How to Apply

Applying for Full-time CoursesApplication Tips – Full-time CoursesApplying for Access CoursesApplying for a Part-time CourseApplying for an ApprenticeshipEnglish Language Courses (EFL, ESOL & IELTS) Application

Our Application Process

Further Education Admissions Policy

Our application window will be open from 1pm on Monday 1st October 2018.

Our aim is to make it as easy as possible to secure your place on your ideal programme.

Before submitting your online 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.

Applying for a Full-Time course

In order to apply for a full-time course you will need to follow the below steps.

  1. First select the course you wish to apply for using the course finder button located after step 3.
  2. Once you are on the page of your chosen course and you are certain that you would like to apply for this course, click the ‘Apply Online’ button for the campus that you would like to study at.
  3. You will be taken to our online application login page and you will need to set up an account. Click ‘create an account’ to begin the application process.

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.

Admissions
Colchester Institute
Sheepen Road
Colchester
CO3 3LL
Admissions
The College at Braintree
Church Lane
Braintree
CM7 5SN
Admissions
The College at Clacton,
Church Road,
Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 6JQ

We start accepting applications from the 1st October 2018 and have set an initial deadline for receiving applications of 31st January 2019 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.

Application Tips

  • Apply as early as possible. We want to make sure you have the best chance of securing a place with us. All full-time applications received by 31st of January 2019 will be guaranteed a place at Colchester Institute, subject to you satisfying the published entry requirements. We still accept applications after this date but may not be able to guarantee you a place on your chosen programme.
  • Think carefully about your course choice before you apply. Talk to your head of year or careers adviser at school to make sure you have explored all your options and have found a course that suits you best. You may wish to attend one of our open days to find out more before applying.
  • Make sure you attend any interviews or assessments we invite you to. These are a mandatory part of our process giving you the chance to find out more about our courses, as well as us making sure you are on the most appropriate course for you. Some courses may invite you to attend a second interview or audition to demonstrate your skills and to ensure you are on the most appropriate level for you.
  • Please let us know if your contact details or address change.
    We will use a variety of letters, email and texts to communicate with you throughout the process, and the information we provide is both confidential and vital to your application. If you move home or change your phone number and don’t inform us of any changes, you could miss some vital information.

Applying for an Access course

If you’re in doubt about going straight into a degree-level course why not ask about our Access courses which will help build up your self confidence, study skills and reading and writing skills ready for higher level learning.

Our application window will be open from 1pm on Monday 1st October 2018.

In order to apply for a Access to Higher Education Diploma you will need to follow the below steps.

  1. Click through to the Access to Higher Education Diploma course page using the button located after step 3.
  2. Once you are on the page the Access to Higher Education Diploma course page and you are certain that you would like to apply for this course, click the ‘Apply Online’ button for the campus that you would like to study at.
  3. You will be taken to our online application login page and you will need to set up an account. Click ‘create an account’ to begin the application process.

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 or Braintree campuses.

Admissions
Colchester Institute
Sheepen Road
Colchester
CO3 3LL
Admissions
The College at Braintree
Church Lane
Braintree
CM7 5SN

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:

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.

Our aim is to make it as easy as possible to secure your place on your ideal programme. Simply download and complete the relevant part time 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:

Admissions
Colchester Institute
Sheepen Road
Colchester
CO3 3LL

Admissions
The College at Braintree
Church Lane
Braintree
CM7 5SN

If you have any further questions about the application process, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us on (01206) 712777 or email info@colchester.ac.uk.

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English Language Courses (EFL, ESOL & IELTS)

We currently offer English Language courses on either a full-time (12 to 18 hours per week) or part-time (3 to 4 hours per week) 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.