English Literature and Politics BSc

Course overview

Entry requirements

  • A level entry
    ABB-BBB
  • BTEC extended diploma
    DDD
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
    32 points in the IB diploma (including TOK/Bonus points) with 6,5,5 at HL. Standard level Maths and English grade 5 required in lieu of GCSE English and Maths grade C/4.
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Key Dates

  • Undergraduate Open Day
    Saturday 6 October 2018
  • Start date
    September

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

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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

A levels

  • ABB - BBB from 3 A Levels. 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*.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF) / BTEC Level 3 National Diploma: Distinction, Distinction plus grade B* in one A-level.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) / BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma  Distinction, Distinction, Distinction.

*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.

International Baccalaureate diploma

  • 32 points in the IB diploma (including TOK/Bonus points) with 6,5,5 at HL.
  • 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, 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, 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.
  • 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 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 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.

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.

Year 1

Core modules:
Literary Genres in English
Literature in History
Literature and Film  
Literary Texts in Society 

Introduction to Studying and Researching Politics
British Politics since 1945
Introduction to the European Union


Year 2

Core modules:
Literature, Society and Culture
20th Century Literature 

Comparative Government and Politics
History of Political Thought

Optional modules:
The Language of Literature 
American Literature 
Creative Writing 
Ghouls, Goths and Vampires 

Introduction to Political Economy
Security Studies in a Changing World
Regional Politics and Society


Year 3

Integrated placement year 

Final Year

Core modules:
Dissertation
Research and Dissertation Skills

Optional modules:
Literature and War
Children and Young Adult’s Literature 
Crime Fiction
World Literature in English 
Literature in translation 

EuroSim: Learning Negotiation through Simulation Games
The International Relations of East Asia
Religion and Politics in Contemporary Europe
Political Communication
The American Presidency
Nationalism & Political Power
Political Parties and Party Systems
Conflict and Politics in Contemporary Balkans
Contemporary Conflict
Diplomacy and Soft Power
The Far Right in Europe
The Politics of Climate Change
Understanding Foreign Policy
Northeast Asia: From Conflict to Cooperation
Gender and Politics
Interest groups and lobbying
Regions and Regionalism in Europe
Contemporary Political Theory
Political Leaders: Case Studies and Comparative Perspectives
Intellectuals and Politics
Power and Parliamentary Decision-Making
Ethics and International Politics

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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