Vision and Values

With around 8,000 students and 800 staff, Colchester Institute is one of the largest providers of general further education, higher education, and skills training in the region.

Colchester Institute is committed to meeting student and employer needs. We operate across two main campuses in Colchester and Braintree, along with a number of other focused learning sites in north Essex. Our most recent Ofsted inspection took place in May 2022, confirming what we already knew – that Colchester Institute is a Good College, in all aspects of its provision!

Through this network of delivery locations we have some of the best learning resources and facilities and resources. These include state of the art workshops, studios and equipment, with over £36million having been invested over the past ten years. Over the last 12 months, we transformed our main buildings to provide outstanding new facilities supporting Business, Accounting and Computing, and Sport and Public Services. We have opened a 40-station new state-of-the-art commercial hair salon and a brand-new beauty salon. In addition, we officially opened our new Early Years suite, which now supports T Level qualifications. We are continuing to expand our construction workshop facilities and will launch a Net Zero Centre in early 2024. At Braintree our STEM Innovation Centre and advanced Digital Media facilities offer some of the finest facilities across the country. These achievements place the Colchester Institute in a fantastic position to keep evolving and expanding in response to employer and student demand.

And this is just a flavour of the breadth of offer and facilities; we have dedicated provision and facilities for catering and hospitality, hairdressing and beauty therapy, art, design, fashion, photography, business, administration, accounting, childcare and early years, computing, IT, web design, English, maths, film, media, foundation studies, music, performing arts, sport, travel, public services, health, science and teacher training.

As well as the ability to offer bespoke courses to students and employers in specialist areas such as gas, plumbing and electrical industries, and in the areas of business, management and general staff training. We also provide part time, recreation and leisure courses, and those leading to further and higher-level qualifications and apprenticeships. For fifty years we have equipped thousands of students and employers with the skills they need to realise their aspirations and we’ve seen students of all backgrounds exceed their potential.

For fifty years we have equipped thousands of students and employers with the skills they need to realise their aspirations and we’ve seen students of all backgrounds exceed their potential. For our Higher Education programmes, we enjoy positive accredited status including Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education – Commended, and Teaching Excellence Framework award – Silver.

Our main Colchester campus is located in the heart of Britain’s oldest recorded city and Roman capital. Just a fifteen-minute walk from the main town centre, it is easily accessible by road and rail via the A12/A120 and Colchester North station, which is served by direct trains from London Liverpool Street, Chelmsford, Ipswich and Norwich.

Our vision

By 2024 Colchester Institute will be celebrated as an outstanding provider of education and training in the Eastern region, recognised for it’s significant contribution to the social and economic recovery of individuals and organisations following the events of 2020.

Our mission

To deliver first-class education, professional development and technical skills training to develop careers and strengthen the local economy.

Our values

Student-focused with students at the heart of our decision, choices and priorities
Ambitious for our students, our staff and for our College’s future
Inclusive – welcoming staff and students from all walks of life on programmes from entry to degree level
Collaborative – working in partnership with others to achieve our goals
Open and honest – acting with responsibility and integrity in all that we do
An employer that recognises, values and develops our staff