English Language BSc (Hons)

Course overview

Entry requirements

  • A level entry
    ABB - BBB, including an A level in English
  • BTEC extended diploma
    DDD
  • International baccalaureate diploma
    32 points in the IB diploma (including TOK/Bonus points) with 6,5,5 at HL (including English Language / Literature).
  • Further requirements
    GCSE English Language and Maths Grade C/4.
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Key Dates

  • Open Days
    Saturday 6th October 2018
  • Apply deadline
    15th January
  • Start date
    September

English achieved 90% Overall Satisfaction in the National Student Survey, 2017

80% of Aston graduates are in professional level jobs or further study, 18th highest percentage in the UK (Complete University Guide 2018)

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

Staff work routinely with law enforcement as expert witnesses in cases where speech or text constitute part of the evidence

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.

Entry requirements & fees

A levels

  • ABB - BBB from 3 A Levels to include grade B in English Language or Literature (or combined). 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.

IB

  • 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 HE

  • 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 qualifications

  • 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.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.

3 years full time or 4 years with integrated placement year

UCAS Code: Q310

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

Tuition fees 2019/20: £9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students. £14,600 (£2,500 during placement year) for overseas students. More on fees.

  • 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 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.

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 on the module titles to find out more.

Year 1

Core modules:

Core modules: Introduction to Linguistics ; English Language Across Time and Space; Introduction to Discourse Analysis; Language and Society; Practical Applications of Language Description

Year 2

Core modules: Advanced Topics in Sociolinguistics; Working with Language Data; Written Text Analysis

Option modules: 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, Society and Culture; Creative Writing; Stylistics

 

Year 3

Optional work / study placement. See our placements pages for details

Final Year

Research Dissertation (on an agreed topic of your choice)

Option Modules: Spoken Discourse; Learning English; Multimodal Analysis; Computer Mediated Communication; Language as Evidence; Communication 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 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 coursework, essays, oral presentations, posters, exams and an extended dissertation during your Final Year.

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