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South Thames College

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Overview
Overview

Overview

South Thames College is located close to Wandsworth Town station in South West London, and just minutes away from the centre of London. There is also additional campus in Merton and Tooting.

The college offers a number of careers-focused vocational courses designed to give you the best training and skillset to stand out from the crowd when looking for work or applying for the next stage of your education. The college offers HND, HNC, HE and foundation courses in the following subjects:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Art, Fashion and Graphic Design
  • Business, Law and Professional Studies
  • Childcare, Health, Care and Science
  • Engineering
  • Film, Media and Multimedia
  • Games Design and Development
  • Hair, Beauty and Complementary Therapy
  • Languages and Writing
  • Music and Performing Arts
  • Teaching and Training

 

Many of these courses also offer work placements, giving you the opportunity to practice your new skills in a real working environment.

Over 21,000 students are enrolled at South Thames College, and they benefit from plenty of flexibility when studying there. Whether you study for one, two or three years, you’ll receive an industry-recognised qualification at the end of each year.

The college also offers impressive subject-specific facilities across its campuses to help you learn the practical skills required for your chosen industry. There is even an on-site hair and beauty salon, as well as a restaurant, meaning discount haircuts, beauty treatments and meals for students on campus.

 

Job Prospects
Job Prospects

Job Prospects

Students at the college can attend one of the Advice Centres located at both campuses, where they will be able to talk in detail with careers advisers about their future goals and how to achieve them.

There are also weekly skills sessions held, where you can receive help with things like filling out job applications and writing stand-out CV and cover letters.

During your time learning at the college, you will also benefit from guest speakers, work visits and placement opportunities.

Course and lecturers
Course and lecturers

Course and lecturers

The college offers courses for a range of ages and levels, from 16 years to adult education – so it’s never too late to start a new career path and land the job of your dreams. Class sizes are generally around 30 students, so you'll get individual attention when you require it.

Qualifications go up to university level, and the college offers BA and BSc degrees in conjunction with Kingston University, Canterbury Christ Church University and Cumbria University – its three partner institutes.

You can study the first two years of a course at the college before going to university to complete the degree – giving you a taster of university life with less cost involved.

Short courses, day workshops, apprenticeships and A Levels are also available to study at South Thames College.

Classes are vocational and aim to give you the practical skills required for a successful future in your chosen industry, and you will be assessed by exams, coursework, or a mixture of the two depending on your programme.

Students' Union
Students' Union

Students' Union

The college doesn’t have a Students' Union but nominated students can become class reps to represent the student voice and pitch ideas to the College Management team and the HE Learner Forum. Their goal is to make sure that everyone's voices are heard and to improve the life at the college for all students.

Accommodation
Accommodation

Accommodation

The college doesn’t provide any accommodation for students but those wishing to study a course at one of the campuses across South West London could find a place to stay on websites such as Spare Room and Rightmove.

Cost of living
Accommodation This is the average annual cost for a full time student at this uni.
Source: IDP Connect 2018

£9,516

per annum
Facilities
Facilities

Facilities

Across the campuses you will have access to state-of-the-art subject-specific facilities including:

  • TV studio
  • Recording Booth
  • Editing Suite
  • Library
  • Sports Hall
  • Fashion and Textiles Studio
  • Hair and Beauty Salon
  • Modern Plumbing, Construction and Engineering Workshops
  • Performing Arts Theatre and Dance Studio
  • Professional Car and Motorbike Garages
  • IT Suites featuring the latest CAD software and 3D printers

There is also a student lounge for you to relax in and a canteen serving hot and cold food and drinks to recharge your batteries. The Merton campus also has a Taste kitchen and a restaurant for catering and hospitality students to train in.

There’s also a dedicated HE Zone for students on the higher education courses, which includes a bespoke HE Study Centre.

 

City life
City life

City life

South West London is very close to the centre of the capital, and has excellent transport links, making it easy to get to any part of the city in no time at all.

London is an excellent place to study, with great access to major companies and organisations – giving you the perfect opportunity to gain work experience.

Being a student means that money is tight, but there are plenty of free things to keep you entertained, including most of the major museums, art galleries and not to mention the parks to walk around in, or relax on a sunny day with your revision.

A range of independent coffee shops, restaurants and bars will ensure that your time studying there is one to remember.

Cost of living
Cost of a pint This is the average cost of a pint.
Source: IDP Connect 2018

£3.65

per pint
Clubs and Societies
Clubs and Societies

Clubs and Societies

The college has a range of clubs and activities on offer, which you can find out more about during freshers’ fair. For more information contact the college directly to find out more about the choices available. 

There’s also a range of activities taking place on campus throughout the year – from sports days, National Enterprise Week, Black History Month, and Interfaith weeks to Green Week.

Student support
Student support

Student support

The college prides itself on its support services and wants to make sure that everyone feels happy and safe during their time studying.

There is a specific support team in place for students with learning difficulties and disabilities, as well as a learning support team for those wishing to brush up on skills they are less confident with.

A confidential counsellor is available for students to go along to with any worries or concerns they may have, while any money troubles can be spoken about with the college's welfare advisers.

Fees
Fees

Fees

Students aged 14-18 don't have to pay fees to study at the college.

All students on higher education courses are required to pay fees. For individual course fees, check the college’s website.

Scholarships/ Bursaries
Scholarships/ Bursaries

Scholarships/ Bursaries

Advanced Learning Loan

Students over the age of 19 could be entitled to the Advanced Learning Loan to help with the costs of their studies and will only have to start making repayments after they earn over £25,000 a year.

Childcare help

Childcare bursaries and Government-funded schemes are available for students who are parents. Children from the age of 2-4 are also entitled to 15 hours of free education for 38 weeks of the year.

Learner Support Fund

Financial help is available for students eligible to help cover the costs of transport, books and equipment.

16-18 Priority Bursary

£1,200 a year is allocated to students who are in care or a care leaver, or who are given Disability Living Allowance, or receiving Income Support.

16-18 Discretionary Bursary

£20 a week is given to students needing financial assistance to help cover the costs of study equipment. Those eligible come from a household income of less than £16,190 a week.

19+ Discretionary Learner Support Fund

Students aged 19 or over may be able to receive financial support to cover the costs of transport, books and equipment, if they are from a household income of less than £20,000.

The Advanced Learning Loan Bursary

Students from a household income of less than £20,000 may be eligible for financial support to help cover the costs of their college equipment.

Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA)

Pupils with a disability, medical condition or learning difficulty may be eligible for a DSA.

For more information visit the college website.

Academic strengths
Academic strengths

Academic strengths

Hospitality and Catering

Students benefit from getting advice from regular visiting experts such as Loubet and Albert Roux and will train in professional kitchens right on campus. There is also a commercial restaurant where your food will be served to paying customers. During your time studying you have the chance to compete in food competitions both locally and nationally, as well as undertaking work placements with high-profile restaurants.

TV and Film

Students at the college can take advantage of its professional equipment – as used at the BBC. During your time studying you will work on projects in onsite TV and film studios, learning how to work with a green-screen and develop your skills as a scriptwriter. After leaving, you can go on to use your skills in a variety of jobs including as an arts officer, producer or creative director.

Entry requirements
Entry requirements

Entry requirements

For a place on the Professional Cookery City & Guilds Diploma Level 2, you will be looking at achieving three GCSE grades at A*-D including English or Maths.

Budding TV and Film producers can apply for the TV and Film (Creative Media Production) UAL Diploma Level 2 and will need three GCSE grades A*-D in relevant subjects.

For more information on the different courses offered at the college, visit their website.

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