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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: [email protected]

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: [email protected]

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: [email protected]

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

UCAS Tariff

120-144

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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.

It’s a very interesting time to be an Americanist. At Leicester you will be able to explore everything that has made America what it is today. We’re one of the top ten places in the UK for American Studies* and our courses are popular because of the depth and breadth of our expertise, across American history, literature, politics, and film.

You’ll also have the option to immerse yourself in US culture by spending a year in the USA or Canada – an ideal way to gain first-hand knowledge and direct experience of North America.

While historic and traditional America features strongly on our degrees, the contemporary is a particular focus, whether in fiction, politics or cinema, making our courses especially lively and relevant.

When you join our American Studies BA, you'll discover the history, politics and culture of one the most influential countries in modern history. Since the formation of Jamestown in 1607, the story of America's development has been one of ambition, controversy and progress. This course will guide you through this evolution and introduce you to the people, ideas and events that have shaped the nation.

Despite being a relatively young nation, America’s history is defined by the enormity of the changes that have shaped it: the War of Independence, the American Civil War, the Wall Street Crash, the Civil Rights Movement, 11 September 2001, and #BlackLivesMatter. The impact of the country’s rapid growth has been felt, in one way or another, throughout the world. Any conversation from economics to cinema, from politics to human rights, will be directly or indirectly affected by American ideas and developments.

*Complete University Guide 2020

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.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

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

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?

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North american society and culture 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?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
41%
Male students
59%
Female students
90%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B

After graduation


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North american society and culture 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
44%
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 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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