My son/daughter/ward is considering college

If your son/daughter/ward is considering applying to college there is lots of support in place to assist them in making their choices. We recommend taking the following steps.

Browse our courses

If your son/daughter/ward is considering applying to college then a great place to start is to browse our courses. With 39 A Levels, the International Baccalaureate programme and a huge choice of vocational and apprenticeship courses, there is something for everyone. Use our online course search, or request a copy of our course guide here.

Open Events

We recommend that all students and parents/guardians who are considering Exeter College attend at least one of our open events. Our open events are an excellent opportunity to talk to our lecturers and tutors and to get an invaluable insight into the subjects they teach. It's also a chance to experience our facilities and our campus first hand, and to find out about support, travel and finance.

Our upcoming open events are:

  • 15 November 2016, 17:00-20:00
  • 17 January 2017, 17:00-20:00

College Advice Team

Exeter College has a team of College Advisers who are trained in providing advice and guidance in order to support students' progression to college. College Advisers can give advice on course options, which level to study at and entry requirements, amongst many other things. The advisers have close links with many local schools, and are often available to meet with students/parents in school for individual guidance appointments. If you would like to request an appointment please speak to your school's careers coordinator, or contact the College Advice Team on 01392 400600 or email

College Advisers also attend parents' evenings and careers events at many schools throughout the South West, and are available at all college open events and interview evenings.

Click here to find out more about the College Advice Team, or complete the enquiry form to request more information.

Why choose us?

We understand that as a parent/guardian you want the very best for your son/daughter/ward, and so do we. That's why we are delighted to share our successes with you. We pride ourselves on being an Outstanding college, and in 2016 alone we have been named City and Guilds’ ‘Centre of the Year’, Times Educational Supplement ‘Apprenticeship Programme of the Year’, and in August we celebrated our best ever A level results with a pass rate of 99.8%.

You can find out more about our achievements and our exam results here.

One reason behind these achievements is the support we put in place to allow our students to achieve their very best. All students have a personal tutor and a tutor group, just like they do at school. They will take part in a structured tutorial session every week, and will meet with their tutor on an individual basis to set targets. The personal tutor is also your main point of contact at the college, once your son/daughter/ward has enrolled. You will receive progress reports twice a year, and you will have the opportunity to meet tutors and lecturers at parents’ evenings. There are also a number of other support measures in place, including attendance monitoring, learning support, financial support through our bursary fund, careers and progression advice, a dedicated safeguarding team, as well as counsellors and nurses.

Apply online

Once a student has researched our courses and visited an open event, it’s time for them to apply. Our application form can be completed online, or by completing the paper application form. In order to apply, your son/daughter/ward will need to have an idea of what they’d like to study, and they’ll also need their predicted/target grades. For most courses there is no deadline for the application, though we receive the majority of applications between October and February.

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