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Adult learning

Southwark Council's adult and family learning and skills service-working with Southwark people to create a fairer future for all.

Adult Learning online consultation - June to July 2014

We want to improve our service to you by making sure we offer the courses and learning opportunities that you want.

We already offer a wide range of leisure learning including ceramics, life drawing, woodwork, fashion and health and fitness. We want you to tell us about the kind of courses you would attend, what times would be convenient and where you would like courses to be held.

Please help us by completing this short questionnaire online.

All completed questionnaires will go into a prize draw, with a chance to win £100 worth of book tokens.

Find the form using the following web address: 

Thank you – we look forward to hearing your views.


Enrol now

Places are available on courses starting in the summer term including Ballet-based fitness, singing for all, creative writing for beginners, childcare for beginners, arts and crafts for families, picture IT (digital photography for families), African dressmaking basics, lampshade making, woodcarving, pottery and life drawing amongst many others.

View our summer term adult learning course guide for details of these and many other courses or call 020 7358 2100 for further information. 

New for summer 2014, Pick and Mix taster course.

If you are a new learner (ie have not done a Southwark adult learning course this academic year) why not try our new Pick and Mix taster course? Choose up to three tasters of three hours each from the selection on offer throughout the summer term for the cost of the registration fee of £5. Yes, that's nine hours of learning for £5.

Download the summer term Pick and Mix form and bring it along to Thomas Calton Centre or come in to find out more.

Enrol now for courses at Southwark adult learning, based at Thomas Calton Centre, Alpha Street (on the corner of Choumert Road), Peckham, SE15 4NX.

Choose from a wide 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.

Gain a City and Guilds, OCR, or other qualifications in customer services, childcare, food safety in catering and more.

View our current adult learning course guide  (including family learning) now.

Whether you’re interested in improving your maths skills or dress making there is something for everyone to experience at Southwark’s adult learning classes.

Your choice for local adult and family learning.

Courses include 

  • Employment skills
  • Basic skills
  • Art, craft and ceramics
  • Woodworking, upholstery and interiors
  • Fashion and textiles
  • Health, fitness and dance
  • Family learning
  • Local history and creative writing

"Learners' success is good, both on courses for qualifications and on  
  those for social and personal development" 
Ofsted, 2012 

Enrol now for our Southwark adult learning courses


Come to a free exhibition showcasing the work of Southwark's adult learners. You'll also have the chance to meet the learner-creators for a question and answer session. Find out where and when.

Free youth employment and skills training

Are you 16 to 18 years old and looking for your next step in education, training or employment? Sign up now for free youth employment and skills training courses and you could gain a qualification. 

Enrol now for our Southwark adult learning courses

Call 020 7358 2100 for more information on courses. Proof of identity and benefits are required when you enrol.

Enrolment times are Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Monday and Wednesday evenings, 6pm to 8pm (term time only).


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

The standard fee for new learners not receiving active means tested benefits is £3.90 per hour, the concessionary fee for new learners is £1.55 per hour and the cost recovery fee for learners enrolling on a second or subsequent courses is £5.50 per hour. All students (except those on basic skills and family learning classes), pay an annual non-refundable registration fee of £5.

No cost to learner

From 2012/13 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

Concessionary 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

Learners aged 60 and over are only eligible for a concessionary fee if they are also receiving one of the benefits listed above. Please bring proof of benefit or entitlement with you when you enrol, we can not accept freedom travel passes as proof of eligibility.

Where to learn

  • 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  

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Adult Learning

Address: Adult Learning Service, Thomas Calton Centre, Alpha Street, London SE15 4NX

Tel: 020 7358 2100



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PO BOX 64529
London SE1P 5LX

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