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How to Get the Most Out of an Open Event

Fri, 2017-01-13 16:07

So the time has come. Exams are approaching and it’s time to think about your next steps. By coming to an Exeter College Open Event, you will not only get to see our fantastic specialist facilities but you will also have the chance to talk to our staff about what’s on offer and how 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.

  1. TALK to us - if you are unsure about what subjects to take then we are the best people to ask. Our lecturers 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.
  2. Step out of your comfort zone - you might have always know which subjects to take next but maybe you should see what else is on offer, you never know - we might surprise you.
  3. 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 those all important decisions.
  4. Visit our facilities - whether you want to study construction, hospitality or art, 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.
  5. If you have a extra - curricular 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. 
  6. 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!
  7. 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.
  8. 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. Check out a programme for times and locations. You can download one here.

Our next open event is on January 17th from 5-8pm, come along and see what we have to offer. Click Here for more details on the Open Event.

Exeter College Student Physicists Achieve Gold at The British Physics Olympiad

Fri, 2017-01-13 14:19

The British Physics Olympiad (BPhO) has run for 25 years and is entered annually by over 1,600 talented young physicists. The examination-based competition has a dual purpose: to challenge and reward the best physicists in British schools and to select the UK Physics Team for competition at international level. 

Students had to complete the A2 challenge paper and get a merit to qualify. They then had to sit a gruelling two and a half hour exam style problem solving paper. Exeter College had two second year A level physicists (Matt Fry and Tom Knapton) in the top 130 candidates of the first round of the British Physics Olympiad this year, they achieved gold medals.These students are in the top 130 out of 820 entrants. 

Matt said: “It was interesting to do something out of the curriculum” and Tom commented that he really enjoyed it: “I liked using what we had learned in class and applying this to complicated problems.”

Lecturer, Ashley Dyer said: “The students have worked really hard over the last two years, taking part in Physics Club and extra-curricular events. They have challenged themselves on a weekly basis and this has paid off with them going on to achieve gold.”

AoC Sport National Netball Squad

Fri, 2017-01-13 11:38

At the end of November five members of the Netball Academy Squad travelled to Nottingham for a gruelling two day trial to select players for the AoC Sport National Netball Squad.

Hannah Barnes, Jade Richards, Jess Jeffery, Emma Mortimore and Anya Kilburn-Thompson all made the journey after selection through the AoC Sport South West Regional tournament.  

The team acquitted themselves superbly with Hannah gaining selection for the squad. She now has a busy schedule for the AoC Sport National Team comprising of a training weekend in January at Gateshead, games against Northern Ireland in February, Scotland in March, a training weekend in April based at Bilborough College and games against Wales in June.

Hannah said:
‘The trial was a good experience with some talented players and the quality definitely challenged us and pushed us to play the best we could. It was really nice to have the other girls up there with me as we gave each other support and encouragement throughout the two days and enjoyed the experience together. From the trial, the 2016/17 squad looks very strong, I have seen a lot of them playing before in previous matches throughout the year and am excited to play alongside them. The first training weekend is the 14th and 15th of January in Gateshead where we will be playing the NPL Regional squad. The Exeter College Academy has been brilliant, we are really looking forward to the Nationals Championships and have a strong hope to do really well up there. We have really developed and bonded as a team and I can't wait for what happens in the future.”

JAx Academy Goes From Strength to Strength

Fri, 2017-01-13 08:55

The JAx Journalism Academy brings together in one place the people, skills, resources and contacts students need to make it as a journalist.

Supported by Pearson UK, it involves giving students the chance to work on published papers and magazines and access master classes from broadcasters and writers. The JAx Journalism Academy is open to any student, on any course across the college.

A student survey produced overwhelmingly positive results, with 88% of students rating the academy as 8/10 or higher for satisfaction.

At the recent Student Awards, Kira Taylor was the winner of the JAx Journalism Academy, proving that the more you put in the more you get from an experience. Kira showed her determination early, by pitching ideas to editors. This bore fruit when she was published in the Times Education Supplement, which then accepted another feature from Kira later in the year. At the same time Kira found other publications willing to take her work and soon built up a broad and lively portfolio. 

JAx Academy students have been working on a number of projects recently including a new magazine called Daisychain, a female teen mag aimed at helping mental health and wellbeing (entirely devised and written by JAx students). Students are also working on a publication written specifically for Exeter College alumni.

What our students say:

  • “The Academy has really helped me grow my confidence in writing articles.”
  • “Helped me realise all the opportunities that are available and the ways work can be published so easily.”
  • “Really, really good, each session is insightful and interesting.”
  • “Very positive atmosphere and helpful.”
  • “It’s given me a lot of inspiration and confidence to email editors and get my work out in the world. It’s also very encouraging and supportive.”

If you would like to find out more about the JAx Academy, why not come along to our next open event or click here for more information.

One of Britain's Most Acclaimed Chefs Honoured as Patron of Exeter College

Fri, 2017-01-13 08:41

Michelin-starred chef Michael Caines MBE has been honoured as the first ever Patron of Exeter College.

Michael Caines - one of Britain's most acclaimed chefs - is a former student of Exeter College and longstanding supporter of the college.

The Michael Caines Academy at Exeter College, founded by Michael and launched in 2011, develops the next generation of hospitality leaders. The Academy aims to nurture the region’s future generation of talented restaurateurs, chefs and waiters by providing high profile experiences, challenging practical and theoretical workshops and masterclasses from the best the industry has to offer. 

Michael has also served on the Board of Governors at Exeter College, giving his time and expertise. Michael attended the college where his precocious talent was already evident, earning him the accolade of ‘Student of the Year’ in 1987.

Exeter College has created the role of Patron of the college to acknowledge the exceptional achievement of alumni and other distinguished friends of the college, and to allow the college to benefit from the accumulated knowledge and experience of those designated. Michael was honoured as the first ever Patron of Exeter College at the recent Exeter College Student Awards. 

Patron and former Exeter College student Michael Caines MBE said: “It’s an incredible honour to become the College’s first Patron. I’ve worked with the College over a number of years and in my role as a Governorhave admired greatly its ambition and drive in their achievement of becoming an Outstanding College.

“The solution for economic prosperity is in preparing the next generation with the skills to deal with the challenges and opportunities for a better future. My aim as a Patron is to inspire as many as I can to follow their own dreams and support the college in its drive to deliver outstanding education within this community that means so much to me.”

Philip Bostock, Chair of the Board of Governors, said: "We are all thrilled that Michael has accepted this unique new role for him in the College. He is a hugely distinguished former student, passionate about everything he does, unstinting in his support for and commitment to the college and a huge inspiration to our students. As our first ever Patron I know he will make an enormous contribution to our vision of being exceptional in all we do".

John Laramy, Principal, said: “I am delighted that Michael Caines has agreed to be our first Patron, Michael is an ex-student of the College and an excellent role model for young people. He works with staff at the college to set up and run his academy, which encourages the pursuit of excellence in hospitality and catering.

“He is generous with his time and spends many hours supporting the academy and the college more widely. As Patron I look forward to working with Michael and would like to thank him for working with us here at the college to help make Exeter College not just an outstanding college, but, in the future, an exceptional college.

Time to Nominate your Sporting Heroes for the Twentieth Devon Sports Awards

Wed, 2017-01-11 12:40

For clubs, coaches and community sports people alike, the Devon Sports Awards is a prestigious annual event which celebrates their hard work and achievement across a number of different categories. 

This year marks a special landmark for the Devon Sports Awards which are 20 years old. To celebrate, there will be a glittering ceremony on June 30th 2017 with a sporting hero as guest speaker.. Nominations are now open and the organisers of the Devon Sports Awards, Active Devon, The Exeter Foundation and Exeter College are urging people to make sure that they use the opportunity to see their clubs, coaches, volunteers and sports stars celebrated and recognised.

“Over the last two decades the Devon Sports Awards have honoured over 600 sports people, clubs, coaches and volunteers. They have helped countless thousands of people in Devon, of all ages and from all backgrounds, to get into sport, stay active or reach fantastic sporting heights.” said Matt Evans, Chief Executive of Active Devon. 

“Although it is only possible to formally honour the select few finalists in each category the Devon Sports Awards is much bigger than that, it really is a celebration of all the unsung heroes who go out in all weathers, week in week out to keep teams, clubs and activities running in Devon. You do a first rate job and we are truly grateful”. 

This year’s awards ceremony will take place at Sandy Park on June 30th 2017 and if you’d like to see a coach, club or volunteer honoured at the event, nomination forms can be downloaded from www.activedevon.org/dsa2017. Anybody can nominate someone who inspires them and every nomination will be carefully considered by an expert judging panel who come from all backgrounds and bring vast experience to the judging process.

“Each year the Devon Sports Awards aim to recognise as many people as possible who contribute to all levels of sport throughout Devon” said Tony Rowe OBE, Chairman of the Exeter Foundation.

“The county has a proud sporting history and it is a privilege of the Exeter Foundation to be able to celebrate this and the bright future of sport in Devon.”
The 2017 categories are:

  • Devon Coach of the Year
  • Devon Young Coach of the Year
  • Devon Volunteer of the Year
  • Devon Young Volunteer of the Year
  • Contribution to Inclusive Sport
  • Devon Club of the Year
  • Business Contribution to Sport in the Community
  • Business Contribution to Sporting Activity in the Workplace
  • Performances in Community Sport 

Sport has the power to change people lives and 2016 was a bumper year for landmark sporting events, so the Devon Sports Awards will have lots to celebrate. We took Olympic and Paralympic athletes to our hearts and felt their pleasure and pain during the Rio 2016 Games and locally there was a genuine sporting buzz and a flurry of participation across different sports. 

The 2017 Awards see the introduction of some new award categories that recognise the increasing role and impact of businesses in helping their local community and their staff to get fit and active. “Many top businesses recognise that taking care of the physical and mental health of your staff and contributing positively to the local community make sound business sense and are really practical ways of attracting the best employees. The new categories we are introducing this year are looking to find businesses that are leading the way and showing innovation” said Matt Evans, from Active Devon.

This year’s nominations are open throughout January, February and March and nomination information is available here >

Meet the Inspiring and Exceptional Exeter College Student Awards Winners

Fri, 2017-01-06 16:21

The exceptional achievements of students have been celebrated at an inspiring gala Annual Exeter College Student Awards Ceremony. 

More than 190 students, guests, family, friends, sponsors, as well as community and business leaders attended the glittering awards event at on Thursday, 5th January.  

The 27 student award winners represented the college’s broad range of full time and part time programmes and the growing range of apprenticeships on offer. The winning students came from Exeter, across Devon and further afield, highlighting the wide geographical reach of the college.

The guest of honour at the awards was Steve Hindley CBE DL, Chairman of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership. The evening also saw the Michelin-starred chef Michael Caines MBE honoured as the first ever Patron of Exeter College.

John Laramy, Principal of Exeter College, said: “These awards are, for me, a real highlight of the year, because our business is educational excellence and this event celebrates excellence in all its forms.  As a College we have had a spectacular year, but this success has not happened by accident. We have great students, exemplified by our award winners, and we also have a strong culture and great staff at all levels.

“Our Annual Student Awards ceremony is a moment to celebrate and recognise the combined impact of everyone involved in the College.  So I would like to thank our school partners, stakeholders, parents, university partners, civic partners and the employers who work with us – with your continued support we can achieve our new vision as an exceptional college.” 

The award categories covered the college’s broad offer of programmes, and included Apprentice of the Year, Access to Higher Education, Higher Education, Adult and Community Learning, Foundation Studies Student of the Year, Sports Academy Student of the Year, and many, many more.

The sponsors supporting the event, held at the Mercure Hotel, Exeter, were: Arconic, Dana Mulligan Consulting, Exeter Airport, Exeter City Council, Express & Echo, Jones Lang LaSalle, Pearson, Santander, City & Guilds, Devon County Council, Exeter Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Exeter City FC, Foot Anstey, Phab, and Saxon Spence CBE.

The Winners 

Access to Higher Education Student of the Year
Confidence Tracy Mutandwa

Tracy arrived at college with a thirst for knowledge but no IT skills at all. By the end of the 36 weeks she had extensive IT skills and had achieved Distinctions in 14 out of 15 units. Tracy gained a place to study Adult Nursing at Plymouth University and saw every lesson that she attended at Exeter College as a step closer to her end goal. As a class member she was a great support to the rest of the group and to the teachers who taught her. Tracy was the type of student you may only see once or twice in your career and she will always be remembered.  

Adult/Community Education/ Employability + ESOL Student of the Year
Mariana Poth Frcek

Mariana has been awarded the ESOL Student of the Year award because she is an inspiring example to other women who are balancing childcare, family responsibilities and study while adapting to life in the UK. As a newcomer to this country, she first sought advice and information from the college in identifying her language needs and skills gaps. She has worked hard both in class and independently towards gaining the qualifications she needs for the job market. Mariana is an enthusiastic and committed student who takes responsibility for her own learning. Her outgoing personality, motivation and organisational skills will certainly help her in her future studies and career.

Adult Essential Skills Student of the Year
Paul Williams

Paul did not achieve his full potential when he was younger. He was expelled from school and left with no GCSEs. He says: “I spent 12 years on a ‘dark path’ and was on jobseekers when I signed up for the GCSEs at Exeter College.” Paul was determined to do well and worked very hard. He went on to achieve an A* in his maths GCSE and a grade A in his English GCSE. He now has a part-time job and is excelling on the Access to HE (Humanities) course. He is hoping to go to the University of Exeter and intends to train to be an English teacher.

Aplus Student of the Year
Paul Cookson

Paul began his accountancy studies whilst working in catering. Despite working long hours he was able to progress to Level 3 AAT. He was unable to find employment within accountancy which meant he had to work exceptionally hard to keep up with the course content and his peers. However, undeterred, due to his efforts and commitment he was able to complete Level 3 studies in eight months. He went on to gain a role within a finance epartment. He has been an outstanding student and has self-funded his studies in order to fulfil his goals.

Apprentice of the Year
Phoebe Craven

Phoebe has overcome some signifcant barriers to become a valued member of the staff at Foot Anstey, a leading law firm. Originally a full-time student at Exeter College, Phoebe was exceptionally keen to move on to an Apprenticeship and identifi ed business administration as a career pathway she would like to follow. Phoebe, by her own admission, was quite shy, at the start of her journey. However, she has made the transition into an outstanding student with a high level of professionalism and confidence. Phoebe does not resemble the apprentice of 12 months ago and is now looking to progress to study a Level 3 programme in the future.

Business and IT Student of the Year
Daniel Hajek

Dan completed the Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT, achieving Triple Distinctions (D*D*D*) with maximum marks in every unit. He is now studying for a HND in IT at Exeter College. He has been nominated for this award because of his exceptional achievement paired with amazing vocational skills. He is a confident communicator, good at understanding customer needs and is able to work independently to meet them. Dan took on the role of programmer in the commercially linked Running Wolves project last year at college. He worked really well with the team and made a great technical contribution to project. His initiative, personality and creative skills will take him far.

Art and Design Student of the Year
Jessica Lubrani

Jessica Lubrani (Jessie) completed the UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in art and design achieving a Distinction. Jessie is now studying Fashion Design at Ravensbourne. Jessie is an excellent role model for young women and any student studying a creative subject. She is enthusiastic, engaging and focused. Jessie’s final major project work was selected from over 400 entries from colleges nationwide for the UAL annual student exhibition at the central London Menier Gallery. Jessie’s work embraces imagery, form and structure which is thought provoking and supports her individual values in relation to human rights and feminism. Her determination, work ethic and commitment to her creative passions will no doubt see her realise an exciting career in the creative industries. She is certainly one to watch in future British fashion design.

Construction Student of the Year
Ray O’Sullivan

The Level 1 qualifi cation Ray achieved demanded a high level of motivation, accuracy and enthusiasm. Throughout the course, Ray showed drive and natural ability and could be trusted to complete all tasks, in a competent and mature manner. His quality of work has been outstanding and this was especially apparent when it came to completing any self assessments, as his own targets continually highlighted that only the best will do. He has been motivated to do well from his time as a 14-16 learner to where he is now as a 2nd year construction student. He has a great future ahead of him.

Engineering, Aerospace and Automotive Student of the Year
Peter Scrace

Peter started his apprenticeship with Milklink in 2010 studying engineering at Level 2. He progressed to the advanced apprenticeship and completed in 2016 at HNC level. Sometimes in teaching we get a student who, whatever problems may arise, is outstanding. Since his first days at the college Peter’s attitude; work ethic and general application have always been exceptional. During his HNC, Peter had to complete his studies while also focusing on his young family and work commitments. His work regularly had unsocial hours and long shift patterns, but despite this, his work was always completed on time and to a high level. Peter’s attitude is: ‘no matter what the difficulties – try your best to get it done’. Peter’s dedication and work ethic will ensure his future success on whatever path he chooses to take.

Flybe Academy Student of the Year
Abigail Carmichael

Abi completed the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Travel and Tourism following the Flybe Academy pathway. She achieved a triple Distinction* in her course, whilst maintaining a 100% attendance record during her two years of study, as well as balancing her coursework with part time employment. Abi was enthusiastic, engaging and focused in all aspects and was an active participant on the trips and excursions. She worked consistently hard with a driven and conscientious approach to her study. Abi is a very personable young woman, supportive to her peers and inspiring in her approach and positivity. She has excellent communication skills and the ability to use her initiative, yet work as a strong team member. Her potential was clearly spotted, upon completing her course Abi secured her dream employment, working as Cabin Crew for British Airways. A promising career and international future lies ahead!

English, Language and IB Student of the Year
Pablo Grant de Torres

Pablo was an exceptional International Baccalaureate (IB) student who persevered with unwavering determination throughout the second year to complete his course. Despite a number of personal setbacks, he overcame these with courage to go on and not only attain his Diploma Award but to achieve a 40-point score, the equivalent to five A Levels at A / A*.
This result places him in the top 5-10 per cent of students in the world. The Head of Faculty for English, Languages and IB describes Pablo as ‘one of the most memorable learners on the IB for his industry, his talent and his incredible sense of humour. It is an honour to recommend him for this award.’

Foundation Studies Student of the Year
Tyler Martin

Tyler completed Vocational Studies and Vocational Studies Extra, achieving all of his qualifications. He is now in sustained employment at The Range, Exeter. Tyler has been nominated for this award as he made huge progress during his two years with us and has developed into a confident, hard working young man. The distance travelled in Tyler’s social development has been exemplary. He is dedicated and reliable, completing his course with 100% attendance. Tyler completed such a successful work placement that he secured himself his job and has continued to impress, having recently had his contracted hours extended. During his time at Exeter College Tyler just needed help to discover what he was capable of. We are sure he has a bright future ahead.

Healthcare, Childcare and Public Services Student of the Year
Jake Robison

Jake is an exemplary student consistently working to the highest standards. He has had 100% attendance for both years of the Uniformed Public Services Level 3 BTEC. He has worked diligently to achieve distinctions in all units. He has secured a place at Exeter College to continue his academic life to study the FdSc in Public Services. Jake’s mature, motivated and committed nature is reflected in his impeccable organisational skills, dedication and determination. Jake is highly conscientious and his work is always presented neatly and with care. Jake has also completed the 55 miles Ten Tors challenge. He willingly supports his peers when help is needed so that others succeed too. Jake has a genuine warmth and kindness that underpins all he does. Jake is an inspirational student.

Hospitality , Hair and Beauty Student of the Year
Charlotte Fleet

Charlotte was a delightful student who was well liked by all of her peers and lecturers alike. Succeeding with near perfect grades throughout the two years of her VRQ Course, Charlotte made the most of every opportunity that came her way. Charlotte helped many of her peers succeed at times when they needed support. She would listen and respect others whilst being brave and bold in her convictions. Charlotte met all of her challenges head on and was a role model for all of her peers, never letting her smile drop and always succeeding in what she wanted to achieve. Charlotte demonstrated all of her best qualities when she organised and ran the student-led champions of champions’ competition, which saw her organising the promotion of student skills to enhance employability.

Higher Education Student of the Year
Nicole Woods

Nicole was an exceptional student; dedicated, hard-working and consistently engaged with her studies. She often went above and beyond the requirements of the course, volunteering for professional assignments and undertaking and overcoming technical challenges, which led her often to exciting outcomes. Nicole graduated with a distinction and has gone on to study at Plymouth University, paving the way for a successful career in photography. In addition to her academic and professional success, Nicole was a Student Representative at University Level Student Voice Forums and represented Plymouth students at the Plymouth University and Exeter College Joint Board of Studies. Nicole presented herself to a very high standard, articulately and objectively conveying feedback on behalf of her peers. She made an important contribution, not only to the development of her programme, but to enhancing the experience of the University Level Student community.

Humanities Student of the Year
Holly Harwood

Holly studied A Level Philosophy, Politics, English Literature and the Extended Project achieving an incredible A*A*A*A*. Holly had an infectious enthusiasm for her studies and was a pleasure to teach. Holly is a rare and unique talent and deserves recognition for her outstanding achievement of A*s across the board in her A levels and EPQ. She was an absolute joy to have in class as she always participated positively and clearly enjoyed the subjects she was studying. Holly was always keen to get involved in the wider college community through extra-curricular activities such as debating society, Reach Academy and helping out at open events. Holly always went above and beyond what was expected and thoroughly deserved her final grades.

International Student of the Year
Son Hoang Luu Nguyen (Louis)

Louis is a very gifted young man. He has a fantastic work ethic, with the self-discipline to work on his own effectively and take responsibility for his own learning. He sets himself the highest standards and has a determination to achieve. He arrived in the UK for the first time by himself only two days before he started his course. This reflects his ability to respond to the challenges faced in a very positive manner. He is also keen to contribute positively to college life, for example, being his tutor group rep, and attending college Learner Voice feedback meetings. He worked consistently well over his two years at college, and was very deserving of the impressive 3 A*s at A Level he finished with.

Maths and Science Student of the Year
Brandon Jones

Brandon came to Exeter College having underachieved on an AS programme elsewhere. Not daunted, he proved himself to be a most accomplished student on the BTEC Applied
Science course and his grade of D*D*D* is well deserved. He achieved this through distinctions in every unit of the course. He not only worked hard himself but was also a positive and supportive member of the tutor group. Most significantly, the Applied Science course has given Brandon an opportunity to truly shine, especially in his Biology units. Articulate, intelligent and thoughtful, he has progressed to study Biomedical Science at Cardiff University where we are confident he will continue to flourish.

JAx Journalism Academy Student of the Year
Kira Taylor

Kira was a standout student on the JAx Journalism Academy, proving that the more you put in the more you get from an experience. Kira showed her determination early, by pitching ideas to editors. This bore fruit when she was published in the Times Education Supplement, which then accepted another feature from Kira later in the year. At the same time Kira found other publications willing to take her work and soon built up a broad and lively portfolio. Kira was also a committed student on the Academy who was always willing to help other students. Her determination to succeed means that she stands out from the crowd.

Media and Performing Arts Student of the Year
Tynika Davidson

Tynika successfully progressed from BTEC Level 1 Performing Arts, BTEC Level 2, through the BTEC 90 Credit Diploma and successfully completed her BTEC Extended Diploma in Performing Arts. Throughout her four years at college Tynika was motivated, committed, imaginative and was continually willing to take risks. Tynkia always sought feedback and treated all staff and students with great respect. It was with great pride and joy that Tynika received enough UCAS points to take up a degree in Musical Theatre at Bath Spa University. Tynika’s smile, laugh, energy and determination were a great beacon of hope within the section, but although now gone, can still be heard echoing around the CCI as an inspiration to all our Level 1 and 2 learners about what can be achieved.

Michael Caines Academy Student of the Year
Harrison Brockington

Harrison has perfectly demonstrated the journey it is possible to take with determination, passion and drive. Arriving in year one as a nervous, shy and retiring learner Harrison was not the best chef in his class nor the best waiter. Yet Harrison knew what he wanted to be and became a driven and determined individual after a successful work placement at the Royal Clarence. The change in Harrison was clear to see when he returned for Level 2. Harrison became a true student of the culinary arts, dedicating all of his free time to learning and maximizing every opportunity that came his way. This culminated in him being crowned Student South West Chef of the Year. Harrison’s knowledge of his subject is astonishing and his vision for a future career, style of food and even restaurant concepts are exceptional.

Reach Academy Student of the Year
Dylan Inglis

Dylan has been a fantastic member of the Reach Academy and a true ambassador for Exeter College. He has a huge amount of energy and drive, and an infectious enthusiasm for all that he does. Perhaps his biggest contribution came through the Academy’s Model United Nations diplomacy group. Dylan represented Exeter College at a number of conferences becoming a regular award-winning delegate. He also travelled to Frankfurt last year to represent college at a University Level conference, and helped organise our very own MUN conference. Dylan was also an active member of the Met Office Research Group, a student-led science research project in collaboration with Met Office. Now studying Geography at Durham University, we’re sure his energy and enthusiasm will make him a huge success there too.

Music Academy Student of the Year
Bethan Funning 

Bethan was an active and dedicated member of the Exeter College Music Academy who participated in all of our enrichment based ensembles including Jazz Project, Big Band, Chamber Orchestra, String Group and Student Choir. In each ensemble she made an extremely valuable and highly musical contribution, helping to inspire and motivate other students. Bethan also co-hosted the weekly Music Academy ‘Live lunch’ session in her second year and performed at college-wide events including award ceremonies over two years both as a solo artist and with her group Wolven. She achieved outstanding results in her studies. Bethan is currently undertaking a gap year before taking up a place at Birmingham University to study Music.

School of Art Student of the Year
Deborah Spencer

Deborah completed the FDA Graphic Communication course with a Distinction and has now set up her own freelance graphic design service. As a mature student with two school-age children, she started the course with limited confidence, graphic design skills and knowledge. Deborah was an exemplary student. Her good humoured, positive disposition was a great asset. She was always happy to support her peers and willingly volunteered to be the group’s Learner Voice representative. Her creative efforts paid dividends when her designs for the 2016 Animated Exeter branding were chosen. Deborah entered a highly prestigious national student design competition and was awarded the runners-up prize for the awareness campaign she created for the charity Save The Children. This accolade has been life-changing for Deborah, who can now look forward to a very bright future as a graphic designer.

Spencer Dale Economics Student of the Year
Thomas McShane

Tom completed A levels in Economics, Physics and Maths achieving exceptional grades of A*A*A. He also achieved A grades in A level Critical Thinking and Further Maths. Tom was an exceptional student throughout his college career. He was a mature, intelligent and considerate learner. He demonstrated a natural ability in all of his subjects as well as fantastic dedication to his progression. He was committed to extracurricular activities at college taking part in the Reach Academy as well as being a part of the very successful Model United Nations team. Tom is now studying PPE at Oxford University. Tom is an absolute credit to Exeter College.

Sport, Leisure and Tourism Student of the Year
Dryad Oak

Dryad completed the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Outdoor and Adventurous Activities, achieving D*D*D*. Dryad is now studying for a Foundation Degree in Applied Outdoor Adventure with us at Exeter College. Dryad was unanimously nominated for this award by all the staff who have taught him as he is an excellent role model. He is enthusiastic, engaging and focused. He is committed to everything that he does, with climbing being a particular area he excels in. Dryad achieves all this whilst being a young carer. In addition to this role, he travels a considerable distance from Dartmoor each day to attend college. He is always the first in and last to leave. Dryad has made a very strong start to his Foundation Degree. He is a true role model.

Sports Academy Student of the Year
Rachel Solway

Rachel Solway is an accomplished, humble and honest young woman. She is currently studying a Level 3 YMCA Certifi cate in Personal Training, having already achieved a triple Distinction* profile on the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport. Whilst at college, Rachel also captained the highly successful Netball 1st team and passed the CYQ Level 2 fitness instructors course. Rachel is very proactive and continually develops herself, which is highlighted in her approach towards both her academic achievements and also her sporting endeavours. She is approachable, kind and empathetic, which enabled her to create a strong rapport with lecturers as well as respect and trust from her peers, especially within the Netball Academy. In summary, Rachel is a well-rounded young woman with a bright future ahead of her. Her maturity, determination and ethics will continue the success she has achieved so far.





New Year, New You – Planning for the Future with Exeter College

Tue, 2017-01-03 15:44

Is one of your new year resolutions to learn something new? To make some time for yourself? Maybe you want to advance in your career?

Whether you are thinking about A Levels or Apprenticeships, a degree or a new professional qualification, we have a course to suit you.

We offer a wide range of courses from retaking GCSEs to learning another language to finally getting that degree you have been dreaming of. Could 2017 be the year you finally tick it off your list?

With outstanding teaching, a high level of support and exceptional facilities, Exeter College has all the tools you need to succeed.

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If you want to find out more then please don’t hesitate to contact us or pop along to one of our open events.

Winning Partnership Between Exeter Chiefs and Exeter College Celebrated

Tue, 2017-01-03 14:54

The wining partnership between Exeter Chiefs and Exeter College has been celebrated, after Exeter College’s U18 team recently won the AASE League for the first time. 

Exeter College won the AASE League Championship Final at high-profile venue Allianz Park, London. 

The outstanding victory comes after the launch of the Exeter Chiefs Rugby Academy at Exeter College in 2016. The partnership between Exeter Chiefs and Exeter College provides aspiring rugby players the chance to nurture not only their rugby talent, but also to gain first-class education and training with the Aviva Premiership Academy club coaching and teaching staff. 

Tony Rowe OBE, chairman and chief executive of Exeter Rugby Club said: "On behalf of everyone at the club we'd like to extend our congratulations to Exeter College on their final achievement of winning the AASE League for the first time.

"Having only entered into a partnership with the College last summer, it's fantastic to see the fruits of this excellent agreement already paying dividends. I know how hard Rob Gibson, his fellow coaches and all of the players have worked over the course of the season to achieve this outcome - and I've no doubt that moving forward the College will continue to see even more success."

Exeter College Principal John Laramy said: “I was an immensely proud moment for Exeter College to see our Exeter Chiefs Rugby Academy Team run out in the AASE League National Final. 

“The team spirit, quality of play and mental strength of the Exeter players was evident for all to see - the comprehensive style of the victory was nothing short of spectacular.  As Principal I would like to congratulate the players, who were a real credit to the college and, I would like to thank all the staff involved in rugby at the college for their commitment, desire and talent, which has clearly had a massive impact on the team.

“Finally, I would like to thank the Exeter Chiefs and in particular Tony Rowe, Chief Executive and Chairman, and the whole coaching team here at Exeter College. The success of the academy, which is now the best 16-18 rugby team in the country, is the result of hard work and commitment from both the Chiefs and the College.”

Celebrating the winning Partnership between Exeter Chiefs and Exeter College: Pictured (back) are the Exeter College rugby team, who recently won the AASE League Championship Final, with (front), Rob Bosworth, Vice Principal – Schools, Partnerships and Curriculum, Exeter College, Steve Byrne, Academy Director, Exeter Chiefs Rugby Academy, Tony Rowe OBE, Chief Executive and Chairman, Exeter Chiefs, John Laramy, Principal and Chief Executive, Exeter College, and Rob Gibson, Exeter Chiefs Academy. 

Exeter College Finalist for Coveted 'College of the Year' Title in TES FE Awards

Fri, 2016-12-16 10:41

Exeter College has been shortlisted for four coveted awards including ‘College of the Year’ and ‘Teacher of the Year’ accolades, in the Times Educational Supplement Further Education Awards 2017. 

As well as being nominated for the College of the Year, Exeter College is also a finalist in a number of other categories. 
Here is a full list of the awards Exeter College has been shortlisted for: 

•    FE College of the Year;
•    Teacher of the Year;
•    Professional Services Team of the Year;
•    Marketing/Communications Campaign of the Year.

John Laramy, Exeter College Principal, said: “To be shortlisted for one award would have been great recognition for us, but to be shortlisted for four is a truly exceptional achievement. This shows both our strength and depth at Exeter College, as well as being clear evidence of the talent of our students and staff.  

“I believe we are the first college, in the history of these awards, to have been shortlisted twice for the College of the Year category which we won just a few years ago. These awards are critical part of a vibrant and successful further education sector and I would like to congratulate all the colleges and providers who have been nominated for an award.

The news comes after a number of recent accolades for the college, including being graded Ofsted Outstanding in 2014 and awarded the coveted City & Guilds ‘UK Centre of the Year’ this year. In 2016, Exeter College also won a prestigious TES Award for the Apprenticeship Programme of the Year. 

The awards will be presented at an awards ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London, on Friday 24th February 2017.

Exeter College Christmas Closure

Thu, 2016-12-15 14:45

Exeter College buildings and services will be closed for the Christmas holidays from noon on Friday 16, December 2016 until Tuesday, 3 January 2017. If you require any support or help during this time there are a number of services available to you, for more information click here for useful links. Further details about our dedicated safeguarding team, information and our policies can also be found here.

Exeter City Kit Up Future Stars at Exeter College

Mon, 2016-12-12 15:03

Exeter City Football Club have kitted up future stars at Exeter College to celebrate 15 years of partnership and Futsal becoming part of the college Sports Academy offer

The long-established partnership with the college has gone from strength to strength in recent years and now sees 45 students on the men's academy, 23 on the women's academy, and 50 students combined taking part in the level two and level three futsal academy.

The new playing kit, provided by Exeter City and supported by Joma, allows for both the men's and ladies’ teams to proudly display the partnership during training and at matches, and acts as a reminder to the students of what they aspire to be. 

Futsal, in its fifth year and now part of the College’s sports academy, is a BTEC sport programme offered by Exeter City’s charity Football in the Community. It provides a unique opportunity for 16 to 19 year olds to complete either a level two or three BTEC qualification, whilst competing in a Professional Futsal League against other Football League clubs. 

Throughout the programme students earn qualifications that will help them gain employment in the sport and leisure industry, as well as training and competing in a professional futsal environment for one of the five Exeter City teams. Students benefit from the facilities at Exeter College, the University of Exeter as well as the external learning centres based at St James Park.

The partnership between Exeter City and Exeter College combines on-field training and matches with academic study. As well as having a performance pathway through the club’s apprenticeship scheme, the sports academy gives aspiring footballers the opportunities to develop their talents and focus on full-time academic or vocational courses should they not quite break through as a professional player.

Throughout the last four years Exeter City has provided the college with a member of its coaching staff to work alongside the colleges coaches to deliver the Men's Academy sessions and Goalkeeper specific coaching. Currently this is Aaron Pugh who is an ex-student and Football Academy member. 

By offering quality coaching the men's team are now playing in category one of AOC leagues; the highest level available which gives a real credibility and a better level of competition, improving performance and experience in the long run. This association not only provides the opportunity to progress, but also acts as a safety net for the youngsters who aren’t offered an apprenticeship with the club, allowing a member of Exeter City staff to monitor their progress.

The ladies’ team follows the same infrastructure; a college member of staff supported by an Exeter City staff member who delivers three training sessions a week and fixtures on Wednesdays. This setup provides excellent progression routes into the Exeter City Ladies set up with several of the Exeter College Ladies’ Academy team now playing for the Exeter City Ladies first team.  

Exeter College is pivotal in making sure that players who come through the academy, but are not offered scholarships, still have a pathway to returning to professional or semi-professional football, coaching, or attaining academic opportunities that continue into a wide variety of fields, supported by the college’s extensive programmes.

Chris Wall, Exeter College sports academy manager, said: “The partnership between the college and Exeter City has grown rapidly over the last few years, it is a testament to the effort and dedication shown from both organisations. The academies are a fantastic opportunity for talented youngsters to work with the football club without having to forfeit their education.” 

Recent success stories of the partnership include Elliott Frear. He gained a place in the Exeter College Football Development squad after various trials where City kept a close eye on his progress during college training and games, inviting him to pre-season sessions, under-18 and reserve team games. 

On the completion of his two years he was awarded a short-term contract with the club where he would go on to make 11 appearances for the Grecians, debuting in the FA Cup, before a short stint with Salisbury City. Elliott joined Forest Green Rovers in 2014 and has been a regular in their team.

Versatile midfielder Scot Bennett, who made 132 appearances for the Grecians between 2011 and 2015, came through from Exeter College on route to becoming a professional footballer.

Speaking on behalf of Exeter City, Chairman Julian Tagg, said: “I have a great association with Exeter College having worked there for some time. 

“It is pleasing to see the strength of the partnership continue to grow, and to witness the ever-improving opportunities for students connected with Exeter City that our club provides to shape academic opportunities leading to employment both inside football and sport, and the wider world.”


Consortium Awarded £5.5m to Increase HE Participation

Fri, 2016-12-09 13:46

Institutions across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset – led by the University of Plymouth – have been awarded two years’ funding in the first phase of the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP), being launched by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) in January 2017.

As Exeter College works in partnership with Plymouth University to deliver a number of its degree level programmes, it will benefit from a portion of the funding. As part of this initiative the college has created a new role to be actively promoting degree level programmes in local schools.

The programme will drive a step change in the progression into higher education of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, including members of ethnic minority groups and young men.

To meet those goals, the consortium – under the name of Next Steps South West – will focus on Year 9 to 13 students in wards and schools identified as having presently low HE representation, using targeted interventions in an attempt to raise aspirations, achievement and awareness of HE. 

HEFCE Director of Policy Chris Millward said:

“Our evidence has shown that there are young people in these areas who are achieving the qualifications they need to benefit from higher education, but are not currently doing so. The programme will ensure that they are better equipped to make the right choice for them by exposing the range of higher education options available and the careers they make possible.”

Professor Simon Payne, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Plymouth, said:

“Increasing HE participation in the South West’s most disadvantaged areas is a major challenge. But it is one faced by all colleges and universities so this united approach, building on previous successful collaborations, is the right way to try and address it. By reaching out to schools and young people at an early stage, we can ensure that every student – regardless of their background – has the chance to reach their full potential.”

Festival of Carols Raises Most Money Ever

Fri, 2016-12-09 09:26

Last night Exeter College held our annual Festival of Carols at Exeter Cathedral. Around 900 people congregated at the landmark site to enjoy the festival lead by The Very Reverend Dr Jonathan Draper and experience what a range of Exeter College’s students and staff choirs had to offer. With exceptional performances, high energy routines and thought provoking readings the college’s staff and students raised the roof of the cathedral and showed the local community what it was like to be part of the college. 

The Festival of Carols collects donations every year for the college’s charity of the year. This year the College’s charity of the year is Devon Air Ambulance Trust and we are proud to announce we raised £1,181.51 at this year’s festival, almost £200 more than the previous year. This has been added to our overall collection total which now stands at an impressive £2,879.05.

Thank you to everyone who attended and well done everyone who was involved, it was a truly exceptional night. 


Exeter College Crowned U18 AASE National Champions

Tue, 2016-12-06 15:35

Exeter College have made competition history after being crowned U18 AASE National Champions. 

The team took the title and made competition history to win 53-19 against Gosforth Academy in the AASE League Championship Final at the high-profile venue Allianz Park, London, on Friday (December 2).

England Under-17s star Richard Capstick took home the man of the match award as Exeter touched down seven times during a brilliant all-round performance. The victory was the first time Exeter College has won the tough national contest. 

“It was such a tough game,” said Captain Dan Swain. “They made it difficult for us by running everything but we’re so happy to win. It’s been a long journey to get here but to be national champions and do it here is incredible.”

Read the England Rugby match report here >

Staff and Students part of the Direct Line Tradesman Knowledge Base

Mon, 2016-12-05 16:42

Direct Line for Business have been speaking to Exeter College staff and students about the opportunities and experiences that Apprenticeships provide. Interviewed were the College’s Program Leader for Carpentry and Joinery, Mike Armitage, and NVQ Level 3 carpentry Apprentice, Karl Davey.

The interviews are part of the Tradesmen Knowledge Centre information hub for careers in construction trades provided by Direct Line.

Exeter College’s exceptional Apprenticeship programmes, which won the national Times Education Supplement Apprenticeship Provision of the Year 2016 award, were a key criteria in a perfect score in the recent FE week league table in which Exeter College was named the best college in the country.

Read Mike’s What can you expect during a carpentry and joinery apprenticeship interview and Karl’s story: A carpentry apprenticeship and beyond on the direct line website. If you have any questions about how to become an Apprentice, please contact the team on Apprentices@exe-coll.ac.uk or you can view our current Apprenticeship vacancies. You can also follow @ExeApprentices on Twitter for Apprenticeship news in Exeter and surrounding areas.

Top Tips for Your Student Interview

Fri, 2016-12-02 13:01

We know you might find the idea of coming to college for an interview nerve-wracking, so we have compiled our top tips to keep your nerves at bay on interview day.

Don’t forget our College Advice Team are always on the end of the phone if you have any questions. You can call them on 01392 400600 or email cat@exe-coll.ac.uk.

  • Come prepared - take the time to read through your invitation email or letter so you know which building you need to go to and arrive with some time to spare. Some faculties such as Art and Design ask to see a portfolio of work so make sure you have this with you.
  • Ask questions - this is your chance to find out everything you want to know about the courses you may be studying, so sit down and write some down so you don’t forget to ask that all important question!
  • Be open to change - after talking through your course choices with your interviewer, you may decide that that course isn’t for you and that’s ok! It’s important to get it right so while you're here, you may wish to consider other options. We offer a wide range of course from A Levels, to BTECs and our Apprenticeship provision is award winning.
  • Make the most of our experts advice - as well as faculty leaders there will also be an advice zone where you can talk to Assistant Principals, College Advisers and our Progression Team. You can also talk to staff about travel, welfare and learning support.
  • Be yourself - remember you have got this far for a reason, so just relax and try and enjoy the experience. (It’s more of an informal chat anyway!)

We look forward to welcoming you to Exeter College soon. Good luck!

An Amazing Year for Exeter College

Thu, 2016-12-01 15:52

This morning Principal John Laramy spoke to BBC Radio Devon presenter Simon Bates live on air about the college’s numerous successes this year.

“An amazing year for Exeter College, It’s just been named the best college in the country!” said the Devon radio DJ opening his interview with the Principal, citing FE Week's new league table.

The news comes as the Exeter Chiefs Academy at Exeter College U18 rugby team is about to face Gosforth Academy in the AASE league final at Allianz Park, the home ground of the Saracens rugby team. The game will be played on Friday 2nd December 2017 at 5pm and will be streamed live on EnglandRugby.com.

Attributing the success of the college to the staff, students and stakeholders, John discussed how Exeter College was the only college on the FE Week table to receive full marks and how this all contributes to fantastic results and awards.

Listen to the full interview

Students Take Part in Mock Interview Day

Thu, 2016-12-01 09:22

This week the faculty of Business and IT hosted a mock interview day. The purpose of the day was to give Level 2 Business students an authentic interview experience. This allows them to plan, prepare and manage their time.

Various local employers were involved in interviewing, including employees of Exeter City Council and two staff members from our own Business Solutions team. They commented that “It was a really beneficial experience for the students.”
The event took place offsite at Exwick Community Centre. This was to ensure the experience was as authentic as possible, meaning the students had to find their own way there, and they were in an unfamiliar environment with people they hadn’t met before. 
Organiser, Holly Forsyth, Work Placement Coordinator at Exeter College said: “This event is particularly important because it allows students to prepare for their future, and gain work-related experiences which aid their progression.”

Woodland Trust Planting Project

Tue, 2016-11-29 16:55

Exeter College Foundation Studies students were recently part of a group of volunteers who took part in a clearing day at Houndtor Woods in the Bovey Valley. This project was run in conjunction with The Premier Paper Group and The Woodland Trust.

The day was organised in order to help clear Douglas Fir Saplings in Houndtor Woods, located on the edge of Dartmoor National Park in Devon, in preparation for the planting of more natural woodland at the site.

Volunteers had a number of important tasks including; helping aid restoration, clearing conifer seeding, and helping to maintain a number of small fenced experiment plots in Houndtor and Pullabrook Woods. 

The planting of the natural woodland at Houndtor Woods will take place from now until March next year, and The Premier Paper Group, along with more volunteers, plan to return to Bovey Valley to plant some saplings in March next year.

The students were supervised by three tutors from college, and the response from everyone present was that they had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed their day helping to clear the forest floor.

You can read more about the project here.