Exeter Award Ceremony

How to achieve the Exeter Award

Getting started

Taking part in The Exeter Award and enhancing your employability couldn’t be easier:

  1. Login to My Career Zone to register for the Award
  2. Use your profile to search for training and events that count towards the Award and to book yourself onto them.
  3. Keep track of all your activities with the Award checklist and make sure that you have completed all elements needed to finish the award (see below). Please make sure you bring your Uni card to ALL sessions as it will be scanned to register that you have attended the activity.

If you have any questions then please refer to our FAQ section or contact us.

Skills Audit

You don’t have to complete a skills audit to undertake The Exeter Award, but you may find it a useful exercise as it has been designed to help you identify your strengths, weaknesses and areas for development within various skills areas that are typically sought by employers. Find out more about a skills audit.

The Exeter Award activities

Award progression route

To complete the Exeter Award you must first complete these four steps in any order:
1. 35 hours of Volunteering and/or Work Experience.

This can be in any combination, so you could for example use 10 hours volunteering and 25 hours in a paid job towards your Award, or simply 35 hours from a paid job. Keep a note of your supervisor’s contact details as you will need to provide these as your referee on your Exeter Award application form.
2. A CV or Application Form session. 

Please note: you can attend both sessions if you wish, and we would encourage you to do so, but you only have to attend one for your Award.

A personal development session.

93% of personal development session participants would recommend the session they attended to a friend.

Current topics available are: Persuading, Influencing and Negotiating Skills, Time and Stress Management Strategies, Understanding Team Dynamics, Active Listening Skills, Effective Presentation Skills, Networking Essentials, Intercultural Awareness. 


Two elements of your choice.

There are many employability activities available on campus that can be counted to this section of the Exeter Award, follow the links in the ‘Other Activities’ section of your Award profile to see what’s available and book a place. 



  • Employer Business Game
  • Employer Presentation
  • eXfactor
  • Institute Presentation
  • Alumni Presentation
  • IBM Challenge (Business School only)
  • Career Mentor Scheme

Alternatively you can apply to have other employability activities (that were not booked via My Career Zone) counted towards your Award. See our FAQs for further details. 



 When you've completed the first four steps you may then:



Complete and submit your Exeter Award Application Form.

This is a mock graduate level job application form, designed to give you the experience of articulating the competencies you have developed. You will receive formative feedback on how you could improve your application. Note - you cannot fail this, but if you provide insufficient information, your application will be referred back to you for re-submission.

Please note that you cannot save your work and come back to it at a later time,so you may prefer to copy the questions to a Word file and paste your answers back in when you are ready to complete and submit the form.

We aim to mark application forms within two weeks, so it is important that you check your progress screen regularly to see if  it has been marked. Please allow at least two weeks after your form submission before contacting us to enquire about its status.

6. The Interview Experience.

This is the final stage of the Award, comprising of an interview skills workshop plus a short mock job interview with a member of staff. Students find this session particularly valuable - according to student feedback from 2012-13, 98% of students said attending the Interview Experience improved their confidence, helped them develop interview skills and helped prepare them for graduate level employment. Again you cannot fail this session; the feedback you receive is designed to help improve your performance in an interview.

After attending, your Exeter Award profile will update confirming your completion of the Award and you will able to book onto to the next Exeter Award celebration to receive your certificate - or alternatively ask for your certificate to be posted to you.

If you are a final year student aiming to complete the Exeter Award or Leaders Award, you should note the completion deadlines for final year students. 


Completing The Exeter Award is a pre-requisite for registering for the Exeter Leaders Award. However, there is nothing to stop you attending Leaders Award activities in readiness – they will then show as completed in your Leaders Award profile when you register. See our FAQs for more information.

The components set out above are to be viewed as an indication of the criteria and level of commitment required to complete The Exeter Leaders Award and the University, Students' Guild and FXU reserve the right to change this structure in part or full at any point without prior warning.