2019
2020

English Language and Literature BSc (Hons)

Course overview

Entry requirements

  • A level (2019 entry)
    ABB - BBB
  • BTEC (2019 entry)
    BTEC is also accepted, see below for details.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma (2019 entry)
    32 points in the IB diploma (including TOK/Bonus points) with 6,5,5 at HL (including English Language / Literature). Standard level Maths and English grade 5 required in lieu of GCSE English and Maths grade C/4.
  • Further requirements (2019 entry)
    GCSE English Language and Maths Grade C/4.
More information

Key Dates

  • Start date
    September
  • Open Days
    Our next Open Day is taking place on:
    Saturday 23rd November

You have our complete attention English at Aston is ranked 1st in the UK for staff/student ratio. (Guardian, 2020)

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.We’re ranked us 1st in the UK by this measure (Guardian, 2020)

We’ll make sure you’re career-ready Employed Aston English Studies graduates earn £1,300 (8%) more than expected one year after graduating (Longitudinal Education Outcomes, 2018)

This innovative programme offers the opportunity to develop creative writing skills and investigate how new technologies impact upon the study of literature. Teaching draws on cutting-edge research to give you an understanding of the English language, how it works in society and its role in the world today.

Course Summary

The study of English Language and Literature is integrated: we focus on literacy as a social practice - how and why do people read and write at all levels of society and consider all its manifestations from graffiti and electronic writing practices on the one side of the spectrum to poetry, novels and theatre on the other. 

Entry requirements & fees (2020 entry)

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*  (one A-level grade B must be obtained in English Language / Literature.)
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF) / BTEC Level 3 National Diploma: Distinction, Distinction plus grade B* in A-level English Language or Literature (or combined).
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) / BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma  Distinction, Distinction, Distinction. A-level grade B must also be obtained in English Language or Literature (or combined)
  • *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 (including English Language / Literature).
  • 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 or Social Sciences Access course preferred, but other courses considered on an individual basis.
  • Applicants must have an A Level in English.

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 that is equivalent to A-Level. Find out more about our English language requirements. For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage.
  • 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.

Duration: 4 years with integrated placement year

UCAS Code: Q321

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

Why choose this course?

  • This is a degree that enhances your employability after graduation due to its integrated placement year.

  • Staff in English regularly take part in local and regional arts events, such as the Birmingham Literary Festival. 

Our innovative English Literature modules aim to cover the breadth and depth of English Literature across the world, whilst also allowing you to develop your own interests in specific areas. As an English student, you will study literature, language, culture, history,  have the opportunity to develop your creative writing skills and investigate how new technologies impact upon the study of literature.  Your First Year of studying English Literature at Aston will give you a broad introduction to literary genres and periods from the seventeenth century to the present day. In the Second Year you build upon the themes introduced in your First Year through the study of core and elective modules designed to broaden your understanding of the breadth and range of English literature and equip you to critically engage with a variety of literary texts across both literary genres and periods. In the Final Year you can choose from a wide range of elective modules to suit your interests.

Our English Language modules aim to provide you with a theoretical knowledge and understanding of the English language, how it works in society and its role in the world today. At the same time we emphasise the practical application of English Language studies to the real world through professionally relevant modules in areas such as Teaching and Learning English or Language in the Workplace or Language and the Law. Your First Year of studying English Language at Aston will give you a broad introduction to language and meaning, to the influence of form and context and to the role of language in society. In the Second Year you build upon the themes introduced in your First Year through the study of core and elective modules designed to equip you to describe the features of spoken and written language in technical detail, as well as collecting, managing and working with linguistic data. In the Final Year you can choose from a wide range of elective modules to suit your interests and/or career plans.

You will also have the opportunity to produce a substantial piece of individual work in the form of a dissertation on an agreed topic of your choice.

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

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

Modules

Sample module options: The modules listed below are indicative only and subject to final approval. 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

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

Year 1

Core
Literary Genres in English
Literature in History
Literature and Film
Introduction to Linguistics
Introduction to Discourse Analysis
Language and Society


Year 2
Core
Literature, Culture and Society
Writing and Ideology
Working With Language Data
Written Text Analysis

Options
Stylistics
Crime Fiction
Creative Writing
Post-apocalyptic Fiction
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Psychology of Language & Communication
Language at Work
The Language of the Law
Language in the News Media
Language Policy and Language Planning
Phonetics
Literature, Culture and Society
Creative Writing
Stylistics
Work-based Project
Advanced Topics in Sociolinguistics


Year 3
Integrated placement year


Final Year
Core
Dissertation

Options
Cognitive Poetics
Marriage in Literature: Class, Race, Gender and Money
Language and Literature in Education
Ghouls, Goths and Vampires
Spoken Discourse Analysis
Learning English
Multimodal Analysis
Computer Mediated Communication
Language as Evidence
Communicating Across Cultures
Leadership and Management Communication
Advanced Leadership and Management Communication
Forensic Phonetics
Language Contact and Globalisation
Theories of Language and Identity
Cognitive Poetics
Language and Literature in Education

Learning, teaching & assessment

You will be involved in: lectures, tutorials, seminars, e-seminars, small-group work, project work and independent study. Many of your English 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.

Placement year

You can choose whether your placement has a language or literature focus and your may be in the UK or abroad. Placements taken by Aston students are generally paid, with the average salary being around £16,000.

You'll receive plenty of help and advice in finding your placement and specialist support and supervision from the University during your placement.

Find out more about placement years at Aston.

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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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