English Literature and Politics 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. Standard level Maths and English grade 5 required in lieu of GCSE English and Maths grade C/4.
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Key Dates

  • Start date
    September

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Develop creative writing skills, investigate how new technologies impact upon the study of literature and examine the major issues facing governments across the world.

Course summary

This innovative programme combines literature, politics and history and offers the opportunity to develop creative writing skills and investigate how new technologies impact upon studies in both arenas.

Entry requirements and fees (2020 entry)

A levels

  • BBC-CCC 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.

International Baccalaureate diploma

  • 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: 

4 years full-time with integrated placement year

UCAS Code: Q3L0

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

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.   

The programme explores politics in British, European and global settings and examines theories about the nature of politics from the ancient to the modern world. You will explore the complex relationship between ethics and international action via co-operation or conflict. The history and present day functionality of the European Union and policy-making at international, national and regional levels is also explored.

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 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 Literature students.

Year 1

Core
Literary Genres in English
Literature in History
Literature and Film
Introduction to Studying and Researching Politics
British Politics since 1990


Options
The Making of the
Modern World
What’s Trending (Current Affairs in Politics and International Relations)
Introduction to the European Union

Year 2
Core
Literature, Culture and Society
Writing and Ideology
International Relations: Theories
Critical Approaches to Security Studies

Options
Stylistics
Crime Fiction
Creative Writing
Post-apocalyptic Fiction
West European Politics and Society
Russian and East European Politics and Society
North American Politics and Society
East Asian Politics and Society: China and Japan
South Asian Politics and Society
The Politics and Policies of the European Union
Introduction to Political Economy: Institutions and Rational Choice


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
A Great Misunderstanding: Britain and the EU
African Politics: From the Colonial Period to the Present Day
America in the World
The American Presidency
BRICS and Emerging Power Shifts in World Politics
Chinese Politics and Society
Conflict and Intervention
Democracy, Authoritarianism and Regime Change
Diplomacy and Soft Power
Ethics and International Relations
EuroSim: Learning Negotiation through Simulation Games
Gender and Politics
Interest Groups and Lobbying
International Institutions
Nationalism and Political Power
Political Communication
Leaders and Leadership: Case Studies and Comparative Perspectives
Politics and Islam: Past and Present
Politics and Protest in a Globalised World
Politics of Development
Religion and Politics in Contemporary Europe
Sport and Politics
The International Relations of East Asia
The Populist Radical Right in Europe
Understanding Foreign Policy
Debates in Contemporary British Politics
Changing Patterns of Warfare
Intelligence Agencies and the Modern World – MI6, CIA & ISI
Political Parties

Learning, teaching and assessment

You will be involved in: lectures, tutorials, seminars, e-seminars, small-group work, project work and independent study. 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 exams, coursework, essays, 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 politics or literature focus and can choose if your placement is 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?

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
What's it like to study at Aston?

My placement year at the Office for National Statistics was crucial in helping me discover what I was passionate about. I realised I am fascinated by foreign affairs, so I knew the Foreign & Commonwealth Office was somewhere I wanted to embark my career, and now I’m really happy I’ve secured a graduate internship there.

Mohammed Khonatt
BSc Politics and Economics
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.

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