How to Get Into Exeter University

‘How do I get into Exeter University’ is a question I get asked very often! Luckily, I know exactly how to answer it. That’s why, here at The Profs, over 95% of our students applying to their first and second-choice universities get in. The University of Exeter is a popular Russell Group university in southwest England. It is regularly ranked in the top 20 universities in the UK, currently ranking 19th best according to Times Higher Education and 15th best according to The Guardian University Guide. In this article, I’ll provide you with insider advice on how to stand out amongst the crowd of applicants, and tips from a previous Exeter University offer holder here at The Profs.

Exeter University is a well-respected, research-intensive university and is a common insurance choice among Oxbridge applicants as a result. Though it is competitive, with the right support, hard work and preparation, you can maximise your chances of getting an offer. With key stats on the admissions process and insider knowledge from ex-admissions officers on how to make your application stand out, The Profs’ experts are here to help.

Our expert team has worked in admissions for top-tier universities. So, if anyone knows how to make your application as perfect as possible, it’s us. We offer the right support and preparation to aid you in submitting an application that stands out and maximises your chances of an offer.

Keep reading for expert advice on how to get into Exeter University

Contents 

  • What is Exeter’s acceptance rate?
  • Which subjects is Exeter known for?
  • Is Exeter a Russell Group university?
  • What are Exeter’s entry requirements?
  • 6 tips for getting into Exeter
  • Do you actually know your specific subject requirements?
  • Attend open days and talk to Exeter!
  • You’ve mentioned a solid 5-year plan, right?
  • How to actually go beyond your school syllabus
  • Lay the ‘groundwork’ for acceptance
  • Don’t trip on your personal statement
  • Get 1-to-1 expert guidance from an expert admissions tutor
  • FAQs

What is Exeter’s acceptance rate?

In 2022, the overall undergraduate Exeter acceptance rate is 89% for undergraduate courses and 75% for postgraduate courses. However, acceptance rates fall for competitive courses, for example, the acceptance rate for MA International Film Business is 43%. It’s also worth noting that these acceptance rates depict application-to-offer rather than application-to-admission; many students who receive offers from Exeter do not meet their offer conditions and enrol on the course. Hence, data collected by UCAS in 2021 reports that Exeter’s true acceptance rate is 19.6%.

However, with the help of The Profs’ expert Exeter consultants, you can meet your offer conditions! More than 95% of students receive an offer from their first or second choice university, so get in touch with our team to maximise your chances of getting in.

Get in touch with our expert admissions team to maximise your chances of getting an offer from Exeter University. 

Which subjects is Exeter known for?

Exeter is a great all-rounder university that specialises in a range of subjects and disciplines. It is ranked in the top 10 in the UK for 14 subject areas, including History, Classics, Geology, Accounting and Finance, Psychology, and Business and Management Studies. The University of Exeter Business School was named Business School of the Year in the 2022 Times Higher Education Awards. The university was also awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for its pioneering research around combatting the effects of marine plastic pollution. Check out this comprehensive list of the subjects offered at Exeter University to gain better insight!

Is Exeter a Russell Group university?

Yes, the University of Exeter is one of the 24 Russell Group universities. It is a leading university in the UK and in the 2021 assessment of research quality, 89% of its research was assessed as ‘internationally excellent’ and 47% as ‘world-leading’. The Complete University Guide ranks Exeter as the 15th best Russell Group university in 2024. 

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What are Exeter’s entry requirements?

Exeter University’s entry requirements vary depending on the course you’re applying to study and the country you’re applying from. The table below shows the UK qualifications and some of the most common international qualifications accepted by Exeter, and the entry requirements for each. 

QualificationEntry requirements
A LevelsA*AA-BBB, depending on the course.
International Baccalaureate (IB)38 (766 in three Higher Levels) to 30 (555 in three Higher Levels), depending on the course.
Baccalauréat Général (France)16-12 overall, depending on the course. Specific subject requirements may also apply (e.g. grade 17 where an A* is required at A level).
Arbitur (Germany)1.4-2.2 overall, depending on the course. Specific subject requirements may also apply (e.g. grade 14 where an A* is required at A level).
Indian Standard XII (CBSE/ISC)Minimum aggregate score of at least 80% (70% in West Bengal Board Standard XII and 85% in other regional board standard XII exams).
Other international qualificationsCheck the full list of international qualifications accepted by Exeter.

Exeter accepts a wide range of international qualifications. It displays international qualifications by country on its individual course pages, so always check there before applying. For more information on how to apply to Exeter as an international student, check on the university’s own support page, read our guide for international applicants, or get in touch with The Profs for one-to-one support from one of our international admissions experts.

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Does Exeter give contextual offers?

Exeter does take into consideration contextual factors that may affect your previous educational performance and experiences. Depending on which criteria you meet, you may be eligible for a contextual offer of up to three grade reductions. Many students won’t be eligible for Exeter’s contextual offers, however, it is always worth checking using the university’s published eligibility criteria.

Does Exeter give unconditional offers?

The University of Exeter does not give unconditional offers to applicants who have not yet achieved their final exam results. That means that students applying during Year 12 in the UK (or equivalent year internationally) will only receive conditional offers and will therefore be granted a place only once they have received their A level results (or equivalent) and met the offer requirements.

6 tips for getting into Exeter

1. Do you actually know your specific subject requirements?

The entry requirements for Exeter differ greatly between courses – not just in terms of grades, but also in the specific subjects required. For example, for its BMBS Medicine, applicants need to achieve As in both A level Biology and Chemistry, as well as an A in a third subject. Medicine applicants must also take the UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test) and attend a Multiple Mini Interview (MMI).

If you need support improving your grades to meet Exeter’s competitive entry requirements or making your application stand out, then reach out to The Profs’ admissions consultants today. Notably, in 2023 98% of the students The Profs’ worked with achieved their predicted grades! We’ll determine your likelihood of achieving a place at Exeter and set up any additional support you may need.

Offer holder tip: Make use of the universities’ online services, such as their course finder page in order to ensure that you are receiving the most up-to-date entry requirements, as entry requirements do fluctuate from year to year!

2. Attend open days and talk to Exeter

The University of Exeter offers a range of ways that you can engage with the university before applying. This will not only help you to decide whether Exeter is right for you but also allow the university to get to know you and for you to build connections with key members of your chosen department.

Exeter holds both in-person and online open days that allow you to learn more about your department and course. The university also offers a free programme to year 10 students called Exeter Scholars, which gives you the opportunity to first-hand experience of student life at Exeter and develop your passion for a chosen subject. There are also pre university summer schools you can attend.

Ultimately, if you are set on getting into Exeter, showing determination and commitment to the university through your experience is a great way to stand out and maximise your chance of an offer.

Offer holder tip: Though it can sometimes seem like a lot of effort to attend open days or programmes it is worth noting that opportunities like this can be used to your advantage. For example, during these events, there will be lecturers and professors from Exeter University, so you can gain a wider insight into your chosen courses, which can further help you decide if the course is the right path for you. It can also help you decide if Exeter University is the right choice for you, as University life is a big part of the experience as a whole. You only have a maximum of five applications, so you want to make sure that you are 100% sure about each of them. You may also be given unique tips about your application process by staff members that could make your application stand out!

Not sure how to decide if Exeter is the right choice for you? Check out ‘How to choose a university course (based on statistics)’ to help you decide if Exeter University is the right choice, alongside other universities!

3. You’ve mentioned a solid 5-year plan, right?

Getting into Exeter is a great goal to have, but it’s also important to think about the long-term plan. Like Oxbridge, LSE, Warwick, and other top UK universities, Exeter will not only want to see a genuine passion and commitment to studying your chosen course, but also a plan of how the skills and knowledge you will develop on the course will help you achieve longer-term goals. 

Make sure that your goals are specific to the course you are applying for. For example, if you are applying to study Geography, is there an area of Human or Physical Geography that particularly interests you? If so, how have you already taken steps to pursue this interest, and how will Exeter’s Geography degree course help you to expand your knowledge and go on to pursue this interest in your career?

Your long-term goals don’t have to be industry-specific; they may be academic (such as wanting to study a Master’s or PhD) and you may be at the very beginning of your exploration. Exeter won’t expect you to be super detailed or stick to your plan at this stage, but it’s good to show that you are motivated and driven, especially considering the reputation Exeter has amongst employers. In fact, Exeter is ranked the 14th most-targeted UK university by the top employers in 2021-2022, according to the Graduate Market in 2022 Research Report, and it boasts superb links with hundreds of international, national and regional employers.

For more support on coming up with a career plan or simply tailoring your personal statement to a university like Exeter, get in touch with our team.

Offer holder tip: A good way to incorporate your future goals and plans is to explore the modules of the course you intend to apply for. Highlight how these particular modules give you an advantage in the career sector you wish to enter after graduating.

4. How to actually go beyond your school syllabus

When it comes to writing your personal statement, showing a genuinely passionate and in-depth understanding of your subject goes a long way. Exeter University values academic, independent, and well-read students, so citing wider reading and other extracurricular activities you’ve done to specifically enhance your knowledge of your chosen subject area will help you stand out to them. Try to make sure that every book and article you’ve read, club you’ve taken part in, or organisation you’ve volunteered with is clearly relevant to your subject.

If you’re not sure what to include in your personal statement, reach out to our team of tutors today. We can help you to identify where your strengths are and advise you on how to develop your academic and extracurricular profile ready for submitting your application to Exeter University.

Top tip: You cannot include details about the specific Exeter course you’re applying for in your personal statement because this statement will be sent to all of the universities you apply for. However, you can (and should) still do your research into your chosen course at Exeter and use this information to subtly tailor your statement. 

For example, you could look at notable tutors/lecturers working in the department and see what research they have done and what modules they teach. If you see something that aligns with your interests, consider citing a piece of research or book they have written, or talk in depth about a specific topic they cover in a module. This could give you a one-up over other applicants when the department comes to making final decisions about who to offer places to.

5. Lay the ‘groundwork’ for acceptance

To help prove your commitment to your long-term goals outlined in your personal statement, you should look to gain relevant work experience in your field. Whether paid or unpaid, having experience working in your desired field will provide you with invaluable real-life knowledge about the industry.

For some Exeter courses, such as LLB Law and BMBS Medicine, work experience is valued extremely highly, so it’s important that you get experience in relevant settings. For example, Medicine applicants should have work experience in at least one (but ideally more than one) medical setting, such as a hospital, GP surgery, hospice, or another medical environment. This experience not only helps you to understand what is involved in a career in Medicine but also reassures Exeter that you are committed to pursuing a career in the field. Read our guide to applying for Medicine for more information on this competitive degree programme.

Some courses are harder than others to find direct work experience for. If you can’t secure work experience relevant to your chosen subject, try to engage in as many extracurricular activities related to your chosen subject area as you can instead. For instance, if you’re applying for Mathematics, you could join a school Maths club or take part in the UK Maths Challenge to gain valuable extra skills to supplement your application. This will still help to strengthen your application and show your commitment to the subject area.

Offer holder tip: Remember work experience does not always have to be paid! Volunteering will also look equally as good on your personal statement, especially if you have juggled it alongside your school commitments as this would demonstrate skills such as time management, and organisation. Check out this page where you can find a range of volunteering opportunities! Remember to outline the skills you have gained from these experiences and how they can be transferable to your chosen course.

6. Don’t trip on your personal statement

It may seem obvious given the tips above, but making sure that you’re investing plenty of time into writing your personal statement is crucial to the success of your application. For many of Exeter’s most competitive courses, lots of applicants will achieve the grades required for entry. Exeter, like other top universities, will therefore be relying on applicants’ personal statements to decide who to offer places to, so it’s really important to submit the best personal statement possible. 

Use your personal statement as a chance to express what makes you more committed and more passionate than most. Keep a record of all of your academic achievements, career ambitions, skills, and experience, and use these to build a solid personal statement that explains exactly why you would be an excellent candidate for your chosen course. 

Crafting an excellent personal statement takes time and expertise. That’s where The Profs can help. Our experienced admissions tutors work with you throughout the university application process, providing guidance on how to enhance your academic profile and ultimately write a stand-out statement that is tailored to Exeter and your specific course. Thanks to our support, more than 90% of students we work with receive an offer from their first or second choice university. For more information on how we can help, get in touch with our team today.

Offer holder tip 1: In your personal statement make sure you prioritise your motivations for your chosen degree, and think of motivations that are unique to you, as this will make you stand out amongst the other applicants. For example, you may have specific experiences that relate directly to your chosen subject that you can use to your advantage e.g. if you had work experience in a law firm apply this directly to your motivating factor of wanting to study Law at Exeter University. Exeter University recommends using what are known as ‘powerful verbs’ to convey a sense of ‘participation, involvement, and accomplishment.’ Give specific examples of what you achieved and gained during these experiences and how they will make you stand out amongst other students. 

Offer holder tip 2: Even though it may seem obvious the number of students that submit their personal statements with various grammar and spelling mistakes is high. You can never proofread too many times. Make sure your personal statement is completely free of any grammar and spelling mistakes!

The Profs’ experienced personal statement tutors can provide further guidance on how you can write a stand-out Master’s personal statement that enhances your application to Exeter University. We’ve helped hundreds of students achieve places there, so we know exactly what admissions officers will be looking for.

Note that all students applying to university for 2023, 2024 or 2025 will still be required to submit a UCAS personal statement as normal. However, from January 2025 onwards (October 2024, for Oxbridge applicants), there will be changes to the UCAS application process and students will no longer be required to write a personal statement. Instead, all applicants will answer a series of shorter, more tailored questions provided by UCAS.

Check out ‘How to write a winning personal statement’ to gain a comprehensive understanding of how to write a personal statement that will make you stand out!

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FAQs

Where is Exeter University?

The University of Exeter is located in the city of Exeter, Devon, which is located in the southwest corner of England. The university has four campuses, two of which are in Exeter and two in Cornwall. Its Streatham Campus is on the northern edge of the city of Exeter and is within walking distance of the city centre. You can travel from London to Exeter via train in around 2 to 2.5 hours.

Is Exeter a campus university?

Exeter is a campus university. It has four campuses, two of which are in Exeter (Streatham Campus and St Luke’s Campus) and two in Cornwall (Penryn Campus and Truro Campus).

Is Exeter University good?

Exeter is a well-respected, research-intensive university and is a common insurance choice among Oxbridge applicants as a result. It is regularly ranked in the top 20 universities in the UK, currently ranking as 19th best according to Times Higher Education and 15th best according to The Guardian University Guide. It also has many accolades to its name, most recently being awarded Business School of the Year in the 2022 Times Higher Education Awards and the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for its pioneering research around combatting the effects of marine plastic pollution.

Is Exeter a red-brick university?

The University of Exeter is not considered an original red-brick university. However, it is known as one of multiple younger civic universities that shares characteristics with red-brick universities, along with Reading, Southampton, Hull, Leicester and Keele. It is also a Russell Group university alongside many of the red-brick universities including Manchester, Liverpool, and Sheffield.

Is Falmouth University part of Exeter University?

Falmouth University is not linked academically to Exeter University; Falmouth University is a specialist arts institution, whereas Exeter University offers a wide range of disciplines. The two universities do, however, share a campus in Falmouth (Penryn Campus).

Does Exeter give contextual offers?

Exeter does take into consideration contextual factors that may affect your previous educational performance and experiences. Depending on which criteria you meet, you may be eligible for a contextual offer of up to three grade reductions. Many students won’t be eligible for Exeter’s contextual offers, however, it is always worth checking using the university’s published eligibility criteria.

Does Exeter give unconditional offers?

The University of Exeter does not give unconditional offers to applicants who have not yet achieved their final exam results. That means that students applying during Year 12 in the UK (or equivalent year internationally) will only receive conditional offers and will therefore be granted a place only once they have received their A level results (or equivalent) and met the offer requirements.