Exeter College

Introduction

About Us

Exeter College is a large, thriving and growing tertiary college which places teaching, learning and student success as our top priority. We enjoy an excellent regional reputation. The College was judged as outstanding by Ofsted in a pilot "no notice" inspection in 2012, and again in a full inspection in 2014. We were awarded the Times Educational Supplement 'Outstanding Provider of the Year in 2012 and BTEC College of the Year in 2014.

We have high expectations for our students and staff and each year their combined efforts result in excellent exam grades, outstanding training successes and brilliant music, art, sports and community achievements. We welcome students of all ages and abilities and our tutorial and learner support programmes are designed to meet their needs, challenging them to reach their full potential.

Exeter College provides tertiary education for around 10,000 – 12,000 students. The college was established in 1970 as the first tertiary college in the UK, bringing together the former grammar schools' sixth forms and Exeter Technical College.

Our recent successes

  • In May 2016, Exeter College was awarded a Times Educational Supplement Further Education Award 2016 for Apprenticeship Programme of the Year.
  • Exeter College and Devon County Council were recognised nationally for the pioneering and innovative Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre. The partnership was recognised with an Association of Colleges (AoC) Beacon Award for Innovation 2015-16 in Further Education.
  • In Jan 2014, Ofsted awarded the college Grade 1 ‘Outstanding’ for Outcomes for Learners, Teaching, Learning and Assessment, Leadership and Management and Overall Effectiveness which makes Exeter College one of the top performing colleges in the country. Click here to find out more about our Ofsted grading. Click here to read the Ofsted report.
  • In November 2012, Exeter College won two prestigious Times Educational Supplement Further Education Awards for Outstanding Provider of the Year and Outstanding Leadership of Learning and Skills Awards.
  • In July 2014, Exeter College was awarded the BTEC College of the Year.

What do we offer?

As a successful tertiary college, we now offer a wide range of courses and students can choose those that reflect their individual ability, aspiration and interest.

We offer:

  • over 40 AS and A2 subjects,
  • the prestigious International Baccalaureate,
  • a wide range of over 90 vocational and industry-led courses (entry level to level 3)
  • the largest choice of apprenticeship frameworks in Devon for young people and adults
  • a number of programmes designed to support those young people and adults, not in education, employment or training
  • adult learning courses – from leisure to professionally accredited programmes
  • bespoke training and development courses for employers and employees
  • over 30 university-level courses, including Foundation Degrees, in partnership with the Universities of Plymouth, Exeter, Marjon and Kingston and BTEC.

The college continues to serve the city of Exeter but we also attract students from across Devon with over 60% of our 16 - 18 learners coming from across Devon and the south-west.

The college boasts a number of specialist academies providing training for sports, enterprise, journalism, music, academically gifted and hospitality and catering students. We have developed very strong employer links through our curriculum and through Business Solutions, the college's dedicated employer engagement team, with leading local and international employers, such as Flybe, Met Office, Michael Caines and many small and medium enterprises, ensuring our vocational courses and apprenticeship training mirrors current industry trends and initiatives.

We recognise the importance of working closely with local authorities, national, community and employer groups in order to support the local community and economy and we deliver key initiatives particularly with Princes' Trust, Careers South West and the local Chambers of Commerce.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

This school also offers:

A-levels

Biology A level

Campus Full time 2 years August 2018 United Kingdom Exeter

AS and A Level Biology encourage you to develop essential knowledge and understanding of concepts of Biology and the skills needed for the use of these in new and changing situations. [+]

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

AS and A Level Biology encourage you to develop essential knowledge and understanding of concepts of Biology and the skills needed for the use of these in new and changing situations.

You will develop an understanding of scientific method and be aware of those scientific advances in technology that are relevant to the Biological Sciences. You will appreciate the value of and the responsible use of Biology in society. In addition, at A Level you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of facts, principles and concepts from different areas of Biology and learn to make and use connection between them.

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Chemistry A Level

Campus Full time 2 years August 2018 United Kingdom Exeter

This two year course is designed to provide a smooth transition from GCSE Core/Additional Science and GCSE Chemistry courses and to interface with the needs of Higher Education courses. It provides an appreciation and understanding of important chemical principles which are fundamental to the understanding of the world in which we live. [+]

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

This two year course is designed to provide a smooth transition from GCSE Core/Additional Science and GCSE Chemistry courses and to interface with the needs of Higher Education courses. It provides an appreciation and understanding of important chemical principles which are fundamental to the understanding of the world in which we live. The course also encourages students to come to understand how scientists investigate scientific phenomena in their attempts to explain the world around us. Students develop their practical skills to complement their understanding of chemical concepts. The study of chemistry is useful in understanding other areas of science.... [-]


Physics A Level

Campus Full time 2 years August 2018 United Kingdom Exeter

Physics is a stimulating, exciting and challenging subject. It is important, not only as a subject in its own right, but also as an essential element in all other natural Science, Engineering and Technology. [+]

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

Physics is a stimulating, exciting and challenging subject. It is important, not only as a subject in its own right, but also as an essential element in all other natural Science, Engineering and Technology. There is also a great deal of enjoyment and satisfaction to be derived from an understanding of the most recent development in Physics research.

We study the AQA Physics A Syllabus: It provides a seamless transition to A level from previous studies and develops your interest and enthusiasm for Physics. This covers a wide range of topics from elementary particle physics to Newton's laws; from electrical circuits to gravitational fields. The course is split into a number of units, the AS units are covered in the first year and the A Level units in the second year.... [-]


Certificate

English Plus

Campus Full time 1 - 3 semesters August 2018 United Kingdom Exeter

English Plus: our flexible, bespoke programme offers you the opportunity to experience studying in a UK college whilst improving your English. Study English as a Foreign Language plus your choice of academic or vocational subjects. Our study abroad experience is an ideal way to improve your English whilst also getting the opportunity to learn with British students. [+]

ENGLISH PLUS: OUR FLEXIBLE, BESPOKE PROGRAMME OFFERS YOU THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPERIENCE STUDYING IN A UK COLLEGE WHILST IMPROVING YOUR ENGLISH.

You will study English as a Foreign Language for between 6 and 15 hours per week depending on your needs. These classes will focus on improving all of your key English language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking.

You can then choose from over 40 classes that will match up with your future career or university aspirations. Examples of classes include psychology, business, science, law and art.

Being able to study in classes with British students will not only help you to improve your English skills but will let you experience learning an authentically British environment. We organise regular social trips to show you the best of what the South West of England has to offer in terms of history and culture.... [-]


Diploma

Access to HE Diploma - Science

Campus Full time Part time 1 year September 2018 United Kingdom Exeter + 1 more

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed? The Access course has been designed for those adults who feel they missed out on higher education when they were younger. [+]

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

The Access course has been designed for those adults who feel they missed out on higher education when they were younger. The programme aims to provide a firm foundation for study at degree level. Study skills and educational guidance form essential parts of the course.

Tutorial sessions support learners and offer guidance with the UCAS process and study skills.

The Diploma is taught by subject specialist teaching staff in a supportive environment to develop the academic skills necessary to progress onto higher education. You will have homework and assignment work set each week with strict deadlines. There is at least 15-20 hours of additional study at home each week. Additional support is available for students for particular difficulties/needs.... [-]


International Baccalaureate (IB)

Campus Full time 2 years August 2018 United Kingdom Exeter

You will study six subjects across a range of disciplines choosing from the list below. You choose one subject from each of groups 1-5, plus one from group 6 or a second choice from groups 2, 3 and 4. [+]

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

You will study six subjects across a range of disciplines choosing from the list below. You choose one subject from each of groups 1-5, plus one from group 6 or a second choice from groups 2, 3 and 4. (Subjects offered depend on student numbers and timetabling so availability of options may vary).

Three of your subjects will be at Higher (H) level and three at Standard level (S). You will also complete a Theory of Knowledge course, undertake research investigating a topic of special interest which you present in an Extended Essay, and get involved in exciting Creativity, Action and Community-based projects.

You will study through a mixture of group lectures, discussions, practical work, small-group conversation, language laboratory work and individual work. You will sit written examinations in May of the second year. All subjects include internal assessment, for example essays, oral work, and practical work, and this element is worth about 20% of your overall result. The Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge contribute to your overall result.... [-]


Preparatory Programs

Business A Level

Campus Full time 2 years August 2018 United Kingdom Exeter

The focus of AQA AS Business is on small to medium-sized businesses operating within national markets. It covers the issues involved in a business start-up, such as research and planning, as well as the factors that determine success. [+]

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

The focus of AQA AS Business is on small to medium-sized businesses operating within national markets. It covers the issues involved in a business start-up, such as research and planning, as well as the factors that determine success. It considers how established businesses might improve their effectiveness by making tactical decisions throughout the business. A Level Business builds on the AS units by considering more complex business scenarios and focusing on strategy.

The course will be taught by the use of small group work, self-directed research and presentation, class discussion and lectures. All units taught in year one are assessed across two papers at the end of the year. Paper 1 is assessed through multiple choice questions, short answer questions and mini case study data response questions. Paper 2 is assessed by short answer questions and the use of a case study for data response questions. There is no course work option.... [-]


Economics A Level

Campus Full time 2 years August 2018 United Kingdom Exeter

Economics relates to every aspect of our lives, from the decisions we make as individuals to the policies of governments and firms. Develop an economic understanding and you gain a deeper understanding of the world around us that is as valuable as it is interesting. [+]

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

Economics relates to every aspect of our lives, from the decisions we make as individuals to the policies of governments and firms. Develop an economic understanding and you gain a deeper understanding of the world around us that is as valuable as it is interesting. Economics has connections to many other subjects such as politics, geography, history, psychology and statistics.

In order to meet the needs of individual students the course is taught through a mixture of lectures, discussions, active lessons, presentations, case studies, videos, guided self studies, and the use of the college portal and internet. Course assessment is through short tests, objective test questions, essays, and case studies. Final assessment is through external examinations; there is no coursework.... [-]


Psychology A Level

Campus Full time 2 years August 2018 United Kingdom Exeter

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour. You will acquire knowledge of theory and its applications, and develop skills of evaluation and analysis. [+]

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour. You will acquire knowledge of theory and its applications, and develop skills of evaluation and analysis.

You will be taught in a variety of ways including: taking notes during lectures, group and whole class discussions, as well as exploring topics through videos and DVDs. You will undertake individual study, pair work and presentations.

What topics will I study?

The study of Psychology is underpinned with the study of main perspectives or approaches and debates. There is no singular cause of behaviour so it is important to consider the relative strengths and weaknesses of several approaches, such as biological, behavioural and psychodynamic. Psychologists employ a variety of methods when researching human behaviour, consequently it is necessary to learn about the relative merits of methods such as experimentation, interviews and case studies to name a few.... [-]


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