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University of Manchester

History and American Studies

UCAS Code: VT17

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B

AAB to include A in History. General Studies is welcomed but is not normally included as part of the standard offer. A-level exams should be taken at the same sitting, after no more than two years of study. If you have studied an advanced curriculum, where the examinations are spread over three years, consideration for an offer will be at the discretion of the admissions tutor. We may also require further information, in order to make an informed judgment on your application. Typical Contextual Offer: ABB, including A in History.

AS level results are not considered as part of the standard admissions process at The University of Manchester.

Access to HE Diploma

D:39,M:6

We require a QAA-recognised Access to HE Diploma (a minimum of 60 credits overall with at least 45 at Level 3), with merit or distinction in a subject area relevant to the chosen course. The specific course requirements are either GCSEs in both English and Mathematics (at Grade B/6 or higher), or achievement at Level 2 (GCSE-equivalent) by, for example, having six credits each in English and Maths. We also consider other factors such as additional educational achievements, life experience and skills on an individual basis. We also require a minimum of 39 credits with a Distinction grade, plus 6 credits with a Merit grade, all in a Humanities-related subject. 15 of the Distinction credits should be in the pre-requisite subject required for A-levels. You will be required to produce a piece of written work, for assessment by the admissions tutor. Once you have applied, the admissions administrator will contact you with a list of topics/questions. You will be asked to choose one and produce a piece (1,500 words) on that subject, for submission by the deadline given by the administrator.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,D3,M2

We consider applicants offering Pre-U Principal Subjects, or a mix of Pre-U and A Level subjects, provided a minimum of three distinct subjects overall is taken. Candidates taking Pre-U principal subjects in conjunction with A levels are expected to achieve a combination of D3,D3,M2 in the Pre-U and AAB at A level in three distinct subjects. If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

The University recognises the benefit of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. We strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. For this programme, as well as the regular conditions of offer, we may make students who are currently taking, or have completed the EPQ, an alternative offer. For programmes requiring AAB, we will also make an alternative offer of ABB plus the Extended Project at Grade A.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Applicants must demonstrate a broad general education including acceptable levels of Literacy and Numeracy, equivalent to at least Grade C/4 in GCSE/iGCSE English Language and Mathematics. GCSE/iGCSE English Literature will not be accepted in lieu of GCSE/iGCSE English Language. Please note that if you hold English as a second language iGCSE qualification, we may also require you to offer one of our acceptable equivalent English Language qualifications or achieve a higher grade in your iGCSE than the one stated above. Please contact the academic School for clarification.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

35

35 points overall. 6,6,5 in Higher Level subjects (including 6 in History).

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

DD

Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Diploma with Grades DD plus an A Level at Grade A in History.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

D

Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Extended Certificate Grade D plus two A-levels at Grades AB. The Grade A must be in History.

OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma

DD

Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Foundation Diploma with Grades DD plus an A-level at min. Grade A in History plus an EPQ or AS at Grade B.

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

DD

We require DD, plus one A-level at Grade A in History.

We require a D, plus two A-levels at Grades AB; the Grade A must be in History.

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

DDD

We require at DDD, plus one A-level at Grade A in History.

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

D

We require a D, plus an A-level at min. Grade A in History plus an EPQ or AS at Grade B.

The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma/Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and usually requires two A Levels or equivalent to be included within this. The minimum grade required will normally be the same as the lowest grade listed in the A Level entry requirements. If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

UCAS Tariff

136

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subjects

History

American studies

Our degree programme in History and American Studies is an interdisciplinary course, and it allows students to examine the history of the United States from colonization through to the present-day. The course trains students in the methods of American Studies and the skills of historical scholarship, as well as gives them access to the full-range of history modules, from the medieval to the modern periods, and from the histories of Britain to those of Europe, Africa, and Asia and the wider world. The course is taught by one of the largest concentrations of US historians in the UK, and our areas of specialization range widely from the European colonization of the Caribbean in the seventeenth century, through to the development of US racialized slavery, America's Cold War strategy, and the history of US sport in the late twentieth century, and includes political, intellectual, social, and cultural historians. Students on the course acquire advanced historical skills, such as those of analysis, debate, and argument, and acquire an appreciation of the historiographical debates that have shaped American and world history. These skills are refined further through the study of a wide corpus of materials that includes musical scores, diplomatic memoranda, and political cartoons, and through the composition of essays and a final-year dissertation. By working with this variety of materials, and in these ways, students come to develop a richer appreciation for the nature of their sources, and a much sharper set of critical faculties.

Students on this programme are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunities for study abroad, especially with our partner institutions in North America and Europe. These opportunities are offered competitively to students in their second year, and allow them to spend between one semester and the entire year at one of our partner institutions in the United States or Canada.

**The course aims to:**
- Provide students with the opportunity to engage with a significant range of relevant American history, culture, politics and film, exploiting their interdependence and distinctiveness within the discipline of American Studies

- Offer substantial opportunities to pursue, in parallel with American Studies, the study of diverse historical periods, themes, cultures and sub-cultures

- Develop in students powers of critical and analytical thinking, the ability to apply these to primary and secondary texts, and to foster skills in written and verbal forms of expression;

- Produce graduates possessing the transferable skills of self-management and independence essential for employment, postgraduate study, or further training.

**Special Features**

The University of Manchester was the home of the first Department of American Studies in the UK, and History has one of the largest groupings of historians in the country. This degree course builds on this long-standing academic tradition, but also reflects recent developments in the discipline, eg. staff in American Studies are particularly strong in the areas of 20th Century American History and Culture, the South, and African-American Studies.

You will study in direct contact with scholars who are actively engaged in cutting-edge research at the forefront of new developments and ideas, particularly in year three, when specialist courses are taught by staff who are acknowledged experts in their chosen fields, enabling you to pursue a rewarding path to completing your own piece of original research.

The second year offers the opportunity to spend one or two semesters studying at a university in the United States or Canada (see below).

Overseas Study: Students may apply to spend one semester studying abroad during the second year of their degree. Exchange partners are offered to all students at the University through the Erasmus Exchange scheme (in Europe) or via the Worldwide Exchange scheme, in the USA or Canada.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£19,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

The University is committed to supporting students from low-income households through our financial support packages detailed below. Full-time UK students do not need to apply for Manchester’s bursaries separately but should ensure that they consent to share their financial details with the University when making an application to Student Finance England. http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/student-finance/2019/

The Uni


Course location:

University of Manchester

Department:

School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

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.

87%
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.

History

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
44%
Male students
56%
Female students
90%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
A

American and australasian studies

Teaching and learning

95%
Staff make the subject interesting
93%
Staff are good at explaining things
92%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
78%
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

76%
Library resources
97%
IT resources
91%
Course specific equipment and facilities
87%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
34%
Male students
66%
Female students
94%
2:1 or above
3%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
B

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.

History

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.

£19,000
med
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
79%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

14%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
11%
Public services and other associate professionals
8%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

History is a very popular subject (although numbers have fallen of late) — in 2015, over 10,000 UK students graduated in a history-related course. Obviously, there aren't 11,000 jobs as historians available every year, but history is a good, flexible degree that allows graduates to go into a wide range of different jobs, and consequently history graduates have an unemployment rate comparable to the national graduate average. Many — probably most — jobs for graduates don't ask for a particular degree to go into them and history graduates are well set to take advantage. That's why so many go into jobs in the finance industry, human resources, marketing, PR and events management, as well as the more obvious roles in education, welfare and the arts. Around one in five history graduates went into further study last year. History and teaching were the most popular further study subjects for history graduates, but law, journalism, and politics were also popular postgraduate courses.

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.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
83%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
11%
Other elementary services occupations
7%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
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.

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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.

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£23k

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£27k

£27k

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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