Choosing whether to go to university is a big decision and we recognise that applying to university is not as straightforward for everyone. Depending on your financial, personal or ethnic background, or what qualifications you may have undertaken, you may face additional challenges in both accessing Higher Education and throughout your studies.
We offer support in helping you decide if university is right for you, including a range of opportunities, live events and activities to get involved in, to help prepare you for your next steps. If you choose to study with us, we will also look at lots of different factors – alongside your exam results – to realise your true academic potential.
Is university for me?
Discover University is a collection of online activities and resources designed to support students in making informed decisions about their future and gain insight into life and study at the University of Exeter. Take part in subject specific sessions delivered by our academics, and digital activities on topics including choosing a course, writing a personal statement, and navigating the UCAS process.
Want to know more about what it's like to study at the University of Exeter? Speak to one of our current students now through our online chat and messaging system to find out. All of our online ambassadors are current students from our Exeter and Cornwall campuses, and are studying a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses. They are all available now to answer your questions, and will reply as quickly as they can.
Our online Open Days are designed to help you find out about studying at the University of Exeter and learn about the subjects we offer across our campuses in Devon and Cornwall. Chat live to our staff and students and explore a range of web and video resources.
Exeter Scholars is a free programme helping you to experience if university is right for you, have the opportunity to explore a subject of your choice and develop valuable skills to help you with your current studies and for university-level study in the future.
We offer various summer programmes for international students living overseas or in the UK and who are looking to join the University of Exeter. These include a short term study abroad experience or the opportunity to sample life as a student in different subjects.
Support for all
We have a diverse learning community and we welcome applications from students from all backgrounds, including student carers, students who have spent time in care, and those estranged from their family. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for academic, wellbeing, financial or peer support to help make your transition to university life as smooth as possible.
We welcome applications from mature students - that’s anyone over the age of 21 applying to university. We value what your life experience can bring to our learning environment, and we’ll consider your application holistically, taking your individual circumstances into account. We can help you identify what you need to be accepted onto your preferred course, and if you apply to us you’ll receive dedicated support before you arrive and after enrollment.
Making the decision to study at university is not so easy for everyone. We offer a range of support to help your transition to university run smoothly, whether it is about getting to grips with what studying will be like, making friends or navigating around campus.
We are proud to welcome over 6000 International students from over 130 countries to our campuses. Find out about entry requirements and how to apply as an International students, as well as the support we offer before and after you arrive.
Do I have the right qualifications?
Fair access to higher education is hugely important to us. We recognise that not everyone gets equal opportunity to show their academic potential whilst they are at school or college. When we review an application, we take into consideration the context in which applicants have achieved their academic qualifications, which may mean you are eligible for a contextual offer which is lower than our typical entry requirements.
Although the majority of our applicants will have A Levels, we welcome a range of alternative qualifications, so this does not need to become a barrier to you applying to university. These include Access courses, Welsh Bacc, Scottish Highers, EPQ, Core Maths and BTECs.