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Keele University

American Studies and Human Biology

UCAS Code: TC7C
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

120

% applicants receiving offers

Not Available

Subjects
  • Biology
  • American studies
Student score
88% MED
82% LOW
% employed or in further study
96% MED
100% HIGH
Average graduate salary
£19k HIGH
£17k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
BBB-ABC

A-level Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, Human Biology, Maths, Psychology, Sports Science or Statistics. A Pass in Science Practical will be required if applicant is taking A level Biology, Chemistry or Physics (England). (Biology at grade B or Chemistry at grade B or Geology at grade B or Human Biology at grade B or Physics at grade B).

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

International Baccalaureate
32

Higher Level Biology, Chemistry or Physics at 6 or above

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120 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. Human Biology involves the study of the human body and how it is adapted to its environment. This course is designed to equip students with a broadly based understanding of the human body in health and disease. The course begins with two modules shared with the Biology course, but in the second and third years the emphasis is on humans. Students will learn about the physiology of the major systems of the body, about the impact of nutrition and environment on health, and about human development and evolution. The course includes practical classes and research-based projects. There is an opportunity to undertake a 48-week placement at the end of their second year, in an approved government or industrial establishment or field centre. This placement year can provide not only practical skills training, but also valuable transferable skills and time for personal development.

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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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 93%
Student score 88% MED
Able to access IT resources

91%

Staff made the subject interesting

92%

Library resources are satisfactory

93%

Feedback on work has been helpful

70%

Feedback on work has been prompt

74%

Staff are good at explaining things

96%

Received sufficient advice and support

76%

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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
13% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
56% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
2% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
349 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
72% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
2% 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 96% MED
Average graduate salary £19k HIGH
Graduates who are science, engineering and production technicians

7%

Graduates who are secretarial and related occupations

6%

Graduates who are natural and social science professionals

11%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Things are improving - slowly - for biology graduates, so don't get too worried about the unemployment stats above, as they are normally more encouraging. If you want a career in biology research – and a lot of biology students do - you'll need to take a doctorate, so give some thought as to where you might do it and how you might fund it (the government still funds doctorates for good students). If you think you only want to do a first degree for now, there are jobs for biologists in science and clinical labs and in the health, food and water industries. But you can actually get all sorts of jobs with a biology degree – last year’s biology graduates got jobs in sectors ranging from PR to accountancy.
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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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