Why study with us?
Would you like to get back into education?
Thinking about retraining or developing your skills?
South Essex College can offer you the help and support you need to gain the qualifications for a brighter future.
- Change career to a job you've always dreamed of.
- Enhance your career and employability prospects by upskilling.
- Return to work after unemployment or having children.
- Gain a new qualification with dedicated guidance and support.
- Build your self-confidence through a new hobby.
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Support for adult learners
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 your future. Our student services team are on hand to help you with nationwide university applications.
Fees and Funding
If you are 19 or over, you may be required to pay some or all of your fees.
This can depend on the level of your course, your previous qualifications or your personal income and employment status.
Frequently Asked Questions
We know that returning to studying creates a whole range of questions. Here we have the answers to some of the most frequently asked ones.
There are many reasons, but the main ones are small class sizes and lots of tutor contact. We also offer lots of free courses, many of which are flexible and fit with work and family life. Our campuses are generally easily accessible by public transport.
Our adult course advisors are really focused on getting people back to work and often work alongside employers to do this.
We also have a range of industry-experienced tutors who are experts in their field.
There is no need to worry about how you are going to pay for your course as for adults aged 19 or over, many of our courses are free, particularly for those who aren’t currently working or on low incomes.
If you choose an apprenticeship, the employer pays your tuition fees. If the course you have chosen isn’t free you can find the current costs on our website.
It may be possible to pay for the course in instalments or apply for an adult learning loan.
If you choose to study an Access to Higher Education course you may not have to pay back your tuition fees if you go on to study a related higher education qualification.
You can find out more about student loans for higher education on our website
If you need help with other costs our funding team can often access funding for you. Every situation is different so the main thing is to just ask and we’ll help if we can. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
There is also an online chat facility on our website or you can call and chat to one of us on 01702 221 800.
We have a dedicated team of in-house college careers advisors who will be able to help you with job hunting, preparing CVs and other help and advice.
The college has campuses in Southend, Basildon and Thurrock. Details of where your course is based can be found on our website. Each campus has a digital hub and learning resources areas where you are able to study and find the resources you need to complete your study programme.
- Passport or other form of ID that shows your name, address and/or migration status
- Proof of benefit income if claiming a reduced fee for eligible courses
- Method of payment to cover any fees or deposits if applicable
- Qualifications – proof of any previous study if applicable
This will depend on the qualification you are studying for. Please contact our admissions team for guidance.
The majority of our courses require you to attend an interview with a course tutor. Interviews are informal and are aimed at ensuring you are enrolled on the right course for your education and career goals. You will be sent details on all relevant admissions events once you have applied.
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