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Lewisham Southwark College

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Overview

Come to Lewisham Southwark College and you'll be part of a friendly, vibrant, diverse community of students drawn from the local area. We offer a huge range of courses,  including childcare, the performing and creative arts, business and IT, and will help you find a job that's right for you.

You'll never be short of things to do in your spare time, whether that's trying out your rapping skills in a lyrical workshop, taking part in one of our many sporting clubs, or taking drama or singing classes.

Our campuses are based across the Lewisham and Southwark boroughs, all with excellent transport links and with plenty going on in the local area.

We think Lewisham Southwark College is a great place to study and so do our students. For more details, see why you might enjoy studying with us.

Why study at Lewisham Southwark College?

Achieve your potential

Where do you want to get to? At Lewisham Southwark College, we'll do all we can to help you achieve your ambitions, whether you want to get into higher education or get a job. You'll have a personal tutor who can offer you advice and help, and support is available if you have a disability.

Choose from a vast range of courses

We offer a wide variety of courses at different levels. We have courses for young people, as well as for adults. Our courses cover subjects including hair and beauty, catering, hospitality, sport, care, drama, dance and theatre, fashion, digital media and design, business and IT, construction and engineering, leisure, and travel and tourism.

Enjoy college life

Come to Lewisham Southwark College and you'll be part of an exciting, vibrant community of 15,000 students. There's always lots going on, from drama and street dance sessions to lyrical workshops for aspiring rappers. Among the many club activities, you can learn to draw manga, play football or join a volunteering group.

Learn from the experts

All our courses are delivered by professionals with in-depth knowledge of their specialist subjects. They will ensure that you learn the latest techniques, help you find placements that can give you valuable work experience, and keep you up-to-date with employers' changing needs.

Find a job

Our career service will help you plan for your future career, including giving you advice on work, education or training, helping you write a CV or practise your interviewing skills, and helping you find internships, apprenticeships, work placements and voluntary work.

Work for great employers

We have cultivated excellent links with business for many years, and our students have been able to gain work experience and employment with many prestigious employers, including Lewisham Council, the London Metropolitan Police, Charlton Athletic, Bloomberg, Arab Emirates Airline, and the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hyde Park.

Go to university

Each year many of our students go on to study in higher education, and students have recently gained places at Greenwich University, Ravensbourne College, Imperial College and Cambridge. 

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Courses for Young People & Adults

Lewisham Southwark College - Delivering Destinations

Our study programmes can lead to a career as a chef, nurse, builder, beautician, music producer, fitness instructor, footballer, actor, electrician, IT consultant, engineer, air cabin crew and much more. We can even get you into university on a different route to A-levels.

Here is a bit more information on what we have on offer:

Art, Design & Fashion
Do you want to be an artist or a designer? We have a well-established and dynamic art department staffed by some truly inspiring practising tutors. Participate in our annual art and fashion shows or join your classmates on a four-day trip to Paris to see how designers and buyers influence the colours and textures used by the industry.

Beauty
Would you like a career in the beauty industry, giving treatments or maybe one day opening up your own salon? Our stylishly designed beauty salon, T'ien based in Lewisham Way and The Cut based in Waterloo, provides the ideal environment for our student beauty therapists to get first-class training for this developing industry. Practical experience combined with transferable skills such as IT, English and reception skills will ensure that you get the best possible start for a successful career.

Business, Administration, Finance, & Housing
Perhaps you want a successful career in management, accountancy or housing? Or maybe you dream of setting up your own business? Our students have gone on to work in some of the city's top firms and London's most famous stores. Our first-class business courses will ensure you're a valuable addition to any company.

Computing & IT
Whether you are already established in a career in computing and IT or are interested in working in this challenging industry, we have something to offer you. Our courses are held in state-of-the-art computer labs using all the latest software.

Construction, Engineering & Electrical Installation
Our flexible courses in bricklaying, carpentry, plastering, painting and decorating and built environment will ensure you have the skills to succeed. We also have courses that will give you the best start for an exciting career in engineering whether it's installing electrics, using computers for design or becoming a mechanical engineer or electrician.

Dance, Media, Music & Performing Arts
Do you want to be an actor, filmmaker, scriptwriter, dancer, or work in the music industry? We have a whole range of courses and opportunities in these dynamic areas. You'll be studying in fantastic studios and workshops and working with leading experts - admired as performers, producers, choreographers, technicians and engineers. They know what it takes to pursue a successful career in the cultural industries and their experience will be passed on to you.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
We offer a wide range of English language learning courses for people who are not native speakers of English and who want to improve their speaking, listening, reading and writing. Most of our courses lead to national qualifications and all have strong tutorial support.

Health, Care & Early Years
Do you want to help and care for people? Would you love to be a social worker or do you dream of working in a nursery? High quality care professionals are always in demand. We have courses that will give you the skills you need to excel in care-related occupations such as nursing and childcare.

Hospitality & Catering
Start your professional training and open the door to a world of opportunity at one of the best catering colleges in London. The hospitality business is one of the biggest in the UK and is desperate for well-trained staff. You could be a chef in a top London restaurant, start your own catering business, or work in hotels, conference venues and on cruise ships.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 
We offer the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) for people who are not native speakers of English and who want to improve their speaking, listening, reading and writing. Most of our courses lead to national qualifications and all have strong tutorial support.

Youth Entry to Further Education
A course designed to prepare you for a further study in Further Education. We'll help you to move on AND learn skills to get a great job.

Sport Studies
If you enjoy sport why not train to work in the fitness world? You could work as a fitness instructor in a leisure centre or spa. You could move into sports management. Perhaps you'd like to be football coach or work in sports development? With our excellent tutors and facilities we'll make sure that you develop your skills in sports, health, fitness and coaching so that you can move on to a good job or to further study.

Supported Learning
The School of Supported Learning provides an exciting and innovative curriculum designed to meet the needs of those with learning difficulties and/or disabilities and to enable them to go on to further education, training or employment. The courses provide a balance of independent living skills, vocational subjects, social and emotional development as well as basic skills opportunities.

Teacher Training
Our Teacher Development Unit provides excellent training and guidance to potential, new and existing teachers. We also run qualifier programmes for teachers who teach literacy, numeracy or ESOL or who support learners with those needs.

Travel, Leisure & Tourism
Would you like to work in a dynamic and creative business? Are you interested in travel and the opportunities available in the leisure, tourism and travel sector? Maybe you dream about working and living abroad? We have enjoyed great success in preparing students for the challenges of this customer focused industry from reception to air cabin crew.

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Subject Strengths

Our main course areas are:

  • Art
  • Beauty
  • Business, Accounting & Law
  • Catering
  • Construction
  • Dance
  • Digital Skills (IT)
  • Drama 
  • Early Years
  • ESOL, English and Maths
  • Fashion
  • Floristry
  • Health and Social Care
  • IELTS Tests and Courses
  • Media
  • Music
  • Science
  • Sport
  • Supported Learning
  • Teaching
  • Technical Theatre
  • Travel & Tourism

View our full list of courses for young people and adults.

 

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Facilities

Our facilities include:

  • Award-winning restaurants
  • A state-of-the-art kitchen
  • Fully-equipped music studios
  • Fitness centre
  • Beauty Academies
  • Jobs and Careers Centres
  • Learning Centres
  • Computer suites
  • Areas for private and supported study
  • Theatre
  • Bookshop
  • Florist
  • Prayer rooms
  • We also have a team of experienced Counsellors, Guidance Officers, Youth Workers, and careers advisers, all of whom are happy to help you achieve your ambitions.
  • Continued specialist support from our Access, Mental Health and Dyslexia teams
  • Advice on finance, child care, housing and immigration
  • A counselling service for you to talk through any issues that are concerning you
  • The chance to get involved and make a contribution through the Student Union, as a Class Representative, or as a Student Governor
  • Involvement in activities like volunteering, Study Buddies and Mentors
  • Help settling in and while on your course
  • Advice on your future, be that University or employment, from our qualified team of careers professionals.

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Location

Lewisham Southwark College is split across three campuses in Zone 2, at Lewisham Way, Deptford and Waterloo.

Lewisham campus

Lewisham Way, London SE4 1UT

The Lewisham campus is on Lewisham Way, half way between New Cross and Lewisham. In New Cross, five minutes' walk away, you'll find a variety of cafes, bars and pubs, as well as a large Sainsbury's, Barclays Bank, a chemist and a Post Office. New Cross is also home to Goldsmiths College, London University. Lewisham, a similar distance in the opposite direction, has several banks, a Post Office and a leisure centre, and a large shopping centre where you'll find many high street shops and supermarkets.

The Lewisham campus is close to several transport links. Deptford St Johns station is just two minutes away, and trains take seven minutes to reach London Bridge. Many buses run along Lewisham Way to central London, and there are fast train links to London from both New Cross and Lewisham.

Buses: 21, 136, 321, 436
Train: St Johns , Lewisham, New Cross or Brockley
East London Line: New Cross, New Cross Gate
DLR: Lewisham & Elverson Road

Deptford campus

2 Deptford Church Street, London SE8 4RZ

The Deptford campus is in a busy, vibrant area that has become an important cultural and creative hub. The campus is next to Creekside river, close to the Laban Centre for contemporary dance and just down the road from Greenwich, with its parks, museums and historical attractions such as the Cutty Sark. Bustling Deptford High Street has numerous shops, as well as banks, pubs, cafes, bars and art galleries. Several days a week, there is a market that specialises in clothes, fresh fruit, vegetables and fish.

Deptford Bridge DLR station is just 20 metres from the front door of the campus, taking 22 minutes to get to Bank station. Numerous buses run past the campus, and it is ten minutes' walk to the East London line at New Cross or the Southeastern train line at Deptford station.

Buses: 47, 177, 225, 453
Train: Deptford or Greenwich
East London Line: New Cross, New Cross Gate

 
The Cut, London, SE1 8LE

Waterloo campus is in the heart of London, right at the pulse point of this dynamic, exciting city. It is surrounded by some of the city's major landmarks, including the London Eye, Imax Cinema, the Southbank and Tate Modern. The campus is on The Cut, a street known for its pubs, restaurants and theatres, including The Old Vic and Young Vic. With all these famous venues within walking distance, you'll never be short of entertainment.

The campus has excellent transport links as it is just a few minutes from Waterloo overground and underground stations.

Buses:1, 4, 26, 45, 63, 68, 100, 109, 155, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 381
Train: Blackfriars, Waterloo, Waterloo East
Tube: Blackfriars, Waterloo, Southwark

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How to Enrol

Apply Today To Start With Us In September 2016!

We understand that not everyone's decided which course they want to study straight away. Check out our courses here.  

Please see the links on our enrolment page which will outline the process clearly. If you have any other questions, contact the Admissions and Student Support Centres on 020 3757 3000, or come and visit one of our 3 campuses.

We've also some quick links, please have a look at our enrolment page to find out more about our enrolment and the support you can receive as you prepare to join Lewisham Southwark College.

Thinking of coming to Lewisham Southwark College?

You've looked at our website and its information, but you may need assistance choosing the course that's right for you. We give course advice, as well as initial information about funding and child care. 

We can offer support at your interview or assessment if you need it, plus specialist support. For example:

  • Help for students with disabilities or additional learning needs
  • Mental health support
  • Dyslexia support from our qualified team

Are you a parent or a carer?

Or do you have any other questions about studying at Lewisham Southwark College? Take a look at our FAQ section or send us a message.

 

 

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Enrolment Days

APPLY TODAY TO START WITH US IN SEPTEMBER 2016!

We understand that not everyone's decided which course they want to study straight away. Check out our courses here.  

Please see the links on the enrolment page on our website which will outline the process clearly. If you have any other questions, contact the Admissions and Student Support Centres on 020 3757 3000, or come and visit one of our 3 campuses.

We've also some quick links, please have a look to find out more about our enrolment and the support you can receive as you prepare to join Lewisham Southwark College.

Please take note of the evidence you will need to bring in to show us. We will not be able to complete your enrolment without it and it could delay you starting your exciting next step here at the College.

Open Days

It's never too soon to be thinking about what you want to study next. We're holding open days for school leavers and adult learners to come and visit us for starting courses in September 2016.

Come and visit us, talk to our teachers, and see our fantastic facilities. You will get a real sense of what it's like to come to college.

To register your attendance for one of our open days, please click here to fill out the registration form.

Waterloo Campus - Wednesday 8th June from 2pm-6.00pm: 

Our staff will be available to discuss September 2016 entry into:

  • Accounting
  • Art
  • Business
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • ESOL
  • Fashion
  • IT
  • Music
  • Travel and Tourism

Lewisham Way and Deptford Bridge - Wednesday 15 June from 2pm-6.00pm: 

Our staff will also be available to discuss September 2016 entry into:

Lewisham Way

  • Accounting
  • Art
  • Beauty
  • Business
  • Catering
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Early Year Care
  • ESOL
  • Fashion
  • Health and Social Care
  • IT
  • Media
  • Music
  • Science
  • Teacher Training
  • Technical Theatre
  • Travel and Tourism

Deptford Bridge 

  • Construction
  • Floristry
  • Sports

 

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Student Story

Every year, students leave Lewisham Southwark College having received extensive professional tuition in areas such as hair and beauty, catering, hospitality, sport, care, drama, dance and theatre, fashion, digital media and design, business and IT, construction and engineering, leisure, and travel and tourism.

Some progress into higher education; others leave college and find work in areas relevant to their studies. Here, students tell us how they have benefited from their studies:

Ibrahim Shote

The acting world can be tough to break into, but studying for a BTEC National Diploma at Lewisham Southwark College has been the key to success for 23-year-old Ibrahim Shote.

With the help of his tutor, he went on to gain a place on the Young Vic's well-known ‘Introduction to Directing' programme after completing his BTEC, and now works as a freelance director and actor at the Young Vic and other theatres.

In Ibrahim's job, no two days are the same. "When directing I usually arrive at rehearsal 15 to 30 minutes before anyone else, go through my plans for the day and have a chat with my Assistant Director. Once the actors arrive I do a very physical warm-up to get everyone ready and from then on it's just going through scenes, blocking (positioning the actors on stage), doing character work - and having lots of tea breaks! When I'm acting I just have to learn my lines, do my personal character work and follow directions."

"The best things about my career are that I get to meet and work with all types of people. I also get to travel the world and show my art to people from different cultures, which gives me a great sense of satisfaction and freedom. Knowing that I'm connecting with every single person watching means there's this kind of weird unspoken dialogue going on."

Ibrahim has very fond memories of his time at Lewisham Southwark College which helped him to develop his personal skills and confidence, as well as perfecting his acting craft.

"When I'm preparing for an audition, a lot of what I do was learnt while I was at college. Things that I picked up - even simple things like introducing yourself - still help me today, not just in auditions but in daily life."

"Lewisham Southwark College is a vibrant place where you get prepared for the world outside of education. When I was there I was in the company of good friends, I had an amazing tutor, and we were all doing what we loved to do. It was hard work but it didn't feel like it."

"My best and proudest memory was performing a play called ‘Posh' as our final major project. We posed for a photo on the stairs outside after the production and I have this framed on my wall."

 

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Contact Details

Lewisham Southwark College 
Lewisham Way
London
SE4 1UT

Tel: 0800 834 545

Buses: 21, 136, 321, 436
Train: St Johns , Lewisham, New Cross or Brockley
East London Line: New Cross, New Cross Gate
DLR: Lewisham & Elverson Road

Waterloo Campus
25 The Cut, 
London 
SE1 8LF

Buses: 1, 4, 26, 45, 63, 100, 109, 155, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 381
Tube: Waterloo or Southwark
Rail: Waterloo or Waterloo East

Deptford Bridge Campus
2 Deptford Church Street 
London 
SE8 4RZ

Buses: 47, 453, 177, 225
DLR: Deptford Bridge
Rail: Deptford or Greenwich

 

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