South Thames College

South Thames College

Age Range:


The Service:

South Thames College deliver courses in further and higher education across three college sites in Wandsworth, Tooting and Merton.

The college also have a dedicated site in Merton called Aurora, a specialist centre for 16-25 year olds with an autistic spectrum disorder and/or complex needs. Each site has different courses available.

The college prepares students in basic skills as well as accredited courses up to Level 3, including A levels and Higher Education, offering HND, HNC and other HE courses. Apprenticeships include plumbing, childcare and dental technician.

South Thames College have specialist teaching and support teams to work with young people and adults with a wide range of learning difficulties and disabilities. Our facilities are adapted to provide access to everyone.

Learner Support

For students on mainstream courses, our Learner Support Team helps over 1,000 people each year achieve success

What support is available?

Your support plan will depend on your level of need and could include:

  • Language, literacy and numeracy support, and/or a learning mentor
  • Specialist teaching outside of class (for learning difficulties)
  • A reading group and mentoring
  • Specialist software and adapted equipment such as JAWS screen reader, literacy software Text Help and Read&Write, and magnifiers
  • Speech and language therapy
  • A learner support worker in and/or outside of class
  • A social skills group
  • A British Sign Language communicator or note taker
  • Special exam arrangements such as a reader, scribe or extra time
  • Personal care.

For more information about Learner Support at South Thames College please click here.

Skills for Working Life

individually tailored learning programmes for 16-24 year olds with particular learning needs, in a friendly and supportive environment at our Merton campus. You'll gain practical skills for personal and working life and also study for nationally recognised qualifications in English, maths and IT.

Sessions run from 9am-3pm four days a week, with one teacher to around every ten learners. Each class has a teacher and a support worker. You might need extra support from a learner support worker - this could be one-to-one or as part of a small group. Support is also available from other specialist staff such as speech and language therapists and specialists in Deaf education.

For more information please click here.