School Leavers / Further Education (16+)

You’ve decided it’s time to move on from school, whether it’s because you’ve finished your exams, you want a more ‘adult’ environment to study in or you just fancied a change! But what can you do? Search our Course Finder and find the perfect choice for you.

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Colchester Institute offers a large variety of further education courses for 16 to 18 year olds including full-time courses, part-time courses and Apprenticeships. All courses are vocational which means they are specifically designed to provide you with the necessary skills for a specific job or career. Our programmes, in a range or inspiring subject areas, give you the transferable skills employers are looking for in the workplace, or the appropriate route for study on a higher level qualification.

Make a smart move and take your next step with Colchester Institute!

Further Education Subject Areas

Access to Higher Education
Sport, Travel and Public Services

Application Process

Our aim is to make it as easy as possible to secure your place on your ideal programme. All you need to do is complete our online application form by visiting:

APPLY ONLINE – Full-Time Courses & Apprenticeships

Applying for a Full-Time course

Before submitting your application, make sure you have got an email address which you will check frequently and which is professional and appropriate for this purpose. Submit the application as early as possible and remember to save a copy for your own records.

If you don’t have access to a computer or the internet, please phone our Admissions enquiry line on the 01206 712777 and we will send you a paper application form. The completed form can be returned by post or in person to our admissions teams at our Colchester, Braintree or Clacton campuses.

Colchester Institute
Sheepen Road
The College at Braintree
Church Lane
The College at Clacton,
Church Road,
Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 6JQ

We start accepting applications from the 1st October 2017 and have set an initial deadline for receiving applications of 31st January 2018 for a guaranteed place on your chosen programme (subject to you satisfying the entry requirements), although we do still accept applications after this date.

Applicants will receive an acknowledgement 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.

Student Services and Learning Support

Colchester Institute has a wide range of support services. These are available to help you with the practicalities of life…


Careers Advice for School Leavers and Parents/Carers

The Careers Advice team provide information, advice and guidance to students across all campuses, their aim is to support students into the best job or career possible for them. They offer confidential and impartial guidance interviews as well as a daily drop in service.

They can provide help and support with a wide range of areas including:

  • Career choice
  • Progression Routes
  • Apprenticeships
  • Higher Education
  • Employability Skills

There is a well-equipped Careers Centre within The College containing information on careers and courses as well computer guidance software to help students choose and research suitable careers.

The Careers team hold the national quality award for the provision of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance known as the Quality in Careers Standard as well as the matrix Quality Standard for information, advice and guidance services.

Whilst at school pupils should seek the advice of their school careers adviser or contact the National Careers Service for information, advice and guidance on skills, learning and work.

Call 0800 100 900 or visit

The Careers Team are available to give careers advice at College open events and during advice and enrolment days in August.

For further information on  careers  information, advice and guidance please contact

Careers Advice | Information, Advice and Guidance