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


% applicants receiving offers


  • American studies
Student score
89% HIGH
% employed or in further study
95% MED
Average graduate salary
£19k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

96-120 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

International Baccalaureate

A minimum of two Higher Level subjects.

UCAS tariff points

96-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 96-120 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 course enhances your understanding of the diverse states, people, cultures and history in the Americas. Read more at the University of Portsmouth website. WHY STUDY THIS COURSE? You will have the opportunity to apply for an internship in the heart of the American political process, or study in the USA or Chile, as part of your degree. MORE ABOUT THIS COURSE Your course will cover the entire pan-American region. You will study with research-active specialists in the field, benefit from sessions with guest experts, and can tailor your course to your interests with a wide range of options. OPTIONAL PATHWAYS You may follow optional English or history pathways through this degree, involving units in your chosen second subject, leading to exit awards: - BA (Hons) American Studies with English Literature BA (Hons) American Studies with History WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR? This course is for students interested in a deep historical, political and cultural understanding of North and South America. SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE GAINED You will be able to study in partner universities in the Americas, or to apply for the Washington DC internship program. Your course includes opportunities for work placements, and your study will develop analysis, persuasion and communication skills in a broadened world view. AFTER THE COURSE You will be prepared for a range of careers, including library and archival work, journalism, teaching, marketing and local government. You will also be well-placed for postgraduate study.


In the first year you will study introductory units to the various disciplines that you will cover on the course. These core units will offer you a chance to acquire an understanding of the history, culture and politics of the Americas as a whole. In the second and third years of study there will be a range of options so you can pursue your own particular interests. Options may vary from year to year but throughout the course, you will have opportunities to study in-depth critical and theoretical approaches to a wide range of subjects including race, slavery and emancipation in the Americas, USA civil rights, US foreign and domestic policy and US history from 1750 to 1877.

University of Portsmouth

The library

Portsmouth is a vibrant waterfront city on the south coast with a rich maritime history. A flat and compact city, Portsmouth is easy to get around on foot or by bike and most University buildings are located in the centre. There is always plenty going on, whether in the bustle of the city centre or in the fresh air and open spaces of the seafront and the common.

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 91%
Student score 89% HIGH
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
1% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
56% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
2% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
265 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
62% 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 95% MED
Average graduate salary £19k HIGH
Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals


Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals


Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


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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