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English exams

Every year, hundreds of international students come to Southwark College to improve their English language skills and gain a recognised qualification. As a multicultural community of nearly 80 different nationalities we provide a friendly, welcoming environment where you can build your confidence in English.

We offer a wide range of ESOL English language courses at various different levels, and we’ll help you to find the right course to suit your needs, whatever your current level of English. Our courses are competitively-priced and, with evening and summer courses available, they are designed to fit in around your other commitments.

Our international English students leave us with confidence in their ability to speak and write English clearly, and a qualification that will help them to take their next steps – whether that’s further study or work.

Useful links:

International English Language Testing
UK Council for International Student Affairs
Association of Colleges

  • What can I study?

    Our courses for non-native English speakers are designed to improve your speaking skills as well as your reading, writing, listening, grammar and vocabulary.
    Browse our English courses:

  • Why choose Southwark College?

    By studying English as an international student at Southwark College, you’ll benefit from:

    • Highly experienced tutors
    • Small class sizes
    • Interactive learning environment with plenty of opportunity to practise your skills
    • High-tech teaching facilities, fully installed with the latest learning technologies
    • Dedicated online learning site for each course to support learning
    • Great student support, including individual tutorials
    • Flexible course starting dates and a choice of full-time, part-time, evening and summer courses
    • Expert careers advice to help you decide what to do next
  • Accommodation

    We don’t have accommodation of our own but our location close to a number of universities means that there are lots of accommodation options available including halls of residence, flat and house shares with other students, and house stays with local families. Our Student Services advisers can also help by referring you to providers such as Unite Students and Spare Room, as well as local estate agents.

    Unite Students Spare Room

  • How to apply

    You can apply via this website for our English courses. Just visit our course pages and select a course you’re interested in.

Sian Kelsey Fox

Sian Kelsey Fox

My apprenticeship helped me, by giving me the chance to learn and earn. As well as having the opportunity to work within a professional working environment: and this was beneficial as it helped me widen my vocabulary and also my knowledge of the workplace, which contributes to understanding my job role I am currently in.

Tommy Warner

I loved Lewisham, as they did plays that were similar and the same standard as those at drama school, which made the transition to higher education much easier.

Indre Navickaite

Indre Navickaite

One of the things the College has taught me is to set my goals much higher because you never know what you can achieve until you try. Once I have some experience, my plan is to set up my own theatre company and work with people from different cultures around the world.

Duayne Sanford

Duayne Sanford

I’m currently touring with electronic soul band Honne, and have been travelling the world with them for three years. We’ve played prestigious festivals such as Glastonbury, Latitude, Leeds Festival and BBC Big Weekend in the UK and – further afield – Coachella, Seoul Jazz Festival and Austin City Limits.

Max King

Max King

The programme is hard work, but I’m up for it. The teaching here is inspiring, passionate and dedicated. It’s a really friendly environment.

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.

Dan Sherwood

I’ve learnt that the best thing you can do is get your head down, work hard and put in the hours – it’s worth it.

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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