Advice Days

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It is not too late to start a course with us this September!

Our August Advice Days enable you to talk to our experienced staff about your next steps.

Whether you’ve just finished school or are considering studying to improve your prospects, develop a new career path or retrain for a new job, there is still time to start a course with us this September.

Colchester Institute offers a wide range of courses across all levels from full-time to part-time or short courses, as well as professional qualifications and degree level programmes.

The Careers Team are available to give careers advice at College open events and during advice and enrolment days in August.

Whilst at school pupils should seek the advice of their school careers adviser or contact the National Careers Service for information, advice and guidance on skills, learning and work.

Here are some pointers that will help you decide about which course is best for you.

  1. Use the National Careers Service website to look at career paths that you might be interested in.
  2. Research careers that are linked with your strengths and interests.
  3. Think about how you learn. Do you like practical lessons, such as WoodworkArt or Sport? Or do you BusinessIT or Graphics?
  4. Are you a people person? If so, research courses such as; ChildcareHealth and Social Care or Hospitality.
  5. Choose a course that you’re interested in, not because your friends have chosen it. You’ll make new friends on your new course and widen your social circles!
  6. Had you thought about an Apprenticeship? They enable to you to get into full-time work and earn money, as well as being able to study at the same time.
  7. Remember, if you were hoping to study a Level 3 course and you didn’t quite achieve the grades, you can start off on a Level 1 or 2 and work your way up.
  8. Do something you enjoy!

If you think this list has helped, come along to one of our Advice Days and talk to our tutors about your options for next year, as well as being able to enrol onto a course that same day!

Exam results not as expected?

Fingers crossed that all your hard work will have resulted in great results, but if you are disappointed then don’t forget that we have GCSE advice and enrolment events at all of our main campuses in Colchester, Braintree and Clacton.  To ease you of stress and worry, you’ll also be able to enrol onto a College course on the day!

If your GCSE results do not meet the entry requirements or you are still unsure please don’t panic!

Come along to one of our Advice Days and talk to our course tutors and careers staff about your options. Our course tutors will be on-hand to discuss what you’ll be learning in class, along with the career paths you can take once you’ve finished your studies.

What to Bring

To make things easier on the day, please bring the following;

-Paper exam results
-Valid ID, i.e. passport, bank card, birth certificate, etc.

Start your degree this September at University Centre Colchester

If you’re considering studying for a degree, our Late Advice Days are the perfect place to find out what you need to know. Talk to our experienced staff and tutors about the wide variety of degree and higher education programmes we offer.

There is still time to start an undergraduate degree this September. University Centre Colchester will consider late applications received after the appropriate deadline and through UCAS University Clearing if places remain available. All applications to UCAS are made online at The UCAS code for University Centre Colchester is CINST C75. For more information about UCAS University Clearing and late applications, please click here.

If you wish to study an undergraduate course part-time, applications are made direct to University Centre Colchester at Colchester Institute. Please quote the corresponding course code which can be found on each individual course. For more information about starting this September call us on 01206 712432 or contact us at

Start in February

Some of our undergraduate  and postgraduate programmes are available to start in February. There is no real difference whether you start your course in September or February when it comes to degrees – your academic year simply becomes February to February instead. This means that you will not have to spend extra time catching up on work completed since September, as your academic year is unique to your specific course. In this case, the usual semester two becomes your semester one, and your semester two begins in September.

You will do the same coursework assignments in the same time frame as a standard academic year so you may be required to work on assignments over the summer. If you fail any of these then you will have to retake them at the earliest opportunity (usually the following August/September).

For more information about starting a programme in February call us on 01206 712432 or contact us at

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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.

Click here to to see the full range of courses available for 19+ learners and for more information about the funding and financial support available.