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Colchester Institute has been teaching EFL and ESOL successfully for 40 years with students achieving pass rates of 90 per cent over the past ten years. Our staff are highly professional and many students come through personal recommendation.

The English Language department is a member of English UK and is regularly inspected. In 2014, 100% of students who took the Preliminary English Test (PET), First Certificate (FCE) and Proficiency (CPE) examination achieved a certificate.

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Our students come from many different backgrounds and study English for a variety of reasons – tourism and travel, for business and commerce, for hotel and catering work, for marketing, for science, for college and university examinations, for settlement and British Citizenship; in short, for success in their careers in work or study.

English Language Courses (EFL, ESOL & IELTS)

We currently offer English Language courses on either a full-time (12 to 18 hours per week) or part-time (3 to 4 hours per week) basis depending on what suits you, your schedule and your needs.

You can find the online application form for the full-time courses and download the application form for the part-time courses here:

Application Form
Part-time Application Form

Full-Time English Language Courses for Overseas Students

The Cambridge: Advanced (CAE) is now recognised as an entry qualification by 100% of UK universities for EU students and 90% of UK universities for students from outside the EU.

Full-Time/Part-Time English Language for 16 – 19 Year Olds (UK & EU Residents)

Part-Time ESOL (For UK & EU Residents)

Part-Time EFL (For UK & EU Residents)

Part-Time IELTS (For UK & EU Residents)

TESOL (For UK & EU Residents)

What our learners say about us

Alexandra Radita
(from Romania)


We were like a family and we supported each other. I feel very bad now that I have finished and I wish I could go right back to the very first day to start again

Zahid Bakhtini
(from Afghanistan)


Thank you for guiding me, inspiring me and making me what I am now!

Hannan Seid
(from Ethiopia)


I have improved a lot since I started ESOL and it’s with your help I have come so far. Thank you very much

Our English Language courses are delivered by tutors who are experienced practitioners in various subject languages. Their specialist backgrounds, professional expertise and knowledge is highly valued by our students. We offer a supportive and stimulating environment for those working towards specialist qualifications for adult literacy, ESOL and TESOL teachers. Our courses combine theory and practise based studies, enabling students to develop the relevant skills and experience to enhance their professional knowledge and career progression.

Our Higher Education Centre provides a great range of specialist facilities for degree and postgraduate students including well-equipped teaching spaces and private study areas.