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Swansea University

American Studies (with an Intercalary Year)

UCAS Code: T700

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

Access to HE Diploma

D:21,M:18

Access to Humanities Course

B + BB at A-Level

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSEs: English/Welsh Language Grade C

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

UCAS Tariff

120

We’ve calculated how many Ucas points you’ll need for this course.

100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

American studies

If you are interested in studying American History, Literature and Politics and you would like to spend a year abroad studying at an American University then this is the degree for you. Our American Studies programme aims to cover all aspects of American civilization, examining history, literature, politics, society and popular culture from the discovery and founding of the “New World” up to and including the ever-changing modern face of the most influential nation on the planet.
Ranked 4th in the United Kingdom Swansea University is one of the leading centres for American Studies according to the Guardian Good University Guide 2017.
Ranked 2nd in the United Kingdom for graduate prospects by the Independent Complete University Guide 2017 our Employability Officer supports our students with information and advice which is backed up by the University’s Careers Service and Work Placement Team. All students have access to events, workshops and employer talks, including an annual conference for students in June to support final year students with the transition into the world of work.
A key feature of this course is the opportunity to explore how the US is regarded around the world, giving you a unique transnational perspective.
This four-year programme includes a year abroad studying at an American University. There are no s no additional tuition fees; this means that you have the chance to study at an overseas institution without having to pay any further fee on top of the tuition fee you are already paying. However, you will have to pay for your flight costs, accommodation, living expenses and any additional expenditure.
Set in parkland overlooking Swansea Bay on the edge of the breathtaking Gower Peninsula, the University's location is captivating. With 15,921 students and 2,510 staff, Swansea's multicultural campus community provides a global perspective and opportunities to gain skills that last a lifetime. We are proud of the variety and quality of the teaching that we offer to undergraduates and post graduates which is informed by our and research, much of it world-leading. Staff and Students in American Studies and Politics work closely with the British Parliament, Welsh Assembly and local government, the media and the third sector.
Please visit our course page for more information:
http://www.swansea.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/artsandhumanities/american-studies/ba-americanstudies-t700/

Modules

You will study six modules each year to include compulsory and optional modules. Module selection options may change.

Assessment methods

This degree programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials and seminars. You will usually receive nine hours minimum scheduled contact time with your teachers every week. Full attendance at lectures, seminars and personal tutorials (personal tutorials are obligatory). All Arts and Humanities degree programmes include independent learning which requires initiative and hard work.
We will challenge you with demanding teaching and assessment. Assessment includes essay, coursework and examination, presentations and a dissertation.

The Uni


Course location:

Singleton Park Campus

Department:

Political and Cultural Studies

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

85%
med
American studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

American and australasian studies

Teaching and learning

93%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
78%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
76%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

80%
Library resources
100%
IT resources
93%
Course specific equipment and facilities
61%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
43%
Male students
57%
Female students
88%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C
297

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

American and australasian studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,000
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Average annual salary
93%
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Employed or in further education
97%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

21%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
10%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
5%
Leisure and travel services
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Just 615 UK students graduated with American studies degrees in 2015, so it's one of the smaller subjects in terms of student numbers and has lost numbers in recent years. Most graduates stay in the UK once they graduate - quite unusual for graduates in languages and studies of overseas cultures - and about one in six go into further study, mostly to take Masters degrees in subjects like journalism, languages, teaching and law. Graduates tend to go into any general graduate jobs, in industries such as education, advertising, social care and media and publishing. There might not be many jobs that specifically require a degree in American studies, but the skills you learn are useful in many roles.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Language and area studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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£24k

£24k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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