Academic Courses

As an international student you can choose from a wide variety of academic courses, ranging from A Levels to International Foundation Diploma. Find out more below.

A Levels

A Levels are the traditional academic qualifications of the UK which enable entry to University. We offer over 35 A Levels in a range of traditional subjects like Maths, Biology, English and History as well as modern subjects like Psychology, Law, Computer Science and Film Studies. Students can choose three A Levels plus an additional Extend subject to aid University applications. A Levels are assessed throughout the course by exams and coursework so students must be prepared for the academic demands.

A Levels (choose 3 subjects):

AcademicSTEMCreativeAdditional Subjects
Early Modern History (1485-1799)
Later Modern History (1790-1991)
Computer Science
Environmental Science
Further Maths
Fine Art
Fashion and Textiles
Graphic Design
3D Product Design
Film and Video
Film Studies
Media Studies
English Lit
Student Celebrating their A Level results in 2018

Course Content:

  • 18-20 hours Tuition per week
  • Dedicated Academic Tutor (1-1) and Tutorial programme
  • 4 hours optional Academic English Support per week
  • Optional Extend project (to enhance University progression)
  • UK Student Mentor
  • Dedicated International Team (Support/Welfare/ Emergency care)
  • International Student Social Programme
  • Access to over 30+ Enrichment and Sports Clubs

Start Date and Duration: September 2020 (2 Years)

Entry requirements: 5.5 UKVI Academic IELTS (Non-EU) / B2 English Level (EU)

Vocational BTEC / UAL Extended Diplomas

Our vocational courses offer you a chance to study an exciting mix of practical work and theory. These courses are entirely assessed by coursework and are ideal if you know which career area or study that you want to pursue in the future. Extended Diplomas are equivalent to 3 A level, therefore they can lead to University progression or direct employment.

Our vocational courses benefit from close links with local, regional, and international employers ensuring you will be challenged to study up to date industry techniques and issues. Some of the courses we offer include:

  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Game Development
  • Creative Technologies
  • IT System and Networks
  • Applied Science
  • UAL Extended Diplomas (*developed by University of Arts London) – 6 subjects; Fine Art, Fashion and Textiles, Film and TV, Journalism, Graphic Design & Photography

Start Date and Duration: September 2020 (2 Years)

Entry requirements: 5.5 UKVI Academic IELTS (Non-EU) / B2 English Level (EU)

A student using engineering machinery at the Technology Centre

International Baccalaureate (IB)

As an alternative to A-levels, you may wish to consider studying the International Baccalaureate. The IB is an internationally recognised qualification made up of six subjects including English, Maths, Science, a modern foreign language and an Art and Humanities subject. You also get involved in community projects and write a research-based essay. The course is equivalent to studying a full A Level course and involves exams and coursework.

Last year Exeter College celebrated being top of the world again, with students achieving International Baccalaureate (IB) scores well above the world average. Last year our students achieved average points of 36 out of a possible 45, against a world average of 30.

Start Date and Duration: September 2020 (2 Years)

Entry requirements: 6.0 UKVI Academic IELTS (Non-EU) / B2 English Level (EU)

International Foundation Year (Access to HE)

Prepare for University in 1 year!

Our International Foundation Diploma is a one-year course designed for over 19s that allows students to progress straight to university. The course will help improve the study skills needed for university, as well as giving you a chance to improve your English Language and Maths skills. Successful completion of this course will give you guaranteed progression on to the appropriate University Level course at Exeter College or allow you to apply for other Universities. The International Foundation Diploma is a very rewarding course, however, it is also very demanding. Students are expected to be motivated to learn in and out of the classroom, manage their study time, meet deadlines and to take responsibility for their own learning. You will have the option to study one of the pathways listed below:

Start Date and Duration: September 2020 (1 Year)

Entry requirements: 5.5 UKVI IELTS (Non-EU) / B2 English Level (EU)