Adult Learners

If you’re an adult who is looking to gain new skills or qualifications or return to education or training, full or part time,  we have a broad programme on offer.

You may be considering studying to get into work, or back into work,  or to improve your career prospects and earnings in your existing job.  You might be looking to develop a completely new career path, or to embark on new learning for the fun of it.   Whichever of these applies, there are a number of opportunities at Colchester Institute.

Courses are available across all levels from introductory to degree level, and courses can be very short – like just a day, through to full professional qualifications and Higher Education programmes that might take months or years to complete.

Study can be part time – just an hour or two a week, or full time, but even on full time programmes, most students find they can fit in substantial part time employment.

If you’d like some Careers Advice before deciding on your next steps, you can book an interview via our Learning Shops – please click the Careers Advice button below.

Part-time Courses - How do I apply?

Our part-time courses are available to apply using the online application forms located on the individual course page, and there is no need to book onto an advice session.

Most will start this September or October, however they can start at other points during the year. The start date can be found on each individual course listing. If you are unsure about a start date or attendance days please contact us via the ‘Ask a Question‘ button located on the individual course page.

What about Short Courses?

Colchester Institute also offers a number of non-accredited short (less than 10 weeks in duration) leisure and hobby courses such as arts, crafts and foreign languages. Purchasable via our Online Store these do not require an application form to be submitted, and this is made clear on the course page itself.

We are currently working hard to set dates for our short courses. If your course of choice has not had a start date set yet, and would like to receive a notification when that course is ready to take bookings, please use the ‘Register your interest button’ on the individual course page to provide your contacts details.

For those that have registered an interest, as soon as a start date is confirmed and available to purchase we will email out our autumn term dates along with a link to our Online Store for payment.

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