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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


  • Problems writing essays and reports?
  • Lecturers say your English is bad?
  • Told your essays lack structure?
  • Problems reading effectively?

ELE study skills courses

Several courses are available through ELE to improve your study skills, e.g.:

  • ELE - Undergraduate SkillsUnderstanding plagiarism
  • Essay writing
  • Presentation skills
  • Time management
  • Team working
  • Exams and revision
  • Dissertations

To access these, use the Student Resources menu at the top of the ELE page and select Undergraduate Skills.


Writing dissertations - on-line guide

A superb guide to writing dissertations, written by Prof. Stephen Lea of Exeter's Psychology department.

It covers all aspects of writing, from organising material to create a good and logical flow, right down to how to write effective sentences.

It focuses on writing Psychology material, but it is excellent for all types of research-based writing.

A must!


Open University on-line study skills - highly recommended!

OpenLearnThe Open University offers a brilliant set of free on-line skills modules through its Open Learn resources.

All sorts of skills are covered, e.g. essay writing, presentations, studying, numeracy ...

Highly recommended!!

Study Skills Service

The University offers study skills services that can help with, for example:

  • Essay-writing
  • Managing dissertations
  • Giving presentations
  • Time management and prioritising
  • Critical reading and writing
  • Revision strategies and exam techniques
  • Citation, referencing and avoiding plagiarism
  • Notetaking

More information at: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/academic-skills-engagement-team/academic/

talk-to-tutorDo not suffer in silence!

At the very least:

  • talk to your personal tutor, and/or
  • talk to the FCH staff. No appointment needed - if the FCH office door is open, come in!