Adult Learning at Colchester Institute
Whether you’re considering studying to improve your career prospects, develop a new career path, retrain for a new job or go on to university, Colchester Institute offers a wide range of courses for Adults across all levels from introductory part-time or short courses to professional qualifications and Higher Education. We believe it’s important to support adults who are looking to return to education or for the opportunity to gain a new qualification, change of career or to increase their earning potential. On a personal and social level there is the chance to meet new people, learn a new skill or study for pleasure to develop a hobby or interest.
- Access to Higher Education Diploma: Health Professions
- Access to Higher Education Diploma: Social Sciences
- Access to Higher Education Diploma: Science
- Access to Higher Education Diploma: Social Work and Related Professions
- Access to Higher Education Diploma: Humanities
- Access to Higher Education Diploma: Science and Maths
Art and Design Foundation Year
This is a two-year, part-time higher education course for mature learners who would like to refresh or develop their skills before going on to further study in art and design at degree level.
Part-time Courses – Further Education
Recreation and Leisure Courses
Please browse through the areas of study below to see the range of leisure courses offered at Colchester Institute.
Welcome to University Centre Colchester
We are pleased to announce that Colchester Institute has obtained University Centre Colchester (UCC) status for its Higher Education building/provision.
Colchester Institute has a 50 year history of providing undergraduate and postgraduate education in the region, including engineering, construction, business, IT & computing, health and social care, art, digital media, performance and film production. The programmes we offer are research informed and employer led resulting in 94% of our students gaining employment following graduation, 66% will achieve a 1st or 2:1 (good) Degree and overall 87% of our students will obtain a relevant qualification.
The next few years could shape the rest of your life, so it’s important to explore all the options available to you. There are many ways to study for a higher education qualification and choosing the right course will help you get the most out of your study. Colchester Institute aims to provide you with a high quality, industry related learning experience. You can study towards a HNC, HND, Foundation or Honours Degree, as well as postgraduate programmes.
Professional Qualifications (CPD)
Please browse through the areas of study below to see the range of professional courses offered at Colchester Institute.
GCSE Courses for Adults
Would you like to do something different or try something new? The Learning Shop can help you find the course you’re looking for. We have Learning Shops in Braintree, Clacton, Colchester, Dovercourt and Witham.
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:
• Free National Careers Advice sessions
• Digital Skills and intermediate IT courses
• A range of English and maths courses
• Routes to Employability courses
All our accredited courses lead to nationally recognised qualifications. Courses are tailored so you can learn at your own pace, improve your confidence, aid career development or to help you with your employment goals.
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.
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.
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.