My son/daughter is at college

How do you make sure students settle in when they first come to college?

The first few weeks in September is called the induction period and students have a chance to
  • settle into their tutor group
  • meet the Principal
  • sign up for enrichment activities during the Freshers’ Fair
  • find out about their timetable
  • and make new friends that often last long after they have left college.

During Induction they will also start their subjects and courses and have a chance to change groups or even subjects if they are not sure.

We have dedicated Helpzones across college for students to ask questions, get directions or if they’ve lost their timetable and are not sure where to go!

  • How can I find out how well my son, daughter or ward is doing at college?

    We will:
    Send you reports twice a year about how well they are progressing.
    You will be invited to parents evenings throughout the year to discuss their progress and targets. Click here to view important dates.
    Send you a parents newsletter 3 times a year that tells you about the college.

  • Do you monitor students' attendance?

    Yes. We expect full attendance and 100% punctuality from our students as we know this affects their ability to reach their full potential and succeed.

    We have processes in place to monitor student attendance, work with the students’ tutor to address patterns of poor attendance and keep parents informed when a student is invited to a meeting to discuss attendance.

  • Do they have a tutor group like they do at school?

    Yes, all students have a structured tutorial session every week. These sessions cover topics such as being safe, being healthy, managing money, succeeding and how to plan their future (career and university advice). The tutor is also your direct link with the college and will meet on a one to one basis with your son/daughter/ward regularly to set targets and monitor their progress.

  • Why has my Son/Daughter been asked to continue studying English and/or Maths?

    English and Maths are an essential element of your Son/Daughters programme of study. Employers, universities and the government require all young people to have a good command and understanding of English and maths.

    We are committed to supporting your Son/Daughter to continually improve these skills, whatever level and course they are studying. We have lots of additional support on offer to help them to develop their literacy and numeracy skills during their time at Exeter College, both inside and outside the classroom.

    If they have not already achieved a C grade in GCSE English language and maths they must work towards achieving these compulsory qualifications alongside their other courses. During their first few weeks at college, we will assess their level of English and/or maths to decide how we can help them to progress and succeed.

    We offer entry level, functional skills and GCSE qualifications in both English and maths and will work with your Son/Daughter to find the best route to achieving these core qualifications whilst they are with us.

    English and maths are a core element of  the study programme. To maintain their place at Exeter College good attendance and maximum effort are essential.

  • What other support is available while they are at college?

    The college support departments include nurses, counsellors, learning support advisors and progression experts. They can help students with finance, travel, accommodation, learning support and careers and progression advice.

  • What financial support is available?

    All students who have been resident in the UK or the European Union for at least 3 years, who are aged 16-18 (they must be under 19 on the 1st September for the year they start their course) are entitled to free full-time education.

    Students studying on apprenticeship programmes are paid by their employer and normally receive their industry-led training free if they are aged 16-19.

    Click here for information on the financial support available.

  • How do you make sure my son/daughter/ward is safe?

    The safety of our students is paramount, we have a designated child protection and safeguarding team, which works closely with tutors so that young people are protected from harm and have the support they need.

    We also insist all students, staff, and visitors wear an ID lanyard so we can keep visual track of who is on the college campus.

    In the latest Student Survey, 99% of our students said they felt safe at college!

  • How can I find out more?

    Click here to download our guide for Parents, Guardians and Carers.

    If you would like to talk to someone about tutoring, safeguarding, or welfare support at Exeter College please contact Jennie Hamilton, Department of Safeguarding, Welfare and Student Experience on 01392 400449

Further Studies at Exeter College

Did you know we currently have over 26 university-level courses ranging from HNCs, HNDs and Foundation Degrees. Courses include Business, Health and Social Care, Sport and Journalism and Practical Media.

Click here to download our guide to studying University Level at Exeter College.

Click here to download our UCAS Process Guide.

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