Health and Social Care Courses

Our health and social care courses are delivered by highly qualified tutors with a range of professional healthcare experience and their expertise is valued by our students.

There are excellent resources including well-equipped laboratories and classrooms with interactive technology. Further Education courses are designed to build and develop the skills for employment in a wide variety of roles in the science and healthcare industries. Work experience is a significant element of further education course programmes. Apprenticeships are available in the areas of dental nursing and healthcare.

During the course I’ve gained outstanding skills that will help me achieve my goal of becoming a child psychologist. The placements gave me vital experience, enabling me to prepare for work and improve my practice. I have received conditional offers from five universities to study Early Childhood Studies and Psychology.Monique Buckingham – progressed from Colchester Sixth Form College

The School of Health and Social Sciences at University Centre Colchester (UCC) offers undergraduate programmes which incorporate a wide variety of subject areas and are designed to provide students with the relevant skills for their chosen career. Our Higher Education Centre provides a great range of facilities including well-equipped teaching spaces and private study areas.

As the commercial arm of Colchester Institute, CI Business Solutions  can offer a number of courses specifically for employers in the care sector including first aid, fire safety, moving people, emergency response, working with communication difficulties and safeguarding young people and children.  These courses will enable delegates to increase their knowledge and skills to carry out their work more effectively.

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Dental Nursing
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Full-time Courses and Apprenticeships

Health and Social Care Level 1
Health and Social Care Level 2
Health and Social Care Level 3
Adult Care Worker Apprenticeship
Lead Adult Care Worker Apprenticeship
Leader in Adult CareLevel 5 Higher Apprenticeship

Lisa-Marie Prior, Health and Social Care Level 3

"I chose to study at Colchester Institute because I could study one course in greater depth. The new facilities are really nice because there’s different types of classrooms, so its nice to have a change of environment. I really like all the experiences I’m getting especially my work placement."

Grace Walton, Health and Social Care Level 3

"Choosing to study the Health and Social Care course at Colchester Institute is one of the best decisions I have made. I am a completely changed person, with a positive outlook on life and the confidence, knowledge and skills to never stop working until I reach my goal."

Ben Campbell, Health and Social Care Level 3

"The course provided work experience which meant we actually experienced what working in this sector was like, we also covered Psychology, Sociology, Anatomy and Physiology. I am going to the University of Suffolk in February to study Paramedic Science."

Brooke Millward, Health and Social Care Level 2

"There is a wide range of opportunities at Colchester Institute. I like socialising with people and learning new topics in health and social care, my course leader has been been really helpful too."

Stephanie Magill, Health and Social Care Level 3

"What I like most about studying here is the facilities, they’re better than anywhere else and the opportunities here are amazing! My favourite room is the demonstration room as you get to see and learn everything practically so when you go into the workplace its much easier to adjust to."

Ariann Rowley, Health and Social Care Level 3

"Colchester Institute offered the best course for my future. I like the variety of courses available and the support you get when it's needed. I also really like the social aspects of the course such as work experience."

Dental Nursing

Colchester Institute offers a range of training opportunities in dental nursing. All of the courses offered require employer support and employment in a dental practice.

How do I become a dental nurse?

Dental Nurse Apprenticeship programmes are designed to prepare you for work and to develop employability skills and professionalism for working in a dental setting. For applicants interested in a career in dental nursing with no experience this is the ideal opportunity for you. On the Apprenticeship you will complete a course of study called a ‘standard’ which would include a recognised Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing.  At the same time you will be employed in a dental practice with a contract of employment with day release to college.

The Dental Nursing Team at Colchester Institute has excellent links with employers in Essex, Suffolk and Hertfordshire and support students aged 16 – 21 in finding employment. We work closely with dental practices and aim to match applicants to suitable workplaces where possible, often in their own local area.

Courses are delivered by a highly qualified team of dental nurse tutors with a range of professional experience and their expertise is valued by our students. Their practical team-based approach to dental nursing ensures a friendly and supportive learning environment. Our excellent facilities include a fully-equipped dental surgery and decontamination suite that simulate work in a real dental practice, where you can learn about a range of dental procedures and techniques.

Already employed as a dental nurse?

For those already employed as a dental nurse we offer part-time courses and CPD training to allow you to extend your skills and knowledge. If you are a registered dental nurses and aspire to specialise in a particular area in the dental care profession or to become a practice manager there are opportunities with the National Examining Board for Dental Nurses (NEBDN), including the Certificate in Oral Health Education.


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Dental Nursing Courses

Dental Nursing Apprenticeship
NEBDN Certificate in Dental Radiography
Oral Health Education NEBDN Certificate