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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


Work experienceAs part of the Work Experience module's assessment you give a short presentation to the others on the module.


  • 15 and 30 credits - these can be given at any appropriate points during the module once the work experience has been completed, but most are usually given early in the summer term
  • 120 credits - during the autumn term in the year following the work placement, usually in the fourth week of that term


  • 15 and 30 credits - 15 minutes
  • 120 credits - 20 minutes

plus discussion, questions etc.


  • Brief introduction about the company/firm/division - e.g. where is it? what does it do?
  • Why did you choose to do your work placement at that company/firm/division?
  • Overview of what you did.
  • Critical comments about your role and how you performed in it. These comments can be included in the overview of what you did, or placed after.
  • To help you give the exercise some focus, imagine it is part of a job interview process. The group listening is made up of potential colleagues of the employer and you are asked the question: "Tell us about your work experience." What would inform the listeners, what should they be told to show that you have thought about your work experience and from that make a good employee for them? e.g.:
    • what problems did you encounter and how did you address these?
    • how did you cope with time management issues
    • handling deadlines
    • working with colleagues
    • responsibilities given
    • how you engaged with customers
    • did you produce anything tangible, e.g. company reports, data, presentations.
  • Give evidence in your presentation of your reflection on your own experience and learning on the work placement.
  • Demonstrate how you have analysed your learning and how you have used this towards your personal development.
  • Show evidence of how the skills you have learned are transferable, how you used them in different contexts and how you intend to do so in future.
  • Demonstrate the relevance of your research, learning and experience to your degree studies.
  • Include pictures/illustrations.

Delivery method

Use PowerPoint in your presentation.

Presentations work best if they contain both text and pictures.


Presentations will be video recorded.

The external examiner will have access to the video.

You can have a copy of the video recording - just ask the module tutor.

There will be an opportunity for feedback on the recorded version of your presentation.


All students and staff in the audience will each complete a feedback sheet.

You will be given a copy of all the completed sheets soon after the presentation.

You can talk through the feedback sheets with the module tutor.

The module tutor will give you an indicative mark for the presentation soon after the presentation.