Part-time Courses

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Our teams would be more than willing to assist you with applications for these courses, for example details about course costs or start dates for courses or whether you’re not sure if you are applicable. For further information on applying for any of these part-time courses, please visit our How to Apply page or call our Admissions team on 01206 712 777.

Part-time Courses – Further Education

Looking to study part-time? Whether you want to update your skills, study for a qualification, re-train for a new career, or study for pleasure, you will find the right course at Colchester Institute.

We offer introductory and Further Education part-time courses in English and Maths, certificates and diplomas and work-related qualifications including NVQs.

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We offer a unique vocational learning experience, with practical and theoretical teaching embedded in our flexible part-time programmes. Our courses are designed with employers’ needs in mind and incorporate industry visits, guest lecturers and work placements. Flexible delivery provides the opportunity for students to fit their studies around employment or other commitments.
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Professional Qualifications (CPD)

Whether you want to boost your skills and knowledge in order to move up the career ladder or gain a qualification that stands out from the crowd, Colchester Institute offers a range of professional part-time courses across a variety of sectors.

Please browse through the areas of study below to see the range of professional courses offered at Colchester Institute.

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Recreation and Leisure Courses

Whether you’d like to study for fun or a hobby, try something new or learn some DIY skills for use around the home, Colchester Institute offers a range of short, evening and leisure courses and workshops to suit a variety of different needs.

Please browse through the areas of study below to see the range of leisure courses offered at Colchester Institute.

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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. Use the arrows below to scroll through the options available.

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

We’re here to help you get the advice you need to make the right decisions about your future working life. We’ve got specially designed tools to help you move on in your career, or get you on the job ladder. Let us help you take the next step.

The National Careers Service website will help you:

  • plan and make career decisions
  • understand your skills and set new goals
  • help you to use online tools to assess your skills
  • see your plans through.

Whatever your situation, we’re here to help you overcome problems and reach your goals. We’ll help you build on your strengths, improve your skills, and find a job or career that matches your skills and personality.


For your free National Careers Service Advice & Guidance session at a centre near you please call:

Clacton, Dovercourt or Colchester areas: 01206 712825 and Witham or Braintree areas: 01206 814292

Functional Skills – Adult English & Maths

English & Mathematic Courses – What do we offer?

City & Guilds Award in the Principles in Written and Spoken English/ City & Guilds Certificate in the Principles and Techniques in Maths

These qualifications are a good stepping-stone to the Functional Skills qualifications. Offered in English and maths at Entry Level 3 and Level 1 they provide the skills and knowledge required for work and everyday life.  English topics covered include: reading, writing, spelling, punctuation, grammar, and speaking and listening.  Maths topics include: numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages, common measures, using shape and space and handling data (Please see video below).

City & Guilds Functional Skills Certificate in English and Mathematics

These qualifications provide recognition of achievements in reading, writing and communication and number skills in real life situations. They also have a flexible assessment structure that can be adapted to meet the needs of individual students and provide a progression route through to higher achievement. Functional Skills offer progression opportunities for entry to advanced qualifications.

If you are in work and unable to attend the learning shop on regular twice weekly sessions, we can arrange for tutorial based courses which can be accessed from home on any device (phone, PC or tablet) with remote tutor support.

IT Courses

IT User Courses- What do we offer?

Digital Literacy Award Entry Level 3

Award and Certificate in IT User Skills Level 1

Certificate in IT User Skills Level 2

We offer IT courses in ITQ/ECDL qualifications at Entry Level 3, Level 1 and Level 2. These courses are designed to help learners with few IT skills right through to improving IT skills at intermediate level. They are for anyone looking to improve their current or future employment opportunities.

IT Workshop

Using online e-learning materials learners will be able to study at a time and pace that suits them, with tutor support every step of the way.

Entry Level, Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications, covering topics such as:

  • Word Processing
  • Spreadsheets
  • Presentations
  • Email and Using the Internet

Our courses are jargon free and easy to follow. They are delivered through The British Computer Society, using a directed learning approach, which is a blend of tutor supported, online and other resources.

Courses may be free if you are in receipt of either Job Seekers Allowance or Employment Support Allowance benefit.

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Employability Skills

Employability Courses – What do we Offer?

We offer a range of courses to help you improve your confidence and offer practical advice in how to find work. Our courses are jargon free and easy to follow.

Our courses are delivered through City & Guilds, using a directed learning approach, which is a blend of tutor supported, online and other resources.

The Employability programme will enable you to become confident in:

  • producing your own CV to match the job you are applying for
  • producing job applications or emails
  • searching and applying for internet based job opportunities
  • using Universal Job Match
  • preparing for an interview
  • preparing for re-entering the world of work.

You will have on going use of the facilities and support to: one to one advice and guidance for up to 4 weeks after completing the course.

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