Our Achievements

We are 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-centred approach to academic development.

Our students excel academically and the class of 2023 continued the legacy of excellent A Level results and top-class technical and applied results. The record-breaking results mean that the College bucked the national trend, continuing its trajectory of year-on-year improvement in results. An incredible 59% of Exeter College learners achieved high grades at A Level (A* to B), which is 6% ahead of the 2023 national average. The College’s overall A Level pass rate of 99.6% was significantly ahead of national average (97.2%), continuing the legacy of outstanding results at Exeter College. 

This achievement followed on from our fantastic International Baccalaureate results, with two students achieving an impressive score of above 40, with 45 being the maximum you can score.

You can read more about our achievements by reading our latest news.

Ofsted Outstanding

In late 2022 we were the first College in the country to be rated as Outstanding by Ofsted in its new enhanced framework.

Eight years since the last inspection, Ofsted again confirmed that Exeter College is an Outstanding College. The College also scored the top assessment of ‘strong’ for its approach to meeting the skills needs of the area. This makes Exeter College the first college in the country to achieve the highest judgement in both elements of Ofsted’s new enhanced inspections.

Read the full report here.

Exeter College honoured with Queen’s
Anniversary Prize

In 2021, Exeter College earned the highest honour that can be bestowed upon a further
education college for its strategic approach and work towards being a digital college and
driving a skills revolution that has impacted on many areas of the College and region.
The award recognises the College’s excellence in embedding digital technology through
curriculum innovation, national work to help shape the digital agenda within Colleges,
working with employers to help others, staff digital training and throughout many areas of
the College.

Top 100 Best Not-For-Profit to Work For

The Sunday Times placed Exeter College as one of the ‘UK’s Best Large Companies to Work For’ in Quarter 1 in 2022. This ranking recognises the College’s commitment to its employees and demonstrates that they see workplace engagement as a vital part of their success. Exeter College has an ambition to be an exceptional employer where staff thrive because they feel valued, engaged, and challenged. Taking part in the Best Companies survey gives staff another way in which to feedback and enables the College to make effective changes.

STEM FE College of the Year 2018

Exeter College was 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.

Exeter College selected as T Level Provider

As a government-selected ‘early adopter’ of the new qualifications, Exeter College was the first college in Devon to offer T Levels, 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 and Childcare were first taught from September 2020. A further 22 courses are set to be rolled out in stages, which will cover sectors such as Finance and Accounting, Engineering, and Manufacturing, and Creative and Design.