Why choose South Essex College?

We bridge the gap between school and university. You’ll have greater independence and you can be yourself at college! Watch our video to see why you should choose us…

Your safety is our number one priority. In our most recent Ofsted report, inspectors noted ‘Learners feel safe, and are kept safe, in college. They know how to report any concerns.’ With a dedicated student support team to assist those in need, College Guardians to ensure your safety at all times and with a robust barrier entry system you’ll feel safe and looked after.

The thought of joining college can be daunting but with a student manager and personal tutor to support you and with lots of fun induction activities you’ll be making friends in no time at all.

What our students say

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The facilities and equipment are fantastic and the tutors are great; we are supported all the time. The course has really helped to raise my confidence.

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I love this course because it offers you so many opportunities. It is well planned and the tutors are very supportive.

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The college provides a relaxed atmosphere and you are given the creative freedom to express yourself.

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The tutors are brilliant, they help with everything and are there to help you cope with any issues that arise. They really understand you and you are never scared to approach them to ask questions.

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How to apply

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.

Don’t worry if you change your mind, contact us at any point during the application cycle and we’ll update your application to your new choice. You can even change your mind at enrolment or within the first few works of starting the course. Not all courses will have places however, we will work with you to enrol you on to the most suitable course for you.

You can also apply 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.

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Check out our upcoming events page here for more information.

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.

Already applied?

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.

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.

Tuition Fees

If you are aged 16-18 you do not pay any course fees although some courses will require you to purchase equipment or uniform. Details will be provided if applicable to you.

If you are aged 19+, you will be contacted by a member of the Funding team during the enrolment process to discuss your payment options. For information, the following payment options are available:

  • If you are 19 or over and do not already have a level 3 qualification or higher, you can access a free level 3 qualification in certain subjects. Gov.uk provides a full list here.

  • Self-funding?

    You can pay your course fees in full at enrolment or make monthly payments over the duration of your course. If you wish to take advantage of this option you will need to pay the first 10% at the time of enrolling.

  • Applying for a level 3+ student loan?

    You will need to provide evidence of your loan application or confirmation of your loan from Student Finance England. You will have the opportunity to apply for your loan during the enrolment process if you have not already submitted an application.

  • Eligible to claim a reduced fee?

    You must provide evidence of income or benefits received. Evidence must be valid for the date you enrol with us (fee remission is not guaranteed).

  • Employer is paying your course fee?

    You must provide a sponsorship letter confirming this from your employer at the time of enrolling.

 Course fees

Your course fees can be found by using the course search

Further information can be found using the Related Pages links on this page. Alternatively, email us on admissions@southessex.ac.uk