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We are putting on two applicant social events so you can have some fun and get to know your fellow students!

Oh, and lunch is on us too! We have hot dogs, icecream and smoothies ... what's not to like?

Lewisham & Deptford Applicants Social Event
14 Aug 2018 12:00 - 2pm

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Southwark Applicants Social Event
16 Aug 2018 12:00

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More and more learners could be tempted to take up access courses after new figures from the Department for Education revealed that more than £20 million worth of learner loans were written off in the 2017-18 academic year.

Access to Higher Education courses are usually one-year qualifications to prepare people over 19 without traditional qualifications for study at university. They are available in a range of subjects, such as nursing, social studies, law, and art and design.

There has long been concern about the low numbers of mature students studying in universities, with cost of getting to university being a barrier. Once students have completed their access course and subsequent degree, the loan for the access course is then written off.

Last year, the write-off was £1.7m, this year it is £20.3 million

This route compares favourably to year zero courses offered by universities. Students who sign up to year zero courses have an extra year’s worth of student loans at £9,250 but no write-off.

David Corke, Director of Policy at the Association of Colleges, said: “The Access Courses show the benefit that studying at a college can have for those who are lacking in any traditional qualifications. The one-year course helps to provide the skills need to either access employment or move into higher education.

Find out more about our access courses:

Access to Computing (Level 3) Adult Programme

Access to Contemporary Dance (Level 3) Adult Programme

Access to Fashion (Design Production and Promotion) (Level 3) Adult Programme

Access to HE Diploma (Business Studies) (Level 3) Adult Programme

Access to HE Diploma (Teacher Training) (Level 3) Programme

Access to HE Diploma in Nursing (Level 3) Adult Programme

Access to HE Diploma in Science (Level 3) Adult Programme

Access to Law (Level 3) Adult Programme

Access to Music (Level 3) Adult Programme


When Ian Connolly was at his lowest point of drug and alcohol addiction, he couldn’t have guessed at the bright future ahead of him.

Now Ian has successfully completed a Level 3 Counselling course at Lewisham Southwark College and is about to move to South Africa, not only to be with his partner, but also to launch his career as a psychologist and therapist. He wants to focus particularly on counselling those battling addiction.

Originally working in IT analytics, Ian fell into addition some years ago, which led him to a life of homelessness. It was while he was going through recovery and rehabilitation that he first had the idea of becoming a counsellor. He explains: “The people around me pointed out that I had a natural ability to help others with their own problems and I was easy to talk to. That persuaded me to pursue a career in counselling.”

Studying on the College’s 12-week Introduction to Counselling course convinced Ian that this was the right career path for him, and he progressed on to the Level 2 and Level 3 courses. At the same time, he became extremely close to his classmates, who he describes as his “second family”.

“My teacher Opy Adebayo was perfect at teaching,” says Ian. “He has such happiness and passion when teaching and always gives great feedback as it is honest and constructive.”

Ian feels that studying has improved his resilience, equipping him to feel comfortable in a work place, and he can’t wait to start his new life in South Africa – a country he has always loved. We wish him all the best for the future!



Lewisham Southwark College welcomed students and their families to its annual graduation ceremony on 11 July, marking the end of an exceptional year during which the College has risen to become fourth best in London (Department for Education’s National Achievement tables) and in the top 10% of Further Education Colleges nationally.

At the graduation ceremony, which was hosted at the College’s Southwark campus, students who had successfully achieved their qualifications across a huge range of subjects were presented with their certificates. These qualifications demonstrate the hard work, determination and ambition of the College’s diverse student body, with many students overcoming significant barriers to learning in order to succeed.

Students arrived and were dressed in their graduating gowns, then went to the roof garden to celebrate with their proud families, looking out onto the Shard, London Eye, and other key London landmarks.

Deputy Principal David White said: “As a College at the heart of the local community, we see education as a way of opening the door to a fulfilling future. It is wonderful to see so many students making the most of the opportunity to invest in higher level skills which will offer them a rewarding career.

"We don’t see this as the end of their association with us, we keep in touch with our student through our alumni network and will continue to share their future successes."

Find out more about our Higher Education courses.

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Our Graduation Day 2018 took place on the 11th July and we want to say a big congratulations to our graduates! Have a look at our slideshow of photos from the evening!





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