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Further and Higher education in the Historical town of Colchester

Colchester Institute

Colchester Institute is a college of further and higher education, situated in the historical town of Colchester. The campus is within easy walking distance of both the town centre and railway station, with London under an hour away by train.

There are around 10, 500 students registered at Colchester Institute, with over 1, 300 studying Higher Education programmes. The student population is diverse and increasingly popular with international students. Every year the College welcomes students from many different countries, and this year Albania, Estonia, China, Hong Kong, Mauritius, Taiwan and Uzbekistan are just some of countries represented.

The campus is large with modern buildings and facilities including a well equipped gym, hair and beauty salons, a student shop, refectories and restaurants. Specialist teaching areas and small class sizes provide a friendly and supportive learning environment.

Students at Colchester Institute benefit from extensive services including: learning support; a resource centre; childcare facilities; gym facilities; specialist workshops and almost 800 computers with free Internet access. The College also offers a well resourced library with over 100, 000 items including books, videos, records, compact discs and DVDs, music scores and CD-Rom. There are also over 500 journal titles available such as the Hospitality Review and the Grocer, as well as materials to assist students with their research.

Historic Colchester

Colchester is Britain's oldest recorded town and a great town in which to live, work and study. Colchester combines ancient and modern with its Norman castle and museums, alongside excellent shopping facilities, clubs, pubs and restaurants, a multi-screen cinema and multi-million pound sports and leisure complex. The Leisure World complex offers fitness and leisure pools, squash courts, a gym and much more including Aqua Springs, a Mediterranean themed sauna and spa.

The town centre has a lot to offer for evening entertainment: a lively network of arts venues, including 'The Arts Centre' and 'The Sound House'; the Hippodrome and Route nightclubs; and a growing number of restaurants and bars. The nearby Mercury Theatre holds an array of productions all year round.

Colchester has a large student population as the University of Essex, with approximately 9, 000 students, is located on the outskirts of town. Colchester Institute has over 10, 500 students across 2 campuses.

Choice - There's a Course for You

Colchester Institute has a wide range of full-time and part-time courses which provide students with the opportunity to exercise and develop a range of employment-related skills appropriate to the modern world of work. Further education courses are mainly vocational and are taken by students after compulsory school age (usually 16 years of age). Higher education courses are taken by students from 18 years of age, usually after completing a two year further education course such as A Levels, BTEC National Diplomas, or equivalents.

Subject areas currently studied by International students at FE and HE level include:
  • Computing and Administration
  • Business and Management
  • Music and Performing Arts
  • Art, Design and Media
  • Hospitality and Food Studies
  • Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy
  • Engineering

Foundation degrees

are higher education qualifications that include work-based learning alongside college-based learning. Foundation degrees enable students to start their chosen career with good job prospects and provide the necessary qualification to complete an honours degree with a further year of study.

Foundation degrees and Honours degrees are available at Colchester Institute in the following vocational areas:
  • Art and Design
  • Music (including Foundation degrees in Music Theatre and Popular Music)
  • Management (including Business Management, Sport Management, Hospitality Management and Tourism Management)
  • Computing
  • Health and Care (including Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy)
  • Childcare
  • Engineering
  • Construction

For more information on individual courses offered, please visit Colchester Institute's website: /courses

English as a Foreign Language

For many years, Colchester Institute has achieved excellent results in teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) to students from all over the world. We have courses throughout the academic year and there are six different points during the year at which students can enrol. There is also an EFL summer school which runs in July and August.

In addition to general English classes, which are offered at six different levels, students can attend a range of option classes which include; Business English, Cambridge Exam Preparation, Information Technology and Pronunciation.

Colchester Institute has a busy social programme for international students which includes excursions, parties and sports.


Colchester Institute has limited college accommodation. However, our Student Accommodation Adviser can offer a comprehensive choice of private accommodation including rented housing, house shares, or full-board and self-catering with host families. Host families can provide full board accommodation where students live as part of the family. Self-catering families allow students to cater for themselves and provide use of the kitchen and laundry facilities.

Applying to Colchester Institute

Our International Admissions Officer is your first point of contact. She will ensure your application proceeds smoothly and work with the course tutor to ensure you choose the best programme of study. To get further information or ask any questions, please

e-mail or telephone the Course Enquiry Line on +44 (0)1206 518777.

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Colchester Institute, Sheepen Road, Colchester, Essex, C03 3LL

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