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Frequently asked questions

What if I miss the offer by a grade?

We often accept students who just narrowly miss out on the grades stipulated in their offers. The best approach is to put the university you really want to go (hopefully Leicester!) to as your first choice, rather than second-guessing about your ability to “get in”.

I’m not quite sure whether to apply for the Politics BA or the Politics and International Relations BA?

You can change your course at any point until you arrive and teaching starts, so apply for one but know that you can change your mind between now and the start of term. If you do decide to switch, just contact and we'll sort it out.

Will I be assessed by coursework or exams?

It depends on which modules you choose. Assessments are very varied, including presentations, podcasts, posters, seen tests, research proposal, as well as exams and essays.

How big are the classes?

Because some modules also run for students from other degrees, the class size can range from about 20 to 200. Where possible, we aim for small group teaching and the recent changes to the curriculum mean that there has been an increase in contact hours.

Are the joint degrees 50:50, or do they lean more towards Politics/International Relations than Economics/Sociology/History?

The degree are all genuine joint degrees. They could equally be called 'Economics and Politics BA', 'Sociology and Politics BA' and 'History and International Relations BA.' The order of the subjects in the degree title only matters at this stage in administrative terms (ie. which department deals with the admissions process). Once you are here, you will be equally at home with both subject teams. The exception is the Law with Politics LLB which is about 75:25 in favour of Law.

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.