A Levels are ideal if you enjoyed your GCSEs and are ready to move up to the next level. Students studying an academic pathway at Exeter College enrol on a 4 element programme. This consists of 3 core A Levels (or a combination of A Levels and BTEC Extended Certificates) and a 4th element, known as Extend, which is selected from a wide range of courses depending on your interests, prior achievement and potential progression plans beyond college.
This model allows our students to spend their time at college gaining both the strong formal academic qualifications they need for the future, as well as helping them to stand out from the crowd and strengthening their profile by developing skills and experiences that universities and employers are looking for.
Exeter College offers 37 A Level courses in traditional subjects like Maths, Biology, English and History as well as new subjects like Psychology, Law and Film Studies. In addition we run a wide range of BTEC Extended Certificates (equivalent to an A Level) in areas such as Sport and Exercise Science, Stage Management and IT, all of which can be part of an academic study programme. Any A Level subjects / BTEC Extended Certificates can be combined, though we will advise you if we think the combination you choose may make it difficult for you to succeed.
The 4th element of an A Level programme of study, often referred to as Extend, can be selected from a wide range of exciting courses and opportunities ranging from the science based STEM Diploma, Creative and Professional Writing opportunities, an accredited language course or the Extended Project Qualification where students can chose to research an area of interest.
The Extended Project
The Extended Project (or EPQ) is a unique opportunity for you to pursue an area of study you are particularly interested in or passionate about. You will develop your independent study skills through a combination of workshops, one to one support and the eventual completion of a written dissertation or artifact (for example, a piece of art, performance or group project). Not only this, but the EPQ is equivalent to half an A level qualification and is awarded up to 28 UCAS points, which can provide additional support to personal statements and university applications. The course is aimed at first year A Level students and can be taken as an Extend choice (4th element).
We were awarded Centre of Excellence status for the Extended Project after only one year! In 2016, 71% of students gained A*, A, or B in their Extended Project.
"Deciding to do the Extended Project was a fantastic decision for me as it enabled me to research something which I had an interest in but was outside the material of my normal subjects. Also in choosing a topic relevant to my degree I was able to attain a lower grade offer from my first choice university. I greatly enjoyed the entire process and would recommend the Extended Project to anyone!."
Hollie, Second year A Level Student
For an idea of the materials and resource fees associated with A level study please click here to read more about our resource fees.
Beyond A Levels
We have just celebrated out best ever A Level results and 94% of our students were accepted to their ‘firm choice’ university. Thinking of progressing to one of the Russell Group Universities? Click here to visit the Russell Group website to view their 'Informed Choices' guide to help you choose the right A Levels.
Level 3 students will find out about our Flying Start assignments at enrolment. These are short pieces of introductory work to help students get a feel for their new subjects and the type of work expected in their first year.
National A Level Reform
A Levels are currently subject to a Government review – please keep checking the website for up to date information.