Programme Specification for the 2017/8 academic year

BA (Hons) Philosophy and German

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBA (Hons) Philosophy and German Programme codeUFA4HPSSML27
Study mode(s)Full Time
Academic year2017/8
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
Programme start date


NQF Level6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

This degree gives you the opportunity to combine the challenge of exploring Philosophy with German. It can be taken over three years but is usually studied over four, with the third year normally spent studying abroad developing your language skills. 

Studying German gives you the opportunity to learn about the culture, literature and society of the German-speaking countries, in particular Germany and Austria. These countries have a rich cultural past and play a vital role at the heart of today’s Europe, where the old European Union meets the new EU accession states. The German language is a passport to a rich and diverse community of 120 million speakers, to a treasure house of European culture and to a major economy whose influence reaches out across the world.

We’ll train you to a high level of proficiency in reading, writing and speaking German, which you can put to good use in your year abroad, living in a German-speaking country, where you are in charge of your own linguistic and cultural learning process. Our programme is also designed to help you develop personal and transferable skills such as analysis, communication, oral presentation, teamwork and independent learning.

Studying Philosophy will give you the opportunity to discuss long-standing questions about the nature of knowledge (how do we know what we know?), science (does science provide us with a special kind of knowledge?), reality (does the world out there really exist?), ethics (how should we act?), art and beauty (who decides what counts as beautiful?), the mind-body relationship (how can the brain produce the mind?), the meaning of life (why is there something rather than nothing?) and more. 

From the beginning you will be encouraged to develop your own views on all these topics, and to assess other philosophers’ take on them. Studying philosophy will teach you to think rigorously, to defend your views in a clear and consistent way, to understand the why and what-for of different points of view, and ultimately to develop a sharp, analytical and open mind.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

1. Offer an excellent Honours-level education in Philosophy and German, which at least meets the standards set in the national Subject Benchmarks.
2. Provide a stimulating and supportive environment for students that is informed by research where deemed appropriate.
3. Offer a coherent and structured framework of study which ensures that within the time-span of the programme every student follows a balanced and complementary range of modules, whilst allowing sufficient choice to ensure that students are able to follow individual pathways of learning.
4. Produce graduates who are grounded in the main themes and methods of philosophy through a combination of modules, which develop a reflective understanding of some pervasive and problematic features of the world and of ourselves.
5. Train you to a high level of proficiency in reading, speaking and writing German which will enable you to communicate readily on a personal and professional basis.
6. Offer you during stages 2 and 3/4 of your degree programme a range of options in the language, literature, history and culture of the German-speaking countries which will enable you, within the boundaries of a coherent degree programme, to develop your own particular interests.
7. Provide a range of academic and personal skills, which will prepare you from varied educational backgrounds for employment or further study, which will foster mental agility, adaptability and critical enquiry, and which will enable you to deploy your knowledge, abilities and skills in their entirety, displaying balance and judgement in a variety of circumstances.
8. In addition, the 4-year programme is intended to enable you, through a period of residence abroad, to reinforce your competence in the language, your knowledge of the German-speaking world and your capacity for independent learning.

4. Programme Structure

The 4-year programme is studied in four stages, one for each year of study; the first, second and fourth years are Exeter-based. The third year is spent in a German-speaking country. An alternative 3-year programme for students who are unable to spend a year abroad is also available. The two programmes are identical at stages 1 and 2, with a compulsory 30-credit core language module at each stage. Part-time study over a longer period is possible by negotiation with both Schools.

Students on the 4-year programme spend year 3 in a German-speaking country 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 employment. Exceptionally, other arrangements may be approved by the Head of School.

Students on the 3-year programme are encouraged wherever possible to spend a period of residence in a German-speaking country during a vacation before progressing to stage 3. The Programme Director advises students on the most appropriate way of gaining experience of independent language learning in their individual circumstances.

Students are registered on the four-year version of a programme unless they have explicitly applied for, and been admitted to, the three-year version. Students who register for a four-year programme but who are subsequently unable to meet the requirements for study abroad may apply to transfer to a three-year version of their programme. Transfer from a three-year to a four-year programme is also possible up to the end of Stage 2. All such transfers are subject to the approval of the Heads of School. Where a student has completed the degree programme in three years, the words Three-Year Programme will appear on his or her degree certificate; otherwise the titles of the three-year and four-year versions of a degree programme are identical.

Students on both programmes take the same compulsory core language modules and choose from the same range of further modules in their final year (stage 4 of the 4-year programme, stage 3 of the 3-year programme).

In order to proceed to stage 2, students must achieve an average of 40% across their stage 1 modules and pass any modules that are designated non-condonable, but marks gained at this stage play no further part in the final assessment. 

Information on the weighting of your programme for calculating your degree can be found at: 

The University’s rules on modularity include a provision that you may take up to 30 credits per year outside your degree programme, but counting towards it. 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, and this view is supported by the joint Board of Studies for the degree. Accordingly, CH Philosophy and German students may not exercise the modularity option in German. However, it would be possible for you, in certain cases, to exercise this right from the Philosophy side of your programme alone.

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.

The full list of modules is available at 


The Philosophy and German 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.

Depending on your programme you can take up to 30 credits each year in another subject, for instance a language or business module, to develop career-related skills or just widen your intellectual horizons. However this is not normally available for Combined Honours programmes which feature a language.

The third year is spent abroad.

Please note that modules offered are subject to change, depending on staff availability, timetabling, and demand.

Stage 1

The first year gives you a foundational knowledge of philosophical theory and concepts, plus written and oral skills in German, and options in German literature, cultural history, linguistics and film. You will also gain important analytical techniques that will be useful across a range of subjects and research tasks.

Compulsory Modules

For Philosophy - 3 of the 4 core modules must be chosen

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
PHL1002A Knowledge and Reality 1 at least 45 credits of core modules15No
PHL1002B Knowledge and Reality 2 15No
PHL1005A Evidence and Argument 1 15No
PHL1006 Introduction to Philosophical Analysis 15No
MLG1001 German Language OR30Yes
MLG1052 German Language for Beginners 30Yes

Optional Modules


Select a further two 15-credit German Level 1 optional modules.  The full list of German modules can be seen below.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
Philosophy Stage 1 modules 2017-8 up to 15 credits of optional modules
PHL1006 Introduction to Philosophical Analysis 15 No
PHL1007 Philosophical Reading 1 15 No
PHL1008 Philosophical Reading 2 15 No
PHL1009 Philosophies of Art 15 No
PHL1010 Introduction to Asian Philosophy 15 No
PHL1013 Philosophy of Morality 15 No
PHL1036 Foucault-Discipline and Punish 15 No
PHL1112 Philosophy of Film 15 No
German Modules S1 2017-8
MLG1014 A Nation Remembers: Issues in German Cultural Memory 15 No
MLG1016 War, Passion and Possibly Love: Approaches to Genre in German Literature 15 No
MLG1017 Turning Points in German History 1200 - 2000 15 No
MLG1015 Representations of Education in German Literature and Film: Satire, Trauma, Melodrama 15 No
Total Credits for Stage 1


Stage 2

In the second year you will advance your grasp of philosophical knowledge and methods via optional modules, and continue the development of your language skills. Optional modules enable you to develop specialist knowledge on a range of topics.

Compulsory Modules

For Philosophy - 3 of the 6 core modules must be chosen


CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
Philosophy Stage 2 core modules at least 45 credits of core modules
PHL2010A Philosophy of Mind 1 15 Yes
PHL2011A The Philosophy of Nature 1 15 Yes
PHL2012 Social Philosophy 15 Yes
PHL2015 Body and Mind 15 Yes
PHL2016 Metaphysics 15 Yes
PHL2018 Philosophy of Language 15 Yes
MLG2001 German Language, Written and Oral OR30Yes
MLG2052 Intermediate German 30Yes

Optional Modules


Select a further two 15-credit German Level 2 optional modules.  The full list of German modules can be seen below.

Only one SML module may be chosen as a single option.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
Philosophy Stage 2 modules 2017-8 up to 15 credits of optional modules
PHL2020 Virtues and Vices 15 No
PHL2021 Symbolic Logic 15 No
PHL2022 Sex and Death: Introduction to the Philosophy of Biology 15 No
PHL2026 Philosophy of Science 15 No
PHL2027 Feminist Philosophy 15 No
PHL2051 The Human Condition: Classic Readings in Anthropology 15 No
PHL2052 Epistemology 15 No
PHL2061 Philosophy of Law 15 No
PHL2075 Philosophical Readings 6 15 No
PHL2091 Philosophical Anthropology 30 No
PHL2096 Cyborg Studies 15 No
PHL2100 Knowledge and History: Theories of Scientific Change 15 No
PHL2108 Fundamental Ontology 15 No
PHL2110 Philosophy of Emotion 30 No
PHL2024A Philosophical Readings 3 15 No
PHL2025A Philosophical Readings 4 15 No
PHL2109 Philosophy with Children 15 No
German Modules S2 2017-8
MLG2018 Berlin - Culture, History and Politics 15 No
MLG2047 Language in the Goethezeit 15 No
MLG2002 Reformation and Rupture, the Sinner and the Saved: An Introduction to Germany in the Early Modern Period 15 No
MLG2038 Comic Perspectives on German History in Literature and Film 15 No
SML2244 Multilingualism in Society 15No
SML2246 Intercultural Communication 15No
Total Credits for Stage 2


Stage 3

The year abroad comprises 120 credits and you will chose from the following;

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
SML3010 Work and Study Abroad OR120Yes
SML3020 Study Abroad at a Partner University(with Assessment in the Foreign Language) OR120Yes
SML3025 Internship Abroad Combined with Study at a Partner University Abroad 120Yes
Total Credits for Stage 3


Stage 4

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
PHL3040 Philosophy Dissertation 30No
MLG3111 Advanced German Language Skills 30Yes

Optional Modules


Select a further30 credits of German Level 3 optional modules.  The full list of German modules can be seen below.

Only one SML module may be chosen as a single option.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
Philosophy Stage 3 modules 2017-8
PHL3013 Virtues and Vices 15 No
PHL3014 Symbolic Logic 15 No
PHL3018 Sex and Death: Introduction to the Philosophy of Biology 15 No
PHL3026 Philosophy of Science 15 No
PHL3041 Feminist Philosophy 15 No
PHL3051 The Human Condition: Classic Readings in Anthropology 15 No
PHL3052 Epistemology 15 No
PHL3061 Philosophy of Law 15 No
PHL3075 Philosophical Readings 6 15 No
PHL3091 Philosophical Anthropology 30 No
PHL3096 Cyborg Studies 15 No
PHL3100 Knowledge and History: Theories of Scientific Change 15 No
PHL3108 Fundamental Ontology 15 No
PHL3110 Philosophy of Emotion 30 No
PHL3024A Philosophical Readings 3 15 No
PHL3025A Philosophical Readings 4 15 No
German Modules S3 2017-8
MLG3036 Dictatorships on Display: History Exhibitions in Germany and Austria 15 No
MLG3037 Coping with Catastrophe: German Culture, Literature and Politics in the Interwar Years 15 No
MLG3039 What did the German Kaiserreich do for us? Questions to a New Nation (1870-1914) 15 No
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
SML3035 The Fantastic in 19th and 20th Century Literature 15No
SML3036 Beyond Sex and the City: Becoming a Woman in Contemporary Western Cinema 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. GERMAN: Demonstrate a high level of accuracy and fluency in the production and comprehension of German, both orally and in writing. (3.1; 6.2.1)
2. Communicate effectively and appropriately with native and other competent speakers of German in an academic context, both orally and in writing. (3.1; 6.2.1)
3. Demonstrate understanding of and ability to analyse the structures and registers of German. (3.2; 6.6.2);
4. Show detailed knowledge of chosen aspects of the history and cultures of the German-speaking world, and ability to evaluate them critically, using appropriate methodologies. (3.3; 4.3; 6.2.3)
5. Analyse and interpret texts in German (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. (4.3; 4.5.1)
6. 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. (5.2.2; 5.3)
7. PHILOSOPHY: 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 (18.1).
10. Demonstrate an understanding of basic concepts in epistemology, metaphysics, and the philosophies of mind and nature (18.2).
11. Analyse concepts in ethics(18.3).
12. Analyse and criticise substantial works by important historical and contemporary moral and political philosophers (18.2 and 18.3).
13. Engage in logical and conceptual analysis and abstract reasoning (23.2, 23.4, 23.6).
14. Apply a reflective and sophisticated analytic understanding to a range of complex issues and subject matters

1-3 The core language modules at stage 1 include an introduction to language –learning strategies, to enable you form to outset of your programme to become autonomous language learners. Subsequent stages require you to make systematic use of the self-access material available in the library, in the Foreign Language Centre, and departmental web sites. Your own reflection on your language learning experience is developed in the year abroad modules in the 4-year programme; those of you on the 3 year programme are advised by the Programme Director on opportunities for such reflection within your programme. The core language modules at each stage use authentic materials in German, both written (text in a variety of styles and registers) and spoken (oral classes with native speakers, together with use of TV and 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 target language through exercises such as summarising, essay writing and oral presentations. Classroom instructions are reinforced by regular formative assessment of your work, including comment on appropriateness of style, register, presentation, etc., as well as correction of grammatical and other errors. Formal grammar is taught, both in class and by guided study of a textbook, at a level appropriate to each stage of the programme and to your lever of achievement at the outset of your programme. The familiarly with the target language acquired in the core language modules is reinforced by the study in optional modules of a wide range of literary and other texts in German. In addition, a significant amount of teaching in optional modules in delivered in German, especially at the higher levels. 4 -5 The level 1 core modules on German literature and civilisation gives you a foundation knowledge on which to base your choice of options at higher levels, enabling you to explore and develop your interest in particular area of German studies. Knowledge of the relevant aspects of German culture is acquired though lectures and seminars, guided reading of primary and secondary texts (including those in non-printed media, e.g. film), and directed independent study.
You will 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 essays and preparing seminar presentations, following initial guidance from lecturers, and through feedback on work submitted. 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 your chosen portfolio of modules, you will be developed, further in the modules chosen at level 3. 14 is developed especially through the optional modules taken at level 3.

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. In addition, all end-of-year examinations in German require one question to be answered in German, and in some optional modules assessment includes an oral exposé in German.
4 and 5 are assessed by a combination of essays written during the module and end-of-year written examinations. At levels 2 and 4 students may choose to be assessed in one or more of their German optional modules by an essay written in German in lieu of the end-of-year examination.

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. (LRS 3.2; 6.2.2)use literary/critical sources
16. Examine critically any form of discourse arising from the close reading and analysis of texts. (LRS 4.5.1)
17. Demonstrate understanding of generic conventions and the shaping effects upon communication of circumstances, authorship, textual production and intended audience. (LRS 4.3)
18. 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. (LRS 4.3)
19. Demonstrate receptiveness to foreign cultures and ability to see the relativity of one's own cultural perspective. (LRS 4.4; 6.2.4)
20. Show ability to plan and manage his/her own language learning through an extended period of independent study. (LRS 5.3)
21. Understand and demonstrate the different uses of qualitative and quantitative data, and evaluate their relative advantages and disadvantages (Phil. 6.2.3).
22. Show awareness of the basic philosophical questions arising from academic research.
23. Think and write broadly about large themes.
24. Develop and deploy argument, grounded in theoretical frameworks and empirical evidence (Phil. 6.2.4).
25. Identify problems of reliability and bias in, and more generally evaluate, empirical evidence (Phil. 6.2.3).
26. Collate data from a range of sources (Phil. 6.2.2).
27. Deploy complex terminology in a comprehensible manner (Phil. 6.3.6).

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 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 21-27, 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.

16-19 are assessed by course essays and end-of-year examinations, also as described under A above.

In Philosophy, skills 17-27 are assessed though course essays, assessed oral presentations and examinations at stages 1-2 and through the dissertation at stage 3.

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. (Phil. 23.2) deliver written and oral presentations
29. Present an argument orally in a clear, organized and effective manner (Phil. 26.8).
30. Present an argument in a written form in a clear and organized manner, with appropriate use of correct English (Phil.23.6)
31. Formulate and express ideas at different levels of abstraction (Phil. 23.8).
32. Undertake group work, including the presentation and discussion of challenging material in groups (Phil. 28.3).
33. Work creatively, flexibly and adaptably with others, both peers and academic staff (Phil. 27.5).
34. Demonstrate autonomy, manifested in self-direction and intellectual initiative, both in learning and study and in the management of time (Phil. 27.2).
35. Evaluate and reflect on your own work (Phil.27.5).
36. Write and think under pressure and to meet deadlines (Phil. 27.3).
37. Plan the execution of demanding work based on individual research over a long time (Phil. 27.3). 11. Use a range of basic IT resources (such as e-mail and the World-Wide-Web) to acquire and manipulate general and subject-specific information (Phil. 26.8.2).
38. Use a word processor to create clearly presented written assignments and handouts (Phil. 26.8.2).
39. Show ability to adapt to the working practices of a foreign country. (LRS 5.3)

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 29, 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 in Philosophy.

38 is developed through the requirement, in the core German 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 German. Guidance on responsible use of the internet is given in the Modern Languages Undergraduate Student Handbook and is reinforced in feedback given on students essays

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 In German, 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.

38-39 are assessed through written course-work in all modules.

Skill 37 is assessed by the dissertation in Philosophy. These skills are 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

College of Humanities

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by


18. Final Award

BA (Hons) Philosophy and German

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