We are delighted that you are thinking of studying at South Thames College. We promise that, if you do decide to join us, we will do everything we can to ensure that your time here is not only successful, but also enjoyable. We offer a wide variety of full and part-time vocational and Higher Education courses, designed to inspire you to achieve and to help you to find the right career. Some of our courses are so popular, they are regularly oversubscribed.
Last year more than 21,000 students chose to study with us on more than 2,000 different courses at our Centres across South West London in Wandsworth, Tooting, Battersea, Putney and Roehampton. Nearly 2,000 of these students are 16 - 18 year olds and we are very proud that we have one of the biggest facilities for this age group in the London area.
Students enjoy a wide range of amenities at the College, including Learning Resource Centres, which offer state-of-the-art IT and library services, and childcare provision. More importantly, we are in the first phase of a substantial transformation of our Wandsworth campus which is costing more than £68 million.
Our plans include a new Sports Hall, designed to Sport England Club standards, and a large Performance Theatre for drama and dance; both facilities will be available to local residents outside training hours as part of our goal to promote strong community relationships. Our redevelopment will be completed by 2009. We are one of the largest training providers in South London, and expect this project to have a significant and positive impact on our continuing ability to deliver training to local employers.
Students come to us from all over the world; they are from many different social and ethnic backgrounds and are of all ages.
It is this hugely diverse student population, our state-of-the-art learning and recreational facilities, leading edge technology and outstanding personal support, as well as our strong business and community links, great track record and love of celebrating students' success that make South Thames College such a vibrant and challenging place to study.
We hope you decide to study with us. Our website is packed with information on the college and the courses we offer. It also tells you who to contact if you need more advice or have questions that we haven't answered.
Welcome to South Thames College.
From A-levels to HNDs and from apprenticeships to leisure courses in topics as diverse as art appreciation and investing on the stock exchange, we offer more than you think from our centres in London.
The student enrichment team, welfare services, careers advisers and tutors are here to guide, support and help you. And that includes how to find funding or manage your studies.
Be a part of our diverse student population, enter a World Skills competition as part of one of our award-winning teams, volunteer to help local community groups, hang out in the cafes, enrichment room and other social areas, have a massage in one of our commercial salons or eat at the new restaurant at our flagship Hospitality and Catering Academy, join one of our sports teams and get to know the other students.
Whatever you want to do, South Thames College can take you further.
Sue Rimmer OBE, Principal and Chief Executive