The College will communicate with all applicants, students and apprentices via their Southwark College email or chosen email. All public announcements, such as site closure will also be communicated via this website. Please do not rely on social media or local news for information.
Thank you for your continued patience in these unprecedented and challenging times.
We are currently delivering a normal timetable.
The government has now lifted most of the remaining COVID-19 restrictions but there are still some important things to know about when you should and shouldn’t attend college.
Should I continue regular testing for COVID-19?
Most students are no longer required to test themselves twice weekly to attend college, but tests are still available from here whilst stocks last.
If you have a disability and/or learning disability you are currently advised to continue regular testing.
Self-isolating following a positive Lateral Flow or PCR test
Whilst the government has stated that isolating is no longer a requirement, if you test positive for COVID-19, you must not attend Southwark College until five full days have passed and you have received two negative results. This is for the safety of our entire college community.
What if I get symptoms of COVID-19?
If you are displaying any symptoms of COVID-19 (loss of taste or smell, a new continuous cough or a high temperature) you must not attend college.
If you are identified as a close contact of a positive case, there is no longer a requirement to self-isolate or to test daily. You should continue to attend college unless you begin to display symptoms.
Face coverings in college
You are no longer required to wear a face covering but you may continue to wear one if you wish to do so.
We make sure there’s an adequate supply of fresh air (ventilation) in enclosed areas of our colleges wherever possible without being too cold, however there will be occasions where the temperature will drop lower than what we are used to. Therefore, you may wish to consider wearing extra layers or warmer clothing throughout the winter period.
If you need any support or have any further questions about learning remotely, please speak to your Tutor in the first instance.
Applications and Enrolment
Applications remain open online for all courses with admissions staff processing them using our online systems as normal. Further information on applying for a course can be found at www.southwark.ac.uk/apply.
The College will also continue to process enrolment appointments. Please visit www.southwark.ac.uk/enrolment to find out what you will need to bring and additional health and safety arrangements on campus.
If you have any questions about an existing application or are not sure what to study and need further information, advice or guidance then please contact us.
16-19 Tuition Fund 2021-22
Southwark College has received funding to support catch-up tuition to small groups of students who have been disrupted by the pandemic. Students will be offered a range of support which you can find in the 16-19 Tuition Fund Statement.
Following government guidance we are now open for IELTS tests in Southwark College. Visit our IELTS pages to find out more about our preparation courses or to book a test.
All staff, students and visitors to Southwark College buildings will be asked to:
- Maintain social distancing and general principles of personal hygiene
- Keep to limits on the number of people in rooms and lifts
- Follow signage/guidance and not move furniture from the places in which it has been set out
The safety and wellbeing of our students, apprentices and staff is at the forefront of any decision we take. We realise that we may need to adapt if the government and Public Health England advice changes and we will be putting plans in place to do this if necessary. We will review this regularly and will only remain open if:
- All Government guidance can be met, in full.
- Individuals, College areas and work tasks have been risk assessed and appropriate mitigation measures are in place.
- Full consultation has taken place.
- The Principal, supported by the Executive Leadership Team and the College Board, authorises the action.
Exam Results 2020/2021
To be sure that we keep all of our students and staff safe at this time, we sent results out to current students via email. If you need further information, please visit our exams page.
Definition of vulnerable students and children of critical workers
Vulnerable students include those who have a social worker and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans as well as children in need, children who have a child protection plan and those who are looked after by the local authority.
Children of critical workers
A definition of critical workers is contained here:
Further guidance for parents and carers is available here:
International travel and College trips
If you are planning to travel to other countries, please follow Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice and consult Government guidance on your return. Please also inform the College before returning to a College site.
All College trips and visits have been cancelled until further notice.
If you feel unwell
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of a new continuous cough and/or high temperature. Follow the Public Health England advice if you or someone you live with present with symptoms. You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after seven days, contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.
The DfE launched a helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
You can also find the latest information updates on COVID-19 here.