We are still accepting applications for September 2020 starts.

Our campuses remain closed for the foreseeable future 

Easter Closure and return to study

The College will be closed from Saturday 4th April to Tuesday 14th April (inclusive), there will be no work set for classroom based courses over this normal 2 week holiday period, however we will be returning to remote working on Wednesday 15th April for staff to continue to prepare online learning and resources.

UCC students and Apprentices will return to their online remote learning on Monday 20th April.

Further Education students will return to online remote learning on Wednesday 22nd April. This delay is to allow teaching staff to prepare materials for the next few weeks of online learning on Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st April.

Catering and Hospitality Courses

Our Catering and Hospitality courses are delivered by tutors with a wealth of catering and hospitality industry knowledge and their professional expertise is valued by our students.

Officially opened by its patron, Gary Rhodes, in October 2002, our multi-million pound purpose-built Centre for Hospitality and Food Studies provides excellent facilities and training for hospitality students and aims to give them a realistic sense of what it is like to work in the hospitality industry.

These outstanding, state-of-the art training facilities including two busy public restaurants, extensive kitchens, bars and reception areas. Further Education qualifications offered include hospitality, hospitality supervision and leadership, professional cookery and chefs.

If this isn’t for you why not consider undertaking an Apprenticeship, which allows students to earn while they learn as well as gaining first-hand experience in a hospitality or catering environment. For adult learners part-time evening courses are offered in Patisserie and Confectionery and Cake Decorating.

The commercial arm of Colchester Institute, CI Business Solutions also offers a range of Professional Food Safety Training Awards for Businesses. Click here to find out more.

Full Time
Part Time
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Open Events

Full-time Courses

Hospitality (Restaurant, Reception and Customer Service) Level 2
Hospitality Management and Supervision Level 3
Professional Chef Level 1/2/3
Professional Cookery Level 1/2/3

Katie Ryder

Course: Professional Chef Level 3
Progressed From: East Bergholt High School

"I really enjoy all the practical work and making a variety of dishes. All the teachers are bubbly and enthusiastic about the course which makes it more enjoyable. I wish to work in pastry in the future."


Chef de Partie Advanced Apprenticeship
Commis Chef Apprenticeship
Hospitality Supervisor Apprenticeship
Hospitality Team Member Apprenticeship

Evening Courses

City & Guilds 7120-22 General Patisserie and Confectionery Diploma
Professional Cake Decorating