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The History course at Leeds is similar to many other universities, in that there are a few compulsory modules in the first year which give you an overall view of historical periods (e.g. Medieval, Modern). You can then choose other modules, either in History or in other disciplines, giving you the opportunity to study what you want! In later years you specialise down to what you really want to study.
Don't expect to be spoon-fed information - most modules have one lecture and one tutorial a week for which you have to do your own reading and come to it with ideas of your own. In order to do well, you have to be organised with your time and make sure you do your own independent study all through the semester, especially if you want to avoid that last-minute essay panic at the end of term! However, the library at Leeds has loads of copies of the important texts and even if the books are taken out, there are online articles which you can access to help with your research.
Although the History department isn't especially well rated in official tables (I.e. the Times) the teaching is still really good on the whole. Essentially the course is what you make of it - if YOU work hard, you'll do well. Dossers get no support.
Leeds as a city is a great place to live as a student. The university is within 25 minutes of the city centre, which has brilliant (and fairly reasonable) shopping and a night life which is second-to-none. The student areas of Headingley and Hyde Park are also great for grabbing a sandwich or a pint, although the student union keeps prices especially low for the discerning shopper. The student union is (in my humble opinion) the best bit about being a student at Leeds - it has everything you need (3 nightclubs, 2 shops, a hairdressers and even a travel agency) and creates a real hub of activity in the centre of campus. If you come to Leeds, visiting friends WILL be jealous of your union.
Be careful when picking your first-year accommodation if you choose to go into halls, as each halls varies wildly in terms of price, ethos and distance from the university. If you're not careful you could end up paying for a bus pass for the year - although it tends to be true that the further away the halls (Bodington is 4 miles away) the greater the spirit and camaraderie between the residents. This is not always the case, however. Don't believe the prospectus when choosing the accommodation - if you get a chance it's well worth coming to Leeds and having a look at the different halls before putting down your preference. What halls you're in has a real impact on your social life in your first year.
Written by eoflynn on 9th Jan 2009