Undergraduate Study

BA Liberal Arts - 2021 entry

Please note: The below is for 2021 entries. Click here for 2020 entries.
UCAS code LA99
Duration 3 years
Entry year 2021
Contact

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Phone: 0300 555 6060 (UK callers)
+44 (0)1392 723044 (EU/International callers)

Entry requirements

A levels: AAA
IB: 36
BTEC: DDD

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Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Liberal Arts

Overview

  • An internationally recognised, interdisciplinary approach to undergraduate study not limited by traditional discipline boundaries
  • Your studies will bring together the humanities, social sciences, business and other associated subjects, allowing you to select a field of specialisation (your Major), complemented by other subjects, including an ancient or modern language
  • Opportunity to study alongside the wider university population in subject lectures and seminars and with the support of like-minded Liberal Arts students and staff
  • Benefit from a global perspective, addressing contemporary worldwide issues, and will develop your intellectual capabilities and critical skills
  • Participate in mini conferences, research seminars and societies run by departments and the Students’ Guild around your subject(s) of interest and the student-run Liberal Arts Society

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Choose from a wide range of subjects across the university to major in

Flexible, interdisciplinary approach to learning

Global model, developing skills valued by international employers

Work with external organisations to tackle a real-world issue through the core Think Tank module

As a Liberal Arts study I am living the best of both worlds. I have access to most subjects from the Humanities college, the Business School as well as some social sciences.

This wide range of subjects allows me to not only be able to build a degree tailored specifically to my interest, but I have never once been bored in any module I have taken! I enjoy the freedom of choice in the subjects that are offered, the interest and close attention that the members of the Liberal Arts faculty have for any of my questions or concerns, and the knowledge I have gained from switching subjects so often. In addition to this, because I am taught by lectures from different faculties, I have had the luck to experience many different ways of teaching.

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Studying BA Liberal Arts majoring in History

Entry requirements

Qualification Required grades Required subjects
A-Level AAA Dependent on subjects chosen
IB 36/666 Dependent on subjects chosen
BTEC DDD Dependent on subjects chosen
GCSE C or 4 English Language
Contextual Offer

A-Level: BBB
IB: 30
BTEC: DDM

Specific requirements must still be achieved, therefore where a grade A is required, offers will be ABC or ACC. Find out more about contextual offers.

International equivalences

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NB General Studies is not included in any offer.

Subject requirements

Students selecting the following subjects as their Major need to meet specific entry requirements:

  • Creative Writing - A Level grade A/IB HL6 in English Literature or English Literature & Language
  • Economics - GCSE Mathematics grade A/7, or AS/A-Level Maths equivalent. GCSE English Language Grade B/6. No requirement for Economics to have been studied previously
  • English - A Level grade A/IB HL6 in English Literature or English Literature & Language
  • Geography - A Level grade B in a Humanities or Social Sciences subject
  • Modern Languages - A-level Grade B (or equivalent) required in the language to be studied. Languages available are French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish.

Completing your UCAS form

When completing your UCAS form you must indicate your proposed Major subject under ‘further details’ in the ‘choices’ section of the application. This helps us allocate space on your chosen subject.

Anthropology Ant
Arab and Islamic Studies/Middle Eastern Studies AIS
Archaeology Arc
Art History and Visual Culture AHV
Classics and Ancient History CAH
Creative Writing (NEW) CreWr
Criminology Crim
Drama Dram
Digital Humanities (NEW) Digital Hum
Economics Eco
English Eng
Film & Television Studies FSt
Geography (NEW) Gg
History His
International Relations InR 
Marketing/Management MaM 
Modern Languages MoL
Philosophy Phi 
Politics Pol 
Sociology Soc 
Theology and Religion TaR 

 

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Course content

The Liberal Arts degree programme is made up of compulsory (core) and optional modules, which are worth 15 or 30 credits each. Full-time undergraduate students need to complete modules worth a total of 120 credits each year. Core modules in Year 1 and 2 provide a strong foundation to equip you with a range of keys intellectual tools you can use throughout your degree and your future career. They create a backbone to your studies and are designed to instil a holistic approach to learning.

Your second year of study will enable you to consolidate your liberal arts foundations by furthering your critical tools and developing your intellectual abilities.

Your final year enables you to focus on your chosen Major and develop your academic specialism.

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.

Find out more about study abroad or employment experience under Course variants.

With Study Abroad

With Employment Experience

With Employment Experience Abroad

Major subjects offered

There are a broad scope of subjects that are considered to fall within the Liberal Arts, but these are generally recognised to be topics within the humanities, as well as social sciences.

The Business School

  • Economics
  • Marketing and Management

Humanities

  • Archaeology
  • Art History & Visual Culture
  • Classics and Ancient History
  • Communications
  • Creative Writing (NEW)
  • Digital Humanities (NEW)
  • Drama
  • English
  • Film & Television Studies
  • History
  • Modern Languages
  • Theology and Religion

Life and Environmental Science

  • Geography (NEW)

Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Arab and Islamic Studies/Middle Eastern Studies
  • Criminology
  • International Relations
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Sociology

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Course variants

UCAS code: LA97

Our four-year ‘with Study Abroad’ degree, offers you the possibility of spending your third year abroad, studying with one of our many partner universities.

Why Study Abroad?

Living and studying in a different country is an exciting experience that broadens your academic and cultural horizons, as well as giving you the opportunity to widen your circle of friends. Students who have studied abroad demonstrate initiative, independence, motivation and, depending on where they stay, may also have gained a working knowledge of another language – all key qualities that employers are looking for in today’s competitive employment environment.

Where can I Study Abroad?

We have partnership arrangements with many prestigious institutions across the globe. Exactly where you can apply to study will depend on the subjects you are studying at Exeter. For a full list please visit the Study Abroad website.

Does it count towards my degree?

Credit for academic work during your year abroad is arranged by agreement between the University of Exeter and the host institution. These marks are then translated back into your degree at Exeter. If you are Studying Abroad for a semester or full year, your time abroad will count toward your final degree. Please refer to your College Study Abroad co-ordinator for further details.

How does it affect my tuition fee and funding?

For the year that you spend studying abroad you will pay a significantly reduced tuition fee to Exeter, but nothing to your host university – for more information visit our fees pages. If you were previously eligible, you will continue to receive a maintenance loan whilst on your Study Abroad year.

UCAS code: LA94

Our four-year ‘with Employment Experience’ degree, offers you the possibility of spending your third year carrying out a graduate-level work placement or placements within the UK as part of your degree.

Why choose to include Employment Experience?

Undertaking graduate-level work during your degree unlocks a world of experience that allows you to develop essential employability and interpersonal skills that relate to your degree and future career. A work placement will dramatically boost your confidence, enhance your CV and develop graduate level skills and competencies that employers are looking for.

Where will I do my work placement?

The sector you choose to work within is very much your choice as you will be responsible for finding and organising your placement. We will provide plenty of guidance and support to help you find a placement, including a three-day employability workshop programme that will prepare you to research and apply for placements. Ultimately, the university will give final approval to your placement to make sure you have a valuable experience.

How does it affect my tuition fees and funding?

For your ‘Year In Industry’ you will pay a significantly reduced tuition fee to Exeter – for more information visit our fees pages. If you were previously eligible, you will continue to receive a maintenance loan whilst on your year of work placement/s.

Is the work placement paid?

You will be paid at least the National Minimum Wage and if aged over 25 you would receive the National Living Wage.

UCAS code: LA95

Our four-year ‘with Employment Experience Abroad’ degree, offers you the possibility of spending your third year abroad, carrying out a graduate-level work placement or placements as part of your degree.

Why choose to include Employment Experience Abroad?

Spending up to a year living and working in a different country is an exciting experience that broadens your academic and cultural horizons, as well as giving you the opportunity to widen your circle of friends. By carrying out a graduate-level work placement or placements abroad you can demonstrate to employers your adaptability, cultural awareness, independence and resourcefulness and, depending on where you stay, may also have gained a working knowledge of another language.

Where will I do my work placement?

The sector and country you choose to work within is very much your choice as you will be responsible for finding and organising your placement. We will provide plenty of guidance and support to help you find a placement, including a three-day employability workshop programme that will prepare you to research and apply for placements. Ultimately, the university will give final approval to your placement to make sure you have a valuable experience.

How does it affect my tuition fee?

For your ‘Year In Industry’ you will pay a significantly reduced tuition fee to Exeter – for more information visit our fees pages. If you were previously eligible, you will continue to receive a maintenance loan whilst on your year of work placement/s.

Is the placement paid?

You will be paid in accordance with the rules of the country you work in and there may be visa restrictions or requirements which you need to consider when applying.

Fees

Tuition fees for 2021 entry

UK and EU students: £9,250 per year
International students: £18,500 per year

Please note that the fees for students starting in 2021 have yet to be set. The fees provided above are the fees for students starting in 2020 and are for guidance only. We will post the fees for 2021 entry shortly.

Find out more about tuition fees and funding

Learning and teaching

How will I learn?

The nature of learning at university, especially in the Humanities and Social Sciences, involves a lot of self-directed study and research. As well as lectures, seminars and tutorials, led by internationally respected academics at the forefront of research, you will be encouraged to take the initiative by organising study groups, taking advantage of online and traditional learning resources, and managing your own time and workload. In core modules you will learn through analysis, questioning, discussion and debate, practical work, problem-solving, research projects and teamwork.

Team teaching

Given the diverse and interdisciplinary nature of the Liberal Arts programme, and to ensure you benefit from the exciting breadth and depth of expertise across the institution, we will also use team-teaching so that you can get the most out of Exeter’s collective expertise. This means that while modules will be convened and led by specialist academics, experts in other disciplines will deliver many lectures, seminars and workshops.

Innovative learning

We are actively engaged in introducing new methods of learning and teaching, including the increasing use of interactive computer-based approaches to learning through our virtual learning environment, where you can access detailed information about the programme, the modules and interact with your peers and lecturers through activities such as discussion forums.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a variety of methods, which will vary greatly depending on your academic choices. These could include coursework, exams, written reports or seminar presentations. 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. The assessments in the second year, year abroad or year of employment experience (if applicable) and final year will contribute to your final degree classification.

Where will I study?

All students will be able to use our Foreign Langue Centre facilities and our Digital Humanities Lab.

The £1.2 million Digital Humanities Lab allows you to use cutting edge equipment to find out more about our cultural heritage and creative past and share your discoveries with your peers. In the space, you will have the opportunity to curate digital exhibitions, carry out 2D and 3D digitisation, create professional quality video/audio recordings, and participate in exciting research projects that utilise data in innovative new ways.

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Your future

Employer-valued skills this course develops

Develop critical skills, experience, innovative attitudes and cultural intelligence valued by global employers. The Think-Tank module, taken in your second year, gives you direct experience working with employers and external organisations, researching real-life problems. Working in small groups or ‘think tanks’ you will explore a specific social, political or economic issue in the contemporary world. Enhance your analytical abilities by scrutinising academic research and your problem-solving skills by using this knowledge to help solve the challenge. Working alongside your contemporaries you’ll need to utilise good communication and will deploy oratory skills in the culminating presentation.

Employer visits

We have a dedicated, award-winning Careers Service, with offices at our Streatham Campus, ensuring you have access to careers advisors, mentors and the tools you need to succeed in finding employment in your chosen field on graduation. We offer the Exeter Award and the Exeter Leaders Award which include employability-related workshops, skills events, volunteering and employment which will contribute to your career decision-making skills and success in the employment market. Our graduates compete very successfully in the employment market, with many employers targeting the University when recruiting new graduates. For further information please visit our Careers Service.

Career paths

Recent Graduates now working as*:

  • Cultural Mapping Coordinator
  • Digital Content Producer
  • PR Account Executive
  • International Summits Executive
  • Researcher
  • Social Policy and Press Officer

Recent Graduates now working for*:

  • Ministry of Justice
  • Teach First
  • Explore Learning
  • Lush Cosmetics
  • Hotelplan
  • University of Exeter

* This information has been taken from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Surveys 14/15, 15/16, and 16/17. Please note that, due to data protection, the job titles and organisations are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.

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