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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) ApplicationApplying for a Degree Level Course

***Online application for full-time courses and joint apprenticeships has now ended. We may still have spaces available on some of our programmes, see below for details of how to apply.***

In August, Advice Sessions will be available for those who have applied to start but wish to change their course choice, or are looking to start a full-time further education course with us in September 2022. These will take place from GCSE Results Day on Thursday 25th August 2022, at both our Colchester and Braintree campuses.

Advice Day dates and time slots will be published closer to the time and online bookings will open at 08:30am on Thursday 25th August. You can register your interest in attending an advice session using the link below. We will then email you once dates have been confirmed and bookings are open with sessions available to book.

Register an interest in attending an August Advice Day

I’m looking for an Apprenticeship – what are my options?

There are a number of options available to you at this stage of the application cycle. If you are interested in an Apprenticeship and have a contract offer of employment in place then please choose the option for your age from the below:

15 – 18 years old: Complete Our Late Application Form

19 years or older: Please click the ’19+ Years – How to Apply’ button located on each individual apprenticeship course page, where you will be taken to the application form.

What if I don’t have an employer?

If you do not have a contract offer of employment from an employer in place then there a number of options still available to you:

Apply for a live Apprenticeship Vacancy

We have apprenticeship vacancies available throughout the year in a variety of industries.

View our live vacancies

Join Our Talent Pool

All you have to do is complete and submit our Talent Pool application form, attend a pre-screening assessment/interview and be available when contacted. We will then send your details along with your profile to employers looking for an apprentice, inform you if you are selected and send your guidance to prepare you for interview.

Join our Talent Pool

Access to Apprenticeships – 6 month Functional Skills and Employability programme

Access to Apprenticeships – 6 month Functional Skills and Employability programme

This course is aimed at any prospective student who wishes to progress onto an apprenticeship, but does not meet the relevant entry criteria for a course, or needs to develop the necessary work based learning skills.

Maths and English can often be seen as a barrier to success on an apprenticeship, and this programme will see students working in a supportive environment to achieve Functional Skills to a level 2 standard (GCSE 4 equivalent).

Students must have a requirement to achieve English/maths at Level 2 and will work towards achieving a Functional skill in either/both English and maths. Applicants who have already achieved a 4(C) GCSE grade in both subjects will not be accepted onto the course.

Access to Apprenticeships – Find out more

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.

We have also prepared a step-by-step video guide – please view this video which will guide you through the application process.

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The Application window for full-time courses starting in September 2022 is open from October 1st 2021.

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 2022 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.

***Applications for Access courses starting in September 2022 are now open****

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.
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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.

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

To apply to study on a part-time course you will need to follow the appropriate part-time application process as shown on the individual course page.

Most of our part-time courses are available to apply online and applicants can apply directly from the course page on the website.

Short duration leisure and hobby courses such as arts, crafts and foreign languages are purchasable via our Online Store and do not require an application form to be submitted, and this will be made clear on the course page itself.

Most part-time courses will start in September, however they can start at various points during the year, and some smaller duration part-time courses will run more than once per academic 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.

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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.

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

***Full-time courses and joint apprenticeship applications are now closed.***

What are my options?

There are a number of options available to you at this stage of the application cycle. If you are interested in an Apprenticeship and have a contract offer of employment in place then please choose the option for your age from the below:

15 – 18 years old: Complete Our Late Application Form

19 years or older: Please click the ’19+ Years – How to Apply’ button located on each individual apprenticeship course page, where you will be taken to the application form.

  • Please use an email address which you will check regularly.
  • Make a note of your username and password – you will need these later on in the application process.
  • Once on our online application login page you will need to set up an account. Click ‘create an account’ to begin the application process.

What if I don’t have an employer?

If you do not have a contract offer of employment from an employer in place then there a number of options still available to you:

Apply for a live Apprenticeship Vacancy

We have apprenticeship vacancies available throughout the year in a variety of industries.

View our live vacancies

Join Our Talent Pool

All you have to do is complete and submit our Talent Pool application form, attend a pre-screening assessment/interview and be available when contacted. We will then send your details along with your profile to employers looking for an apprentice, inform you if you are selected and send your guidance to prepare you for interview.

Join our Talent Pool

Access to Apprenticeships – 6 month Functional Skills and Employability programme

Access to Apprenticeships – 6 month Functional Skills and Employability programme

This course is aimed at any prospective student who wishes to progress onto an apprenticeship, but does not meet the relevant entry criteria for a course, or needs to develop the necessary work based learning skills.

Maths and English can often be seen as a barrier to success on an apprenticeship, and this programme will see students working in a supportive environment to achieve Functional Skills to a level 2 standard (GCSE 4 equivalent).

Students must have a requirement to achieve English/maths at Level 2 and will work towards achieving a Functional skill in either/both English and maths. Applicants who have already achieved a 4(C) GCSE grade in both subjects will not be accepted onto the course.

Access to Apprenticeships – Find out more

Attend an Advice Day (15-18 Years old only)

Our August Advice Days will take place from GCSE Results Day on Thursday 25th August 2022, at both our Colchester and Braintree campuses. Apprenticeship advisers will be on hand to assist you with your options at this stage.

Advice Day dates and time slots will be published closer to the time and online bookings will open at 08:30am on Thursday 25th August. You can register your interest in attending an advice session using the link below. We will email you once dates are confirmed and bookings are open with sessions available to book.

Register an interest in attending an August Advice Day

If you are unsure about any of the above and would like to speak to our apprenticeships team directly then please contact us using the below:

01206 712043 – Applicant Enquiries or email:

ci.apprenticeships@colchester.ac.uk

Application Update – 16/08/2022

Assessments for those looking to start in September have now closed. The next assessment days will take place later on in the autumn term and these assessment days will be for for programmes starting in January 2023.

English Language Courses (EFL, ESOL & IELTS)

We currently offer English Language courses on either a 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 English Language courses here:

English Language Application Form

Students wishing to study a full-time undergraduate course should apply online to UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) at www.ucas.com.

Applications for part time undergraduate and postgraduate study are made directly to University Centre Colchester.