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Welcome to Exeter College


Exeter College is a large, thriving and growing tertiary college which places teaching, learning and student success as our top priority. We enjoy an excellent regional reputation. The College was judged as outstanding by Ofsted in a pilot "no notice" inspection in 2012, and again in a full inspection in 2014. We were awarded the Times Educational Supplement 'Outstanding Provider of the Year in 2012 and BTEC College of the Year in 2014.

We have high expectations of our students and staff and each year their combined efforts result in excellent exam grades, outstanding training successes and brilliant music, art, sports and community achievements. We welcome students of all ages and abilities and our tutorial and learner support programmes are designed to meet their needs, challenging them to reach their full potential.

Exeter College was established in 1970 as the first tertiary college in the UK, providing all post-16 education and training for the city of Exeter, bringing together the former grammar schools’ sixth forms and Exeter Technical College.

About us

As Principal of this outstanding and exciting College, I welcome this opportunity to introduce you to our exceptional range of opportunities for students. Our broad range of courses and programmes means that you can choose an area of study which suits your abilities and interests and prepares you for the next step in life.
It is very important to us that we place the interests of all our learners at the centre of the College’s activities, and we strive for excellence in all that we do.  We are extremely proud of our hardworking, dedicated staff whose relentless focus on teaching, learning and innovation brings many benefits to all our students. Our strong tutorial and support activities encourage all our students to achieve their potential and gain the qualifications they want. We are very proud of our individual student’s achievements, whether that is through their exam results, their work  placements or the wide range of enrichment activities, which are so important to college life.  Students find Exeter College a friendly and successful place to study and train, which benefits from excellent transport links, and where we put a strong emphasis on a supportive culture to help all our students reach their full potential. I hope that if you choose to study at the College your time as a student will be an enjoyable and rewarding experience and that when you leave you will have successfully completed your course and gained the qualifications you set out to achieve.  I look forward to welcoming you.

Richard Atkins

Facilities available

@ thirty-four - Exeter College's great restaurant and dining experience. Located within the campus grounds of Exeter College, @thirty-four is a true culinary delight run by budding young chefs and enthusiastic waiting staff.

Our new H2B spa and salons have been designed to give you a wonderful pampering experience.

Our day nursery is situated in the city centre at the rear of Exeter College’s Queen Street site. The children, staff and parents benefit from a purpose built nursery with bright spacious playrooms and a large outdoor play area. The Nursery is Ofsted registered for up to 40 children from 3 months to 5 years.

Opened April 2012, Central Fitness provides an essential teaching space and fitness facility for Sport and Sport Academy students, as well as being open to all students and staff members. Additionally, Central Fitness hosts a variety of part time courses on offer to the general public. The Yard Gallery The rationale of the Gallery is to provide a space to inform, inspire and celebrate the arts in all its diversity. An annual calendar of events is planned to show case Art and Design work produced by local, national and international artists and designers, Exeter College students and alumni.

Central Fitness Opened April 2012, Central Fitness provides an essential teaching space and fitness facility for Sport and Sport Academy students, as well as being open to all students and staff members. Additionally, Central Fitness hosts a variety of part time courses on offer to the general public.

The Yard Gallery The rationale of the Gallery is to provide a space to inform, inspire and celebrate the arts in all its diversity. An annual calendar of events is planned to show case Art and Design work produced by local, national and international artists and designers, Exeter College students and alumni.

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Exeter College directly.

Last updated date: 20 January 2016
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