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Welcome to South Essex College


Whether you're interested in A-levels and a traditional academic route into university, or a more vocational route through BTEC courses or Apprenticeships, you can expect a quality further education experience that will give you real options for your future.

About us

You will achieve…
Our pass rates speak for themselves. In 2014 our A-level students achieved a 98% overall pass rate and 100% pass rate in 15 A-level subject areas. Our students have gone on to study at Cambridge University, Oxford University and world-renowned specialist colleges such as Goldsmiths and the University of London.
 
We’re easy to get to…
Whether you travel to College by car or by public transport, our three main campuses are all within easy reach. 
 
We treat you like an adult…
You are in charge of your own destiny now and South Essex College will take you to the next level. 
 
You’ll have fun…
Our vibrant College social scene means you will make new friends and get involved in a whole range of exciting events.
 
You’ll get career-focused education…
We will make sure that you are given an education that is relevant to the needs of your chosen industry. Through our partnership with recruitment giants REED NCFE, you will be ahead of the competition with exclusive access to local jobs.
 
You’ll get the best support…
Our student services team will give you support, advice and guidance throughout your studies. We believe we can help you succeed; so why not come to one of our open events where you can chat to tutors and see our excellent facilities up close.
 
You can also keep up to date with the latest College news via our website, Twitter and Facebook.

Facilities available

It’s an exciting time to be studying at South Essex College with a new facility in Southend and a brand new campus in Thurrock.
 
Basildon Campus 
The Basildon Campus offers a range of vocational courses set in realistic work environments. Courses include childcare, hairdressing, beauty therapy, motor vehicle, engineering, health and social care, public services and sport. Our trainee hairdressing salons are Wella Centres of Excellence, which means Wella recognise that we offer the highest level of training and links with industry. Our animal science students can get to grips with a variety of animals at the animal management centre. Sports facilities include a fivea-side football pitch, basketball, netball, badminton and squash courts plus a fully equipped gym. There is also a greenhouse for science students. Free parking is available at the campus.
 
 
Thurrock Campus
These brand new £45 million buildings offer you cutting-edge services including fine dining restaurant, Waves. There are specialist workshop and studio spaces linked to courses for construction, engineering, media and creative arts, in addition to facilities for logistics, childcare, health & social care and IT courses. The campus’s state-of-the–art hairdressing and beauty therapy salons are open to the public and include a working spa complete with floatation tank.
 
The campus comprises two buildings: the West Building and the East Building. An outdoor seating area links the two buildings and there is a pleasant green area to the south. There is also an outdoor amphitheatre to showcase the College’s acting and musical talent.The car park is situated in the south-east corner with access from Sherfield Road, offering 70 car parking spaces, including three disabled spaces and a coach rop off point. A second car parking area with spaces for the disabled is situated to the south of the West Building.
 
 
Southend Campus
Located next to Southend Central station, our Southend Campus offers A-level courses and an impressive 
range of vocational subjects in realistic work environments using cutting-edge technology. Media students get access to a highdefinition television studio, radio studio, fully-equipped photographic studio with digital SLR cameras, dedicated art and design work spaces, performing arts studios and a journalism newsroom. Sound and music production students have access to Xtreme, our well-equipped off-site recording and rehearsal studio, which includes mixing, recording, rehearsal and sequencing facilities. 
 
Southend Campus also has science labs, an animal management centre, a sports lab and a 250 seat Performance Pod. There are over 2,000 PCs and plenty of Apple Mac computers to do everything from graphic design to film editing. We even have our own restaurant and coffee shop staffed by our catering students. Our Beauty Academy in Queens Road offers reasonably priced treatments to the public. Sports students will use our Wellstead Gardens sports facility which features a gym and playing fields. 
 
Students can get refreshed at Scoff and the Atrium Café on campus while there is a huge selection of shops, restaurants, leisure and entertainment venues right on your doorstep.
 
 
The Forum Southend-on-Sea
2013 saw the opening of The Forum Southend-on-Sea, a £27 million ultra-modern library and learning zone, which is located opposite our Southend Campus.The Forum houses a huge range of books and resources as well as over 100 new computers and wifi access for your laptop and mobile devices.
 
 
The Backstage Centre, Purfleet
The Backstage Centre is situated in Purfleet in a new cultural industries business zone, High House Production Park. Designed by experts in the theatre, music and live events industry, The Backstage Centre offers practical and extended training and rehearsals in a bespoke environment that allows full-scale venue-style training opportunities.
 
The centre is a dedicated meeting point for technicians, producers, creative teams and learners of all 
ages and at every stage of their careers, from world-renowned international artists to young people taking their first career steps. Students from South Essex College have the opportunity to work in roles including sound engineers, lighting designers and runners when professional companies hire the building.
 
 
Canvey Skills Campus
The Canvey Skills Campus is a brand new, state-of-the-art technical training centre. Located on the site of the former Castle View School, this outstanding facility provides further education, apprenticeships and adult learning for young people and adults who live on Canvey Island and the surrounding areas.

Additional support

Student Services
The College environment is probably going to feel different from what you were used to in school. At College, you are expected to manage your own time and schedule of work. However, guidance and support are always available from student services on a range of issues to help you settle in during your first few weeks so that you get the most out of your time at College. Our team offers a range of services for current and prospective students and can provide advice, support and guidance.
 
Course and career advice
Our expert student advisers are always happy to help you decide which course is right for you and can assist with a variety of other issues as well.
Whether it is course or career advice or even if you are thinking of continuing your studies elsewhere, we will help you reach informed decisions. Appointments can be made, alternatively there are drop in times available. Please be aware that certain times of the year are busier than others.
 
Counselling and support
If you need to speak to someone confidentially about any issues including pastoral support there is easy access to trained counsellors and specialist support groups and organisations.
 
Contact student services
You can contact student services if you need any information or guidance. Our offices are based by College reception at each main campus and are open on weekdays; please contact us for specific opening hours. For enquiries about the funds the College administer or for a funding assessment please come along to our funding drop ins which are held in the student services office at the three main campuses.

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact South Essex College directly.

Last updated date: 08 December 2016
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Key information

Venues

  • A: Thurrock Campus (Grays)
    • Address:
    • Grays
    • Grays
    • RM17 6TF
    • Telephone number:
    • Switchboard: 08455212345
    • Website:
    • www.southessex.ac.uk
    • Email address:
    • learning@southessex.ac.uk
    • More information:
    • September 2014 sees the grand unveiling of a new £45 million Thurrock Campus in Grays which will include restaurants, health facilities, shops and an advice centre. There will also be specialist workshop and studio spaces linked to courses for technology, media and creative arts, and facilities for art, design, logistics, engineering and IT courses.

      There will also be key areas available for public and community use. Hair and beauty salons, a restaurant and coffee shop will also be open to the public and are destined to breathe new life back into Grays.

      More information is available on our website »

  • B: Southend Campus (Luker Road)
    • Address:
    • South Essex College
    • Luker Road
    • Southend-on-Sea
    • SS1 1ND
    • Telephone number:
    • Switchboard: 08455212345
    • Website:
    • www.southessex.ac.uk
    • Email address:
    • learning@southessex.ac.uk
    • More information:
    • Located in the heart of Southend town centre and right next to Southend Central Station, our Southend Campus is where we offer our A-level courses and an impressive range of vocational subjects, backed up by realistic work environments and cutting-edge technology.

  • C: Southend Campus (Queens Road)
    • Address:
    • South Essex College
    • Queens Road
    • Southend-on-Sea
    • SS1 1LU
    • Telephone number:
    • Switchboard: 08455212345
    • Website:
    • www.southessex.ac.uk
    • Email address:
    • learning@southessex.ac.uk
    • More information:
    • Our Beauty Academy in Queens Road is a short walk away from our main Southend Campus and offers a professionally equipped beauty salon environment for skills training in hairdressing and beauty therapy, with competitively priced beauty services on offer for the general public.

  • D: Basildon Campus (Nethermayne)
    • Address:
    • Basildon (Nethermayne)
    • Essex
    • SS16 5NN
    • Telephone number:
    • Switchboard: 08455212345
    • Website:
    • www.southessex.ac.uk
    • Email address:
    • learning@southessex.ac.uk
    • More information:
    • Set in spacious and tranquil grounds just outside of Basildon town centre, our Basildon Campus specialises in realistic work environments for a range of vocational courses such as childcare, hairdressing, beauty therapy, motor vehicle engineering, health and social care, public services and sport.

  • E: Thurrock Campus (High House Production Park, Purfleet)
    • Address:
    • High House Production Park
    • Vellacott Close
    • Purfleet
    • RM19 1RJ
    • Telephone number:
    • Main: 01708892622
    • Website:
    • www.hhpp.org.uk
    • Email address:
    • claire.turner@highhouse.org.uk
    • More information:
    • High House is the collective name for a group of historic buildings in Purfleet, Thurrock, Essex, which was used as a farm for hundreds of years, with a Grade II listed house and barn, but with the addition of one of the best dovecotes (dove houses) in Southern England, which is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and notable for its nest box array. This property includes the house, coachman's cottage, chaise house, stable, granary, barn, workshop, cart sheds, dovecote, and inner and outer walled gardens. Known by many names in its past, the farm has been called Le Vineyards, because grape vines were grown on one of its south facing slopes. Its current name comes from the fact that it is a house 'High' on the hill, which commanded great views over the River Thames.