How to Apply

The Application ProcessApplying for Access CoursesApplying for a Part-time CourseApplying for an ApprenticeshipEnglish Language Courses (EFL, ESOL & IELTS) Application

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 can be found in the detailed sections on this page.

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 2017 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 aim is to make it as easy as possible to secure your place on your ideal programme.

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:

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.

Have you found a Vacancy you wish to apply for?

Yes, I have found an Apprenticeship Vacancy

So you have found your Apprenticeship Vacancy.
Here is how to apply

To apply for a vacancy:

  1. Sign in or create an account.
  2. Upload your CV and personal information
  3. Submit your application

If you would like to find out more about our latest vacancies, then please Contact us on (01206) 712412 or email email us and get your career off to a flying start.

Apprenticeships – Example of CV and Covering Letter

An example of a CV and Covering Letter can be found here.

If you’re experiencing problems with the ‘Find An Apprenticeship’ service on the Government website please contact us on (01206) 712043 or email us for assistance.

Still haven’t found the vacancy for you? Don’t panic!

Still haven’t found the vacancy for you? Don’t panic!

If you haven’t found a suitable vacancy for you at the moment then don’t panic. In order for us to direct you to the correct information, click on the menu choice most suitable to your circumstances below.

Are you currently in School?
Want to be informed of future vacancies?
Currently searching for a job?
Working but want to change to an apprenticeship?

Become a part of our talent pool

If you have been unable to find a vacancy suitable to you, we encourage you to send in a copy of your updated CV to CI.Apprenticeships@colchester.ac.uk so we can match you up with an employer. Please be aware that this will not be a one-to-one service and you are likely to be up against other applicants in the short listing and interviewing process.

Still haven’t found the vacancy for you? Don’t panic!

There is another way to become an apprentice through Colchester Institute and we’re here to assist you every step of the way. In order to enrol onto an apprenticeship scheme you must find an employer willing to appoint you as an apprentice in your chosen field.

This can be done in a number of ways:

1) Using the ‘Find an apprenticeship’ website

Visit gov.uk and search ‘Find an Apprenticeship’. You can search by job role, occupation type and location

2) Contacting employers direct

Take some time to compose a covering letter and create a CV to send to companies in your local area (except those advertising apprenticeship vacancies on the gov.uk website – these have to be applied for via the ‘Find an Apprentice’ service).

Please contact one of our advisors on (01206) 712043 or email CI.Apprenticeships@colchester.ac.uk for further support on how to find an employer.


Currently working but want to change to an apprenticeship?

If you are working full-time or part-time, you may want to speak with your current manager and see if they have any opportunities for apprenticeships available, or if they would like to consider developing your skills through an apprenticeship.

For further information please contact us:

Email: CI.Apprenticeships@colchester.ac.uk
Tel: 01206 712043


Currently in School?

If you are in school and will be finishing next May/June we recommend you submit an application to Colchester Institute. You can make a ‘joint’ application for a full-time course and an apprenticeship. Your apprenticeship application can be in the same subject area as your full-time application or in a completely different area.

You can apply for an apprenticeship through our online application system when our online application window opens. In order to start your apprenticeship you must have an employer ready to complete your apprenticeship with.


Currently Unemployed?

If you are unemployed you can also apply for an apprenticeship. If you feel you need to develop your skills in Maths and English, or would like to speak to a careers/employability advisor, please contact us.

Email: CI.Apprenticeships@colchester.ac.uk
Tel: 01206 712043

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.