learning difficulties and disabilities. Our facilities are adapted to provide access to everyone.

» Learner Support

For students on mainstream courses, our Learner Support Team helps over 1,000 people each year achieve success.

» The Aurora Centre

The Aurora Centre is our non-residential, specialist centre for 16-24 year olds with autistic spectrum disorder and complex needs. 

» Skills for Working Life

This programme offers individually tailored learning for 16-24 year olds with particular needs in a supportive environment. 

Financial support

Depending on your circumstances, you could get Government grants or other financial support. For example the Disabled Students’ Allowance if you’re on a university-level course. Find out what’s available on our Financial Support page, or ask the Learner Support Team.

Facilities and campus

Our professional-standard teaching facilities and technology are purpose-built for your subject. This will make your studies with us exciting, fun and as close as possible to what you'd experience in a real, working environment.

If you'd like to see our facilities or find out more, come to one of our open days or take a virtual campus tour.

Please note our facilities are spread across our campuses and vary accordingly. To find out where your course is running, view our courses by campus page.

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  • Students perform in our theatre