English Language and Modern Languages BSc (Hons)

Course overview

  • Course level
    Undergraduate
  • Course type
    Full-time
  • Duration
    4 years
  • Course options
    Integrated International placement / study abroad, Beginner's language routes
  • UCAS code(s)
    QR31 French, QR34 Spanish
  • School

Entry requirements

  • A Level
    BBC-CCC
  • BTEC extended diploma
    DDM
  • International baccalaureate diploma
    29 points overall with grades 5,5,4 in 3 higher level subjects
  • Further requirements
    GCSE English Language and Maths Grade C/4.
More information
Apply via UCAS

Key dates

Students are happy. Modern Languages and Linguistics at Aston are ranked 5th for Teaching Satisfaction (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)

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

We’ll make sure you’re career-ready. Employed Aston languages graduates are ranked 12th in the UK for earnings one year after graduation. (Longitudinal Educational Outcomes, 2018)

Course summary

Our innovative English Language degree aims 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 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

Turn your talent for languages into serious future employment prospects.

Acquire near-native linguistic fluency and the high-level political, social and cultural insights that make Aston’s students stand out.

Spend a year abroad on a study, or work placement and return equipped with the experience, resilience and emotional intelligence needed to flourish in the world of work.

Whether you are coming to us post-A-level or picking up a new language from beginner’s (or ab initio) level, a BSc joint honours degree in Modern Languages at Aston offers something quite different:

  • A GOLD standard ranking in the Teaching Excellence Framework;
  • World-leading academics with cutting-edge research and teaching experience on French, German, Spanish and Mandarin-speaking regions of the world (from Beijing to Brussels to Berlin to Bogotá);
  • Teaching almost exclusively in your chosen language(s) to work quickly towards the kind of fluency and adaptability that employers value;
  • Innovative assessment techniques tasks based on real-world professional scenarios;
  • A small and friendly department where you’ll be at the heart of a supportive academic community.

What jobs can I get with a languages degree?
Our recent graduates are often our best ambassadors, with former Aston students now working at companies such as Bloomberg LP, Deutsche Bank and Apple, as well as for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and in schools, colleges and universities across the UK and overseas.

Key benefits of the Aston Modern Languages Joint Honours BSc:

Aston students are happy:
Modern Languages at Aston are ranked 5th for Teaching Satisfaction (Guardian, 2020)

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

We’ll help you achieve your best:
84% of Aston students achieve first or 2:1 degrees, ranking us 20th in the UK (CUG, 2020)

We’ll make sure you’re career-ready:
Employed Aston languages graduates are ranked 12th in the UK for earnings one year after graduation (Longitudinal Educational Outcomes, 2018).

Entry requirements & fees (2020 entry)

4 years full-time with integrated year abroad

UCAS Code:
 QR31 (French), QR34 (Spanish)

Typical Offers
A Levels:
 BBC-CCC from 3 A-levels, including French/Spanish. General Studies accepted. 

BBC in 3 A-Level subjects

BCC with B in Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) or Core Maths

CCC  in 3 A-level subjects for our contextual offer scheme

Applicants for the beginners language route are not required to have any previous experience of language learning but we would anticipate that applicants receiving an offer would demonstrate a clear commitment to studying languages via the AS Personal Statement. Applicants with GCSE languages are welcome to apply for the ab initio programmes. Applicants with AS would normally be interviewed and may receive an offer for the ab initio programme or for the post A-Level programme depending on the level of language demonstrated at interview.

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, any offer made will not be lower than stated above.
Entry onto our Foundation Year maybe offered as an alternative to the degree course if lower entry grades are achieved.
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.
If you already have your grades and would like to check your suitability for one of our courses please contact us via e-mail.  
Applicants and their teachers/advisers are welcome to contact us with individual queries about entry qualifications via lss_ugadmissions@aston.ac.uk

View our Admissions Policy. 

IB – 29 points overall with grades 5,5,4 in 3 higher level subjects. Maths and English 5 required and Higher Level French/Spanish grade 6.

Access: 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.  A-level grade B in French/Spanish or equivalent.

BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM

BTEC Diploma (QCF/National) with A-Levels - Distinction, Merit (DM) and Grade B at A-Level

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) or Extended Certificate (national) with A-Levels – Distinction (D) and grades BC at A-Level.



We accept a wide range of UK, EU and International qualifications: please contact us for further advice.

Specific subject requirements:
GCSE English Language and Maths Grade C/4.

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.

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.

Applicants receiving offers are invited to an open day.
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.For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage.

Course outline

Our innovative English Language degree aims 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 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

French
Our French studies course is designed to develop your linguistic skills to near-native proficiency and fluency. We stress the development of your practical command of French, emphasising language as a means of communication and mutual understanding. Our programme is also designed to develop your understanding of French culture and society – its traditions, its complexities, its underlying ideas – and to develop your critical, analytical and collaborative skills. Language classes are supplemented by a series of thematic modules, also taught in French, which focus on contemporary French society, and particularly on French politics, history, sociolinguistics, media, film and literature. You will be taught by research experts with international reputations in their fields, all in a lively, friendly, experienced and enthusiastic department.

Spanish
Spanish is spoken by more than 400 million people worldwide, so the global market has a huge demand for people with a knowledge of the language and the cultures of the Spanish speaking world. The Spanish programme at Aston is committed to equipping you with the tools, skills and knowledge necessary to operate effectively in this global, multilingual and multicultural world. We are devoted to the study of Spanish in context and therefore we consider the understanding of the diverse cultures and societies of the Spanish-speaking world to play an essential role in understanding the world in which we live. This means that along with near native proficiency in written and spoken Spanish, you will also graduate with an in-depth understanding of the issues that shape contemporary Hispanic cultures and societies.

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

English Language and French (Post A-Level)

Year 1

Core
Introduction to Linguistics
Introduction to Discourse Analysis
Language and Society

French Language Skills I

Option
Introduction to the French -Speaking Countries
Introduction to the French -Speaking Countries
IBE (France)


Year 2
Core
Working With Language Data
Written Text Analysis

French Language Skills II

Options
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

Politics and Society (French-speaking countries)
Culture and Conflict (French-speaking countries)
IBE (France)
TESOL

Year 3
Integrated placement year

Final Year
Core
Dissertation

French Language Skills III

Options
Dissertation
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

La France d’Outre Mer
Vichy France: Occupation, Collaboration, Liberation
Contemporary French
Technology in France: Inventing Progress and Disaster
French Research Dissertation
French Research Dissertation
Representations of Minorities

 

English Language and Spanish (Post A-level) 

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.

Year 1

Core
Introduction to Linguistics
Introduction to Discourse Analysis
Language and Society
Spanish Language Skills I

Option
Introduction to Spain and Latin America
Introduction to Spain and Latin America
IBE (Spain)


Year 2
Core
Working With Language Data
Written Text Analysis

Spanish Language Skills II

Options
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

Politics and Society Spain and Latin America
Politics and Society Spain and Latin America
Culture and Conflict Spain and Latin America
IBE (Latin America)
TESOL


Year 3
Integrated placement year

Final Year
Core
Dissertation

Spanish Language Skills III

Options
Dissertation
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

Cultural Studies in the Spanish-speaking countries
National and Transnational Identities in Spanish-Speaking Countries
IBE (Spain)
Research Dissertation
 

English Language and French/Spanish (Ab Initio/Beginners)

As an ab initio student, you will take an intensive 40 credit language module in year one and two and will be taught separately from those students who already have an A-level to ensure that your language skills progress rapidly. You will spend your third year overseas in order to allow for maximum exposure to the language and culture, and can choose between an approved study programme at a partner exchange university, a work placement or a post as a Teaching Assistant in a school. If you are studying two languages (including one language ab initio) you will normally divide your time equally between the two countries where each of your languages are spoken. After the Year Abroad, students who studied ab initio langauages are taught with those who started university with an A-level and take the usual final year modules, including modules taught in the target language.

Learning, teaching & assessment

You will take part in interactive seminars, presentations and group work as well as attending lectures and tutorials. There are also opportunities for individual research and guided study. We teach our French studies courses in French, which means that our students are at a real advantage when it comes to gaining maximum benefit and experience from the year abroad. 

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.

Year abroad

Campus accommodation guaranteed for first year and final year students returning from year abroad

The Third Year of your course is spent abroad in a French/Spanish speaking country - increasing your fluency, enhancing your cultural awareness and adding value to your degree. The year abroad is an integral and assessed part of language studies at Aston University, fully supported by us, and of direct relevance to your degree. A distinctive feature of our year abroad is the flexibility that we offer. You will be able to choose between undertaking a paid work-experience placement with a company, working as a teaching assistant in a school or studying at one of our partner universities - you might even choose to combine two of these options. We are extremely proud of the high level of preparation, orientation and support that we provide before and during your year abroad. We have a full-time Placements Team who will give you plenty of individual help and advice, and even come and visit you during your time away. Find out more about the Year Abroad.

Careers

Recent Organisations 

  • Bloomberg LP
  • University of York
  • English First Chile
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Polyglot Translation Office and Language Services 
  • Apple Inc.
  • Foxtons
  • Barnardos
  • Teach First

Recent Job Titles

  • Analyst
  • EFL Teacher
  • French-Speaking International Sales Co-Ordinator
  • HR Coordinator
  • Language Teacher
  • Operations Support Analyst
  • Senior Project Manager
  • Translator

Contact Details

Tel: 0121 204 3777

Email:ugadmissions@aston.ac.uk

"I recommend this course at Aston to those thinking about studying a Masters degree. Aston has everything you need for an academic study, and the PDP element is really important for an international student as it prepares you for work. Aston have everything you need."

Phuong Hoang

"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

"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
Marketing and PR Manager at Sherwood Event Services Limited

"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

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