The Exeter Scholars Programme

What is the Exeter Scholars programme?

Exeter Scholars Residentials

Pathways Overview

Your experience as an Exeter Scholars participant will include a range of activities and opportunities appropriate for your year group and location in the country, and will provide you with an insight into university as well as a subject specific experience. Each Exeter Scholars pathway will consist of its own unique programme, including a number of exclusive supplementary activities that are available to all participants. The earlier you start, the longer we can support you – so, for example, if you join the Scholars community in Year 9 then opportunities will be available to you right up until the end of Year 13.

If you are thinking of applying, we would encourage you to take the time to explore what the programme could include for you. Use the sections below, starting with the year group you are in now, to look forward at the exciting events and activities on offer as you progress through school. 

All pathways will involve you coming to see us at one of our university campuses at least once, but all travel costs incurred while completing your pathway will be refunded to you – a definite perk of the programme!

South West

The following sections outline the different activities delivered at the different stages of the Exeter Scholars programme that are available to participants living in Devon, Cornwall, Somerset, Bristol or Dorset.

If you have been invited by your school to apply to take part in Exeter Scholars from Year 9, then your programme will start with a launch event to be held in February. The Scholars launch event will be held on the University of Exeter Streatham Campus and is an exciting opportunity to have a first look at Exeter and the type of environment that university students are studying in.

After the launch event you will start a series of in-school sessions that will be run by current students from the University of Exeter and in Year 9 will focus on getting to know you and a journey to your future. All dates for your tutoring sessions will be scheduled by and take place at your school, and therefore will be at a time to suit you.

Starting your Exeter Scholars journey as early as Year 9 will help ensure that you are making the best decisions you can right from the point of selecting your GCSEs, and we’re here to help you do so. By thinking about the possibility of university now you also have the luxury of being able to take your time considering what it could mean for you and exploring the courses available to study.  Use the sections below to see what the rest of your Scholars journey will look like from Year 10 to 13. 

If you are in Year 9 and have not received information about Exeter Scholars from your school but have found us independently, then unfortunately you won’t be able to apply yet. But you may be able to in Year 12 – so come back and visit us then.

For those of you that signed up to start Scholars in Year 9, your sessions will continue to run in school in Year 10, and at this point we will introduce to you the chance to take part in live online Q&A forums run by current students from the University of Exeter. Topics for your in-school sessions this year will include 'Cracking Careers', 'Demystifying Higher Education', 'Exploring Courses' and 'Higher Education: To Go or Not To Go'.

If you are new to Exeter Scholars at this point, and have been invited to apply by your school, then your pathway will start with an all-expenses-paid residential held at the University of Exeter Streatham Campus. You'll stay in university halls of residence, just like our current students do, and this will be your opportunity to find out what student life is like.  This is only a flavour of what you can access through Scholars though and the sections below will show you what you can take part in throughout Year 11 to 13.

If you have not received information about Exeter Scholars from your school but are enquiring independently, then unfortunately you won’t be able to apply yet. But you may be able to in Year 12 – so come back and visit us then.

Year 11 is a key year for all Exeter Scholars participants. By this point you will have already been learning with us for one or two years, and should by now be more familiar with what a university campus is. We don’t have any pathways that start in Year 11 but we use this time for existing participants to focus on preparing you for life after GCSEs.

The live online Q&A forums will continue, and those of you that started Scholars in Year 9 will be invited to attend a Student Conference with your parents to celebrate what you have achieved so far, and to help prepare you for the transition to College or Sixth Form.

We’re also excited to launch to you at this stage a range of interactive activities and resources available to you as an online course

The post-16 activities available to Exeter Scholars are the point at which you get to personalise your experience. At this point, existing participants will be invited to choose a subject activity strand from a range available to them and will be asked to update their Exeter Scholars profile with their GCSE results and current study plans. It should be noted that to continue to this stage of Exeter Scholars you will need to have achieved the GCSE grades outlined in the programme eligibility criteria and we will talk to you about this at the relevant time. If you are starting Year 12 and are new to Exeter Scholars, then there is an application entry point available to you between September and November of your Year 12. Visit Apply to see if you are eligible and fill in an application form. 

Over a period of 10 months, you will then attend a range of on-campus events and field trips allowing you to explore your chosen subject as it would be studied at university. You will be given access to University of Exeter facilities and learn from world class academics – you may even have the chance to participate in live research projects being conducted by the University. Learn more about the subject activity strands available.

Some examples of what you could be doing through your chosen activity strand are: 

  • A visit to the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple in London (Law)
  • An all-expenses-paid overnight stay in student accommodation to provide a direct experience of student life as a part of several different subject activity strands
  • Explore the artefacts in the Bill Douglas Film Museum (English, Visual Culture & Film)
  • Get hands-on with our Medical Imaging training equipment (Medical Professions)
  • Learn a new language (Modern Languages)
  • Visit the Met Office (Physics & Maths) 

Each strand will have its own unique entry requirements and pass criteria, and it is fulfilling these that will allow you to graduate as a University of Exeter Scholar.

By December of Year 13, you will know if you have successfully graduated as a University of Exeter Scholar. However, your journey doesn’t end there, and we want to continue supporting you for as long as you need us.

For some subject activity strands you will still have sessions running up until October and we’re also excited to launch to you at this stage a range of interactive activities and resources available to you as an online course

Alongside this, successful graduates will now be given access to a number of additional events designed to help you find out a bit more about the University of Exeter, as Year 13 marks the moment at which you will decide if you want to apply to university and, if so, where. You will be invited to a private reception at the September University of Exeter Undergraduate Open Day and an exclusive Exeter Scholars Virtual Open Day. We’ll also fund your travel costs to attend an Offer Holder Visit Day at the University of Exeter

We hope to see some of our Exeter Scholars studying with us in the future, and those who decide that this is the right option for them will be given the opportunity to qualify as a Senior Scholar by completing an online assessment. As a Senior Scholar you will have a range of enhanced benefits available to you that have been developed to not only support your progression to the University of Exeter but also help you settle in as a new university student. 

Nationwide

The following sections outline the different activities delivered at the different stages of the Exeter Scholars programme that are available to participants living outside of Devon, Cornwall, Somerset, Bristol or Dorset.

If you have been invited by your school to apply to Exeter Scholars in Year 10, then your pathway will start with a residential experience held at the University of Exeter Streatham Campus. You'll stay in university halls of residence, just like our current students do, and this will be your opportunity to find out what student life is like.

While it may not be easy for you to visit Exeter regularly, we still want you to have the opportunity to ask questions of University of Exeter students, and so after your residential event you will be given the chance to take part in live online Q&A forums run by current students from the University of Exeter.

If you have not received information about Exeter Scholars from your school but are enquiring independently, then unfortunately you won’t be able to apply yet. But you may be able to in Year 12 – so come back and visit us then.

Year 11 is a key year for all Exeter Scholars participants. By this point you will have already been learning with us for a year and should by now be more familiar with what a university campus is. We don’t have any pathways that start in Year 11 but we use this time for existing participants to focus on preparing you for life after GCSEs.

The live online Q&A forums will continue and we’re also excited to launch to you at this stage a range of interactive activities and resources available to you as an online course

The post-16 activities available to Exeter Scholars are the point at which you get to personalise your experience. At this point, existing participants will be asked to update their Exeter Scholars profile with GCSE results and current study plans. It should be noted that to continue to this stage of Exeter Scholars you will need to have achieved the GCSE grades outlined in the programme eligibility criteria and we will talk to you about this at the relevant time. If you are in Year 12 and are new to Exeter Scholars, then there is an application entry point available to you between March/April and June. Visit Apply to see if you are eligible and fill in an application form.

In order to immerse yourself in a subject activity strand of your choice you will be invited to come to Exeter for a Year 12 residential event. While you are staying with us, you will be given access to University of Exeter facilities and learn from world class academics – you may even have the chance to participate in live research projects being conducted by the University. 

Alongside the academic programme, the residential experience will also give you the chance to explore the local area, develop your cooking skills, try out study societies, and find out what student life might be like on a University of Exeter campus.

Attendance at this residential is a compulsory part of Exeter Scholars for both existing participants and those joining the programme for the first time in Year 12. Via this and the other activities you have completed throughout your programme participation, you will have fulfilled the time commitment required to graduate as an Exeter Scholar in Year 13.

By December of Year 13, you will know if you have successfully graduated as a University of Exeter Scholar. However, your journey doesn’t end there, and we want to continue supporting you for as long as you need us.

For some subject activity strands you will still have sessions running up until October, and we’re also excited to launch to you at this stage a range of interactive activities and resources available to you as an online course.

Alongside this, successful graduates will now be given access to a number of additional events designed to help you find out a bit more about the University of Exeter, as Year 13 marks the moment at which you will decide if you want to apply to university and, if so, where. You will be invited to a private reception at the September University of Exeter Undergraduate Open Day and an exclusive Exeter Scholars Virtual Open Day. We’ll also fund your travel costs to attend an Offer Holder Visit Day at the University of Exeter. 

We hope to see some of our Exeter Scholars studying with us in the future, and those who decide that this is the right option for them will be given the opportunity to qualify as a Senior Scholar by completing an online assessment. As a Senior Scholar you will have a range of enhanced benefits available to you that have been developed to not only support your progression to the University of Exeter but also help you settle in as a new university student.