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South Thames College

About South Thames College

There has been an educational establishment on their Wandsworth site in south west London for more than 100 years.

It was founded in 1895, funded by a tax on whiskey! Students had to pay what was then a substantial fee of £1 a term for day classes. There were around 500 students studying there, a large number for those times.

1910-11 College regulations stated that “…each boy must wear the school cap or straw hat; he must also provide himself with a satchel, gymnasium shoes and a swimming costume.” Apparently, the caps came in different colours depending on what “House” the student belonged to and, according to one student in 1930, the colours used to run in the rain, staining the students’ faces blue, red, green or yellow.

Today, over 21,000 students are enrolled at South Thames College, and government funded courses like BTEC Nationals and A-levels are free for 16-19 year olds.

In 2009, the College merged with Merton College, another thriving education establishment in South West London.

Why South Thames College

Graduates are likely to earn 25% more than non-graduates and secure higher level jobs, so studying for a little bit longer really can pay off. So when you know you’re ready for higher education, you just need to know: why choose South Thames College?

Dedicated support for you

Visit the higher education office or help desk in our HE Study Centre for advice about studying, careers or help with any other matters. The team runs weekly skills sessions including presenting information, preparing your submissions, CV writing and other group and one-to-one support.

Class sizes are typically much smaller than at university so you can build a closer relationship with your tutors and they can give you more individual attention to help you succeed. And it’s not all work. Get involved in some of the social activities, join one of the sports teams or student union.

Local and affordable

They are the affordable alternative to university – courses are competitively priced against universities to help you avoid debt. Their location in Wandsworth has great transport links and is an easy journey from central London making them an obvious choice if you’re already living in London or the South East.

Teaching by industry specialists

Employers value the industry relevance of HNCs and HNDs and your tutors will use their own academic and industry experience to give you the practical skills you need to get ahead in your chosen field. You’ll benefit from guest speakers, work visits and placements to bring a real understanding to your studies.

A qualification every step of the way

You can study for one, two or three years and at the end of each year you’ll achieve an industry-recognised qualification with our HNCs, HNDs and foundation degrees. This flexibility means you can divide your time as you like – so study one year, then work, travel or get experience in the voluntary sector then come back and study with them again. Or, you can study for a year and leave with a valuable qualification and go straight into work. The choice is yours!

Locations and Addresses:

London, UK: Wandsworth High Street, SW18 2PP

Founded in: 1895
Establishment: College
Institution type: Private
Total number of students: 21.000
Type of accommodation: Off campus
Contact WhatsApp: (+44) 7956253150