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Welcome to University Centre Colchester

We are pleased to announce that Colchester Institute has obtained University Centre Colchester (UCC) status for its Higher Education building/provision.

Colchester Institute has a 50 year history of providing undergraduate and postgraduate education in the region, including engineering, construction, business, IT & computing, health and social care, art, digital media, performance and film production. The programmes we offer are research informed and employer led resulting in 94% of our students gaining employment following graduation, 66% will achieve a 1st or 2:1 (good) Degree and overall 87% of our students will obtain a relevant qualification.

Why should you study for your degree at University Centre Colchester?

The next few years could shape the rest of your life, so it’s important to explore all the options available to you. There are many ways to study for a degree or a higher education qualification and choosing the right course will help you get the most out of your study. University Centre Colchester aims to provide you with a high quality, industry related learning experience. You can study towards a HNC, HND, Foundation or Honours Degree, as well as postgraduate programmes.

We offer a unique vocational learning experience, with practical and theoretical teaching embedded in our flexible full and part-time programmes. Our courses are designed with employers’ needs in mind and incorporate industry visits, guest lecturers and work placements. Flexible delivery provides the opportunity for students to fit their studies around employment or other commitments.

Our Higher Education Centre, opened in 2012, offers a dedicated space for our higher education students; it includes quiet and group study spaces and common room. Across our Colchester Campus students benefit from an excellent range of specialist resources and facilities, including dance and drama studios, a Cisco networking suite and programming laboratory, onsite and town centre based art galleries and studio space, a well-equipped library and resource centre.

Our bustling, vibrant campus has a great mix of students and there is always something going on. The three refectories, take-away and coffee shops offer plenty of choice throughout the day. You can even enjoy a delicious meal in our award winning restaurants. Great value treatments are offered in the hair and beauty salons. The Swinburne Hall hosts live performances throughout the year and the Student Services team organises a calendar of events.

Be Employable

Our courses, developed with the University of Essex and employers, have strong vocational and industry-led content. This ensures that our students are ready to hit the ground running when they start work. Many of our students are employed whilst studying for their degree, and are able to balance work and study thanks to our flexible course design.

Be Inspired

All of our courses are delivered by tutors with strong backgrounds in industry and business; many continue to practice in their vocational field, so you will be learning from the best. Their professional expertise and academic knowledge is valued by our students. You will benefit from studying in smaller classes, receiving regular formal and informal feedback on progress and having a high level of support from and accessibility to your tutors. Expert speakers are frequently invited to share their specialist knowledge with you too.

Be Involved

The gym is open to all students and, in term-time, you can join classes for yoga, abs and Zumba. The Students’ Union runs trips, clubs and societies – join in or create your own! Another great benefit of being a University Centre Colchester student is that students are able to become a guest member of the University of Essex Students’ Union, which means you get to enjoy an amazing range of activities offered through the University. You’ll meet other students who share your interests, you can play sports, get paid work and have the best nights out of your life at the Union’s 1,200 capacity nightclub, three bars, restaurants or cinema.

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Our higher and degree apprenticeships offer a unique way to develop your professional skills, progress academically and enhance your career prospects while remaining in employment.

Employer desigend apprenticeship standards provide specialist industry-based training, allowing you to acquire higher level skills that can lead to professional accreditation and membership. With additional Government funding available for higher and degree apprenticeships you can study without incurring the cost of tuition fees or running up student debt. Working closely with employers UCC is developing apprenticeship standards that meet industry needs and incorporate current practice, in areas including management, healthcare, construction, engineering and information technology. Higher apprenticeships at Level 4 and 5 are equivalent to a CertHE, DipHE or Foundation degree, with Levels 6 and 7 equivalent to master’s and bachelor’s degrees.

Higher and degree apprenticeship standards are offered in:

  • Business Administration Level 4
  • Operations/Departmental Manager Level 5
  • Chartered Manager Degree Level 6
  • Care Leadership and Management Level 5
  • FE Learning and Skills Teacher Level 5
  • Construction Management Level 4
  • Engineering Manufacturing Level 4
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering Level 4
  • Network Engineer Level 4
  • Software Developer Level 4
  • Cyber Intrusion Analyst Level 4

To be eligible to commence an apprenticeship you must be employed for a minimum of 16 hours within a job role that supports the evidence collection and assessment outcomes as described in the apprenticeship standard. For further information on all of our higher apprenticeships: T: 01206 712412

Study in the UK’s oldest recorded town!


Colchester Institute is set within Britain’s oldest recorded town, a town that exudes history, modern culture and creativity. With a population in excess of 170,000, and a vastly growing diversity of cultures and backgrounds, the thriving university town of Colchester demonstrates a dynamic and exciting urban lifestyle.

Studying with us means being only a ten minute walk away from the town centre, where you can find an abundance of shopping facilities, bars, clubs and restaurants. Whether your taste is English, Chinese, Japanese, Italian or perhaps Indian – Colchester has it all and, what’s more, caters for all budgets!

Colchester’s nightlife has something for everyone too. If a traditional pub is what you’re looking for, or a livelier club atmosphere, you won’t be disappointed. Instead of dancing until you drop, perhaps shopping until you drop is more your style. The town offers quirky, independent boutiques along the little lanes, as well as the larger, more famous brands and stores.

There’s a diverse range of modern and historic cultural activities to take enjoy, from the wonders of Colchester Castle – the largest Norman Keep in Europe set in the beautiful Castle Park to the highly regarded Mercury Theatre, well known throughout the town, with quality performances staged during the year. It has also played host to some well-known acts, including Lee Evans and Michael McIntyre!

Our very own Art Gallery, The Minories in Colchester High Street, hosts regular events and exhibitions with our students’ involvement in a multitude of projects. We are also proud to host our own live performances and showcases through Creative Arts Live – an exciting mix of live events and performances for all ages with some unmissable touring shows. An exciting programme of exhibitions, lectures, films and events takes place at firstsite, Colchester’s spectacular new venue for world class contemporary arts.

There is also the Charter Hall and the Colchester Arts Centre (whose home is a converted church – and has seen the likes of Lucy Porter, Tim Vine and Adrian Edmondson perform to name a few) with upcoming performances including comedians Sean Lock and Jimmy Carr, the hit show Avenue Q and popular musical Little Shop of Horrors, to name just a few.

If that wasn’t enough, Colchester offers many more attractions including one of Europe’s finest zoos, a multi-screen cinema and a spa combined with top notch leisure facilities at Leisure World. The town really does cater for all ages, interests and tastes.

colchesterThe town is visually stunning and you’re never far from a Roman ruin, heavily beamed medieval buildings or grand Georgian houses in Colchester. If it’s modern architecture that gets the thumbs up, Colchester has this in abundance too, including firstsite, the contemporary art gallery designed by award-winning architect, Rafael Vinoly.

Making Colchester your place to study or live means you are in good company. TV presenter Dermot O’Leary lived and studied in Colchester whilst Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz fame and X Factor winner Matt Cardle, are also from the area. Colchester is situated in north east Essex, just a few miles from the Suffolk border, with more towns, countryside and coastline to explore.

For those seduced by the bright lights of the big city, they are less than an hour by train from London. Colchester Institute is only a 10 minute walk from North Station, where you will find regular trains into the capital. If a little sea air is what you’re after, then you’re in luck too. The beautiful sea shores of the award winning Frinton coastline are only a half-hour drive away, along with the seaside towns of Clacton and Walton. There is also the ever popular V Festival in nearby Chelmsford and Latitude festival in Suffolk to enjoy.

University Centre Colchester’s degree programmes are validated by the University of Essex.

The University of Essex
Essex recently celebrated its 50th anniversary back in 2014, and is now one of the UK’s leading academic institutions, ranked in the top twenty universities for research excellence.

The University is ranked 6th amongst mainstream English universities for student satisfaction, and has a strong record in widening participation, attracting students from a diverse range of social and educational backgrounds. They are one of the most internationally diverse campus-based universities in the UK, with students coming from more than 130 countries.

The University has three campuses across Essex, and partnerships with a number of select education institutions across the region. They have 18 academic departments, teaching the areas of social sciences, arts, humanities, science and health.

The University of Essex offers:

  • an outstanding campus-based student experience, achieving the 2013 Times Higher Award for Outstanding Support for Students.
  • the opportunity to gain the transferable skills employers demand and to have the experience of a lifetime by working or studying abroad
  • flexible course structures, with a wide range of optional modules
  • a welcoming atmosphere for mature students and those with non-traditional qualifications
  • a wide range of award-winning accommodation – rated top ten in the most recent Whatuni Student Choice Awards (2011)
  • an active Students’ Union recognised as one of the top 20 in the UK in the Times Higher Education Survey 2013

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The UCC HE Admissions team within our Customer Information and Admissions Department is available on (01206) 712000 to help you make an application or discuss entry or course requirements. Please view our Registration Guide for information about what your next steps are once you have been offered a place on one of our courses.

Full-time undergraduate course applications: via UCAS

September 2017 Start

Students wishing to study a full-time undergraduate course should apply online to UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) at The UCAS code for each course is shown on each course information page.


If you wish to study an undergraduate course part-time you should apply directly to us and quote the corresponding course code.

Part-time and Postgraduate Study – Direct Applications

You will need to apply directly to University Centre Colchester using one of our own application forms only if:
(a) you wish to study part-time (undergraduate or postgraduate)
– or –
(b) you are applying for full-time postgraduate study
– or –
(c) you are currently undertaking a full-time degree at University Centre Colchester and wish to transfer internally to another degree.

Applications for part time undergraduate and postgraduate study are made directly to University Centre Colchester on a higher education application form for either pathway. The forms can be downloaded here:

Download Part-Time HE Application Form
Download Cert Ed, PGCE and Postgraduate Application Form

Applying for a full-time course starting in 2016

UCAS will receive applications for entry in 2016 from 1st September 2015. You are advised to apply as soon as possible and preferably before the first UCAS deadline of 15th January 2016. Art and Design courses at University Centre Colchester have a deadline of 24th March 2016. University Centre Colchester will usually consider late applications received after the appropriate deadline and through Clearing if places remain available. All applications to UCAS are made online at

The UCAS code for University Centre Colchester is CINST C75.

Clearing Enquiry Form

UCAS Application Fee

The UCAS application fee for 2016 entry was £23 for a multiple application and £12 for a single application. To find out more please visit the UCAS website for more information.

T: UK 03714 680468   T: Outside the UK +44 330 3330 230

Deferred entry

University Centre Colchester accepts applications for students looking to defer entry until September 2017 for all courses. Any student applying for deferred entry would be required to meet the conditions of their offer by 31st August 2016.

Applicants from Outside the United Kingdom

Overseas applicants can apply online using UCAS Apply via the UCAS website If you do not have access to the Internet, please contact the UCAS Customer Relations Team on +44 (0)870 1122211.

Employed Applicants

If you are to be sponsored by your employer to study on a course with a UCAS code, you must apply through UCAS.

UCAS Contact Details:

New Barn Lane,
GL52 3LZ.
Telephone 0870 1122211.