Welcome to Further EducationSchool Leavers – What can I study?Course Types – Qualifications ExplainedStudy ProgrammesProgramme Levels and Entry RequirementsWork ExperienceApplying for a Full-Time courseProgression to Higher EducationOur ProspectusParents and Carers – Welcome from the PrincipalParents and Carers – How can we help?Schools LiaisonStudent LifeCareers AdviceFAQ
At Colchester Institute we are passionate about your success.
Our aim is to provide you with every opportunity to gain the skills, knowledge and experience that will give you the best possible chance of succeeding on your course, progressing onto higher levels of study and gaining rewarding work in the job or career you have chosen.
We have high expectations of our students and in return we know that you have high expectations of us. We aim to deliver on those expectations by providing first class teaching, in industry-standard facilities and by ensuring that you receive the best possible practical and learning support to help you to succeed.
Our website aims to provide you with the information you need to help you make the right choice about your next steps in education and training – but of course this cannot tell you everything! I hope that you will come and meet with staff and students and explore our campuses at one of the many Open Events throughout the year; and see for yourself how continuing your education and training at Colchester Institute can set you on the right path to success, whatever your chosen career.
I look forward to meeting with you.
Principal and Chief Executive
We have a huge range of inspiring subjects for you to choose from. Our full-time courses are designed to help you develop the transferable skills employers are looking for, or prepare you for study on a higher-level qualification. We also offer Apprenticeship programmes in a variety of industries to provide you with relevant practical experience.
- Develop your vocational skills
- Enjoy learning alongside your peers
- Achieve a recognised qualification
- Progress onto a degree or full-time work
- Earn while your learn
- Gain valuable work experience
- Achieve a recognised qualification
- Progress onto a degree or full-time work
Whichever route you choose, you’ll receive hands-on learning through work experience, and develop your English and Maths skills too, ensuring you are ready for a bright career and a successful future!
Our Study Programmes, or full-time courses, combine a number of different components to equip you with a set of well-rounded skills for the future. Every programme incorporates a vocational qualification (for example an Extended Diploma), development of Great English and Maths (GEM) and work experience.
Study Programmes 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.
PROGRAMME LEVELS AND ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Aim Higher Level 4 and beyond!
Level 3 Typically* 5 GCSEs (grades A* – C / 9 – 4)
Level 2 Typically* 4 GCSEs (grades A* – E / 9 – 3)
Level 1 Typically* 3 GCSEs (grades A* – G / 9 – 1)
Entry Level No formal entry requirements, just an enthusiasm to learn and develop your skills to allow you to progress on to another programme within the College.
Unsure which programme level is for you?
Come along to an Open Event or speak with a Careers Advisor at school for guidance.
*Specific entry requirements for each programme are listed on the individual subject pages. In some cases we will consider other qualifications that are deemed to be equivalent to GCSEs, for example functional skills and qualifications achieved outside the UK, provided valid certificates are produced.
GCSE GRADING SYSTEM FROM 2017*
Ofqual has introduced a new grading system for many GCSE subjects. These GCSEs will be graded 9 to 1, instead of A* to G, with 9 being the top level. The Ofqual grading structure below is a comparison guide of the current and new GCSE system. For more information please visit: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ofqual
Please note: The new grading system (9 – 1) only applies to GCSEs taken from 2017.
Work experience will be an important element of your Study Programme
We’ve teamed up with local employers to bring you a range of placement opportunities to help you gain valuable skills for the workplace and prepare you for an exciting career.
All students will take part in at least 30 hours of work experience as part of their course. Some courses will require more substantive work experience of between 45 – 60 days.
Our highly experienced Careers Advice and Guidance team provide wide-ranging support to students wishing to apply to university, including dedicated UCAS support throughout the year.
Alongside Course and Progression and Destination Tutors, our Advisors provide support right the way through from the point of choosing institutions and selecting suitable higher education courses through to securing a place at university.
Colchester Institute also hosts an annual ‘Moving on Up’ Progression Fair, organised for students to find out about the opportunities available for when they have finished their studies with us. We encourage students to attend this event and ask lots of questions about what employers and universities are looking for and what you need to do during the rest of your time here to put yourself in the best position to secure one of these opportunities.
The event is attended by over 40 representatives from the world of work, including employers, universities and volunteer organisations. There is also the opportunity to discover more about what you can do here if you choose to study at University Centre Colchester.
For further information on careers information, advice and guidance please contact email@example.com.
There is so much choice available when it comes to studying a full-time study programme at Colchester Institute. Our programmes, in a range of 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. We also train people in a range of industries through Apprenticeships.
We blend vocational, hands on learning with work experience as well as developing your English and math skills. Our aim is to get you ready for the exciting world of work or progression onto further study or higher education.
Firstly, may I extend a really warm welcome to you, as parents and carers of students joining (or re-joining) us, here at Colchester Institute.
These pages are designed to provide you with information which will help you to support your son or daughter to enrol and settle quickly in to College, so they can have a productive, enjoyable and successful time on their programme of study.
We have tried to include everything that you may need to know, but please use the contact details found further down the page to phone or email us if you still have other questions.
Our aim is to ensure that all our students have the opportunity and encouragement to engage positively with their programme of study; to attend regularly; to work hard and to achieve the best results that they can. In doing this, we also hope to prepare and inspire our students to take their next steps into interesting and rewarding careers or higher level programmes of study.
Experience has shown us that students are most successful when Colleges work in partnership with parents to support them. We look forward to a long and successful partnership with you, and your son or daughter, and hope to see you at future College events.
With best wishes
Principal and Chief Executive
Every week we visit numerous local schools and colleges, delivering presentations, attending parents evenings and careers conventions. We also talk to Year 10, 11, 12 and 13 students, discussing course choices and career options.
The Colchester Institute Schools liaison team are dedicated to providing a thorough and comprehensive service. We are happy to visit schools, colleges and youth centres to speak directly with students about the options open to them at Colchester Institute. These talks can be at any time and delivered to whole year groups, or smaller groups. Alternatively, we can also offer taster activities and workshops on campus or within your school. Please contact us with your requirements and we will try our best to accommodate your needs!
We are always happy to attend school or college based careers evenings to provide information to students and parents about the FE and HE courses at the College. Please get in touch using our contact details shown below.
Student Life at Colchester Institute
A full-time programme of study will require a minimum of 18 hours attendance in class per week, although some will have more. This will usually be over three or four days. Full details will be provided when timetables are issued. It is expected that all students will attend all timetabled classes.
The College is open from 9am until 5pm Monday to Friday, with evening classes, salons and restaurants being open up to 9pm or 10pm on Tuesdays to Thursdays in Colchester and Braintree.
As well as their chosen subjects there will be elements of enrichment and work related experience for all students – which may include work placements, depending on the course being studied.
Good careers advice can make a positive difference to a student’s aspirations and motivation whilst at college. It can be instrumental in increasing their self-confidence and enable them to discover opportunities they never would have considered.
Colchester Institute’s team of careers advisers provide information, advice and guidance to enable students to make informed decisions about their future and help find the best job or career possible for them.
Help and support is available for a wide range of areas including
- Career choice
- Course choice
- Progression Routes
- Choosing and applying for university
- Preparation for employment
One to one impartial guidance interviews are available as well as a daily drop in service. There is a well-equipped careers centre within the College containing information on jobs and courses, careers software is available to help students choose and research suitable careers.
Colchester Institute also hosts an annual Progression Fair, organised for students to find out about the opportunities available for when they have finished their studies. The event attracts over 50 representatives from the world of work, higher education and voluntary organisations.
The College holds the Quality in Careers Standard, a national quality award for the provision of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance as well as matrix ,the Quality Standard for information, advice and guidance services. These awards ensure that the service provided is of the highest quality.
The careers team have a wealth of experience and hold at least L6 or higher guidance qualifications. They are registered with the Careers Development Institute (CDI) as Career Development Professionals which means they follow a code of ethics and undertake 25 hours of continuous professional development each year.
The College offers a rich and varied CEIAG (careers education, information, advice and guidance) programme which is based upon the Gatsby Foundation’s Good Career Guidance benchmarks. Details of which can be found here:
If you are an employer and would like to become involved with our Careers Programme, please contact us using the form below.
We value all feedback on our Careers Information Advice and Guidance services.
Please contact us using the below form in order provide feedback or ask a question.
Operational Careers Leader
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