How to Apply

Applying to Exeter College is straightforward and can be done in just a few simple steps. Applications for entry in September 2024 will be opening soon.

Want to find out more about joining Ofsted Outstanding Exeter College? Register your interest in our Open Events where you can ask our subject lecturers questions about the courses you are interested in.

Already applied but concerned you haven’t picked the right course? Don’t worry! It’s easy to change your course choice by logging back in to your online application form and re-submitting. You can also discuss your course choices at your interview, and again at enrolment after you have received your GCSE results.

You can also speak to our College Advice Team for more information and advice.

Click here to apply online (applications are open) It’s really straightforward and you will get an immediate acknowledgement. (If you don’t receive an email, check your junk folder, as it sometimes goes in there). This handy guide talks you through the process.
Although there is no deadline for applications (prior to the start of enrolment) we recommend you apply early in the academic year, once you have decided on your course choice, as this should guarantee you an earlier interview.

If you are keen on Apprenticeships, but don’t yet have an employer, please apply for a full time College based course as a back up plan.

If you have any queries about your application, you can phone us on 01392 400444.

We will invite you for an interview where you will discuss your chosen course(s) or Apprenticeship with course lecturers. You will also be able to discuss any extra support you may require. We will then offer you a conditional place at College. This may depend on your GCSE or other exam results, or whether you find an employer if you are applying for an Apprenticeship.

We will then contact you in late July/early August inviting you to attend your enrolment appointment, which will take place after GCSE results day, some time between the end of August and the very start of September. All Apprentices will be seen and enrolled in the workplace by their skills officer.

Congratulations – if your grades are what you expected we will see you at enrolment!

If your grades are not what you expected, please don’t panic. We will ask you to come in and talk to us to explore your options, usually during your scheduled enrolment appointment. We also have a dedicated GCSE Results Day Helpline that you can call for further advice. Look out for more information closer to the time.

During your appointment you will meet a subject lecturer, talk through your results and enrol on to your course. You can also speak to College staff about financial support, travel, and how to purchase your Totum card.

A Level, International Baccalaureate, and Vocational learners studying at Level 1, 2 and 3, will also find out more about the Flying Start assignments at enrolment. These are short pieces of introductory work to help you get a feel for your new subjects and the type of work expected in the first year. We ask you to complete these tasks before you start and bring them to your first lessons.

Term starts near the beginning of September.

In your first few days you take part in induction which includes meeting your tutor and tutor group, attending the Freshers’ welcome events, going to your first lectures, and meeting new friends. There will also be lots of help and support to help you settle in to College life.

Apprentices will be seen and enrolled in the workplace and you will also have a College induction where you will meet your skills trainer and fellow Apprentices.

Still have a question?

Our dedicated College Advice Team (CAT) are trained to give you advice and guidance about the College and help you make sense of all the choices. They can talk to you about the subject areas you are interested in, your long-term career goals, what exam grades you expect to get, and all things College related. College Advisers visit many schools regularly, and run virtual guidance appointments, as well as drop-in sessions at the College when possible. See for more information.