Adult Learners – Full-time Courses

Adult Learning at Colchester Institute

Our full-time 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.

For Degree Level study full-time applications are made through the UCAS application process and applications for part-time and postgraduate higher education programmes are made directly to University Centre Colchester at Colchester Institute.

Which course is for me?

Full-time Further Education

  • (Levels 1-3) courses, known as ‘study programmes’, are one or two year duration NVQ, VRQ, and BTEC Diplomas. These are work related vocational qualifications containing a mixture of theory and practical’s.  View Study Programmes

Access to Higher Education

  • 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.  View Access to Higher Education Diplomas

University Centre: Degree Level Programmes

  • Located on Colchester Institute’s Colchester campus, University Centre Colchester offers a wide range of full-time and part-time foundation and honours degrees, together with HNC/Ds, higher apprenticeships and postgraduate qualifications.  View Higher Education Programmes

Do I have to pay a fee?

Maybe not! Fee exemptions are available, for some students, on all further education study programmes which show this symbol:

Do I have to pay a fee?

The fact is that funding is complicated and it depends on a number of things: your age; the programme that you want to study; the qualifications that you already have and in some cases your income or benefit entitlements. At Colchester Institute we have staff in the Student Finance team who can talk to you individually about your options and signpost you to further information.

To find our more about funding, including 19+ Learner Loans please visit our Adult Learners Fees and Finance Section