Y004 3 years
Y006 4 years with Study Abroad
Y007 4 years with UK Work Experience
Streatham and St Luke's campuses, Exeter
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:
- Ancient History
- Art History
- Biological Sciences: molecular and cellular biology
- Chinese (minor)
- Classical Studies
- Computer Science
- Film Studies
- Global Futures - Sustainability◊
- Greek (Ancient)
- Historical, Political and Sociological Studies^
- International Relations**
- Japanese (minor)
- Mediterranean Studies◊
- Middle East and North African Studies
- Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE)
- Sport and Health Sciences
- Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (minor)
- Visual Culture
◊ 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
*** the study of Law as part of the FCH degree does not lead to professional accreditation. A one-year BA Law degree is available to gain qualifying Law Society status after completion of your three-year FCH degree
# 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 toExeter’s range of subject disciplines.
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 Independent Study (dissertation) 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.
Study or work abroad
Studying for your degree at Exeter offers you the exciting possibility of spending up to one year abroad studying or in a work placement. This is normal for FCH students studying a foreign language for half their degree, but can also be done by non-language students. Last year Exeter’s highly successful programme helped about 400 students study at one of our 180 partner universities. You could learn a new language and experience different cultures, become more self-confident and widen your circle of friends. You could get the chance to specialise in areas that are not available at Exeter, and when it comes to a career, your skills and knowledge of another country will prove invaluable to many employers. This of course applies equally to overseas students coming to study abroad at Exeter.
Students based at our campuses in Exeter may study for half a year at a partner institution in Europe, North America or Australia or follow a four-year ‘with Study Abroad’ programme. You may apply directly for the four-year programme or transfer from another programme once you are at Exeter. Full details of these schemes can be found on our Study Abroad page on the Flexible Combined Honours website.
The four-year ‘with UK Work experience’ degree programme allows you to spend your third year in a UK-based work placement. You can apply directly for the four-year programme or transfer to this once you are at Exeter. Alternatively, a work experience module, with the work being in the UK or abroad, can form part of your second or final year, to add to your employability. Full details can be found on the work experience website.