Study for a brighter future

Getting back into education can be a daunting task.

If you want to gain your first qualification, are looking for a job after a period of unemployment or planning to upgrade your current skillset, we are here to help you on your journey.

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We offer a wide range of ways to study:

Vocational and professional courses:

We offer a wide range of vocational courses that will set you on your journey to the career of your dreams. From accounting to hairdressing, we have the right course for you.

*See course listing for full details and eligibility.

iStudy Online Courses:

Access distance learning with our range of FREE* iStudy online courses.

A wide range of subjects easily accessible with an internet connection. Our distance learning courses take up to 12 weeks to complete and award a level 2 certificate.

*See course listing for full details and eligibility.

iLearn Courses:

South Essex College offers a range of FREE* iLearn courses for unemployed people to help them return to the workplace.

​The college's iLearn courses cover subjects such as accounting, childcare, health and social care, forklift, hospitality, office skills and security.

iLearn consists of a three-week programme that combines the college's IPrep course (skills for work) with the training and qualifications needed to start a career in your chosen industry. The courses are FREE* to those who are unemployed and in receipt of Universal Credit or similar benefits. It is also FREE to those who are working and earning under £16,009.50 per year.

*See course listing for full details and eligibility.

Access courses:

These are designed to get you back in to education and are a great stepping stone to university.

Degree Courses:

Higher Education – Degrees, HND, HNCs. Offering a pathway into careers such as teaching, counselling, interior design and much more…

English and maths:

If you don’t have a Grade C or Level 2 qualification in these subjects these courses are FREE.  


English for Speakers of Other Languages, English as a Foreign Language and The International English Language Testing System. These courses focus on the language you need to live, study and work in Britain.

From introductory and home learning courses, to work-based learning and vocational diplomas we can offer the advice and support you need. When you study with us you’ll get dedicated guidance from your tutors and our specialist support teams.

Support does not end with your current course; we also support you towards building your future. Our student services team are on hand to help you with nationwide university applications and job applications.