Paths 2 Independence and Paths 2 Progression
Faculty of Foundation Studies
Faculty Level Location Length Ask Apply
Foundation Studies Entry Level Hele Road 1-3 years (Up until the academic year of 19th Birthday)

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

There are two levels to Paths 2.

Paths 2 Independence will help you to improve your skills and increase your confidence in a wide range of settings.
The Paths 2 Progression course has been put in place for learners that need extra help and support to be able to move on to one of our Level 1 programmes.

On both courses you will have a personal tutor and tutorials (both individual and group) which play a very important part in the programme. You will have an individual learning plan and a timetable that suits your needs.

You will be taught in small groups with in-class support. Assessment is continuous with regular reviews built into each individual programme. The college reporting system provides full subject and tutorial reports giving opportunities for monitoring progress and individual achievement which can be shared on a regular basis with parents and carers.

Throughout the year you will complete a portfolio of units that build a diploma sized qualification. In your final year you will take a test in English and Maths  in order to gain a Functional  Maths / English qualification.

What topics will I study?

Both programmes consist of:

  • Lifeskills –  Cooking, safety awareness, home skills.
  • Lessons based both in the classroom and the community
  • Functional English and Maths
  • Personal and social development
  • Workskills and preparation for work including  a bespoke work experience suited to your needs
  • Creative, practical and sports options are also offered through the weekly Enrichment programme

What experiences will I get?

Work experience is arranged for students and is tailored to suit your needs and abilities. Wherever possible opportunities for new experiences take place and we try to get out of the classroom as much as possible working with a variety of other organisations.

What are the entry requirements?

This programme is designed for students with learning difficulties and individual needs who have attended specialist schools or units within mainstream provision. There will be an initial interview with a member of staff following a series of taster sessions and a phased induction process.
Paths 2 Independence is for students working at Entry Level 1- Level 1.

Paths 2 Progression is a preparatory programme to ensure you are ready for our Level 1 courses.

What can I study alongside this course?

The course is studied on its own and cannot be combined with other courses.

What facilities are there?

We have specialist teaching classrooms, lifeskills training flat, kitchens (which have been designed to promote independence). We also make full use of the local community as a learning environment. You have full access to a learning resource centre. There is a refectory in the Hele Building. We make full use of the college’s resources and provision.

What can the course lead on to?

It may be possible to move on within Exeter College to a Vocational Studies course, a Level 1 course or to join one or the Supported Internship Programme.

There may also be further opportunities within the community or on a work training programme.

Are there any additional costs?

There may be some costs associated with some activities. These might include costs for cookery, community activities and outdoor pursuits. Wherever possible these are kept to a minimum. There will be a £30 charge at the start of the course to cover the majority of the costs throughout the year.

For students who have successfully applied to the bursary scheme these costs can be claimed for.

What do our students think?

It’s amazing! I’ve learnt a lot more here than at school.”


The work experience has been good.”


It’s great fun, I have made loads of new friends!”


I really like it here, the staff treat you like an adult.”


This further education course is free for all 16-18 year olds who are resident in the UK and the European Economic Area for the last 3 years. (You must be under 19 on 31st August in the calendar year that you start your course). For any fee-related queries or further information, please contact the Advice and Recruitment Team on 01392 400444.

College Prospectus

Whilst on the course you can work towards and gain a new qualification every year!

course news

The 16-17 academic year has seen all 5 Paths 2 groups working with amongst others:

Exeter City Football Club; Exeter Arena; Padbrooke Golf Club, The National Trust, The Princes Trust, The Foodbank and Devon and Cornwall Constabulary providing all of our students with a wide range of experinces and opportunities.

Work experience has seen learners working at a wide range of local businesses  including Crealy, The National Trust, Bridge Books, a range of local nurseries and Toni and Guy.

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