Applying and transferring to FCH

You can take a Flexible Combined Honours (FCH) degree as:

  • first year entry, with A-Levels, IB, Access course, or equivalent qualifications, through UCAS
  • transfer to FCH from another Exeter degree programme, after your first year (see below)
  • direct entry second year, is not usually possible, but may be allowed under certain circumstances (see below)

Transfer to FCH from another Exeter degree programme

If you want to transfer to FCH after Exeter has made you an offer, contact the University's Admissions Office, telling them which FCH subject combination you would like. Admissions will assess your request and respond accordingly. Be aware that a transfer may not be possible at this stage - e.g. all FCH places may already be full.

Flexible Combined Honours (FCH) offers a unique and appealing degree structure as it lets you study a range of subjects, related or diverse, in a very flexible manner. It allows you to develop a particular blend of knowledge and skills in line with your own subject interests and career objectives.

If you want to transfer to FCH at any point during your first year, even as early as during Freshers' Week, you will need to request this through the University's Admissions Office. They will check, for example, the appropriateness of your academic qualifications and their grades for your newly chosen subject(s) etc.

Be aware that a transfer may not be possible, for a variety of reasons.

FCH transfers need to have been completed by very near the beginning of the academic year, otherwise too much teaching will have been missed in a new subject area; and module changes cannot take place after the second week of either the first or second term.

Transfers between campuses are not possible.

As your interests develop during your first year you may find that your existing degree programme is not the right fit. In some cases, FCH may provide a way of following your interests and ambitions by changing programme.

Please note that you can take up to 30 credits of another subject outside your existing degree programme WITHOUT changing programme to FCH (this is known as “modularity”). But if you wish to take more credits in another subject or subjects, and these subjects have space to take you, you may wish to explore the possibility of transfer to FCH.

Most students apply to transfer into FCH during their first year to commence FCH from their second year. Contact us at any point during your first year to talk through possibilities. These discussions must happen before the end of your first academic year. Transfers into second-year FCH need to have been completed by very near the beginning of the second academic year, otherwise too much teaching will have been missed in a new subject area (and module changes - and thus programme changes - cannot take place after the second week of either the first or second term). So if you wish to discuss transfer, think ahead and contact us before the end of May in your first year.

Transfer requests cannot be processed during the summer vacation.

Transfers cannot be done by email.

Transfers between campuses are not possible.

Transfers for final year students are not possible, unless there are exceptional mitigating circumstances.

 Transfer to FCH from another university

Before you read further, note that we do not usually take transfers from students currently studying for a degree at another university unless, for example, there are mitigating circumstances which require residence to be near Exeter.

You may be able to start a Flexible Combined Honours (FCH) degree as a second year student if you have appropriate prior qualifications or learning. This means your FCH degree takes two, rather than the usual three years.

There are many possibilities for appropriate qualifications:

  • you have completed a number of relevant courses with the Open University
  • you have completed a relevant university certificate consisting of 120 level 1 credits
  • you have appropriate professional qualifications
  • you already have a university degree

Each is considered on a case-by-case basis.

General information about prior qualifications and their suitability for admission to the University is available from our Admissions team.