Thurrock Campus

Located just outside of Grays, our Thurrock Campus offers courses in business, catering, childcare, construction, engineering, games development, ICT, sports and retail alongside specialist training facilities for beauty therapy, hairdressing and theatrical make-up.

In September 2014, we move to a stunning new campus in the heart of Grays town centre.

What's more, we have fantastic links with The Backstage Centre in Purfleet, where we deliver our level three course in Production Arts.

Through our links with the Logistics Academy East of England, we have a purpose-built forklift truck training centre on campus and a purpose-built business centre sponsored by Vopak. Our National Skills Academy for Retail Hub is based at our Thurrock Learning Campus satellite site. There is also an on-campus restaurant, staffed by our catering students, which is open to the public and which offers students the opportunity to learn catering and front-of-house roles in a real work environment. In addition, you will have access to comprehensive sports facilities, including a fully-equipped gymnasium and a sports hall. Free parking is also available.

The Backstage Centre, Purfleet

The Backstage Centre is situated in Purfleet in a new cultural industries business zone, High House Production Park.

Designed and specified 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 the South Essex College have the opportunity to work in roles including sound engineers, lighting designers and runners when professional companies hire the building.

Getting There

The Thurrock Campus is set in a 60-acre green field site in Grays, Thurrock, and is within easy reach of the M25 and all major routes in and out of Essex. We also run courses at our Thurrock Learning Campus (TLC) in Grays High Street.


Thurrock is served by the c2c railway line which runs from Fenchurch Street to Grays Station on the Tilbury loop. London can be reached within 50 minutes. There is also a link to the Lakeside Shopping Centre at Chafford Hundred.

Rail Map for all Campuses


Thurrock Campus is a short bus journey away from the train station and Arriva, Ensign and First National buses all serve the College.

Bus Route Map for Thurrock


Free on-site parking is available at Thurrock Campus.

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GraysEssex RM16 2YR
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Please see our full list of courses running for School Leavers from September 2014

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