09 Sep 2019
Southwark College staff were in place nice and early to assist and welcome our new students to their induction sessions.
Free breakfasts for the early birds and a brand new student area has been introduced this year to allow students to play games, relax and socialise between their lessons, which is so important in the first few weeks.
Abida Umarji, Head of Student Services said: "The first day at College can seem so daunting, that's why we've made it much easier for students to settle in, and ensured that lots of friendly staff are available to reassure them and guide them to their sessions. We have also had a few students who need changes to their enrolments which we have been able to fix quickly."
We caught up with Ayesha Chowdhury, who was last year's student union president. Ayesha was studying Business at Lewisham College, and has now transferred over to Southwark's Access to Law course.
Ayesha said "I'm excited to start my new course - I'm a step closer to university now!"
Below: Table tennis, gaming and Fusball - all in the new student life area!
29 Aug 2019
If you’re looking to kickstart your career, it’s not too late to enrol for a course at Southwark College which could launch you on your way. The College – which is ranked no. 3 in London – is open for Enrolment until 7 September for courses starting the week commencing 9 September.
We still have places available on a variety of our work-based courses in an exciting range of subject areas – such as Business, Drama, IT & Computing, and Travel & Tourism. As a student at Southwark College you’ll learn in an innovative and dynamic learning environment and have access to industry-standard facilities within our state-of-the-art £41m campus.
You may be a school leaver and unsure what your next step should be, or an adult thinking about going back to education or training for a new career. At our Enrolment days, our Guidance and Progression team will be on-hand to chat to you about which course would be the best route for your chosen career – and with courses available at many different levels, we can help you whatever your current level of qualifications.
If you’d like to get set for an exciting future, come along to the College which will be open for Enrolment every day up until Saturday 7 September (except 31 August and 1 September). Just bring along your ID, exam result slips or certificates and (if you’re 19+) details of any loans or financial assistance you’ll be applying for. Members of our Student Support team will be available to advise you on financial support and loans.
Southwark College is located at 25 The Cut, SE1, opposite Southwark tube station and within walking distance from Waterloo station.
22 Aug 2019
Southwark College students have scooped great results in their GCSE exams, opening the door for further study and employment.
With many having originally failed to get their English and maths GCSEs at school, re-sitting the exams in the College environment has proved a great way of gaining these all-important qualifications.
So many students have achieved passes in English, maths and science, which will enable them to move on to higher level courses and make them more attractive to employers across all sectors.
The students’ achievements are particularly impressive because they have studied for their GCSEs alongside the demands of their chosen vocational programme. Southwark College offers courses across a huge range of subject areas from Dance and Drama to Health & Social Care, IT & Computing, and Travel & Tourism.
This year’s GCSE exams – which are all now graded 9-1 instead of the old A*-G grades – have been tougher than ever, but that hasn’t stopped some students at Southwark College from achieving high grades which will open the door to degree courses.
Annette Cast, Principal of Southwark College, says: “I am thrilled to see such great results and I am very proud of our students’ achievements, particularly as many have complex lives.
“Our GCSE maths and English results have improved significantly since last year, which is fantastic, as we know that the qualification is now much more rigorous and exam based”
Amir Javadi, who achieved a 7 in Triple Science, will now move on to the College’s Access to Law course.
Andree Simone Hendry got a 7 and a 6 in her Combined Science GCSE, securing a place to study Primary Teaching at London Metropolitan University.
Cherih Mo achieved a grade 5 in English, which will allow her to start studying Level 3 Business at the College in September. She says: “I love the College! After my Level 3 I want to study for a degree at the University of Greenwich.”
Jamie Prior scooped a grade 4 in both English and maths GCSE, hitting the entry requirements for a degree in Media at Leeds Trinity University. “I’m so happy. I’m off to celebrate!” he says.
Terri-Ann Williams, currently a school teacher landed a grade 7 in GCSE Combined Science which she is delighted with – Terri-Ann says: “This is much better than I expected, I have just returned to education and this will allow me to study for A level science, and then onto my second degree – this time in Medicine at Kings College”.
19 Aug 2019
Indeya Ramgoolam, 20, from Brockley (and a mother of one) enrolled on the Access to Teaching course at Southwark College last September. She applied herself to the course and managed to achieve a raft of distinctions, meaning that she has achieved the best results possible in her qualification.
Her results will make the choice of university for further study in teaching much easier for her.
Jane Eley, her lecturer said: "Indeya impressed us with her hard work and diligence from the word go - she has achieved distinctions in every unit where the higher grades were available. She richly deserves recognition for this excellent result."
Interested in following in Indeya's footsteps? Apply for our Access to Teaching course today
06 Aug 2019
Programmes that nurture imagination and ambition can help re-establish the arts as a transformative force, says Robert West.
“I’m interested in how art can be a force for change and how creativity is fundamental for all our lives,” said contemporary artist Bob and Roberta Smith when launching 14–18 NOW’s Make Art Not War, a programme created to encourage young people to nurture creative skills vital to wider learning and matched to future social and economic demands.
Students at Southwark College got involved with the 14–18 NOW project, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary. Creative skills were at the heart of a strategic partnership between 14–18 NOW and Creative & Cultural Skills that led to the development of the Make Art Not War programme, with Bob and Roberta Smith providing the thought-provoking question “What does peace mean to you?”
Produced by ArtsMediaPeople, the project brought on board the 12 further education leadership colleges from our National Skills Academy and placed an artist mentor within each. Throughout the UK, over 1,200 students had the opportunity to spend a year working in-depth with their mentor, and 44,000 students were offered it as a UAL awarding body diploma study option exploring their responses to the provocation.
The learning potential of this programme about the world of work was not lost on those who took part. Artist mentor Yinka Danmole worked with students at Southwark College in London (National Skills Academy FE leadership members): “I’ve been very up-front with the students about how I go about my work and it’s very much a case of ‘if you can’t find the work, make it’. I wanted the project to help them understand the importance of thinking about taking a self-initiated approach to creating work or creative products.”
Student Artwork snapshots below - see the full video here 14-18 Now
24 Jun 2019
Thursday 20 June saw the pinnacle of a year’s work for Art, Media and Fashion students at Southwark College.
This annual event showcases the work of creative students who all play a role in organising the event, producing the work for display, as well as promoting and servicing the opening night and the subsequent exhibition.
01 May 2019
Southwark College students showed great creativity when they took part in a three-day workshop at the Royal Academy of Engineering, hosted by Queen Mary’s University London (QMUL).
05 Apr 2019
Performing arts students at Southwark College showed off their talents on 2 and 3 April when they put on three performances of the George Orwell classic, Animal Farm in the theatre space at Southwark.
14 Mar 2019
Southwark College has announced the appointment of a new Principal, marking an exciting new era for the institution.
11 Mar 2019
Neil Coyle, MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark, visited Southwark College as guest of honour at its Apprenticeships and Careers Fair on Friday 8 March. Marking the end of the 12th National Apprenticeships Week.
11 Mar 2019
The best of Lewisham Southwark College’s apprentices were recognised at an awards evening at Southwark College on Thursday 7 March.
08 Mar 2019
A group of ESOL Level 1 learners from Southwark College participated in a special event on 6 March, aimed at helping young people who are new to the UK.
01 Mar 2019
Dr Adebisi Adewole – who taught business at the College a number of years ago is an expert in African economics – returned to Southwark College to launch his first book on 1 March.
Dr Adewole’s book, ‘Logistics and Global Value Chains in Africa’, will be unveiled at a special event which will welcome business leaders and academics as well as staff and students from the College who are interested in this field.
28 Feb 2019
A group of Media and Fashion students enjoyed a week in Munich over February half term. As part of the Erasmus+ funded ‘Homeland’ project, they collaborated with German and Italian students in classes, workshops and cultural activities. Students presented information, pictures and videos about the rich cultural diversity of their cities.
21 Feb 2019
Neil Coyle, MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark, will visit Southwark College as guest of honour at its Apprenticeships and Careers Fair on Friday 8 March. Marking the end of the 12th National Apprenticeships Week, the fair will be the finale of five days of activities across both Southwark College and its sister institution, Lewisham College.
14 Feb 2019
We believe in the power of apprenticeships, and we are using our events during National Apprenticeships Week 2019 to highlight the many benefits.
07 Feb 2019
Dr Adebisi Adewole – who taught business related subjects and ICT at the College from 1998 to 2002, and is an expert in African economics – will be returning to Southwark College to launch his latest book on Friday 1 March.
21 Dec 2018
During December our Music Department entertained students and staff at Southwark College.
17 Dec 2018
Level 3 business students joined forces with local charities, doctors and the police to stage a special knife crime awareness event at Southwark College on 13 December.
14 Dec 2018
On 6 December, Southwark college held a ‘Celebration of success’ event to highlight the achievements of learners who have boosted their employability – with three quarters gaining a job – as a result of a course run with ISS. A specialist quality cleaning services company, ISS forms a Sector Based Work Academy with the College.
30 Nov 2018
When Art, Design, Media, Music and Performance students at Southwark College were invited to a special assembly on Thursday 29 November, little did they know they were about to come face-to-face with their hero.
26 Nov 2018
Last week we took part in the Erasmus+ Homeland project. Erasmus, (European Community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students) is a project designed to create opportunities for students across Europe through immersive learning.
17 Oct 2018
Level 3 Digital Media students were lucky enough to be among the first invited to take part in the BBC’s ‘Get Into Media’ Programme for 16+ students, supporting them through their course and onto their next steps. The group took part in the Discovery Day on 12 October where they explored different career opportunities in the industry. They also took part in activities for the chance to be selected for the full developmental programme.
15 Oct 2018
On 11th October Southwark College hosted a Higher Education event which was thrown open to local schools for them to find out about the opportunities available at Southwark College - and at 20+ other universities and HE providers.