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Festival of Carols 2017 at Exeter Cathedral

Mon, 2017-11-27 11:48

Our annual Festival of Carols is to be held at Exeter Cathedral on Wednesday 6th December. This year’s festival is in aid of MIND, the college’s charity of the year. The free event, open to the public, will open its doors from 6.30pm to anyone wishing to join the college’s staff, students and family members to celebrate the festive season, with the event starting at 7.30pm.

Karen Bolton, Head of Community & Events Fundraising at Mind, said: “We’d like to say a huge thank-you to all the students and staff of Exeter College for choosing to fundraise for Mind and for all the hard work they have put in to organising fundraising events throughout this term. As well as raising awareness about mental health, every penny raised from the event will help fund Mind’s vital work including the Mind Infoline, our advice services and the campaigning Mind does to secure a better deal for the one in four of us who experience a mental health problem every year. We wish them all the very best of luck for the Festival of Carols, which will no doubt be a wonderful way to kick off the festive season.”

The event, sponsored by Lloyds Bank, includes music from the Exeter College Chamber Orchestra, Music Academy ensemble and Big Band and the audience are encouraged to join in the singing led by the College’s Choral Society.

Principal John Laramy says: “The Festival of Carols provides an opportunity for us to recognise the start of the festive season and celebrate the talent of our student musicians, readers, staff and college community.”

The Festival begins with a stunning candlelit procession, followed by a welcome from college Principal John Laramy and prayers and blessings by the Dean of the Cathedral and Rev’d Christopher Durrant. Guests are invited to sing along with the carols, listen to readings by students, and join in prayer.

Donations will be collected at the end of the evening to go towards the college’s annual fundraising for Mind, whose aim is "to ensure everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect."

This event is free and open to the public to enjoy, doors open from 6.30pm to anyone wishing to join the college’s staff, students and family members to celebrate the festive season, with the event starting at 7.30pm.

Apprentices host outstanding event for regions employers

Tue, 2017-11-21 09:55

We recently celebrated our annual Apprenticeship Gala Dinner at @thirty-four. This prestigious event was designed to showcase the skills of our advanced apprentice chefs from across the county who have worked tirelessly to succeed in their field. It was also an excellent opportunity to thank our employers for their support and partnership. We were delighted to welcome over 50 representatives from south west employers including Exeter Chiefs, Exeter City Council, Radio Exe, Plymouth City Council, RD&E, South West Water, the University of Exeter and Devon County Council.

The apprentices served a four course menu, devised, cooked and presented by themselves.
Congratulations to all the apprentices cooking on the night, supported by our commercial trainees:

  • Ethan Macdonald – Salutation Inn
  • Isabel Searson
  • Robin Kumar-Das
  • Kerry Wright
  • James Volrath – Kentisbury Grange
  • Steve Gratton – Northcote Theatre
  • Joshua James – The Greyhound Country Inn
  • Erin Reeve – The Hickory Inn

This event was supported by Exeter College hospitality and front of house students and also helped to raise money for the college’s charity of the year - Mind.

Mike Blakeley, Director of Apprenticeships and Employer Engagement and Head of Business Solutions and Enterprise at Exeter College said: The Apprentice Gala Dinner has been a firm favourite with both our employers and apprentices.  It’s an opportunity for Exeter College to not only thank our apprenticeship employers for their support  but showcase the exceptional skills of our apprentices. I think you would be hard pushed to find food of this quality anywhere else. Our guests were impressed by the execution of the menus and the approach of all of the apprentices on the night. In a year of record employer satisfaction we know that small gestures of this kind keep the college at the forefront of business engagement.”

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our employers for attending and to thank our sponsor, Natwest. We were delighted to receive such outstanding feedback from our guests, who were thoroughly impressed with the exceptional talent of the apprentices.

If you are interested in becoming an apprentice then please take a look at our current listing here.

If you would like to find out more about employing an apprentice for your business then please contact our Apprenticeship Team on 01392 400400 or click here for further information

Photos by Richard Norvill.

 

Exeter College students launch the National Young Apprentice Ambassador Network

Fri, 2017-11-17 14:33

This week 9 Exeter College apprentices were invited to launch the National Young Apprentice Ambassador Network at the NEC, Birmingham, hosted by Skills Show UK. The event was addressed by Anne Milton, The Minister for Education.  

Some of our talented Exeter College students were selected from thousands of apprentices across the South West to join this prestigious national body. The regions ambassadors came from Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Wiltshire, Gloucester and Dorset and totalled 19. 

These distinguished roles were awarded for our young apprentices who are seen as leading lights amongst their peers. 

  • Rebecca Feeney – South West Water 
  • Ella Fielding - Exeter College
  • Amber Bassett – The University of Exeter 
  • Maddy Green - The University of Exeter 
  • Chloe Causer - Plymouth City Council 
  • Troy Wheeler - MB Aerospace 
  • Connor Howis - MB Aerospace 
  • Bertie Purser - Centrax
  • Louis Holmes - Centrax

Ella Fielding was one of the apprentices selected and attends Exeter College. This is what she had to say; 

I feel so proud to have been invited to this high profile apprenticeship conference. As an apprentice I feel it is so important that young people are involved in inspiring others into considering employment with training to develop themselves both personally and professionally. 

It was great to see the minister of apprenticeships and incredible to meet so many other young people from across the country with the same visions as me and who are working so hard as ambassadors of apprenticeships.” 

The scheme began in the North of England and Midlands initially with 6 young apprentices and this year it has been rolled out nationally.

On Thursday 8th March next year the college will be hosting the Apprenticeship Expo that runs during National Apprenticeship Week, 5th – 9th March 2018. The event is funded by the Devon and Cornwall apprenticeship ambassador network and is a great opportunity for students to meet a host of exciting and inspiring companies and brands.

Mike Blakeley, Director of Apprenticeships and Employer Engagement and Head of Business Solutions and Enterprise at Exeter College said:

The role of ambassadors regarding apprenticeships has always been critical to their success.  We have been well served across the region with the South West Apprenticeship Ambassador Network.  To now have a recognised young person ambassador network to compliment the work of the employers is fantastic.”

He went on to add;

The launch showcased the amazing work of apprentices and their ambition to promote the key benefits of quality programmes was exceptionally high. To have our own apprentice, Ella and 8 other apprentices from Exeter College representing the South West region was testimony to their hard work and support of their fantastic employers. “ 

Why should I choose a BTEC programme of study instead of A Levels?

Fri, 2017-11-17 14:14

It is a common misconception amongst students and parents that you need A Levels to progress to university. This is not always the case. Some BTEC courses allow you to gain enough UCAS points to study at your chosen university.

At Exeter College we offer a range of BTEC courses, some can be combined with A Levels and some are designed to be studied on their own as stand alone courses. BTECs are vocational courses that can be studied at Level 1, 2 or 3. They don’t generally involve exams, however there may be some element of external assessment. They focus on coursework, and give a balance of practical work and theory. BTEC Level 3 courses include Certificates, Extended Certificates, Foundation Diplomas and Extended Diplomas. You can read more about our course types here and have a look through our School Leavers’ Course Guide here.

Many of our BTEC students go on to successfully study at university. We recently caught up with Lucy Lefebvre. Lucy studied a Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Uniformed Public Services. She is now studying Criminology at Cardiff University and was awarded a bursary to help with her studies because of her excellent grades.

Lucy said: Exeter college was one of the main reasons I actually made it to university. Without the support of the staff I really don't think I would've made it, I’m so thankful to all the Public Services staff that helped me through my studies and prepped me well for higher learning.”

One of Lucy’s lecturers, Edgar Mihas said: I taught Lucy in Year 1 of her BTEC course and said right from the start that she was a brilliant student. Lucy showed a genuine interest in crime and it’s effects on society. She always did her very best to participate in class and to complete all assignments to distinction, often including very good quality research which went above and beyond the Level 3 standards, requirements and even expectations.”

If you are thinking of studying a BTEC course but are unsure as to whether it’s right for you then why not come along to our next open event on Wednesday 17th January for advice on suitable courses? You can pre-register here.

Alternatively, please call our College Advice Team on 01392 400600.

Exeter College Named Best in the Country for the Second Year in a Row

Fri, 2017-11-17 09:13

Exeter College has, for a second consecutive year, been placed at the top in an annual league table of colleges published by FE Week, a leading publication focused on the further education sector. 

The table was compiled using a points based system, with points awarded against a number of key criteria published by the Department for Education (DfE). The index included scores for learner and employer satisfaction, as well as taking into account information about young and adult learners’ progression, post-college.

“I am delighted that for a second year in a row Exeter College has been ranked as the best college in the country.

“Our success is not down to luck. We have amazing students, great partners, committed employers, exceptional staff and astute governors. I would like to thank everyone who is either involved with or connected with Exeter College for their engagement and support!” said Exeter College Principal and Chief Executive, John Laramy

Exeter College was placed at the top of the table which included over 200 further education colleges. 

High Flying Exmouth Aircraft Engineering Degree Student Wins Coveted Scholarship

Thu, 2017-11-16 12:57

High flying Exmouth aircraft engineering student Oliver Barnard has won a prestigious national aerospace scholarship.

Exeter College student Oliver Barnard, from Exmouth, who studied an Aircraft Engineering Foundation Degree (FdEng) at the college, has beaten competition from across the UK to win the coveted Coachmakers’ Sir Sydney Camm Scholarship 2017.

The scholarship is awarded to a UK student who has shown outstanding ability, determination, ambition and potential. The award will allow Oliver to make a start on a career in aerospace engineering.

Oliver studied for his Foundation Degree at the Centre for University Level Studies, Exeter College. He recently graduated in his degree at Exeter Cathedral along with more than 160 other graduates. Exeter College is ‘Gold’ rated for teaching and learning through the Teaching Excellence Framework. The college was awarded Gold by the Higher Education Funding Council for England for ‘delivering consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for students.  The Foundation degree in Aircraft Engineering Foundation Degree is delivered by the college in partnership with Kingston University London.

Oliver said: “It’s a great honour to have been awarded this scholarship. It makes all of the time dedicated into the studying even more worth it.

“I am also very grateful to the Coachmakers to have invited me to attend their Aerospace Industry dinner at the end of November to receive my awards certificate alongside the other scholarship winners.

“I am looking forward to celebrating the evening with them and will try to meet as many interesting and influential people in the aerospace industry as I can.”

Ollie is now topping up his degree to an Honours degree while also working to get hands on experience. Oliver said:  “I needed to do something different and more practical, so I found out about this course. I liked the fact the course was made up of different subjects which rotate and the practical element breaks it up well too.

The support at college was very good. I would recommend my course – it’s definitely beneficial if you want to get practical experience along with your academic studies.

Each summer a shortlist of candidates from students studying toward Foundation degrees in the field of Aerospace. The students are interviewed by a panel from the Coachmakers Company and one scholarship, currently worth £4,700, is awarded as a contribution towards fees in the ensuing top up year.

Graham Noon, Oliver’s tutor during his course, said: “From the beginning of the Flybe Diploma in Aircraft Engineering Oliver showed determination to succeed in what is a very specialist course for prospective aircraft engineers. The course is run as a partnership between Flybe and Exeter College where the college deliver the theoretical aspects of the course and Flybe provide the practical training.

“Students even get six months ‘hands on’ practical training at the end of the course in the Flybe hangars where they get the opportunity to work on live aircraft in a real working environment, ideal preparation for a career in aircraft maintenance.

“I am very proud of the fact that Oliver has won this award in the face of fierce competition from across the country, it reflects upon his hard work and drive to succeed in an industry which is in need of a lot more young men and women of the calibre which Oliver has displayed.”

Dr Peter Barrington, Head, Department of Aerospace and Aircraft Engineering at Kingston University, said:  “This is the fifth year the scholarship has been offered and the panel said that this year was one of the strongest fields.    

“I teach on the top up programme at Kingston and I have always been impressed by those students coming from Exeter College.  They show a good balance of practical and academic skills.”

About our Centre for University Level Studies

Exeter College is a ‘Gold’ rated college that offers a wide range of University Level courses with our partner universities including BA, Foundation Degree, HNC and HND programmes.

University level education at the Centre for University Level Studies is a critical and growing part of the college’s learning community.  The college works in partnership with well-respected university partners and awarding bodies, enabling students to study in Exeter and at the same time benefit from teaching excellence and a wide choice of courses.

Devon Apprentice Jordan takes to national stage in coveted WorldSkills UK final

Mon, 2017-11-13 11:34

Exeter College apprentice Jordan Picot is competing against the very best in the country after wowing judges with his skills. 

Jordan, who is from Newton Abbot, is taking part in the National Final of SkillPLUMB at the WorldSkills UK competition at the NEC in Birmingham from 15-18th November 2017. He won his place after impressing the judges in regional heats – where he won the Southern heat. 

WorldSkills UK brings together apprentices and young people from across the UK to compete to be the best in their chosen vocation. The competition encourages students and apprentices to be ambitious in their pursuit for excellence, while equipping them with lifelong, world-class skills. 

Jordan, 20, is a Level 3 Advanced Apprentice in Domestic Plumbing and Heating, and is employed by specialists in sustainable energy, Go Green Engineering. He said: “I am a little bit nervous. I think it will hit me when I get there at the competition where everyone will be there. I’d be over the moon if I win, but we will have to see!

“Whatever happens, to get through to the finals has given me a massive boost in confidence and has helped me learn a lot of good skills. 

“I’d certainly recommend Exeter College if you are considering an apprenticeship. It has been a fantastic experience for me, has opened up doors, and has allowed me to start my career. I would have never have believed you if you’d have told me I’d be in a national competition if you told me a few years ago!” 

John Laramy, Exeter College Principal and Chief Executive, said: “As a college, our vision is to be exceptional. This achievement by Jordan is exceptional and shows the talent of our students and impact of the strong partnership that exists between our employers and our talented college staff. 

“I would like to congratulate Jordan, as well as thank his employer and the college staff for their critical support. Good luck at the finals Jordan, we will all be rooting for you!”

Chris Bennett, who is Jordan’s tutor at the college, said: “We are very proud of Jordan. He has proved his quality by attending both of the national plumbing competition finals this year. 

“Jordan and his employer deserve all the credit they get as they both support the need for high standards and excellence in the plumbing industry.”

Rob Woodger, Head of Faculty, Construction & the Built Environment, added: “Jordan has earned his place in the national final by showcasing his skills in the regional heats earlier this year. 

“Jordan has prepared well for the national final which will be a fantastic opportunity for him to demonstrate his skills on the national stage. We wish Jordan the very best of luck and would like to take this opportunity to recognise and thank Jordan’s apprenticeship employer and tutors for their support.” 

Go Green Engineering are specialists in sustainable energy solutions, designing and installing energy efficient systems, ranging from solar thermal hot water systems, heat pumps and biomass systems.

Award winning apprenticeships at Exeter College 

Apprenticeship are an exciting alternative to full time study and offer an opportunity to gain work experience, develop industry specific skills and get qualified – all while getting paid. We are placing record numbers of young people into our award winning Apprenticeship programme year on year. 

To find out more, visit our Open Event on Tuesday, November 14th, 5-8pm. Register online today 

Exeter College Thanks Employers

Fri, 2017-11-10 11:21

Exeter College is thanking employers after being ranked in the Top 10 of all further education colleges in England for exceptional employer satisfaction. 

The college is ranked seventh out of 202 colleges across the whole country, scoring 98.5% against a national average figure of 82% for employer satisfaction in the Government’s national FE Choices employer satisfaction survey 2016 to 2017. 

The high ranking is testimony to the strong culture of partnership and collaboration that exists between Exeter College and the region's employers.  It comes on the back of the college’s exceptionally high Apprenticeship success rates which are well ahead of the national average.  The college won the coveted Times Educational Supplement FE Award for the best Apprenticeship Programme of the Year in 2016.

John Laramy, Exeter College Principal and Chief Executive, said: “Our success with employers is the result of a genuine partnership, which places students and the needs of employers at the heart of all that we do.  We now work with over 950 businesses and to be rated by them as one of the very best Apprenticeship providers in England is a truly exceptional outcome.  This success, however, does not happen by accident, so I would like to thank the employers who work collaboratively with us to shape our provision, our Apprentices who continue to excel in all that they do, and our staff who continue to go the extra mile!”

Jonathan Cresswell, Head of Apprenticeships, at the University of Exeter said: “As an employer, we work in genuine partnership with Exeter College.  Our opinions and requirements are valued and listened to.  This results in a high quality learning and a development experience for our new and existing staff on Apprenticeships, which is aligned to our business needs.  In a recent survey 100% of our Apprentices were satisfied with their overall Apprenticeship experience, and the relevance of the training to their career or job”.

Mike Blakeley, Director of Apprenticeships and Employer Engagement at Exeter College said: “More employers than ever before are recruiting Apprentices through Exeter College.  We placed a record 1066 Apprentices last year. It is essential we continue to develop our approach to ensure our Top 10 status continues for years to come.”

Are you an employer? 
If you would like advice on taking on an Apprentice for your business call our Apprentice Hotline 01395 400800. 

Are you a potential apprentice? 
If you would like more information on becoming an Apprentice, Exeter College is hosting an Open Evening across all sites, 5pm-8pm on Tuesday 14th November. Register online today www.exe-coll.ac.uk

Exeter College ranked in Top 10 for employer satisfaction in the UK

Thu, 2017-11-09 16:01

Exeter College is thanking employers after being ranked in the UK Top 10 of all further education colleges for exceptional employer satisfaction.

The college is ranked seventh out of 202 colleges across the whole country, scoring 98.5% against a national average figure of 82% for employer satisfaction in the Government’s national FE Choices employer satisfaction survey 2016 to 2017. 

The high ranking is testimony to the strong culture of partnership and collaboration that exists between Exeter College and the region's employers.  It comes on the back of the college’s exceptionally high Apprenticeship success rates which are well ahead of the national average.  The college won the coveted Times Educational Supplement FE Award for the best Apprenticeship Programme of the Year in 2016.

John Laramy, Exeter College Principal and Chief Executive, said: “Our success with employers is the result of a genuine partnership, which places students and the needs of employers at the heart of all that we do.  We now work with over 950 businesses and to be rated by them as one of the very best Apprenticeship providers in our nation is a truly exceptional outcome.  This success, however, does not happen by accident, so I would like to thank the employers who work collaboratively with us to shape our provision, our students who continue to excel in all that they do, and our staff who continue to go the extra mile!”

Jonathan Cresswell, Head of Apprenticeships, at the University of Exeter said: “As an employer, we work in genuine partnership with Exeter College.  Our opinions and requirements are valued and listened to.  This results in a high quality learning and a development experience for our new and existing staff on Apprenticeships, which is aligned to our business needs.  In a recent survey 100% of our Apprentices were satisfied with their overall Apprenticeship experience, and the relevance of the training to their career or job”.

Mike Blakeley, Director of Apprenticeships and Employer Engagement at Exeter College said: “More employers than ever before are recruiting Apprentices through Exeter College.  We placed a record 1066 Apprentices last year. It is essential we continue to develop our approach to ensure our Top 10 status continues for years to come.”

Are you an employer?

If you would like advice on taking on an Apprentice for your business call our Apprentice Hotline 01395 400800.

Are you a potential apprentice?

If you would like more information on becoming an Apprentice, Exeter College is hosting an Open Evening across all sites, 5pm-8pm on Tuesday 14th November. Register online today.

Which building should I go to at the open event?

Wed, 2017-11-08 13:32

Which building should I go to at the open event?

Our open events are a great way for you to explore the college and subjects you’re thinking about studying with us. During most open events we open all sites and have staff on hand for you to get information and advice from. We also have teaching staff from all subjects, to give you course specific advice.

But with six sites in the city centre (and our dedicated out of town constructions and engineering centres) it can be a bit daunting when thinking about where to start.

Well first things first, don’t panic. Each city centre site is about five minutes from each other and that’s where the majority of our courses are taught. So if you go to the wrong site, you can easily be directed to the correct one. If you are interested in our specialist Construction or Technology sites, or subjects you can go directly to them, you don’t need to come to the city centre first. You can find thier dedicated programmes at the bottoms of this blog. 

Below is an overview of the different sites, and what subject areas are in each.

Hele Road Site (H)

Our Hele Road site is made up of four main teaching buildings, when you arrive you’ll be directed by our advice team or you can explore the site yourself using our open event programme, you can get your copy here.

You’ll find the following subject areas on this site:

  • Apprenticeships
  • Healthcare, Childcare and Public Services
  • English
  • Languages
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Humanities
  • Hair and Beauty
  • Hospitality
  • Vocational Studies
  • Level 1, Fast Track and Paths2 courses

There will also be someone from construction at this site, however if you are interested in construction see our note at the bottom about our specialist sites.

Maths and Science Centre (S)

This where you’ll find information on all Maths and Science courses. There’s also a STEM Hub in this building which showcases Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, however if you’re looking for information about specific Engineering courses we recommend you visit our Technology Centre, they have a specialist programme too, you can download it here. 

Victoria House (V)

Victoria House is home to our Business and IT & Sports, Leisure and Tourism faculties. You can find information and advice on subjects in these areas here, they include the usual business and sports courses but also more specialist courses such as computing, game development and outdoor adventure.

Centre for Creative Industries - CCI (C)

Our Centre for Creative Industries houses our Art and Design & Media and Performing Arts faculties here you can find out about everything from fashion and textiles to 3D design and all vocational and A Level media and performing arts courses.

Centre for Music and Performance (M)

The CMP is based at 26 Queen Street, opposite Five Guys, and this is where all of our music courses are based. You can pop here to find out about studying A Level and vocational music courses as well as music technology.

Interested in Construction or Engineering? We have specialist construction and engineering sites based just outside of the city centre. They have dedicated teams and facilities, and they’re happy to show you around. You can download their programmes below:

Falcon House (Construction) Programme
Technology Centre (Engineering, Aerospace & Automotive) Programme

If you’re already in the city centre, let us take you for a tour of the specialist sites. We have a FREE return shuttle bus running to the Technology and Construction Centres, it leaves the Helen Road car park at 5.30pm and 6.30pm.

We hope you’ve got all of the information you need, but if you would like anything else, please feel free email us at info@exe-coll.ac.uk

Ladies Hockey Team crowned U18 Devon Schools Champions

Fri, 2017-10-27 15:33

Earlier in the month our Ladies Hockey Academy team traveled to Blundells School to take part in the U18 Devon Schools finals. They won all three of their group games v's Plymouth College, Mount Kelly and Colyton Grammar. They then beat Blundells School in the semi-final and took on Exeter School in the final. After a very tight game they finished 0-0 at full time but our girls won 3-2 on penalty flicks crowning them 2017 U18 Devon Schools Champions.

Winning the tournament meant the girls automatically qualified for the West Hockey Association preliminary round at Millfield School on Thursday 12th Oct.

The girls played matches v's Sherborne, Millfield and Truro High School. The first game against Sherborne ended in a draw followed by a loss against Millfield but the team rallied, and came back strong with an impressive victory against Truro High in their final game of the day.

After a long hard fought, fast paced afternoon of hockey the team finished runners up to Millfield. Our Ladies Hockey Team have successfully qualified for the U18 West of England Schools finals on Thursday the 16th Nov at Clifton College.

Coach, Scott Davies said:

The girls have worked extremely hard in the early part of the season and have done brilliantly to get this far.” Head of Faculty, Ross Morshead added: “This is another great achievement for our Hockey Academy and its coaches.”

Well done to the team who are:

Aimee Scott

Alice Dormor

Aimee Keast

Amy Gear

Annie Hussell

Anya Butler

Beth George

Brogen Algar

Ellie Brooks

Ellie Gullon

Georgia Hallett

Maegan Green

Molly Smith

Rosie Jones

 

Progression and Employability Update

Fri, 2017-10-27 13:31

Parent/Guardian Progress Evenings for First and Second Year Students  

Our Parent/Guardian Progress Evenings for the Autumn Term will take place as follows:

2nd Year students - Wednesday 8th November, 4.30pm – 7.30pm   

1st Year and 1 Year course students - Monday 27th November, 4.30pm – 7.30pm 

Both events will take place at the Hele Road site, with the following exceptions: Engineering, Aerospace and Automotive Faculty – will be held at The Technology Centre, Monkerton; Construction Faculty – will be held at Falcon House, Sowton.

University Apllication Support

All 2nd year students applying to university should now have their UCAS applications underway. UCAS opened the application cycle for this year on 6th September and we encourage students to make an application as soon as possible. Increasingly there is a trend across the country towards making early applications. An earlier application, ahead of the national closing date of 15th January 2018, will help our students to secure the place they want at the institution of their choice. 

To support this process we run regular UCAS application clinics as below: 

  •  Every Monday at Victoria House Learning Centre until 11th December 2017
  •  Every Tuesday and Thursday at the Pop-up Learning Centre, Tower until 12th December 

All run 3.30-4.30pm 

 Students can drop in for support with: 

  •  Researching university courses
  •  Completing UCAS application form
  •  Personal statement writing 

The progression and employability team were also thrilled to welcome colleagues from the following universities who offered our students all-important personal statement writing advice: Exeter University, Bristol University, and the University of Law. We also look forward to hosting further university colleagues at the college for similar sessions through November and December. 
This term we also offered specific help and advice to learners applying to Oxbridge, medicine, veterinary and dentistry courses ready for the 15th October deadline.

For those students interested in progressing to medicine the college Medical Society has been supporting with various activity in partnership with Exeter Medical School and we are also now pleased to be partnering with the Exeter RD&E to offer all of our students, particularly those with interest in medicine or the healthcare professions, volunteering opportunities. 

Receiving offers from universities and making choices

After submitting their UCAS form, students will start receiving decisions from universities via their online ‘track’ account. Students are only able to keep two offers from the maximum of five original choices applied for. It is recommended that students ensure that they are happy with their programme choice, university location and accommodation before applying and certainly before accepting an offer. Should students fail to receive offers from their first round of applications or change their choice of course they can take advantage of UCAS ‘Extra’ which starts in February 2018. This enables students to make additional choices. Students can visit the UCAS website www.ucas.com for how this system operates or talk to the progression and employability team.

Higher education student finance

It is important for students and parents to be aware of the financial implications of going on to higher education, not only in terms of the loans which will be accumulated over the period of study, but also the level of repayments and the availability of university specific bursaries and scholarships. The Student Finance England website www.gov.uk/studentfinance contains information on the financial support available to students. There is also a calculator on the site which will assess how much support applicants can expect from the Government and higher education institutions that they are applying to. All 2018 UCAS applicants will need to make an application for their student finance package. This can be done online at www.gov.uk from January 2018 and should be completed by the end of May 2018 to ensure arrangements are in place for the beginning of the university academic year in September. 

Please ring the progression and employability team on 01392 400330 if you would like to discuss the UCAS process further. 

Did you know Exeter College offers a wide range of university level courses?

Working in partnership with other educational institutions, including Plymouth University, University of Exeter and University of St Mark & St John, we deliver a variety of higher national certificates (HNCs), higher national diplomas (HNDs), bachelor of arts (BA Ord) and bachelor of science (BSc) degrees and foundation degree (FdA and FdSc) programmes. To find out more visit our website www.exe-coll.ac.uk/HE or contact our higher education adviser, Candice Tooze, on 01392 400909 or headviser@exe-coll.ac.uk 

Other news from the progression and employability team

This term we have been working with the National Citizen Service to promote this fantastic programme to our students. We have had several visits and presentations from the local NCS Team. This programme is designed to support students in enhancing their personal development through an exciting programme consisting of: 

  • Adventure activities (as part of a residential)
  • External speaker workshops and mentoring
  • Community engagement project 

For more information please visit http://www.ncsyes.co.uk/ or contact the progression team. 

Our dedicated progression and employability team offers advice to all students, whether they are considering university, a foundation degree, an Apprenticeship or a job or training after college. We encourage any learner who feels they need help and support in finding the right direction to come and talk through their options. Students are welcome to book an appointment during the college hours by emailing us.

For more information and advice the team can be contacted on 01392 400330 or progressionteam@exe-coll.ac.uk. 

 

Learn2Live Road Safety Partnership Comes to Exeter College

Fri, 2017-10-27 13:05

The focus at Exeter College is always on teaching, learning and supportive tutoring which meets the needs and aspirations of our Learners. As part of this, we provide students with an opportunity to attend Big Tutorials across the academic year including a road safety education event called Learn2Live. This event is run by road safety teams made up of representatives from local government and emergency services including, among others, Devon County Council, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service and Devon and Cornwall Police. To date over 100,000 Devon and Cornwall students have seen the presentations. 

In the South West young drivers have the highest crash risk of all age groups.  This is true for all types of crashes, from those involving only property damage, through those causing injury, to those resulting in death. The risk is greater in the first few years of driving, when limited driving experience, and sometimes risk taking behind the wheel, can result in disaster.

Providing our students with an opportunity to attend this event will provide them with invaluable skills and knowledge to prepare them for the future. The Learn2Live event this academic year is taking place on Thursday 9th and Friday 10th November. The Learn2Live event is highly impactful and students will all attend with their Tutor/Subject Lecturers to offer information and support. The event is also attended by the College’s Wellbeing Team who are available to support students.

All students attending will also have a tutorial before the event to learn about the event as well as to complete a questionnaire. Students will complete the questionnaire three times throughout the academic year to gain their feedback and to test their knowledge. The questionnaire will also gain learners feedback on how the Road Safety teams should communicate their campaigns to hopefully help reduce road traffic incidents. The event will then be followed up with an opportunity for students to attend the Road Safety tutorials to ensure the knowledge and skills they learnt at the event are embedded. 

Learn2Live would also like to collect feedback and views from learners parents to maximise engagement with road safety. If you are interested in taking part and providing your feedback please follow this link http://ex.ac.uk/youngdriverstudy. Ultimately the Road safety teams hope to use all of the information and feedback from learners and their parents to reduce the number of road traffic collisions on our roads. For more details please contact megansnell@exe-coll.ac.uk

Ex-student and acclaimed tenor, Thomas Hobbs, returns for homecoming show

Fri, 2017-10-27 10:10

Exeter College welcomes back internationally acclaimed tenor and alumnus, Thomas Hobbs, for one off show at Exeter’s historic St Michael & All Angels Church.  

Thomas has been described as one of the finest tenors in the UK and is in demand, appearing with many leading baroque and early music ensembles throughout Europe and the US. He also has performed as a soloist in key works from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. 

Thomas was born in Exeter and was educated at Exeter School and then Exeter College before moving onto the Royal College of Music. Iorwerth Pugh, Programme Leader & Associate Lecturer at Exeter College said: “We are thrilled to be hosting this homecoming recital. Thomas was always an exceptional student and his dedication and talent have paid off to make him one of the foremost tenors in the UK today.”

Hobbs works frequently with, among others, Philippe Herreweghe and his acclaimed ensemble Collegium Vocale Gent and Raphaël Pichon and his Ensemble Pygmalion. His most recent recordings of Handel Chandos Anthems with Stephen Layton and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Mozart Requiem with John Butt and the Dunedin Consort have been universally praised, with the latter receiving the 2014 Gramophone Award for best Choral recording. 

He will be accompanied on the evening by Andrew Millington. Andrew is well known as Organist and Master of the Choristers of Exeter Cathedral between 1999 and 2015 and has enjoyed an illustrious career in music. He is also active as a composer, and has had several choral pieces published.

The event is being supported by the Chris Wilson Award. Chris was an inspirational singing teacher at Exeter College well into his 80s and the award was established to celebrate Chris and to support vocal students at Exeter College with any profits raised from these events. 

Thomas Hobbs will be performing on Wednesday 8 November at St Michael and All Angels Church, Mount Dinham from 7.30pm. Tickets are £15 (£5 concessions). Thomas is also joining us for the “Messiah from Scratch” event on Tuesday, 7 November at St David’s Church from 10.00am – 6.15pm. Tickets for both events can purchased from Exeter’s Barnfield Theatre, call 01392 271080 or visit barnfieldtheatre.co.uk for more information and to book.

Golden Celebration Day for Graduates of 'Gold-rated' college

Mon, 2017-10-23 09:33

University level students at ‘Gold’ rated Exeter College celebrated their graduation in the spectacular surroundings of Exeter Cathedral. 

More than 165 students from the Centre for University Level Studies donned their caps and gowns for a grand procession through the city centre on their way to the Cathedral (Friday, October 20th). 

This year’s graduation comes after a year of success for University Level studies at Exeter College – with the college awarded a prestigious ‘Gold’ rating in the UK Government’s assessment of teaching excellence in higher education. 

Hundreds of guests, including friends and family of those graduating, the Lord Mayor, partner institutions, community partners, representatives of Exeter College and its Board of Governors, came together at the Graduation ceremony to celebrate the achievements of the students. 

Students of all ages from Devon and further afield were awarded University level qualifications ranging from BA to Foundation Degrees, HNCs and HNDs in the broad range of subject areas offered under the Centre for University Level Studies. 

The college is one of only 16 colleges in the whole country to be rated gold, putting the college in the top 20 per cent of the 299 colleges and universities in the UK judged under the Teaching Excellence Framework. 

Exeter College has been offering University Level programmes for many years and has a strong record of delivering high-quality, student-focused programmes. This is evidenced by the college receiving its Gold Award under the TEF. 

The college’s University Level offer is designed to meet the needs of our local and regional communities and employers, giving people not only the chance to start, or change career, but also to advance their employment and life prospects. 

The guest speaker at the ceremony was Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw. 

John Laramy, Exeter College Principal and Chief Executive, said: “Our Graduation Day is a real highlight of the college year. I would like to congratulate all the students graduating and thank them for their contribution to a truly stunning year for our Centre for University Level Studies.  
“The class of 2017 contributed to our most successful year ever for higher education, with the college being ranked as ‘Gold’ in the Teaching Excellence Framework, just one of 16 colleges in the country to achieve this rating.  I would also like to thank the staff both at the college and within our partner universities, who have enabled our students excel.” 

About our Centre for University Level Studies

Exeter College is a ‘Gold’ rated college that offers a wide range of University Level courses with our partner universities including BA, Foundation Degree, HNC and HND programmes. 

University level education at the Centre for University Level Studies is a critical and growing part of the college’s learning community.  The college works in partnership with well-respected university partners and awarding bodies, enabling students to study in Exeter and at the same time benefit from teaching excellence and a wide choice of courses.  

If you aren’t quite ready for higher education, the college has a number of Access to HE programmes and other routes for you to start your higher education journey. 

Thinking about your future? Looking for teaching excellence? Looking to start your career, change career, a fresh start, or improve your employment prospects? Returning to education? Do Your Degree Differently with Gold rated Teaching Excellence. 
Applications are now open for entry in Sept 2018. 

Subject areas include: 

Access to Higher Education 

Art and Design

- Fine Art

- Graphic Communication

- Photography

Business and IT

- Business

- Business Management

- Computing and Systems Development

Construction

- Civil Engineering

- Construction

Creative and Professional Writing 

Engineering, Aerospace and Automotive

- Aircraft Engineering

- Electrical and Electronic Engineering

- Manufacturing Engineering

- Mechanical Engineering

Healthcare, Childcare and Public Services

- Early Childhood Studies 

- Health and Social Care

- Public Services

Media and Performing Arts

- Film and TV Production

- Journalism 

- Music

Sport, Leisure and Tourism 

- Applied Outdoor Adventure

- Coaching and Fitness

- Football  Coaching and Development  

- Sports Therapy

Teaching 

See our website for full details about our Centre for University Level Studies:  https://www.exe-coll.ac.uk/HE/ 

Would you like to find out more? Come to our Open Event on Tuesday, 14th November, 5-8pm. 

Register online today: https://www.exe-coll.ac.uk/HE/OpenEvents 

How to get the most out of your open event

Fri, 2017-10-06 14:47

We are excited to welcome you to our first open event of the year.

Maybe you already know what your plan is for next year, maybe you are a bit unsure about what is next for you. Whichever it is, we think that by coming along to one of our open events you are taking the next exciting step into your future. We hope that by visiting us we can inspire you to think about your future and open your eyes to all the amazing possibilities and opportunities that we can offer.

On 16th October all our college sites are open for you to visit including the Technology Centre and our Construction site, Falcon House. Our fantastic specialist facilities are part of what makes us great so it’s really important you visit the subject area you are most interested in. This will also give you the chance to talk to our staff about the courses you are interested in and means we can make sure your next step is the right one for you.

Here are our top tips for making sure you get the most out of your visit.

  • TALK to us - if you are unsure about what subjects to take then we are the best people to ask. Our teachers will be able to inspire you and tell you about what you will learn from their course. We also have specialist advisers who can help you make informed decisions about your choices.
     
  • Step out of your comfort zone - you might have always known which subjects to take next but maybe you should see what else is on offer, you never know - we might surprise you.
     
  • Cover all your options - talk to our experts about A Levels, BTECs and Apprenticeships, that way you have all the information you need and you can make an informed decision.
     
  • Visit our facilities - whether you want to study Engineering, Music or Science, it’s worth visiting the buildings where these subjects are based. You will have the chance to see the equipment you will be using on an everyday basis and speak to students who currently take those subjects.
     
  • If there is an extracurricular activity that you are interested in then make sure you take a look at the academies that are on offer with us. We have a wide range of academies covering subjects such as music, journalism, performing arts, sports and even academies aimed at getting you into world class universities.
     
  • Have a chat with our current students - there is no better way to find out about college life. There will be student representatives based in all our city centre sites so if there is anything you’re worried about, just ask!
     
  • Grab a free tea and coffee and just sit down and think it all through, that way if you have any more questions, we're here to help.
     
  • Go to a Principal's talk - this is a great way of finding out about the college, our staff and students and how we can help you on your next steps. 
     
  • Gather as much information as you can - As well as teaching staff and college advisers, there will also be people to talk to about travel and bursary.

If you haven't already pre-registered for the event, you can do so here. Can't make this one? Don't worry, we hold open events throughout the year. See here for other dates.

Why take part in an enrichment programme?

Wed, 2017-09-27 09:29

Enrichment is an important part of your time at college, that's why we encourage all our students to join one of the many clubs and opportunities available. Some enrichment activities involve giving up an hour a week whereas some will require a bit more time but you could end up with a qualification at the end of it. As well as having the chance to meet new people and make new friends, you can use this time to relax and learn something new. It’s always a good idea to have a genuine hobby that you are passionate about on your personal statement or CV too, so what are you waiting for?

There is a whole wealth of clubs and activities available to choose from, from self defence to big band and learning sign language and volunteering opportunities. Take a look at the list on the portal here.

If there isn’t something that takes your fancy then why not think about setting up your own group?

For many students time for enrichment activities is built into their timetable on a Wednesday afternoon so joining a club doesn’t mean you miss out on study time. If you are studying an A Level programme you may decide to take up an Extend option alongside your three A Levels. This fourth option can be selected from a wide range of courses depending on individual interests and potential progression plans beyond college. You can read more about Extend here.

We spoke to some of our students about why they love their clubs and this is what they had to say.

Rory: Debating Society

Clubs at Exeter such as Model United Nations and Debate society – and the wealth of talks and lectures from notable figures – have engaged me with the issues of society and the wider world, and have provided insight into a range of topics.”

James: Student Representative Committee

The opportunities I’ve got here (from the SRC to TEDx to extracurricular societies) are second to none. I’m confident in saying I’ve grown so much as both a person and student since starting at Exeter. I know I just wouldn’t be the same if I’d gone somewhere else!”

Hannah: British Sign Language course

The course was fun, relaxed, and ideal for beginners, and when it ended I came out with recognition of my achievement that I can show off to employers and universities, but most importantly the beginnings of a new way to communicate with the people around me. I would recommend this enrichment opportunity to anyone on any course who wants to learn a new skill outside of the college curriculum.”

Holly: Bike Club

At the Fresher’s Fair, there’s a wealth of enrichment activities to take part in. I’ve been cycling in a velodrome with Bike Club.”

Kira: Debating Society

College opportunities are great, as well as fascinating guest lecturers, I have been fortunate enough to go to TEDxExeter and the BBC’s South West General Election debate because of the fantastic Debating Society. These have complemented my studies brilliantly.”

Charlotte: Volunteering

Charlotte decided to raise money for the Galapagos Conservation Trust (GCT) after doing some work experience with them. Along, with some friends, she climbed Snowdon this summer and managed to raise £150.

I did a week’s work experience with the GCT in 2015, and another week last summer. The GCT is the only UK registered charity to focus on the sustainability and conservation of the Galapagos Islands and wildlife. My personal motivation for donating to the GCT, was due to my interest in Marine Biology. The others liked the idea of helping the turtles too!”

Harry and Sarah: Big Band

We spoke to Harry and Sarah who have been part of Big Band for 2 years, as well as enjoying performing to the public, they said it’s a great way to meet people with the same love for music.

Sarah said: It helps to build confidence and it’s a great social thing. You learn a lot, it prepares you for a future career.”

Harry added: It gives me the chance to play the sort of music I like, I’m a jazz musician at heart so it means I can play with people who actually like the same sort of music. It’s great experience being part of a band like this, it’s good to prepare for things beyond college.”

Our Alumni

Wed, 2017-09-20 09:00

This is the first in a series of features focusing on Exeter College Alumni. Our aim is to showcase how our students go on to fulfil their ambitions in a wide range of sectors and to encourage past students to get in touch and tell us their story.

This spring we launched our first ever alumni magazine, EXE. We are excited to build on this and to share more amazing stories with you. You can read this magazine online or request a copy here

This month we are talking to Kim. She first came to Exeter College in 2010 to complete an Apprenticeship in Vehicle Maintenance and Repair. After college she continued to work at the garage where she completed her apprenticeship for a further 6 years. Kim described winning ‘Apprentice of the Year 2010’ as a defining moment for her.

Winning 'Apprentice of the Year 2010' was a definite high point for me, this gave me a lot of confidence when moving from the apprenticeship stage and into the full time employment stage of my career.”

Kim recently moved jobs to a national garage and has since returned to Exeter College to gain an MOT testing qualification to continue her professional development as a skilled technician.

Talking about her time at college, Kim said:

I think my favourite part of being at Exeter College was working with the tutors, who were an excellent help in all aspects of the course. I was very keen to learn everything to the fullest of my abilities, and in return they were able to teach me everything I needed to know in order to become a highly skilled technician. This is also true of my recent time at the college completing my MOT testing course, the support given definitely helped me to pass with a very high percentage in both the practical and theory aspects of the course.”

Programme Lead for MOT Training, Darren Smyth said:

Kim completed her college automotive apprentice qualification with us here in 2010. She originally worked alongside her father who owns a local family run garage, since then she has decided to spread her wings and move to a bigger garage to gain more experience, part of this move was to also become an MOT tester to increase her qualification portfolio. As the Programme Lead it was lovely for me to see her choose to return to Exeter College to take her MOT qualification, I was proud to see her back to do this. She is now a fully qualified Class 4 tester and the first female MOT tester that we have had on the course. She was also the 100th candidate to come through the door, I would personally like to wish Kim all the best with her Automotive career.”

Kim says that the MOT course helped her become a more competent technician in all aspects of the motor trade.

I can now carry out a full vehicle turn around - from an incoming second hand/ trade-in car needing repairs, to putting it back on the forecourt, repaired, serviced and with a full new MOT, completely by myself, making me an invaluable asset to my employer.”

You can find out more about our Automotive courses here, or you can call us on 01392 400500 for more information.

Exeter College Model United Nations Conference

Wed, 2017-09-13 12:09

This summer we caught up with Cameron Boland, Model United Nations (MUN) Secretary General for Exeter College to find out more about the upcoming conference on 23rd September.

So what is Model United Nations?

Model United Nations, also known as Model UN or MUN, is an extracurricular activity in which students role-play delegates to the United Nations and simulate UN committees. Although many schools and colleges have their own MUN Club, most use it to prepare for MUN conferences, a day or more of structured debating. At the end of most conferences, outstanding delegates in each committee are recognized and given an award certificate; the Best Delegate in each committee, however, receives a gavel. Many thousands of students in the UK participate in Model United Nations, which involves substantial researching, public speaking, debating, and writing skills, as well as critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership abilities.”

The theme of this year’s conference is change. Each delegate will be allocated a country and they will be asked to put forward their country’s view on various issues. At some point during the proceedings a crisis will be issued with individuals and delegations aiming to find a solution that suits not only their country but the wider global community too. You can read more about the order of proceedings, along with the guides and paperwork on the Exeter College MUN website here

Cameron first signed up in his first year where he was coached by second years on how to develop his arguments, "When I started in my first year, I couldn’t really debate at all. I didn’t have any experience and had never done anything like it. Over time I could see I was developing, not only in confidence but in forming arguments and getting the most out of my classes.” Cameron went on to help the first years in their development towards award-winning performances, during his second year at Exeter College. Having studied A Level History, Chemistry and Maths, he has gone on to begin a career in accountancy with Big Four firm, EY, in Leeds.

The fourth Exeter College Model United Nations Conference will be hosting to approximately 100 delegates from a wide range of local sixth forms. If you want to take part or find out more then you can find more information on the website here. Students can come along and take a look at how it works, just fill out the form here to let the organisers know. There will be guest speakers such as Dr Vik Mohan, who appeared at TedxExeter. You can read more about Vik here

If you are interested in taking part in Model United Nations in the future then Cameron would highly recommend it. He said:

I joined in in my first year and I was quite within myself, to an extent, but now I am quite outgoing. You build up a lot of friends too as you are all going along to the same conferences. Frankfurt was a highlight, a 3 day university level conference with people from places such as France and Germany. I’ve been to a lot of conferences this year. With the experience and confidence I gained, I was able to win awards at many conferences. For those thinking about university applications, to be able to put something like winning at an MUN event into your personal statement, it highlights an interest in the world around you and in personal development, which are two huge plus points for any application."

A letter from the Head of Student Experience

Wed, 2017-09-13 09:47

Dear Parent / Guardian,

We have really enjoyed welcoming your son/daughter/young person to Exeter College this week and we will look forward to meeting you at some point in their journey through the College.

We want this year to be a happy and successful one for all students and we know that the key to this is open and honest communication between the College, parents/guardians and students.

From research, we know that attendance has a major impact on student achievement. We expect students to attend fully and to be on time for all of their classes. We would really value your support in this and would ask that you assist us by encouraging your son/daughter/young person to attend their sessions and be punctual at all times. Please note that we expect students to make routine appointments e.g. G.P./Dental appointments, driving lessons etc. outside of college time.

All absences must be reported using our online absence reporting system, which your son/daughter/young person can access on their Exeter College home page. As a parent/guardian of a student at Exeter College, you can access information on your son/daughter/young person’s attendance, timetable and progress, via their home page. Please ask them to show you their home page, which can be accessed via logging on to the College’s website.

You can find more detailed information about the College including, safeguarding information, our range of support services and the dates of Parent/Guardian Progress evenings for 17/18, as well as other useful information, on our Parents’ page on the College website.

We would be grateful, if you could let us know of any changes in your personal circumstances as soon as possible; such as a change of address or phone number and would ask that you contact us if you have any queries or concerns about your son/daughter/young person’s progress. You can contact their tutor via email; by including their full name, all lowercase and no space, before the generic email address @exe-coll.ac.uk; for example jenniehamilton@exe-coll.ac.uk or you can contact the College by telephone and be asked to be put through to your son/young person’s faculty and tutor.

I hope that we can work together to make your son/daughter/young person’s time at Exeter College happy, fulfilling and successful. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you wish to discuss anything to do with their education, welfare and progress whilst they are at the College.

Yours sincerely           

Jennie Hamilton

Head of Student Experience                                   

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