Exeter College

Exeter College is an award-winning, world class college. We are Devon’s only Ofsted Outstanding further education college. Our vision is to shape the future by delivering excellence to realise the ambitions of our learners, city and region.

Exeter College is a large, thriving and growing tertiary college which places teaching, learning and student success as top priority.

In 2021 the College was shortlisted for the coveted title of ‘FE College of the Year’ and the ‘Apprenticeship Provider of the Year’.  In 2020 five inspirational BTEC students were recognised at the prestigious Pearson BTEC Awards and the College is rated Gold under the Teaching Excellence Framework for Higher Education.

Exeter College, established in 1970, provides tertiary education for around 10,000 – 12,000 students and offers learners a variety of ways into industry or further study.

The College offers A Levels, BTECs, Apprenticeships, Professional qualifications and T Levels; a technical-based qualification that prepares students for industry with practical skills and knowledge.

There are many specialist academies at Exeter College providing training for sports, enterprise, music, academically gifted and hospitality and catering students. We have developed very strong employer links through our curriculum and Business Solutions, the college’s dedicated employer engagement team, with leading local and international employers, such as the Met Office, Michael Caines and many small and medium enterprises. This ensures our vocational courses and Apprenticeship training mirrors current industry trends and initiatives.


There are many exciting developments happening at Exeter College during 2021.

Exeter College has collaborated with Devon County Council to boost the local economy by launching the Future Skills Centre, formerly the Flybe Training Academy. This new specialist facility will deliver training for future-facing high-tech jobs in engineering, digital, construction and clean growth.

Also, the South West Institute of Technology (SWIOT) Digital and Data Centre at the Hele Road campus brings a brand new £10.3million building to Exeter providing world-class technical education for the next generation of students.

With fantastic facilities, specialist equipment and outstanding student support, Exeter College can help young people, apprentices, and adults from all walks of life to achieve their ambition.


“I’ve always had a passion for sport, health and fitness and so the Personal Training Apprenticeship was an obvious choice for me! When you pick a course that you have a real interest in, it makes learning so much easier. It was really nice to be part of a group of like-minded people who all have similar interests and want to use the course to develop themselves professionally, while applying their new found knowledge in the workplace. An apprenticeship is perfect, as I’m able to train alongside my job and earn a wage at the same time.”

BenPersonal Training Apprenticeship Level 3

"The teaching at Exeter College is brilliant, you get constant support and encouragement. The teachers have a lot of knowledge and links to help us begin our career and they give us the skills to perform excellently in the workplace."

TillyFood and Beverage Service Supervision Level 3

"I would 100% recommend my course! It has given me a huge insight into exactly what must be considered as a team leader but also from a managerial role. It has also led to some personal character development and understanding. By the time the course finishes I am certain that my company will have seen many improvements to my abilities."

TristanLeadership and Management Level 3

“Exeter College has been really helpful in supporting us. We have regular meetings with our accessor and have been assured we can contact them at any time. Laura, our apprentice, has progressed really well and in a really short space of time has become a really valued member of our team. Her weekly sessions mean that she is learning the theory that goes alongside the practical work that she is doing with us in the office.”

Emma HarrisAccountant at First Academy Trust