Applying to College – Information for Students, Parents and Carers

At this point in the academic year, Year 11 students should either have submitted an application to their chosen post 16 destination or be in the process of making their final course choice before applying.
Students can use their mock results as predicted grades to enter onto the application.
All students have had at least one post 16 advice meeting with either Maria Masters (careers adviser), Kerry Balchin (Exeter College adviser) or Jan Taylor (Post 16 Transition Coordinator).
There is one final Exeter College open event on Tuesday 18th January, 5-7pm and the next open events at Bicton College are on Saturday 5th February and Saturday 26th March between 10am and midday.

 

How To Apply To Exeter College

For instructions on how to apply to Exeter College, please see the following link: How to Apply

To submit an application to Exeter College, visit: https://apply.exe-coll.ac.uk/. Students should use their personal, not school, email address to register for an account.
Once you have registered, you will immediately receive an email from Exeter College. Open this email and click on the link to activate your account. Then return to the first page and continue as an existing applicant. Your username is your email address and the password is the one created to register for your account.

Courses available at Exeter College are as follows:

Full time Vocational BTEC Diplomas (Levels 1, 2 and 3). See pages 19 and 20 of course guide for full course list.

These are practical, hands on courses, assessed mostly by coursework with less emphasis on exams. A student can progress from L1 to L2 and from L2 to L3. A good pass at L3 will allow for progression to university/undergraduate study. Just ONE courses is studied.

  • Level 1 courses require grade 2 in English and Maths, plus 2 other GCSEs (4 in total).
  • Level 2 courses usually require grade 3 in English and Maths, plus 3 other GCSEs (5 in total).
  • Level 3 courses usually require grade 4 in English and Maths, plus 3 other GCSEs (5 in total).

A levels and BTEC Certificates (L3). See pages 13 and 14 of the course guide for full subject list.
This route is for students who enjoy academic study. Assessment is mostly by examination at the end of the 2 year course.
Three subjects are studied in combination (either 3 A levels or 2 A levels plus one BTEC Certificate). The minimum entry requirement is 8 GCSEs at grade 4, with certain subject specific higher grades required.
An Extend option is also studied for one hour a week in the first year only. Visit: exe-coll.ac.uk/school-leavers/extend/ for more details and see page 15 of the course guide.

T Levels (L2 and 3). See page 17 and 18 for details and page 20 for full course list.
These are a new vocational qualification involving 80% full time study and 20% in a specific work placement. Entry requirement is 6 GCSEs at grade 4+ to include English and Maths.

International Baccalaureate (L3). See pages 130 and 131 for details.
Students study 6 academic subjects, 3 at Standard Level, 3 at Higher Level across a range of disciplines. Entry requires at least 8 GCSE’s at a minimum of grade 6.

Apprenticeships. See pages 21 – 24 for full details and page 8 for industry sectors available.
Students spend 4 days a week with an employer and 1 day a week at College. For more information contact the Apprenticeship team on 01392 400 800 or email: apprentices@exe-coll.ac.uk

Note: Entry requirements for all courses can vary, so always check the brochure for full details.

Order a Course Guide
All students received an Exeter College course guide in September. However, if you need to request a new copy or view courses on-line, visit: https://exe-coll.ac.uk/school-leavers/course-guide/ and follow the ‘course guide’ link. There are also spare copies with Mrs Taylor in F03.

Further Information
If you need further information or have any questions regarding courses or applying, please email either Mrs Taylor (Post 16 Transition Coordinator) jtaylor@iscaexeter.co.uk or Kerry Balchin (Exeter College Adviser) kerrybalchin@exe-coll.ac.uk .
Information and links on the College Advice Team page may be useful if learners are still undecided on their college course or want to explore future progression ideas:  www.exe-coll.ac.uk/cat

 

How to apply to Bicton College

To apply for a course at Bicton, visit: www.cornwall.ac.uk. All courses have an ‘Apply Now’ feature.
There is also a paper application form at the back of the course guide (pages 63 and 64).
All courses are available to view online by visiting: https://www.cornwall.ac.uk/16-18/. You can request a course and careers guide by visiting: www.cornwall.ac.uk/order-a-prospectus or see Mrs Taylor in F03. All courses are listed on p62.

Bicton College offers Vocational Diplomas, Certificates and Apprenticeships available at all levels in subjects including:

  • Horticulture (plants).
  • Arboriculture (tree surgery – great if you like heights!).
  • Animal Management.
  • Equine (horses).
  • Military and Protective Services.
  • Veterinary Nursing and many more…..

Taster Day Events
To spend a day trying your chosen course visit: www.bicton.ac.uk/events/taster-days-at-bicton-college/

Course and Career Advice Events
To book, visit: https://www.bicton.ac.uk/events/courses-and-careers-advice-event-at-bicton-college/

Further Information 
The Bicton Customer Services Team can answer your questions Monday to Friday, 9am to 3pm. Email: enquiries@cornwall.ac.uk, telephone: 0330 123 2523 or you can use “Live Chat” on the Bicton website www.cornwall.ac.uk.
For any further information email Sandra Everett: Sandra.everett@bicton.ac.uk or Mrs Taylor: jtaylor@iscaexter.co.uk.  

 

Apprenticeships

 Apprenticeships are available at both Exeter and Bicton Colleges in addition to other training providers, such as:

For more information about apprenticeships search: https://www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/ or  email: nationalhelpdesk@findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk

Useful careers websites are:

National Careers Service: https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk
Career Pilot: https://careerpilot.org.uk

Please contact Mrs Taylor for further advice and information on any of the above – jtaylor@iscaexeter.co.uk