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.
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.
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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
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.
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.
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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.
I’m so glad I chose the path I did – studying such a vocational course at Southwark College was great for my CV, and now I’m doing the job I always wanted to do.
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.
Sometimes learners will get a ‘lightbulb moment’ which transforms their attitude to studying – and that was certainly the case for Drama student Fiona Oakley.
The staff here have shown me how to get better and improve my work – and I’ve already started seeing a difference, even after only 2 months. We also get amazing professional work placements – like the Plague Event at the National Maritime Museum.
I always knew I wanted to perform, and Southwark College helped me further my dance training, I learned a variety of dance styles and was given extra singing lessons so I kept up those skills too.
I’ve enjoyed going back to college at Lewisham Southwark College where the tutors have been really supportive and I have made some great friends. I would definitely recommend doing an apprenticeship to anyone who’s thinking about it.