Applications and Enrolment 2023
Visit our Courses Still Available page and apply now for an immediate start.
Courses for School Leavers (16-18) and Adults (19+) are available at our Basildon, Thurrock and Southend City Colleges.
Take this amazing opportunity to enrol on a course at South Essex College Group. If you are looking to change your career or upskill we have places available to get you on the road to a bright future.
Apply online via email:
To apply for programmes on our Courses Still Available page first check you meet the entry requirements and then email or call our Admissions team with the course title you wish to apply for and your contact details.
Call: 0345 52 12345
Apply in person at one of our campuses:
You can also visit one of our campuses and speak to a member of staff who will help guide you through the process.
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Further Education Enrolment (aged 16-18 years)
Important: Enrolment on to a programme is subject to an offer being made and you achieving the programme's specific entry requirements. If this is the case you will have had an appointment time and date sent to you.
You will have received your appointment via the email address you used to register with when applying for the course. A copy would also have been sent to your next of kin. A printed letter and text message reminder have also been sent.
Entry requirements are stated on the course listings on the website. Additionally, if you have declared you have an Education, Health and Care Plan or complex additional support needs, the enrolment is conditional on South Essex College and your Local Authority agreeing appropriate support.
You will be sent an invitation with your allocated enrolment date and time. This will be sent to the email used on your application, by the end of July 2023.
Please ensure the email address and contact number you have provided on your application are correct and keep an eye on your junk folder just in case! You can check your application by logging in to your Applicant Portal
Applications for courses starting in September have now closed.
We have seen a significant increase in applications this year and many of our courses will become fully enrolled very quickly. We allocate you a place on a course based on your exam grades and your date of application. On some of our programmes numbers are limited and we are not always able to increase group sizes in classrooms or workshops.
If you cannot make your appointment, please let us know as soon as you can so that we can offer you an alternative. If you do not attend you do run the risk of not being able to enrol onto your first choice study programme.
We will be creating reserve lists should you not be able to enrol on your first choice programme and there will be staff at every College to offer information, advice and guidance throughout the Summer and enrolment.
There is no need to worry, we offer a range of courses and levels which will enable you to achieve your education and career goals. Academic staff at Stage 1 of your enrolment will work with you to find a suitable course depending on your grades and other factors.
To avoid this happening, please ensure the email address and contact number you have provided is correct. Keep an eye on your junk folder just in case! You can check your application by logging in to your Applicant Portal
Your timetable will be given to you by the academic teams during induction week, between Monday 4 September and Friday 8 September.
We’ll have friendly staff around to help you get to where you need to be and lots of directional signage will be in operation throughout the college.
There will be a range of options for you which will depend on the course you have completed. This could be continuing your study with us at a more advanced level for example, progressing to a Level 2 qualification after completing a Level 1 programme, or it could mean progression to one of our Higher Education courses such as a HNC or a degree.
We pride ourselves on providing high quality support to our learners with a wide range of additional learning support needs, helping individuals to participate fully in college life. If you have disclosed special educational needs or a disability on your application, our friendly and supportive Additional Learning Support team will be in contact with you to discuss your needs.
Contacting the Additional Learning Support team
For more information about Additional Learning Support and how to contact the team, please visit our Additional Learning Support webpage
If you are a young carer, known to social care, living independently, require counselling or need general pastoral support, the Safeguarding team and wider Student Services team have staff members who can work closely with you.
Contacting the Wellbeing & Safeguarding team
For more information about Safeguarding and how to contact the team, please visit our Safeguarding webpage
Yes, you can change your course choice before, during or after enrolment, as long as there are still spaces available on the alternative course. If you start on the course and decide it’s not for you, your tutor and our Careers team will be able to provide you with support and guidance. We also host a Swap Don’t Drop Fair that assists students in exploring alternative courses.
There may be an occasion when we may have to close a course or move it to a different location. This can be due to a number of reasons such as low interest or changes to funding. In the rare case this occurs, the following steps will be taken:
- We will let you know about the changes as soon as possible
- Where the course runs at more than one campus and there are still places available, we will offer a place at an alternative campus
- Provide you with Information, Advice and Guidance to discuss alternative options
For our performance courses you will be required to complete an audition. If you have not already completed this as part of your application, this will take place before the start of term and the date/time/location will be provided to you at your enrolment.
For our art and design courses you will be required to provide a portfolio to evidence your current level. Please bring some of your recent work with you to your enrolment. If you are unsure what to bring, the academic staff at Stage 1 of your enrolment will be able to provide further guidance.
You will be contacted with full details of the DBS process if this is required for the course you have applied to.
We support learners in finding suitable work placements and have a dedicated Work Experience team to guide them through the process.
We can’t guarantee you will. You may not be studying at the same level and even if you are, a lot of our courses have more than one group. Remember, you’re not the only one starting college, you’ll be making friends in no time.
The college day is very different to school. Days are slightly longer to better represent a day in the workplace, which helps you prepare for the world of work.
You may not attend college every day of the week, but will still study in line with the required guided learning hours. The days you are not in college are an ideal opportunity for independent study as well as securing work experience to support your studies or a part time job. Most courses have work experience requirements built in to the qualifications.
Courses are delivered by industry experts in their field combining theory with practical study. A lot of tutors have previously worked in their industry, and some still do, so they are able to bring first-hand experience to the course. Tutors also work closely with local businesses which is great for work experience.
Details will be provided to you at Stage 1 of your enrolment if a uniform is required for your course. We prepare you for the workplace and uniforms may be a part of your chosen career.
You may be required to purchase specialised equipment or uniforms depending on the course you are studying. For more information speak to your tutor during enrolment or contact the admissions team via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Every week during term time our Enrichment team run a programme of pursuits for our students to access which includes sports enrichment, careers events and activities that engage with local community organisations and groups.