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Future studies at Exeter College

After your course or apprenticeship at Exeter College you have lots of choices - progressing to another course at the college, going to university or finding employment!

Staying at Exeter College

With courses available from Entry Level to Degree Level, the college has a a wide choice of progression opportunities from one level to the next as you complete your course or training. It may also be possible to progress from one subject area to another.

Your progression options can be discussed at interview with your tutor or skills officer and with our progression team.

The Progression & Employability Team

The progression team at the college are the experts and can help you:

  • Understand the progression options available to you, including further study, training, Apprenticeships and employment
  • Choose and apply for the competitive higher education courses, Foundation Degrees and vocational training
  • Understand local and national employment in your chosen career sector and access career profiles
  • Give coaching and advice on positive progression routes
  • Meet the team

    Emily Packer profile

    Name: Emily Packer
    Role: Progression & Employability Leader

    Background: English BA, English and Culture MA and Level 6 Diploma Career Guidance and Development.

    Special Careers Interest: Career Coaching, Arts Administration, Arts, Exhibition Curation, Education, Events Management and Employability Skills.

    As the Progression & Employability Leader for Exeter College I work to ensure we are delivering a cross college service to students who need help with planning their next steps in education, university applications or employment. My team and I deliver group work sessions, one-to-one interviews, mock interviews and special talks to help students make their decisions. We also organise employability events and specialist talks across the college. You can find us in the Foyer of the Tower Building, across college giving talks or visit us on Parents’ Evenings and Open Evenings.

    Name: Jill Ball
    Role: Progression and Employability Officer

    I have worked in the College as a Progression and Employability Officer for ten years during which time I have helped many students transition within and on from College successfully. Enquiries from students are very diverse ranging from help with job seeking, deciding on what career to follow, how to prepare for interview and how to apply to University. I run the College Medsoc which helps students to make application to medical school and also help those applying for dentistry and vet science through a series of planned activities.

How we can help you:

  • Progression

    The Progression and Employability team are here for you to help make important decisions about your next steps in education and training. With so much information about available choices, making decisions about your future can be both an exciting and confusing time. You can access help with making course choices, university study, apprenticeships, volunteering and much more. We are here to talk you through the options that suit you best and ensure you are meeting your progression potential.

  • Employability

    Your employability skills are what get you the job! This may be through gaining additional knowledge by receiving a talk from an expert in the field, mock interview experiences, help writing CVs, job applications or enhancing your time spent at college. The Progression and Employability Team can provide guidance on improving your CV, enhancing your employment skills, conquering interview nerves and much, much more.

  • University

    Did you know the Progression and Employability Team helps to process over 1000 UCAS applications every year? This means that we have plenty of skills and experience to help you make the best of your application. Our skilled Progression Officers can help you to build an outstanding personal statement, give you useful tips on completing your application and give advice on choosing the right course for you.

  • Appointments

    The Progression and Employability Team provide one-to-one guidance appointments for our students. We can give advice on a range of topics including your course choice, finding employment, choosing a university and UCAS applications. You can drop-in or book an appointment at any time. We are open Monday – Friday and if we are closed you can request an appointment or ask a question by emailing us: You will receive a response from a member of the team once we are back in the office.

That's not all!

Throughout the year the Progression and Employability Team also run specialist drop-in sessions and workshops. Topics include: writing your personal statement for UCAS, mock interviews and searching for part-time work.

Further Information

For more information or advice, pop in to the Progression and Employability Hub in the foyer of the Tower Building or email

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Robbie, case study

"The AS/A Level courses I undertook at Exeter College formed an invaluable stepping stone in the early stages of my career… I continued into higher education, studying a Journalism and Practical Media Foundation degree with Plymouth university at Exeter college ... Exeter College puts the apparatus, teaching, equipment and setting in place for people to achieve, whilst encouraging them to work independently at times and in teams to prepare for the professional workplace. What I enjoyed most was grasping all of the opportunities on offer, a decision I do not regret as i am now reaping the rewards"

Robbie, a former student now working with Exeter City Football Club's media team

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