Our Achievements

We’re immensely proud of our staff and students and enjoy a terrific reputation regionally and nationally thanks to our commitment to outstanding learning and a student-centered approach to academic development.

Our students excel academically and our 2019 A Level results far surpassed national pass rates with 99.7% of learners passing their exams. This achievement followed on from our best ever International Baccalaureate results, with a 100% pass rate and nearly a third of students more than 40 points out of a possible 45.


Ofsted Outstanding

We were the first college in Devon and Cornwall to be rated as Outstanding by Ofsted in its new enhanced framework, that was following another Outstanding rating in a no-notice inspection less than two years previously.

The most recent Outstanding report awarded the highest grading to the college’s Overall Effectiveness as well as across each of the aspect grades of Outcomes for Learners, Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and the Effectiveness of Leadership and Management.

Read the full report here.


STEM FE College of the Year 2018

Exeter College was been named national STEM FE College of the Year in 2018, leading the way nationally in the teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This was following a huge investment in STEM subjects by the college, culminating in the opening of the £9million Centre for Maths and Science in 2015.


City & Guilds Centre of the Year 2016

We were named City and Guilds Centre of the Year 2016 at the prestigious Lion Awards. The Lion awards are often known as the ‘Oscars of skills education’ and showcase the very best in skills talent. The awards recognise excellent results and progression through learning as well as showcasing those who have overcome significant challenges to achieve their goals.


Teaching Excellence Framework Gold Award

Our Centre for University Level Studies was rated as ‘Gold’ by the Teaching Excellence Framework in the last inspection in 2017, shining a light on the outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for university students at Exeter College.


Top 100 Best Not-For-Profit to Work For

The Sunday Times placed Exeter College as one of the best not-for-profit companies to work for in 2019. The staff survey-led results showed staff satisfaction with charity initiatives, senior leadership and the reputation of the college. Exeter College was one of only three companies which employs over 1,000 people to make the Top 100 list, placing 60th overall.


Selected as New T Level Provider

We were the only college in Devon selected to be a provider of new T Level qualifications, marking a revolution in technical education. The new qualification aims to provide young people with a choice between technical and academic education post 16, alongside other options like A Levels, BTECs and Apprenticeships.

Courses in Construction, Digital, and Education & Childcare will be first taught from September 2020.
A further 22 courses will be rolled out in stages from 2021, which will cover sectors such as finance & accounting, engineering & manufacturing, and creative & design.


Sunday Times Top 100 Best Not For Profit Organisation To Work For 2019