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

Our Late 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.

GCSE results - what next?
Unsure about what to do after you’ve finished your GCSE’s?
Are you looking to start an apprenticeship?
AS/A Level results - what now?
Start a Degree this September
19 or over and looking to return to study or change career?
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 Late 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.

Dates and Times

AS OF YET – UNTITLED Year 2 BA Hons Fine Art Exhibition @ The Minories Galleries
Jan 31 @ 10:00 AM – Feb 24 @ 5:00 PM

The Minories Galleries Exhibitions

This is the private view for the first show for this years Degree Students in Year Two from Colchester Institute UCC. The show will run until February 24th 2018 and is an eclectic exhibition from Colchesters new emerging artists. Featuring work from:

Chloe Barker
Charlotte Cawdry
Deborah Suzanne
Iris Dina Gunnarsdóttir
Aurelia Milner
Michael Palmer
Patricia Plunkett
Kayleigh Reed
Susie Scott
Heidi Sharp
Shane Wimbledon
Rebecca Yates

Secret Art Sale – in aid of CoHoC @ The Minories Galleries
Mar 2 @ 10:00 AM – Mar 3 @ 4:00 PM

All of the artworks in the Secret Art Sale have been donated by artists; professional, aspiring, student, amateur, and celebrity, and they are all sold at one price – an affordable price for a piece of original art – £40. Which means that you can own a piece of totally original art that you love, hang it on your wall, and no-one else will have exactly the same picture! All the artworks are only signed on the back – so you don’t know who has created the work you buy – until you buy it. It could be by someone who is already famous, someone is who going to be the next big name, or by your next door neighbour!

By coming to the exhibition on the 2nd or 3rd March 2018 at The Minories and buying a piece of art you will have helped us get closer to the target of £3.25 million needed to build the brand new Cancer Centre in Colchester. This new centre will bring a first class service to all cancer patients under the care of Colchester Hospital. The current chemotherapy facilities are overcrowded, uncomfortable and some way from other treatment areas. This new centre brings all the treatments together – and gives all patients a first-class service.

Colchester Hospitals Charity have nearly reached their target – there is under £600,000 to go. Come along to the Secret Art Sale in March and bag a bargain!



Apprenticeship Information Event @ STEM Innovation Centre - Braintree Campus
Mar 5 @ 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

This is your chance to meet with employers and talk to current apprentices about the opportunities that an apprenticeship can provide you. The event will take place at our state-of-the-art STEM Innovation Centre at our Braintree campus.

Apprenticeship Information Event @ Colchester Institute
Mar 6 @ 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

This is your chance to meet with employers and talk to current apprentices about the opportunities that an apprenticeship can provide you.

BA (Hons) Education Studies Open Event @ University Centre Colchester
Mar 8 @ 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Interested in a career in Education?

Education Studies offers a flexible path to a range of rewarding careers.

UCC provides supportive and student-centred study programmes to help you realise your potential.

Our Open Event is your opportunity to meet tutors and students, and learn more about the modules you’ll study.

Please arrive at the UCC Building, Colchester Campus. No booking required.

1st Session: 1pm – 3pm in Room HE303

2nd Session: 4pm – 6pm in Room HE308

PATRICK GEORGE: FROM PROSE TO POETRY – Presented by Cobbold & Judd @ The Minories Galleries
Mar 17 @ 10:00 AM – Mar 25 @ 4:00 PM


17th – 24th March 2018 ~ The Minories Ballroom, Colchester

There is no doubt that Patrick George (1923 – 2016) was one of the very great painters of the last 50 years, and he was recognized as such by his fellow artists. Patrick George is best known for the magical series of landscapes of Suffolk which he painted after he moved there in 1961. These are lyrical paintings of a rare talent, working in the footsteps of Constable and Gainsborough. As he grew older he produced some of his best work, shimmering paintings of a flickering radiance, authority and intensity, every slight touch painted with great care.

From his school days, when he founded an oil painting club with Lucien Freud, Patrick lived for painting and for teaching painting. He taught for 40 years at The Slade, latterly as Professor and Director. His exhibitions included an Arts Council retrospective in 1980 at the Serpentine and on tour, and group shows at The Yale Centre for British Art and the Tate Gallery, London.




About Cobbold & Judd

Cobbold and Judd Fine Art was founded in 2005 by Richard Cobbold and Emma Judd to showcase the work of artists living and working in Suffolk and East Anglia.

Since then Cobbold and Judd have held over 30 exhibitions featuring work by artists such as Maggi Hambling, Annabel Gault, Patrick George, Jill Barthorpe, Jason Gathorne-Hardy and Luke Elwes. Exhibitions have been held in the magnificent picture gallery at Hintlesham Hall near Ipswich, the Minories Ballroom, Colchester, and other locations in Suffolk and London.

In March 2014 Cobbold and Judd exhibited five new works by Maggi Hambling, and collages by the writer and art critic Andrew Lambirth in the Minories Ballroom. This exhibition was covered by the national as well as local press, including The Sunday Telegraph, The Spectator and Galleries magazine.

Elemental Forces – Val Bonnett @ The Minories Galleries
Apr 7 @ 10:00 AM – Apr 26 @ 4:00 PM


Elemental Forces  Val Bonnett       


For Val Bonnett the surrounding landscape is a vital part of her inspiration, She walks the Suffolk fields, to portray the ever changing view, where space and the elements are translated into colour.

Some work is based on life studies and our relationship with the landscape;  the experience of  moving within it creates our own elemental energy.

This exhibition will span two rooms and the first presents life and smaller works. Sketches for work are in the second room which also contains coastal rivers and landscapes and garden works.

Val’s work is developed from sketches, some of which will be on view. They are a vital part of the painting process – caught in the moment with spontaneity.

Ron Simms, our previous CAS president described Val’s work as “intensely coloured abstract bands – paintings that send your senses reeling – Hockney-like red rocky mountain effects – a hint of Ivon Hitchens and a splatter of Delaunay in the bright coloured swirls”.


About the artist

Val Bonnett is an East Anglian artist who has painted since her teens.

After qualifying and working as a teacher, Val taught in Adult Education In Chelmsford and Braintree, and studied under Peter White of the Bardfield School of Artists. Val later studied at Colchester Institute to gain a Diploma in Art & Design in the Nineties.

She draws from and returns to the theme of anthropomorphism in the landscape and enjoys working from and travelling in her camper van – a studio on wheels.

Val uses mixed media and oil, recording the local light in line, space & colour. She also does mono & screen printing.

Val has been a member of the Chelmsford, Colchester and Ipswich Art Societies at various times and has exhibited widely in East Anglia in solo and open exhibitions.

Her  next exhibition is in Aldeburgh in September 2018 .


For more information, go to Val’s website at

Adult Learner Information Evening @ Colchester Institute
Apr 26 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Whether you want to update your skills, study for a qualification, re-train for a new career, or study for pleasure, you will find the right course at Colchester Institute. Our Adult Learner Information Evening is your chance to find out about the range of options available.

UCC Degree Open Day @ University Centre Colchester
May 23 @ 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

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This is a whole day event. Please arrive for 10am – the day will finish at 3pm.

Come along to our Open Day to discover what it’s like to study your chosen degree at University Centre Colchester.

Courses available in the following areas:

  • 3D Design and Craft
  • Business Administration and Management
  • Computing, IT and Web Design
  • Construction and the Built Environment
  • Counselling
  • Digital Media
  • Early Years
  • Education and Education Studies
  • Engineering
  • Fashion and Textiles
  • Games Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Film Music and Soundtrack Production
  • Fine Art
  • Health and Social Care
  • Music Education
  • Performing Arts: Acting, Dance, Musical and Technical Theatre
  • Photography
  • Popular Music
  • Sport Coaching and Sport Management
  • Teacher Training, TESOL and PGCE

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Advice Days

So, you’ve received your GCSE results and you’re unsure about what to do next?

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 Woodwork, Art or Sport? Or do you Business, IT or Graphics?
  4. Are you a people person? If so, research courses such as; Childcare, Health 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!

Get a step ahead of the rest with an apprenticeship at Colchester Institute. An apprenticeship is a great way to gain a new qualification whilst getting the skills and experience employers are looking for. We offer apprenticeships in a number of different subjects, each allowing you to complete a training programme specific to your chosen career. With our apprenticeships you may be required to attend college at our Colchester, Braintree or Clacton campus or in some cases we will visit you in the workplace for your training assessment.

Most apprenticeships can start at any point during the year providing you satisfy the entry criteria.

An apprenticeship has no set duration as it will depend on what qualification you are studying and the employer’s requirements. On average an intermediate apprenticeship will take a minimum of one year, an advanced apprenticeship will take a minimum of two years and a higher apprenticeship between three and four years to complete.

Click here to find out more about the range of Apprenticeships available and how to apply.

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.

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 a course with University Centre Colchester this September call us on 01206 712432 or contact us at
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Start in February 2018

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 2018 call us on 01206 712432 or contact us at

University Clearing

Clearing is the UCAS application service that provides students with a final chance to apply for an undergraduate course for the upcoming September intake. It runs from July to September each year. University Centre Colchester (UCC) is committed to providing top quality education and a wide range of full-time and part-time degrees. We offer a wide variety of Undergraduate programmes in areas including the Creative and Performing Arts, Construction and Building Services, Engineering and Computing.

Call us on 01206 712432 or fill out the Clearing Enquiry form below

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Adult Learning at Colchester Institute

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.