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Exeter College would like to wish you every success with your upcoming exams. Exams can be a really stressful time of the year, and so we wanted to compile a list of things for you to remember whilst sitting your exams:
Read your timetable carefully
Examinations are nationally set so if you miss the exam there will not be another opportunity this summer to sit it which will affect your qualification.
You must arrive in plenty of time for your examination. If you arrive after 10am for a morning exam or 2.30pm for an afternoon exam it is very likely the exam board will not mark your paper, therefore you would not receive an overall grade.
Be aware of any exam clashes
If you have two or more exams scheduled at the same time we will contact you soon regarding the arrangements for your exams. It is vital that you attend at the time and location specified in your clash letter.
Please bring with you everything you will need including photographic identification, a black pen, and any other necessary stationery or equipment. You may bring a bottle of water with the label removed but no other food or drink will be permitted during the exam.
Leave your mobile phone/smartwatch at home
A ringing telephone during an examination is classed as malpractice and will be reported to the awarding body. If you are found to have a mobile telephone/smartwatch on your person during the exam this could result in disqualification.
Complete your details accurately
Complete your name on the exam paper/answer booklet exactly as it appears on your desk card - this is the name you have been registered with so it’s essential you do not give any alternative names.
Wait until the exam begins before starting to write
This includes making any notes at all on your paper, desk card or hand. Any such notes could be seen as unauthorised material and reported to the exam board. Make sure you finish writing when instructed to at the end of the exam.
Make all plans and rough notes in your question paper/answer booklet
If you do not wish this work to be marked please cross it through with a single line.
Respect examination conditions
Please remember that you will be in exam conditions from when you enter the exam room until when you leave. Please do not disrupt others, and also please remember that students will be sitting exams in various locations across the college - be considerate to your fellow students.
If you have any questions please visit the Exams Office on the first floor of the Tower Building, Hele Road or contact us on 01392 400477.
When going through education, my aim was to get good grades so that I could go to university. I had always been quite academic and so everyone - including myself - just assumed that would be the case. With hard work and a determination to achieve high, I managed to walk away with A’s in my A-Level results, and was given an unconditional offer from my first choice university to study English.
But my goal, by this point, was no longer something I was passionate about. The truth is, I didn’t really know what it was I wanted to do after university. With tuition fees and student debt constantly increasing, and graduate unemployment rates fluctuating, it became apparent to me that I was at a high risk of wasting three years of my life for nothing. Nothing but thousands of pounds worth of debt.
That’s when I looked into Apprenticeships. The Business Solutions team at Exeter College organised meetings with me to talk through my interests and discuss possible career paths. They then arranged work experience for me in order to decide what it was I actually wanted to do - something that’s not easily established when sat in a classroom. I realised from this process that I wanted to go into the business sector, with particular interest in accountancy.
I was lucky enough to have a work experience placement at Simpkins Edwards, an accountancy firm based in Exeter. This allowed me to get a feel for what it was like to work in a firm, and have more of an insight as to what the work would involve. Not only were the staff friendly, accommodating and supportive during my placement, but I was also offered the opportunity to attend an interview as a result. Not only did this increase my already growing interest in this possible career prospect, it also built my confidence knowing that I had made a good enough impression to be offered an interview.
The interview itself was fairly relaxed, and was a good chance to get to know more about the firm as an employer, and what I could expect if I were to embark on this path as an Apprentice. For me, my biggest worry was that abandoning my choice to go to university would prevent the career progression that I wanted to achieve. I was assured that I could achieve the same end in this role as an apprentice as I would if I were to go to university. With this in mind, when I received a job offer from Simpkins Edwards it was clear what I now aspired to do.
Being an apprentice has been a massive learning curve. I had to adapt myself to full time hours whilst maintaining my AAT studies and learning a practice and job that I had never before done. On-the-job training is vastly different to classroom learning, and so it has required a lot of perseverance and acceptance that things won’t always be perfect straight away. The transition has helped me grow as a person: gaining not only workplace skills, but life lessons that have allowed my confidence and versatility to improve.
Choosing to do an Apprenticeship was the best decision I could’ve made. I felt ready to start my career, and to do so proactively has been an experience I can carry forward in my future developments. I am able to earn a wage rather than paying fees, whilst getting the same level of training I could get from university. I am able to fulfil my passion for travelling, rent my own flat, and still have an enjoyable social life. It was difficult to see all my friends embark on their studies at university, but I am able to say that choosing to do an apprenticeship rather than go to university was the best choice I could’ve made. I would recommend anyone who’s interested in an apprenticeship to follow it, and anyone who hasn’t thought of apprenticeships before to consider it. University may be the right choice for some, but if you want work experience, along with high levels of training and a wage, then the apprenticeship route is the way to go.
- Do your research - find out exactly what it is you want to do as a career and see if this is possible to do via an apprenticeship scheme. Take any opportunity to do work experience before making a decision.
- Always try and make a good impression with employers, even if you’re not at an interview or starting a job with them. I was lucky enough to be given the chance to make a good impression before I was offered an interview, and this gave me a strong basis when it went to the interview stage.
- Don’t feel disheartened by the fact that you aren’t going to university (even if all your friends are). Apprenticeships aren’t a ‘back up’ to university, they are an alternative method of education. Even with high grades, and an unconditional offer, I still chose the apprenticeship route as, for me, the on-the-job training aspect offered more for my chosen career path than classroom learning did.
- Whatever path you choose to take, make sure it is something you are going to enjoy. Don’t rush the decision. If you need to take a year out to explore options and gain some experience then do so. I enjoy my job, I have wonderful employers, and have met and continue to meet amazing and supportive people. It makes it worth-while getting up each morning.
Exeter College lecturer and playwright, Shiona Morton from Brixham South Devon, has been awarded the distinguished Theatre Fest West Writer’s Prize. As part of the prize, her play with be produced and staged by Salisbury Playhouse.
Shiona had to submit an original unproduced play, suitable for a studio theatre space and up to four actors. She says: "Hansel is something I've been working on for some time, and has had several complete rewrites. Last summer I rewrote it again and felt that it was in good shape to submit. In December I heard that I was one of three shortlisted."
Hansel is about an elderly hoarder, Edith, who is visited by her daughter, Viv, for her quarterly clean-out. Tensions rise when Viv discovers Edith’s friendship with a teenage boy sleeping rough in the woods outside Edith’s cottage.
Writers from all over the South West entered the competition, three plays were then chosen and contestants had the chance to complete a day’s research and development along with rehearsed reading with a professional company.
Jo Newman, associate director of Salisbury Playhouse, said: "The Theatre Fest West Writer’s Prize has enabled Salisbury Playhouse to build new, meaningful relationships with writers from the region, celebrating the incredible talent in the South West and producing a brand new play as part of our Original Drama programme. Hansel is a touching, atmospheric piece which explores a really important and relevant subject. We’re really excited about introducing Shiona’s work to our audience."
I was delighted to hear the news that Hansel had been selected as the winner. The most exciting thing for me is to see my work produced. It is fantastic to watch my ideas and characters being brought to life by actors live on stage. This is a great prize because it celebrates playwrights in the South West region and offers a platform for new plays.About Theatre Fest West:
Theatre Fest West is Salisbury Playhouse’s annual celebration of work made in the South West. 2017’s Theatre Fest West was bigger than ever, with over 30 performances taking place across Wiltshire showcasing work from artists from all corners of the South West. We kicked off the festival with South West Theatre Symposium, where artists and industry professionals from across the region came together to have meaningful conversations and celebrate theatre making in the South West.About Exeter College:
Exeter College is a tertiary college in the city of Exeter, Devon, England, providing further education for 16- 18-year-old students, including apprenticeships, A levels and the International Baccalaureate, as well as a range of courses for 14- to 16-year-olds, higher education and adult courses, community education and professional development courses.
Exeter College was established in 1970 as the first tertiary college in England. The college offers higher education in partnership with institutions including the University of Exeter, The University of Plymouth Colleges network, the University of St Mark & St John and Kingston University.
This weekend Exeter College students will be taking part in the annual Association of Colleges National Championships in Nottingham. This is one of the largest annual sporting events in England, involving over 1,800 college students and 200 staff. More than 80 Exeter College students will be competing at the event.
The students have qualified for the championships through regional tournaments and as well as competing in their chosen sport, they will compete for points for the South West region. The region whose teams and individuals accumulate the most points will win prestigious Wilkinson Sword trophy.
The Exeter College team is its largest ever to compete, with of 89 students taking part in a wide range of sports, including rugby, football, netball, basketball, cross country, golf, tennis, badminton and cricket. The championships are taking place at sporting venues across Nottingham from 21st - 23rd April.
Chris Wall, Exeter College’s Sports Academy Manager, said:
We are very proud of our students. It’s a fantastic achievement for the college to be taking even more students than last year to compete at the Championships. Each of them will have won at their sport at regional level which means we as a college are doing exceptionally well. Sports Therapy students are also travelling up to support the teams. It’s a huge credit to the staff as well who are giving up their time to support the students and we wish them all the very best of luck.
Exeter’s Northcott Theatre will play host to this exceptional event on Friday 21st April, back in Exeter for its 6th year. Speakers and performers will come together to talk about this year’s theme - hope.
Exeter College is extremely proud that 2nd year student, James Craig, will be representing the college. From Honiton, James is currently studying A Levels in Chemistry, History and Maths and has recently accepted an offer to go and study Law at Bristol University.
James is involved with the college debating club which is how he came to be submitting a draft for TEDxExeter. James said:
They came to debating, a club I’m heavily involved with, we were invited to make drafts of what we wanted to talk about and submit them. They chose their favourites and it turns out they liked mine!
This years theme is hope, James tells us he is talking about Brexit and also referencing youth involvement in politics and disengagement with politics. When asked whether he is nervous about speaking on Friday James said:
I think the key to my confidence is that I haven’t thought about it yet! I have memories of being shy but I think I have always been quite outspoken, I think I’m quite confident. I try to be anyway. It helps that I am passionate about my subject, I like to know everything about what I’m talking about. The worst thing, especially with debating, is being surprised by something!
James’ love for debating started in year 11 when he was involved in a competition in Exeter, something he references in his talk, he then went on to be involved in his school mock election and the school council, all of which have contributed to his success today.
Along with 5 other speakers, James had the chance to travel to London and rehearse his talk, he said it was useful to give each other tips.
There was a couple that were really powerful and really moving, and a couple which were really informative and interesting so it will be good to see them all. I’m excited about Friday. I step back and realise this is quite a big deal. Not many people actually get to do this kind of thing. Hopefully I will be able, if nothing else, to have a good time. You never know, in 2 years, I could be back to do it again!
Tickets for TEDxExeter sold out in 16 minutes, if you were not one of the lucky few then why not go along to a live streaming event? Click here for more information.
The award-winning Exeter College has won three coveted awards at the Exeter Living Awards – in a celebration of excellence on its home turf.
The college was named as the winner of the best Education provider accolade in the prestigious and tightly contested Awards. The awards judges commented "The passion from the tutors and focus on the students is fantastic. There’s a big buzz around Exeter College and it’s deservedly had national recognition."
As well as winning the Education award for academic excellence, the college won accolade for the best Business Services provider for its Think Apprenticeships service, of which the judges said: "The contribution and impact that Exeter College Think Apprenticeships has had on local Exeter businesses stands out from the rest. It is a fantastic organisation and we are so lucky to have it in Exeter."
Finally Exeter College took home the prestigious Platinum award awarded by the judges for the best individual category winners out of more than 300 award entries.
Winning the trio of awards in front of an audience of leading figures in the city’s business and community life comes during an exceptional period for the college. The college has been recognised as the best college in the country by FE Week, named as a Top 100 Employer by The Sunday Times, has celebrated its best ever A Level results, and was named as the City and Guilds Centre of the Year.
John Laramy, Exeter College Principal and Chief Executive, said:
We are delighted to have won not one, not two, but three awards at this year’s Exeter Living Awards. As an Ofsted Outstanding, award-winning college there is nothing quite as rewarding to be recognised on your home turf in front of your peers.
It was very rewarding for us to be able to celebrate the continued success of the college, the city and the many people who make it such a special place.
The Exeter Living Awards, held at The Great Hall on April 6 2017, are a celebration of the very best of Exeter. More than 400 finalists and award-winners attended the glittering awards event.
Exeter College recently announced plans to continue its upward trajectory from being an Ofsted Outstanding to an ‘exceptional’ college. Under the plans, the college is looking to invest £70 million over the next 20 years.
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Our EXPO event is designed to help you make informed choices, so whether you need advice on a course, careers guidance, or just want to know the cheapest way to get to college, we recommend stopping by.
So that you can get the most out of the event, we have put together our top 10 tips. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please call our College Advice Team on 01392 400500.
- Plan in advance. Download the programme from the college website. Browse our website or use our course guide to help you find subjects of interest; make a list of areas to see.
- Prepare a list of questions to ask teaching staff such as how is the course assessed? What modules are covered, what can I progress to from this course?
- Open events can get very busy, please give yourself plenty of time to look around. Free tea and coffee will be available in the CCI cafe if you need a break to gather your thoughts!
- No idea where to start? Come along to one of the talks by the College Advice Team at 5pm and 6pm in the CCI theatre. If you still need help, visit the Advice Zone to chat to one of our experts from the College Advice Team, our Progression and Employability Team or Learning Support Team.
- Do take advantage of the guided tours led by our current students. This is a great opportunity to see the facilities and ask questions as you go. Don’t forget to collect a ticket from the Tour Ticket Point!
- If you don’t have one already, please pick up a course guide during your visit.
- Look for the Information Point should you need help finding your way around.
- If you’re thinking about going to university why not come along and find out about your next steps at a university talk at 5.30pm and 6.30pm in the CCI theatre.
- Need information about travel to college and/or financial support? Staff will be available, please check the programme for location.
- In Year 11 and need help applying? Visit the application station where we can support you through the process.
Exeter College Apprentice, Jordan Picot, was named runner up in this year’s HIP UK Heating Apprentice of the Year competition. Eight finalists from seven regions across the UK attended the Grand Final to find the winner and crown HIP UK Heating Apprentice of the Year.
The competition took place over two days at the ADEY Training and Conference Centre in Cheltenham and saw Tayla Wileman, 18, from Burton and South Derbyshire College crowned as overall winner. Making her the first female contestant to ever win the competition.
Judge Tony Kite and his three fellow judges – Glenn Scholfield from Pegler Yorkshire, Glenn Stonehouse and Colin Yearp from ADEY – were faced with the challenge of marking the students’ work to find an overall winner amongst the exceptionally high standard of talent that was brought to the table.
The Exeter Foundation has launched its first Devon Sporting Legacy Project Grant to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Devon Sports Awards.
The Foundation, which is the official charity of the Exeter Chiefs, is making £20,000 available to match fund an existing organisation’s project fund to assist them with the achievement and completion of their sporting legacy project.
The funds will be available for a Devon-based project, which will help enhance the local area and community.
Chairman of the Exeter Foundation, Tony Rowe OBE, said:
We have generated this opportunity to champion local community and grass-roots level sport, whilst at the same time creating a legacy here in Devon.
It is hoped that the successful recipient of the funds will be a landmark project to encourage the development of sporting projects, which will benefit the future sporting stars of the county.
Set up six years ago, the Exeter Foundation recently celebrated raising £1 million, which has been distributed to over 75 different charities and organisations.
The funding has been shared to a series of wide-ranging projects and schemes, including eight different vehicles, a boat, six children’s play areas, an outdoor learning centre, wheelchairs for the Exeter Hawks Wheelchair Rugby team and the refurbishment of two separate hydrotherapy pools.
Mr Rowe added:
The aim of the Foundation is to create a lasting legacy for everyone that we help and we look forward to receiving the applications for the Sporting Legacy Project Grant,
Interested parties are invited to request an application form by contacting Aimee Arscott on firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01392 427427. The deadline for applications is midday Friday, 28th April.
The winner will be announced at the Devon Sports Awards dinner, which will take place at Sandy Park on Friday, June 30. Guest speaker for the night will be double Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell OBE.
The awards are organised by The Exeter Foundation and Active Devon, in partnership with Exeter College.
For more information about the Exeter Foundation, visit www.exeterfoundation.org.uk
Students who study with us are able to do their degree differently. We work in partnership with our well-respected university partners and awarding bodies, enabling our students to study in Exeter and at the same time benefit from quality and a wide range of courses. Not only have that, but we have small class sizes, one to one support and flexible study arrangements with a personalised approach to teaching which differs from a traditional university environment. Plus, our teaching staff have all worked to a high level in their industry, employment sector or on a self-employed basis so students benefit from both their vocational and academic knowledge and expertise.
Within Exeter College’s Strategic Plan 2016-2020 the college sets out four key areas of focus for the next five years. One of the dimensions is its Centre of University Level Studies, aiming to provide exceptional higher education provision by meeting key objectives including the creation of a distinct university identity, environment and ethos. The launch of the new prospectus is a key step in this mission.
The Strategic Plan goes on to explain:Across the board there is a renewed focus on the role of such provision in raising personal as well as professional aspirations and in enhancing social mobility and wellbeing within local communities and regional areas. Raising awareness and aspiration and facilitating access are, therefore, critical.
Exeter College has offered courses at university level for some years now and along with its partner universities including University of Exeter and Plymouth University, it offers a diverse range of qualifications, including BA (Ord), BSc (Hons) Foundation Degrees, Higher National Diplomas and Higher National Certificates in over 25 university level programmes.
The 2018/19 Centre for University Level Studies prospectus is now available online and to pick up from Exeter College’s receptions across the city.
There is still time to apply to start a degree with us for entry this September 2017 call our HE Advice team today on 01392 400909 for more information and advice. You will also have the opportunity to come and speak to us at our University Level and Adult Learning Open Event on 20th June 2017, 5pm-7pm.
Former college student Joe credits the fantastic quality of teaching and support he received whilst studying on an Access course at Exeter College for helping him on his path to success in education. Joe describes his tutors as having “amazing and extensive knowledge of their subject areas and couldn’t do enough to help and guide us all.”
Since studying on the Access to Higher Education Diploma in Science at Exeter College, Joe has gone on to study for his BSc in Chemistry at Plymouth University.
Joe says that Access to Higher Education courses “develop a want to better yourself through education. It gives you the opportunity to become capable of independent learning and thrive in areas of academia you enjoy and struggle with.”
Joe’s Science Diploma is just one of six Access diplomas offered by the college – also available are Humanities, Social Care, Art and Design, Healthcare and Education. Access to Higher Education is the perfect route to university level study for adult students looking to get back into education and who may lack the formal entry requirements. It is also the ideal way to kick start a change in career or to develop your study skills.
To find out how Access courses at Exeter College could change your life for the better too pick up a copy of our latest Centre for University Level Studies Prospectus or visit www.exe-coll.ac.uk/Access
Exeter College has announced plans to invest £70 million over the next 20 years in creating an ‘Exceptional’ college.
Under the plans, the college has set out a clear vision for its continued upward trajectory from an Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ college to be an ‘Exceptional college’. The college launched both a new strategic plan and a 20 year master plan at an event at Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM) on Thursday March 9.
The strategic plan sets out a journey to move from Outstanding to Exceptional over a five year time period, addressing the opportunities that A level, technical education and Apprenticeship reform offer, as well as continuing to grow University Level and adult training and learning for the local community. Exeter College is now nationally, the 8th largest provider for 16 to 18 education, providing a wide curriculum offer for Exeter, Devon and the wider region.
The event also marked the launch of a 20 year property master plan, providing more than 30% increased teaching capacity addressing future skills needs such as digital and data for young people.
The £70m vision over 20 years has been developed in partnership with Keystone Projects, strategic property and project management advisers to the education sector, with AWW architects and GVA Grimley planning specialists. Initial, illustrative artist impressions have been drawn up to invest in the college estate, subject to extensive further consultation with the local community.
John Laramy, Exeter College Principal and Chief Executive, said: “The new Strategic Plan sets out to meet the academic, education, and skills needs for the city and region. An exceptional student experience remains the focus of all we do.
“I am also proud that we are the only English college in The Sunday Times Top 100 Not-for-Profit Organisations to work for in 2017. This is a significant achievement, recognising how key our staff are in delivering our vision.”
Philip Bostock OBE, Chair of the Board, said: “We are delighted to have produced this initial vision for our long term future, taking on board ideas from our staff, students and governing body.
“The master plan cements our commitment to remaining a city centre college and we look forward to further developing our ideas with the city council, the local community and funding partners over the coming months.”
Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Frank family going into hiding, Exeter College BTEC Performing Arts students will be performing Dreams of Anne Frank by Bernard Cops, at the Barnfield Theatre, Exeter in May.
75 years ago in 1942, Anne Frank, a young Jewish girl, was forced into hiding with seven others in a secret annex in Amsterdam. Dreams of Anne Frank, a beautifully re-imagined play by Bernard Cops, vividly brings her story to life in a poignant, beautiful and highly charged drama. Through movement, live music and song the play re-imagines and explores Anne Frank's hidden world; a world in which she lived, fell in love, and dreamt of freedom.
Winner of the Time Out award for best children's production during its London premiere, this imaginative play with music demystifies and humanizes Anne Frank's story of tremendous bravery.
Exeter College BTEC Performing Arts students look to celebrate Anne Frank’s vitality, while at the same time stimulating us to not only question the past, but to confront the very same issues of discrimination and prejudice that surround us today. Anne’s diary, and this play about her life, commends the spirit of creativity that thrives despite being confined and hidden from society. Dreams of Anne Frank is the cornerstone of a season of work at the Barnfield Theatre, by Exeter College’s Drama and Performing Arts Department, in May 2017.
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” Anne Frank
We spoke to our performing arts students to hear what they’ve learnt from this project:
“In the last 75 years prejudice and discrimination have not been eradicated, it’s been normalised. One of the most painful forms of prejudice I’ve encountered is against young people. When walking along a street reading the BBC politics page on my phone I was told by an old lady to stop facebooking and learn something. Large marches and political events are needed. It’s just a case of having the courage of speaking your mind and letting people know your opinion. If everyone speaks up instead of sitting back and turning a blind eye we can positively challenge acts of discrimination and prejudice.” Chesney Fawkes-Porter
“From exploring the play and it’s themes I’ve learnt that people can be controlled and conform to fit in. Therefore people’s beliefs and values may not be their own as so much is fed to us by the media.” Seumas Mackinnon
“I feel that in today’s society too many people turn a blind eye when they see something that isn’t right.” Molly Mae Courtney
Exeter College BTEC Performing Arts students present Dreams of Anne Frank
By Bernard Kops and Music by David Burman
Performances taking place at the Barnfield Theatre on:
• Wednesday 3rd May 10am
• Thursday 4th May 7.30pm
• Friday 5th May 7.30pm
• Saturday 6th May 2.30pm & 7.30pm
• Sunday 7th May 2.30pm
For tickets please call the Box Office: 01392 271808 or visit www.barnfieldtheatre.org.uk
Adults £9 / Concessions £7 / Family of four £25
Thirty Exeter College students have successful completed their British Sign Language qualification this academic year.
All of the students passed their final assessment and completed the course, which is run by SignUp BSL.
SignUp BSL is a social purpose business. Their vision is of a society where Deafness is not a barrier to independence, achievement or fulfilment. SignUp BSL are dedicated to advancing that vision by increasing the awareness and use of British Sign Language in the community, and by being a positive employer of Deaf people.
Exeter College offers students the opportunity to take part in a range of enrichment activities. Enrichment is an organised set of exciting activities that give students the opportunity to get a new skill, experience new hobbies, achieve a qualification, and make new friends.
There are more than 35 different types of enrichment opportunities available, ranging from volunteering with our Exeter College Volunteers programme, Duke of Edinburgh Awards, Ten Tors, sporting activities, to our Student Choir, music ensembles, Debating Society, or learning British Sign Language.
Five Exeter College students have been selected to study at the University of Oxford for one week over the summer holidays. The selection process involved submitting a personal statement detailing the students’ interest in their chosen course and motivation to attend UNIQ. A total number of 3960 applications were made to UNIQ from schools and colleges all around the UK in 2017 of which 875 were selected to attend.
The summer school is run by the University of Oxford and gives first year A level students a realistic view of Oxford student life. UNIQ participants live in Oxford colleges for one week while attending lectures and seminars in their chosen subject. Participants also take part in a variety of social activities in the evenings with like minded Oxford hopefuls from other colleges across the UK.
The Five students that will be attending have chosen Biochemistry, Human Sciences, Politics Philosophy Economics, and Engineering to focus on during their visit to the Russell Group university. They have chosen to undertake the experience to further their knowledge in their chosen subject areas as well as improve their chances of being accepted into Oxford university through workshops that they will attend during the event.
All Five students are members of the college’s Reach Academy. The Reach Academy is an Exeter College initiative to help academically gifted students successfully aim high in their university and career ambitions.
Following on from being nominated for four TES awards, we are delighted to announce that Exeter College music teacher, James Tarling was highly commended in the category of Teacher of he Year.
James said “It felt great to be nominated, I think mainly the thing I like best about it is it's a real sort of acknowledgment of the work we have been doing over the last three or four years on student and staff wellbeing. I’ve done a lot of work on mindfulness and student mental health across the college. That agenda is increasingly so important to learning and learners in the 21st century. And so I think that for me, that was the best thing actually, it was more about the importance of that being recognised.
It also felt good because I’ve worked hard, as we all do and was a learning leader in IP for the past few years and I’m really proud of my course which is Music Technology. That's been on a massive journey over the last 5 years from when I took that on. It's a course people are really keen to do, we've got great resources, we've got absolutely fantastic outcomes and in a sense, it's an acknowledgment of all those things. So its good teaching and learning and also the extra of student wellbeing. Its nice to be acknowledged and it's nice to know that you've got leaders that recognise good work when it's happening.
I think that, particularly at Exeter College, there is a culture that people want to be good, they want to do well, they want to be good teachers. So I think acknowledging that and putting someone forward for the award, just shows how much they do value that effort. It feels like it's a recognition of my successes as a teacher but it's also a recognition of, for me, bigger issues as well.”
laire Fox, the Director of the Institute of Ideas, visited Exeter College recently to speak to a packed audience of around a hundred students and other guests.
This high profile speaker spoke about the importance of free speech in a lecture held in the college’s new lecture theatre.
The Institute of Ideas runs the Debating Matters Competition, a national debating competition held for sixth form students. The contest is known for being one of the toughest debating competitions in the country. Last year, a team of Exeter College students impressed at the coveted national finals in London.
Speaking during her visit, Claire Fox, who is the Director of the Institute of Ideas, said: “The college is to be congratulated for creating an atmosphere of intellectual enquiry and robust exchange of views, proving that debating really matters.”
Our students beat off tough competition to win their place at the national finals of Debating Matters in 2016 after being crowned winners of the West and South Wales region.
English Literature Coordinator Martin Owen, who organised the visit and talk by Claire Fox at the college, said: “We are delighted to have Claire visit the college and talk to our students on this very serious issue.
“It is really important to engage students with challenging ideas - and events like this help to do so. Many thanks to Claire and the Institute of Ideas for supporting us with this and also helping to establish an Exeter Salon, hosted at the college in the near future.”
Last week the South West Apprenticeship Ambassador Network and Exeter College hosted the Apprenticeship Expo 2017 for a successful third year. The Apprenticeship Expo is the largest event of its kind in the South West during National Apprenticeship Week. The college’s Sports Hall was transformed into a 1,000 square metre exhibition space resulting in a record number of attendees.
National Apprenticeship Week, which is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service, is designed to celebrate Apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the economy.
The Apprenticeship Expo is the only event of its kind in the South West, run by an Apprentice, dedicated to showcasing businesses to the future workforce. Companies who employ Apprentices were invited to be part of the biggest and the best Apprenticeship event in the South West. The Expo enabled them access to nearly 2,000 of the next generation of Apprentices from across Devon and show them why their business is the one to work for.
Sixty businesses exhibited at the event including Exeter University, South West Water, South West Ambulance Service, Midas, Gregory Distribution Ltd, Redrow Homes and representatives from the Armed Forces. These and many others were on hand to offer face to face guidance on the employment opportunities within their companies. Some employers took the opportunity to launch new Apprenticeship Programmes at the event. These included a new Aeronautical Engineering Apprenticeship Programme at Flybe as well as multiple new and exciting roles at Arconic Power and Propulsion.
From the exhibiting companies an outstanding 1,736 new Apprenticeship opportunities were pledged for the next year, proving the importance of events such as these. Not only for the businesses recruiting but also the young people in attendance and in the South West. This figure, from a small percentage of the businesses in Devon portrays the volume of potential opportunities to earn and learn locally within the next year.
The event is supported annually by the South West Apprenticeship Ambassador Network and Health Education England. Richard Daulton of the National Apprenticeship Service, said,
“We are delighted to be supporting this event after the huge success of last year’s Expo. The Apprenticeship Expo is a fantastic opportunity for young people and parents to engage with some of our most successful and supportive employers from the region. As more and more businesses identify the unique benefits that Apprenticeships bring to their organisation it’s essential they recruit the right candidate to fill these roles.”
Mike Blakeley, Director of Apprenticeships and Employer Engagement said
“The ongoing support and commitment of Apprenticeship awareness by the businesses in Devon and Cornwall is at an all-time high. Without doubt the awareness of the reforms of Apprenticeships has created a mind set for companies to look into the value and benefits that Apprenticeships will bring. Having nearly 2,000 young people attend an event such as this really shows the growing interest of young people and parents alike in employment with high quality training. It’s really becoming a golden era for Apprenticeships.”
The Apprenticeship Expo is open to anyone interested in finding out more about Apprenticeships. For more information please visit www/exe-coll.ac.uk/ACE17 or call 01392 400800.
Drummer and Exeter College Music Academy student Kai Craig came a very close second in the Young Drummer of the Year national competition. The competition was put together to give the country’s young drumming talent a national and international platform, which the organisers hope will be the first steps in their musical career. Kai, from Exeter, is taking three BTEC subjects, including Music Technology, along with AS Level Music. This is complimented by an enrichment programme of Jazz Project and Jambassadors.
Five hundred people initially entered the competition which was then whittled down to only 10. On competition day entrants had to perform a 2 minute set. They were given a song in advance to practice and were then tasked with performing another song on the day, along with an interview with the judges.
Kai said: “I was really pleased with the result and got amazing feedback from the judges. It’s a really good networking experience and great to meet other people who are passionate about the same thing. I would definitely do this kind of competition again in the future.”
With 50,000 different university level courses at 395 institutions it can be tricky to know where to start your search, but there are some great websites and tools I have found that you can use to help you focus your search.
Personally I try to avoid 'Googling' courses and university websites to start with as this information won’t always be impartial or comprehensive. To help you on your journey I have compiled a list of frequently asked questions I get from parents and students and some useful websites and resources I recommend.
What degree subjects can I do with my A levels/level 3 course?
What careers or jobs would suit me?
Prospects have created this useful Career Planner that can give you an idea on what might suit you or your son/daughter. Give it a go today.
How can I find out more about the subjects I am thinking about studying?
UCAS has compiled a Subject Guide. I find it an invaluable resource, and I'm sure you will too.
Which Universities offer the subject I want to study and what are the entry requirements?
UCAS lists most of the subhects and universities in the UK. You can visit their website here and click on Course Search to look at a full list.
What are the best rated Universities for particular subjects?
University rankings come in many shapes and sizes. They can be subjective and depend largely on who is compiling the list. Personaly I like using one of the following, and often use all three and cross reference them
- The Complete University Guide
- The Guardian
- The Times (this is a paid for service, but you can see it here for free)
How can I compare the courses at the different Universities to get a shortlist?
How satisfied are students on this course?
What jobs did students go into and what was the average starting salary?
What is average cost of accommodation?
The Unistats website has information on many of the most common questions about going to university. Including the questions above.
How do I organise an Open/Taster Day at the University?
Open Days has information on many of the university open days, but you can also look directly on the university's own website.
What jobs can I do with a degree in…?
Prospects have built this great tool to see what kind of jobs your degree can lead to.
Are all degrees equal? How do I know if my degree subject will lead to a graduate job?
Of course there is no way to guarantee your degree will lead to a job. But you can find information on which subjects and degrees have previosuly led to employment. I like this resource produced by HECSU.
I hope you've found my tips useful. If you would like any further information please email us at email@example.com.
Louise is Employability and Progression Team Leader at Exeter College.