What happens after I apply?
Once your application has been submitted our admissions team will complete some data checks including checking that you meet the published entry criteria for your chosen subject.
For most programmes you will then receive an email inviting you to log back into your account to book your interview. If you have applied for Music, Performing Arts or an Art related subject we will email you with a date and for an audition or portfolio review.
Please check your emails as all communication will be sent by this method.
What Happens at my interview?
You will be here between 1-2 hours depending on the programme you have chosen. (2-3 hours for performing arts) You will normally have a presentation or talk to from a member of staff, telling you more about the programme, followed by an individual interview for about 5/10 minutes.
If you are having an audition or portfolio review, more information will be given in your email.
How will I know if have been offered a place?
Offers will be subject to meeting the entry requirements of the programme, as published.
Once you have attended an interview / audition we will email you to let you know if you have an offer. Offers will be subject to you meeting the published entry requirements of the chosen programme.
If you are not offered a place on your chosen programme, we will do our best to support you in finding an appropriate alternative.
It is very important that you attend your interview on the date and time that you have been booked in for. If you are unable to attend your interview date, you must inform a member of our admissions team so that they can rearrange your interview. If you do not let us know that you will not be attending your interview, your application may be withdrawn. Our interviews are on set dates at set times so your interview will be rearranged for the next available time slot, this may not be for 1 or 2 months.
Please let us know that you will not be attending by either:
1. Calling us on 01206 712777
2. Sending an email to your admissions officer (their email address will be on the email you received inviting you to your interview)
3. Fill in the interview non-attendance response form below
Welcome and Induction Days
In early July we are pleased to invite everyone who has been made an offer on a full time study programme, to come in and take part in a Welcome and Induction Day.
Welcome and Induction Days are a very important part of the application and enrolment process, they provide incoming students with a range of experiences that will help you confirm your choice to come and study at Colchester Institute. The days, which can last between 3 – 6 hours depending on the programme area, give you the opportunity to try out the subject you have chosen and get a feel for what is expected of you. During the day you will meet the teaching staff, start to make new friends and get used to the College surroundings.
You will come away from the day with information about your next steps and with your enrolment form ready to be completed and brought in after GCSE results.
It is really important that you come, and the dates for different areas and campuses are published below. You will receive a letter to confirm your exact time, but save the date in your diary now.
If you have any questions or would prefer to speak to one of our Customer Services Team please telephone: (01206) 712000.
Information for Parents / Carers
The other important aspect of the welcome and induction activities is that parent(s) and carers are invited in to a parent information session. There will be a presentation on the college expectations and frequently asked questions given by members of the Senior Team, and other managers will be around to talk to you to answer any questions that you might have, including those that your sons or daughters forgot to ask themselves during the day!
At these events you will be able to get information on financial support, transport options and additional learning support and to understand the next steps through GCSE results to enrolment to help you support your son or daughter’s transition to College.
Please have your letter available for reference and complete the form below if you are unable to attend your welcome day.
Exam results and Advice Days
One of the most exciting – and scary – days of all is when you will open the envelope containing your exam results! For GCSEs this will be on Thursday 22nd August 2019, and for AS and A2 exams it is a week earlier on Thursday 15th August 2019.
Fingers crossed that all your hard work will have resulted in great results, but if you are disappointed then don’t forget that we have GCSE advice and enrolment events at all of our main campuses in Colchester, Braintree and Clacton where staff are on hand to talk to you about your options.
If your GCSE results do not meet the entry requirements or you are still unsure please don’t panic! Come along to one of our August Advice Days and talk to our course tutors and careers staff about your options.
As soon as those exam results are in we start the enrolment process. You will be given information about your enrolment at your Welcome and Induction Day, but you can confirm the exact date now by looking at the dates below.
Enrolment will take place on a specified day between the 21st August and 1st September– This is the point that the student confirms and reserves their place on their course and these dates are not negotiable. please avoid taking your summer holiday between these dates as we cannot guarantee your place on your course if you do not attend your enrolment day!
Wherever possible, details of their individual enrolment date will be provided at your son or daughter’s Welcome and Induction Day. If this isn’t possible these will be confirmed by letter soon after.
What if my son or daughter cannot make their enrolment date?
Enrolment dates are not negotiable but in exceptional cases you must let us know in advance if they cannot attend by phoning 01206 712777 or completing the form below.
Enrolment Day Nonattendance Form
Please use the form below if you are unable to attend the enrolment day.
We cannot guarantee that your son or daughter’s place on their course will be held if they do not attend on their original enrolment date, without letting us know and agreeing alternative arrangements.
First Day of your new programme
Our term starts on Wednesday 4th September 2019.
Not all programmes will start on the Monday and you will be given details of your first day at enrolment.
2019-2020 Term Dates
|Autumn||Wednesday 4th September – Friday 25th October 2019|
Half Term: Monday 28th October – Friday 1st November 2019
Monday 4th November – Friday 20th December 2019
|Spring||Monday 6th January – Friday 14th February 2020|
Half Term: Monday 17th February – Friday 21st February 2020
Monday 24th February – Friday 3rd April 2020
|Summer||Monday 20th April – Tuesday, 23rd June 2020|
*Please note that the College is closed on Bank Holidays and for Learning and Teaching Development Days (tbc)
More detailed term dates and our academic calendar can be found here.
Unfortunately we cannot confirm your timetable and / or days of attendance until you start on your programme in September.
So, there is a lot to do between now and September, don’t worry we will keep you informed about the stages as they come and go, but in the meantime of you need to check any dates or key facts keep an eye on our website. If you have any specific questions you can call our enquiry line on 01206 712777 and we will do our best to help you.