2019
2020

Politics and English Language BSc (Hons)

Course overview

Entry requirements

  • A level (2019 entry)
    ABB - BBB
  • BTEC extended diploma (2019 entry)
    DDD
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma (2019 entry)
    32 points in the IB diploma (including TOK/Bonus points) with 6,5,5 at higher level
  • Further requirements (2019 entry)
    GCSE requirements: GCSE English Language and Maths Grade C/4.
More information

Key Dates

  • Start date
    September
  • Open Days
    Our next Open Day is taking place on:
    Saturday 5th October

We’ll make sure you’re career-ready. Employed Aston Politics graduates earn £5,300 (22%) more than expected five years after graduating (Longitudinal Education Outcomes, 2018)

You have our complete attention. English at Aston is ranked 1st in the UK for staff/student ratio. (Guardian, 2020)

We’re #1 for Added Value. Comparing our students’ entry grades (A Levels/BTECS/IB etc) with their final degree result shows the quality of our teaching.We’re ranked us 1st in the UK by this measure (Guardian, 2020)

Teaching draws on internationally recognised research by the Aston Centre for Europe and the Centre for Forensic Linguistics.

Course summary

This multi-disciplinary programme takes a practical approach to the teaching of Politics and English Language, through the optional placement year and professionally relevant modules which draw directly on our Aston’s cutting-edge research.

Entry requirements & fees (2020 entry)

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.

IB

  • 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.
  • For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your future 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: QL32 

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 & modules

This multi-disciplinary programme takes a practical approach to the teaching of Politics and English Language, through the optional placement year and professionally relevant modules which draw directly on our Aston’s cutting-edge research. You will examine the major issues facing governments across the world, and the policies developed and delivered by governments and other organisations. You will also be provided with the theoretical knowledge and understanding of English language and how it works in society. Important strengths of the course include the research-active teaching staff who are internationally recognised for their work on Western and Eastern Europe, Forensic Linguistics, Language and Gender and TESOL Studies. Aston is one of only a few UK universities to offer Politics and English Language with a fully integrated placement year. The distinctive 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 Politics and English Language graduates are in demand from a wide range of employers where a sound understanding of societies, organisations and institutions is required. It will also provide you with a range of desirable skills such as communication skills, critical thinking and the ability to evaluate data.

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 Studying and Researching Politics
British Politics since 1990


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


Year 2
Core
Working With Language Data
Written Text Analysis
Political Theories and Ideologies
Comparative Government and Politics

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
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
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
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 & 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 Politics and English Language. 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.

Careers

Word Cloud for English Destinations

Recent Organisations 

  • Ketchum
  • Wilkinson Dynamic Balancing
  • Bibby Financial Services
  • The Institute of Engineering and Technology (The IET)
  • IBM
  • Interserve
  • CapGemini
  • Virgin Active
  • BBC

Recent Job Titles

  • Analyst
  • Digital Marketer
  • Marketing And Communications Specialist 
  • Oracle Applications Consultant
  • Project Manager 
  • Recruitment Administrator
  • Senior Account Executive
  • Teacher
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 most amazing thing about my placement, teaching English in Vietnam, was the opportunity to live in an incredible place and being able to immerse myself in a new culture made the experience even more challenging and exciting. I now feel far braver when facing new challenges that I would have previously found scary and maybe not have taken.

Grace Marr
BSc English Language
What's it like to study at Aston?

The placement opportunities at Aston were a big highlight. I delivered talks in schools about careers in technology, the future job market, and specifically inspiring young girls to get involved in STEM related roles. I also had the opportunity to get involved with some of Microsoft’s big accounts across a number of sectors such as finance and security and defense.

Victoria Poku
BSc Politics and Economics