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American Studies and History

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

Including History.

Pass with 60 credits overall; 45 at level 3. Of the level 3 credits, at least 21 should be passed with Merit or above and this must include 9 credits of History graded Distinction.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,M2,M3

Including History.

Extended Project

A

If you have already achieved your EPQ at Grade A you will automatically be offered one grade lower in a non-mandatory A level subject. If you are still studying for your EPQ you will receive the standard course offer, with a condition of one grade lower in a non-mandatory A level subject if you achieve an A grade in your EPQ.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

Including 5 points in History at Higher Level.

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

DD

This qualification is considered alongside other UoN accepted qualifications such as A Levels and must include History.

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

D

This qualification is considered alongside other UoN accepted qualifications such as A Levels and must include History.

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

DDD

This qualification is considered alongside A Level History grade B (or UoN accepted equivalent).

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

D

This qualification is considered alongside other UoN accepted qualifications such as A Levels and must include History.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,B

Including History. This qualification is only acceptable when combined with Scottish Higher grades ABBBB.

Scottish Higher

A,B,B,B,B

This qualification is only acceptable when combined with Sottish Advanced Highers at grades AB including History.

Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

A-B

This qualification is considered alongside other UoN accepted qualifications such as A Levels and must include History.

UCAS Tariff

104-141

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

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subjects

American studies

History

On this fascinating degree, you will deepen your knowledge of how societies develop and learn how the past influences the present.

In American studies, you will explore debates about religion, race, class, capitalism, gender, sexuality and war in different periods. In history, as well as American studies, you will be able to choose optional modules from an extensive array, covering an extremely wide chronological and geographical range. These options will allow you to focus on certain periods, events, or texts in more depth. Topics include:

- The Crusades

- 19th-century Japan

- The Cold War

- Civil Rights

- US Foreign Policy

- Crime and punishment

You will also study American and Canadian film, music, art, politics, literature and culture.

You can also experience North America by choosing to study abroad for a year at a US or Canadian university.

Modules

In your first year you will be introduced to the basic themes and events of American history. Your second year contains a survey of key texts in American social and political thought and a range of modules allow you to focus on certain periods, events, and texts. The core element in history is provided by the Contemporary World since 1945. In addition, you will be able to select more specific optional modules covering a wide chronological and geographical range. The international study year is for students registered for the four-year programme who will attend a major North American university for a year. In your final year you will continue the process of specialisation, submitting a dissertation on a subject of your choice, choosing from a range of advanced-level modules and engaging with the historiography in various debates.

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
£19,000
per year
International
£19,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University Park Campus

Department:

Department of American and Canadian 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.

88%
med
American studies
85%
med
History

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

93%
Staff make the subject interesting
98%
Staff are good at explaining things
96%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
74%
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
97%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
49%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
35%
Male students
65%
Female students
84%
2:1 or above
5%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

History

Teaching and learning

92%
Staff make the subject interesting
93%
Staff are good at explaining things
91%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
75%
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
95%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
56%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
43%
Male students
57%
Female students
94%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
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.

American 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.

£19,000
med
Average annual salary
93%
low
Employed or in further education
70%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

26%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
9%
Public services and other associate professionals
6%
Teaching and educational professionals

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.

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.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
53%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

16%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
13%
Public services and other associate professionals
9%
Business, finance and related associate professionals

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.

What about your long term prospects?

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

Languages and area 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.

£22k

£22k

£27k

£27k

£33k

£33k

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.

History and archaeology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£19k

£19k

£26k

£26k

£31k

£31k

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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