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To apply you must be 18 or above by Sept 2019

 If you are below this age, take a look at one of our FE Courses.

LS College Higher Education is our dedicated centre for Higher Education (HE) study within Southwark College.

An alternative to traditional universities, our offering provides a broad range of HE qualifications within an innovative and dynamic learning environment. Our HE department is situated at our newly renovated £41m campus, and hosts fantastic facilities designed to ensure that our HE students have the best possible learning experience. Our learners benefit from dedicated study areas, a library, social rooms, specialist facilities such as art studios, and computer rooms equipped with the latest technology.

Our high quality, industry-focused courses include HNCs (Higher National Certificates), HNDs (Higher National Diplomas), Foundation degrees and full Honours degrees. These qualifications are focused in three key areas: Business, Finance and Computing; Health Science and Technology; and Art and Creative Industries.

Southwark College's Higher Education offering benefits from our merger with NCG, the UK’s largest College group. The only group in the UK to have Taught Degree Awarding Powers, NCG is renowned for the high quality of its HE courses. As a result of this merger, our HE department has been able to develop an expanded range of HE courses which draw on NCG’s experience and teaching excellence in the HE field.

Find out more

You can find out more about what we offer by coming to one of our open days, or by calling us on 020 3757 3000 at any time to arrange a visit.

  • Why Choose Southwark College Higher Education?
    • Our fees are less than Universities – very affordable.
    • We offer a much higher ratio of tutor to student teaching in smaller class sizes.
    • Our flexibility means that you can either gain a shorter HE qualification and then go on to seek a job, or continue to a 'top up' third year, gaining a full degree
    • New facilities at our campus

    If you’re not quite ready to work at a HE level, we can offer you short programmes to prepare you for HE later on, when you feel ready. At which point, you may wish to take your qualification you gain here, and build on it at university with a full degree.

    You’ll also benefit from impressive resources by coming to Southwark College. Our Southwark campus, for example, is home to a Learning Centre with computers and iPads for student use. Our modern teaching facilities make the College an innovative place to learn.

  • Types of qualifications


    This HE-level qualification combines academic study with practical experience of how it works in the ‘real world’. You might think of a foundation degree as a type of ‘mini degree’, in that it aims to enable you to gain the fundamental knowledge of the subject matter you’re examining.

    A foundation degree typically takes two years to complete full-time (but it can sometimes be taken part-time), and is the equivalent of two-thirds of an honours degree. If you want to gain the full degree, you can obtain this through further study.


    Generally, HNCs take one year to complete, whereas HNDs last two years. Both are full, vocational HE qualifications, and have a strong focus on practical, career-focused, hands-on programmes provided by tutors with industry experience. These courses are ideal if you want to enter or progress quickly within the workplace, and are especially useful if you don’t need a full degree to do this.


    These programmes act as a stepping stone to commencing a HE qualification. Completion of an access course can then be followed by HE study. Our access qualifications are very popular with those who have been out of education for a while.

  • Fee Information


    Coming to a college to undertake HE qualifications can be a smart move, especially in terms of costs. At Lewisham Southwark College, our competitive prices make us an appealing institution for many. It’s also estimated that tuition fees of foundation degrees, for example, can be less expensive than the costs for full honours degrees.

    The costs of our HE courses are as follows:

    • Full Time Undergraduate Course Fee - £6,165 per year
    • Part Time Undergraduate Course Fee - £4,625 per year

    You may also be able to apply for relevant financial support, should you be eligible and successful in your application for an accepted programme. Why not have a look at the HE student finance section within the above link?

    You should expect to pay tuition fees for every year in attendance and be aware these fees may increase annually. On the basis of current government guidance any increase is unlikely to exceed the increase in inflation by reference to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

    Further information about our fees and bursaries can be seen in our OFFA Agreement.

    Further financial guidance can be found here: www.gov.uk/browse/education/student-finance#sthash.QY0dx1Zh.dpuf

    For students to be eligible for funding from Student Finance England, they must be studying on an eligible course at a provider registered with the Office For Students (OFS). The OFS is the new independent regulator for Higher Education in England and all Higher Education providers need to register with the OFS for their students to be eligible for student support in the 2019-20 academic year. The OFS will start publishing providers on its register form July 2018. We have made an application to register and expect a decision by [July/September] 2018. No provider will be able to confirm whether student support is available until it has a decision from the OFS.

    Visit www.officeforstudents.org.uk for more information


    You’ll have put in a lot of effort to successfully complete your course, so we love to recognise and celebrate this achievement at the end of your programme. We hold our own graduation ceremonies as well as at our partner universities, meaning you’ll celebrate your qualification from the comfort of our campus, or at a connected university – so you shouldn’t have to travel too far!

    And although graduation is a time for looking back at how far you’ve come, it’s also the beginning of your future. It’s important to note that some HE qualifications – like foundation degrees and HNDs – can set you up especially well for employment or additional education. Here’s what one website included:


    We’re proud of our experienced staff in the heart of London: they’re ready to help strengthen your knowledge in your chosen subject area as soon as you start with us. And whatever campus you choose to study at – whether that be Southwark, Lewisham Way or Deptford Bridge, we’re here to help you gain the qualification you need.

    Get in touch to see what programme you could enrol on, so we can nurture your abilities and you’ll benefit from the expertise of our wonderful staff.


    Perhaps you’ve already completed a further education qualification with us, and you’re keen to stay in the same area whilst completing a HE programme at the College. Or maybe you’ve lived in the City all your life, and you’re keen to move out of your parental home to gain more independence and work towards a HE qualification with us. We also attract students from Europe who may have studied to H.E. in their home countries but now require UK qualifications.

    Well, whatever your situation, we’ve got good news – the advantage of studying within cities like London is the mix of accommodation on offer. Although we don’t offer halls of residence or properties of our own, there are a lot of flat shares around, and you could check out sites such as www.spareroom.co.uk as well as various estate agents to explore your options.


    We think our London location is a big advantage for our students. Not only are you close to numerous businesses, facilities and potential work experience opportunities, but our campuses are spread out over three commutable spots in the City.

    Southwark College, for instance, is close to the Young Vic, the Old Vic and the South Bank and can be reached from the tube and various mainline stations. This campus also has a feel that’s more like the workplace, with the surrounding buzz and activity of central London.


  • If you’d like further clarity on our HE qualifications, we have a panel of expert advisers who’d love to discuss the subject further with you. We want to provide you with invaluable advice to help your future prospects, so do just get in touch if you have any questions.

    You can also download our HE review action plan and Single Equalities Scheme.

Access and participation plan

Our Access and Participation Plan sets out how we will improve equality of opportunity for underrepresented groups to access, succeed in and progress from higher education.

It includes:

  • Our ambition for change
  • What we plan to do to achieve that change
  • The targets we have set
  • The investment we will make to deliver the plan

Student Protection Plan

Our Student Protection plan sets out what students can expect to happen should a course, campus, or institution close. The purpose of the plan is to ensure that our students can continue and complete their studies, or can be compensated, if this is not possible. All higher education providers registered with the Office for Students (OfS) must have a student protection plan in place.



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