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Colchester Institute is a large provider of further and higher education based in the town of Colchester, and includes the Centre for Music and Performing Arts, Centre for Hospitality and Food Studies, and the Professional Training Centre. Higher Education courses are accredited by the University of Essex. Colchester Institute has its roots in the North East Essex Technical College. It widened to include degree level programmes in Music (through accreditation by the University of London), Hospitality & Catering and Art. In 1992 it joined with a number of colleges and "Anglia Higher Education College" to enable the latter to acquire university status as Anglia Polytechnic University (now Anglia Ruskin University). The other colleges in the Higher Education aspects of the "consortium" included City College Norwich, and the Norwich School of Art and Design. The "consortium" was dissolved in 2006 under a ratification programme proposed by the Higher Education Funding Council (England), and from that time Colchester Institute Higher Education awards were accredited by the University of Essex.
On 1 January 2010, Colchester Institute took over Braintree College. Although Colchester Institute owns and manages Braintree College, Braintree continues to operate under its own name, and has its own website.
The Colchester Campus is situated just outside Colchester’s old Roman walls; the town centre and the railway station are within walking distance.
The College at Braintree, Church Lane Campus
Colchester Institute’s newest campus (following the merger with Braintree College) offers students a range of vocational qualifications to meet the needs of employers in the Braintree and surrounding areas.
The College at Braintree, Cooper Drive Campus
The second campus in Braintree is located on the Springwood Industrial Estate on the outskirts of the town. Courses run here are Painting, Decorating and Bricklaying.
The College at Clacton, Church Road
The campus was completely refurbished in 2000 making it a modern, smart environment in which to study. In 2003, a new Construction Craft Centre opened, to provide specialist facilities for Plumbing and Electrical Installations.
The College at Clacton, Thomas Road
Opened in 2005-06, Thomas Road offers new teaching facilities to the area. With newly furbished and extended workshops and salons, the Thomas Road Campus is adjacent to Clacton Coastal Academy, town campus and provides Auto Engineering, Brickwork, Carpentry and Joinery, Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy courses.
Colchester Institute, Witham Campus
The Services to Business team, situated at the Witham Campus in Freebournes Court offers a wide range of business services and flexible training opportunities and work with local employers to meet their workforce training requirements.
Art, Design and Media at the Minories
This campus became part of the Colchester Institute family in 2008 and houses postgraduate Art and Design students. The facility also contains an art gallery and the Love Bistro.
The Engineering Training Centre at Colchester
Located in Stanway, this specialist engineering facility uses the very latest in engineering technology.
The Learning Centre at Colchester
Located on St Nicholas Street, this centre offers courses specialising in English, IT and maths, under the provision of learndirect. The Learning Centre is part of the Colchester Learning Shop which is an information point to members of the public seeking general information and advice on courses, careers and other academic issues.
The Learning Shop at Dovercourt
The online courses offered in maths, English and IT are designed to meet the needs of the individual. Members of the public can also receive general information and advice on careers, courses and other academic issues.
Colchester Institute has many departments covering a variety of subjects:
- Art, Design and Media
- Business and Management
- Computing and Administration
- Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy
- Health and Care
- Hospitality and Food Studies
- Music and Performing Arts
- Widening Participation
Colchester Institute has over 10,500 students and runs over 120 full-time courses.
- Brian Eno - Musician
- Steve Groves - Winner of Masterchef: The Professionals 2009
- Jamie Rickers - GMTV presenter.
- Bob Russell - MP for Colchester