Exeter College

Introduction
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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 of 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.

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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 was 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 on 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.
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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.
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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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Diploma

Access to HE Diploma - Science

Campus Full time Part time 1 year September 2017 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. The diploma is taught by subject specialist teaching staff in a supportive environment to develop the academic skills necessary to progress onto higher education. There are weekly homework assignments with strict deadlines. Students will develop practical laboratory skills, scientific writing skills, note taking, reference writing and exam practice, as well as confidence in independent study and good time management. Additional support is available for students with particular difficulties/needs. There is also: a Learning Support team Learning Centres Well being team (Counsellors) a Learner Support Fund (apply through college) What topics will I study? Chemistry and Biology studied at Level 3 (A Level) IT and Study Skills at Level 2/3 What are the entry requirements? Although rewarding, the course... [-]

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 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. What topics will I study? This is an internationally recognised qualification that allows you to study six subjects (three at Higher (H) Level and three at Standard (S) Level) across a wide range of disciplines spanning languages, arts, humanities, maths and sciences as outlined below, as well as a ‘Core’ comprising theory of knowledge, and extended research essay and a portfolio of Creative, Active and Service... [-]

Preparatory Year

Biology A level

Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 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. You will be taught through lectures, group work, practical work, assignment and projects. Videos, IT equipment and visits are used as teaching aids and you will have access to fully equipped laboratories and also IT equipment. Various ongoing assessments are made by tests, essay writing and other exercises which do not contribute to the final exam. Examinations: At AS Level there are 2x 1hour 30 minute written exams and at A Level there are 3x 2 hour written exams. What topics will I study? Year 1 (AS Level): Biological molecules Cells Organisms exchange substances with their environment Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms Year 2 (A Level): Energy transfers in and between organisms Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environment Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems The control of gene expression... [-]

Business A Level

Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 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. What topics will I study? During the first year students will study six units, including 'What is Business?', 'Managers, leadership and decision making', 'Decision making to improve marketing, operations, finance and human resources'. During the second year students will study strategic decision making which will build on the functional areas from year one. What experiences will I get? You will have opportunities to take part in business challenge competitions. What are the entry requirements? You need at least five GCSEs at grade C or... [-]

Chemistry A Level

Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 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. You will be taught through lectures, practical work, problem solving and discussions. You will have access to fully equipped laboratories and PCs with interactive media. You will be assessed in May/June of each year with mock exams in the January of each year. In the first year there are 2 exams of 1 hour 30 minutes duration, in the second year there are 3 exams each of 2 hours duration. There is no coursework element but a series of practical investigations will be assessed in order to award a certificate of practical endorsement and to prepare students for practical questions in the main exams. What topics will I study? Chemistry is divided into distinct disciplines that are assessed in all the written papers across the 2 years. Physical Chemistry includes the study of: Atomic structure and periodic... [-]

Economics A Level

Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 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. What topics will I study? At AS Level you will discover the fundamentals of the economic problem. Why we make the choices we make and the impact of our choices. You will gain an understanding of many of today’s front page news items such as issues regarding the Eurozone, the double dip recession, and taxes on Cornish pasties! In Unit 1, we look at specific markets and you will discover how demand and supply governs everything that you do! In Unit 2, we look at the external environment and how things such as inflation, growth, unemployment and foreign trade affect us all. AS Modules: Unit 1 – The Operation of Markets and Market Failure Unit 2... [-]

Physics A Level

Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 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. You will be taught through lectures, practical work, and problem solving. You will have access to two fully equipped physics laboratories. What topics will I study? AS Level Assessment Paper 1 (50% of AS) - Short and long answer questions split by topic The following is assessed: Measurements and their Errors Particles and radiation Waves Mechanics and materials Electricity Paper 2 (50% of AS Level) - the following is assessed: Section A: Short and long answer questions on practical skills and data analysis Section B: short and long answers questions from across all areas of AS Content Section C: 30 multiple choice questions A Level... [-]

Psychology A Level

Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 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. In addition to the overarching theories and methods upon which the study of psychology is based students will learn to apply theories and methods to individual topics areas from different areas of psychology such as cognitive, social, developmental and mental health issues. What experiences will I get? You may have the opportunity to take part in a residential trip. This is not a compulsory part of your course. What are the entry requirements? You need at least five GCSEs at Grade C with English Language and Maths at Grade B or above.... [-]

Certificate

English Plus

Campus Full time 1 - 3 semesters August 2017 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. [-]

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