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Whether you’re considering studying to improve your career prospects, develop a new career path, retrain for a new job or go on to university, Colchester Institute offers a wide range of courses for Adults across all levels from introductory part-time or short courses to professional qualifications and Higher Education. We believe it’s important to support adults who are looking to return to education or for the opportunity to gain a new qualification, change of career or to increase their earning potential. On a personal and social level there is the chance to meet new people, learn a new skill or study for pleasure to develop a hobby or interest.

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Adult Learning at Colchester Institute

Our courses are designed to help you get the qualifications you want and the opportunity to gain a more rewarding career or expand your knowledge of that particular subject. You can study full-time or part-time to fit around current work and life commitments, but most of our adult students choose to study part time. Many of these part time courses start mid-September but we also have a wide range of courses that start throughout the year.
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We have a long tradition of helping students to return to study. The Access to Higher Education Diploma course will offer you the ideal preparation for further study in higher education or training.

Art and Design Foundation Year

This is a two-year, part-time higher education course for mature learners who would like to refresh or develop their skills before going on to further study in art and design at degree level.

Part-time Courses – Further Education

We offer a variety of part-time courses that are tailor-made to suit your desire to learn something new, whether it be for a hobby or your own leisure to gain new skills, or to add to your skillset in order to build a new career or enhance your credentials for higher education. If you are not looking for anything specific or are just curious about what we can offer you, you can use the Course Finder to find a specific course that you are looking for.
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Some part-time courses may not require an application form to be submitted, and this will be noted against the course. Applicants can download and print a copy of our part-time application form where required on each individual course page. Applicants will receive an acknowledgement email or card within one week of the application being received by Customer Information and Admissions, if you do not receive this you should contact the team on (01206) 712000 to check that your application has been received. Please be aware that courses will only be run if a sufficient number of applications are received.

Professional Qualifications (CPD)

Whether you want to boost your skills and knowledge in order to move up the career ladder or gain a qualification that stands out from the crowd, Colchester Institute offers a range of professional courses across a variety of sectors.

Please browse through the areas of study below to see the range of professional courses offered at Colchester Institute.

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Recreation and Leisure Courses

Whether you’d like to study for fun or a hobby, try something new or learn some DIY skills for use around the home, Colchester Institute offers a range of short, evening and leisure courses and workshops to suit a variety of different needs.

Please browse through the areas of study below to see the range of leisure courses offered at Colchester Institute.

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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.

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 higher education qualification and choosing the right course will help you get the most out of your study. Colchester Institute 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 placemements. Flexible delivery provides the opportunity for students to fit their studies around employment or other commitments.
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Learners who study to improve their skills often find that they are better equipped to successfully complete their vocational courses and progress to employment or higher education. Employers have already told us they value people with practical skills and knowledge that can be used in a range of real-life situations to work out solutions to everyday problems. Universities have told us that developing functional skills as part of the curriculum and learning routes mean young people and adults entering higher education are more able to focus right away on their course and can cope with what comes their way.

GCSE Courses for Adults

GCSE - English, Maths and Science
Flexible Adult Functional Skills in English and Maths

Would you like to do something different or try something new? The Learning Shop can help you find the course you’re looking for. We have Learning Shops in Braintree, Clacton, Colchester, Dovercourt and Witham.

A flexible programme is available to learners aged 18 or over. Courses are broken down into bite-sized chunks, so you can learn at your own pace.

The Learning Shop offers:
• Free National Careers Advice sessions
• Digital Skills and intermediate IT courses
• A range of English and maths courses
• Routes to Employability courses

All our accredited courses lead to nationally recognised qualifications. Courses are tailored so you can learn at your own pace, improve your confidence, aid career development or to help you with your employment goals.

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Adult English & Maths ( Functional Skills )
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Full-Time English Language Courses for Overseas Students
Full-Time/Part-Time English Language for 16 - 19 Year Olds (UK & EU Residents)
Part-Time ESOL (For UK & EU Residents)
Part-Time EFL (For UK & EU Residents)
Part-Time IELTS (For UK & EU Residents)
What our learners say about us

Our English Language courses are delivered by tutors who are experienced practitioners in various subject languages. Their specialist backgrounds, professional expertise and knowledge is highly valued by our students. We offer a supportive and stimulating environment for those working towards specialist qualifications for adult literacy, ESOL and TESOL teachers. Our courses combine theory and practise based studies, enabling students to develop the relevant skills and experience to enhance their professional knowledge and career progression.

Our Higher Education Centre provides a great range of specialist facilities for degree and postgraduate students including well-equipped teaching spaces and private study areas.