Southwark Adult Learning Service

Southwark's Adult Learning Service offers a range of courses throughout the year. You can choose from a variety of classes, both day and evening, including classes that develop practical skills like woodwork, lampshade making, fitness and dance, fashion and pottery as well as employability and confidence building classes, CV writing, help with English speaking and writing, basic maths and literacy skills.  Some courses also lead to a recognised qualification. The full list of courses can be found in the adult learning course guide.

Fees for each course are shown in the course listings of the  adult learning course guide. Course fees, exam fees and/or material fees are due on enrolment.

The standard fee for new learners not receiving active means tested benefits is £3.90 per hour and the concessionary fee for new learners is £1.55 per hour . All students (except those on basic skills and family learning classes), pay an annual non-refundable registration fee of £5.

Learners who meet certain criteria will not have to pay any fees for some courses. These are:

  • Those studying basic skills literacy and numeracy courses and family learning programmes
  • Those who are on active benefits or wider offer to the unemployed will not have to pay any fees to study ESOL, vocational qualification courses, full level 2 qualification courses or other level 2 courses
  • For learners who are not on active benefits or wider offer to the unemployed, those aged 19 to 23 (but who are not on active benefits) who are studying vocational qualification courses, their first full level 2 qualification course (excluding ESOL) will not have to pay any fees

People receiving the following benefits are eligible for a concessionary rate:

  • Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) or
  • Employment and Support Allowance in the Work Related Activity Group (ESA WRAG)
  • Universal credit
  • Council tax benefit
  • Housing benefit
  • Income support
  • Working tax credit
  • Pension credit
  • Contribution-based ESA
  • Unwaged dependent on one of the above

Coures take place at the following locations in Southwark:

  • Thomas Calton Centre, Alpha Street, Peckham, SE15 4NX - see map below:
  • Kingswood House, Seeley Drive, Kingswood Estate, SE21 8QR
  • Peckham Rye Tabernacle, 55a Nigel Road, Peckham, SE15 4NP
  • Dulwich Library 368 Lordship Lane, SE22 8NB
  • St Matthew's Centre, Meadow Row, SE1 6PQ
  • John Harvard Library, 211 Borough High Street, SE1 1JA