Get election ready

The UK General Election is on 4 July. 
Register to vote by 18 June.
If you need to vote by post, you must apply to do this by 5pm on 19 June.
You need valid photo ID to vote in person. If you don’t have valid ID, apply by 5pm on 26 June for a Voter Authority Certificate.  
Find out more about voting and elections in Southwark

Welcome to our summer term 2024 course offer

Enrol onto a course to improve your wellbeing, bring out your creative talents or enhance your personal and professional development. There are courses in English and maths available, and we offer a range of vocational courses and qualifications from Entry Level to Level 3.

Our courses are now mainly onsite at the Thomas Calton Centre, Alpha Street, SE15 4NX, with a small proportion of courses available online.

Please enrol online by completing our enrolment form where possible. You can also visit the Thomas Calton Centre Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4pm.

ESOL providers

ESOL stands for English for Speakers of Other Languages. There are lots of different types of English classes in Southwark, from beginner level to advanced. In the UK, English classes for adults are called 'ESOL classes'.

Learning English can help you:

  • make friends
  • get a job
  • get a better job
  • assist your child with homework
  • talk to your doctor, your child's teachers and neighbours
  • prepare for further or higher education and qualifications 

Some courses will have examinations, others will not. Some courses will offer childcare while you learn, or ESOL online. Others will offer classes in the evenings, weekends or during school hours, so you can learn even if you have a job or need to collect children from school.

English (ESOL) classes in Southwark

English for Action

  • free online and face-to-face ESOL classes for adult migrants, refugees and people seeking asylum
  • class levels are E1 to L2
  • classes are open to all
  • childcare is provided if spaces are available

How to apply for classes

Learning Unlimited

  • free online ESOL classes for non-EU migrants and refugees
  • NRPF welcome
  • class levels E1 to L2
  • our free online drop-in conversation clubs per week

How to apply for classes

Southwark Day Centre for Asylum Seekers (SDCAS)

  • free class
  • classes on Tuesdays 12.15pm to 1.15pm at the Coplestone Centre
    • we offer free creche places to children between ages 1-5
  • three class levels
  • hot lunch available and various types of support and activities (see website)

How to apply for classes

  • visit the SDCAS Day Centre for Asylum Seekers (Copleston Centre, Copleston Road, SE15 4AN), Tuesdays at 11.45am

Southwark Adult Learning Service

  • free face-to-face class open to all adults
  • pre-entry classes for complete beginners
  • you must attend a short friendly initial assessment to join - see the website for details
  • creche subject to places available (conditions apply)

How to apply for classes

Mary Ward Centre

  • blended online and face-to-face classes
  • free for most participants
  • you'll need to attend an initial assessment first

How to apply for classes

  • call 020 7928 9521 to book an appointment at Blackfriars Settlement, 1 Rushworth Street SE1 0RB

Ripe Learning

  • free blended online and face-to-face classes
  • pre-entry to Entry 3 level classes
  • completion of an initial assessment is required
  • study towards qualification
  • childcare is available with some classes

How to apply for classes

The Bridge at St John's Waterloo

  • free English conversation club every Tuesday during term time, 10am to 12pm and 4pm to 6pm
  • The Bridge at Waterloo room is in the crypt at St John's Church Waterloo, Waterloo Road (by the IMAX roundabout) SE1 8TY

How to apply for classes

Latin American Women's Rights Service (LAWRS)

  • the Language Café is an informal conversation course for Latin American women
  • Fridays 3.30pm on Zoom

How to apply for classes

Bell House

  • classes are run by volunteers using an established ESOL scheme
  • Thursdays 10am (Ukrainians)
  • Thursdays 2pm (refugees and asylum seekers)
  • Bell House, 27 College Road, Dulwich, London SE21 7BG

How to apply for classes

  • visit Bell House on Thursdays - ring the bell by the green front door and ask for ESOL
  • email

Latin Age UK

  • Free English lessons for Latin Americans aged 50+
  • Wednesdays at 12pm
  • Mercato Metropolitan, 42 Newington Causeway, London, SE1 6DR

How to apply for classes

  • visit Mercato Metropolitano on Wednesdays at 12pm
  • contact Patricia on 07847236878 or email

Page last updated: 27 March 2024


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