Course Types

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Course Types – Qualifications Explained

All of our full-time courses for our 16-19 year old students are designed around you, your targets and your ambitions. Our courses consist of three key areas that make it easy for you to understand your workload and what is expected of you.

The programme will be individually tailored to you and will consist of a qualification, core skills in English and maths and work related learning. Read on for a more detailed breakdown of these key areas.

Course Types

Study Programmes

Specialist Skills (Main Qualification)

The skills that you gain while completing your course will be the main bulk and workload of your qualification.

As dictated by the demands and requirements of your chosen industry sector, you will develop the specialist knowledge and skills needed to enable you to succeed in a specific profession through your main study programme.

GEM (Core Skills)

GEM is a new way of learning English and maths, with your programme being personal to you. If you have GCSE passes (that’s grades A*- C) we’ll build GEM around your main course of study, enhancing your existing skills and developing new ones.

If you haven’t yet achieved a GCSE pass in English and/or maths you’ll take GEM classes and work towards resitting your GCSE exams. Whatever route you take it will be a whole new way of learning, and gaining getting the skills you need to get on – here at college and in life.

GAP (Work Related Learning)

GAP is a fresh take on work experience, working in collaboration with local employers to give you vital, first-hand experience helping towards securing a job once you have finished your studies.

Today’s job market is an incredibly competitive one and employers are looking for more than just a qualification, they are looking for confident people with experience of a working environment. Through GAP you’ll get a massive boost to your CV which will be key when it comes to finding that first job!

School Leavers (Further Education) Course Levels
NVQs and VRQs
BTEC Diplomas
Functional Skills
Foundation Learning
Learning for Work

We have a long tradition of helping students to return to study. The Access to Higher Education Diploma course will offer you the ideal preparation for further study in higher education or training.

Access to Higher Education Diploma

The Access Main Course offers a programme of academic study, equivalent to A Levels, leading to entry on degree and diploma courses. It has two elements:

1. Core Studies (Seminar Presentations, Study Skills, Academic Writing and Academic/Group/Personal Tutorials).

2. Additional or Specialist Studies (chosen according to your needs and the course of study which you want to pursue).

Access courses at Colchester Institute are accredited by Gateway Qualifications, an authorised validating agency which awards nationally recognised certification for Access programmes
Undergraduate / Postgraduate Course Levels
Degree Level Qualifications
Which course is for me?

Those who can… teach!

Are you interested in teaching in the further education and skills sector, or looking to gain a specialist teaching qualification to enhance your career progression?  Colchester Institute offers introductory and in-service teacher training programmes to enable you to develop the relevant skills, experience and professional knowledge. 

The full-time pre-service training programme is aimed at those who wish to teach in the lifelong learning sector (post-compulsory education). Holders of this award may apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS). Full-time trainees will undertake 100 hours of teaching practice in a lifelong learning setting provided by the College. The full-time programme is taught over one year.

Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (Further Education and Skills Sector) (Full-time)
The full-time pre-service training programme is aimed at those who wish to teach in the lifelong learning sector (post-compulsory education). It is a professional qualification leading to eligibility for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status for post-compulsory (lifelong learning sector) teachers. Trainees undertake 100 hours of teaching practice in a lifelong learning setting provided by the College. The full-time programme is taught over one year.

*Courses will run subject to numbers.

“My tutors are very supportive and I am receiving lots of constructive advice and feedback to help me become a better teacher.”

“This course has helped me to really understand how I can help my learners develop their literacy, as well as giving me confidence in my ability as a literacy teacher.”

Part-time Teacher Training Programmes

Education and Training Award Level 3 (Replacement for PTLLS)
This 16 week course provides an introduction to teaching in the lifelong learning sector. The award can either be stand alone or in preparation for the Certificate in Education (Lifelong Learning Sector). Most learning will be carried out in group work sessions, where you will be able to learn from the experience of others and contribute your own views on what constitutes effective learning and teaching.

Certificate in Education (Further Education and Skills Sector) (Part-time)
This course provides an introduction to teaching in the lifelong learning sector. It includes Understanding Roles and Responsibilities, Planning and Preparing Sessions, Assessment, Micro Teaching Sessions, Design of a Learning Programme and Production of a Learning/Personal Development Journal. This award can either be stand alone or in preparation for the Certificate in Education (Further Education and Skills Sector).

Most learning will be carried out in group work sessions, where students will be able to learn from the experience of others and contribute their own views on what constitutes effective learning and teaching.

Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (Further Education and Skills Sector) (Part-time)
This in-service teacher training programme is aimed at new or established teachers, working in a post-compulsory education or training role, who need to gain a professional teaching qualification in the lifelong learning sector (post-compulsory education and training). The programme meets the LSIS requirements for the Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS). Holders of these awards may apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status.

Trinity Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) – Level 5
This course provides an internationally recognised initial qualification, validated by Trinity College, London. The course is intended for those with little or no teaching experience and provides a comprehensive practical introduction to the teaching of English. It is delivered through taught sessions, discussions, workshops, tutorials, observations and teaching practice placements within the College.

Learning Shop | Adult Learning

Want to do something different, try something new? The Learning Shop can help you find the course you’re looking for.

A flexible programme is available to learners aged 18 or over. Courses are broken down into bite-sized chunks, so you can learn at your own pace.

The Learning Shop offers courses in IT, English, Maths and Employability. The Programmes offer a range of learning opportunities; this includes learning how to use a computer, improving literacy and numeracy skills. All our courses lead to nationally recognised qualifications. Courses are tailored so you can learn at your own pace, build confidence, aid career development or to help you get back into work.

The following services are available:

  • IT User courses for complete beginners to Intermediate level
  • English and Mathematic courses ranging from Entry Level to Level 2 qualifications
  • Employability Courses to help you gain employment
  • Information to take away on learning opportunities offered at Colchester Institute
  • National Careers Service Advice and Guidance available at the Learning Shops
National Careers Service
Adult English & Maths ( Functional Skills )
IT Courses
Digital Skills
Employability Skills
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