Start learning today for a better tomorrow

South Essex College is launching a number of courses for adults to start in spring 2021.

The college is encouraging people to start the new year with a positive step forward by taking control of their education. 

Potential students can retrain, upskill or learn something new with the range of courses on offer including Functional Skills Maths and English, Computer Aided Design (CAD) plus Education and Training.

Nicki Kelly, Assistant Principal Curriculum, said: “2020 has been a difficult year for so many of us, we’ve faced challenges like no others and lots of people are unsure what the future holds. There is one thing you can control in 2021, your education.

“Many people’s circumstances will have changed in 2020, redundancies have been common place so now could be the perfect time to increase your skills and change your career prospectus.”

The college is also holding an adult education virtual event on Wednesday 13 January at 10am-1pm. The Career Clinic will give people information about courses they can study to help them retrain and upskill.

The event will include a virtual workshop with Ross Chaplin, owner of The Training Team Ltd, discussing topics such as identifying your skills and strengths, working out what’s important in a career and how to change careers. To register to attend the event, visit

For a full list of courses on offer to start in January, February and March, visit

Success stories

Celebrating Success 2022: Stefan Vijan

Celebrating Success 2022: Stefan Vijan

Course studied

IT Level 3 Extended Diploma

Students are given opportunities, staff are friendly and highly experienced and you receive the help you need

Stefan Vijan, 18, from Basildon, studied the Level 3 Information Creative Technology Diploma at the Centre for Digital Technologies Campus in Basildon.

He was nominated for the award for his commitment to his studies and for going out of his way to support other students in the group.

His tutor said: “Stefan is a very able student who consistently challenges himself and always strives to achieve the top grades. I know that his commitment to his studies will pay off and we look forward to hearing about his future successes.”

Stefan chose to study at South Essex College because of the new technologies and opportunities at the college as well as other important factors such as distance and course schedule. 

He said: “I have enjoyed the practical side of my course. I was able to develop practical knowledge within IT, and was able to use my creativity to make programs, devices, and websites. I believe this wouldn't have been possible in another college or a sixth form, thus making me choose this course.

“I would recommend South Essex College because it is a great college. Students are given opportunities, staff are friendly and highly experienced and you receive the help you need.”

Stefan’s ambition is to land a job within in the industry, and from there, work hard until he reaches his goal of working in management.