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The Exeter Award

Enhance your employability


  • 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


studentsTwo subjects

During your first year you usually study two subject areas. These are normally taken in equal proportion.

This means that of the 120 credits taken in your first year, normally 60 will be made up of modules in each of the two subjects. An exception to this is if you are studying Psychology through a British Psychology Accredited (BPS) route; this takes up more than 60 credits each year - see details.

Three subjects

A third, minor subject can be taken in the first year, provided that any compulsory modules in the two main subject areas create 'space' within the overall 120 credits and the timetable is viable.

Such minor pathways frequently include a language, especially if you intend spending a year abroad (see the rules for the number of languages that can be taken and started in a degree). Help with choosing the appropriate level of language for you to study is available from the Foreign Language Centre.

Such third subjects still form part of the total of 120 credits, and so one or both of the two main subject areas need to be reduced below 60 credits. Such reduction can usually be achieved if a main subject includes optional modules, and fewer optional ones can be taken.

After your first year

For your second and final years there is much more flexibility about the way subjects are taken and the general format of your study programme.

You can even drop one of your first-year subjects and start a new one, assuming there are spaces in the new area and you have any necessary pre-requisites; the approval of the FCH Director is also required.

There are just a few rules about credits and modules that have to be followed.

Number of credits each term

You should take 60 credits of study in the autumn term and 60 credits in the spring term, so that you have a balanced workload.

If need be, you can take up to 75 credits in one of the terms and 45 in the other, as the imbalance of workload is usually manageable.

You are not allowed to take more than 75 credits in any one term, as the workload will be too much. FCH and departments reserve the right to remove you from modules in the term for which you have more than 75 credits in order to reduce the number to a maximum of 75 credits, and correspondingly place you on modules in what was the lower term.


Note: All modules are offered subject to timetable.

Compulsory Modules (core modules)

Note: Compulsory modules, often referred to as core modules, must be passed. If you are unsuccessful in passing a core module at the first attempt at its assessments, a resit will normally be required. If you are still unsuccessful after a resit in a core module, changes in your studies for following years may be required by the FCH Board of Studies. Such changes can include: reducing your choice of options for following years in that subject area; being required to drop the subject area in which the core module occurs; altering your degree title to reflect the reduction in completed core (e.g. 'Psychology' could become called 'Psychological Studies').