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You have so many options

Depending on your qualifications, you could take the academic route of A Levels and university, or you could choose a vocational pathway or apprenticeship that leads directly to paid employment. Whatever you choose, we can offer a fantastic learning experience.

All our courses include aspects of English and maths. If you have not achieved a grade 4 or above in English and maths at school you will continue to study these subjects via a weekly timetabled lesson.

Pathways to Further Education

Develop the skills and confidence for Further Education study or employment.

Institute of Technology

The South East Institute of Technology (SEIoT) is a close partnership between high-performing further education colleges, universities and employers, helping to ensure that what we offer is based on what the economy and local communities need and that our students have the best possible career prospects.

A Levels

Preparing you for Higher Education or progression to work

T Levels

T Levels are a new technical qualification starting in September 2020

Boost your Skills Free of Charge

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) is central to the UK government’s ambitious Levelling Up agenda, providing £2.6 billion of new funding for local investment by March 2025

Access to HE

Opportunities for adult learners to get to university

HAMEC

Harlow Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering Centre

Supported Studies

Preparing you for independent living, paid employment, good health and community inclusion.

Online & On Campus

The pace of life is getting faster. We're looking for new ways to study alongside work and life commitments.

Featured Courses – Apply Now!

Basic Nail Treatments Level 1 Award

This course is designed to develop your practical skills in providing basic manicure and pedicure treatments whilst working towards a recognised qualification. 

It’s ideal for those with little or no experience and are looking take their first steps into the beauty industry. 

You will develop a sound knowledge of health and safety practices in a salon environment, along with client care and communication skills required for working within the beauty industry.

One unique advantage of this course is the opportunity to learn within Harlow College's two state-of-the-art hair and beauty salons. These salons are conveniently located on the Harlow College campus and in Harlow Town Centre, offering a real-world learning environment equipped with industry-standard equipment. This hands-on experience will not only enhance your practical skills but also expose you to the professional atmosphere of a salon, preparing you for a successful career in the hairdressing industry. 

Successful completion of this course will not only set a strong foundation for your Beauty career but also prepare you for progression onto a Level 2 course or our Level 2 LED Gel Polish course.

Carpentry & Joinery Diploma

This course is for anyone who is looking to work in the construction sector as a site carpenter.  The course will equip you with the basic skills needed to become a carpenter and will aid your progression at work or onto a higher level course.

Choices – (16-18 year olds)

This programme develops confidence and self esteem as well as self-awareness. It allows students to develop skills that they will use in employment or on further courses. Students also spend time researching courses and/or employment that they may wish to move on to on completion of the programme.

Coaching and Mentoring Level 3 Certificate

If you're employed in a teaching, coaching, or mentoring role, this course is tailor-made for you. Our comprehensive programme is designed to equip learners with the essential coaching skills and knowledge needed to excel in guiding and mentoring others. Whether you're in education, sports coaching, or any field where mentorship is crucial, this qualification will empower you to make a lasting impact on your mentees. Join us on this course and become the mentor and coach you've always aspired to be.

Counselling – Level 3

After successfully completing this course, you will have worthwhile and sought-after skills and knowledge that mean many different career paths are open to you.

This course enables you to become a qualified counsellor by enrolling on a Level 4 counselling qualification.

Early Childhood Education and Care Higher National Certificate

Subject to validation, this course may change to a Foundation Degree validated by ARU from 2024 with a direct top-up to a full degree available.

This course provides extensive knowledge of professional development, the Early Years curriculum along with communication, values & leadership for advanced Early Years Practitioners. You will gain an understanding of the stages and sequences of brain development, physical development and social skills. Most significantly, you will gain professional status enabling you to work with children or progress to university to complete an Early Years Degree, Teaching Degree or a Degree in Childhood studies.

Early Childhood Education and Care Higher National Diploma

Subject to validation, this course may change to a Foundation Degree validated by ARU from 2024 with a direct top-up to a full degree available.

This course provides extensive knowledge of professional development, the Early Years curriculum along with communication, values & leadership for advanced Early Years Practitioners. You will gain an understanding of the stages and sequences of brain development, physical development and social skills. Most significantly, you will gain professional status enabling you to work with children or progress to university to complete an Early Years Degree, Teaching Degree or a Degree in Childhood studies.

Early Years & Education Foundation Degree (FdA)

In your first year, we’ll introduce you to current theories of learning and their application, as well as the research skills you need in order to study children effectively and ethically.

In your second year, you’ll learn about the crucial importance of healthy eating, physical activity and play to children’s well-being. You’ll learn how to safeguard and protect children in line with the English legislation. You’ll observe, develop, carry out and evaluate an action plan to improve practice in your workplace.

*Modules are subject to change and availability.

Electric/Hybrid Vehicle Awareness – Level 1 Award

This Level 1 Award is designed for people who may encounter electric/hybrid vehicles (all variations) and require safety awareness, it is particularly suitable for non-technical people working in the automotive industry such as managers, valeters, parts and sales staff but also for private electric/hybrid vehicle drivers who wish to understand more about their vehicle. 

Delivered as a one day session, you will learn about the different types of electric and hybrid vehicles, the dangers surrounding all variations of the vehicles and the precautions to avoid potential injury.

Electric/Hybrid Vehicle Routine Maintenance Level 2 Award

This course is designed to help you understand how to work safely when carrying out routine maintenance activities on Electric/Hybrid vehicles.

Ideal for those working in the automotive industry or anyone who may encounter electric/hybrid vehicles within a routine maintenance situation as well as the knowledge and skills required to work safely around a vehicle that may have had damage to its high energy/electrical system.

This Award sized qualification offers an introduction to this specialised industry sector to compliment your current industry qualifications and experience. If you are a member of the IMI, you can use this qualification to gain IMI TechSafe™ accreditation, and therefore the ability to easily demonstrate to colleagues, customers and professionals that you’re fully qualified to be working on EV vehicles and/or vehicles with ADAS technologies.

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  • Level: 2
  • Study Mode: Part-time
  • Start Date: September 2024
  • Start Date: Tuesday, 17 September 2024

Electrical Installations Level 2

This course is now full and we are operating a waiting list. Please contact 

This programme is a practical, work-related course. You will learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations. You will learn by completing a variety of practical and theory assessments that are based on realistic workplace situations. It covers the basic underpinning knowledge and technical practical skills needed to be an Electrician. The programme provides a good foundation for future careers opportunities or progression on to a more advanced work-related qualification.

Electrical Installations Level 3

Whether you've already achieved your Level 2 Electrical Installation qualification and looking to continue your studies to achieve your Level 3 or you're currently working in the electrical trade and want to upskill into a full-fledged electrical installations role, this course is tailor-made for you. This Level 3 Electrical Installations course paves the way for your success as a contractor, service engineer, systems designer or electrical installer. 

This qualification will help you gain an understanding of the skills required within the electrotechnical sector. You will cover topics such as: 

  • Working safely and effectively 
  • Design, construct, test and commission electrical systems
  • Principles of electrical science
  • Regulations and law
  • Fault diagnosis and repair of electrical systems

 

Gym Instructing Certificate – Part-time

The qualification is based on the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) professional standards for instructing gym based exercise. Throughout this qualification, learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology. They will also develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to prescreen clients and check their readiness to exercise, health and safety and induct individuals and small groups to gym equipment. They will also plan and instruct gym-based exercise programmes. In parallel, learners will develop their communication and customer service skills, their awareness of environmental sustainability and their commercial skills, all of which are valued highly by employers. Problem solving, team working skills and research skills will also be developed.

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  • Level: Introduction
  • Study Mode: Part-time
  • Start Date: Tuesday, 23 January 2024

Introduction to Ceramics

THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL

Love ceramics? Go potty for our new 3 week evening course.

Working in our ceramics workshop, our friendly and experienced tutors will teach you how to throw a pot on our potters wheel, use press moulds and teach you other hand building techniques to master the art of ceramics.

Remember to apply early as this popular course fills up fast! You may be interested in our other creative evening short courses: 

Introduction to Print Making

Introduction to Textiles

Introduction to Photography

Introduction to Print Making

Our Introduction to Printmaking is a perfect course for hobbyist, artists and crafters who are looking to learn a new creative skill. Experiment with different traditional and modern printmaking techniques in our well-equipped print studio lino, monoprint and letter press to create your own original artwork.

You may be interested in our other creative evening short courses: 

Introduction to Ceramics

Introduction to Textiles

Introduction to Photography

Introduction to Textiles

Our new 3 week Introduction to textiles evening course will give you a great opportunity to learn and create decorative textiles using both hand and machine techniques.

You may be interested in our other creative evening short courses: 

Introduction to Print Making

Introduction to Ceramics

Introduction to Photography

Journalism NCTJ – News & Magazine – Fast Track
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  • Level: 5
  • Study Mode: Full-time
  • Start Date: September 2024
  • Start Date: Cohort 1: September 2023 – February 2024 – Cohort 2: February 2024 – July 2024

Journalism NCTJ – News & Magazine – Fast Track

This fast track course, regarded by many editors as the gold standard in training, helps to open doors into the industry. The course is intensive and the pressure to meet deadlines is real. You need to be committed but there will be plenty of fun on the way. You will meet lots of like-minded people who could be good contacts in the future. The course offers pathways in news and magazine journalism and includes a range of modules specifically designed to maximise your employability once you graduate. Final assessment is conducted via examination and coursework and will help to prepare you for the pressures of the newsroom, where you will be asked to produce concise and accurate stories to deadline.

LED Gel Polish Level 2 Award

The VTCT Level 2 Award in LED Gel Polish Techniques is a single unit award qualification about applying, maintaining and removing LED gel polish products to the nails.

This qualification also covers the skills and knowledge required to prepare for the service and maintain effective health, safety and hygiene working practices throughout the treatment.

Level 3 & 4 Electric/Hybrid Vehicle System Repair and Replacement with Vehicles Diagnosis, Testing and Repair

The Level 3 course is designed to build upon your current knowledge of working with electric/hybrid vehicles including how to work safely when carrying out repair activities on electric/hybrid vehicle high voltage systems. 

The Level 4 Award in the Diagnosis, Testing and Repair of Electric/Hybrid Vehicles and Components is the first qualification of its kind to address working on live electric/hybrid high voltage vehicle systems and components. The qualification is essential to ensure the health and safety of individuals working on electric/hybrid vehicles. 

You will complete both levels over the course duration of 6 evenings. 

This combined course is designed specifically for technicians who are working on the maintenance and repair of electric/hybrid high voltage vehicle systems and components. Ideal for those working in the automotive industry or anyone who may encounter electric/hybrid vehicles within a routine maintenance situation. 

If you are a member of the IMI, you can use this qualification to gain IMI TechSafe™ accreditation, and therefore the ability to easily demonstrate to colleagues, customers and professionals that you’re fully qualified to be working on EV vehicles and/or vehicles with ADAS technologies.

Light Vehicle Maintenance & Repair

This course is now full. To be added to our waiting list please contact

This programme is a practical, work-related course. You will learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations. You will learn by completing a variety of practical and theory assessments that are based on realistic workplace situations. It covers the basic underpinning knowledge and technical practical skills needed to be an Automotive Technician. The programme provides a good foundation for future careers opportunities or progression on to a more advanced work-related qualification.

Mechatronic Engineering Foundation Degree (FdA)

The course will enable you to learn how mechatronics systems work from design to build. You’ll hone your skills in systems design, development, and optimisation by working on a variety of projects.

You will learn to design and manufacture products efficiently. You’ll also acquire project management and commercial skills that will make you a well-rounded, engineer career-ready for the engineering industry and beyond.

*Modules are subject to change and availability.

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  • Level: 2
  • Study Mode: Part-time
  • Start Date: Tuesday, 28 November 2023

Plumbing Level 2 – Part-time

THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL

For candidates who want to work as plumbers in the building services engineering sector. This qualification does not make candidates fully qualified plumbers but enables them to gain the relevant hand skills and knowledge through studying Health and safety, Electrical principles, Scientific principles, Plumbing processes, Cold water systems, Hot water systems, Sanitation, Central heating systems and Drainage systems.

Quantity Surveying Foundation Degree (FdA)

Quantity surveyors play a vital role in deciding whether construction projects are financially viable. You’ll learn how to financially manage construction projects from initial concept, through to design, build and maintenance.

*Modules are subject to change and availability.

Social Media Marketing

This course  has something for everyone. Whether you are a novice or already have some experience working in social media marketing, this course will cover the basics and develop your confidence using and understanding how social media can be used in marketing products.

Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools – Adult Course Level 2

This course offers learners first-hand experience of working in the education sector, whilst learning the knowledge and putting it into practice. Many students find part-time or full employment from the course whilst volunteering in the setting.

Funding Your Course

If you're aged 19 or over and you want to study A Levels, an Access to Higher Education Diploma, or a Level 3 to 6 Vocational Qualification, you could be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan.