How to apply
Please note: We are still accepting applications even though the College is closed in line with Government guidelines.
You may have decided what you wish to study. You may have yet to decide which route you would like to follow. Whatever stage you are at, you will find the information contained in this page will help you make your decision.
There are many things to consider when choosing a path of study:
- What level you are qualified to study.
- What fees if any would you need to pay.
- What help is available to support you in your studies.
At the bottom of each course information page, you will find the Apply Now bar. This will usually lead you to the College application form for that course; for most undergraduate courses, the link will be to the UCAS application pages.
When we receive and process your application to South Thames College, you will receive an automated acknowledgement.
If you are not sure about the level of study best suited to you, please take a look at the guides to Qualifications and Levels below.
All the options for financial support available may be found in our Money Matters pages.
We cannot at this time accept a paper version of our application form and we apologise for this. Staff are at home processing what they can, so have no access to post to the college. We will be asking students to provide a school report or reference at the time of enrolment so please keep your reports safe in the meantime. For adults in work a copy of our reference form is available to download at the foot of this page and detailed instructions on how to apply online.
Submit your application
Depending on your course, you can do this online, by post, over the phone or in person at one of our campuses. Check the page for your chosen course to find out the easiest way to apply.
If you're based in the UK or EEA, you can apply online for our qualification courses (BTECs, apprenticeships and other diplomas and certificates). Find your course, and click on the apply button at the bottom of the page to fill in the online form.
Apply to our full-time undergraduate courses via UCAS. Part-time applications are made by post or in person.
For our short leisure courses, you can apply and pay for your course over the phone. Call us Monday to Friday between 9am and 4pm on 020 8918 7777.
If you're a student from outside the UK or EEA, our application process is slightly different for you. See our international pages for details.
Many of our qualification courses require an interview, and some courses you'll need to sit an assessment before you can begin the course. When we receive your application we'll send you a letter with an assessment/interview date and information about what to expect and bring with you.
If you are still at school, you will be required to bring in a reference or a copy of your latest school report. Please use the blank reference form below, if required, and bring with you to your interview:
After you've had your interview, if we offer you a place we'll send you an acceptance card in the post with details of your offer and what to do next.
If we decide the course isn't quite right for you we'll make recommendations about other courses or training you could enrol on instead.
Undergraduate courses and clearing
For most of our HNC, HND and degree courses you can apply to us via UCAS. A small number of courses require you to apply to one of our partner universities via UCAS instead. Find your course on our courses page to get specific information and links to the UCAS website.
If you don't have a university place by July don't worry - you can still apply for our undergraduate courses through clearing. For this, you can again apply via UCAS, or apply direct over the phone. Check our website in July for information on our clearing process and the courses available.
Can’t find the course you want? We also offer additional Undergraduate courses and alternative options in some subject areas at our partner colleges:
Art & Design, Business, Childcare and Early Years, Computing and IT, Counselling, Education and Teaching, Engineering, Fashion, Hair, Beauty and Media Make-Up, Health and Social Care, Hospitality, Media and Games Design, Performing Arts, Sport and Exercise Science, Travel and Tourism
Childcare and Early Years