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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


Students outside DHSecond year study programmes are flexible, which is why the degree is called Flexible Combined Honours.

There is much choice in how you pursue your studies. You can, for example:

  • follow a prescribed route in each of your first year subject areas (use the subject links to the right to see what these routes consist of)
  • more freely select from available modules in your subject areas, subject to any pre-requisites
  • vary the balance of credits between the two subject areas compared to the first year (e.g. 90:30, 75:45) - this can be changed again in your final year
  • drop a first year subject and start a new one in your second year; after approval from the FCH Director, and note that up to only 60 more level 1 credits can be taken to allow the start of a new subject (to result in a maximum of 180 level 1 credits in your degree)
  • add a third subject area, and even vary the proportion of this in each of the second and final years, e.g. for vocation benefits, add a language (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
  • create a themed programme by taking related modules from several departments, e.g. a programme of Mediterranean Studies, with modules from Modern Languages, the Institute of Arab & Islamic Studies, Archaeology and Theology

In short, an exciting opportunity to study what interests you!

Talking through a study programmeAcademic guidance for your second (and final) years is available through individual discussions with the Director of FCH and the relevant subject co-ordinators during the summer term of the preceding year.

These discussions can be used to ensure that things are correct as regards you having any necessary pre-requisites for modules, timetabling, observing 'established' degree programmes, maintaining appropriate academic progression and coherence etc.

But thankfully there are few rules that must 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.

Programme Approval

Because of many factors needing to be considered when planning a programme, you need to be aware that your proposed study programme may need some adjustment before it can be approved by the FCH Director.

Approval is needed if you wish to take a module which has a lower level than the stage/year you will be in.

Degree Title

Your degree title will reflect the composition of the subjects, following the FCH degree title conventions.


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').