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Keele University

American Studies and Astrophysics

UCAS Code: FT57
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

120-128

% applicants receiving offers

Not Available

Subjects
  • Astronomy
  • American studies
Student score
93% HIGH
82% LOW
% employed or in further study
84% LOW
100% HIGH
Average graduate salary
£18k LOW
£17k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
ABB-BBB

A level Physics or Maths at grade B or above. If Maths is presented without A-level Physics, then a grade of C or better in AS-level Physics is also required. If you are not offering AS level Physics then please contact the Admissions Team. A Pass in Science Practical will be required if applicant is taking A level Physics (England)

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
MDD

Plus subject specific requirement.

International Baccalaureate
32

Higher Level Physics at grade 5 or above or Higher Level Physics grade 4 plus Higher Level Maths grade 5 or above.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120-128 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

Not Available

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£9,250

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

American Studies explores the nature, development and rich diversity of the US from a variety of perspectives, offering a wide range of teaching in not just one discipline but several: history, literature, politics, and film. Tied to this diversity is an emphasis on student choice in selecting modules, so that, after a multidisciplinary grounding in American society and culture during the first year, students can combine different approaches or choose to specialise according to their own interests. There is the opportunity for students to exchange with a partner university in the US or Canada and actually live in the culture they are studying. Dual Honours students studying abroad spend the first semester of their second year in the US. The exchange programme provides tremendous personal, academic, and career development opportunities. Keele pioneered the development of American Studies in the UK and, as one of the countryâ??s leading programmes, we have earned a reputation for combining world-class research with dedicated teaching to provide a challenging but very supportive environment. Astrophysics: Keele offers excellence in teaching; dual strengths in Astrophysics and in Physics; international collaborative research programmes informing the teaching and course design; and a well-equipped observatory on campus. Astrophysics develops and applies the laws of physics to problems across the universe, involving phenomena from below the level of an atomic nucleus to astronomical scales. Astrophysical phenomena test physical laws to the limit, and often beyond; the extreme conditions encountered in the first moments of the Big Bang provide the only known laboratory for testing physical theories of the fundamental interactions, and of the ultimate structure of matter. In their work, astrophysicists use astronomical observations, mathematical models and computer simulation to propose, test, evaluate and develop theories that explain these phenomena.

Modules

Keele University

Student concourse

Known as 'the Bubble', Keele University offers a special student experience as it's uniquely friendly and close-knit. Renowned for its exciting approach to higher education, our graduates obtain some of the best academic and employment success rates in the UK. The campus is made up of 600 acres of landscaped parkland, fields, woodlands and lakes and has a large resident squirrel population!

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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Course accreditation

Accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP) for the purpose of partially meeting the educational requirement for Chartered Physicist. Institute of Physics (IOP)

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 100%
Student score 93% HIGH
Able to access IT resources

95%

Staff made the subject interesting

100%

Library resources are satisfactory

93%

Feedback on work has been helpful

98%

Feedback on work has been prompt

80%

Staff are good at explaining things

100%

Received sufficient advice and support

90%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
8% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
17% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
1% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
315 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
57% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
6% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 84% LOW
Average graduate salary £18k LOW
Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

8%

Graduates who are childcare and related personal services

6%

Graduates who are information technology and telecommunications professionals

4%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Not a lot of people study astronomy as a first degree, and if you want to be one of the small number of people who start work as an astronomer every year, you will need a doctorate – so 40% of graduates go into further study. Astronomy graduates, however, are versatile, going into all parts of the jobs market. If you want to find out more specifically about the prospects for your chosen subject, it might be a good idea to go on open days and talk to tutors about what previous graduates from your chosen subject went on to do.
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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 87%
Student score 82% LOW
Able to access IT resources

98%

Staff made the subject interesting

94%

Library resources are satisfactory

90%

Feedback on work has been helpful

69%

Feedback on work has been prompt

76%

Staff are good at explaining things

90%

Received sufficient advice and support

86%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
1% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
63% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
4% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
321 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
82% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
3% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 100% HIGH
Average graduate salary £17k MED
Graduates who are other elementary services occupations

9%

Graduates who are teaching and educational professionals

7%

Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

16%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Just 620 UK students graduated with American studies degrees in 2012, so it's one of the smaller subjects in terms of student numbers. The recession has been rough on graduates from these degrees and the unemployment rate is currently higher than we'd expect in better economic conditions, but this should get better as the economy improves. Most graduates stay in the UK once they graduate, and about one in five go into further study, mostly to take Masters degrees in subjects like history, journalism, politics and business. Graduates tend to go into any general graduate jobs, in management, education, marketing and PR, the arts and business project management.
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