How does the admissions process work?
We endeavour to see as many applicants as possible before making an offer. A high proportion of applicants are invited to two days of workshops and an interview. A short interview with an individual member of staff is combined with staff-led and separate, student-led studio sessions.
Working and socialising with each other and with present students are important features of this experience. This usually involves an overnight stay in Exeter.
Invitations to attend are sent out from mid October. Most admissions workshops are held in the first week of February, but we hold a small one-day workshop in December for early applicants.
Applicants for deferred entry need to be available for interview in their final year at school/college. The typical offer below is intended as a guide but we take the whole UCAS form, particularly your personal statement, into account in the selection process.
What are we looking for in candidates?
In the studio we are looking for:
- an ability to work with others
- an ability to listen and respond to instructions, and a high level of engagement with the session
- creativity, imagination, and ambition
- clarity in practical work
In the interview we are looking for:
- an engagement with the discipline, and a sense of enquiry
- critical intelligence, and an ability to synthesize information
- inter-personal communication skills
- an appropriate fit between the Exeter course and the candidate
When will I hear if I've been offered a place?
We hold 4-5 rounds of admissions, after which it can then take up to two weeks to process our offers. We are not allowed to make offers directly to candidates, but UCAS should let you know sometime in February.
What happens when I get my results?
The grades of most examinations are announced in the summer. If Exeter is your firm choice, and you have met the conditions of our offer, you will be accepted automatically and there is no need for you to contact us. You will receive a letter from UCAS confirming that you have a place at Exeter.
If you are not accepted by your firm-choice institution, and if Exeter is your insurance choice, you will also be automatically accepted by us if you are able to satisfy the conditions of our original offer. In this case, you will receive confirmation that Exeter has accepted you as your insurance choice from UCAS.
If you have not been able to meet the conditions of your offer, we may still be able to accept you. Please get in touch with us at the Department of Drama.