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Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • American studies
Student score
83% MED
% employed or in further study
96% MED
Average graduate salary
£18k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

preferably including English Literature or a History-related subject

Scottish Highers
Not Available

Only accepted in combination with Scottish Advanced Highers

Scottish Advanced Highers

preferably including English Literature or a History-related subject. A combination of Advanced Highers and Highers may be acceptable

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

preferably including English Literature or a History-related subject. BTEC Public Services is not accepted

International Baccalaureate

preferably including grade 5 in higher level English or a History-related subject. If no GCSE equivalent is held, offer will include Mathematics and English requirements.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 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


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


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

Learn about the life, politics and cultural dynamism of the United States. You’ll explore the unique political, cultural and revolutionary history of this remarkable superpower, delving into civil rights movements, democracy, popular culture, counterculture and more. On this course you’ll open windows on to the history of the United States and its people – and their influences on and relationships with the world as a whole. As part of a pioneering American Studies department you’ll be studying with academics at the forefront of the field. If you’re open to a global outlook on politics, literature and culture, both in your studies and your future aims, this BA is a great choice. As a student of American Studies you’ll arrive ready to explore and test radical ideas. Through your degree you’ll hone your ability to analyse key cultural and political moments, think critically and write clearly and persuasively. You will be learning in an environment where ideas are shared and debated, and be encouraged to follow through on your own interests and opinions too. You’ll graduate with a global mindset – enormously valuable in today’s jobs market, whether you choose to stay in the UK or aim for a career abroad. UEA American Studies graduates are known for their strong communication skills and go into careers including journalism, public relations, marketing and social media. Equally, you may be drawn to management training, teaching, the civil service or publishing. As you progress through this course you’ll discover the United States from literary, political and historical perspectives, engaging with diverse forms of cultural expression, from great novels to film, photographs and paintings. In the first year you’ll get a foundation in the core texts of American literature and the defining events in American history, while also developing the critical and writing skills essential for success at university and beyond. You’ll choose your own modules in the second year from a wide range of topics. In your final year you’ll have the opportunity to bring your skills and new perspectives together in a dissertation, guided by a member of our world-leading faculty. You’ll graduate equipped with a deep understanding of the USA, its cultural influence, and its power in shaping world affairs and the spirit of the age.


University of East Anglia UEA

On campus

With a wonderfully diverse range of courses and superb extra-curricular clubs and societies run by one of the most dynamic student unions in the country, UEA is a great place to both live and learn. Located in the beautiful city of Norwich it becomes no wonder UEA is consistently one of the best universities for student satisfaction.

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

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 89%
Student score 83% MED
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



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
5% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
63% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
8% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
403 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
95% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
12% 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 £18k MED
Graduates who are other administrative occupations


Graduates who are artistic, literary and media occupations


Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
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.
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