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 of adult courses 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 Adult Skills Centres (previously known as Learning Shops).

Access to Higher Education
Prepares adults aged 19+ returning to education for further study at University Level
Vocational Qualifications
One or two-year duration work-related NVQ, VRQ, and BTEC Diplomas designed to set you on your career journey
Accredited Professional Training
Accredited professional training qualifications suitable for those already working or who wish to work in their chosen field
Degree Courses
Degrees, HND, HNCs and higher apprenticeships offering pathways into careers such as teaching, counselling, engineering and more
English and Maths
FREE if you haven't previously achieved a Grade C or Level 2 qualification in these subjects
IT and Digital Skills
Digital Skills and IT Users programmes designed to provide the essential digital skills for life and work
Teaching, Education and TESOL
Teacher Training, Education and TESOL courses for those who wish to teach in the education and training sector
Construction Skills
Gain the necessary skills, knowledge and confidence to start a career in the construction trades
Leisure and Recreation
Study for fun and learn a new skill or language! Evening courses are available in arts, crafts, languages and more!
Online Courses for Career Skills
Distance learning qualifications available in a variety of subjects. May be FREE depending on course level and eligibility
Our students come from many different backgrounds and study English for a variety of reasons – tourism and travel, for business and commerce, for hotel and catering work, for marketing, for science, for college and university examinations, for settlement and British Citizenship; in short, for success in their careers in work or study
Employability Skills
FREE introductory employability skills programmes designed to help those unemployed get back into work