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Full Time Education (16-19 year olds)
You probably know that if you are under 18 that you need to be in full time education, or a job with training (like an Apprenticeship). You might be over 18 and thinking about your options, and one of those could be studying full time, as that might be the best thing to do to get going on the career path you want to be on.
If you are aged 16-19, the full-time education options for you are;
A / AS Levels
To study A Levels you will normally need at least 5 GCSEs at 9 to 4 / A* to C. There are a variety of subjects that you can study at A Level. If you are thinking about going to University, then gaining relevant A Levels might be a requirement for the course you want to study. You should talk to a Careers Advisor to find out more.
You can study A Levels at Exeter College, or a number of secondary schools in Devon offer them through their 6th Form, you can find out about them here; https://www.devon.gov.uk/educationandfamilies/school-information/post-16-education
GCSEs are the ‘General Certificate of Secondary Education’ and are usually studied for between the ages of 14-16. You may however want or need to re-sit some of your subjects, such as English or Maths if you didn’t get the grades you wanted as they are often needed for the next stage of your education.
Exeter College offers a unique ‘fast track’ 1 year GCSE course which includes English, Maths and 2 other GCSEs. https://exe-coll.ac.uk/course/gcse-fast-track/
You can also study GCSE English and Maths with Learn Devon https://www.learndevon.co.uk/gcse-english-and-maths/
T Levels were first introduced in 2020, in specific subject areas. They 2 year courses, that are equivalent to 3 A levels, focussing on academic and technical skills, alongside a work placement. Exeter College are currently the only college in Devon offering T Levels in construction, digital and education. Over the next few years 24 T Level subjects will be available to study.
Alongside A levels, BTEC Nationals are the most widely-recognised qualification for admission to higher education.
They are level 3 vocational qualifications that provide specialist, work-related learning across a range of sectors. BTEC Nationals are designed to equip students with the specialist knowledge, practical skills and understanding they need to progress along their chosen learning and career paths.
BTEC qualifications open new doors into rewarding careers in STEM, health, Sport, Business, IT, Creatives and much more, so you can get the career you want with the skills employers need.
Exeter Mathematics School
The Exeter Maths school is a 6th form that specialises in Maths, Physics and Computer Science. It is rated Ofsted Outstanding.
Education 19 years and over
If you are aged 19 years or older these full education options are available to you;
Access to Higher Education
The Access to Higher Education Diplomas are a well established and a very successful route into university level study for adult students who may lack formal entry qualifications, wish to pursue a change of career and/or need to develop confidence and practice in their study skills.
These diplomas can also improve your general education and are specifically designed to help you progress on to professional advanced training. The range of modules available allows you to access a wide variety of courses at university level such as nursing, social work, teaching and psychology.
Exeter College offers Access to Higher Education courses; https://exe-coll.ac.uk/university-level/access-to-he/
There will be some jobs and careers that will require you to have a degree level qualification. There are a wide range of courses that you can study at universities and colleges. To find out more, the UCAS website is full of great information and advice to help you make the right decision about Higher Education. You might traditionally think that doing a degree means going to a University to study, but further education colleges also offer degree-level qualifications, including Exeter College.
You can also gain a degree through undertaking an Apprenticeship in certain jobs. The University of Exeter offer a variety of degree apprenticeships, working with a range of employers, you can find out more here; https://www.exeter.ac.uk/degreeapprenticeships/ Visit our Apprenticeships section to see apprenticeship vacancies in the Exeter area.