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University of Leicester

American Studies (with a Year Abroad)

UCAS Code: T701

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

This qualification is only acceptable when combined with other qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

D:24

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

M2,M2,M2

This qualification is only acceptable when combined with other qualifications

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28

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

H2,H3,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

B,B,B

Scottish Higher

B,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

120-144

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

100%
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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

North american society and culture studies

The USA. Love it or not, few countries have had such a profound global impact on culture, history, politics, technology and most aspects of modern life. You’ll take a sweeping look at the ideas, events and figures that have defined America, as well as pursue the topics that fascinate you most.

Modules

This course offers the same teaching programme as BA American Studies. However, you will have the opportunity to spend a year at one of our American and Canadian partner institutions.
You will take modules in each of the two semesters abroad in any American subjects of your choice. This gives you the chance to study modules on subjects you have not done before as well as those which develop your knowledge further in areas you have already covered. You will also devote one of your modules abroad to researching your final-year dissertation under the supervision of an American tutor. You will be expected to produce a photographic essay of your time abroad. For further details, please see the course page on the University website.
Studying abroad is not just for people who are interested in travelling and meeting new people. It is about acquiring life skills that are becoming increasingly significant for a wide range of jobs in our modern globalised society. Whether you go on to work in the private sector, the state sector, a non-governmental organisation or become self-employed you will find the experience invaluable. Please note that a year spent abroad still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester; please see our website for further details.

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.

85%
med
North american society and culture 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
96%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
82%
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

90%
Library resources
94%
IT resources
85%
Course specific equipment and facilities
79%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

100%
UK students
0%
International students
42%
Male students
58%
Female students
90%
2:1 or above
2%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

After graduation


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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.

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Average annual salary
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Employed or in further education
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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?

This is a small, general category covering several different subject areas - so bear that in mind when you look at any stats. The most common courses covered here are in translation, with just 55 students graduating in translation degrees in 2015. The arts were the most likely job sector for graduates from these courses, but it's a good idea to go to university open days to ask tutors more specific questions about what previous graduates typically went on to do with their degree.

What about your long term prospects?

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

North american society and culture 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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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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