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16-18

The rest of your life starts here! So what are you going to do with it? Have you always dreamed of becoming a fashion designer, working with children, or making a career on the stage? Or are you not sure what job you’d like to do but know one thing: you don’t want it to feel like the standard ‘9-5’. Either way, our huge range of 16-18 vocational courses will put you on the right track towards a great career.

Forget what you think you know about studying. Here, we match your programme to your ambition. Not only will our talented teachers give you the tools to succeed, you’ll learn in a lively environment where your voice is definitely heard. You’ll also get the chance to use industry-standard facilities and find out what the real world of work is like as part of your course. It’s time to take a leap into the unknown: your future.

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Nicole Harrison

Nicole Harrison

"The Digital Media course pushed my skills in media that I’d never discovered before like photoshoot, indesign, audition and premiere pro. By using these softwares consistently, my work began to evolve from traditional to modern."

Edwin Munoz

Edwin Munoz

"I started at the College as an ESOL student. My main interest at that time was Photoshop and one of my ESOL teachers encouraged me to apply for a digital media course."

Violeta

Violeta

"As time went by and my family started growing up, I decided to try and get a better job, so I came to Lewisham Southwark College. I saw that the college offered vocational courses, which meant I could improve my English and train for a job at the same time."

Kelly Bridgewater

Kelly Bridgewater

"The course has given me a new life and made me believe that I can do what I want to do. Now the course is coming to an end, I can honestly look back and say that I’m pleased I took the step to further my education."

Toby Ott

Toby Ott

Blackheath-based Toby Ott, 24, has been blind from birth - but this hasn’t stopped him pursuing further and higher education qualifications.

Marite Micule-peina

Marite Micule-peina

"I had teaching experience and was confident in my professional abilities but felt I needed to improve my language skills, and my understanding of the English education system to be ‘work-ready’ in the UK, so I decided to start again from the bottom of the ladder."

Stephanie Marshall

Stephanie Marshall

"The course tutors are amazing and if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t have got this job."

Jack Grattan

"I really enjoyed studying at the College due to the teaching, with the tutors having a wealth of experience and knowledge and a very approachable attitude. They just want to help students."

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Coronavirus update

Southwark College is closely monitoring all communications and guidance as it becomes available. This information is for students and staff and reflects updates from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Public Health England (PHE). We are prepared to escalate our contingency arrangements in the event of change.

The government is monitoring the situation closely and will continue to work with the WHO and international community. For staff and students, it remains business as usual across our sites and our workplaces.

Please note that, at present, this advice refers only to arrivals from Wuhan, and not the remainder of China. If you have returned from Wuhan you should:

General guidance for those planning visits to Wuhan or other destinations in China

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) maintains updated travel advice for those planning a trip to Wuhan or other destinations in China. This is available at:

www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/china

Note

This advice is derived from The Department of Health and Social Care will be publishing updated data on a daily basis at 2pm until further notice:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public#situation-in-the-uk

Supplementary Q&A for individuals wishing to know more around how the UK is managing the risk:

https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/