I cannot guarantee that if you aren’t on the same course as me that this information will be the same for you!
This was something I heard so much of throughout my first year and even before I started from other people like myself starting uni. This is the myth I am going to get rid of!
In some respects, this is correct as your grades do not count towards your final degree as you only need to achieve 40% to make your way onto second year.
You should see the first year of your time at Leicester as a “practice year”, this is a chance to see how University works.
For example, before starting at Leicester I had no idea what a Source Criticism was as I had never even heard of one. But this a crucial part of the course and is something you need to grasp (luckily the course tutors give you a course guide which talks you through how to write one step by step). So if the grades from this piece of work were to count towards my final degree I would have been so disappointed because I know that without practice I couldn’t get the grade I want. This is just an example of why you should use your first year as it is intended, as a practice year to get to grasps with University and what they expect from you.
Further to this uni is a new experience to most people, so your first year is a chance to allow you to find yourself and get your “settled in” ready to kick some butt in second and third year.
Enjoy your first year at Leicester if you’re a fresher, or keep on working hard and having fun if you aren’t a fresher!