BA/BSc Flexible Combined Honours with Work Abroad

UCAS code Y008
Duration 4 Years
Typical Offer A*AA-AAB; IB: 38-34; BTEC D*DD-DDD
Discipline Flexible Combined Honours
  • Streatham (Exeter)
  • St Luke's (Exeter)


Flexible Combined Honours (FCH) gives you the opportunity to study otherwise unavailable or unusual subject combinations and to customise your degree programme, making it distinctive and different. This is usually done by choosing two subject areas for your first year. It is sometimes possible to take a third subject as a minor one, such as a foreign language – please ask about this before applying. You can also follow one of the readily available themed pathways such as Mediterranean Studies or Historical, Political and Sociological Studies for the whole or part of your study from your first year.

You can combine subjects in various proportions and the proportion can change each year, provided any core, compulsory modules are taken. You can also drop a first year subject and start a new one or follow a new themed pathway from the second year.

The following subject areas are available through FCH – you can combine any two unless otherwise stated:

 ◊ themed pathway – can form all or part of a programme

^ themed pathway forming the whole programme of study – is not combined with another subject
* cannot be combined with each other
** cannot be combined with each other
@ cannot be combined with each other

# available both as British Psychological Society accredited and as non-accredited pathways

All FCH students study the same modules as those taken by other students at the University, so you will be studying alongside others with the same interests. These degrees offer the widest possible access to Exeter’s range of subject disciplines.

Programme structure

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Each first year pathway usually has a combination of one or more core compulsory modules and optional modules which you choose from those available in that year.

In your second and final years you will have more choice of modules and you will be able to structure your degree to reflect your own preferences. During your final year you can also include an Independent Study (dissertation) module that can involve research.

All undergraduate degree programmes in the University are made up of a number of modules, each of which has a particular credit value, usually 15 or 30 credits. You take modules to the value of 120 credits in each year. So, for example, if you choose a FCH degree of two subjects, you could take 60 credits each year from each subject, and if three subjects are followed, the areas could be arranged as 45/45/30 credits. If you are following a themed pathway, the modules simply need to add up to a total of 120 credits each year.

The final year of your programme can also include an independent study or dissertation with individual supervision in a subject of your choice.

Entry requirements 2019

Typical offer


Required subjects

Dependent on subjects chosen. For details, see FCH website.

Completing your UCAS form

When completing your UCAS form for Y004, Y006, Y007 or Y008 you must indicate your proposed subjects under ‘Further details’ in the ‘choices’ section of the application using the abbreviations given in the table below. If you wish to study more than two subjects, please contact us before completing your application form.

AntH Ancient History Ital Italian
Angy Anthropology Japn Japanese
Arab Arabic Latn Latin
Arch Archaeology Lead Leadership
ArtH Art History Mang Management
BioC Biochemistry Math Mathematics
Biol Biological Sciences: Molecular & Cellular Biology Medi Mediterranean Studies
Chem Chemistry MENA Middle East and North African Studies
Chin Chinese Phil Philosophy
Class Classics/Classical Studies Poli Politics
CoSc Computing PPE Politics, Philosophy and Economics
Crim Criminology PBPS Psychology
- British Psychology Society Accredited pathways
Dram Drama PNON Psychology
- Non-accredited pathways
Econ Economics Russ Russian
Film Film Studies Soci Sociology
Fren French Span Spanish
Geog Geography SpSc Sport Science
Germ German Sust Sustainability (Global Futures) 
Grek Greek (ancient) TESO TESOL
Hpss Historical, Political and Sociological Studies Theo Theology
IntR International Relations Visu Visual Culture

For full details of how to complete the form for Y004, Y006, Y007 or Y008 please see our Flexible Combined Honours pages.

International Students

International students should check details of our English language requirements and may be interested in our Foundation programmes.

Typical Offer

Please read the important information about our Typical Offer.

For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.

Further information

Please read the important information about our Typical offer.

For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.

Learning and teaching

You’ll learn through lectures, tutorials and seminars, with a growing emphasis at each successive level on student-led learning. Science-based subjects will also include laboratory work and experiments. Our teaching emphasises the need to analyse, discuss and deploy ideas in a variety of settings and not simply on the ability to memorise. Modules are also designed to encourage you to think and write analytically about broad subjects. You’ll have on average between 10 and 15 teaching hours per week depending on the subjects you take and will need to allow for additional hours of private study. You should expect your total workload to average about 40 hours per week during term-time.

We’re actively engaged in introducing new methods of learning and teaching, including increasing use of interactive computer-based approaches to learning such as our virtual learning environment which stores details of all modules in an easily navigable website. Students can access detailed information about modules and learning outcomes and take part in discussion forums.

As well as attending lectures and writing essays and assignments, you’ll be expected to make presentations in seminars or tutorials. We encourage your presentation work, because it involves you actively in the teaching and learning process and develops important life skills such as good verbal and visual communication and effective interaction with other people.

We’re committed to enhancing and developing your key personal and transferable skills. You’ll develop a range of professional skills, for example, time management and team working. You’ll gain valuable critical, analytical and communication skills. Technical skills will include accurate note taking from presentations, research and IT skills and you’ll learn subject-specific skills.

You’re encouraged to come either individually or in groups to discuss aspects of the subject with the lecturer during fixed consultation times. This encourages the development of informal tutorials with the agenda set by students.

Research-inspired teaching

We believe that every student benefits from being part of a culture that is inspired by research and being taught by experts. You will discuss the very latest ideas in seminars and tutorials and your teachers will be familiar with the latest developments in their field and their teaching will be highly relevant to contemporary issues. Regular research seminars are given by staff and by visiting lecturers which will also bring you the latest issues on a wide range of research topics.


You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, but a few modules are assessed on the basis of exam only. In addition to exams, some modules require assessed coursework that can take the form of essays and projects or presentations, while the practical modules tend to be assessed by the preparation of written reports, portfolios of work, practical assignments, field work notebooks and take-away papers to allow time for research. You must pass your first year assessment in order to progress to the second year, but the results do not count towards your degree classification. For three-year programmes, the assessments in the second and third years contribute to your final degree classification. For four-year programmes the assessments in the second, third and fourth years all contribute to your final degree classification.


A Flexible Combined Honours (FCH) degree from the University of Exeter will provide you with a wide range of skills which will be useful in your future study or employment. The degree allows you to develop a particular interdisciplinary blend of knowledge and skills and to take responsibility for your own pattern of learning in a way that will be particularly attractive to employers. Once you graduate you’ll have access to a wide range of job opportunities that are frequently made more accessible because of the atypical subject combinations that you will have studied.

Many FCH students take part in the Exeter Award and the Exeter Leaders Award. These schemes encourage you to participate in employability related workshops, skills events, volunteering and employment which will contribute to your career decision-making skills and success in the employment market.

Exeter has an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters and our students and graduates compete very successfully in the employment market. Many employers target the University when recruiting new graduates.

For further information about our employability services please see our Careers pages.

Work abroad

The four-year ‘with Work Abroad’ programme allows you to spend your third year abroad working, either in Europe or beyond. It does not matter which subjects you are studying to be able to do this. You can apply directly for the four-year programme or transfer to this once you are here.

For further information visit the Flexible Combined Honours Study or Work Abroad page.

Contact us

Streatham and St Luke's Campuses, Exeter

Phone: +44 (0)1392 725270

Website: Visit the Exeter Flexible Combined Honours website