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Golden Celebration Day for Graduates of ‘Gold-rated’ College

By October 23, 2017March 25th, 2021Member News & Updates, STEMM, Why Exeter blog


University level students at ‘Gold’ rated Exeter College celebrated their graduation in the spectacular surroundings of Exeter Cathedral.

More than 165 students from the Centre for University Level Studies donned their caps and gowns for a grand procession through the city centre on their way to the Cathedral (Friday, October 20th).

This year’s graduation comes after a year of success for University Level studies at Exeter College – with the college awarded a prestigious ‘Gold’ rating in the UK Government’s assessment of teaching excellence in higher education.

Hundreds of guests, including friends and family of those graduating, the Lord Mayor, partner institutions, community partners, representatives of Exeter College and its Board of Governors, came together at the Graduation ceremony to celebrate the achievements of the students.

Students of all ages from Devon and further afield were awarded University level qualifications ranging from BA to Foundation Degrees, HNCs and HNDs in the broad range of subject areas offered under the Centre for University Level Studies.

The college is one of only 16 colleges in the whole country to be rated gold, putting the college in the top 20 per cent of the 299 colleges and universities in the UK judged under the Teaching Excellence Framework.

Exeter College has been offering University Level programmes for many years and has a strong record of delivering high-quality, student-focused programmes. This is evidenced by the college receiving its Gold Award under the TEF.

The college’s University Level offer is designed to meet the needs of our local and regional communities and employers, giving people not only the chance to start, or change career, but also to advance their employment and life prospects.

The guest speaker at the ceremony was Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw.

John Laramy, Exeter College Principal and Chief Executive, said: “Our Graduation Day is a real highlight of the college year. I would like to congratulate all the students graduating and thank them for their contribution to a truly stunning year for our Centre for University Level Studies. 

“The class of 2017 contributed to our most successful year ever for higher education, with the college being ranked as ‘Gold’ in the Teaching Excellence Framework, just one of 16 colleges in the country to achieve this rating.  I would also like to thank the staff both at the college and within our partner universities, who have enabled our students excel.”


About our Centre for University Level Studies

Exeter College is a ‘Gold’ rated college that offers a wide range of University Level courses with our partner universities including BA, Foundation Degree, HNC and HND programmes.

University level education at the Centre for University Level Studies is a critical and growing part of the college’s learning community.  The college works in partnership with well-respected university partners and awarding bodies, enabling students to study in Exeter and at the same time benefit from teaching excellence and a wide choice of courses. 

If you aren’t quite ready for higher education, the college has a number of Access to HE programmes and other routes for you to start your higher education journey.

Thinking about your future? Looking for teaching excellence? Looking to start your career, change career, a fresh start, or improve your employment prospects? Returning to education?

Do Your Degree Differently with Gold rated Teaching Excellence.

Applications are now open for entry in Sept 2018.

Subject areas include:

Access to Higher Education
Art and Design
– Fine Art
– Graphic Communication
– Photography

Business and IT
– Business
– Business Management
– Computing and Systems Development

– Civil Engineering
– Construction

Creative and Professional Writing

Engineering, Aerospace and Automotive
– Aircraft Engineering
– Electrical and Electronic Engineering
– Manufacturing Engineering

  • Mechanical Engineering

Healthcare, Childcare and Public Services

  • Early Childhood Studies
  • Health and Social Care
  • Public Services

Media and Performing Arts

  • Film and TV Production
  • Journalism
  • Music

Sport, Leisure and Tourism

  • Applied Outdoor Adventure
  • Coaching and Fitness
  • Football  Coaching and Development 
  • Sports Therapy


See our website for full details about our Centre for University Level Studies:

Would you like to find out more? Come to our Open Event on Tuesday, 14th November, 5-8pm.

Register online today: