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General Enquiry Line: 01206 712000

Questions about a course?

For information about courses, admissions and applications please get in touch:

Course Enquiry Line: 01206 712777

Absences can be reported using our new online reporting form. Simply click on the button below and enter your details.
Please try to ensure that you make your report your before 9am on the day of your absence.
Please note: Students need to notify their tutor directly for lateness notifications.

Absence Line – Online Reporting
Other Enquiries

The gates for the College Campuses are opened from 6am, with classrooms and facilities opening at their stated times.

For information on Library Opening Times please click here.

Reception and Switchboard

Reception and Switchboard: 8.30am – 6.30pm Monday – Thursday and 8.30am – 4.30pm Friday term-time and 8.30am – 5.00pm Monday – Thursday and 8.30am – 4.30pm Friday non term-time

Course enquiry Line: 8.30am – 5.00pm Monday – Thursday and 8.30pm – 4.30pm Friday all year.

To search for a number, please use our Telephone Directory.

Telephone Numbers

Colchester Institute, Colchester Campus Main Reception(01206) 712000
Colchester Institute, Braintree Campus Main Reception(01206) 814000
Course Info and Admissions Enquiry Line(01206) 712777
CI Business Solutions(01206) 712727
The Learning Shop @ Colchester(01206) 814292
The Learning Shop @ Braintree(01206) 814292
The Learning Shop @ Clacton(01206) 712825
The Learning Shop @ Dovercourt(01206) 712825
The Learning Shop @ Witham(01206) 814292

Open to the Public

Beauty Salon Reception(01206) 712888
Hair Salon Reception(01206) 712359
Balkerne & Colne Restaurants(01206) 712452/712453
Counselling Service (CICS)(01206) 712184
Venue and Facilities Hire(01206) 712111

General Numbers

Apprenticeships(01206) 712412
Students Union(01206) 712560
Human Resources(01206) 712333
Library(01206) 712642
General Marketing Enquiries(01206) 712065
Press Enquiries: PR Contact(01206) 712630
Schools and Colleges Liaison(01206) 814038
Student Services(01206) 712078
Student Accommodation(01206) 712613
Student Finance Advice(01206) 712078
Student Travel Advice(01206) 712446
Registry and Enrolment(01206) 712555

Current Students

Safeguarding(01206) 712828
Exams Office(01206) 712756

College campuses

Colchester Campus Address

Colchester Campus Address

Colchester Institute

Sheepen Road



☎ (01206) 712 000


Braintree Campus Address

Braintree Campus Address

The College at Braintree

Church Lane



☎ (01206) 814 000

Energy Skills Centre (Harwich) Address

Energy Skills Centre (Harwich) Address

Hamilton House

Foster Road

Parkeston Quay


CO12 4QA

☎ (01206) 712 719

Learning Shops

Dovercourt Learning Shop Address

Dovercourt Learning Shop Address

The Learning Shop @ Dovercourt

171a High Street


CO12 3QB

☎ (01206) 712825

Witham Learning Shop Address

Witham Learning Shop Address

The Learning Shop @ Witham

Witham Library

18 Newland Street



☎ (01206) 814292

There is student and staff parking at both the Colchester and Braintree campuses, however this is limited and there is no guarantee of a space. Therefore we advise staff and students to explore alternative ways of travelling to campus where possible. Please note, there is no visitor parking available at the Sheepen Road campus, visitors should park in the nearby public pay and display car park on Sheepen Road.

Staff and students can access support and incentives such as public transport discounts to help with their journey to campus as part of our Sustainable Travel Plan

There are a number of quiet and off road cycle routes to campus. Numerous bus services and the Colchester Park and Ride stop an 8 minute walk from Campus or a 15 minute walk from the town centre. Colchester station is a 16 minute walk away.

Please browse the menu below to find out more information about travel routes.

Travelling by Bike

There are quiet and mainly off road cycle routes to campus. One resource to use is where you can find routes to plan your journey and an APP available to download.

Covered cycle parking can be found in various locations including outside the main reception.

Travelling by Bus and Park and Ride

Travel Zones

Colchester Network Map – Click to enlarge

The nearest bus stop to Colchester Campus is at Middleborough, approximately 8 minutes walk away. All Colchester bus services stop in the town centre, a 15 minute walk away.

These are the main operators in Colchester. If you know the operator of your local bus service, visit their website for time tables, route information and downloadable apps.

There are a range of travel and public transport web services available to help you plan your route to College including: (971 Service and stop guide) (Bus and Road)

Alternatively you can use  for door to door route planning.

Colchester Park and Ride – Located off the A12 at junction 28, buses leave every 15 minutes offering a fast journey of approximately 12 minutes to Middleborough bus stop.

For more information and ticket prices – Colchester Park and Ride

For more information on Essex Public Transport routes and timetables please click here.

Travelling by Train
Colchester station is a 16 minute walk, 10 minute cycle ride or a short bus ride from campus (alighting at Middleborough bus stop).

There are a range of travel and public transport web services available to help you plan your route to College including:

Travelling by Car

Sheepen Road, Colchester, CO3 3LL

If arriving via the A12 from the south take the A133 exit signposted for Colchester Central. Follow the signs for Town Centre. At the third roundabout take the fourth exit into Sheepen Road, signposted for Colchester Institute and the campus is on the left, beyond the retail park. A public car park is on the right.

If arriving via the A12 from the north or the A120 from the east (Clacton) take the A1232 exit, and follow signs for the Town Centre. At the double roundabout take the third exit onto Cowdray Avenue, signposted for Leisure World. At the second roundabout take the left hand filter lane onto Westway, signposted for Town Centre, and at the next roundabout take the fourth exit into Sheepen Road, as above.

Church Lane, Braintree, CM7 5SN

If entering Braintree from Dunmow, Chelmsford, Witham, or Colchester turn right onto Braintree by-pass. Continue over the roundabouts and on arriving at the roundabout for Broad Road (first exit) and Sudbury, Halstead, Haverhill A1017, A131 (second exit) take the first exit into Broad Road. Continue down the hill and at the second mini roundabout turn right into Church Lane and you will find the campus on the right hand side. There are visitor and student parking areas.

Church Road, Clacton, CO15 6JQ

If entering Clacton-On-Sea on the A133, continue to follow the road to the St Johns roundabout and take the 3rd exit onto London Rd/A133 before turning left into Holland Road. After 35 yards turn right into Church Road where the campus is 0.1 miles further down the road on the right.

In order to assist with your enquiry as quickly as we can, please browse through the options below and then select the form most suitable for your enquiry.

If you wish to communicate a general enquiry, comment or compliment please fill out the general enquiries form.

If you have an enquiry about a course or applying for a course then please fill out the course enquiries form.

If you are an employer who would like to find out more about training, apprenticeships or booking staff onto a course please fill out the employer enquiries form.

If you are from a school, college or training provider and would like to speak to our Schools liaison team please fill out the Schools enquiries form.

General Enquiries
Course Enquiries
Employer Enquiries
Schools/IAG Enquiries

Please find the below the comments, concerns, compliments and complaints procedures for Further Education, Apprenticeships and Higher Education courses.

Concerns and Complaints
Reporting Safety Concerns
Colchester Campus
Braintree Campus