English Literature 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)
    Q3R1 (French)
  • School

Entry requirements

  • A Level
    BBC-CCC from 3 A-Levels including French/German
  • 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

Key Dates

  • Start date
    September

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Course summary

This innovative programme combines literature, culture and history, offering the opportunity to develop creative writing skills and investigate the impact of new technologies on the study of texts in English and French or German, while developing your linguistic skills to near-native proficiency.

Entry requirements & fees (2020 entry)

Duration: 4 years with integrated year abroad

UCAS Code: Q3R1 (French), Q3R2 (German)

Typical Offers
A-levels: 
BBC-CCC from 3 A-levels, including French/German.  

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 beginner's 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.  In addition to your predicted grades, when making offers we also consider your previous academic performance (e.g. GCSEs), your school/college reference and the commitment and motivation you demonstrate for your chosen course via the personal statement. Applicants and their teachers/advisers are welcome to contact us with individual queries about entry qualifications via ugadmissions@aston.ac.uk.  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 ugadmissions@aston.ac.uk

View our Admissions Policy. 

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
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 English Literature degree aims 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, 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.   

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

German
By the end of our programme you will be able to work effectively in a professional German-speaking environment. Our focus is on the practical application of a range of skills within their wider context. Your linguistic skills will reach near-native proficiency, acquired through a combination of up-to-date modules and a well-structured and supervised year abroad. You will also acquire transferable skills such as teamwork and independent research. These will be essential for any of the career choices the course will open up for you. Teaching is conducted in a stimulating environment by internationally renowned experts in their field. Almost all courses are taught in German and provide in-depth insights into current affairs. Subject specialisms include German society, film studies, socio-linguistics, translation studies, popular culture, literature, history and politics, and business studies.

Modules for English Literature & French (With Post A-Level or Beginners French)

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

English Literature & French (POST A-LEVEL)

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
French Language Skills I

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


Year 2
Core
Literature, Culture and Society
Writing and Ideology
French Language Skills II

Options
Stylistics
Crime Fiction
Creative Writing
Post-apocalyptic Fiction
Politics and Society (French-speaking countries)
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
Cognitive Poetics
Marriage in Literature: Class, Race, Gender and Money
Language and Literature in Education
Ghouls, Goths and Vampires
La France d’Outre Mer
Vichy France: Occupation, Collaboration, Liberation
Contemporary French
Technology in France: Inventing Progress and Disaster
Representations of Minorities

 

English Literature & French (BEGINNERS / AB INITIO)

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
French Language Skills ab initio I
Introduction to Language and Communication

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


Year 2
Core
Literature, Culture and Society
Writing and Ideology
French Language Skills ab initio II
Introduction to the French -Speaking Countries

Options
Stylistics
Crime Fiction
Creative Writing
Post-apocalyptic Fiction

Year 3
Integrated placement year


Final Year
Core
Dissertation
French Language Skills III


Options
Cognitive Poetics
Marriage in Literature: Class, Race, Gender and Money
Language and Literature in Education
Ghouls, Goths and Vampires
La France d’Outre Mer
Vichy France: Occupation, Collaboration, Liberation
Contemporary French
Technology in France: Inventing Progress and Disaster
Representations of Minorities

 

Modules for English Literature & German (With Post A-Level or Beginners German)

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

English Literature & German (POST A-LEVEL)

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
German Language Skills I
Introduction to the German -Speaking Countries
IBE (German)

Year 2
Core
Literature, Culture and Society
Writing and Ideology
German Language Skills II
Politics and Society (German-speaking countries)
IBE (German)

Options
Stylistics
Crime Fiction
Creative Writing
Post-apocalyptic Fiction


Year 3
Integrated placement year


Final Year
Core
Dissertation
German Language Skills III

Options
Cognitive Poetics
Marriage in Literature: Class, Race, Gender and Money
Language and Literature in Education
Ghouls, Goths and Vampires
Cultural Identities in the German-speaking countries
Global Germany
IBE (German)

 

English Literature & German (BEGINNERS / AB INITIO)

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
German Language Skills ab initio I
Introduction to Language and Communication


Year 2
Core
Literature, Culture and Society
Writing and Ideology
German Language Skills ab initio II
Introduction to German-Speaking Countries

Options
Stylistics
Crime Fiction
Creative Writing
Post-apocalyptic Fiction

Year 3
Integrated placement year


Final Year
Core
Dissertation
German Language Skills IIIOptions
Cognitive Poetics
Marriage in Literature: Class, Race, Gender and Money
Language and Literature in Education
Ghouls, Goths and Vampires
Cultural Identities in the German-speaking countries
Global Germany
IBE (German)

Options
Cognitive Poetics
Marriage in Literature: Class, Race, Gender and Money
Language and Literature in Education
Ghouls, Goths and Vampires
Cultural Identities in the German-speaking countries
Global Germany
IBE (German)

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 language content in French and German, 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 or German 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 Languages 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
  • Associate for South Germany
  • EFL Teacher
  • French-Speaking International Sales Co-Ordinator
  • HR Coordinator
  • Language Teacher
  • Operations Support Analyst
  • Senior Project Manager
  • Translator
What's it like to study at Aston?

All the lecturers that I encountered at Aston were great. Since the very first day they always told us that if we had any doubts or needed further support in their module we could always e-mail them or come by their office. It was good to have this support when you felt lost in a module or not prepared for an exam.

Alina Fuhrmann
BSc Translation Studies, Spanish and German
What's it like to study at Aston?

My year abroad allowed me to learn about teaching careers and see how it differs in other countries. I also had the opportunity to lead my own classes which meant I had to plan, deliver and assess. This prepared me for the future and helped confirm my career path. Although I lived in such a small town in France, I met some lovely friends who really helped me improve my French.

Emily Downes
BSc French and Spanish
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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