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A great twelve months providing MOT tester qualificatications

Tue, 2017-07-11 11:47

Staff from the Engineering and Automotive faculty recently represented Exeter College at Automechanika at the NEC in Birmingham. This is the biggest aftermarket exhibition in the UK, with over 800 exhibitors providing information and advice for people in the motor industry.

The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) put on a presentation for MoT testers and for training providers to find out what the changes from DVSA means for the industry. Darren Smyth, a lecturer at Exeter College, was there to answer questions from other training providers throughout the country. He also talked about our best quality teaching practices, the college has had a 100% pass rate for the candidates that have gone into industry. He discussed the new MoT training regulations for ongoing CPD training and annual assessment. Darren was interviewed by the IMI - you can watch the interview here

Barry Williams, IMI Business Development Manager, joined the Exeter team onstage. He said; "Exeter College has some great kit for the 800 or so engineering candidates coming through the faculty every year. They have eight ramps, the latest diagnostic devices, and a bank of 50 PCs for the IMI online learning and assessment. To top it all they have full capability to run ULEV training courses, so they’re surely set for a bright future serving the retail motor industry."

Andy Wells, Head of Faculty added; "Of course we had a head start, we were an MOT training centre for the DVSA before the recent changes were implemented. We were already well resourced before the new qualifications were introduced so we hit the ground running. Our training is competitively priced and accommodation in Devon is affordable too. It all adds up to a winning combination for us as a college and our customers."

You can find out more about our courses here, or contact the faculty for more information on: 01392 400380.


Top 5 Tips to Ace Your Interview

Thu, 2017-06-29 16:18

We know you might find the idea of coming to college for an interview nerve-wracking but it doesn’t need to be. We are here to make sure you get on the right course and set yourself on the right path for a bright future. To help keep your nerves at bay we have compiled our top 5 tips to ensure you have an awesome interview.

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 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!

Exeter College awarded 'Gold' standard for University Level Teaching and Learning

Thu, 2017-06-22 08:55

Exeter College has been awarded the ‘Gold’ standard for delivering consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its University Level students. 

The coveted gold award highlights that the college’s Centre for University Level Studies, which offers a wide range of degree level courses, is among the best in the country for teaching and employment outcomes.  

The results of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), published today, provide a picture of excellence in teaching and learning in UK higher education.  

A panel of experts judged awarded Exeter College gold for ‘delivering consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students’ and found it to be among the ‘highest quality found in the UK’.  

And the results and the underlying evidence are designed to help students thinking about which university or college to apply to. 

Exeter College is praised for its:

  • outstanding employment outcomes which are supported by an effective strategic focus on vocational and professional education allowing students to acquire skills knowledge and understanding that are highly valued by employers 
  • teaching, learning and assessment practices which provide scope for outstanding levels of stretch that ensure all students are significantly challenged to achieve their full potential 
  • optimum levels of contact time which secure the highest levels of student engagement 
  • outstanding individualised learning which is enhanced through an effective personal tutor system 
  • an embedded college culture that facilitates, recognises and rewards excellent teaching 
  • a range of outstanding digital and industry-specific facilities actively used by students and which impact positively on enhancing their learning.

Get Your Copy of our new 2017-18 Adult Training and Learning Guide

Tue, 2017-06-20 14:31

You can now request our 2017-2018 Adult Training and Learning Guide online and find out about the wide range of Adult Professional and Short and Leisure courses we offer.

Our Adult Training and Learning courses offer something for everyone, including Short and Leisure courses if you want to take up a new skill or hobby and Professional courses if you want to retrain or improve your qualifications. Many of the Professional courses take part during day, but we also offer a wide range of evening courses to fit around your commitments. Courses typically start in September, January and April, depending on the length of the course and we also offer some "roll on, roll off" courses that you can join throughout the year.

The 2017/18 Adult Training and Learning Guide is now available online and to pick up from Exeter College’s receptions across the city.

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.

Exeter College Student Wins Ray Kenny Bursary

Fri, 2017-06-16 12:15

The Ray Kenny competition is run every year in memory of a chef who trained at the Dorchester Hotel. After his death in 2007, his family wanted to remember Ray’s passion for inspiring young chefs. The competition is open to 2nd year Full Time Catering Students within Further Education Colleges in the South West, the aim of the competition is to widen the horizons of budding chefs in the Westcountry.

Competitors are asked to produce a three course plated meal with a Westcountry theme for two covers, within two and a half hours.

This year's winner was Ellie Thuell from Kenton, Ellie is currently studying for a Diploma in Professional Cookery and a Certificate in Professional Food and Beverage Service.

Her winning menu was:

Crab tortellini with a crab bisque and sea vegetables


Herb crusted rack of lamb with pommes anna, wild garlic, carrot puree and button onions


Creme brulee with fresh raspberries

We spoke to Ellie after she won to find out what her plans for the future are:

To get into the final I had to write a letter to Mrs Kenny explaining why I wanted to win, what I would spend the money on and what my future plans are. Once I had been chosen I went straight through to the finals.

The feeling when I won was just incredible, it was such a shock because I thought I had cooked badly. When they said my name I burst out into tears because I was so happy! It didn't feel real that I had actually won a work placement at Lucknam Park and £2k!

Once I leave college I really want to do a ski season and then travel around the world, working and experiencing all the different cultures but the end goal is to work at a Michelin starred restaurant.

Further Accolade for Exeter College's Jordan Picot

Wed, 2017-06-14 13:25

Jordan Picot, Exeter College Level 2 Plumbing Apprentice, has once again displayed exceptional skills and training by winning the southern heat of the BPEC SKILLPlumb competition. This follows his success at the HIP plumbing competition just four weeks ago, where Jordan progressed to the national final.

Chris Bennett, Lecturer at Exeter College, said: “Jordan continuingly improves and strives for excellence in everything he does. Jordan’s eye for detail and practical ability are second to none and his relaxed approach is a real positive in high pressure situations.”

Jordan has taken the success in his stride, with the support from his employer Will Slatcher at Go Green Engineering. Will said: “Go Green Engineering would like to congratulate Jordan on his recent achievements, not only has he won this competition, but he has become an apprentice that is dedicated and hardworking, his ability is also exceptional for his level. He is a perfect example of a modern day apprentice for becoming a heating engineer of the future”.

Both competitions cover a wide variety of skills ranging from measuring and marking out to pipe bending and soldering.

Jordan says “I have been given a lot of support from my employer and Exeter college when training for this competition, I think winning it has helped my confidence in finishing a job to a high standard and within an allocated time, I'm so pleased that I won, all that hard work has paid off”.

Exeter College offer a wide range of apprenticeships, training and support. Find out more on our website.

Apprentices Win Recognition in Local, Regional and National Awards

Wed, 2017-05-31 12:14

It has been an award winning fortnight for Exeter College Apprenticeships. Following the double win for Apprenticeships at the Exeter Living awards, five Exeter College Apprentices have claimed wins in their individual industries for their excellent skills and hard work.

To begin the winning streak, multiple construction Apprentices entered SkillBuild. This competition gives Britain’s best construction trainees a chance to compete against one another and showcase their talents to be pronounced the best in their chosen craft occupation. James Cope, Apprentice at Gentlemen Builders claimed first place in the ‘new entrant’ category for his carpentry skills and Harry Colgrave, Apprentice at C.J. Chenery Bespoke Furniture and Joinery achieved a brilliant second place as a ‘new entrant’ cabinet maker in the South Devon heat. Both James and Harry came away with excellent points and a chance to compete in the SkillBuild final as a part of the Skills Show at the NEC in Birmingham. 

The success did not stop here for the Construction faculty, as just a week later Jordan Picot, Plumbing Apprentice at Go Green Engineering achieved the winning position at the southern heat of the SkillPLUMB competition. SkillPLUMB is run annually by BPEC to promote skills across the plumbing industry and give recognition to competitors for their expertise. When the heats have finished, the highest scoring competitors have the opportunity to progress through to the competition to the WorldSkills UK final.

WorldSkills UK competitions bring together Apprentices from across the country to compete to be the best in their chosen skill. The competitions are designed to inspire and challenge the next generation to be ambitious in their pursuit for excellence, whilst equipping them with life-long world class skills. This is indeed the case for our next Exeter College star, James Parsons, a Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Apprentice working at Exminster Garage. 

James scored the highest on his day across six tasks in the Skill Auto competition, run by the Institute of the Motor Industry, putting him in the running to become the WorldSkills UK National winner. The competition, similar to SkillBuild and SkillPLUMB, Skill Auto aims to find the top new talent within the automotive industry and has as a result named James up there with the best in Automotive Light Vehicle Technology.

Our fourth winning Apprentice is Tobias Cowan. Tobias is training as an Engineer at HepcoMotion and is the Exeter College student representative for Apprentices. He has been named the Radio Exe Pride of Devon Apprentice and Young Employee of the Year, for his enthusiasm and determination both at work and as an ambassador for Apprenticeships. We are sure that we will be hearing much more from Tobias and all of our brilliant award winning Apprentices in the years to come. We look forward to seeing their future successes and hearing about their further achievements within the Skills Competitions – we are sure to have some world class winners within the college in the next few months. 


Local Writer and Exeter College Student, Lucy Banks, Celebrates Publishing Deal

Wed, 2017-05-31 11:12

Exeter College alumnae Lucy Banks never thought she would become a published writer when she enrolled on a Creative Writing course at Exeter College. Now her dream has come true with the publication of her first novel - The Case of the Green Dressed Ghost. 

The book is aimed at adults who like light-hearted, supernatural stories, it was recently described by Publisher’s Weekly as ‘Ghostbusters with a British accent’.

Lucy, from Exeter, said: “I liked that it was something I could work around my job because I work full time and it was a nice convenient time. It seemed like a really interesting, relaxed, informal sort of course.”

Lucy’s book came out in March, with the next one due out in February (and two more in the pipeline). 

Described as being about the supernatural, Lucy credits the course with the idea for her main character saying, “It all stemmed from Sam’s class. We did a character exercise where we had to come up with a character from thin air and that’s where I came up with this character of Dr Ribero. It stayed in my head for about three months afterwards and then it turned into a book, so it is all down to Sam!”

Lucy said the idea for the book came from wanting to normalise the fears around the supernatural for her own children. “They can get scared of ghosts and stuff like that so it was more to sort of kill that stone dead and make humour out of it really.” 

So how does it feel to be a published writer? “It’s been lovely, it’s quite weird because they're a US publisher so there's more going on there than there is here”. 

Lucy says that her advice to fellow writers would be to do a writing course. “I think doing a course is a great idea that really did help and gave me a lot of confidence. When you share your work with other people you're sort of forced into that situation of getting feedback and I think that can be really helpful. Just keep writing as much as possible whenever you can.”

Lucy’s lecturer while studying at Exeter College was Sam Watson, who was overjoyed to hear of Lucy’s success. 

She said: “Three pieces of her writing, in particular, stood out for me that term - one was a scene from a train trapped in winter weather which had the beginnings of a ghost story. The second was her entry to the class Flash Fiction competition. Of course, the final piece that has stayed with me was Lucy’s creation of Dr Ribero. 

“During a particular session I had asked the group to start developing their own ideas of a detective. Lucy told us her detective was an elderly Argentinian, had a twirly moustache and carried a cane - how could we resist? I was so pleased to hear the fantastic news last year that Lucy’s first book (with her character of Dr Ribero) had been accepted by a publishing house and I made sure I went to get my copy signed by the author herself!”

You can read reviews about Lucy’s book and purchase online here.

Kester Lanner didn’t know what to expect when he followed his mother's dying request to contact the mysterious Dr. Ribero, but he wasn't expecting to find his long lost father. Nor was he expecting to join the family business: catching supernatural spirits. Kester is intrigued despite his fear, and finds himself drawn into an ancient ghost story that will test the entire agency. He soon becomes enmeshed in a struggle with the spirit, who is so malevolent and haunting that his first real case might just be his last.

Are you interested in an evening class? Please click here for our full list of courses. 

Double Win for Exeter College Access Student

Wed, 2017-05-31 10:38

Access student Nicola James, from Exeter, has been celebrating a double achievement. Not only has she been offered a place at the University of Exeter to study Liberal Arts but she has also just won a national poetry competition, the prize meaning her work will be published in an anthology.

“When I entered the poem into a competition, I never thought I would get picked, never thought that anything I write would be published by someone else. It makes me feel so amazing.”

So why did she sign up for an Access course at Exeter college? “I’ve been into a poetry for a while and writing is a big hobby of mine, I wanted to do English and I wanted to go to uni to do this so this was the perfect way to get in. I’m doing an English GCSE as well so it’s been a lot to take on but it's been really amazing, I love the access course. The other thing was that I wanted to prove to my daughter, whose ten, that it doesn’t matter what start you have. You can do anything you want and go after your dreams.”

Nicola says that the access course has helped her self confidence. “I never thought I had the ability to write essays and I’ve got distinctions throughout. When you get good feedback from your lecturers it just makes you feel really good about yourself. It’s been really fun as well, everyone’s great.”

She has now been writing poetry for two years and can’t imagine ever giving it up. “I first started writing as an outlet for how I was feeling and to help me come to terms with what was going on in my life. I just find that when I write it gets rid of all the bad feelings so I started a blog and started getting support from other writers. The more I write, the more it becomes my way of life.”

Nicola’s advice for anyone thinking of doing an Access course is to go for it. “The access course has helped me so much. I’ve made some really good friends and all the tutors and lecturers are really helpful. It is a lot of work, it is hard but it's definitely worth it.”

Nicola has now written over 200 poems and is hoping to get them all published into an anthology. “When I look back at what I’ve written it makes me realise that I was in a really bad place but I’ve turned that into something really beautiful.” 

In the meantime you can read her work online at: www.nickitjames.com

If you’re thinking of studying an Access course then you can find out more here.


Don't Panic! Here's Our Exam Stress Survival Guide

Fri, 2017-05-26 15:12

Exam time is well and truly upon us. And along with it comes the inevitable nail biting, stress and worry. Feeling anxious about your exams is completely normal, but rest assured there are some simple things you can do to make sure you perform to your best on the day.

Eat well. Everyone knows the benefits of eating a healthy diet, but during your exam period it is more crucial than ever. A diet packed with plenty of fresh fruit and veg will make you feel physically equipped to take on even the toughest of mental challenges! Sip water instead of caffeine or sugary drinks which, as tempting as they are, will do more harm than good. And most importantly, on the day of your exams eat a good breakfast - something like porridge is ideal so you have the energy you need to keep going. 
Study in your own style. Do whatever works for you. Singing a song, make up acronyms, stick post it notes all over your house, draw pictures, diagrams or tune into to your favourite music as you hit the books. Everyone learns in their own way so make it work for you. Having revision goals is good to keep you on track. You could even plan rewards as you hit your targets. If you go off track one day don’t panic - just take one day at a time.
Sleep! Never underestimate the benefits of a good night's sleep. So put down those books and turn in early. Make sure you relax properly before you do so or your brain will be buzzing. Turn off the tele, switch off your phones and wind down listening to some favourite music or take a bath, so you are ready for sleep and will wake feeling refreshed.
Give yourself a break. Plan a sensible and achievable revision schedule which allows you to take plenty of breaks. And use your time wisely - exercise or get outside in the fresh air during your study breaks to take your mind off your worries and it will also help you sleep better. Talking to friends can also help you to relax but remember to switch off your phone when you do get back to the books so you can focus without distractions. 
And finally… breath! Sounds simple doesn’t it? When you feel the panic rising and you can’t think straight take a deep breath and count to five as you exhale. It’ll slow down your heart rate so you can calm down and get back on track. Stay focussed on your goals and before you know it you’re exams will be a distant memory, you’ll have your certificate and you’ll be on your way to college! Good luck! 


Students wow audiences with Dreams of Anne Frank

Tue, 2017-05-23 14:22

Exeter College BTEC Performing Arts students recently performed Dreams of Anne Frank by Bernard Cops at the Barnfield Theatre.

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.

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.

Head of section for Drama and Performing Arts, Nige Paul said: “Dreams of Anne Frank has been a fantastic teaching and learning vehicle for our students this year. It has allowed us to consolidate and further explore acting, movement and voice. At the core of our interpretation is the power and purpose of ensemble.  

Our second years are about to move on to places at university, drama school, other courses at college, gap years or full-time employment. We wish all of our students every success when they graduate from us, no matter what direction they take.”

Student Rebecca Brabon-Bartlett who played Margo Frank said: “Studying Performing Arts at Exeter College has allowed me to gain confidence not only as a performer but also as a person. It’s also taught me how important it is to work as a team and to never be afraid to share my own creative ideas. Next year I hope to start auditioning for drama schools in order to continue my training in musical theatre.”

Chesney Fawkes-Porter, a student from Torquay, who played Peter Van Daan said: “I have really developed my ensemble skills and my ability to take and incorporate direction from others. In the future, I hope to live in London and appear in West End musicals. I have been lucky enough to receive an unconditional offer from the London College of Music to study BA (HONS) Musical Theatre in September.”

Members of the audience took to social media to praise the performance:

We really enjoyed your performance this afternoon, thank you so much! It was such a touching and tightly knit performance. All the cast put such heart and soul into the show , it moved myself and several of my family to tears. I would definitely watch another show by the BTEC performing arts students in the future. I also found the exhibition interesting. Good luck for the future to you all!”

I have just returned from seeing the Saturday matinee performance of Dreams. I have to say, I was expecting a competent and well practiced performance, but nothing could have prepared me for the excellent and intensely emotional spectacle I watched. Every cast member was fully committed to providing the audience with a first rate polished performance. The leads were excellent, especially Anne, and Margot. I didn't expect to be so touched, to the point of tears, by a BTEC level performance. Acting, singing, dancing, staging were all brilliant and contributed to a thoroughly satisfying and informative show. Thank you once again for a fine performance.”

Dreams of Anne Frank Cast and Crew


Otto Frank - Owen Thomas              

Edith Frank - Holly Bowler

Margot Frank - Rebecca Brabon Barlett

Anne Frank - Grace Rowe

Mr Van Daan - Wilf Juett

Mrs Van Daan - Freya Hester

Peter Van Daan - Chesney Fawkes-Porter

Dussell - Maxim Wortley

Kitty - Sofia Freeman                                                                                 

Hannah Goslar - Lucy Jarvis

Danka Zajade - Molly Mae Courtney

Nanette Blitz - Hannah Mountain

Lenie Duyzend - Erinn Painter

Annie Eering - Maya Byrne

Bep Van Groot Battave - Sarah Parker

Letty De Levie - Phillipa Barrowcliffe

Jacqueline Van Maarsen - Jessica Tizard                                                                                           

Miep Gies - Eleanor Welch

Jan Gies - Seumas Mackinnon

Bep Voskuijl - Kim Mather

Johannes Kleiman - Cree Taylor

Victor Kugler - Jezz Janeiro

Grietje Scott - Hannah Berryman
Announcer - Eliot Alford

Producer - James Williams

Singer - Nadia Coles


Violin - Florence Rutherfoord-Jones and Joel Munday

Viola - David Golby

Cello - Ella Golby                                          

Music Arranged by David Golby

Production Team

Stage Management: Sarah Ford, Sophie Smith, Annie Williams, Heather Clark and Cliona Macleod

Set Construction: Jessica Hill, Jacob Madeley, Catkin Rawlings,Cameron Woolsey, Nicola Court, and Cameron Patterson

Crew: Bethan Bowden, Cameron Derry, Barney Furness, Carli Shaw, Matilda Stacey, Kian Gale, Emma Hodnett and Rhys Vowden

Wardrobe: Martha Adnams, Maisie Clarke, Georgia Mair, Chloe Murphy, Maya Goodall and Megan Hayes

Lighting Operation: Prue Howard and April Walters

Sound Operation: James Pike

Shadow Show Design and Construction: Freya Hester, James Pike, Ruby Bensburg, Roseanna Isaac and Toni Loveland

Creative and Production Team

Direction: Nigel Paul

Choreography: Emma Wyke

Singing and Vocal Coaches: Katy Baker and Colin Davey

Musical Director: David Golby

Production and Stage Management: Laura Fitzpatrick, Jane May and Victoria Morris

Set Design: Mike Reddaway

Lighting Design: Pete Goodwin

Sound Design: James Pike

Exhibition: Katie Scott-Hamilton


Thanks to the following for all their support, advice and kindness:

Theatre Alibi, Northcott Theatre, Barnfield Theatre, James King, Will Cosey, Steve Price and Ian Rossiter.


The best of community sport to be celebrated at the 20th Devon Sports Awards

Tue, 2017-05-23 13:25

The finalists for the prestigious 2017 Exeter Foundation Devon Sports Awards have been announced and all 30 are outstanding. To mark the 20th year of the awards there are some exciting new categories and the finalists include people from all aspects of community sport from coaches and volunteers to sportspeople from a really diverse range of sports.

The Awards which will take place on 30th June at Sandy Park celebrate diverse sporting contributions and achievements from community level coaching right through to elite sports performers. The main purpose of the Awards is to recognise those who inspire people to participate at all levels in sport.

“Each year the Exeter Foundation Devon Sports Awards go from strength to strength and help to recognise the truly outstanding work that is being carried out throughout the county at all sporting levels” said Tony Rowe OBE, Chairman of the Exeter Foundation.

“Looking at all the nominations across the board, it’s clear that the judging panel must have had another series of painstaking decisions to make, such is the calibre and quality of all those selected. However, we see all those shortlisted as winners in their own right and the efforts they are producing are helping to inspire the next generation of sporting stars within Devon.” Said Matt Evans from Active Devon

All finalists have been invited to attend a special 20th anniversary ceremony and this year, they will be presented with their trophies and certificates by James Cracknell OBE, British athlete, rowing champion and double Olympic gold medallist

The expert judging panel, coordinated by Active Devon who are overseeing the Awards in partnership with the Exeter Foundation and Exeter College, have carefully whittled the entries down to the final 30 individuals and teams from an extremely strong pool of nominations.

Rob Bosworth, Vice Principal - Schools, Partnerships & Curriculum, Exeter College, said:  "Exeter College is delighted to be a partner in the Devon Sports Awards and recognise the contributions made by those who inspire sports performers at all levels."

In addition to the 8 main award categories and the supplementary presentations for Performances in Community Sport there is a special award for Outstanding Contribution to Sport in Devon, which will only be announced on the night.

"The Devon Sports Awards are always keen to recognise volunteers who work hard in their sports and so often go unrecognised" said Matt Evans Chief Executive of Active Devon. "The Devon Volunteer and Devon Young Volunteer categories are one way that we can celebrate their achievements. We want to thank everyone who nominated someone special in their sport and say keep up the good work”.

Click here to visit the Active Devon website to see the shortlist.

College lecturers boost local interest in IT

Tue, 2017-05-23 11:53

Primary and secondary school students around Devon have been taking part in an Exeter College initiative to boost IT in schools. College lecturers, Chris Temple-Murray and Ian Parkhouse have visited a variety of secondary and primary schools in an attempt to boost interest in the subject and to help application numbers to IT in the long term. The project stemmed from a change in the curriculum where IT was either going to be embedded (primary schools) or changed to Computing (secondary schools). Students have benefitted from hands on sessions including seeing how a 3D printer works.

Business and IT lecturer, Chris Temple-Murray said: “The aim of the project is to provide a key link with local schools, with the goal of boosting IT skills among students aged between ten and sixteen. The project has visited eight schools since September, resulting in a total of 650+ students benefiting. The project is funded by Exeter College as part of the LEAD programme and is already making a name for itself around Devon.”

After a recent visit to Bickleigh-on-Exe, Head of School, Mr Stephen Bosley, said he was delighted by the excitement and buzz that the project produced. "This opportunity has enabled pupils to see how their work in class can be used to support business projects within industry, I am sure that opportunities like this will enable our children to develop a passion and a lasting interest in engineering and IT for years to come."

If you would like to get involved in this project then please contact the Business and IT faculty on 01392 400500.

Step out in style at the Graduation Ball

Fri, 2017-05-05 08:51

Exeter College’s first ever Graduation Ball will take place on Friday 7th July at the University of Exeter, Holland Hall building. If you are finishing your full time 16-19 course at Exeter College in July 2017, you are eligible to attend the Graduation Ball.

Tickets include a three course meal, drink on arrival, live band, free photo booth and loads more. It is the perfect way to celebrate the end of your studies and mark the beginning of the summer break. So get ready to dress up and let your hair down for the student event of the year!

Not sure what to wear? From high street to high end whatever it is you’re looking for there is bound to be something to suit your style and budget in the city’s shops. If you’re looking for a traditional prom style dress to really make an entrance then look no further than Catwalk on West Street or the Bridal Emporium on Fore Street. Chaps can find their suits at Moss Bros in Princesshay is a firm favourite or Burtons on the High Street. Or for something more individual and quirky try The Vintage Store on South Street or step back in time at the Real McCoy on Fore Street. And don’t underestimate local charity shops for a real bargain find. And don’t forget your camera to capture what is bound to be a night to remember!

Tickets are available until 19th May, and are now only £25 - go to your WisePay account to pay or email src@exe-coll.ac.uk to pay by cash or if you have any questions.

Quick Guide to Exam Etiquete for Exeter College Students

Wed, 2017-04-26 12:22

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.

Be punctual
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.

Be prepared
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.

Apprentice Abigail Lawless - Why I Chose an Apprenticeship

Wed, 2017-04-26 10:04

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.

My advice:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Abi Lawless

Exeter College Lecturer Wins the Theatre Fest West Writer's Prize

Mon, 2017-04-24 14:20

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."

Shiona said:

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.

Exeter College heads to Association of Colleges National Championships

Fri, 2017-04-21 16:21

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 College Student James Craig to Speak at TEDx Exeter 2017

Tue, 2017-04-18 16:58

TEDxEXeter is back.

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!

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Exeter College Wins Trio of Coveted Exeter Living Awards on Home Turf

Wed, 2017-04-12 15:22

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.