THE new Thurrock Campus of South Essex College is racing to completion at the end of Grays high street. And prospective students are already racing to be the first to study at the £45 million campus, which has already seen 1,500 school leavers and adults apply.
That’s an impressive 500 increase on the same time as last year and with still just over three months for people to apply, the College couldn’t be more pleased.
Michael Bennett, Head of Marketing & Communications at South Essex College, marked the applicant milestone with giant balloon numbers outside the new campus, which certainly got heads turning.
He said: “We are up 50% on applications compared to the same time last year, showing that the new campus really is having a positive impact in attracting new students. The good news is that we are still encouraging more applications, for both old favourites and new courses that we have never offered in Thurrock before, such as Horticulture, Logistics and Plumbing.
“That number doesn’t include current students looking at continuing onto other courses next year, so it really is shaping up to be a vintage year for applications at South Essex College.”
And the new Thurrock Campus isn’t just proving to be popular with people from the Thurrock and Grays area as it has seen an increase in application from East London as well.
Michael added: “We are located just 150 metres from Grays train station, which has really opened up our catchment area and made it much easier for students to get public transport directly to us, which is why we have seen a greater interest from as afar afield as East London. It’s practically like the College having its own train station, which is great for the College, and will be great for Grays high street as well.”
The current Thurrock Campus, in Woodview, is hosting its final ever open evening on Thursday 22 May, 5pm – 8pm, which will see a presentation about the new campus. It is the perfect opportunity to speak to tutors about the wide range of courses available at the new Thurrock Campus of South Essex College when it opens its doors to students this September.