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Welcome to Colchester Institute


There’s never been a better time to study at Colchester Institute! Our success rates on Further Education courses improved for the third year in a row in Summer 2013. At the same time, for our degree programmes, we were awarded the rare “Commended” for the quality of learning opportunities in our external “Quality Assurance Agency” Review!

Our talented teaching staff have been noted for their impressive current and recent  industrial  experience and professional skills and they share these successfully with their students. Many of our vocational learning facilities are world-class and mirror current industry standards. We take great pride in the support we provide to students, whether it is to help them in their studies or with practical things like travel, accommodation or their wellbeing. As well as providing students with the vocational skills and knowledge that they need, we work to improve English and Maths and develop other skills which are highly valued by employers and other education providers.

With improvements to our buildings, IT and other services taking place all the time, and developments to our curriculum to meet current and future employer and industry needs, we are constantly taking our students and their learning to new, exciting levels.  In their “downtime” our students enjoy time spent in our excellent range of cafes and common room areas, or taking part in some of the many activities that are provided by the College and the Students’ Union!

We offer learning in eleven locations across Colchester, Clacton, Braintree, Witham and Harwich and at levels from Entry to Postgraduate. Whether you’re just leaving school, leaving sixth form or returning to learning a little later in life; whether you are seeking full or part time study, an Apprenticeship, a degree or a short course, we’re sure there’ll be something for you –  which will take you successfully on to your next step in education or work.

About us

The Board discharges its responsibility for setting the strategic direction of Colchester Institute by agreeing the Vision and Mission statements and the College’s Strategic Plan.

All these statements are reviewed and updated regularly to reflect the developing needs of students and the changing educational and training requirements of the community. The current Strategic Plan, “Building Brighter Futures Together” covers the time frame 2014 -2017 and is supported by an annual action plan.

Our Vision

For Colchester Institute to be widely acclaimed as an outstanding provider of highly responsive, top quality vocational education and training; raising aspirations and building brighter futures for its students and the communities it serves.

Our Mission

To continue to develop a learning culture that is inclusive and aspirational and which focuses on assuring the best possible outcomes for every student. This means successful achievement of qualifications, progression to the highest possible level of study and a positive destination for every College leaver.

Our Values
  • We place the success and wellbeing of students and an outstanding student experience at the heart of our choices, decisions and priorities.
  • We have high expectations of ourselves, our students and our partners and aim for excellence in all aspects of our work.
  • We value and recognise the skills and significant contribution made by all our staff, in achieving our goals.
  • We respect each other, promote equality, celebrate diversity  and  break down barriers to success.
  • We are responsive, and adapt our provision to meet the needs of our students, the local economy and local and national priorities for skills development.
  • We act responsibly, with honesty, integrity and openness, safeguarding the future health and success of our organisation.

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Colchester Institute directly.

Last updated date: 01 March 2016

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