The College is committed to supporting every person in Southend to further their learning through a vibrant and innovative adult education service. Our FREE English, Maths and basic ICT courses will help you work towards a nationally recognised qualification.


We are committed to ensuring equality for all current and potential students irrespective of any disability, age, race, gender, special educational needs, religion, sexual orientation, or marital status.

We strive to be a disability friendly college. We are fully committed to ensuring that people with disabilities or impairments, including those with learning difficulties or disabilities are treated fairly.

We believe that everyone should be able to work and learn in an environment that is free from harassment and bullying and will not tolerate such behaviour.


As a college we offer or can sign post you to free and impartial information, advice and guidance on learning and entering work. This will help you in choosing suitable education or training; identify the skills you need to get back to work or help you to progress in your chosen career. We can also help with advice on how to fund your studies, childcare information, job applications and putting together a new CV (through our Job Hub).


Learning Support is available for learners that may require additional support in order to complete their course. The Learning Support Team provides support to enable learners to learn successfully and to progress.
The Additional Learning Support Team:

  • Offers advice and can assess the level of support you require
  • Arranges for specialist equipment, support and resources to be available for your needs
  • Supports the tutor in applying for special arrangements to be made for exams
  • Co-ordinates the provision of support inside and outside the classroom
  • Liaises with other tutors and staff to ensure your learning needs are met

A range of support may be available to help you study, including:

  • Specialist equipment and assistance for a range of disabilities
  • Adjustable tables, chairs and easels
  • Magnavision, large print and Braille service for the visually impaired
  • Dyslexia support
  • Learning support tutors
  • Assistance in applying for support in examinations

Please note: To help us make all reasonable adjustments to ensure that learners with disabilities or impairments are not disadvantaged, please complete the section on the second page of the Enrolment Form. To discuss your needs or for further information please contact the Additional Learning Support Manager, Karen Knight, on 01702 445703 or email


Don’t let childcare issues stop you getting back into education. Our College is an inclusive child friendly space, Childcare funding is available to you if you are completing an eligible course and your circumstances meet certain criteria. We can also help you find local Ofsted registered childcare providers for your children aged from 3 months to 11 years.  There are several local childcare providers near our Southchurch Centre. Please contact the nurseries listed directly before enrolling to ensure there is a vacancy for your child and to discuss start dates and settle-in sessions.

Cockleshell Nursery

Southchurch Centre ( to the rear of the centre grounds)

Contact by telephone: 01702 614171


Southchurch Park Pre School

Located a 5 minute walk from the college.

Contact by telephone: 07942 181039


For a comprehensive list of childcare providers in Southend visit the Family Information Service SHIP or speak to our Registry Team for more details call: 01702 445700 or email