Sociology 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)
    LR34 - Sociology and Spanish
  • School

Entry requirements

  • A Level
    BBC-CCC from 3 A-levels, including Spanish (if studying Spanish). Beginners/Ab Initio Spanish Route is also available. NB No prior knowledge of Chinese required to study Sociology and Chinese.
  • 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 5 required and 6 in Higher Level Spanish (if applicable). Beginners/Ab Initio Language Routes also available. No knowledge of Chinese required to study Sociology and Chinese.
  • Further requirements
    GCSE English Language and Maths Grade C/4.
More information

Key Dates

  • Start date
    September

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Develop language skills to near-native fluency and learn how social structures, such as class, gender, disability, ethnicity and identity impact on our lives.

Course summary

Our programme is also designed to develop your understanding of Spanish/Chinese language, culture and society – its traditions, its complexities, its underlying ideas – and to develop your critical, analytical and collaborative skills.

Our Sociology and Spanish course is suitable for applicants with an A-Level in Spanish, or complete beginners.

No prior knowledge of Chinese is required for Sociology and Mandarin Chinese. The course is designed with beginners in mind. 

Entry requirements & fees (2020 entry)

4 years full-time with integrated year abroad

UCAS Codes:

LR34 – Sociology and Spanish

LT02 - Sociology and Chinese

Typical Offers
A Levels: BBC-CCC from 3 A-levels, including Spanish Grade B (if applicable).  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

Applicants for the beginners 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. 

IB: 29 points overall with grades 5,5,4 in 3 higher level subjects. Standard level Maths and English 5 required and 6 in Higher Level Spanish. Spanish can also be taken as a beginners course. Chinese is suitable for beginners - no previous expereince of Chinese required.
Access: 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.  A-level grade B in Spanish or equivalent.
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.

A-level grade B in Spanish or equivalent.  Mix of Diploma/ Subsidiary Diploma/A-levels acceptable.

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 future webpage.

Course outline

Sociology
The Sociology programme at Aston is designed to develop your sociological analysis and research skills, help you develop informed understanding of the major debates shaping today’s society, and cultivate a wider ‘sociological imagination’ about the contemporary world. The course deals with social theory, research methods and ‘substantive’ modules equally in each year, revisiting certain core themes and skills at higher levels of analysis at various points in the programme. You will complete introductory and intermediate modules in research methods in preparation for designing your own independent research project in the Final Year. You will also establish foundations in sociological approaches to gender, ‘race’, class, and sexuality. This will feed into higher level courses that deal with more complex issues including the relationship between science and ‘race’, reproductive politics, corporate power, climate change, ageing, religion and media power.

Spanish
Spanish is spoken by more than 400 million people worldwide, so the global market has a huge demand for people with a knowledge of the language and the cultures of the Spanish speaking world. The Spanish programme at Aston is committed to equipping you with the tools, skills and knowledge necessary to operate effectively in this global, multilingual and multicultural world. We are devoted to the study of Spanish in context and therefore we consider the understanding of the diverse cultures and societies of the Spanish-speaking world to play an essential role in understanding the world in which we live. This means that along with near native proficiency in written and spoken Spanish, you will also graduate with an in-depth understanding of the issues that shape contemporary Hispanic cultures and societies.

Aston’s Spanish section is the first and only Cervantes Associated Centre in the UK and scored an impressive 93/100 on the Cervantes Teaching Quality Scale during a recent visit. The Spanish section will be hosting a range of Spanish Cultural Events sponsored by the Cervantes Institute.

Chinese

Study Mandarin Chinese alongside history, international relations, sociology or politics to enhance your international employability. Suitable for complete beginners. No previous study of Chinese is required.

Unlike other universities where the focus is either on language or language and culture, our focus will be on language and business, which enhance your employability and meet employers’ needs. There is a clear appetite for Chinese from global businesses. Our course provides dedicated modules to learn Mandarin characters. By the end of your degree, you will have developed a vocabulary of at least 1250 characters.

Modules

Sociology & Spanish (with Post A-Level Spanish)

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 Social Theory
Becoming a Social Scientist

Spanish Language Skills I

Options
Introduction to Spain and Latin America
Introduction to Spain and Latin America
IBE (Spain)


Year 2
Core
Advanced Social Theory
Research Methods

Spanish Language Skills II

Options
Advanced Research Methods
Global Society
Embodiment and Feminist Theory
Media and Society
Kith and Kin
The Social Life of Stuff
Crime, Subversion and Injustice
Racisms
Contested Cities
Welfare States and Welfare Change
Organising for Social Justice

Politics and Society Spain and Latin America
Politics and Society Spain and Latin America
Culture and Conflict Spain and Latin America
IBE (Latin America)
TESOL

Year 3
Integrated placement year


Final Year
Core
Dissertation

Spanish Language Skills III

Options
Work, Organisations and Society
Bodies, Power and Resistance
Contemporary Social Movements
Pregnancy and Politics
Education and Digital Society
Religion and Society
Corporate Power in a Globalised World
Migration, Borders and Belonging
Health Policy
The Challenges of Climate Change
Community Engagement

Cultural Studies in the Spanish-speaking countries
National and Transnational Identities in Spanish-Speaking Countries
IBE (Spain)

 

Sociology & Spanish (with Ab Initio/Beginners Spanish)

As an ab initio student, you will take an intensive 40 credit language module in year one and two and will be taught separately from those students who already have an A-level to ensure that your language skills progress rapidly. You will spend your third year in a Spanish-speaking country in order to allow for maximum exposure to the language and culture, and can choose between an approved study programme at a partner exchange university, a work placement or a post as a Teaching Assistant in a school. If you are studying two languages (including one language ab initio) you will normally divide your time equally between the two countries where each of your languages are spoken. After the Year Abroad, students who studied Spanish/German ab initio are taught with those who started university with an A-level and take the usual final year modules, including modules taught in the target language.

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 Social Theory
Becoming a Social Scientist

Spanish Language Skills ab initio I
Introduction to Language and Communication

Year 2
Core
Advanced Social Theory
Research Methods

Spanish Language Skills ab initio II
Introduction to Spain and Latin America

Options
Advanced Research Methods
Global Society
Embodiment and Feminist Theory
Media and Society
Kith and Kin
The Social Life of Stuff
Crime, Subversion and Injustice
Racisms
Contested Cities
Welfare States and Welfare Change
Organising for Social Justice


Year 3
Integrated placement year


Final Year
Core
Dissertation

Spanish Language Skills III

Options
Work, Organisations and Society
Bodies, Power and Resistance
Contemporary Social Movements
Pregnancy and Politics
Education and Digital Society
Religion and Society
Corporate Power in a Globalised World
Migration, Borders and Belonging
Health Policy
The Challenges of Climate Change
Community Engagement

Cultural Studies in the Spanish-speaking countries
National and Transnational Identities in Spanish-Speaking Countries
IBE (Spain)

 

Sociology and Mandarin Chinese

 

Year 1
Core
Introduction to Social Theory
Becoming a Social Scientist

Mandarin Chinese Language Skills (Ab Initio) I
Introduction to China
Mandarin Chinese Characters I


Year 2
Core
Advanced Social Theory
Research Methods

Mandarin Chinese Language Skills (Ab Initio) II
International Business & Markets (Mandarin)
Mandarin Chinese Characters II

Options
Advanced Research Methods
Global Society
Embodiment and Feminist Theory
Media and Society
Kith and Kin
The Social Life of Stuff
Crime, Subversion and Injustice
Racisms
Contested Cities
Welfare States and Welfare Change
Organising for Social Justice


Year 3
Integrated placement year


Final Year
Core
Dissertation

Mandarin Chinese Language Skills (Ab Initio) III
Perspectives in International Business (Mandarin)
Mandarin Chinese Characters III


Options
Work, Organisations and Society
Bodies, Power and Resistance
Contemporary Social Movements
Pregnancy and Politics
Education and Digital Society
Religion and Society
Corporate Power in a Globalised World
Migration, Borders and Belonging
Health Policy
The Challenges of Climate Change
Community Engagement

Learning, teaching and 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 Spanish course in Spanish, 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 Spanish 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. 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 International 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.

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?

The staff and facilities at Aston blew me away, but the real winner was the opportunity to do a year abroad in any industry. During my placement year I worked in a secondary school, in Alicante, teaching English. I hadn’t considered a career in teaching before, but after finishing the year I knew it was how I wanted to spend the rest of my life. The lifelong friends at Aston were one of the best things about my time here. Being a small community, it was like one big happy family. I would do university at Aston all over again.

Nishtar Hussein
BSc Sociology
What's it like to study at Aston?

I worked as an English Language Assistant in France during my year abroad. The highlight for me was getting to experience a new culture and having the opportunity to travel and explore new cities. The experience also gave me the ability to live independently and filled me with confidence and open-mindedness to grabbing new challenges.

Sumbal Gul Zaman
BSc International Relations and Sociology

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