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Hi, I've applied for Liberal Arts at both Exeter and Durham (along with Leeds, KCL and Bristol) and have similar offers from both but really struggling to decide which one to go for? Loved both unis and have been accepted to my first choice college at Durham (St. Mary's) but feel like I should go somewhere for the course rather than the uni itself??

I definitely want to study English and French and potentially philosophy/sociology/drama. I know both courses offer most of these subjects (although Durham doesn't offer drama) so from a subject perspective it should be similar? However I know that exeter have core modules etc as well..
I'm also really interested in doing a year abroad which I think both courses offer but is potentially more competitive at Durham?

Basically I was just wondering whether anyone had any advice about the courses at both exeter and durham and whether anyone had gone for one over the other and why? Thank you so much in advance
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I've applied for Durham and Exeter also, for starters yes the course is the most important, but so is the environment that you are in. Durham is the top in the country (currently) for English so that could be an incentive for you.

However Liberal arts courses do differ a fair amount from one uni to the other. Exeter does have core modules but I believe they could add to the overall experience of 'Liberal Arts', I don't know about you but what appealed to me is that Lib Arts refines your critical analysis skills of both data and text - which is made available through the core modules and not in your average course. Personally however I firmed Durham, a choice made from preferring collegiate system, city and it being higher in league tables for my particular subject interest (Archaeology).

Durham will allow you to have a conglomeration of subject modules, with world-class teaching and a combined honors feel to it, but no core modules. I spoke to one guy at the open day and they said something like:
It may be more competitive with studying abroad, but studying Lib arts should give you an advantage because its so humanities focused, especially if you take a language.

Hope this has helped
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(Original post by silver_spirals)
Hi, I've applied for Liberal Arts at both Exeter and Durham (along with Leeds, KCL and Bristol) and have similar offers from both but really struggling to decide which one to go for? Loved both unis and have been accepted to my first choice college at Durham (St. Mary's) but feel like I should go somewhere for the course rather than the uni itself??

I definitely want to study English and French and potentially philosophy/sociology/drama. I know both courses offer most of these subjects (although Durham doesn't offer drama) so from a subject perspective it should be similar? However I know that exeter have core modules etc as well..
I'm also really interested in doing a year abroad which I think both courses offer but is potentially more competitive at Durham?

Basically I was just wondering whether anyone had any advice about the courses at both exeter and durham and whether anyone had gone for one over the other and why? Thank you so much in advance
hi, I can see this is from a few years ago, but I'm in a similar position - I was just wondering what decision you made?
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