We want every student to have an inspiring, enjoyable and successful experience at Southwark College. Our wide-ranging Student Services team are there to give you the help and guidance you need to get the most out of your time at College.
You can access any of the services on this page by visiting the Student Enquiry desk at the front of our campus or by asking to be referred by your tutor.
The College is here to support you along with many other organisations across London. If you are not sure who to contact please contact the College Safeguarding team who will provide support or referral to services such as mental health and wellbeing support and the Southwark College Counsellor.
Enrichment is a key part of the student experience at Southwark College. It will give you the opportunity to try something new, meet other students, get involved in college life and develop your skills. Working with the curriculum team, student services design enrichment activities that are relevant to the course you are studying. You could:
- Gain additional qualifications
- Visit new places on trips and visits
- Volunteer with organisations and businesses across London
- Take part in weekly or one-off event, activities and societies.
The Student Life Area
Student Life is an area for you to unwind. It hosts weekly events from pool and table tennis competitions to large events such as the annual freshers’ fair. It has soft seating, music, music and recreation activities to help you to step away from your studies during your breaks. It is also home to the Student Union where you can find out how to get involved or put your views across.
If you are passionate about how Southwark College is run and what to contribute to its direction then you should join the Student Union. You could:
- Run college-wide events and campaigns
- Give your thoughts and views on what matters to you
- Make a difference within Southwark College
- Put forward your ideas or comments to the governing body
- Develop your skills and experience, which could boost your CV
If you would rather not commit to becoming a Student Union Officer but still want to make a difference within Southwark College then you could become a Course Representative.
Course Representatives are elected within each course by their peers. Their role is to help improve the course and the wider college. All Course Representatives and Student Union Officers meet regularly to discuss the comments, queries or questions you or your fellow students have. The Student Union will then raise them with the relevant Southwark College committees or Senior Leadership Team.
The Careers Service at Southwark College offers advice and guidance, which is confidential, impartial and open to all students studying at Southwark College. This includes
- Support for those unsure about their career or course choice
- Intervention and advice for those at risk of leaving their course early
- Higher Education/university, apprenticeship and employment options for when you complete your course
- Options for future career paths or what course to take to achieve your career goals
You can access this help through contacting the Careers Service or by dropping in to the weekly sessions on Wednesday. You can also access resources on our virtual platforms or by booking an appointment.
We also hold regular group and 121 sessions on:
- Exploration of ideas and planning next steps
- Applying to university and understanding and navigating UCAS
- Guidance on Apprenticeships and how to source and apply for vacancies
- Employability, including CV, applications and interview tips
- Volunteering and gap year
- Student Finance for university
The Learning Centre offers the following:
- Library containing course books and magazines
- PCs, iMacs, iPads, Chromebooks, MFDs
- Training in information literacy
- Training in research skills, study skills, digital skills and presentations skills
- English and maths support
- Reading Clubs
- Group support and 1:1 support