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Exeter Deaf Academy’s College provides post 16 Deaf learners with the opportunity to successfully access the full range of academic and vocational courses provided by mainstream Further Education (FE) colleges in Devon.

Our students are given individual support by a Deaf Academy personal tutor and a qualified team of Communication Support Workers (CSWs). Students mainly attend one of two local mainstream colleges (Exeter and Bicton) with whom we have Partnership Agreements to ensure appropriate access is achieved and close monitoring of progress takes place.

Educational and social inclusion are important features of this learning pathway as students engage with both hearing and Deaf learners within the course of their studies.

As a GFE student, you can access courses from Level 1 to Level 3 in a range of academic and vocational areas including: Agriculture, Animal Care, Art & Design, Business & Administration, Construction, Engineering, Hair & Beauty, Health & Social Care, Horticulture, Hospitality & Catering, Humanities, Information Technology, Creative Media & Film, Performance & Production, Sport & Fitness/Outdoor Adventure, Science and Travel & Tourism.

GFE student learning takes place both within a mainstream setting and on the Deaf Academy campus where students engage in lessons in Literacy and Numeracy delivered by Teachers of the Deaf plus BSL/Deaf Studies and Personal & Social Development. In addition our students receive individual tutorials to support their learning on their mainstream courses.  At the Academy our students can access specialist services provided by: Speech & Language Therapists, BSL Tutors, Clinical Psychologist, Counsellors, Physiotherapist and Occupational Therapist. Input is also received from Audiologists and medical professionals.

Work Related Learning and Enrichment activities are also provided for GFE students (e g work experience, sporting and enterprise activities). Guidance is given to support students to make informed choices about their progression routes within college and beyond. Leavers’ destinations include progression to Higher Education, Further Education and Employment.

Your progress as a GFE student is reviewed continually through Annual Reviews and Transition Planning, and, through regular tutorials with your personal Academy Tutor. As a GFE student Exeter Deaf Academy provides individual support needed to achieve your full potential within a variety of learning environments which include a mainstream college, a specialist Deaf college, and within work placements.