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Stand out from the crowd with Extend

Exeter College is delighted to announce that from September 2017 we will be offering a new exciting and stretching academic study programme for A Level students, aimed at helping them to maximise their potential.

If you are planning to study an A Level programme at Exeter College you will need to enrol on a four element programme. This will commonly consist of three core A Levels (or a combination of A Levels and BTEC Extended Certificates) and a fourth element, or ‘Extend’ option, which can be selected from a wide range of courses depending on individual interests and potential progression plans beyond college. If you enjoy the academic challenges of studying A Levels then you may choose an additional A Level as the fourth element.

So what is Extend?

Extend is a bespoke selection of courses, specifically designed to enhance your learning and help you stand out from the crowd. Our aim is to provide students with an enriched academic experience while helping to develop a curious and questioning mind, fully preparing you for your next steps beyond college.

The opportunities available vary from learning a foreign language to Game Design, studying for an Arts Gold Award or participating in a Sports and Physical Therapy Programme. This is just a taster of what is available, for a full list of activities please click on the tabs below.

We believe that these additional academic, social and vocational experiences will strengthen your profile by developing the types of skills that universities and employers are looking for.

With over 20 exciting options available to you we recommend that you carefully consider these options before you attend an interview with us. Think about your strengths and how these skills will benefit you in the future. Ideally you will have made a decision about your fourth option before you attend your interview, however advice is available if you need it. Please call our College Advice Team on 01392 400600. There will also be advice zones set up at interview dates for you to discuss Extend options.

For further information on the options available and what they involve, please click on the tabs below. If you require guidance, please do not hesitate to contact us on the number above.

  • Arts Gold Award*

    Why do this course?

    This nationally recognised course will help take the arts out of the classroom and into your wider life and community. It will help you to build confidence, communication skills and to be inspired by the arts.

    What will it involve?

    Students will extend their knowledge and skills as artists, explore the professional arts world and form a view on an arts issue. Young people get involved in the arts world through placements, volunteering, training and research. Students will experience and review high quality arts events, reflect on how they influence their work, and also find out about the artists and their career paths.

    Students will also plan all aspects of an arts leadership project, including identifying the qualities of a leader and the personal leadership skills they want to develop. They will identify the aims and outcomes of the project and organise the people and resources, considering how they will gather feedback on their progress.

    How might it help me in the future?

    Employers, universities and colleges know that the Arts Gold Award is a qualification that shows young people’s level of commitment and progress in the arts, and in developing new skills. The arts award is worth 16 UCAS points.

  • Events Management and Marketing*

    Why do this course?

    This course will offer you the opportunity to gain valuable experience in planning and supporting public events as well as giving you the chance to learn about some of the theory behind the practice.

    What will it involve?

    Topics covered may include:

    • Planning the publicity - including social media, video release, press release, blogs, competitions and promotions and discounts;
    • Online advertising, pay per click basis and online targeted advertising;
    • Sponsorship - choosing to use a sponsor and managing sponsors;
    • Generating guests lists  - ensuring that the right people have been invited and are attending;
    • Invitations, design and event details.

    You will get hands on training in event management by becoming an Ambassador for the department of Advice, Recruitment and Marketing (ARM). You will participate in meeting and greeting at recruitment, cross college and corporate events (e.g. open events, award ceremonies and key stakeholder/partnership events). There will be the opportunity to be involved in event shadowing and planning support, tour-guiding, as well as the option to contribute to school visits, interact with key stakeholders (prospective parents and students, internal and external college community, partnership staff and employers).

    You will gain experience of carrying out surveys, testing out and providing opinions on marketing campaigns, publication and website designs, gimmicks and promo materials.

    How might it help me in the future?

    This course will give you the opportunity to experience both the theory and practice of event management to enhance your CV or personal statements and may be of particular interest to those considering a future in business, marketing, publicity, media or advertising in the future. There may also be the opportunity to gain the industry recognised World Host Qualification at the end of the course.

  • Creative & Professional Writing

    Why do this course?

    If you have an interest in writing, either as a potential career or hobby that you want to pursue further, Creative and Professional Writing will provide you with the best opportunity to develop your skills and experiences, ultimately leading to publication.

    What will it involve?

    Whatever you're most passionate about, this course will introduce you to each of the four major forms, with a particular focus on some of the more popular and typical genres and styles within these. For example:

    • Prose fiction (e.g. novel extracts, short stories, flash fiction);
    • Prose non-fiction (e.g. journalism, blogging, travel writing, reviews);
    • Poetry (e.g. free verse, performance, metrical, micro-poetry: haiku);
    • Script (e.g. film, radio and TV, as well as stage plays).

    You will be introduced to the conventions of each approach and then have the opportunity to develop writing of your own in each of these forms.

    You will also have the chance to develop your own project, allowing you to complete a small portfolio of your original work. Your strongest piece(s) will then be collated for inclusion in a course anthology and you will be invited to attend a launch event for this publication.

    How might it help me in the future?

    If you have ambition to see your work published and/or performed, you will work with experienced writers in honing your craft and realising those aspirations. Either way, it’s a great opportunity to build confidence, improve your written communication and enjoy expressing yourself creatively – all excellent life skills!

  • Extended Project Qualification*

    Why do this course?

    The EPQ is a unique opportunity for you to study and learn in a completely different way. By taking an EPQ you will have the chance to produce a piece of work in any field of study you have selected and have a particular interest or expertise in. Furthermore, by completing an EPQ you will support your other advanced level studies by developing rigorous study skills in the sessions led by your designated supervisor.

    What will it involve?

    You will produce either a dissertation on a topic of your choice (approx. 5000 words) or create an artefact with accompanying analysis. Artefacts range from a creative piece, such as photography or fine art, to a performance (dance, drama),  a piece of design (architecture, games design), group work or community project.

    The Extended Project Qualification involves weekly lessons with a designated supervisor to not only support and oversee the completion of your project but to also develop your study skills. You will retain an electronic reflective journal which presents your title, your approach to time management, the enhancement of your skills and evaluation of your work. In addition, you will deliver a short presentation to your group and supervisor at the end of the course.

    How will it help me in the future?

    Many universities recognise the EPQ as a valuable qualification for the development of independent learning skills and higher level research and thinking skills. Some universities may also give an applying learner a reduced points offer or a second offer to include the EPQ.  Completion of the EPQ ensures candidates are fully prepared for the rigours of university or higher level study and can work independently without supervision. Completion of the EPQ can result in the attainment of up to 28 UCAS points for the achievement of an A*.

    Entry Criteria

    The EPQ is a demanding qualification and therefore requires 6 x B grades at GCSE plus a 6 in Maths and English GCSE qualifications.

  • Improvers French

    Why do this course?

    This course will help you to build on the foundation you have acquired at GCSE, focusing on the real-life language skills you will need if you go to a French speaking country in the future, for travel, work or study.

    What will it involve?

    We will concentrate on all four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, with a special emphasis on the particular skills you will need in the country. There will be a lot of speaking and listening in pairs and small groups to improve your skills and your confidence levels. Activities such as games and role-plays will be common, so you learn in a relaxed environment.

    We will use peer assessment in class to help each other learn and there will be short activities at the end of each topic to check on what we have learnt. External assessment for this course is not compulsory. Your achievements will be summarised on a certificate, which you will receive upon successful completion of the course. Those students who reach a high enough level and would like external certification for their studies may be able to sit the prestigious DELF exams, organised by the University of Exeter. It is possible to take part in a study visit to France for those who are interested.

    How will it help me in the future?

    Many careers involve language such as leisure and tourism, teaching, business, banking, international law, politics, translation, interpreting, supply chain coordinating, engineering, broadcasting, journalism, sales, medicine, nursing, the armed forces and other public services including the police and emergency services. Knowledge of a language is always attractive to employers and university admissions tutors. This course offers you the opportunity to show that you have a passion for languages. It will enable you to study at a higher level if you continue with your French in future (for example to obtain credits as part of a University degree).

    Entry Criteria

    You should have studied French up to GCSE in school, although an equivalent level acquired in other ways will also be considered. You will need to be motivated to take part in classes, as we do a lot of talking and you will need to find the time to learn and practise words to build up your vocabulary.

  • Introduction to German

    Why do this course?

    This course is for you if you are interested in German culture but never had an opportunity to study German at school.

    What will it involve?

    We will concentrate on the skills of listening, speaking and reading. We will use games, paper-based materials and online materials. There will be speaking and listening in pairs and small groups to improve your skills and confidence. We will learn to talk about:

    • Ourselves
    • Where we live
    • Food and drink
    • What we do in our free time
    • Dealing with illnesses
    • Your daily routine
    • Finding your way around
    • Shopping

    How might it help me in the future?

    Whatever plans you may have for the future, knowledge of German will increase your options. When you learn German you acquire a range of skills which can improve the quality of both your work and private life:

    The Global Career: Knowledge of German increases your job opportunities with German and foreign companies in your own country and abroad. Proficiency in German helps you to function productively for an employer with global business connections.
    Business: Knowing the language of your German business partners improves your relations and therefore your chances for effective communication and success.
    Science and Research: German is the second most commonly used scientific language. Germany is the third largest contributor to research and development and offers research fellowships to scientists from abroad.
    Opportunities to study/work in Germany: Germany awards a generous number of scholarships and other support to study in Germany.
    Travel: Make the most of your travels not only in German-speaking countries, but in many other European countries where German is widely spoken, especially in Eastern Europe.

  • Introduction to Italian

    Why do this course?

    This course is for you if you are interested in Italian culture. The aim of the course is to provide a broad knowledge of the Italian language and culture. The course is designed for students who never had an opportunity to study Italian at school. Develop an interest in, and enthusiasm for, learning the Italian language and culture.

    What will it involve?

    We will concentrate on the skills of listening, speaking and reading. We will use games, paper-based materials and online materials. There will be speaking and listening in pairs and small groups to improve your skills and confidence. At the end of this course a learner should:
    Become familiar and practice, at an introductory level, the four skills of this foreign language: reading, writing, listening and speaking.
    Be able to talk about themselves in Italian in a basic conversation: e.g. asking and answering questions relative to their world: my name, my age, what I like to do, etc.

    How might it help me in the future?

    Knowing Italian is greatly beneficial in several career fields. Italy is a world leader in the culinary arts, interior design, the arts, fashion, graphic design, furniture design, machine tool manufacturing, robotics, electromechanical machinery, shipbuilding, space engineering, construction machinery, and transportation equipment.

    Here are a few of the many good reasons to choose Italian...

    Communication Skills: In many careers and free-time activities, you will find it beneficial to communicate with people who are native Italian speakers. In any realm of business, it always pays to know the client's language. Italian instruction also encourages you to think about important details of language usage which may not have occurred to you before, thereby improving your writing and speaking skills in English as well.

    Travel: To travel to Italy and experience the essence of Italian culture, knowledge of the Italian language is essential. Don't get stuck on all-American 5-day tours of a continent! They only skim the surface and show you what someone else thinks you should see. To truly get to know Italy it takes more time and, above all, Italian language skills.

    Jobs in Business: As more and more businesses are "going global" by opening offices throughout the world, knowledge of Italian is an increasingly important asset when applying for jobs. Six of the 100 biggest global companies have their headquarters in Italy, and Italy is the world’s fifth largest industrial producer of goods. Jobs in Italian business are lucrative.

  • Introduction to Latin

    Why do this course?

    The study of Latin, even for a short while, will improve your understanding of English and the Romance languages, and hence your language and communication skills. Latin has been shown to improve cognitive skills, and is the gateway to vast new areas of history and culture, from ancient times, to the medieval and Renaissance periods, through to the modern day (Latin is the official language of the Vatican).

    What will it involve?

    The course will provide an introduction to ancient Latin language: its basic syntax and grammatical principles, with the aim of providing a basic background for students who may wish to study the language further. Students will be able to engage with a range of ancient texts, including prose, poetry and inscriptions. Examples include Virgil’s Aeneid, the poetry of Ovid and Catullus, the letters and speeches of Cicero, Church Latin and funerary and monumental inscriptions.

    How might it help in the future?

    The study of Latin involves the acquisition of a wide range of transferable skills including:

    • Strong verbal and written communication skills
    • An enhanced English vocabulary
    • Critical thinking and creative problem-solving
    • Listening, clarifying, questioning and responding skills
    • Understanding of cultures and cultural differences
    • Ability to formulate clear and persuasive messages

    Latin terminology is still used in the following fields: Law, Medicine, Science, and studying this language will support you in future studies of modern languages, as well as enhancing your appreciation and understanding of a wide range of literature.

  • Improvers Spanish

    Why do this course?

    This course will help you to build on the foundation you have acquired at GCSE, focusing on the real-life language skills you will need if you go to a Spanish speaking country in the future, for travel, work or study.

    What will it involve?

    We will concentrate on all four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, with a special emphasis on the particular skills you will need in the country. There will be a lot of speaking and listening in pairs and small groups to improve your skills and your confidence levels. Activities such as games and role-plays will be common, so you learn in a relaxed environment.

    We will use peer assessment in class to help each other learn and there will be short activities at the end of each topic to check on what we have learnt. External assessment for this course is not compulsory. Your achievements will be summarised on a certificate, which you will receive upon successful completion of the course. Those students who reach a high enough level and would like external certification for their studies may be able to sit the prestigious DELE exams, organised by the University of Exeter. It is possible to take part in a trip to Seville for those who are interested.

    How will it help me in the future?

    Many careers involve language such as leisure and tourism, teaching, business, banking, international law, politics, translation, interpreting, supply chain coordinating, engineering, broadcasting, journalism, sales, medicine, nursing, the armed forces and other public services including the police and emergency services. Knowledge of a language is always attractive to employers and university admissions tutors. This course offers you the opportunity to show that you have a passion for languages. It will enable you to study at a higher level if you continue with your Spanish in future (for example to obtain credits as part of a University degree).

    Entry Criteria

    You should have studied Spanish up to GCSE in school, although an equivalent level acquired in other ways will also be considered. You will need to be motivated to take part in classes, as we do a lot of talking and you will need to find the time to learn and practise words to build up your vocabulary.

  • Introduction to TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language)

    Why do this course?

    This course is for you if you:

    • are interested in how we learn languages;
    • would like to gain a better awareness of English grammar;
    • are interested in learning some basic teaching techniques and developing your confidence;
    • would like to learn more about the varieties of English spoken in the world.

    This course would be particularly beneficial to you if you are:

    • studying English Language or MFL at A Level;
    • planning to go abroad as part of their university course to work as a language assistant;
    • considering taking a CELTA course in the future to travel and teach abroad;
    • interested in teacher training in the future.

    What will it involve?

    • Language learning: types of learner, barriers to learning, reflection on learning
    • Grammar awareness: terminology, tenses, ‘word’ grammar
    • Four skills across language learning: speaking, listening, reading, writing
    • Basic teaching methodology and theories
    • International ‘Englishes’: differences in types of English
    • Micro teaches
    • Career advice
    • Cross cultural awareness: reasons for migration and challenges of living abroad

    How will it help me in the future?

    A better knowledge of language learning and grammar will help you to develop your own language learning skills and language analysis. This could be beneficial for MFL or English Language courses at university. You will develop your confidence to present information and teach skills in an engaging way. Whatever career path you take, the ability to confidently present and communicate is highly desirable.

    An increased cross-cultural awareness is essential to everyone in our increasingly globalised world – especially if you wish to travel. If you are considering taking a full TEFL course such as CELTA in the future (or even teacher training at university), this will give you a taste of the benefits and challenges of teaching.

  • AS Thinking Skills*

    Why do this course?

    The skills taught in this subject complement and enhance those needed in other academic A level subjects: critical analysis, assessment of credibility criteria, understanding of logical fallacies, analysis of arguments. Therefore, it should help your other courses, but also help you prepare for University entrance tests and interviews.

    What might it involve?

    The course will involve all of the following: discussion and Socratic questioning; investigative thinking; problem solving and problem analysis; logic and spotting logical fallacies; reasoning and analysis of argument elements; understanding credibility criteria.

    How might it help me in the future?

    This course will help students taking University courses that demand very high grade entry. These are students who are likely to face a TSA or similar tests - and the course will also help prepare for Oxbridge and Russell group interviews.

    Entry requirements

    You should have a strong GCSE profile (mainly A and Bs) in academic subjects. Paper One of this course involves analysis of statistics and mathematical problem solving, therefore it would be necessary for prospective students to have a grade 6 or above in Maths GCSE.

  • Ancient Worlds

    Why do this course?

    This course is for you if you are interested in the methodology of how we investigate the ancient past, as well as its cultural legacy.

    What will it involve?

    This Extend option will involve looking at the way archaeology may compliment, or contradict historical texts, as well as how archaeology is used in a modern context. We will explore some of the major archaeological excavations, as well as the role of archaeology in the modern world, including archaeological methods and rescue archaeology.

    We will also examine ancient languages such as Linear B, Egyptian hieroglyphs, ancient Greek and Latin and how they were used in both written and spoken form. Exploring how these languages have influenced thought and culture through the ages. Finally, we will examine the continuing legacy of antiquity and how its art, philosophy, mythology and literature have permeated Western thought and culture.

    How might it help in the future?

    The wide and diverse subjects encompassed by this course lend themselves to supporting a wide range of other subjects, as well as being a stand-alone module in its own right. The archaeological element will offer students interested in this area the only opportunity to study this material prior to university, and the language elements will offer support and extension to students of modern foreign languages. The skills and knowledge acquired through the study of antiquity are highly transferable to other areas and students emerge with the ability to deal with precise details and the sense of perspective that comes from the study of such a long and broad sweep of history and culture.

  • Criminology

    Why do this course?

    An understanding of criminology is relevant to many job roles within the criminal justice sector, social and probation work and sociology and psychology. Criminology has elements of psychology, law and sociology that complements studies in a wide variety of humanities and social science based disciplines.

    What will it involve?

    The course will focus on the changing awareness of crime, criminological awareness, crime scene to courtroom and crime and punishment. The course will include gaining an understanding of the theories that have been developed to explain crime, such as genetic and psychodynamic. You will also analyse how societies have categorised some acts as deviant, and why the media sometimes contributes to moral panics about certain kinds of human behaviour. You will weigh up how well you think different government policies to tackle crime fit our understanding of the causes of crime. The course will also include a visit to a court to see the criminal justice system in action. This course will therefore give you a link between humanities knowledge and its application in public life.

    How might it help me in the future?

    By studying criminology, learners will gain an idea of whether they are interested in pursuing further study in a whole range of related degree areas:

    • BA  / BSc Criminology
    • BA Criminology and Criminal Justice
    • BSc (Hons) Criminology and Psychology
    • LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology
    • BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology
    • BA (Hons) Criminology
    • BSc (Hons) Psychology and Sociology
    • BSc Criminology with Law

    Alternatively, learners will gain the required understanding and skills to be able to consider employment within some aspects of the criminal justice system, e.g. the National Probation Service, the Courts and Tribunals Service or the National Offender Management Service.

  • Current Affairs

    Why do this course?

    Have you ever watched the news and wondered what was really going on? Have you ever been frustrated by news coverage and just wanted to know the facts? Then this is the course for you. Current Affairs looks into the significance of the news and what lies behind the stories you see on television or online. This course will give you the opportunity to examine and explore current events in more detail. Topics may include: Brexit, American affairs, climate change, Human Rights and the conflict in the Middle East. However, as news is constantly evolving you will be given the opportunity to decide on the topics we investigate.

    What will it involve?

    Once a week a mini lecture and seminar will be presented to you on a current news article, where you will be given the opportunity to ask questions and give your own opinions on events. There will also be weekly quizzes and discussion forums in our interactive online learning environment, this will keep you up-to-date with issues and continue the debates. You will also get the opportunity to work with other students to create and present an area of research of which you are interested.

    How might it help me in the future?

    This course will give you experience in working in a university style environment through discussion, research and presentation skills. These skills are what universities and employers are looking for in well-rounded applicants and will help you stand out from the crowd.

  • International Relations

    Why study this course?

    "If the human race is wiped out in the next fifty years it will not be because of disease or an asteroid hitting the earth, but because of foreign policy and international relations." (Independent, 28th July 2006) So if you are interested in the future of our planet, then this is the course for you.

    What it will involve?

    We shall look at Modern International Relations from 1945 to the present by focussing on: International Relations theory; the structure of international society; and foreign policy formation. We shall also look at how world governance structures and the management of conflict and its resolution affect levels and rates of development. You will explore the reasons why some areas of the world currently suffer conflict, for example Syria and Afghanistan. You will debate Britain's, and agencies such as the UN's, responsibility and ability to resolve such conflicts.

    You will gain an understanding of some of the conflicts in modern history that have resulted in what is sometimes termed 'ethnic cleansing', such as happened in Bosnia and Rwanda, to consider what conditions lead to such events and how the international community can respond to and prevent them. You will also consider what some of the likely conflicts of the future will arise over and how the human race can plan to avoid these, for instance some experts have predicted that water, rather than oil, will be the contested resource of the future. Finally, we will use all of the knowledge gained through involvement with a model UN conference and there shall also be the opportunity to listen to external experts.

    How it will help in the future?

    The course is up to date, relevant and global in its scope and encourages analytical thinking and problem solving using debating, statistical data, source materials and theoretical models. It will provide synoptic links to History, Geography, Economics and Politics and will be of interest to those considering a degree or career in the international sphere.

  • The Philosopher’s Toolkit

    Why do this course?

    The course is designed to help you discover the richness of knowledge and realise how empowering it can be. It will help you become a more reflective and philosophical thinker, skills which are essential to gaining the very top grades on A Level courses. The course will enable you to:

    • reflect on how we learn;
    • make links between different academic disciplines as well as our thoughts, feelings and actions;
    • see that there are many different ways of thinking and perspectives, and challenge assumptions we may have because of our cultural and individual positions.

    What will it involve?

    You will investigate 'ways of knowing', such as perception, emotion, reason and faith, and also 'areas of knowledge', such as mathematics, the natural and human sciences, history, ethics and the arts. As part of the critical thinking element, 'knowledge issues' will be explored in tandem with the above - questioning the limitations of the ways and areas of knowledge.

    There is a focus on applying the course content to contemporary issues and real life scenarios in an attempt to make the course as relevant as possible to your life. You will be expected to keep a journal, which will be a reflective log of your journey throughout the course as well as taking part in presentations and written tasks.

    How might it help me in the future?

    Developing your own philosophical thinking skills can be critical to high level success in a range of A Level courses. Universities and employers want students who can think in the abstract, think clearly and problem solve. This course will enable you to develop these desirable skills and so is an excellent choice for well-rounded university and job applications.

  • AS Thinking Skills*

    Why do this course?

    The skills taught in this subject complement and enhance those needed in other academic A level subjects: critical analysis, assessment of credibility criteria, understanding of logical fallacies, analysis of arguments. Therefore, it should help your other courses, but also help you prepare for University entrance tests and interviews.

    What might it involve?

    The course will involve all of the following: discussion and Socratic questioning; investigative thinking; problem solving and problem analysis; logic and spotting logical fallacies; reasoning and analysis of argument elements; understanding credibility criteria.

    How might it help me in the future?

    This course will help students taking University courses that demand very high grade entry. These are students who are likely to face a TSA or similar tests - and the course will also help prepare for Oxbridge and Russell group interviews.

    Entry requirements

    You should have a strong GCSE profile (mainly A and Bs) in academic subjects. Paper One of this course involves analysis of statistics and mathematical problem solving, therefore it would be necessary for prospective students to have a grade 6 or above in Maths GCSE.

  • AS Further Maths*

    Why do this course?

    Do this course because you really like maths! If you have grade 7+ in GCSE Maths and A/A* in Physics/Additional Science, then stand out from the crowd with Further Maths. Further Maths and Maths could make up 2 out of 3 A levels to take with another Extend option, or could be taken as part of a four A level course. You will take the AS exams to gain a qualification at the end of year 1 with the opportunity to continue to the full A level in year 2.

    What will it involve?

    Further Maths will be taught as an AS level in year 1 progressing to A level in year 2, either as one of your 3 A levels or potentially a 4th A level for students who have made excellent progress in year 1. Further Maths itself takes you beyond the Maths A level syllabus with complex numbers, further calculus and hyperbolic functions. It covers more abstract mathematical ideas which are often the basis of degree level study. Click Here for a detailed over view of the course.

    How might it help me in the future?

    Further Maths will gives you the opportunity to develop your mathematical skills to a higher level which not only gives an AS or A level Further Maths qualification itself but also is a significant help with your A level Maths and other courses such as the sciences. It also gives you a distinct edge when applying for Mathematics, Physics or Engineering related courses at top universities.

    Entry Criteria

    You must also be taking A level Maths and have grade 7+ in GCSE Maths and A/A* in Physics/Additional Science.

  • Core Maths (Level 3)*

    Why do this course?

    This course will develop your mathematical skills beyond GCSE with an emphasis on applications rather than abstract mathematical techniques. Maths is vital in an increasingly wide range of careers with mathematical modelling and statistical analysis now central in areas such as psychology, geography, business studies, economics and any scientific course.

    What will it involve?

    In this course you will study maths in the context of problem solving and statistical analysis which will enable you to make logical and reasoned arguments in a variety of fields. Click Here for a more detailed description. This is a one year course with the same amount of time on your timetable as your 3 A levels courses. At the end of the year you will take a Level 3 Certificate exam which is equivalent to an AS level. Note there is no second year equivalent; after taking this Extend option in year 1 you will continue with your other 3 A level or BTEC courses into year 2.

    How might it help me in the future?

    This course will support the mathematical content of your other courses and mean that you will progress to further study, training or employment with stronger mathematical skills. This is an advantage in an increasingly competitive world where the transferable skills of numeracy, mathematical modeling and problem solving skills are highly desirable. The course will also help to equip you with the statistics and data analysis aspects of any Higher Education course.

    Entry Criteria

    Normal entry requirements for A level programme and taking it alongside 3 main courses.

  • Ecology and Conservation

    Why do this course?

    This exciting extend course offers the opportunity to gain practical skills and insights into careers in ecology and conservation.

    What will it involve?

    Practical habitat management - You will participate in work experience with a local conservation organisation where you will develop practical conservation skills that are currently used during habitat management for wildlife. This is an invaluable experience which will give you an advantage in job and university applications.

    Scientific investigation - In order to carry out effective conservation, it is essential that changes in biodiversity can be monitored scientifically. You will be taught how to apply scientific methodology, analyse and interpret results and make valid conclusions on data that you will collect during an independent investigation. These are skills that are required in both work and university.

    How might it help me in the future?

    You will attend talks by guest speakers who are professionals in their field and currently work in ecology and conservation roles. This will give you an insight into their day to day tasks and how they got to where they are now. You will also visit a university to explore what it would be like to study for a degree in ecology and conservation.

    Other information

    Due to the nature of this extend course there is a resource fee of £40 to cover the transport costs of the numerous days out. Please note there is a limited number of spaces available.

  • Game Design

    Why do this course?

    You will design and create your own exciting computer game using the latest tools, equipment and techniques. It is an ideal starting point if you are considering a game development or programming career path. The content is divided between designing game components, implementing these components, testing the game and producing the right documentation. Although building the game is often the most enjoyable part of development, equal emphasis is purposely placed on the vital areas of design and testing. This option is ideal if you have some prior experience of programming. Please see the ‘Programming’ Extend programme as an alternative if you have little or no programming experience.

    What will it involve?

    The course will take you through all the steps of how to develop a computer game. This will adhere to the software development lifecycle processes of:

    • Design - coming up with ideas for a game and specifying them;
    • Build - programming the code for the game in a gaming development environment;
    • Test - ensuring the game meets expectations and knowing how to fix issues.

    We will be using XNA Game Studio based in Microsoft Visual Studio. This will give you experience of an industry-standard software development environment.

    How might it help me in the future?

    Programming skills are useful in many careers. Creating a working game will show your experience of software development and will be advantageous for many technical career paths. Employers and universities will see evidence of your skills in problem-solving and logical thinking as well as your ability to use up-to-date development software.

    Entry Criteria

    You should have some basic programming skills, if not then consider Programming for Beginners.

  • Maths and Science Olympiads

    Why do this course?

    If you are taking 2 or 3 courses in maths, or science based courses (Physics, Chemistry or Biology) this Extend will challenge you to develop your problem-solving skills to the full. If you want to get the most out of your A levels, studying this course alongside will enable you to delve into the most interesting topics in more depth and be regularly stretched with challenging group and individual problems and new ideas.

    What will it involve?

    You will work with like-minded students and staff who want to push you to develop your abilities to the full. You will be able to go beyond the A level curriculum, develop your problem solving skills and take part in competitions with the specific aim of entering at least 2 out of the Maths Challenge or Biology/Chemistry/Physics Olympiads at the start of the second year of A level study.

    How might it help me in the future?

    This course is very likely to get you a better grade in your A level subjects and give you a real head start if you progress to university or employment in maths, science, engineering or a related field. By gaining an Olympiad or Maths Challenge award you will stand out from the crowd when applying to a top university and it will give you a strong competitive advantage in any selection processes such as Oxford University's Aptitude Tests or Maths STEP papers, as well as honing your skills for a university interview. If you enjoy these subjects you will also love the challenge.

    Entry Criteria

    Must be studying 2 or more of the following subjects at A Level – Maths, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.

  • Medical Technologies

    Why do this course?

    Cutting edge technology is ever more important in the medical sciences and practice. Doctors and researchers routinely use diagnostic and therapy techniques such as MRI, CT scans, and radionuclides. This course will allow you to develop a basic understanding of all these technologies and their underlying scientific principles. This course is suitable for anyone considering a future in a field of medical science and who enjoys the applications of science. The course complements the traditional subjects studied by future medical students and gives you a broader knowledge of the science involved in the medical sciences.

    What will it involve?

    You will explore the scientific principles behind current medical technology through the use of case studies and problem based learning. You will learn about ECG; ultrasound; fibre optics including endoscopes; MRI; X-ray imaging; CT scanning; radionuclide imaging and therapy; and the defects and correction of vision and hearing. You will learn to research and present topics and produce a scientific poster.

    How might it help me in the future?

    Doing this course will give you an overview of technology that has become essential in medical practice and research. It will strengthen your application to medical courses, including medicine, veterinary sciences, biomedical sciences and nursing. It should give you an advantage in the selection process for the most competitive courses (such as BMAT/UKCAT exam) as well as your interview. In the future it will help you explain the basics to your patients.

  • Programming for Beginnners

    Why do this course?

    Being able to programme a computer is a key skill for the modern world. This course will take you through the basics of programming and equip you to take your knowledge further. By the end of the course you will be able to write programs on a PC, but also be ready to take your studies further to start developing smartphone apps, and even simple X-Box games. Suitable if you have little or no prior experience of programming. If you want to develop some existing programming skills consider the Game Design Extend option (or take A-Level Computer Science).

    What will it involve?

    We will be programming in Python using a very supportive, structured approach suitable for beginners. You will be aiming to plan, design and build a reasonably complex program by the end of the year. Through the course you will be able to:

    • Understand the features of procedural programming;
    • Be able to use the tools and techniques of Python based in a Microsoft Visual Studio environment;
    • Be able to design and implement applications.

    How might it help me in the future?

    Programming skills are useful in many careers such as finance, engineering and health care. Any job that uses a computer can benefit from the ability to code. Employers and universities will see evidence of your skills in problem-solving and logical thinking as well as your ability to use up-to-date development software.

    Other Information

    If you are an experienced programmer or studying A level computer science we reccomend you consider the more advanced option of Game Design.

  • STEM Diploma*

    Why do this course?

    Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) fields offer a huge range of varied, stimulating and interesting career paths. STEM skills are in very high demand and crucial for growth of the UK economy.

    In the STEM Diploma you will enhance your skills, knowledge and CV through a series of workshops, lessons and volunteering opportunities. This will also give you the chance to see how the theories learnt in the classroom are used in practice.

    What will it involve?

    You can choose from a wide range of online courses provided by top universities. Examples include; Cancer In The 21st Century: The Genomic Revolution, In The Night Sky: Orion, Why Do We Age? The Molecular Mechanisms Of Ageing, Predictive Analytics: Gaining Insights From Big Data, or Cryptarithms, Symbologies and Secret Codes.

    As well as choosing your favourite topics to study in greater depth, you will also discuss the issues raised with like-minded students. You will also share your passion for STEM subjects by volunteering at college open events, science festivals and careers fairs, through to work experience or visits to local STEM employers. You could also work on cutting-edge projects such as Exeter City Futures.

    How might it help me in the future?

    The STEM Diploma will take your learning beyond the classroom, enabling you to fill your CV or Personal Statement with relevant experiences and skills. It will also increase your confidence at interviews, boosting your prospects as you start your career in a field which has high earnings potential and huge demand for those with the right skills.

  • Creative Musicianship

    Why do this course?

    Love music? Want to continue your musical development? This is the extend course for you!

    A great opportunity to explore your musical interests, and gain new knowledge and skills whilst continuing your music practice. Music builds on many soft skills employers and universities are looking for – interpersonal, self-confidence, self-belief, presentation, team work, leadership, reliability, dedication, logic, problem-solving etc.

    What will it Involve?

    The course will offer you a broad range of musical subjects to develop your musical skills, knowledge and practice. The course will be focused on contemporary pop / rock / funk / jazz styles.

    The different elements include:  

    • Performance
    • Songwriting
    • Music Theory
    • Producing and recording your own music.

    How will it help in the future?

    Universities often look for musical experience during the selection process as many have musical ensembles and extra-curricular activities you could support. There are also many strong research links between studying music and intellect, so you could be supporting your other subjects by taking this Extend option!

    Entry Criteria

    Approximate grade 4 instrument / vocal level. (You do not need to have taken this grade, but should be working at this level). A keen interest in music – likely evidenced by either having taken GCSE music and/or experience performing in bands / ensembles / solos etc.

    Note – the college also offers a wide range of music enrichment that students can get involved in such as: Big Band, Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Project, String Group, Student Choir.

  • Dance Theory & Performance

    Why do this course?

    If you’d like the opportunity to perform at national and regional theatres, to experience working professionally in technique, rehearsal and performance and working with other dance artists/companies and organisations then this course is for you.

    What will it involve?

    • Regular technique classes in Ballet and Jazz/Urban;
    • Visiting Companies and Artists from across all genres of dance to work with students;
    • Work experience opportunities within the following strands; Teaching, Administration, Performance and choreography;
    • A range of performance opportunities.

    How will it help me in the future?

    This course will enable students who love dance to continue to develop their interest and build their skills. It would be an advantage if you are considering continuing dance beyond college and would be recognised by many university and dance conservatoires.

    Entry Criteria

    You will need to have some previous dance experience in any genre.

  • Drama Theory & Performance

    Why do this course?

    This course is for students who have a passion for drama and performance and want to continue their exploration of the subject in a supportive, stretching and creative environment.

    What will it involve?

    There will be a range of workshops offered introducing students to a variety of theatrical styles, companies, texts and dramatic ideas as well as practical skills.

    Students will then get the opportunity to interrogate and investigate an aspect of Drama/performing arts that is of specific interest or relevance to them (for example: acting auditions, physical theatre, historical theatre…). The course has a practical focus, allowing students to develop their skills and expertise as performers within a specific area.

    You will have the opportunity to choose an area of practical performance to focus on as a group or an individual to research and explore in depth. The course will conclude with a chance to share outcomes in the form of a performance presentation, seminar discussion or as part of a mini Arts Festival.

    How will it help me in the future?

    Students will develop a range of invaluable skills from being involved in this Extend course, from confidence in public speaking, team work, research skills and the ability to critique and evaluate in an academic and rigorous way. There will also be opportunities to engage with local companies such as the Northcott Theatre and The Bike Shed to enable learners to gain professional experiences and develop networking skills. The skills gained through this course will allow students to stand out from other applicants when applying to university or for employment in the Arts.

  • Sports Therapy

    Why do this course?

    Sports Therapy and Physiotherapy have always been a highly sought after career route, however it has always been notoriously difficult to get any kind of meaningful work experience to consolidate further interest, and support university applications due to client confidentiality and obligations held by therapists in this profession. This ‘extend pathway’ is the ideal opportunity to get a highly unique experience in this field.

    What will it involve?

    There will be a strong emphasis on practical experience and you will be undertaking a range of rudimentary activities that encourage an understanding of the underlying principles of rehabilitation techniques. You will get hands on and learn introductory techniques of sports massage utilising our own sports therapy treatment rooms, as well as classroom based sessions which delve into the theoretical side of sports injury identification, response and models of rehabilitation. In addition to the practical and theoretical concepts of this extend pathway, you will also get insight into the concept of strapping and taping for the purposes of prevention and rehabilitation.

    You will need a strong interest in rehabilitative therapy and be prepared to roll your sleeves up and develop massage techniques on fellow students following this pathway. Throughout the programme you will be expected to keep an up to date workbook on both the practical and theoretical concepts being delivered, and your level of competence will be assessed throughout by our own trained sports therapists.

    How might it help me in the future?

    Completion of this pathway will enable you to talk openly about your knowledge and understanding, thus giving depth to an application to study at a higher education level. This is also something that you could continue studying here at Exeter College as we have a very successful Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Sports Therapy.

  • Ancient Worlds

    Why do this course?

    This course is for you if you are interested in the methodology of how we investigate the ancient past, as well as its cultural legacy.

    What will it involve?

    This Extend option will involve looking at the way archaeology may compliment, or contradict historical texts, as well as how archaeology is used in a modern context. We will explore some of the major archaeological excavations, as well as the role of archaeology in the modern world, including archaeological methods and rescue archaeology.

    We will also examine ancient languages such as Linear B, Egyptian hieroglyphs, ancient Greek and Latin and how they were used in both written and spoken form. Exploring how these languages have influenced thought and culture through the ages. Finally, we will examine the continuing legacy of antiquity and how its art, philosophy, mythology and literature have permeated Western thought and culture.

    How might it help in the future?

    The wide and diverse subjects encompassed by this course lend themselves to supporting a wide range of other subjects, as well as being a stand-alone module in its own right. The archaeological element will offer students interested in this area the only opportunity to study this material prior to university, and the language elements will offer support and extension to students of modern foreign languages. The skills and knowledge acquired through the study of antiquity are highly transferable to other areas and students emerge with the ability to deal with precise details and the sense of perspective that comes from the study of such a long and broad sweep of history and culture.

  • Arts Gold Award*

    Why do this course?

    This nationally recognised course will help take the arts out of the classroom and into your wider life and community. It will help you to build confidence, communication skills and to be inspired by the arts.

    What will it involve?

    Students will extend their knowledge and skills as artists, explore the professional arts world and form a view on an arts issue. Young people get involved in the arts world through placements, volunteering, training and research. Students will experience and review high quality arts events, reflect on how they influence their work, and also find out about the artists and their career paths.

    Students will also plan all aspects of an arts leadership project, including identifying the qualities of a leader and the personal leadership skills they want to develop. They will identify the aims and outcomes of the project and organise the people and resources, considering how they will gather feedback on their progress.

    How might it help me in the future?

    Employers, universities and colleges know that the Arts Gold Award is a qualification that shows young people’s level of commitment and progress in the arts, and in developing new skills. The arts award is worth 16 UCAS points.

  • AS Further Maths*

    Why do this course?

    Do this course because you really like maths! If you have grade 7+ in GCSE Maths and A/A* in Physics/Additional Science, then stand out from the crowd with Further Maths. Further Maths and Maths could make up 2 out of 3 A levels to take with another Extend option, or could be taken as part of a four A level course. You will take the AS exams to gain a qualification at the end of year 1 with the opportunity to continue to the full A level in year 2.

    What will it involve?

    Further Maths will be taught as an AS level in year 1 progressing to A level in year 2, either as one of your 3 A levels or potentially a 4th A level for students who have made excellent progress in year 1. Further Maths itself takes you beyond the Maths A level syllabus with complex numbers, further calculus and hyperbolic functions. It covers more abstract mathematical ideas which are often the basis of degree level study. Click Here for a detailed over view of the course.

    How might it help me in the future?

    Further Maths will gives you the opportunity to develop your mathematical skills to a higher level which not only gives an AS or A level Further Maths qualification itself but also is a significant help with your A level Maths and other courses such as the sciences. It also gives you a distinct edge when applying for Mathematics, Physics or Engineering related courses at top universities.

    Entry Criteria

    You must also be taking A level Maths and have grade 7+ in GCSE Maths and A/A* in Physics/Additional Science.

  • Core Maths (Level 3)*

    Why do this course?

    This course will develop your mathematical skills beyond GCSE with an emphasis on applications rather than abstract mathematical techniques. Maths is vital in an increasingly wide range of careers with mathematical modelling and statistical analysis now central in areas such as psychology, geography, business studies, economics and any scientific course.

    What will it involve?

    In this course you will study maths in the context of problem solving and statistical analysis which will enable you to make logical and reasoned arguments in a variety of fields. Click Here for a more detailed description. This is a one year course with the same amount of time on your timetable as your 3 A levels courses. At the end of the year you will take a Level 3 Certificate exam which is equivalent to an AS level. Note there is no second year equivalent; after taking this Extend option in year 1 you will continue with your other 3 A level or BTEC courses into year 2.

    How might it help me in the future?

    This course will support the mathematical content of your other courses and mean that you will progress to further study, training or employment with stronger mathematical skills. This is an advantage in an increasingly competitive world where the transferable skills of numeracy, mathematical modeling and problem solving skills are highly desirable. The course will also help to equip you with the statistics and data analysis aspects of any Higher Education course.

    Entry Criteria

    Normal entry requirements for A level programme and taking it alongside 3 main courses.

  • Creative Musicianship

    Why do this course?

    Love music? Want to continue your musical development? This is the extend course for you!

    A great opportunity to explore your musical interests, and gain new knowledge and skills whilst continuing your music practice. Music builds on many soft skills employers and universities are looking for – interpersonal, self-confidence, self-belief, presentation, team work, leadership, reliability, dedication, logic, problem-solving etc.

    What will it Involve?

    The course will offer you a broad range of musical subjects to develop your musical skills, knowledge and practice. The course will be focused on contemporary pop / rock / funk / jazz styles.

    The different elements include:  

    • Performance
    • Songwriting
    • Music Theory
    • Producing and recording your own music.

    How will it help in the future?

    Universities often look for musical experience during the selection process as many have musical ensembles and extra-curricular activities you could support. There are also many strong research links between studying music and intellect, so you could be supporting your other subjects by taking this Extend option!

    Entry Criteria

    Approximate grade 4 instrument / vocal level. (You do not need to have taken this grade, but should be working at this level). A keen interest in music – likely evidenced by either having taken GCSE music and/or experience performing in bands / ensembles / solos etc.

    Note – the college also offers a wide range of music enrichment that students can get involved in such as: Big Band, Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Project, String Group, Student Choir.

  • Creative & Professional Writing

    Why do this course?

    If you have an interest in writing, either as a potential career or hobby that you want to pursue further, Creative and Professional Writing will provide you with the best opportunity to develop your skills and experiences, ultimately leading to publication.

    What will it involve?

    Whatever you're most passionate about, this course will introduce you to each of the four major forms, with a particular focus on some of the more popular and typical genres and styles within these. For example:

    • Prose fiction (e.g. novel extracts, short stories, flash fiction);
    • Prose non-fiction (e.g. journalism, blogging, travel writing, reviews);
    • Poetry (e.g. free verse, performance, metrical, micro-poetry: haiku);
    • Script (e.g. film, radio and TV, as well as stage plays).

    You will be introduced to the conventions of each approach and then have the opportunity to develop writing of your own in each of these forms.

    You will also have the chance to develop your own project, allowing you to complete a small portfolio of your original work. Your strongest piece(s) will then be collated for inclusion in a course anthology and you will be invited to attend a launch event for this publication.

    How might it help me in the future?

    If you have ambition to see your work published and/or performed, you will work with experienced writers in honing your craft and realising those aspirations. Either way, it’s a great opportunity to build confidence, improve your written communication and enjoy expressing yourself creatively – all excellent life skills!

  • Criminology

    Why do this course?

    An understanding of criminology is relevant to many job roles within the criminal justice sector, social and probation work and sociology and psychology. Criminology has elements of psychology, law and sociology that complements studies in a wide variety of humanities and social science based disciplines.

    What will it involve?

    The course will focus on the changing awareness of crime, criminological awareness, crime scene to courtroom and crime and punishment. The course will include gaining an understanding of the theories that have been developed to explain crime, such as genetic and psychodynamic. You will also analyse how societies have categorised some acts as deviant, and why the media sometimes contributes to moral panics about certain kinds of human behaviour. You will weigh up how well you think different government policies to tackle crime fit our understanding of the causes of crime. The course will also include a visit to a court to see the criminal justice system in action. This course will therefore give you a link between humanities knowledge and its application in public life.

    How might it help me in the future?

    By studying criminology, learners will gain an idea of whether they are interested in pursuing further study in a whole range of related degree areas:

    • BA  / BSc Criminology
    • BA Criminology and Criminal Justice
    • BSc (Hons) Criminology and Psychology
    • LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology
    • BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology
    • BA (Hons) Criminology
    • BSc (Hons) Psychology and Sociology
    • BSc Criminology with Law

    Alternatively, learners will gain the required understanding and skills to be able to consider employment within some aspects of the criminal justice system, e.g. the National Probation Service, the Courts and Tribunals Service or the National Offender Management Service.

  • Current Affairs

    Why do this course?

    Have you ever watched the news and wondered what was really going on? Have you ever been frustrated by news coverage and just wanted to know the facts? Then this is the course for you. Current Affairs looks into the significance of the news and what lies behind the stories you see on television or online. This course will give you the opportunity to examine and explore current events in more detail. Topics may include: Brexit, American affairs, climate change, Human Rights and the conflict in the Middle East. However, as news is constantly evolving you will be given the opportunity to decide on the topics we investigate.

    What will it involve?

    Once a week a mini lecture and seminar will be presented to you on a current news article, where you will be given the opportunity to ask questions and give your own opinions on events. There will also be weekly quizzes and discussion forums in our interactive online learning environment, this will keep you up-to-date with issues and continue the debates. You will also get the opportunity to work with other students to create and present an area of research of which you are interested.

    How might it help me in the future?

    This course will give you experience in working in a university style environment through discussion, research and presentation skills. These skills are what universities and employers are looking for in well-rounded applicants and will help you stand out from the crowd.

  • Dance Theory & Performance

    Why do this course?

    If you’d like the opportunity to perform at national and regional theatres, to experience working professionally in technique, rehearsal and performance and working with other dance artists/companies and organisations then this course is for you.

    What will it involve?

    • Regular technique classes in Ballet and Jazz/Urban;
    • Visiting Companies and Artists from across all genres of dance to work with students;
    • Work experience opportunities within the following strands; Teaching, Administration, Performance and choreography;
    • A range of performance opportunities.

    How will it help me in the future?

    This course will enable students who love dance to continue to develop their interest and build their skills. It would be an advantage if you are considering continuing dance beyond college and would be recognised by many university and dance conservatoires.

    Entry Criteria

    You will need to have some previous dance experience in any genre.

  • Drama Theory & Performance

    Why do this course?

    This course is for students who have a passion for drama and performance and want to continue their exploration of the subject in a supportive, stretching and creative environment.

    What will it involve?

    There will be a range of workshops offered introducing students to a variety of theatrical styles, companies, texts and dramatic ideas as well as practical skills.

    Students will then get the opportunity to interrogate and investigate an aspect of Drama/performing arts that is of specific interest or relevance to them (for example: acting auditions, physical theatre, historical theatre…). The course has a practical focus, allowing students to develop their skills and expertise as performers within a specific area.

    You will have the opportunity to choose an area of practical performance to focus on as a group or an individual to research and explore in depth. The course will conclude with a chance to share outcomes in the form of a performance presentation, seminar discussion or as part of a mini Arts Festival.

    How will it help me in the future?

    Students will develop a range of invaluable skills from being involved in this Extend course, from confidence in public speaking, team work, research skills and the ability to critique and evaluate in an academic and rigorous way. There will also be opportunities to engage with local companies such as the Northcott Theatre and The Bike Shed to enable learners to gain professional experiences and develop networking skills. The skills gained through this course will allow students to stand out from other applicants when applying to university or for employment in the Arts.

  • Ecology and Conservation

    Why do this course?

    This exciting extend course offers the opportunity to gain practical skills and insights into careers in ecology and conservation.

    What will it involve?

    Practical habitat management - You will participate in work experience with a local conservation organisation where you will develop practical conservation skills that are currently used during habitat management for wildlife. This is an invaluable experience which will give you an advantage in job and university applications.

    Scientific investigation - In order to carry out effective conservation, it is essential that changes in biodiversity can be monitored scientifically. You will be taught how to apply scientific methodology, analyse and interpret results and make valid conclusions on data that you will collect during an independent investigation. These are skills that are required in both work and university.

    How might it help me in the future?

    You will attend talks by guest speakers who are professionals in their field and currently work in ecology and conservation roles. This will give you an insight into their day to day tasks and how they got to where they are now. You will also visit a university to explore what it would be like to study for a degree in ecology and conservation.

    Other information

    Due to the nature of this extend course there is a resource fee of £40 to cover the transport costs of the numerous days out. Please note there is a limited number of spaces available.

  • Events Management and Marketing*

    Why do this course?

    This course will offer you the opportunity to gain valuable experience in planning and supporting public events as well as giving you the chance to learn about some of the theory behind the practice.

    What will it involve?

    Topics covered may include:

    • Planning the publicity - including social media, video release, press release, blogs, competitions and promotions and discounts;
    • Online advertising, pay per click basis and online targeted advertising;
    • Sponsorship - choosing to use a sponsor and managing sponsors;
    • Generating guests lists  - ensuring that the right people have been invited and are attending;
    • Invitations, design and event details.

    You will get hands on training in event management by becoming an Ambassador for the department of Advice, Recruitment and Marketing (ARM). You will participate in meeting and greeting at recruitment, cross college and corporate events (e.g. open events, award ceremonies and key stakeholder/partnership events). There will be the opportunity to be involved in event shadowing and planning support, tour-guiding, as well as the option to contribute to school visits, interact with key stakeholders (prospective parents and students, internal and external college community, partnership staff and employers).

    You will gain experience of carrying out surveys, testing out and providing opinions on marketing campaigns, publication and website designs, gimmicks and promo materials.

    How might it help me in the future?

    This course will give you the opportunity to experience both the theory and practice of event management to enhance your CV or personal statements and may be of particular interest to those considering a future in business, marketing, publicity, media or advertising in the future. There may also be the opportunity to gain the industry recognised World Host Qualification at the end of the course.

  • Extended Project Qualification*

    Why do this course?

    The EPQ is a unique opportunity for you to study and learn in a completely different way. By taking an EPQ you will have the chance to produce a piece of work in any field of study you have selected and have a particular interest or expertise in. Furthermore, by completing an EPQ you will support your other advanced level studies by developing rigorous study skills in the sessions led by your designated supervisor.

    What will it involve?

    You will produce either a dissertation on a topic of your choice (approx. 5000 words) or create an artefact with accompanying analysis. Artefacts range from a creative piece, such as photography or fine art, to a performance (dance, drama),  a piece of design (architecture, games design), group work or community project.

    The Extended Project Qualification involves weekly lessons with a designated supervisor to not only support and oversee the completion of your project but to also develop your study skills. You will retain an electronic reflective journal which presents your title, your approach to time management, the enhancement of your skills and evaluation of your work. In addition, you will deliver a short presentation to your group and supervisor at the end of the course.

    How will it help me in the future?

    Many universities recognise the EPQ as a valuable qualification for the development of independent learning skills and higher level research and thinking skills. Some universities may also give an applying learner a reduced points offer or a second offer to include the EPQ.  Completion of the EPQ ensures candidates are fully prepared for the rigours of university or higher level study and can work independently without supervision. Completion of the EPQ can result in the attainment of up to 28 UCAS points for the achievement of an A*.

    Entry Criteria

    The EPQ is a demanding qualification and therefore requires 6 x B grades at GCSE plus a 6 in Maths and English GCSE qualifications.

  • Game Design

    Why do this course?

    You will design and create your own exciting computer game using the latest tools, equipment and techniques. It is an ideal starting point if you are considering a game development or programming career path. The content is divided between designing game components, implementing these components, testing the game and producing the right documentation. Although building the game is often the most enjoyable part of development, equal emphasis is purposely placed on the vital areas of design and testing. This option is ideal if you have some prior experience of programming. Please see the ‘Programming’ Extend programme as an alternative if you have little or no programming experience.

    What will it involve?

    The course will take you through all the steps of how to develop a computer game. This will adhere to the software development lifecycle processes of:

    • Design - coming up with ideas for a game and specifying them;
    • Build - programming the code for the game in a gaming development environment;
    • Test - ensuring the game meets expectations and knowing how to fix issues.

    We will be using XNA Game Studio based in Microsoft Visual Studio. This will give you experience of an industry-standard software development environment.

    How might it help me in the future?

    Programming skills are useful in many careers. Creating a working game will show your experience of software development and will be advantageous for many technical career paths. Employers and universities will see evidence of your skills in problem-solving and logical thinking as well as your ability to use up-to-date development software.

    Entry Criteria

    You should have some basic programming skills, if not then consider Programming for Beginners.

  • Improvers French

    Why do this course?

    This course will help you to build on the foundation you have acquired at GCSE, focusing on the real-life language skills you will need if you go to a French speaking country in the future, for travel, work or study.

    What will it involve?

    We will concentrate on all four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, with a special emphasis on the particular skills you will need in the country. There will be a lot of speaking and listening in pairs and small groups to improve your skills and your confidence levels. Activities such as games and role-plays will be common, so you learn in a relaxed environment.

    We will use peer assessment in class to help each other learn and there will be short activities at the end of each topic to check on what we have learnt. External assessment for this course is not compulsory. Your achievements will be summarised on a certificate, which you will receive upon successful completion of the course. Those students who reach a high enough level and would like external certification for their studies may be able to sit the prestigious DELF exams, organised by the University of Exeter. It is possible to take part in a study visit to France for those who are interested.

    How will it help me in the future?

    Many careers involve language such as leisure and tourism, teaching, business, banking, international law, politics, translation, interpreting, supply chain coordinating, engineering, broadcasting, journalism, sales, medicine, nursing, the armed forces and other public services including the police and emergency services. Knowledge of a language is always attractive to employers and university admissions tutors. This course offers you the opportunity to show that you have a passion for languages. It will enable you to study at a higher level if you continue with your French in future (for example to obtain credits as part of a University degree).

    Entry Criteria

    You should have studied French up to GCSE in school, although an equivalent level acquired in other ways will also be considered. You will need to be motivated to take part in classes, as we do a lot of talking and you will need to find the time to learn and practise words to build up your vocabulary.

  • Improvers Spanish

    Why do this course?

    This course will help you to build on the foundation you have acquired at GCSE, focusing on the real-life language skills you will need if you go to a Spanish speaking country in the future, for travel, work or study.

    What will it involve?

    We will concentrate on all four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, with a special emphasis on the particular skills you will need in the country. There will be a lot of speaking and listening in pairs and small groups to improve your skills and your confidence levels. Activities such as games and role-plays will be common, so you learn in a relaxed environment.

    We will use peer assessment in class to help each other learn and there will be short activities at the end of each topic to check on what we have learnt. External assessment for this course is not compulsory. Your achievements will be summarised on a certificate, which you will receive upon successful completion of the course. Those students who reach a high enough level and would like external certification for their studies may be able to sit the prestigious DELE exams, organised by the University of Exeter. It is possible to take part in a trip to Seville for those who are interested.

    How will it help me in the future?

    Many careers involve language such as leisure and tourism, teaching, business, banking, international law, politics, translation, interpreting, supply chain coordinating, engineering, broadcasting, journalism, sales, medicine, nursing, the armed forces and other public services including the police and emergency services. Knowledge of a language is always attractive to employers and university admissions tutors. This course offers you the opportunity to show that you have a passion for languages. It will enable you to study at a higher level if you continue with your Spanish in future (for example to obtain credits as part of a University degree).

    Entry Criteria

    You should have studied Spanish up to GCSE in school, although an equivalent level acquired in other ways will also be considered. You will need to be motivated to take part in classes, as we do a lot of talking and you will need to find the time to learn and practise words to build up your vocabulary.

  • International Relations

    Why study this course?

    "If the human race is wiped out in the next fifty years it will not be because of disease or an asteroid hitting the earth, but because of foreign policy and international relations." (Independent, 28th July 2006) So if you are interested in the future of our planet, then this is the course for you.

    What it will involve?

    We shall look at Modern International Relations from 1945 to the present by focussing on: International Relations theory; the structure of international society; and foreign policy formation. We shall also look at how world governance structures and the management of conflict and its resolution affect levels and rates of development. You will explore the reasons why some areas of the world currently suffer conflict, for example Syria and Afghanistan. You will debate Britain's, and agencies such as the UN's, responsibility and ability to resolve such conflicts.

    You will gain an understanding of some of the conflicts in modern history that have resulted in what is sometimes termed 'ethnic cleansing', such as happened in Bosnia and Rwanda, to consider what conditions lead to such events and how the international community can respond to and prevent them. You will also consider what some of the likely conflicts of the future will arise over and how the human race can plan to avoid these, for instance some experts have predicted that water, rather than oil, will be the contested resource of the future. Finally, we will use all of the knowledge gained through involvement with a model UN conference and there shall also be the opportunity to listen to external experts.

    How it will help in the future?

    The course is up to date, relevant and global in its scope and encourages analytical thinking and problem solving using debating, statistical data, source materials and theoretical models. It will provide synoptic links to History, Geography, Economics and Politics and will be of interest to those considering a degree or career in the international sphere.

  • Introduction to German

    Why do this course?

    This course is for you if you are interested in German culture but never had an opportunity to study German at school.

    What will it involve?

    We will concentrate on the skills of listening, speaking and reading. We will use games, paper-based materials and online materials. There will be speaking and listening in pairs and small groups to improve your skills and confidence. We will learn to talk about:

    • Ourselves
    • Where we live
    • Food and drink
    • What we do in our free time
    • Dealing with illnesses
    • Your daily routine
    • Finding your way around
    • Shopping

    How might it help me in the future?

    Whatever plans you may have for the future, knowledge of German will increase your options. When you learn German you acquire a range of skills which can improve the quality of both your work and private life:

    The Global Career: Knowledge of German increases your job opportunities with German and foreign companies in your own country and abroad. Proficiency in German helps you to function productively for an employer with global business connections.
    Business: Knowing the language of your German business partners improves your relations and therefore your chances for effective communication and success.
    Science and Research: German is the second most commonly used scientific language. Germany is the third largest contributor to research and development and offers research fellowships to scientists from abroad.
    Opportunities to study/work in Germany: Germany awards a generous number of scholarships and other support to study in Germany.
    Travel: Make the most of your travels not only in German-speaking countries, but in many other European countries where German is widely spoken, especially in Eastern Europe.

  • Introduction to Italian

    Why do this course?

    This course is for you if you are interested in Italian culture. The aim of the course is to provide a broad knowledge of the Italian language and culture. The course is designed for students who never had an opportunity to study Italian at school. Develop an interest in, and enthusiasm for, learning the Italian language and culture.

    What will it involve?

    We will concentrate on the skills of listening, speaking and reading. We will use games, paper-based materials and online materials. There will be speaking and listening in pairs and small groups to improve your skills and confidence. At the end of this course a learner should:
    Become familiar and practice, at an introductory level, the four skills of this foreign language: reading, writing, listening and speaking.
    Be able to talk about themselves in Italian in a basic conversation: e.g. asking and answering questions relative to their world: my name, my age, what I like to do, etc.

    How might it help me in the future?

    Knowing Italian is greatly beneficial in several career fields. Italy is a world leader in the culinary arts, interior design, the arts, fashion, graphic design, furniture design, machine tool manufacturing, robotics, electromechanical machinery, shipbuilding, space engineering, construction machinery, and transportation equipment.

    Here are a few of the many good reasons to choose Italian...

    Communication Skills: In many careers and free-time activities, you will find it beneficial to communicate with people who are native Italian speakers. In any realm of business, it always pays to know the client's language. Italian instruction also encourages you to think about important details of language usage which may not have occurred to you before, thereby improving your writing and speaking skills in English as well.

    Travel: To travel to Italy and experience the essence of Italian culture, knowledge of the Italian language is essential. Don't get stuck on all-American 5-day tours of a continent! They only skim the surface and show you what someone else thinks you should see. To truly get to know Italy it takes more time and, above all, Italian language skills.

    Jobs in Business: As more and more businesses are "going global" by opening offices throughout the world, knowledge of Italian is an increasingly important asset when applying for jobs. Six of the 100 biggest global companies have their headquarters in Italy, and Italy is the world’s fifth largest industrial producer of goods. Jobs in Italian business are lucrative.

  • Introduction to Latin

    Why do this course?

    The study of Latin, even for a short while, will improve your understanding of English and the Romance languages, and hence your language and communication skills. Latin has been shown to improve cognitive skills, and is the gateway to vast new areas of history and culture, from ancient times, to the medieval and Renaissance periods, through to the modern day (Latin is the official language of the Vatican).

    What will it involve?

    The course will provide an introduction to ancient Latin language: its basic syntax and grammatical principles, with the aim of providing a basic background for students who may wish to study the language further. Students will be able to engage with a range of ancient texts, including prose, poetry and inscriptions. Examples include Virgil’s Aeneid, the poetry of Ovid and Catullus, the letters and speeches of Cicero, Church Latin and funerary and monumental inscriptions.

    How might it help in the future?

    The study of Latin involves the acquisition of a wide range of transferable skills including:

    • Strong verbal and written communication skills
    • An enhanced English vocabulary
    • Critical thinking and creative problem-solving
    • Listening, clarifying, questioning and responding skills
    • Understanding of cultures and cultural differences
    • Ability to formulate clear and persuasive messages

    Latin terminology is still used in the following fields: Law, Medicine, Science, and studying this language will support you in future studies of modern languages, as well as enhancing your appreciation and understanding of a wide range of literature.

  • Introduction to TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language)

    Why do this course?

    This course is for you if you:

    • are interested in how we learn languages;
    • would like to gain a better awareness of English grammar;
    • are interested in learning some basic teaching techniques and developing your confidence;
    • would like to learn more about the varieties of English spoken in the world.

    This course would be particularly beneficial to you if you are:

    • studying English Language or MFL at A Level;
    • planning to go abroad as part of their university course to work as a language assistant;
    • considering taking a CELTA course in the future to travel and teach abroad;
    • interested in teacher training in the future.

    What will it involve?

    • Language learning: types of learner, barriers to learning, reflection on learning
    • Grammar awareness: terminology, tenses, ‘word’ grammar
    • Four skills across language learning: speaking, listening, reading, writing
    • Basic teaching methodology and theories
    • International ‘Englishes’: differences in types of English
    • Micro teaches
    • Career advice
    • Cross cultural awareness: reasons for migration and challenges of living abroad

    How will it help me in the future?

    A better knowledge of language learning and grammar will help you to develop your own language learning skills and language analysis. This could be beneficial for MFL or English Language courses at university. You will develop your confidence to present information and teach skills in an engaging way. Whatever career path you take, the ability to confidently present and communicate is highly desirable.

    An increased cross-cultural awareness is essential to everyone in our increasingly globalised world – especially if you wish to travel. If you are considering taking a full TEFL course such as CELTA in the future (or even teacher training at university), this will give you a taste of the benefits and challenges of teaching.

  • Maths and Science Olympiads

    Why do this course?

    If you are taking 2 or 3 courses in maths, or science based courses (Physics, Chemistry or Biology) this Extend will challenge you to develop your problem-solving skills to the full. If you want to get the most out of your A levels, studying this course alongside will enable you to delve into the most interesting topics in more depth and be regularly stretched with challenging group and individual problems and new ideas.

    What will it involve?

    You will work with like-minded students and staff who want to push you to develop your abilities to the full. You will be able to go beyond the A level curriculum, develop your problem solving skills and take part in competitions with the specific aim of entering at least 2 out of the Maths Challenge or Biology/Chemistry/Physics Olympiads at the start of the second year of A level study.

    How might it help me in the future?

    This course is very likely to get you a better grade in your A level subjects and give you a real head start if you progress to university or employment in maths, science, engineering or a related field. By gaining an Olympiad or Maths Challenge award you will stand out from the crowd when applying to a top university and it will give you a strong competitive advantage in any selection processes such as Oxford University's Aptitude Tests or Maths STEP papers, as well as honing your skills for a university interview. If you enjoy these subjects you will also love the challenge.

    Entry Criteria

    Must be studying 2 or more of the following subjects at A Level – Maths, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.

  • Medical Technologies

    Why do this course?

    Cutting edge technology is ever more important in the medical sciences and practice. Doctors and researchers routinely use diagnostic and therapy techniques such as MRI, CT scans, and radionuclides. This course will allow you to develop a basic understanding of all these technologies and their underlying scientific principles. This course is suitable for anyone considering a future in a field of medical science and who enjoys the applications of science. The course complements the traditional subjects studied by future medical students and gives you a broader knowledge of the science involved in the medical sciences.

    What will it involve?

    You will explore the scientific principles behind current medical technology through the use of case studies and problem based learning. You will learn about ECG; ultrasound; fibre optics including endoscopes; MRI; X-ray imaging; CT scanning; radionuclide imaging and therapy; and the defects and correction of vision and hearing. You will learn to research and present topics and produce a scientific poster.

    How might it help me in the future?

    Doing this course will give you an overview of technology that has become essential in medical practice and research. It will strengthen your application to medical courses, including medicine, veterinary sciences, biomedical sciences and nursing. It should give you an advantage in the selection process for the most competitive courses (such as BMAT/UKCAT exam) as well as your interview. In the future it will help you explain the basics to your patients.

  • Programming for Beginnners

    Why do this course?

    Being able to programme a computer is a key skill for the modern world. This course will take you through the basics of programming and equip you to take your knowledge further. By the end of the course you will be able to write programs on a PC, but also be ready to take your studies further to start developing smartphone apps, and even simple X-Box games. Suitable if you have little or no prior experience of programming. If you want to develop some existing programming skills consider the Game Design Extend option (or take A-Level Computer Science).

    What will it involve?

    We will be programming in Python using a very supportive, structured approach suitable for beginners. You will be aiming to plan, design and build a reasonably complex program by the end of the year. Through the course you will be able to:

    • Understand the features of procedural programming;
    • Be able to use the tools and techniques of Python based in a Microsoft Visual Studio environment;
    • Be able to design and implement applications.

    How might it help me in the future?

    Programming skills are useful in many careers such as finance, engineering and health care. Any job that uses a computer can benefit from the ability to code. Employers and universities will see evidence of your skills in problem-solving and logical thinking as well as your ability to use up-to-date development software.

    Other Information

    If you are an experienced programmer or studying A level computer science we reccomend you consider the more advanced option of Game Design.

  • Sports Therapy

    Why do this course?

    Sports Therapy and Physiotherapy have always been a highly sought after career route, however it has always been notoriously difficult to get any kind of meaningful work experience to consolidate further interest, and support university applications due to client confidentiality and obligations held by therapists in this profession. This ‘extend pathway’ is the ideal opportunity to get a highly unique experience in this field.

    What will it involve?

    There will be a strong emphasis on practical experience and you will be undertaking a range of rudimentary activities that encourage an understanding of the underlying principles of rehabilitation techniques. You will get hands on and learn introductory techniques of sports massage utilising our own sports therapy treatment rooms, as well as classroom based sessions which delve into the theoretical side of sports injury identification, response and models of rehabilitation. In addition to the practical and theoretical concepts of this extend pathway, you will also get insight into the concept of strapping and taping for the purposes of prevention and rehabilitation.

    You will need a strong interest in rehabilitative therapy and be prepared to roll your sleeves up and develop massage techniques on fellow students following this pathway. Throughout the programme you will be expected to keep an up to date workbook on both the practical and theoretical concepts being delivered, and your level of competence will be assessed throughout by our own trained sports therapists.

    How might it help me in the future?

    Completion of this pathway will enable you to talk openly about your knowledge and understanding, thus giving depth to an application to study at a higher education level. This is also something that you could continue studying here at Exeter College as we have a very successful Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Sports Therapy.

  • STEM Diploma*

    Why do this course?

    Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) fields offer a huge range of varied, stimulating and interesting career paths. STEM skills are in very high demand and crucial for growth of the UK economy.

    In the STEM Diploma you will enhance your skills, knowledge and CV through a series of workshops, lessons and volunteering opportunities. This will also give you the chance to see how the theories learnt in the classroom are used in practice.

    What will it involve?

    You can choose from a wide range of online courses provided by top universities. Examples include; Cancer In The 21st Century: The Genomic Revolution, In The Night Sky: Orion, Why Do We Age? The Molecular Mechanisms Of Ageing, Predictive Analytics: Gaining Insights From Big Data, or Cryptarithms, Symbologies and Secret Codes.

    As well as choosing your favourite topics to study in greater depth, you will also discuss the issues raised with like-minded students. You will also share your passion for STEM subjects by volunteering at college open events, science festivals and careers fairs, through to work experience or visits to local STEM employers. You could also work on cutting-edge projects such as Exeter City Futures.

    How might it help me in the future?

    The STEM Diploma will take your learning beyond the classroom, enabling you to fill your CV or Personal Statement with relevant experiences and skills. It will also increase your confidence at interviews, boosting your prospects as you start your career in a field which has high earnings potential and huge demand for those with the right skills.

  • The Philosopher’s Toolkit

    Why do this course?

    The course is designed to help you discover the richness of knowledge and realise how empowering it can be. It will help you become a more reflective and philosophical thinker, skills which are essential to gaining the very top grades on A Level courses. The course will enable you to:

    • reflect on how we learn;
    • make links between different academic disciplines as well as our thoughts, feelings and actions;
    • see that there are many different ways of thinking and perspectives, and challenge assumptions we may have because of our cultural and individual positions.

    What will it involve?

    You will investigate 'ways of knowing', such as perception, emotion, reason and faith, and also 'areas of knowledge', such as mathematics, the natural and human sciences, history, ethics and the arts. As part of the critical thinking element, 'knowledge issues' will be explored in tandem with the above - questioning the limitations of the ways and areas of knowledge.

    There is a focus on applying the course content to contemporary issues and real life scenarios in an attempt to make the course as relevant as possible to your life. You will be expected to keep a journal, which will be a reflective log of your journey throughout the course as well as taking part in presentations and written tasks.

    How might it help me in the future?

    Developing your own philosophical thinking skills can be critical to high level success in a range of A Level courses. Universities and employers want students who can think in the abstract, think clearly and problem solve. This course will enable you to develop these desirable skills and so is an excellent choice for well-rounded university and job applications.

  • Thinking Skills*

    Why do this course?

    The skills taught in this subject complement and enhance those needed in other academic A level subjects: critical analysis, assessment of credibility criteria, understanding of logical fallacies, analysis of arguments. Therefore, it should help your other courses, but also help you prepare for University entrance tests and interviews.

    What might it involve?

    The course will involve all of the following: discussion and Socratic questioning; investigative thinking; problem solving and problem analysis; logic and spotting logical fallacies; reasoning and analysis of argument elements; understanding credibility criteria.

    How might it help me in the future?

    This course will help students taking University courses that demand very high grade entry. These are students who are likely to face a TSA or similar tests - and the course will also help prepare for Oxbridge and Russell group interviews.

    Entry requirements

    You should have a strong GCSE profile (mainly A and Bs) in academic subjects. Paper One of this course involves analysis of statistics and mathematical problem solving, therefore it would be necessary for prospective students to have a grade 6 or above in Maths GCSE.

*These courses are likely to have a formal qualification attached to them

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