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University of Leicester

American Studies

UCAS Code: T700

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

This qualification is only acceptable when combined with other qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

D:30

Pass the diploma with 45 credits at level 3. Please contact the Admissions Team for further information and eligibility: ahladmissions@le.ac.uk

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,M2,M2

This qualification is only acceptable when combined with other qualifications

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

Including a minimum of 16 points at Higher Level.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H3,H3,H3

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

This qualification is only acceptable when combined with other qualifications

This qualification is only acceptable when combined with other qualifications

This qualification is only acceptable when combined with other qualifications

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

This qualification is only acceptable when combined with other qualifications

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,B,B

Scottish Higher

A,B,B,B,B

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

Accepted in place of a third A-Level at grade B or above.

UCAS Tariff

128-152

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

100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

American studies

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.

Modules

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.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods are varied. Our major forms of assessment are submitted essays, blogs, passage analysis, and written exams. On some modules we also assess by means of oral presentations and group work projects in order to give you a more fully rounded academic experience and to help you develop vital oral and teamwork skills for the professional workplace.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Leicester

Department:

Centre for American 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.

76%
low
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

84%
Staff make the subject interesting
98%
Staff are good at explaining things
84%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
81%
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

81%
Library resources
89%
IT resources
78%
Course specific equipment and facilities
73%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
42%
Male students
58%
Female students
93%
2:1 or above
3%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
C

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.

£18,500
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
11%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
11%
Secretarial and related occupations
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.

American 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.

£20k

£20k

£23k

£23k

£26k

£26k

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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