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FCH

  • combine subjects not otherwise possible at Exeter
  • cross-subject degrees to suit your interests and career ambitions
  • leads to a named degree title of the subjects you study
  • study two subjects, or sometimes three
  • create your own themed pathway
  • vary the proportion of the subjects each year
  • add vocational elements to your studies
  • opportunities for study and work abroad

 

The actual titles

GraduationThe title of a Flexible Combined Honours degree reflects the areas studied, e.g.

  • BA (Hons) in International Relations and Law
  • BSc (Hons) in Biosciences and Psychology
  • BA (Hons) in Archaeology and Mathematics
  • BSc (Hons) in Biosciences with Philosophy and Proficiency in French
  • BA (Hons) in Mediterranean Studies
  • BA (Hons) in Military History

The phrase Flexible Combined Honours is not mentioned in the degree title - it is purely an 'administrative' term used within the university.

 

What counts towards the title?

The degree title is normally determined from the subjects studied just in the second and final years of study. Suitable periods abroad or in industrial placement are also reflected in the title (see below).

First year studies do not normally count towards the degree title. They may, however, sometimes influence the degree title, e.g. if a large amount of a single subject was taken in year one, and this subject was continued in further years, it could be appropriate for this to affect the relative order of named subjects. The study of a language in the first year and one or more subsequent years, to result in at least 60 credits of a language within the degree, can also be refected in the degree title in an appropriate way (see below).

 

Degree awardingHow titles are derived - a) Two-subject Degrees

Level Requirements for '... and ...' or '... with ...'

A minimum of 30 credits of Level 6 (formerly known as level 3) must be studied in both subjects of two-subject FCH degrees for an '... and ...' degree title to be used.

For FCH two-subject programmes that lack 30 credits of Level 6 (3) in one of the subjects, '... with ...' is used between the two subjects, with the 'Level 6 subject' being stated before the 'with' subject.

Credit Requirements for '... and ...' or '... with ...'

'... and ...'

The second and final years comprise 240 credits in total (270 if with a year study abroad).

Subjects studied in equal or near-equal proportion in the second and final years, i.e. between the ratios of 120:120 and 135:105 credits (appropriately adjusted for year-abroad students), are separated by 'and', e.g.

  • BA (Hons) French and Theology

If the subjects are 120:120, the two subjects are usually placed in alphabetical order, e.g.

  • BA (Hons) in Economics and Geography

If the two subjects are 135:105, they are placed with the larger one first, irrespective of alphabetical ordering, e.g.

  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics (135) and Archaeology (105)
    (numbers are for illustrative purposes only)

'... with ...'

Subjects studied in unequal proportion, i.e. one subject is more than 135 credits, are placed with the larger subject first and separated by 'with', e.g.

  • BA (Hons) in History with BioSciences

 

How titles are derived - b) Degrees with more than two-subjects or disciplines

For degrees containing three or more aspects that require naming, the regulations are similar to those for two-subject degrees, though some flexibility is likely to be required as such multiple-discipline degree programmes often have a complex composition and variability across the student body. Consequently the precise codification of regulations for more than two disciplines is difficult. But general regulations are:

  • If all subjects have an element of Level 6 (3), and have been studied in near-equal amount of credits, the subjects are separated by commas and a final 'and', e.g.:
    • BA (Hons) in A, B and C
  • If one of the subjects lacks Level 6 (3), it will be placed at the end of the sequence of subject names and preceded by ‘with’, e.g.:
    • BA (Hons) in A and B with C
  • If more than one subject lacks Level 6 (3) there will be one ‘with’ at the beginning of these (and thus applies to all that follows). This will avoid the clumsy situation of titles having both ‘with’ and ‘and with’, e.g.:
    • BA (Hons) in A with B and C
  • Some multi-subject degrees, and, for example, those that have ‘with study abroad’ or ‘with industrial placement’ etc., may require commas and a final ‘and’ (but again observing the principle of avoiding multiple occurrences of ‘with’), e.g.:
    • BA (Hons) in A with B, C and D

 

Use of '... Studies' in degree titles

Some subjects require core elements to be studied or a certain level to be reached, and if they are not, then that subject may include the word 'studies' to indicate it is a reduced form of the subject, e.g.

  • BSc (Hons) in Mathematics and Political Studies
  • BA (Hons) in English with Management Studies

A notable exception to this practice of indicating a level of 'reduction' is Classical Studies. This terminology is the very long-standing, accepted correct term for the study of the classical ancient world where either Latin or Greek have been studied.

 

Minor subjects

A subject can only be mentioned in a degree title if it is studied for at a total of at least 60 credits across the second and final years (e.g. 30 credits in each year or 60 credits in one year). The exception is languages for which 60 credits across any years causes them to be mentioned in the title (see below for language degree title rules). Such 60 credit subjects are placed at the end of a degree title after the word 'with', e.g.

  • BA (Hons) in History and Geography with Archaeology

 

BA or BSc

BSc is used for degree titles only when a science forms at least half of the credits over the second and final years; the first year modules can be taken into consideration if the presence of science modules over years two and three is just under half. Sciences include: Biosciences, Chemistry, Mathematics, Psychology, Sport Science. Sciences do not include Economics.

Otherwise BA is used.

 

Degree titles with a pathway in a Modern Foreign Language

The way a language can be mentioned in your degree title varies according to how the language has been taken (French is used as an example below):

  • "... with French" - minimum of 60 credits, comprising:
    • 30 credits of language modules at level 2 and
    • 30 credits of language at level 3, or relevant option modules at level 2 or higher
    with the language modules taken within the appropriate Modern Language department or Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies (IAIS)
  • "... with proficiency in French" - 60 credits of language modules over levels 1 and 2, with the language modules taken within the appropriate Modern Language department or Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies (IAIS)
  • "... with French Studies" - minimum of 60 credits of relevant option modules at level 2 or higher, which do not include language modules
  • "... with proficiency in French" - minimum of 60 credits of language modules, taken through the Foreign Language Centre.
  • "... with advanced proficiency in French" - 60 credits of Advanced level language, i.e. level 3 (or 6 in the new numbering), in that language, taken through the Foreign Language Centre.
Degrees which include Study Abroad

If 60 or more credits of the degree are spent studying abroad, then the phrase "with Study Abroad" is placed at the end of the degree title.

It does not matter in which academic year the study abroad occurs.

If the study abroad credits are failed, then "with Study Abroad" does not appear in the degree title.

 

Degrees which include Work Abroad

If 60 or more credits of the degree are spent working abroad, then the phrase "with Industrial Experience Abroad" is placed at the end of the degree title. But if the work abroad is teaching English, e.g. through the British Council on a Modern Languages study-abroad module, then the phrase "with Work Abroad" is used.

It does not matter in which academic year the work abroad occurs.

If the study abroad credits are failed, then "with Industrial Experience Abroad" or "with Work Abroad" (as appropriate) do not appear in the degree title.

 

Degrees which include UK-based Work Experience

If 60 or more credits of the degree are spent in a UK-based work placement, then the phrase "with Industrial Experience" is placed at the end of the degree title.

It does not matter in which year the work occurs.

If the industrial experience credits are failed, then "with Industrial Experience" does not appear in the degree title.

 

Who decides on the title?

During the Spring term of your final year, the FCH Director proposes a title to you. If you are unhappy with the proposal you can talk through desired changes and if these are academically appropriate and acceptable to the Director, such changes can be made. Students cannot, however, insist on changes or on a specific title.

Once the title is agreed between you and the Director, the appropriate teaching departments are consulted. The departments have the right to change titles.

The departmentally approved titles are presented to the FCH Board of Studies for comment, further revision if required, and approval.

The FCH Board of Examiners may alter degree titles where significant modules have been failed.

 

Graduation Ceremonies

Graduation ceremonies are allotted according to the first-named subject of the FCH degree title. For example, a FCH BA Geography and History student would graduate in the Geography ceremony.

Within the ceremony, FCH students are simply placed alphabetically by title within the body of students graduating. For example, a FCH BA French and Economics student is likely to graduate after BA French and Chinese, but before BA French and Italian.