2019
2020

Business Management and English Language BSc (Hons)

Course overview

  • Course level
    Undergraduate
  • Course type
    Full-time
  • Duration
    4 Years
  • Course options
    Integrated placement
  • UCAS code(s)
    QN75
  • School
    Aston Business School, School of Languages & Social Sciences

Entry requirements

  • A levels (2020 entry)
    ABB - BBB .
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (2020 entry)
    DDD
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma (2020 entry)
    32 points in the IB diploma (including TOK/Bonus points) with 6,5,5 at HL. Standard level Maths and English grade 5 required in lieu of GCSE English and Maths grade C/4.
  • Further requirements (2020 entry)
    GCSE English Language and Maths Grade C/4.
More information
Apply via UCAS

Key Dates

  • Start Date
    September
  • Open Days
    Our next Open Day is taking place on:
    Saturday 5th October

Employed Aston Business graduates earn £9,100 (34%) more than expected five years after graduating (Longitudinal Educational Outcomes, 2018)

We’re #1 for Added Value. Comparing our students’ entry grades (A Levels/BTECS/IB etc) with their final degree result shows the quality of our teaching. Aston is ranked us 1st in the UK by this measure (Guardian, 2020)

An innovative programme offering skills and abilities sought by employers. Leadership and management skills are among the top skills currently needed by employers to fill vacancies (Employer Skill Survey, 2017)

Teaching draws on cutting-edge research to give you an understanding of the English language, how it works in business and its role in the workplace

Course Summary

Our Business Management and English Language BSc (Hons) takes a practical approach to both subject areas through professionally relevant modules which draw directly on Aston’s ground-breaking research. You will gain a theoretical knowledge and understanding of the English language, how it works in society and organisations, and its role in the world today

Entry requirements and fees

A Levels

  • ABB - BBB from 3 A Levels. General Studies accepted.
  • A Level applicants who select this course as their Firm UCAS choice may be eligible for our lowered offer scheme. This means that the grades that you will need in order to be accepted on to the course will be reduced.
  • We welcome applications from students who have tried to improve their examination grades by taking resits. We treat these applications in exactly the same way as other applications.

BTEC

  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) / BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate: Distinction plus two A Levels at grade BB*.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF) / BTEC Level 3 National Diploma: Distinction, Distinction plus grade B* in one A-level.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) / BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma  Distinction, Distinction, Distinction

    *Applicants who select this course as their Firm UCAS choice may be eligible for our lowered offer scheme. This means that the A Level grades that you will need in order to be accepted on to the course will be reduced.

International Baccalaureate

  • 32 points in the IB diploma (including TOK/Bonus points) with 6,5,5 at HL.
  • Standard level Maths and English grade 5 required in lieu of GCSE English and Maths grade C/4.
  • Applicants who select this course as their Firm UCAS choice may be eligible for our lowered offer scheme. This means that the grades that you will need in order to be accepted on to the course will be reduced.

Access to Higher Education

  • Pass Access to HE Diploma with Merit in each module. Humanities, Social Sciences or Business Access course preferred, but other courses considered on an individual basis. 

Other Qualification

  • EPQ: A Level applicants who meet our offer criteria will be made the standard offer for their programme of choice, plus an alternative offer which will be one grade lower plus a grade B in EPQ providing this course is selected as their Firm UCAS choice.
  • Other qualifications: If your qualification is not listed, please contact us using the form at the bottom of the page.
  • International Qualifications: International students can discover more about the qualifications we accept on our international pages. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements and Aston in your country.
  • Foundation Programme in Social Science (Aston University): For students with good A-level (or equivalent) grades, but who narrowly miss our standard requirements, it is also possible to gain entry to this course by completing a Foundation Year, although please note the progression requirements.

Key Information:

4 years full-time with integrated placement year
UCAS Code: QN75
GCSE requirements: GCSE English Language and Maths Grade C/4.

Tuition fees 2020/21: £9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students. £15,600* (£2,500 during placement year) for overseas students. More on fees.

*Tuition fees are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.

  • Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with predicted grades that fall below these entry requirements if the application is of a high standard (however, initial offers will not be lower than stated below).
  • In addition to your predicted grades, when making offers we also consider your previous academic performance (eg GCSEs), your school/college reference and the commitment and motivation you demonstrate for your chosen course via the personal statement.
  • Application for second year entry will be considered by the programme director if there is space on that year of the programme. Typically, successful applicants for second year entry will:
    • Have A level (or equivalent) qualifications similar to those required for first year entry
    • Have gained (or be expected to gain) 120 credits on an equivalent programme at another recognised university
    • Obtained (or be expected to obtain) an overall average of 60% or above on an equivalent programme at another recognised university
    • Have not previously attempted the second year of a programme elsewhere
    • Individual programmes may have additional requirements in addition to those stated above. These will be clarified upon application.
  • Applicants receiving offers are invited to an Applicant Visit Day.

View our Admissions Policy. 

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

Course outline

Our BSc in Business Management and English Language takes a practical approach to both subject areas through professionally relevant modules which draw directly on Aston’s ground-breaking research. You will gain a theoretical knowledge and understanding of the English language, how it works in society and organisations, and its role in the world today. You will also gain the academic knowledge and the commercial and leadership skills of business management. With a professional placement year as one of its key features, the programme is geared towards increasing your employability; it is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills required of professionals working in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

The bridge between Business Management and English is provided by modules centred around the themes of (international) communication and leadership, and professional discourse. For example, you will investigate the range of ways in which leaders and senior managers use spoken, written and multimodal communication in the workplace to achieve certain aims. The modules will introduce a range of models of discourse analysis and invite students to participate in simulated contexts such as business meetings, interviews, presentations, and so on. You will be taught by research-active lecturers who are internationally recognised researchers in fields such as leadership communication, marketing, economic development, multi-national enterprises and location, forensic linguistics, language and gender and TESOL studies.

Click here to view/download the latest reading list for English Language students

Modules

Sample module options: The modules below are indicative only. When an offer is made, students will receive a detailed programme specification which forms part of our terms and conditions. 

Click here to view/download the latest reading list for English Language students

Year 1
Core:

Language and Society
Introduction to Discourse Analysis
Introduction to Linguistics
Practical Applications of Language Description
Introduction to Marketing Management
Introduction to Organisational Behaviour
Introduction to Business Economics

Year 2
Core:

Psychology and Work
Effective Teamwork
Fundamental Strategy
Operations Management
Introduction to Intercultural Communication
Working with Language Data
Language at Work

Options
Written Text Analysis
Language Policy and Language Planning
The Language of the Law

Year 3
Integrated placement year

Final Year
Core

Dissertation
Leadership and Management Communication
Advanced Leadership and Management Communication
Theories and Practice of Leadership
Business Ethics

Options
International Marketing
International Operations
Consumer Research and the Customer Experience
Strategic HRM
Computer-mediated communication
Spoken Discourse Analysis
Communicating Across Cultures
Multimodal Analysis

Placement Year

The placement year is compulsory for this course.. It takes place during your third year at Aston and is worth 10% of the final degree result. Unlike some other universities, the placement year at Aston is not a “bolt-on” year, it is an integral part of your degree for which you are prepared in your second year and encouraged to look back on in your final year. Aston pioneered the placement year in the 1950s, and has over 50 year's experience in offering sandwich courses. As a result we have built up an enviable reputation with employers many of whom return to us each year hoping to take on more Aston University students. You can choose to spend the year on a work placement in the UK or, if you choose to go abroad, there are both work and study placements available. Examples of placements recently completed by students of English Language include:

  • Teaching Assistant, Haybridge High School
  • PR & Administrative Assistant, Interdirect Ltd
  • Internal Communications & Community Relations
  • Government Affairs placements, Airbus UK
  • Local Activism Volunteer, Friends of the Earth
  • Policy & Patron and Press & PR placement, Birmingham Chamber of Commerce
  • Learning & Development placement, Warburtons LT
  • The Atlantic Initiative, Editorial International Affairs placement, Germany
  • English Language Teaching Assistant at Tokyo Gakuen Univeristy, Japan
  • Teaching English in Spain with the BEDA Programme
  • Study placements at Korea University.
Learning, teaching & assessment

You will be involved in: lectures, tutorials, seminars, e-seminars, small-group work, project work and independent study. Many of your modules will be in workshop format, alternating theoretical input with practical analysis, and allowing you to test out your understanding in discussion with other students and your tutor. There are also opportunities for group and collaborative work. Students undertake a major piece of independent research in final year.

You will be allocated a Personal Tutor when you join us and you will be encouraged to make regular contact with them throughout your studies. Personal Tutors are there to help discuss academic and, in some cases, personal issues. Personal Tutors can also often offer support by writing references for placement/graduate employment and academic research.

Assessment is through a combination of written and oral exams, coursework, essays, translation tasks, presentations and an extended dissertation during your Final Year. Exams take place in January and May/June.

Dr Erika Darics - Lecturer in Applied Linguistics

I am a linguist-slash-communication scholar interested in how language functions in professional contexts and in the digital realm.
My work is primarily qualitative and discourse-centered, focusing on issues such as written non-verbal cues, linguistic politeness or the interactional creation of identity and power. I hold a PhD from the University of Loughborough. I am currently co-authoring a coursebook on Language and Business.
I am also a passionate advocate of the importance of communication and linguistic skills in professional contexts. I am excited to be able to lead our new joint honours programme BSc Business Management and English Language.

The modules I teach at Aston are strongly linked to my research interests that lie at the intersection of three fields: business communication, computer mediated communication and discourse analysis.

I am really interested in how language works online - especially in professional or business contexts. I have previously analysed, for example, how power and hierarchy is negotiated in virtual teams, or how professionals use non-verbal signals in writing to achieve their goals. I regularly consult organizations on communication issues and use these experiences in my teaching to ensure my materials are up-to-date and relevant.

Careers

Recent Organisations 

  • Ketchum
  • Wilkinson Dynamic Balancing
  • Bibby Financial Services
  • The Institute of Engineering and Technology (The IET)
  • IBM
  • Interserve
  • Capgemini
  • Virgin Active
  • BBC

Recent Job Titles

  • Analyst
  • Digital Marketer
  • Marketing And Communications Specialist 
  • Oracle Applications Consultant
  • Project Manager 
  • Recruitment Administrator
  • Senior Account Executive
  • Teacher
What's it like to study at Aston?

The most amazing thing about my placement, teaching English in Vietnam, was the opportunity to live in an incredible place and being able to immerse myself in a new culture made the experience even more challenging and exciting. I now feel far braver when facing new challenges that I would have previously found scary and maybe not have taken.

Grace Marr
BSc English Language
What's it like to study at Aston?

The staff at Aston are incredible and always willing to help. Having a tutor really helped me balance university work and outside life. They really helped me during my final year.

Zanub Gul
BSc English Language
What's it like to study at Aston?

I spent my placement year in Paris, where I worked as a General Manager and Language Assistant at HSBC for part of the year and a Digital Marketer at Digimind for the rest of my time. The highlight of my placement experience was being able to improve and really get a hold on the French language which at the start was not easy! I also enjoyed having the flexibility to travel around Europe and beyond to see friends and of course finding all the hidden treasures in Paris.

Jessica Metcalfe
BSc International Relations and English Language

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