South Thames College

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South Thames College specialises in practical training and focuses on giving students the skills to succeed at work. It offers recognised qualifications in a huge range of subject areas from entry level right through to MBAs and other university-level qualifications. There are plenty of short courses running during the day, in the evening and on Saturdays, including core subjects like maths and English GCSE, leisure courses and career courses such as leadership and management certificates through to CELTA and other teacher training courses. It is a hub for learning in the community.

Their courses prepare students for work or for progression to further study. Students learn through hands on courses giving them invaluable experience that employers want. The College has great links with the business world through its Business Centre in Tooting, which runs apprenticeship programmes, work-based training, employability courses and traineeships.

The College maintained its 'good' status in the 2012 Ofsted inspection and is rated outstanding for its safeguarding and English language school. Facilities include hair and beauty salons that are open to the public, tv and radio studios, performing arts studios, Sports England sports hall and gym, music technology suites and a Hospitality and Catering Academy, complete with commercial restaurant - Taste, that gives catering students the chance to test their skills on paying customers.

The College offers hundreds of full and part-time courses for school leavers and adult learners, attracting over 21,000 students each year.

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Subject strengths

Students can study art and design, business, childcare, construction, engineering, hairdressing, health and social care, hospitality and catering, motorcycle mechanics, music, public services, and sport, to name just a few.

The College's university-level provision spans over 40 courses in areas from business to sport. The courses cover the practical elements of each subject area, as well as the theory, so students are taught the skills employers are looking for and are prepared when they move into work. Courses are run in a staged process, giving students the flexibility to take courses a year at a time for one, two or three years, and achieve a recognised qualification at the end of each year. Course fees compare favourably to universities and other higher education providers.

South Thames runs short courses during the day, in the evening and on Saturdays. Courses range from computing and IT skills to floristry, cake decorating and yoga. Some have a qualification attached and others are just for fun.

The College is a major training provider for local businesses, with a dedicated Business Centre, the region's largest provider of practical training solutions tailored to meet the needs of employers. These include work-based training, apprenticeship and traineeship programmes.

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Facilities and support


The College constantly invests in upgrading its facilities at its campuses. At Wandsworth, these include a health and social care wing, Sports England standard sports hall, gym and aerobics area, industry standard hair and beauty salons, performance theatre for dance and drama, music and tv recording studio with editing facilities and photography studios.

The Merton Campus includes a technology block with dedicated workshops for musical instrument making and motorbike and car maintenance as well as computer-aided design facilities and electronics labs. It also houses an industry standard hair and beauty salon and its Hospitality and Catering Academy, for which they enlisted the expertise of acclaimed chef Bruno Loubet to help with the design of the facility and curriculum. The academy has professional kitchens, including a specialist pastry kitchen, conference rooms and a commercial restaurant - Taste - that is open to the public, giving students the chance to practice their skills on paying customers.

They also have their specially designed Aurora Centre, a space for 16-25 year olds with autistic spectrum disorder and complex need. The Centre has capacity for 24 young people to gain support and complete a personalised plan of study and development.


The College has a diverse, multicultural learning environment. The libraries offer a selection of both on and offline learning resources, Macs and PCs. The support network available includes personal tutors, advice and welfare, independent careers advisers and a varied programme of extracurricular activities and events through their enrichment team. Educational and careers advice is also available from their award-winning team of student advisers, on hand to help with everything from fees advice and university applications to preparing for interviews.

They have dedicated teams for adults and young adults with a range of learning difficulties, disabilities or who face particular challenges. Some of the work is on programmes designed to accommodate intense or complex learning difficulties. Their learner support facility can also help you if you take a full-time course and, for example, have dyslexia and need help with additional study.

They aim to be an inclusive college and have earned their Positive About Disabled People kitemark, and work hard to incorporate the feedback of the students they help to improve the College experience for all. Their facilities are fully adapted to the mobility impaired.

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South Thames College has three centres across Wandsworth and Merton. All are well located for public transport links.

Wandsworth Campus
Wandsworth High Street,
SW18 2PP

Tel: 020 8918 7777
Train: Wandsworth Town or Clapham Junction.
Tube: East Putney
Bus: 28, 37, 39, 44, 87, 156, 170, , 220, 270, 337, 485
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Merton Campus
London Road, Morden,
Surrey SM4 5QX

Tel: 020 8918 7777
Train: Morden South (Thames Link)
Tube: Morden (Northern Line)
Tram: Morden Road
Bus routes: 80, 93, 154
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Tooting Centre
71 Tooting High Street,
SW17 0TQ

Tel: 020 8918 7777
Train: Tooting
Tube: Tooting Broadway
Bus: 44, 57, 77, 127, 131, 155, 219, 264, 270, 280, 333, 355, 493, G1
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Roehampton Centre
166 Roehampton Lane,
SW15 4HR

Tel: 020 8918 7777
Train: Barnes
Bus: 72, 85, 170, 265, 430, 485, 493

Off-campus site addresses:

Some of our short leisure courses take place off-campus at one of the following addresses:

Furzedown Project for the Elderly, 91-93 Moyser Road, Streatham, SW16 6SJ

Manresa Pensioners Clubroom, Fontley Way, Alton Estate, Roehampton SW15 4LY

Peabody Centre, Elmwood Court, 38 Battersea Park Road, SW11 4JE

Tailors Court, 2 North Drive, Streatham, SW16 1RJ

TPT - Thomas Pocklington Trust, 1C Yukon Road, London, SW12 9PZ

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How to enrol


For leisure courses, you can book online where your course needs an interview.

By Post

You can apply by post using the 2015-16 Application Form if you are applying for a full-time or part-time course leading to a qualification.

If you want to join one of our short courses you can download the enrolment form. You will need to post the form to the Freepost address below with your full payment. If you are applying for a discount they will need to see up to date evidence of your benefits or date of birth if you're applying for a discount based on benefits status or age.

Admissions Team, South Thames College, Merton Campus, FREEPOST CN2701, London Road, Morden, Surrey, SM4 5QX

By phone

You can call student services on 020 8918 7777 to enrol onto a short course. This method is only available if you are enrolling for a course that does not offer a discounted rate (e.g. you cannot enrol over the phone onto a course that offers a discount for people of age 60+ as you will need to show proof of age).

Visit Student Services

You can also submit application forms for vocational and short courses by visiting student services at one of the college campuses.


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Open days

At South Thames College open days, you can meet tutors, staff and their team of impartial professional education advisers, and find out what it's like to study at the College. You can also take a tour round our facilities and see demonstrations in various subject areas.

South Thames College has open days running through the academic year.

Student story

Name: Corey Burke

Age: 19

Studying: Advanced Diploma in Professional Cookery (Level 3)

I've always had a passion for catering, desserts in particular, and I wanted to learn the skills involved. I took a Level 1 catering course at South Thames before and enjoyed the course and got on really well with my chef lecturers. So when I heard they were building the new Hospitality and Catering Academy, I knew I wanted to come back here to study my Level 3 course.

The new facilities are amazing and we get to try out what we learn on paying customers in the commercial restaurant. The teachers make the courses really enjoyable and create a comfortable environment to work and learn in. And with the Enrichment Team, there are lots to do when I'm not cooking.

When I finish my course I want to get straight into work and build my experience. I want to work abroad at some point too and learn other cooking styles.

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Contact details

General Enquiries

Tel:  020 8918 7777


Support for those with learning difficulties and disabilities 

(Voice) 020 8918 7486

(Text) 020 8918 7969

International Students: General and Course Enquiries

Tel: +44 20 8918 7777

Skype: stc.london.international.office

English for International Students - EIS - Course Enquiries

Tel: +44 20 8918 7777

Training for Employers

Tel: 020 8918 7272

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