South Essex College of Further and Higher Education

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"South Essex College is well placed to offer a variety of academic & vocational courses to develop transferable skills to benefit your next career move"


South Essex College is a great place to study, with all three main campuses, in Southend, Basildon and Thurrock less than one hour from London.

We are well placed to offer a variety of academic and vocational courses to develop transferable skills that will benefit your next career move whether it's university or employment. When you study at South Essex College, you'll do a lot more than read and write. You'll get the chance to roll up your sleeves and get your hands on real-world equipment and tools that relate to your field of study. We don't just tell you how to do your job, we show you.

To support your learning, we offer high levels of contact hours with relatively small group sizes giving you greater access to staff and facilities. Whether you choose to study in our media centre, science labs, sports labs our campuses are full of industry-specific equipment. You'll also have access to The Forum Southend-on-Sea, a spectacular ultra-modern library and learning zone. Our student services team will also offer you support, from the day you apply to the day you graduate and beyond.

The best way you can get a feel of whether a place is right for you is to visit one of our open events, view the facilities, speak to current students and also our tutors.  So why not pop along to one of our open events and see for yourself.

  • Please visit here to check out our open event dates. 

Once you've finished your A-levels or vocational course your journey doesn't have to end, we work in partnership with the University of Essex and University of the Arts London to offer you a great range of degrees and university level programmes at our dedicated University Centre Southend & Thurrock.

  • Please visit here to find out more about our Higher Education programmes. 

Our carefully selected adult skills courses are aimed at supporting adults to achieve their goals and ambitions in life at whatever stage they choose to re-enter the world of education. In designing our courses, we have sought feedback from key employers from across the region and have specifically tailored our courses to address skills gaps in these organisations to help get people into the jobs that employers are looking to fill.

We also offer Evening and Weekend college courses, the relaxed side of studying where you can study for a professional qualification or a fun course in a wide variety of general interest subjects.

  • Please visit here to find out more about adult skills courses.

Here's what some of our students had to say about studying at South Essex College:

Charlie Priestly

Public Services BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

"I really enjoyed the course, the staff were all ex- military and ex-public services personnel so they all knew their stuff. I made a lot of good friends while I was at the College too.

I now work as a police officer for the Metropolitan Police in Barking and Dagenham Borough.

My time at South Essex College helped me with my career because as I said the staff were trained in public services and taught me things that people outside of the profession wouldn't know. They could tell me their experience of doing the job.

My ambition is to stay as a police officer for a while as I do enjoy being on the response unit, but In the future who knows? Maybe the dog unit or the marine unit would be interesting."

Josanne Gregory

UAL Art and Design Level 3 Extended Diploma

"The best thing about doing further education is that it has provided me with the technical skills and information I needed to succeed. At South Essex College the textiles print facilities were fantastic and you were also provided with your own studio space in which to do your work.I made lifelong friendships at the College and the teaching staff made my experience a positive and successful one.

Going to college really gave me a confidence boost. The skills I learnt and developed whilst I was studying there gave me a better knowledge of techniques than a lot of Colleges so I was prepared when I started at university."



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Contact details

Basildon Campus

Nethermayne, Basildon, SS16 5NN ,United Kingdom

Main telephone: (+44 for international calls) 0845 52 12345

Minicom (Hearing impaired): 01268 461698

Email: learning@southessex.ac.uk

Southend Campus

Luker Road, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1ND ,United Kingdom

Main telephone: (+44 for international calls) 0845 52 12345

Minicom (Hearing impaired): 01702 220642

Email: learning@southessex.ac.uk

Thurrock Campus (Grays)

High Street, Grays, Essex, RM17 6TF, United Kingdom

Main telephone: (+44 for international calls) 0845 52 12345

Email: learning@southessex.ac.uk

For more information visit here.

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