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Our aim is to make it as easy as possible to secure your place on your ideal programme. Simply download and complete the relevant application form and return it to our Admissions team as early as possible. Further information about the application process or applying for a degree level course through UCAS can be found in the detailed sections on this page.

Our aim is to make it as easy as possible to secure your place on your ideal programme. Simply download and complete the relevant application form and return it to our Admissions team as early as possible. You can return your completed application form in person or by post to our Colchester (for applications to Colchester and Clacton) or Braintree campuses:

Colchester Institute
Sheepen Road
The College at Braintree
Church Lane

Alternatively you can apply online by visiting

If you are currently at school, please check with them as some schools will be coordinating applications centrally. If you have any further questions about the application process, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or view the relevant information in the drop-down menu below.

Full-time Course Application Information
Apprenticeship Application Information
Application Tips

Part-time courses can start at any point during the year, please see the individual course listing for the next course start date or if you are unsure please call our Course Enquiries line on (01206) 712777.

You may need to complete an application form for some of our part-time courses, our part-time application form can be downloaded here:

Download Application Form – Part-Time Courses (PDF)

Applicants will receive an acknowledgement email or card within one week of the application being received by our Admissions team, if you do not receive this you should contact the team on (01206) 712777 to check that your application has been received.

Courses will run subject to sufficient applications being received.

Applying for a Full-Time Degree-Level course

Apply through UCAS If you would like to apply for any of Colchester Institute’s Degree Level courses, your method of application will differ depending on whether you want to apply for a full-time or part-time version of your chosen course. If you are applying full-time, you will need to apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), which is a UK-based charity whose main role is providing the application process for almost all British universities.

The service cost £23 for a multi application and £12 for a single application in 2016-17, however it is possible this may increase for 2017-18 applicants. Each course has a unique “course code” that you will need to make note of and use during your applciation. You can find out more information and sign up to the service here. The UCAS code for Colchester Institute is CINST C75.

Applying for a Part-Time Degree-Level course

All part-time degree-level courses are not offered through UCAS, and must be applied for directly through Colchester Institute. For this you will need to fill in and return to us as soon as possible. This application form can be downloaded here, quoting the relevant course code:

Download Part-Time HE Application Form

Download Cert Ed, PGCE and Postgraduate Application Form

For further information about our degree-level courses click here.

Applying as a Full-Time International Student (EU & Overseas)

Applications for Higher Education courses from International Students must also be made via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Applications can be made on-line from any country via the UCAS website at Details of all eligible courses are given at this site, Colchester Institute’s UCAS reference number is CINST C75.

International Applications made via UCAS will be forwarded to us for processing but the offer and acceptance procedure is made through UCAS and not directly with us. Once we are notified of your acceptance we will request payment of your deposit for more information on fees and deposits click here.

Applying as an Part-Time International Student (EU only)

Students coming into the UK on a Tier 4 (General) student visa will only be eligible to apply for full-time courses at a minimum NQF level 3 or above or full-time English Language Programmes.

Colchester Institute’s International Student Application Form is available to download. Before completing the application form you must read and understand the information about our Fee Payment and Refund Policy. On signing the application form you are agreeing to the terms of this policy.

With your application form you must also send:

  • Certified copies of your academic qualifications
  • Where appropriate, evidence of your English Language ability (IELTS or equivalent)
  • A reference to confirm your status and suitability for the course.
  • An email or correspondence address where we can keep in touch with you about your application

Download Application Form – International Students (Part-Time) (PDF)

Print off and complete the International Applications Form and return it to:

International Admissions Officer
Colchester Institute
Sheepen Road

English Language Courses (EFL, ESOL & IELTS)

We currently offer English Language courses on either a full-time or part-time 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, as well as find out more about the courses by clicking the “Read more…” link below.

Complete Application Form – Full-Time English Language Courses (online)

Download Application Form – Part-Time English Language Courses (PDF)