Your Next Steps | Interview, Enrolment and Welcome Day Information

Information surrounding post-GCSE results advice and enrolment will be regularly communicated, as well as being updated and displayed on this page where applicable. Please use the menu below to find the information you need.

Key DatesWhat happens after I apply?Resources and Activities to prepare for CollegeWelcome and Induction DaysExam Results DaysCollecting your exam resultsEnrolment InformationReturning StudentsYour First DayTerm Times

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.

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Colchester Institute information: Suggested resources and activities to help students prepare for College.

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Applied Sciencep4
Art & Designp5
Brickworkp7
Businessp8
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Childcarep10
Computingp11
Digital Mediap12
Electrical Installationsp13
Engineering – Electronicp14
Engineering – Fabrication & Weldingp15
Engineering – Mechanical & Electrical Maintenancep16
Engineering – Mechanical Manufacturingp17
Forensic and Criminal Investigationp18
Health & Social Carep19
Literacy and Numeracyp20
Motor Vehicle Servicesp21
Multi Skillsp22
Music Technologyp23
Painting and Decoratingp24
Performing Artsp25
Plumbingp27
Professional and Popular Musicp28
Professional and Technical Constructionp29
Progression Studiesp31
Public Servicesp32
Salon Studiesp33
Skills for Enterprisep36
Sportp37
Steps 3p38
Steps 4p39
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Welcome and Induction Days

Cancellation of Welcome and Induction Days 2021

Please note that following the Government announcement about the delay in the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, and reviewing all the current data around the Delta variant, the College has taken the difficult decision to cancel the planned Welcome and Induction Days at the end of June.

This decision was not taken lightly, but we feel that these events are not in line with current guidance, and we want to do all that we can to protect staff and applicants from any added risks of contracting COVID -19.

Individual applicants will be emailed to confirm this decision, and we are now reviewing ways to provide applicants, and their parents/carers, with more help and information to support their transition to Colchester Institute.

As an alternative our teaching staff have put together welcome day packs with photos and information about the team, the courses, and the college environment, as well as useful information that you will need to know before  you enrol. For some areas, this will also give you details of any equipment, kit or uniform that you need to get in advance of starting. Please click the button below to see this information.

Exam results and Advice Days

One of the most exciting – and scary – days of all is when you receive your exam results.  This year is slightly different as results days for GCSE, AS, and A level and some vocational qualifications will now take place earlier than in previous years, with results issued in the week of Monday 9th August 2021. This will give extra time for any appeals to be assessed.

Normally students receive their GCSE results in mid to late August, but this year pupils will receive theirs on Thursday 12th August 2021.

For learners looking to study a qualification with an A-level pre-requisite with us, the results day for AS and A2 exams is on Tuesday 10th August 2021.

Current and Returning Students

Information about collecting exam results is currently being finalised and will be communicated in due course. It is important to keep regularly checking your emails for the latest information!

What happens next?

Fingers crossed that all your hard work will have resulted in great results, but if your GCSE or A-level results do not meet the entry requirements or you are still unsure please don’t panic!

Dates for our August Advice Days are currently being finalised and the information in the Advice Day section will be regularly updated with what you need to do next. Once these are confirmed information will be accessible from this page.

Please choose a button below appropriate to the awarding body for your qualification.

If you don’t see your awarding body listed here, don’t worry – details with regards to all other awarding bodies/qualifications will follow shortly. Please visit this page regularly for new and updated information.

Please be aware that all student emails have been migrated to Office 365. This means you will now need to use the following web address to access your college email (https://outlook.office365.com/mail).

If you are looking to setup your college email on your mobile device, then you will now need to choose the “Office 365” account option rather than “Exchange” option and follow the steps given from there.

If you need support accessing your account or if you have forgotten your password please contact the ILT Service Desk via the ILT service desk portal.

GCSE English and Maths

Results: – Thursday 12 August 2021

You will receive confirmation of your result(s) via email to your Colchester Institute email account by 12 noon at the latest on the above date.

Please DO NOT attend your college campus; either Colchester or Braintree, on results day to collect in person.

Certificates

Certificates for your GCSE English and/or Maths qualifications are usually received from the awarding body by the end of November. When the certificates are received by the Exams team, we will send further communication to students regarding collection/distribution.

BTEC Level 3 Qualifications

Results: – Tuesday 10 August 2021

You will receive confirmation of your result via email to your Colchester Institute email account by 12 noon at the latest on the above date.

Please DO NOT attend your college campus; either Colchester or Braintree, on results day to collect in person.

Certificates – When the certificates are received by the exams team we will send further communication to students regarding collection/distribution.

BTEC Level 1 and 2 Qualifications

Results: – Thursday 12 August 2021

You will receive confirmation of your result via email to your Colchester Institute email account by 12 noon at the latest on the above date.

Please DO NOT attend your college campus; either Colchester or Braintree, on results day to collect in person.

Certificates – When the certificates are received by the exams team we will send further communication to students regarding collection/distribution.

UAL Level 3 Qualifications

Results – Tuesday 10 August 2021

You will receive confirmation of your overall grade via email to your Colchester Institute email account by 12 noon at the latest on the above date.

Please DO NOT attend your college campus; either Colchester or Braintree, on results day to collect in person.

Students who have reached the mid-point of a two-year course, such as a Level 3 Extended Diploma, will not be awarded a qualification this year. Their mid-point grades will be confirmed with centres and banked to support progression for those students.

Certificates – When the certificates are received by the exams team we will send further communication to students regarding collection/distribution.

UAL Level 2 Qualifications

Results – Thursday 12 August 2021

You will receive confirmation of your overall grade via email to your Colchester Institute email account by 12 noon at the latest on the above date.

Please DO NOT attend your college campus; either Colchester or Braintree, on results day to collect in person.

Certificates – When the certificates are received by the exams team we will send further communication to students regarding collection/distribution.

OCR Level 2 Technical Qualifications

Results – Thursday 12 August 2021

You will receive confirmation of your overall grade via email to your Colchester Institute email account by 12 noon at the latest on the above date.

Please DO NOT attend your college campus; either Colchester or Braintree, on results day to collect in person.

Certificates – When the certificates are received by the exams team we will send further communication to students regarding collection/distribution.

NCFE-CACHE Qualifications

Results: Will be received during the period July to September

We will process results and certificates when we receive them and post them out to you.  Please ensure you have notified us if you have changed your address since finishing your course. If you need to advise us of a change please email examsofficecolchester@colchester.ac.uk asap.

Please DO NOT attend your college campus; either Colchester or Braintree, on results day to collect in person.

Certificates – When the certificates are received by the exams team we will send further communication to students regarding collection/distribution.

IMI Motor Vehicle Qualifications

Results: Date tbc

We are currently awaiting on the Awarding Body to confirm the results for all students and have asked for confirmation of the timescale. We will update this page when we receive further information

Please DO NOT attend your college campus; either Colchester or Braintree, on results day to collect in person.

Certificates – When the certificates are received by the exams team we will send further communication to students regarding collection/distribution.

City & Guilds Qualifications

Level 3 Technical Qualifications ONLY

Level 3 Engineering (1145) & Level 3 Electrical Installation (8202)

Results: Tuesday 10 August

You will receive confirmation of your overall grade via email to your Colchester Institute email account by 12 noon at the latest on the above date.

Please DO NOT attend your college campus; either Colchester or Braintree, on results day to collect in person.

ALL OTHER CITY AND GUILDS VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

Results: Will be received during the period July – September

We will process results and certificates when we receive them and post them out to you.  Please ensure you have notified us if you have changed your address since finishing your course. If you need to advise us of a change please email examsofficecolchester@colchester.ac.uk asap.

Please DO NOT attend your college campus; either Colchester or Braintree, on results day to collect in person.

Certificates – When the certificates are received by the exams team we will send further communication to students regarding collection/distribution.

Exam Result Appeals

Once you have received your results, if you believe an error has been made in determining your grade you can submit an appeal using the form below within 5 days of receiving your result to ensure we meet awarding body deadlines, please do not contact your tutor directly. Once received we will then review: –

  • If an administrative error has been made eg we submitted an incorrect grade or used an incorrect assessment mark when determining your grade.
  • Did not apply a procedure correctly, eg following our centre policy, internal quality assurance, did not take account of access arrangements or mitigating circumstances, such as illness.

Please make sure that you read the useful guidance produced by JCQ via the link below, to better understand what you can and cannot query:

JCQ-Guidance-for-Students-and-Parents-on-Summer-2021.pdf

To make an enquiry about your result you will need to complete an Exam Result Query Form – 2021.

This form will be available immediately prior to results day.

Please note that this must be completed within five days of receiving your results to ensure that we meet any deadlines set by the Awarding Body.

Priority will be given to appeals for students applying to higher education who did not attain their Firm choice and wish to appeal the Level 3 qualification.

Exam Certificate Distribution

After the majority of results have been received during the Summer, it is our aim to collate all certificates that we hold for individual students and then either send via the post or to invite students on to Campus to collect.

Please ensure you have notified us if you have changed your address since finishing your course. If you need to advise us of a change please email examsofficecolchester@colchester.ac.uk asap.

Please keep checking your emails over the next few weeks as we will communicate the process to you if collection is required. This page is also regularly updated and holds the most current Certificate collection information.

Enrolment Information 2021

Colchester Institute use an enrolment system which is completed online, and new students can do this from home, or even on holiday. New applicants will need access to the internet and evidence of their exam results, including those from previous years.

All communications regarding enrolment are sent to the email address used throughout the application process. It is essential that all applicants are able to access their emails easily, and that they are checking them regularly.

We know that enrolment can be an anxious time for some, and there will be staff from our admissions team on hand to help throughout, either by phone on 01206 712777, email at admissions@colchester.ac.uk or our online chat function. We don’t close over the summer.

Guidance videos will be available to view ready for GCSE results day on Thursday 12th August 2021.

If you are currently studying with us and wishing to progress to the next level, then you do not need to apply again.

All course areas hold end of year Progress Boards in June / July, this is a process where the course teams meet and discuss each student and make decisions on whether or not they will be supported to progress to the next level.

For students who are supported to progress, they will be sent information by email inviting them to complete their re-enrolment on-line to the next level of study. In some course areas there may be conditions which relate to students achieving exams results, including GCSE English and / or Maths where these are being taken, in line with published entry criteria.

Online Re-enrolment for returning and progressing students

If a student is not supported to progress, they will be informed of this decision by letter, sent via email to their college email address. It is the responsibility of all students to check their college email accounts, and to ensure that the College has up to date email contact information of their parent / carer / next of kin.

For students who are not supported to progress, and they were born on or after 1st September 2002, these decisions will be copied to their parent / carer, sent to the to the Next of Kin email address recorded on the college management information system.

Guidance on Progress Boards is included in the Full Time Further Education Admissions Policy which can be found here:

If you have now successfully enrolled on your new programme, or you returning to a higher level, then we are really excited to see you starting at Colchester Institute in September.

Please read the following information to help you to prepare to start the new academic year.

Your first day at College

Confirmation of a new student’s first day at college will be notified to them by email, along with any required kit or equipment needed, after their enrolment has been completed. Term starts on Wednesday 1st September, but not all students will start on this day.

Thank you for reading this, please keep checking your emails for your First Day information, and we really look forward to seeing you on campus very soon.

Our term starts on Wednesday 1st September 2021.

2021-2022 Term Dates

 

TermDate
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:

SemesterDate
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

More detailed term dates and our academic calendar can be found here.