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Flexible Combined Honours

Flexible Combined Honours at Penryn Campus: New students

Welcome message from Professor Marion Gibson, Director of the FCH programme

Welcome to Flexible Combined Honours at the Penryn Campus of Exeter University! Penryn is a new campus near Falmouth in Cornwall, with state of the art facilities and a setting in a beautiful part of the Cornish coastal landscape. Congratulations on securing your place! I’m writing to welcome you very warmly to the FCH programme: we’re delighted to have you here.

You’ll begin your studies at Penryn in September and you’ll receive inductions from both FCH staff and staff in your individual subjects. Please do attend as many of these as you can, so that you get all the basic information you need about how FCH works and about the subjects you’ve chosen to combine through our programme. Also please take a look at both the FCH Penryn webpages and your subject webpages: these are an essential resource in helping you prepare to study.

During Freshers’ Week, we’ll introduce you to your fellow students, the director and team, and the administrators of the programme. You’ll also be meeting university support staff and advisors, and members of the subject teams who will be teaching you during your time here.

We look forward very much to seeing you in September.

Professor Marion Gibson
Director, FCH

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Director, FCH

Ahead of your arrival, please complete our online pre-arrival induction which is available via FutureLearn; your Exeter email will have a message with the link. The induction is full of important information and advice about your studies and life as a student here. It also contains activities and discussion boards so you can start to get to know other students even before you start your course.

We strongly recommend that you access this as soon as possible and make the most of this fantastic opportunity to learn more about us, your peers and your programme.

Freshers’ Week 2022: Monday 19 September - Sunday 25 September

During Fresher's Week you should attend the Academic Induction events and activities for your subject/s, as detailed below. If there is any reason why you may not be here for Fresher's Week, please contact the Penryn Hub, who support Flexible Combined Honours Penryn students, as soon as possible by emailing

Please check your academic timetable during Freshers’ Week, so that you know exactly where and when you need to attend your first classes and lectures! If you have any timetable-related problems or questions, please contact the Penryn Hub at

Please note that the induction timetables for Flexible Combined Honours and some subjects are not yet finalised and may be subject to some change - we recommend that you keep checking this webpage in the run-up to Fresher’s week. The information will also be available via the iExeter app in due course.

Please view the New Students information below for all your subjects since each will have its own Academic Induction information and timetable. 

Joining instructions

Some subjects will have reading lists, but not all. Where reading lists exist, these will either be available on the subjects’ new students’ websites or posted on ELE pages for individual modules before the start of term.

Choosing your modules using the Online Module Selection System

First you will need to register with the University and activate your University IT account. To find out how to do this use the links in the tabs below for the 'Before you arrive' section of the New Students’ website. Once you have activated your University IT account you will have access to iExeter, the student portal. You should find the Online Module Selection System by clicking on the 'Student Record' tab and then by following the instructions.

We will send you more information about online module selection before it opens, but please do feel free to contact if you have any queries.

Useful information

Modules are available at a range of levels via the Language Centre in:

  • French
  • German
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Spanish

We can help you get the language you study with us named on your degree title. This involves successfully completing a minimum of 60 credits in one language taken through the Language Centre. You could choose to start a new language from scratch or develop an existing one. For example, a Geography student who passes 30 credits at Spanish Beginners and a further 30 credits at Spanish Intermediate 1 could have their degree title amended to BA (Hons) Geography with proficiency in Spanish.

To find out more about language modules see our Language Centre page.