Course Advice

020 3757 4000


All successful applicants will need to enrol to secure their place on their chosen course, even if they have attended an interview, and will be sent an email inviting them to attend an enrolment appointment either online or on campus.

If you have not received an email from us please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, date of birth and email address and we will contact you with your next steps.

Main enrolment takes place on the following dates:


Opening hours

Thursday 20 August

16-18s only


Friday 21 August

16-18s only


Monday 24 August


Tuesday 25 August


Wednesday 26 August


Thursday 27 August


Friday 28 August

10am- 3pm

Monday 31 August


Tuesday 1 September


Wednesday 2 September


Thursday 3 September


Friday 4 September


Saturday 5 September


Late enrolment will begin from Monday 7 September 2020.

Due to Covid-19, online enquiries and walk-in applicants may also be given an enrolment slot to attend at a later time in order for us to maintain social distancing throughout the building during each session.




    You can apply for a course online (just click the ‘Apply now’ tab at the bottom of each course page) or by filling in a printed form which you can obtain by calling us on 020 3757 4000.

    Find out more about our application process.


    You can come to the College on any of the dates on our enrolment calendar, but we advise you to enrol as early as possible to secure your place.

    It’s vital that you bring with you your ID and evidence of your exam results (along with details of any loans or financial assistance you’re applying for if you’re 19+). Otherwise, we won’t be able to enrol you.

    If you’ve applied and received an offer:

    Just come along and we’ll get you through the final stages of enrolment!

    Remember that we have a huge range of courses available at all levels so if your GCSE grades are lower than expected, come to your enrolment appointment anyway, and our Guidance and Progression team will help you discuss your options.

    If you’ve applied and not received an offer letter, or if you haven’t applied yet:

    You should come along on one of the enrolment days and we will get you on the right track to choose and enrol on a course. You can apply and enrol on the same day.

    ESOL learners: Only come to campus if you have an appointment. If you haven’t got an appointment yet, please don’t come to campus. Our courses are very busy and have waiting lists. Please see the ‘What’s the process for ESOL students?’ tab below.

    Read our Guidance Notes for completing an initial assessment


    If you have applied with us already you will be invited to attend an enrolment appointment. If you have not received an enrolment appointment or if you have applied too late, you may need to attend a drop in open enrolment session. We advise you to attend your appointment or come to a drop in session as early as possible to secure your place.


    This will depend on your chosen course and whether you’ve already applied or not, but will include:

    • Filling in an application form or enrolment form 
    • Interview with an academic tutor to check through your academic evidence and confirm the course you would like to enrol on
    • Processing by our Admissions team including taking your photo for your College ID card

    You may also have:

    • English and maths assessments, if you are not able to provide evidence of your English and maths GCSE grades. These assessments are not exams, they’re just to check your current level to ensure we enrol you on the right course.
    • Discussion with our Additional Learning Support team if required
    • Fee assessment if required

    Our Guidance & Progression team, Apprenticeships team and Childcare Bursary advisors will also be available at every enrolment day to give you support and advice.


    You should expect to be with us for around 2 hours if you are NOT taking an English or maths assessment.

    If you are taking an English or maths assessment, these will take one hour each.

    We will do all we can to make things run as smoothly and quickly as possible, but please be patient: it’s important we cover everything properly at enrolment in order to avoid issues later on. The best time to arrive at the College is first thing in the morning in order to minimise waiting times.


    To enrol, you will need to bring:

    • ID (passport or a birth certificate) If none of these are available, please see below.
    • Exam result slips or qualification certificates
    • Enrolment letter and course offer if you have them
    • Record of achievement/progress file if you were at the College last year
    • Evidence of any loans you will be receiving, including the Student Loan and Advanced Learner Loan.
    StatusEvidence Required
    Born in the UK ONLY
    • UK Passport
    • Birth Certificate
    Naturalised UK Citizen
    • UK Passport
    An EU/EEA citizen
    • EU/EEA passport
    • EU/EEA ID card

    If you’re not an EU national:

    • Evidence of your right to live and study in the UK.

    If you are in receipt of benefits, then please bring the following: Your status will be assessed in line with the college’s fees policy and a fee remission may or may not be applied based on the evidence you supply

    • Evidence of benefits received in your household (e.g. official notification letter or bank statement dated within the last two months showing your current home address)
    • Your National Insurance number if you receive JSA or ESA (WRAG).
    Residency Status Evidence Required
    Husband/Wife/Civil Partner or Child with rights to live in the UK Passport, Travel Document OR Residence Permit of Learner AND Passport, Travel Document OR Residence Permit of Family Member OR Marriage Certificate
    Leave Outside of the rules Passport OR Residence Permit with Visa Status stating Leave Outside the Rules
    Join Family Member or EEA Family Member with Rights to live in the UK Passport OR Residence Permit of Learner & Family Member Passport
    Discretionary/Exceptional/Indefinite Leave to Enter or Remain. Passport OR Residence Permit
    Refugee Status. Travel Document OR Residence Permit
    Humanitarian Protection. Passport OR Residence Permit
    Asylum Seeker – in UK for 6 Months. NAS Card OR Residence Permit
    Refused Asylum Seeker with no Home Office Decision in 6 months. NAS Card OR Residence Permit AND Appeal Letter.

    PLEASE NOTE: If your Residency Status or Visa type is not listed here or if it expires before July 2020 or you are unable to provide a physical copy of the evidence listed, we will not be able to complete your enrolment at Lewisham or Southwark College.

    If you do not bring all the required information you may not be allowed to enrol and your place could be offered to someone else.

    Depending on the course you are applying for you may also be asked to bring additional items in to complete your enrolment, a list of which will be sent to you separately or given to you during the enrolment session.


    Our specialist Additional Learning Support teams will be on-hand to talk to you about any learning support you may need during your course.

    Southwark College campus is fully accessible. If you will need additional support during enrolment (such as a signer or speaking guide), please let us know in advance by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


    For learners aged 16-18 our courses are free. If you want to apply for bursaries to cover costs related to attending College (such as free school meals and travel), you will be able to discuss this at enrolment in our Fee Assessment room.

    Fee assessment for adult learners:

    For adult learners (19+), you will be told how much you need to pay during your fee assessment at enrolment. You can pay your fees by cash, cheque and credit card, or set up a Direct Debit.

    If you have already arranged an Advanced Learner Loan or other financial support, you’ll need to bring evidence of this (an official letter showing your home address) with you to enrolment. If not, you will be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan at enrolment and we will take your application reference number as evidence of the loan, enabling us to enrol you. A direct debit will also be setup if loan approval is pending. Should you fail to receive loan approval by Friday 18th October 2019 payment will be due. Find out more about financial support for adult learners.


    Our courses begin week commencing 7th September. You will be given your start date, along with your course timetable, at enrolment.

Read our Guidance Notes for completing an initial assessment

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