Welcome to LeSoCo
Lewisham Southwark College is a further education college, with three campuses across south east London with easy access from the tube/DLR, buses and trains. We passionately believe in encouraging talent in a friendly and supportive environment and deliver a range of exciting, vocational courses. The College welcomes approximately 13,600 teenage and adult learners – creating employable graduates with relevant work skills.
Our teaching staff are here to help strengthen your practical, technical and professional know-how and your time with us will probably be very different to school. You'll be treated as an adult and a number of our lecturers have been within industry themselves,
meaning you can learn from their expert knowledge.
We want to create inspired, knowledgeable and award-winning students. And we'll strive to equip you with fundamental and hands-on expertise in a subject you're passionate about, so you're ready to take that next step.
Having successfully completed your qualification on a sufficient level, you should leave us with a well-rounded and applied understanding of your specialism, which is just what employers are looking for. You can potentially go on to higher education after
Level 3 courses, too. We deliver HND and Access options, helping boost your prospects for some of the top universities.
Why not take a look at some of our course, and discover more about Lewisham Southwark College? Your perfect programme could be just around the corner. Just click on the "Find your course" button at the top of this page.
We offer a range of free events across the whole year as well as open days for you to find out more about us.
Lewisham Southwark College is a friendly community, in which learning is celebrated and supplemented with practical application. Here, you will get the chance to befriend like-minded individuals, bounce ideas off classmates and take more responsibility for your own progress.
But what's it actually like to study with us?
Don't expect to read textbooks every day at Lewisham Southwark College, or to sit behind a desk for five days a week!
We strive to make your time with us as worthwhile and engaging as possible, and your experience at College will be anything but dull.
It's not just about your learning environment inspiring you, though. Whatever you specialise in, we want to see you seeking to grow and develop in talent. You've come to the College and, now, you have the opportunity to think about your goals for the future.
If you've had an ambition buried away for ages, but haven't been able to do anything about it, our knowledgeable teachers can help nurture your abilities in your chosen field – so you can become the person you'd like to be.
Don't let your dreams pass you by: choose the right course for you, enjoy it, and use it as a springboard to get you to your next destination.
Discover Lewisham Southwark College's #BecomingMe Twitter feed for more.
We work to place firm emphasis on the primacy of education as a defining value for our community. And we celebrate diversity, promote tolerance and strive to secure respect for beliefs, faiths and religions.
We're proud of our diverse student and staff body, and really want you to feel at home. So if you're new to the College, or just curious about further education, why not find out more?
Our website is packed with useful information, including:
- 16-18 study
- Higher Education
- About us
- Financial support
As well as hands-on subject resources, some of our more general facilities include:
- Learning Support and Resource Centres
- Open areas for team working
- Open computer rooms
- Student intranet
- Student Wi-Fi access
Our new Waterloo campus features vibrant, communal areas for group work, and an on-site coffee shop and canteen.
And a number of our programmes also include an element of work experience, so you'll get a taste for real-life work alongside your studies.
We expect you to aim high and work hard at your programme, but you should value your downtime, too. As a learner at Lewisham Southwark College, you'll be able to get involved with extra-curricular activities to help you unwind and relax.
Some of our clubs, facilities and societies include:
- Film club
- Street Dance
- Student gym (Deptford Bridge campus)
We’re home to professional-standard kitchens and a high-class restaurant and bar, a dedicated 90-seater theatre, specialist IT and Mac rooms, fully-equipped laboratories, a mock-up aircraft cabin, dedicated fashion studios, on-site construction workshops and much more. Our general facilities range from a gym at Deptford Bridge to Learning Support and Resource Centres at each campus, free information advice and guidance – the list continues.
We want to ensure you have an enjoyable, thorough and inspiring learning experience at Lewisham Southwark College. That’s why we offer exciting programmes across a range of subjects, and provide support to those who need it.
Careers information and guidance
Our Guidance and Support Officers can provide help with topics such as:
- Applying for higher education
- Careers and course advice
- Finding employment
- Thinking about next steps
Equality and diversity
Our students and staff come from all spheres of life and we believe our similarities and differences make the College an exciting place to study. If you join us, you’ll be expected to show respect to each other and all of our staff. This means:
- Listening and allowing others to speak
- Responding immediately - and politely - to requests from members of staff
- Valuing other people’s opinions, even if they’re different from your own
And if you feel that you – or somebody else – has been treated unfairly because of their age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, race or faith, please let us know.
If you’re 16-18 years old and study with us, you will be on a Study Programme – which means you get much more than just a qualification. Read about what this means here.
Fees and finance
We receive government money to support learners with college costs. Types of funds depend on your age and circumstance, and as the amount we’re given won’t meet the demand, you need to apply as soon as possible (if eligible). Please note, this money isn’t guaranteed and you’ll have to meet specific criteria within our Student Finance Policy and submit relevant evidence.
16-18 financial support
- 16-18 bursary
- Army further education bursary scheme
- Student Finance England loans/grants to help with our higher education (HE) course costs/living expenses
- The government’s Care to Learn scheme
- Travel cost support from your local council
- VYP bursary
Information for parents
Every 16-18-year-old student will have a Progress Coach, who work with lecturers and other support staff to make sure that learners attend and have all the help they need. And our main purpose is to get people into a fulfilling and rewarding career that they really want. We offer programmes designed alongside industry requirements, so your child can become trained up to meet employer needs and maximise their chance of gaining a job in their chosen track.
Special Educational Needs (SEN)
We offer course assistance for those with autism, Asperger syndrome, dyslexia, mental health/personal care/health needs, physical disabilities and visual and hearing impairments. And our Transition Coordinator is responsible for putting support in place for students requiring in-class help.
We host a range of qualifications with built-in support for young people with high needs at our Lewisham Way and Deptford Bridge campuses:
- Pathway to employment
- Pathway to independence
- School links
- Skills for work and supported internships
- Vocational tasters
We care about your development, success and wellbeing, and continuously review and improve the College’s procedures. This is to ensure all learners can achieve their goals, irrespective of their background, beliefs, sexuality or types of special support they may need.
Many of our managers are trained to address specific concerns students might have about their wellbeing and safety, whether at college or elsewhere, and we’re able to provide confidential counselling and advice about financial aid, transport and housing.
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact LeSoCo directly.