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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.  

Enrol now for new short courses

Enrolment for autumn term 2014 courses is now open. New short courses starting from November 3rd include sewing, knitting and crochet, feltmaking and fashion design and illustration. Please call 020 7358 2100 for details as these are in addition to our advertised courses.


Black History Month

Celebrate Black History month with us!

Wednesday 8th October 10am - 1pm for 5 weeks - African masks using clay and other materials including feathers.

Saturdays 8th and 15th November 10.30am - 3.30pm  - African Water Jugs using coiling.

Wednesday 29th October 4-7pm - Family day - explore crafts, woodwork, creative writing, photography, animation and healthy eating.


Saturday courses 8th and 15th November

Courses this term include Food Safety in Catering, sewing skills, pattern making, interior design, lampshade making, wood carving and marathon life drawing **  Please call 020 7358 2100 for details on how to enrol or call in to Thomas Calton Centre.

 **Please note the date for this course is misprinted in our current course guide.

Also don't miss our family learning Mad Hatter's Tea Party 1-3.30pm 8th November only. Booking essential.


Places still available on autumn term courses including ballet-based fitness, Pilates, creative writing for beginners, introduction to art therapy, arts and crafts for families, African dressmaking, lampshade making, picture framing, woodcarving, pottery and still life drawing amongst many others.

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

*Course guide addendum - please note the following updates to our autumn course guide:

  • Page 27 - HF4023 Pilates (general) - this is a 20 week course
  • Page 28 - HF4007 Pilates for Beginners - this is a 12 week course (12 weeks for the price of 10)
  • Page 28 - HF4011/12/13 Yoga Stretch - these are 10/20 and 30 week courses respectively
  • Page 28 - HF4003 Chair-Based Yoga Stretch - this is a 12 week course (12 weeks for the price of 10)

Come along to Thomas Calton Centre and sign up Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm and Monday and Wednesday evenings till 8pm during term time.


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

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 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.

No cost to learner

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

    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  

    Supply-chain fees and charges policy for delivery partners.


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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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Southwark Council
PO BOX 64529
London SE1P 5LX

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