South Thames College

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As part of the South Thames Colleges Group, Carshalton College, Kingston College, Merton College and South Thames College provide general Further Education and Higher Education to about 22,000 students across South West London.

We offer a huge variety of courses for young people and adults across all industry sectors and at all levels, from entry level right up to degree.

Following an inspection in February 2020 South Thames Colleges Group was rated ‘Good’. The four-day inspection by thirteen Ofsted inspectors was carried out under the new Ofsted inspection framework, which puts a greater focus on students’ personal development and behaviour.

The inspectors were impressed with the quality of education stating: “For most students, studying at the college is hard and rewarding work. Students thrive on the expectations that staff have of them” and “students at all campuses are taught by teachers who are enthusiastic and knowledgeable and who teach interesting lessons. As a result, students are captivated by what they learn and motivated to do their best.”

Merton College is home to Taste restaurant, which is based in our hospitality and catering academy. In our professional kitchens and modern restaurant, our hospitality and catering students practise expert cookery skills and deliver varied seasonal menus to the public.  We offer an exciting portfolio of hospitality and catering courses for those interested in developing their skills and for those working in or aspiring to work in the sector.

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