Frequently asked questions
If I apply for a joint degree is it possible to switch to a single honours course (or vice versa)?
Yes, subject to approval by the Admissions Tutor and central admissions team. This is often a straightforward process particularly if the subjects you are studying are within the same School (i.e. History, Politics and International Relations, and American Studies). It is possible to change your degree up to several weeks into the course providing the Admissions Tutor for the subject is happy to approve the transfer.
How big are the classes?
Seminars and tutorials usually have no more than about 15 student, often less. Lectures vary a lot, from about 20 up to nearly 200, because some modules bring together students from different degrees. At Leicester we have prioritised maintaining a greater proportion of small group teaching, whereas other institutions might have more contact hours, but mostly through more large group lectures and larger class sizes.
How will you support my career development?
94% of our students are in work and/or further study 6 months after graduation (Unistats, single honours). More than 50% of those in work are in managerial/professional employment.
Career planning places a strong emphasis on creating opportunities for students to acquire relevant experience alongside their studies: e.g. practice-based modules (History in the Classroom; Heritage Field Project); various internships working with staff; Victoria County History project.
How will I be assessed?
It depends which modules you choose, but on average about 20% of assessment is by exams and about 80% is coursework. Assessments are very varied, including presentations, podcasts, posters, seen tests, research proposal, primary source critique, creative writing tasks and essays.
Can I study abroad?
Many of our courses feature the opportunity to study abroad.
There are many benefits of spending time studying abroad during your course - International experiences can enhance your academic and personal skills and your employability.
Most students go for one academic year, between the second and third years of their course. However, some Schools offer one-semester options. You can also consider going on an overseas summer school, whether as a taster for a full year, or simply as a shorter alternative. And don’t worry if you don’t currently speak any other languages - we have many partner universities in other English-speaking countries, and most of our partner universities teach at least some of their classes in English.
We have exchange partner universities on every continent (except Antarctica!). Where you can go depends on your course and this list can vary from year to year.