Virtual Exeter College Open Event – School Leavers

Welcome to Your Virtual Exeter College Experience

On this page you’ll find everything you need to get started on your journey to start with Exeter College.

This page is intended for any school leaver who is looking at joining us on a full time programme for the next academic year, including A Levels, vocational qualifications and the International Baccalaureate. If you’re interested in Apprenticeships, explore your specific Virtual Exeter College Open Event page.

View our specific pages for Apprenticeships and for Adult Learners below.

Don’t worry if you missed our last live event, you can view some of the Q&A sessions recorded at our November and January events.

If you have further questions, email our College Advice Team on and they will be happy to help. 

Know where you want to go? Get started using the quick links below

Getting Started

Use this section to find out about broad areas of Exeter College, including how to pick the right course for your future and what it’s like to be a student with us.

Principal’s Talk

Hear from our Principal John Laramy CBE on how we work with all learners to achieve their potential.

What’s available?

Our College Advice Team talks through the range of courses and support available at Exeter College.

Choosing Your Course

Not sure what you want to do next? Find out how best to find the course(s) that are right for you.

Parent/Guardian Talk

This video takes parents and guardians through the process of applying to Exeter College, including information about how we support young people during this time and how we work with parents and guardians once their young person is studying with us.

A Levels and Academic

Find out what it’s like to be an A Level or equivalent student with Exeter College and how these courses work together.

Find out about Extend.

Find out about our Reach Academy for academically gifted students.

Vocational and T Levels

Learn about our practical-based courses, designed to give you skills for direct use in the workplace or further study. This includes technical education and T Levels.

Find out about T Levels.

Entry Requirements

Find out about the entry requirements for our courses. Remember, we can also make admissions decisions based on individual circumstances, so contact our College Advice Team for specific advice.

How to Apply

Find out how to apply online now to Ofsted Outstanding Exeter College.

Apply online now by using this link.

Frequently Asked Questions

Watch the above video for your one-stop-shop for a lot of the questions we get asked about joining us.

College Advice Team

If you want more help on any of the things covered in this section, contact the College Advice Team at or visit the Team’s page.

Online Advice

Advice & Guidance

Do you need to speak to a College Adviser? You can book a virtual advice session using the button below.

Please note the virtual appointment are for students currently in year 11. If you are not in Year 11, please contact the Team on 01392 400600 or   

Subject Areas

We offer an incredible variety of courses, across different levels to suit all abilities. Use this section to explore broad subject areas. Videos are available to give you a flavour of the subject area.

Know which subject area you want to see? You can skip to it using the following links:

Art and Design

Based in our Centre for Creative Industries, you will have the opportunity to express your ideas in a range of ways and specialise in your chosen subject(s).


Studying Business courses can open the door to a huge range of careers. Students learn skills from finance/accounting to marketing/sales as well as leadership and management.

Subject Area, Facilities and Overview

Subject Specific Videos

Business (Presentation)


IT and Computing courses are ideal if you want a rewarding career in the world of technology. Whether it’s game design, systems development, data analytics or technical support, we can help get you where you want to go.

Subject Area, Facilities and Overview


We offer a range of courses suited to the needs of local employers and young people looking to gain valuable industry knowledge, experience and skills. Our Construction Centre boasts excellent facilities for students learning in this area.

Subject Area, Facilities and Overview

Engineering, Aerospace and Automotive

Based in our fantastic purpose-built Technology Centre and Future Skills Centre, our engineering and automotive students benefit from state of the art industry standard equipment to get them ahead in their careers.

English, Languages and International Baccalaureate

Our English courses will help you develop your skills in understanding and using the written word. Our modern foreign languages courses will broaden your horizons as you develop language skills, while giving you an insight into other countries’ cultures. The International Baccalaureate (IB) is an internationally recognised qualification, ideal for those interested in pursuing a broad programme of study.

Foundation Learning Support

Our Foundation Learning courses help build your confidence, self-esteem, social skills and functional skills to help you achieve qualifications suitable for your ability. We offer programmes from Entry Level to Level 2. If you have a specific learning difficulty, physical disability or suffer from mental ill health that impacts on your learning, our Learning Support team will ensure you get the best possible start at college.

Healthcare, Childcare and Public Services

If you are caring, compassionate and are interested in and committed to the safety, health and wellbeing of people, or have an interest in public services such as policing or uniformed services, health and social care, or childcare – then these courses are just right for you.

Hospitality, Hair and Beauty

If you are passionate about food and drink and want to prepare, cook and serve great food, you can train in our fantastic professional industry standard kitchens. If you’re creative, artistic and enjoy working with people you could thrive in the hair and beauty industry!

Subject Area, Facilities and Overview


We offer an exciting and diverse range of humanities subjects that give you the chance to analyse and understand the world around you. Whether you choose to study physical features of the landscape, the impact of globalisation on our culture and economy or how events of the past have shaped our present, you will have a range of skills prized by universities and employers.


Whether you wish to broaden your skills from GCSE or deepen them, we have a fantastic maths course available to suit your needs. You will study mostly in our specialist Maths and Science Centre on Queen Street.

Subject Area, Facilities and Overview

Subject Specific Videos

Maths (A Level)


Our wide range of separate science or applied science courses are ideal if you are logical, analytical and interested in developing research and technical skills. You will study mostly in our specialist Maths and Science Centre on Queen Street.

Media and Performing Arts

If you are interested in film, radio, TV, digital or print media then our exciting media and film courses are for you. You will have the opportunity to make use of our fantastic TV studio and radio station. Or, if you’re passionate about performance, whether that’s music, dancing, acting, or musical theatre, our wide range of dance and performing arts courses are perfect for you. As a Music student you will be part of our Music Academy where you can attend regular workshops and masterclasses across a wide range of genres.

Sport, Leisure and Tourism

We offer a diverse range of vibrant sport, PE, fitness and outdoor adventure courses at all levels. You will have the opportunity to learn about sport and fitness in a practical and applied environment, making use of our fantastic facilities. Or you may be passionate about the travel and tourism industry, considering working for an airline, as a resort representative, or in hospitality and events. If so our travel and tourism courses could be perfect for you.


We are proud to offer a range of inspirational Academies for students who want to excel and achieve their ambitions in a particular area. Find out more about applying for academies as part of your application using the links below.

Search All Courses

Search for every full time course or apprenticeships we have to offer School Leavers.

Student Life

Ofsted Outstanding education is part of what it’s like to study with us, but what’s it like outside of learning? Use this section to find out about what you can get up to outside of studies, as well as how we support you beyond the classroom.

Wellbeing Support

When you study with Exeter College, we look after you inside and outside the classroom. Our expert Wellbeing Team makes sure you’re supported to make college the best experience it can be.

Enrichment, Learner Voice & Student Union

Joining Exeter College gives you access to a wide variety of opportunities outside of your studies, including clubs, societies and sports teams. The Student Union is also your voice at the highest levels of the College, and have led on many schemes and initiatives. 

Find out more about Enrichment.

Find out about the Student Union.

What Students Say

Hear from our students about choosing their college courses, settling in, their future plans, enrichment, and the best bits about Exeter College.


We are proud to offer a range of inspirational Academies for students who want to excel and achieve their ambitions in a particular area.

Full time course: Michael Caines Academy

Your Health at College

What we need to know to keep you happy, healthy and safe at College.

Staying Safe at College

Our Safeguarding Manager talks you through what support is available at Exeter College.

Student Covid Charter

Our Student Covid Charter was created in collaboration with students to ensure the continued safety of students, staff and the wider community.

Making Travel Safe

We have been working closely with Devon County Council and local travel operators to allow for social distancing on bus and rail services for travel to and from college.

Explore Your Facilities

We have outstanding specialist facilities to help you make the most of your time studying with us. Use the links below to explore the facilities in the subject area(s) you’re interested in.

Facilities Tours

City Centre Sites Tour
Sites and buildings overview
Construction Centre Tour
Technology Centre Tour

Maths and Science Centre

Subject areas offered here include:
Maths, Science

Victoria House

Subject areas offered here include:
Business, IT, Sport, Leisure and Tourism

Centre for Creative Industries

Subject areas offered here include:
Art and Design, Media and Performing Arts

Construction Centre

Subject areas offered here include:
Construction and the Built Environment

Technology Centre

Based on the outskirts of Exeter, near the Sowton Industrial Estate and Monkerton.

Subject areas offered here include:
Engineering, Aerospace and Automotive


This section covers the range of support available for you if you join Exeter College. Use this section to explore learning, financial, careers support and wellbeing information.

SEND Learning Support

Our Learning Support Team helps learners with additional needs make the most of their college experience.

Education and Healthcare Plan

Education and Healthcare Plan learners can find out about the support available at Exeter College.


Some students are eligible for financial support for the costs that they might encounter as part of their studies. Find out your eligibility and what might be on offer for you.

Find out more about Bursary.


Over half of our students travel to College from outside Exeter. Find out about how you can get to each of our sites and our Travel Scheme which gives you discounts on many major travel routes.

Careers and Progression Support

Find out about our expert careers and progression service, that helps students get where they want to go after College.

Find out about our Careers and Progression service.

Support for Parents and Guardians

We work together with parents and guardians to ensure your young person is making the most of their time with us.

Find out about our support for parents and guardians.

Find out about the Parent Portal, our online area designed to help parents and guardians stay informed about how their young person is getting on.

Next Steps

There are 5 easy steps to follow throughout the course of the year, in order to enrol as an Exeter College student in September 2021, and it all starts with your application. Applications for entry in 2021 are open now.

Take these 6 easy steps in the video to help you get from school to Exeter College.

Watch the video below to find out how to apply online now to Ofsted Outstanding Exeter College.

Ready to Apply?

Once you have found a course that you’re interested in, it’s time to submit an application. You can do this online and you will get an immediate acknowledgement.