Programme Specification for the 2016/7 academic year

BA (Hons) Philosophy and Modern Languages

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBA (Hons) Philosophy and Modern Languages Programme codeUFA4HPSSML34
Study mode(s) Academic year2016/7
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
Programme start date


NQF Level6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

This programme will give you a thorough grounding in the main themes and methods of two progressive disciplines, Philosophy and Modern Languages. This Combined Honours degree enables you to divide your time equally between these related subject areas. While at the University of Exeter, you will study half of your modules from the BA Modern Languages programme and the other half from Philosophy.


While studying Philosophy you will discuss and explore long-standing questions on the nature of many topics: knowledge, science, reality, ethics, art and beauty, the mind-body relationship, the meaning of life and more. Studying a modern language will enable you to develop strong skills in spoken and written language, and analytical thought, and gain a deeper understanding of another culture and people.


The Modern Languages side of the programme offers choice between the study of one of seven major languages (Chinese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish), taught by experienced language specialists including native speakers and academic staff at the cutting edge of research in their particular discipline. Progression through the programme will combine the acquisition of language with the study of the literature, history, film and linguistics of the language disciplines as well as advanced translation practice. You will develop a high level of proficiency in reading, writing, understanding and speaking your selected language, providing you with valued skills for future careers. A carefully arranged choice of modules enables you to focus more towards language skills or to learn about the society in which a particular language is spoken. These cultural modules cover topics as broad as history, politics, philosophy, literature and cinema; they complement the language study within the programme and further ground your understanding of the language of your choice.


As a whole, BA Philosophy & Modern Languages offers you a coherent programme of study, balancing core elements with a choice of specialist topics to suit your individual aspirations and requirements.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

This programme aims to develop your competence in the subject-specific and research skills required in both Philosophy and Modern Languages, through extended engagement with your chosen languages and through relevant methodological, critical and theoretical contexts. As you progress through the programme, you will acquire a thorough grounding in the core principles of Philosophy and Modern Languages through study which engages you imaginatively in the process of understanding and analyzing language, culture and Philosophy. In Modern Languages modules, you will train towards a high level of proficiency in reading, speaking, writing and listening, with the aim of enabling you to communicate readily in personal and professional arenas. Philosophy and Modern Languages offer detailed subject knowledge, broad coverage and a wide range of choice.

You will also acquire advanced competence in core academic, personal and key skills, providing a basis for career progression in the academic and professional worlds. You will be exposed to a variety of teaching and assessment methods within appropriate learning environments, supported by feedback and monitoring of your progress. You will also be able to develop your independent study skills through individual research.

The programme provides an intellectually stimulating, satisfying experience of learning and studying, and forms a sound basis for further study in these or in related disciplines. It aims to develop a range of subject-specific, academic and transferable skills, including high order conceptual literacy and communication skills of value in graduate employment. Philosophy and Modern Languages encourage you to become a global citizen, a questioning member of society, and provides thorough training for further study or a specialist career. You may utilise the skills you develop in a range of sectors, including Translation, Museums, Consultancy, Market Research, the Civil Service, Education, Teaching, New Media Industries, Journalism and Publishing, Research, Charities, Information Science, Advertising and Public Relations.

4. Programme Structure

The BA Philosopy and Modern Languages programme is a four year full time programme when studied at National Qualification Framework level 6 (as confirmed against the FHEQ) which is divided into ‘stages’. Each Stage is normally equivalent to an academic year. You will be allocated to the Streatham Campus of the University of Exeter for the duration of your studies.


Your programme is divided into units of study called ‘modules’ which are assigned a number of ‘credits’. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with 1 credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work. You will get on average six to eight contact hours per week with tutors; you are also expected to invest a considerable amount of time in independent study outside of these teaching hours.


The programme is normally studied in four stages, one for each year of study; the third year is spent abroad in the language of your studies. Exceptionally it is possible to transfer onto an alternative 3 stage programme should you be unable to spend a year abroad; this is subject to the agreement of the relevant Director of Education. Both the 4- and 3- stage versions of the programme are identical at Stages 1,and 2 and at the final level of study (Stage 3 in the 3-year programme, Stage 4 in the 4-Year Programme), with a compulsory 30-credit core language module at Stages 1, 2 and 3 or 4.


At Stages 1, 2 and 4 you will take modules which at each Stage amount to 120 credits in total. The availability of all modules as options during these stages is subject to timetable and staffing constraints, and to permission from the relevant Director of Education. At Stage 3, you will spend a year abroad in one of the following ways: (a) on an Erasmus/Socrates exchange or other approved programme of study; (b) as an Assistant in a school under the scheme arranged by the British Council; (c) in approved paid or voluntary employment. The year is spent in the country where the language of study is spoken. Exceptionally, other arrangements may be approved by the relevant Director of Education. On the year abroad all students are required either to take a core module which tests language acquisition, intercultural competence and develops employability skills and environmental awareness, or, if you study at a University on an Erasmus exchange, you will be assessed on the basis of marks obtained at the host university and an oral exam held on your return to the University of Exeter.

In each stage excepting the year abroad your study will be split equally between the two sides of the degree programme, with 60 credits taken from Philosophy and 60 credits from  Modern Languages.

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme. Details of the modules currently offered may be obtained from the College web site

You may take option modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module. Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the College web site.

For Philosophy:

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme. Details of the modules currently offered may be obtained from the College web site:

You may take Option Modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module. Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the College web site:


For Modern Languages:

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme. Details of the modules currently offered may be obtained from the College web site:

You may take Option Modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module. Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the College web site:

You may take elective modules up to 30 credits outside the programme as along as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have already taken the module in question or an equivalent module. The College of Humanities, however, takes the view that Combined Honours students would be incapable of reaching a satisfactory standard in the chosen language if they took fewer than 60 credits per year in it. Accordingly students may not exercise the modularity option in Modern languages. However, it would be possible for them, in certain cases, to exercise the right from the Philosophy side of their programme alone.

Stage 1:  60 credits of Philosophy; 60 credits of Modern Languages

Stage 2:  60 credits of Philosophy; 60 credits of Modern Languages

Stage 3: Spent abroad

Please note that for China and Russia more particular programmes are in place.

Stage 4: 60 credits of Philosophy; 60 credits of Modern Languages

*Students must take a dissertation in either Philosophy or Modern Languages but not in both


Stage 1

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
MLF1001 French Language or30No
MLG1001 German Language Written and Oral or30No
MLG1052 German Language for Beginners or30No
MLI1001 Italian Language or30No
MLI1052 Italian Language for Beginners or30No
MLM1052 Beginners Chinese or30No
MLP1052 Portuguese Language or30No
MLR1001 Contemporary Russian Written and Oral or30No
MLR1030 Russian Language for Beginners or30No
MLS1001 Spanish Language or30No
MLS1056 Spanish Language for Beginners 30No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
MLF1014 Love and Death in French Culture 15No
MLF1015 War and Conflict in French Literature 15No
MLF1103 The French Language, Present and Past 15No
MLF1105 Reason and Existence: An Introduction to French Thought 15No
MLF1119 French Cinema from the New Wave to the Present Day 15No
MLF1121 French Visual History 15No
MLG1014 A Nation Remembers: Issues in German Cultural Memory 15No
MLG1016 War, Passion and Possibly Love: Approaches to Genre in German Literature 15No
MLG1017 Turning Points in German History 1200 - 2000 15No
MLG1018 Nature and the City in German Literature, Visual Arts and Film 15No
MLI1055 Introduction to Italian Linguistics 15No
MLI1056 Italian Cinema: an introduction 15No
MLI1121 A Thousand Faces: Cultures and History in 19th-Century Italy 15No
MLM1011 Key Words: Modern Chinese Literature and Politics in Context 15No
MLM1012 Modern China, A Brief History: 18th to 20th Century 15No
MLP1002 Introduction to the Lusophone World 15No
MLR1005 Chekhov's Major Plays 15No
MLR1023 Russia Empire and Identity 15No
MLS1016 Gender Perspectives 15No
MLS1021 The Generation of 1898: Imagining Spain 15No
MLS1022 The Outsider in Hispanic Texts 15No
MLS1026 The Making of Modern Latin America: History, Culture and Society 15No
MLS1027 Spanish History and Culture: Crisis and Change 15No
MLS1064 An Introduction to the Hispanic World: Texts in Context 15No
Total Credits for Stage 1

Stage 2

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
MLF2001 French Language, Written and Oral OR30No
MLG2001 German Language Written and Oral OR30No
MLG2052 Intermediate German OR30No
MLI2001 Italian Language (ex-advanced) OR30No
MLI2051 Italian Language (ex-beginners) OR30No
MLM2052 Intermediate Chinese (One) OR30No
MLP2052 Intermediate Portuguese OR30No
MLR2001 Contemporary Russian Written and Oral I OR30No
MLR2030 Intermediate Russian OR30No
MLS2001 Spanish Language OR30No
MLS2156 Spanish Language (post-beginners) 30No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
MLF2003 Freedom and French Realism 15No
MLF2004 Dread and Delight: Portraying Passions in Early Modern French Literature 15No
MLF2012 Evolution of the French Language 15No
MLF2029 Varieties of French 15No
MLF2048 Humour in Medieval and Early Modern France 15No
MLF2065 Contemporary French Film: Issues and Debates 15No
MLF2066 Intimate Spaces of the French Enlightenment 15No
MLF2068 Telling Stories: Narrative Strategies in 19th- and 20th-century Fiction in French 15No
MLF2069 East is East? Cross-Cultural Encounters in Medieval French Literature 15No
MLG2018 Berlin - Culture, History and Politics since 1933 15No
MLG2034 Crime and Madness in German Prose Fiction 15No
MLG2042 Ideologies and Identities in German Cinema 15No
MLG2047 Language in the Goethezeit 15No
MLI2024 Love (and Marriage?) in Italian Film Comedy 15No
MLI2207 Narratives of Child Sexual Abuse 15No
MLI2220 Politics and Religion in Alessandro Manzoni The Betrothed 15No
MLM2010 Reading China: from Mandarins to Revolutionists 15No
MLP2002 Portuguese as a Global Language 15No
MLP2004 How to Talk about Africa? Literature, Photography and Film from Portuguese Speaking Africa 15No
MLR2019 Russian Cinema in Five Films 15No
MLR2021 Understanding Russia 15No
MLR2022 Soviet History from the Revolution to the Death of Stalin 15No
MLS2017 Images of Dissent: Spanish Film under Franco 15No
MLS2045 Federico Garcia Lorca: Theatre and Poetry 15No
MLS2053 Franco's Spain: Narratives under Dictatorship 15No
MLS2060 Love and Death in Spanish Theatre 15No
MLS2061 Mystery, Magic and the Fantastic in the Latin American Short Story 15No
MLS2067 Spain from Democracy to Dictatorship: Republic, Civil War and Francoism, 1931 - 1953 15No
MLS2157 The Short Story of the Spanish Golden Age 15No
SML2244 Multilingualism in Society 15No
SML2246 Intercultural Communication 15No
Total Credits for Stage 2

Stage 3

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
SML3010 Working and Studying Abroad 120No
SML3020 Study Abroad at a Partner University(with Assessment in the Foreign Language) 120No
SML3025 Internship Abroad Combined with Study at a Partner University Abroad 120No
Total Credits for Stage 3

Stage 4

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
MLF3111 Advanced French Language Skills OR30No
MLG3111 Advanced German Language Skills OR30No
MLI3111 Advanced Italian Language Skills OR30No
MLM3111 Advanced Chinese Language Skills OR30No
MLR3111 Advanced Russian Language Skills OR30No
MLS3111 Advanced Spanish Language Skills 30No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
MLF3003 Writing the Self: Women Writing Lives 15No
MLF3034 Sociolinguistics of French 15No
MLF2046 Contemporary French Women's Writing 15No
MLF3066 Contemporary French Visual Culture 15No
MLF3069 'Writing Women and Strange Monsters': Classical Myth and Fairytale in Contemporary Women's Writing 15No
MLF3072 Sex and the Text: Gender and Authority in Late Medieval France 15No
MLF3077 Unhappy families? Deviance and Order in Early Modern French Literature 15No
MLG3026 Pamphlets and Propaganda in German History 15No
MLG3036 Dictatorships on Display: History Exhibitions in Germany and Austria 15No
MLG3037 Coping with Catastrophe: German Culture, Literature and Politics in the Interwar Years 15No
MLG3112 Law in Fiction 15No
MLI3028 Italian Varieties and Dialects 15No
MLI3029 Italian Film Through Stardom 15No
MLI3199 Elena Ferrante's My Brilliant Friend 15No
MLM3011 China and the Third World: Foreign Relations and Nation Building in China in the Cold War Era 15No
MLR3017 St Petersburg 30No
MLR3025 Apocalypse/Utopia: The Russian Roots of Revolution 15No
MLS3024 Spanish and English Modernists 15No
MLS3027 Commercial Spanish 15No
MLS3037 Women and Feminism in 20th Century Spain 15No
MLS3045 Spanish Romantic Drama 15No
MLS3055 Volver: Screening the Past in Spanish Cinema 15No
MLS3057 Cross Currents: Memory, Myth and Modernity in Latin America 15No
MLS3061 Religion, Revolution and Counterrevolution 15No
MLS3064 Varieties of Love in Golden Age Spanish Poetry 15No
SML3013 Through the language lens: the relationship between language, culture and the mind 15No
SML3015 Dissertation 15No
SML3017 Language Contact 15No
SML3030 Extended Dissertation 30No
SML3031 Advanced Translation Skills 15No
MLG3039 What did the German Kaiserreich do for us? Questions to a New Nation (1870-1914) 15No
SML3035 The Fantastic in 19th and 20th Century Literature 15No
SML3036 Beyond Sex and the City: Becoming a Woman in Contemporary Western Cinema 15No
MLF3073 Proust's A la recherche du temps perdu 15No
Total Credits for Stage 4

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Demonstrate a high level of accuracy and fluency in the production and comprehension of the chosen language, both orally and in writing.
2. Communicate effectively and appropriately with native and other competent speakers of the chosen language, both orally and in writing.
3. Demonstrate understanding of and ability to analyse the structures and registers of the chosen language.
4. Show detailed knowledge of chosen aspects of the history and cultures of the relevant country/countries, and ability to evaluate them critically, using appropriate methodologies.
5. Analyse and interpret texts in the chosen language (including non-literary texts and other media, e.g. film) in relation to their cultural, historical and generic contexts, and articulate his/her understanding orally and in writing.
6. 4-year programme only: Show ability to use the target language to undertake and present the results of an extended project, while living and working in the target-language environment.
7. Show familiarity with philosophical ideas about the nature of society and the social sciences.
8. Reflect upon the conditions of human social life.
9. Show familiarity with the history of modern philosophy
10. Demonstrate an understanding of basic concepts in epistemology, metaphysics, and the philosophies of mind and nature
11. Analyse concepts in ethics
12. Analyse and criticise substantial works by important historical and contemporary moral and political philosophers
13. Engage in logical and conceptual analysis and abstract reasoning
14. Apply a reflective and sophisticated analytic understanding to a range of complex issues and subject matters.


Core language modules at Stage 1 include an introduction to language-learning strategies, with subsequent stages requiring you to make systematic use of the self-access material available in the library, in the Foreign Language Centre, and via web-based resources. Language modules at each stage use authentic materials in the chosen language/s, both written (texts in a variety of styles and registers) and spoken (oral classes with native speakers, together with use of TV and the electronic media). These forms of target-language material are used in a variety of ways, including reading or listening comprehension, translation, and production of related material in the chosen language/s through exercises such as summarising, essay-writing and oral presentations. Instruction is reinforced by regular formative assessment. Formal grammar is usually taught, both in seminars and through guided study of a textbook, at a level appropriate to each stage of the programmes and to level of achievement at the outset of the programme.


4 & 5:
The level 1 cultural modules give students a foundation knowledge on which to base their choice of options at higher levels, enabling them to explore and develop their interest in particular areas of their chosen language discipline.
Knowledge of the relevant aspects of culture is acquired through lectures and seminars, guided reading of primary and secondary texts (including literature, film, visual culture and linguistics), and directed independent study.
Students learn to use the critical methodologies appropriate to the options chosen (literary criticism, linguistic or philological study, political or social history, film studies, etc) through writing exams and essays and preparing seminar presentations, following initial guidance from lecturers, and through feedback on work submitted.


6 is developed through the year abroad.

In explicit terms, skills 7-8 are developed through lectures, seminars and essay work on Social Philosophy; 9-10 through similar methods and strategies on Knowledge and Reality, Philosophy of Mind and Philosophy of Nature; 11-12 through similar methods on Ethics, and 13 through practical exercises on Evidence and Argument. However, depending on the student's chosen portfolio of modules, they will be developed, further in the modules chosen at level 3. 14 is developed especially through the optional modules taken at level 3.


Assessment Methods


1 and 2 are assessed explicitly, and 3 implicitly, by coursework marked throughout the year at stage 1, and by end-of-year written and oral exams at stages 2 and 4.

4 and 5 are assessed by a combination of essays written during the module and end-of-year written examinations.


6 is assessed through the year abroad.

The assessment of skills 7-14 is made through a combination of course essays, oral presentations, examinations; also, where appropriate, Research Methods Project or dissertation.

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

15. Demonstrate understanding of the linguistic principles required to assimilate and analyse the structure of a foreign language.
16. Examine critically any form of discourse arising from the close reading and analysis of texts.
17. Show understanding of the variety of approaches to research in the field of languages and related studies, and of the reasons why such approaches may change.
18. Demonstrate receptiveness to foreign cultures and ability to see the relativity of one’s own cultural perspective.
19. 4-year programme only: Show ability to plan and manage his/her own language learning through an extended period of independent study.
20. Understand and demonstrate the different uses of qualitative and quantitative data, and evaluate their relative advantages and disadvantages
21. Show awareness of the basic philosophical questions arising from academic research.
22. Think and write broadly about large themes.
23. Develop and deploy argument, grounded in theoretical frameworks and empirical evidence
24. Identify problems of reliability and bias in, and more generally evaluate, empirical evidence
25. Identify problems of reliability and bias in, and more generally evaluate, empirical evidence
26. Deploy complex terminology in a comprehensible manner

15 is developed through the core language modules throughout the programme, in students' language work and in feedback from lecturers (in the form of both written comments and explanation in subsequent classes).

16-18 are developed through lectures and seminars in optional modules, with progression from a relatively high level of input from lecturers at stage 1, to greater student autonomy at later stages. Modules at stages 3 and 4 (and to a limited extent also at stage 2) are normally related to the research specialism of the staff teaching the module, giving students an insight into relevant research issues.

19 is implicit in all study of the language and cultures of another country, and all modules challenge students to reflect critically on their receptiveness to foreign cultures.

Skills 20-26 are developed throughout the Philosophy degree programme by lectures and seminars, written work and oral work (both oral presentations and class discussion). A more sophisticated use of these skills is developed in the second and third stages; in the third stage, independent use of these skills is developed through the dissertation and level 3 optional modules selected by the student. 

15 is assessed by the strategies described for the core language modules under A above.

16-18 are assessed by course essays and end-of-year examinations, also as described under A above.

Skills 17-26 are assessed though course essays, assessed oral presentations and examinations at stages 1-2 and through the dissertation.

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

28. Select, organise and analyse material for written work and oral presentations of different prescribed lengths.
29. Present an argument orally in a clear, organized and effective manner
30. Present an argument in a written form in a clear and organized manner, with appropriate use of correct English
31. Formulate and express ideas at different levels of abstraction
32. Undertake group work, including the presentation and discussion of challenging material in groups
33. Work creatively, flexibly and adaptably with others, both peers and academic staff
34. Demonstrate autonomy, manifested in self-direction and intellectual initiative, both in learning and study and in the management of time
35. Evaluate and reflect on your own work
36. Write and think under pressure and to meet deadlines
37. Plan the execution of demanding work based on individual research over a long time
38. 4-year programme only: Show ability to adapt to the working practices of a foreign country.

28, 29, 31 and 32 are developed through the preparation and delivery of oral presentations in most modules at all levels in both sides of the programme, and through the oral discussion of challenging material in all modules in the programme.

33 is also developed through meetings with personal tutors, one-to-one tutorials giving feedback on written work and through discussion in seminars.

28, 30, 31, 34, and 36 are developed through written assignments (essays) and examinations in most modules at all levels. In Modern Languages, a standard essay feedback sheet provides for evaluation and comment on 28, 30 and 31, along with other aspects of the essay.

34-35 form essential parts of the successful completion of the programme but are encouraged especially through preparation for written and oral assignments and seminars. On the 4-year programme these skills are also the focus of the year-abroad modules; students on the 3-year programme are advised by the Programme Director on the most appropriate way of developing their independent learning skills.

37 is developed through the dissertation.

38 is developed through the requirement, in the core language modules at stages 1 and 2, for students to use specially created web sites; these are also used for a significant number of optional modules in Modern Languages. 

28 and 29: In Philosophy, oral contribution to seminars and presentations are assessed formatively.

28, 30, 31, 34 and 36 are assessed through examinations and/or written work at all levels and in all modules.

32 Group presentations are assessed in some optional modules; in those where teamworking skills are not explicitly assessed, these skills nonetheless contribute to the successful outcome of oral and written presentations.

Skill 37 is assessed by the dissertation.

Sill 38 is developed through the successive stages of the year abroad, from preliminary briefing and induction, through submission of an interim report or essay plan, to completion of the essay and oral presentation, or alternatively by taking modules at a university in the host country and accredited under ECTS. They are assessed by means of the essay and supporting documentation, and the oral presentation, or through the assessment provided at the host institution for students taking credits under ECTS.


7. Programme Regulations

University Regulations on the number of credits to be taken and at what level for each stage of the programme can be found in the Credit and Qualifications Framework.


Condonement is the process that allows you to be awarded credit (and so progress to the next stage or, in the final stage, receive an award), despite failing to achieve a pass mark at a first attempt. You are not entitled to reassessment in condoned credit. Regulations on condonement can be found in the Handbook for Assessment, Progression and Awarding for Taught Programmes.

Assessment and Awards

For undergraduate degrees assessment at stage one does not contribute to the summative classification of the award. Details of the weightings for each year of all programme lengths can be found in the Handbook for Assessment, Progression and Awarding for Taught Programmes.


Full details of assessment regulations for undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes and the classification of awards can be found in the Handbook for Assessment, Progression and Awarding for Taught Programmes.

You can also read details of Generic Marking Criteria.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

Personal and Academic Tutoring

It is University policy that all Colleges should have in place a system of academic and personal tutors. The role of academic tutors is to support you with individual modules; the role of personal tutors is to provide you with advice and support fo the duration of your programme, and this support extends to providing you with details of how to obtain support and guidance on personal difficulties such as accommodation, financial difficulties and sickness. You can also make an appointment to see individual teaching staff.

Information on the College Personal Tutoring system, library provision, ELE resources and access to College support services can be found on the College webpages for current students.

Student Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC)

SSLCs enable students and staff to jointly participate in the management and review of the teaching and learning provision.

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Learning Resources

The University Library maintains its principal collections in the main library buildings on the Streatham and St Luke's campuses, together with a number of specialist collections in certain Colleges. The total Library collection comprises over a million volumes and 3000 current periodical subscriptions.

IT Services

A wide range of IT services are provided throughout the Exeter campuses, including open-access computer rooms, some of which are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Helpdesks are maintained on the Streatham and St Luke's campuses, while most study bedrooms in halls and flats are linked to the University's campus network.

Student Support Services

The University provides many support services including health and wellbeing, multifaith chaplaincy, family support, the Students' Guild and international student support.

10. Admissions Criteria

All applications are considered individually on merit. The University is committed to an equal opportunities policy with respect to gender, age, race, sexual orientation and/or disability when dealing with applications. It is also committed to widening access to higher education to students from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience.

Candidates for undergraduate programmes must satisfy the undergraduate admissions requirements of the University of Exeter.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

Certain programmes are subject to accreditation and/or review by professional and statutory regulatory bodies (PSRBs).

13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

The University and its constituent Colleges draw on a range of data to review the quality of education provision. The College documents the performance in each of its tuaght programmes, against a range of criteria on an annual basis through the Annual Student Experience Review (ASER).

Subject areas are reviewed every five years through a College Academic Audit scheme that includes external contributions.

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

College of Social Sciences and International Studies (CSSIS)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

College of Humanities (CHUM)

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

Not applicable to this programme.

18. Final Award

BA (Hons) Philosophy and Modern Languages

19. UCAS Code


20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits


ECTS credits


22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Honours] Languages and related studies
[Honours] Philosophy

23. Dates

Origin Date


Date of last revision