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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
74% LOW
% employed or in further study
94% MED
Average graduate salary
£20k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

Scottish Highers

Please contact the Admissions Team for further information and eligibility: ahladmissions@le.ac.uk

Scottish Advanced Highers

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

This qualification is only acceptable when combined with other qualifications

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

International Baccalaureate

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

This qualification is only acceptable when combined with other qualifications

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

This is for you if you are fascinated by the United States and want to learn more about its literature, history, visual culture, and politics.


In your first year you will acquire a firm grounding in the history, politics, literature and visual culture of America. History modules will give you a broad overview of America's development, while literature modules will introduce you to the landmark works of literature that epitomise the American canon. You will also learn how the executive, legislative, and judicial branches govern the country as well as getting a thorough introduction to American visual culture, including film, photography, television and video games. In your second year, you will delve deeper into each of the four major areas covered on the course. In core modules on ethnicity and diversity in American history and literature you will study the history and experience of many different ethnic communities in the United States. And in twin modules on the American west and the American city you will examine two major themes in American history and culture from a variety of disciplinary angles; historical, literary, political and cinematic. In addition you will take a module on Latin America and the United States and a further option of your choice. In your final year you will have the freedom to tailor your degree to your own specific interests. The only compulsory module will be a 10,000-word dissertation, the subject of which you will choose. The rest of your studies will be selected from a wide-ranging list of specialist modules that cater for all manner of personal interests and are taught by tutors who are keen to share their wealth of experience and knowledge. For further details, please see the course page on the University website.

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How you'll spend your time

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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 78%
Student score 74% LOW
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
0% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
59% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
0% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
319 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
93% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
9% 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 94% MED
Average graduate salary £20k HIGH
Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals


Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


Graduates who are secretarial and related occupations


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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