Further Education Applications & Admissions
Further Education Admissions
Our FE Admissions Team are here to help you choose the right course and guide you through your journey from enquiry to application to enrolment. We’re available throughout the year and you don’t need to make an appointment to see us.
FAO FE Admissions
SOUTH ESSEX COLLEGE
- 08:30 – 17:00 Monday to Thursday
- 08:30 – 16:30 Friday
Times and availability may vary due to internal/external events. In this instance, the team will respond to your enquiry within two working days.
How to apply
Online, in person, by post.
The easiest way to do this is online. Find your course using the course finder. On your course page you will be able to find out everything the course has to offer and you can make an application by clicking the 'Apply' button.
At the time of applying, identify your first choice, which should be the course you are most passionate about. You will also be given the opportunity to identify your second choice on the application form.
You will be invited in for an interview for your first choice, however there will be representatives from other teaching areas available on the night should you wish to change your mind. This does not apply to all Evening & Weekend courses. For Apprenticeship programmes please refer to the Department Of Apprenticeships And Subcontracting. If you are taking A-Levels you will select your three subject options at your interview event.
You can also apply in person at our open events, by popping in to any of our sites and visiting our course advice kiosk, by post using a paper form found at the back of our prospectus or by contacting us on 0345 52 12345.
Once your application has been received, the Admissions team will be in touch within two weeks in order to take you through to the next stage of the application.
Important informationThe FE ‘on time’ application deadline is 31 May. By meeting the on time application deadline we guarantee, where appropriate, an invitation to an interview or assessment event. This does not guarantee a place on the course. Applications received after this deadline will be considered and you will be invited to the College’s main enrolment sessions where places are offered on a first come, first served basis.
Not sure what course is right for you?
Our friendly knowledgeable advisers are on hand to help you make a choice with information on available courses and your study options.
Once you have submitted your application, our advisers will contact you within two weeks to take you through to the next stage of the application.
For the majority of our courses you will be asked to attend an interview event.
An interview event is where you will be invited to meet with one of the course tutors in a group setting. This is a great chance to ask questions, give us an idea of why you want do the course and what plans you have for after you finish your studies. There will be time set aside for you to speak with a course tutor, one-to-one, and ask any questions you may have. If you decide the course is not for you there will be other departments there on the night and advisers to help you with your course choice. You can find out more information on interviews here.
Some performing arts applicants may be required to attend an audition outside of the main 16-18 interview events.
If you have applied for an adult course then you may be asked to attend an interview and to complete an assessment. An adult assessment is where you complete a short English and maths assessment to determine if you are working towards the correct level for your course.
In special circumstances, we may ask you to partake in an interview over the phone or via skype. Please note: Interviews do not take place in the summer months. Where an application has been made after 31 May, an interview cannot be guaranteed and you will be invited to our drop-in sessions at enrolment.
Have you received an offer?
Once you receive your offer you’re nearly there. All you have to do is wait for your enrolment details which will be sent to you nearer the start of the course. This will confirm how, when and where to enrol for your course. Don’t worry if you don’t meet the conditions of your offer, our supportive network of staff will be on hand to provide guidance and talk you through your options.
When does enrolment start?
If you are 16-18 and have been made an offer by 31 May you will be invited to pre-enrol at the beginning of July. Don’t worry if you can’t make it, or you haven’t had an offer as you will have another opportunity to enrol during our main enrolment period starting on GCSE results day in August.
If you are 19+, and have already applied for a course starting in September, you will be invited to enrol between end of August and beginning of September. Adults are invited to pre-enrol alongside 16-18s. Courses starting within the academic year will be allocated specific enrolment dates just before the start of the course.