Term Dates, Term Times & Absence Reporting

BTEC Exam UpdateTerm Dates 2021-2022Academic Calendar 2021-2022Absence Reporting LineSnow and Severe Weather Information
According to current government advice, the BTEC exams scheduled for January/February 2022 are still due to take take place and we wish to take this opportunity to provide you with some useful information.
What you need to bring to the exam  

Photographic ID – your college student ID card, driving licence photo card or valid passport Ensure that you bring with you all equipment required/permitted for the exam:
  • Pens (black ink only; no gel or fountain pens)
  • Pencils for diagrams
  • Erasers
  • Mathematical equipment (especially calculators)
  • See-through pencil cases only
  • Face covering
If you need to bring bottled water all labels must be removed (no other drink is allowed).
If you are unable to attend  

You must not attend your exam if you have Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or have tested positive and are still required to self-isolate.

If you are unable to attend your exam then you must contact us so that we can advise you further and, if permissible within the regulations, contact the awarding organisation on your behalf to find out the next available assessment opportunity.

Our Exams Office can be contacted at: examsofficecolchester@colchester.ac.uk 
Keep checking your emails  

You will be sent details of the exact date, time and exam room nearer the time so please keep checking your College emails for any important updates.   We would like to take this opportunity to wish you a happy and healthy Christmas break, and good luck in your exams.


AutumnWednesday 1st September – Friday 22nd October 2021*

Half Term: Monday 25th October – Friday 29th October 2021

Monday 1st November – Friday 17th December 2021

SpringTuesday 4th January – Friday 11th February 2022*

Half Term: Monday 14th February – Friday 18th February 2022

Tuesday 22nd February – Friday 1st April 2022

SummerTuesday 19th April – Friday 1st July 2022

Please note there is no half-term break in the Summer Term

Please note that the College is closed on Bank Holidays.

*Learning and Teaching Development Days (non-student days): 3/9/21, 22/10/21 and 1/2/22

University Centre Colchester Term Dates 2021 – 2022:

Semester 1Registration and Induction: Friday 17th September 2021

Semester 1 start: Monday 20th September – Friday 14th January 2022

Reading Week: Monday 25th October – Friday 29th October 2021

Christmas Break: Monday 20th December – Friday 31st December 2021

Semester 1 restart: Assessment/Tutorials/Examinations:

Monday 3rd January – Friday 14th January 2022

Inter-Semester Break/Marking:

Monday 17th January – Friday 28th January 2022

Semester 2Semester 2 start: Monday 31st January – Friday 1st April 2022

Reading Week: Monday 14th February – Friday 18th February 2022

Easter Break: Monday 4th April – Friday 15th April 2022

Semester 2 restart: Monday 19th April – Friday 27th May 2022

Assessment/Tutorials/Examinations: Monday 16th May – Friday 27th May 2022

Academic Calendar

Academic Calendar

Absences can be reported using our new online reporting form. Simply click on the button below and enter your details.
Please try to ensure that you make your report your before 9am on the day of your absence.
Please note: Students need to notify their tutor directly for lateness notifications.

Absence Line – Online Reporting
Other Enquiries

The gates for the College Campuses are opened from 6am, with classrooms and facilities opening at their stated times.

For information on Library Opening Times please click here.

Reception and Switchboard

Reception and Switchboard: 8.30am – 6.30pm Monday – Thursday and 8.30am – 4.30pm Friday term-time and 8.30am – 5.00pm Monday – Thursday and 8.30am – 4.30pm Friday non term-time

Course enquiry Line: 8.30am – 5.00pm Monday – Thursday and 8.30pm – 4.30pm Friday all year.

To search for a number, please use our Telephone Directory.

In the event of Severe Weather Conditions.

The Snow Closure Process

As part of our Bad Weather Communication Process Senior Managers will review the position as early as possible if we are considering a closure.  The official decision to close is ultimately taken by our Principal and Vice-Principals.

Our campuses will only be closed if one or more of the following conditions apply:

  • Insufficient first aid trained and fully qualified staff are able to travel in and ensure the safe running of the campus.
  • Conditions on site are considered too dangerous for the safety of students and staff.
  • Conditions are considered to be, or are expected to become too hazardous to travel later in the day.

If any of our sites are to close, a decision will be made by 6:45am and the following will apply:

  • Pop-up information will display on the college website and updates will be posted on social media using Facebook and Twitter. Please check for updates before starting your journey to college
  • A message will be placed on the main telephone switchboard informing of the decision to close any of our campuses. (01206 712000)

Use of social media (Facebook and Twitter)

The official Colchester Institute Facebook and Twitter social media accounts will post announcements and updates as necessary. An automated response will be scheduled to answer any private messages regarding snow closure.