Skills to Succeed

The Skills to Succeed study programme provides a progression route to employment, vocational study and/or apprenticeships for students studying at level 1 or 2.

The programme aims to equip students with the skills, experience and confidence required for successful progression so that students overcome complex barriers to learning and employment.  Students are provided with a high level of support and guidance and are encouraged to set themselves challenging, achievable goals in order to reach their aspirations.

A key component of the programme is to support students to develop increased levels of independence with their academic learning, therefore, learning is predominately class room based.  Practical and vocational skills are developed through participation in extended work experience; students are expected to attend a work placement independently for approximately 100 hours over the academic year.

Students will work towards completion of a City and Guilds, Level 1 or 2 Extended Award in Employability in addition to English and maths (as appropriate).

This is a full-time course which runs from September to June (36 weeks) and is delivered at Braintree and Colchester.

***Applications for full-time courses to start in September 2022 are open now!***

We want to make sure you have the best chance of securing a place with us. All full-time applications received by 31st of January 2022 will be guaranteed a place at Colchester Institute, subject to you satisfying the published entry requirements. We still accept applications after this date but may not be able to guarantee you a place on your chosen programme.

Application for this course are made by the ‘Apply Online’ buttons located in the menu further down the page.

Course Info
How to make an Application
Course Content

Key components of the Skills to Succeed study programme include:

Curriculum Theme Course content  


Subject specific/vocational skills


Personal Growth


  • Planning for Personal Progression
  • Career Planning
  • Job Application
  • Advanced interview techniques
  • Communication Strategies
  • Personal Finance
  • Communication Skills
  • Personal Skills
  • Self-Management
  • Self-Confidence
  • English and maths


Entry Requirements

Level 1: –

  • GCSE Grade 1 in English and maths or Entry 3 Functional Skills in English and maths
  • Completion of an Entry 3 qualification, or equivalent

Level 2: –

  • GCSE Grade 2 in English and maths or Level 1 Functional Skills in English and maths
  • Completion of a relevant Level 1 qualification, or equivalent

Previous Education records and experience should also indicate that students can thrive socially and emotionally in a large, complex education setting.  Course offer is subject to a successful interview and initial assessment. In addition, students need to show a commitment and willingness to work towards agreed goals, and participate in all elements of the programme.

Course Progression

Progression routes for some of our students have been:
•Full-time courses/Apprenticeships in Business and Administration, Public Services, Carpentry, Construction, Health and Social Care, Childcare, Motor Vehicle, Music, Health and Beauty, Painting and Decorating, Customer Care, Art and Design, Sport and Recreation
• Employment in the construction industry, retail and care homes
• Skills for Enterprise Level 2

How to make an Application – Watch our video guide!

We have also prepared a step-by-step video guide – please view this video which will guide you through the application process.

Skills to Succeed
Course Outline: provides a progression route to employment, vocational study and/or apprenticeships for students studying at level 1
LevelLevel 1
Level 2
DurationOne Year
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusColchester Campus
Braintree Campus
Start DateSeptember 2022 - Applications open on 1st October 2021
Fee(s)16-18 year olds: Free
19+: Variable


All fees, prices and funding information shown on this page are for courses starting in the 2021-22 academic year unless stated otherwise, and are correct at the time of entering/printing information, however these may be subject to change due to factors outside of our control. The College cannot accept legal or financial liability as a result of any such changes.

Courses fees are generally not confirmed for September until June / July due to the above factors.

The course information describes programmes offered by Colchester Institute. The College takes all reasonable steps to provide courses as described, but cannot guarantee provision. The information is for guidance and does not form any part of a contract.

The College reserves the right to update and amend information as and when necessary. Colchester Institute will do its best to provide the courses shown, but may have to modify or withdraw a course depending on customer demand and other factors.