LeSoCo - A-Z Unis & Colleges - Getting Into University - The Independent

LeSoCo

 

History: Lewisham College was founded in 1993, and merged with Southwark College on August 1 2012. The newly merged colleges now form LeSoCo.

Address: Four main sites in Lewisham, Bermondsey, Deptford and Waterloo, south east London, at Lewisham Way, Drummond Street, Deptford Church Street and The Cut, four miles from the City area of London.

Ambience: Extremely urban. The college prides itself on helping to develop the whole person, not just focusing on academic study, and celebrates the diversity of its students, whatever their ethnic, cultural, and economic background.

Who's the boss? Maxine Room CBE is principal.

Prospectus: 0800 834 545 or view it online here.

UCAS code: L40

What you need to know

Easy to get into? Expect an interview and an audition for some courses. Due to the wide range of qualifications available, entry requirements vary and there is a course to meet most levels of expertise.

Foundation degrees: Business information technology, urban regeneration and community development, early years and music/music technology. Validated by the University of Greenwich, London South Bank University, and University of East London.

Vital statistics: Over 20,000 students taking some 3,500 vocational and academic courses. Lots of mature students; the average age of learners is 29.

Added value: The college is recognised as one of the most employer-responsive colleges in the country. In December 2007, the former Lewisham College was one of only three London colleges to be awarded the recently introduced Training Quality Standard from the Learning and Skills Council. The college has also received additional accreditation for vocational excellence in information and communication technologies. Facilities include computers, music stations, a theatre, a television studio, two training restaurants and a gym.

Any accommodation? None provided by the college.

Cheap to live there? Being south east London, it is relatively inexpensive in comparison with the rest of the city. Rooms in shared flats are anywhere between £75 and £120 per week, averaging at £90.

Transport links: All campuses are accessible by car, bus, tube, train and Docklands Light Railway (DLR).

Fees: Vary by course and qualification. Foundation degrees cost £4,800 per year.

Bursaries: None offered by the college, but students may be able to apply via validating universities.

The fun stuff

Nightlife: Around the campuses there are a mix of cafés and restaurants. The Ministry of Sound is nearby at Elephant and Castle and the bright lights and loud noises of central London are only a bus trip away.

Sporting reputation: Fitness centre available to all students in the evenings and at weekends.

Glittering alumni: Daniel and Natasha Bedingfield, singing siblings; Bianca Jagger, human rights activist.

News
John Travolta is a qualified airline captain and employed the pilot with his company, Alto
people'That was the lowest I’d ever felt'
Life and Style
healthIt isn’t greasy. It doesn’t smell. And moreover, it costs nothing
News
peopleThe report and photo dedicated to the actress’s decolletage has, unsurprisingly, provoked anger
Property
Home body: Badger stays safe indoors
property
PROMOTED VIDEO
News
The programme sees four specialists creating what they believe are three perfect couples, based on scientific matchmaking. The couples will not meet until they walk down the aisle together
tvUK wedding show jilted
Arts and Entertainment
US pop diva Jennifer Lopez sang “Happy Birthday” to Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, president of Turkmenistan
musicCorporate gigs become key source of musicians' income
Arts and Entertainment
You've been framed: Henri Matisse's colourful cut-outs at Tate Modern
artWhat makes a smash-hit art show
Arts and Entertainment
While many films were released, few managed to match the success of James Bond blockbuster 'Skyfall'
filmsDaniel Craig believed to be donning skis as 007 for first time
Sport
Mikel Arteta pictured during Borussia Dortmund vs Arsenal
champions league
Voices
Yes supporters gather outside the Usher Hall, which is hosting a Night for Scotland in Edinburgh
voicesBen Judah: Is there a third option for England and Scotland that keeps everyone happy?
Arts and Entertainment
Pulp-fiction lover: Jarvis Cocker
booksJarvis Cocker on Richard Brautigan
Arts and Entertainment
Robin Thicke and Pharell Williams in the video of the song, which has been accused of justifying rape
music...and he had 'almost no part' in writing it

Day In a Page

Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

Exclusive extract from Janis Winehouse's poignant new memoir
Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

The Imitation Game, film review
England and Roy Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption in Basel

England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

Welbeck double puts England on the road to Euro 2016
Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Pictures removed from public view as courts decide ownership
‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

Donatella Versace at New York Fashion Week