English Language and Sociology BSc (Hons)

Course overview

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 requirements: GCSE English Language and Maths Grade C/4.
More information

Key Dates

  • Start date
    September
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Explore the English language, how it works in society and its role in the world today. Examine social processes, organisational dynamics and inter-group relationships.

Course summary

This multi-disciplinary programme takes an applied approach to the teaching of Sociology and English Language, through the optional placement year and professionally relevant modules which draw directly on our cutting-edge research. 

Entry requirements and fees (2020 entry)

A levels

  • BBC-CCC from 3 A Levels. 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

  • 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 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.

IB

  • 29 points overall with grades 5,5,4 in 3 higher level subjects
  • Standard level Maths and English grade 5 required in lieu of GCSE English and Maths grade C/4..

Access to HE

  • 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 qualifications

  • EPQ: A Level applicants who meet our offer criteria will be made the standard offer for their programme of 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. 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.

Key Information:

3 years full time or 4 years with integrated placement year

UCAS Code: LQ33

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 and modules

This multi-disciplinary programme takes an applied approach to the teaching of Sociology and English Language, through the optional placement year and professionally relevant modules which draw directly on our cutting-edge research. You will be provided with a theoretical knowledge and understanding of the English language, how it works in society and its role in the world today. You will also examine social processes, organisational dynamics and inter-group relationships. Important strengths of the course include the research-active teaching staff who are internationally recognised researchers in fields such as ethnic and gender equalities, global change, theories of social change, forensic linguistics, language and gender and TESOL studies. The placement year is an optional feature of the programme and is designed to give you real life experience and to act as a springboard for your future career. Our graduates are in demand from a wide range of employers where a sound understanding of societies, organisations, institutions and communication skills are required.

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

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
Introduction to Social Theory
Becoming a Social Scientist


Year 2
Core
Working With Language Data
Written Text Analysis
Advanced Social Theory
Research Methods

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
Advanced Research Methods
Global Society
Embodiment and Feminist Theory
Media and Society
Kith and Kin
The Social Life of Stuff
Crime, Subversion and Injustice
Racisms
Contested Cities
Welfare States and Welfare Change
Organising for Social Justice


Year 3
Integrated placement year


Final Year
Core
Dissertation

Options
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
Work, Organisations and Society
Bodies, Power and Resistance
Contemporary Social Movements
Pregnancy and Politics
Education and Digital Society
Religion and Society
Corporate Power in a Globalised World
Migration, Borders and Belonging
Health Policy
The Challenges of Climate Change
Community Engagement

Learning, teaching and 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.

Placement year

The placement year is optional for students studying English Language and Sociology. If you choose to take a placement year, this will take 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. 

A distinctive feature of our placement year is the flexibility that we offer. You will be able to choose between undertaking a paid work-experience placement with a company or working as a teaching assistant in a school (either in the UK or abroad) - 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 placement year.

What's it like to study at Aston?

The staff and facilities at Aston blew me away, but the real winner was the opportunity to do a year abroad in any industry. During my placement year I worked in a secondary school, in Alicante, teaching English. I hadn’t considered a career in teaching before, but after finishing the year I knew it was how I wanted to spend the rest of my life. The lifelong friends at Aston were one of the best things about my time here. Being a small community, it was like one big happy family. I would do university at Aston all over again.

Nishtar Hussein
BSc Sociology
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?

During my time at Aston, I received great academic teaching and support from lecturers. My placement prepared me for a career which is fast-paced and challenging. I am able to manage my workload efficiently and use my initiative.

Kanisha Warrican
BSc Sociology

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