Lewisham Southwark College is a large inner-city further education college serving a diverse and multi-cultural population. Their mission is to ensure that all members of our community are provided with every opportunity to succeed. They provide an innovative range of services to support their learners that enables them to be ‘more than a college, offering more than a qualification’. Students can expect excellent facilities, teaching and support services. The college has 13,000 students studying a wide range of vocational and academic programmes. It works with many and diverse partners including schools, universities, trade unions, businesses and a range of public sector organisations in order to enable their students to succeed.
The college has a record of excellence and innovation and has been recognised as one of the leading colleges in the UK through its prestigious Beacon status.
Pre-Access courses: Yes - the College offers a Progression Qualification as well as a range of ESOL, Essential Skills and BTEC Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications for students who are not yet ready for the Access programme.
Duration of courses: Academic year – 35 weeks
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The Learning Centre provides library and modern researching facilities across the college. The curriculum area is allocated an annual budget for the purchase of texts and digital learning materials available in the Learning Centre and online. The Learning Centre host a range of equipment such as PCs, Macs, iPads and Chromebooks as well as assistive technologies and a 3D printer. Photocopying and equipment for binding assignments is also offered. A range of zones enable students to work in small and large groups as well as quiet study areas and a dedicated HE room.
Learning centre staff deliver Study Skills and Digital Literacy sessions to students.Student support and other services
The following services are offered across the college:
Additional Learning Support
- Comprises three specialist teams who advise and support learners with Special Educational Needs, English and maths difficulties and Mental Health/Counselling support in order to provide the assistance necessary to help individuals overcome barriers to their wellbeing, study and learning. Support is provided in and outside of class.
- Further maths, English Language and Digital Learning Support is also available in the Blended Learning Centre in a drop-in mode, enabling students to improve their written work, prior to submission, and to gain researching and other complimentary skills to maximise their learning;
- An effective team of Guidance Officers operates in order to advise and guide students who may have a range of welfare or pastoral support needs.
- The Admissions and Student Support Centre provides student advice when they first come to the college to identify the overall offering of different curriculum areas and how they might go about choosing the right event for them;
- Jobs and Careers Centre offers advice on CV writing and job application and advises on known vacancies;
- Various Refectory and Restaurant facilities offering a wide range of food and drinks;
- Admission and Student Support Centre, processing application forms and students general enquiries, and maintaining student information within the College’s Student Details Database;
- A bookshop enabling students to order and purchase text books.
All 16-18 students are allocated a progress coach, with all students allocated a personal tutor chosen from those programme team members who make a significant contribution towards the delivery of the programme. Formal tutorials will be timetabled and documented in accordance with the College standard procedures. Previously tutorials have been held during workshops or via appointment, although tutors operate an open door policy and informal tutorials also take place. Details are written up for individual student tutorial files. Tutorials will be timetabled twice a semester with the personal tutors. These sessions will be recorded using the standard documentation and will feed into ILPs (Individual Learning Plans) that are a Government requirement for FE to produce. In addition, tutors will be available on request, informally and during workshop sessions. This does not preclude informal discussions with tutors outside of normal timetabled periods as an open door policy operates within the College.
A variety of specialist IT software and hardware is available to the learners. Learners with Special Educational Needs may also have access to specialist provision, if required. Others learners also have the option to use their own laptops with access to the college’s wireless networks and the relevant software required to complete their programme of study.
All learners have access to course materials and additional resources via eME, student intranet. During induction learners are informed of the relevant facilities and resources available to them at the College."
Pre-Access Courses Available: Yes
Access to HE Diploma (Business Studies)
Location: Lewisham Way/ Waterloo
Learner Information Sheet - Access to HE Diploma (Business Studies)