Sociology and Modern Languages BSc (Hons)

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  • Entry Requirements:
    A Level: CCC, C in target language. If beginner, no A-Level Language required. | BTEC Unref: DDM | BTEC Ref: DMM | GCSE C/4 in English and C/4 Maths

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 for 2019

  • A level (2019 entry)
    ABB - BBB from 3 A-levels, including Spanish Grade B (if studying Spanish). Beginners/Ab Initio Language Routes also available. NB No prior knowledge of Chinese required to study Spanish and Chinese.
  • BTEC extended diploma (2019 entry)
    DDD
  • International baccalaureate diploma (2019 entry)
    32-33 points in the IB diploma including TOK/Bonus points. 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 (2019 entry)
    GCSE English Language and Maths Grade C/4.
More information

Key Dates

  • Start date
    September

French, German and Spanish are all rated Top 10 in the UK for Student Satisfaction (Complete University Guide, 2019)

French, German and Spanish are ranked top 10 for Teaching Quality in the Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide

Sociology is ranked Top 20 in the UK for Research Quality (Complete University Guide 2018)

Aston Social Studies graduates earn the 9th-highest average salary in the sector, one year after graduation (Longitudinal Education Outcomes 2017)

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.

Entry requirements & fees (2019 entry)

4 years full-time with integrated year abroad

UCAS Codes:

LR34 – Sociology and Spanish

LT02 - Sociology and Chinese

Typical Offers
A Levels: ABB - BBB from 3 A-levels, including Spanish Grade B (if applicable).  General Studies accepted. 

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: 32-33 points in the IB diploma including TOK/Bonus points. 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: National Extended Diploma DDD .   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 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

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 modules:
Social Theory 1
Becoming a Social Scientist

Spanish Language Skills I

Optional modules:
Introduction to Spanish-speaking Countries
IBE (Spain)
TESOL 


Year 2

Core modules:
Research Methods
Contemporary Social  Theory

Spanish Language Skills II

Optional modules:
Advanced Contemporary Social Theory
Advanced Research Methods
Global Society
Embodiment and Feminist Theory
CSI: Crime, Subversion and Injustice
Media and Society
Kith and Kin: Family Lives in a Social Context
The Social Life of Stuff
Health Matters
Race and Racisms
Contested Cities and Changing Neighbourhoods

Politics and Society (Spanish-speaking countries)
Culture and Conflict (Spanish-speaking countries)
IBE (Latin America)


Year 3

Integrated year abroad

Final Year

Core modules:
Dissertation

Spanish Language Skills III

Optional modules:
Ageing, Society, and Policy
Work, Organisations and Society
Racism, Class and Gender
Contemporary Social Movements
Corporate Power in a Globalised World
Sport, Culture and Society
Pregnancy and Politics
Food and Society in a Global Context
Learning to Labour: Education and Society
Religion and Society
Popular Music and Society
International Migration and Policy
Health Policy
The Challenges of Climate Change
The Citizen and the State

Cultural Studies in the Spanish-speaking countries
Political Landscapes in Spain and Latin America
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 modules:
Social Theory 1
Becoming a Social Scientist

Spanish Language Skills ab initio I
Introduction to Language and Communication 


Year 2

Core modules:
Research Methods
Contemporary Social  Theory

Spanish Language Skills ab initio II
Migrant and Transnational Cinema

Optional modules:
Advanced Contemporary Social Theory
Advanced Research Methods
Global Society
Embodiment and Feminist Theory
CSI: Crime, Subversion and Injustice
Media and Society
Kith and Kin: Family Lives in a Social Context
The Social Life of Stuff
Health Matters
Race and Racisms
Contested Cities and Changing Neighbourhoods

Politics and Society (Spanish-speaking countries)
Culture and Conflict (Spanish-speaking countries)
IBE (Latin America)

Year 3

Integrated year abroad

Final Year

Core modules:
Dissertation

Spanish Language Skills III

Optional modules:
Ageing, Society, and Policy
Work, Organisations and Society
Racism, Class and Gender
Contemporary Social Movements
Corporate Power in a Globalised World
Sport, Culture and Society
Pregnancy and Politics
Food and Society in a Global Context
Learning to Labour: Education and Society
Religion and Society
Popular Music and Society
International Migration and Policy
Health Policy
The Challenges of Climate Change
The Citizen and the State

Cultural Studies in the Spanish-speaking countries
Political Landscapes in Spain and Latin America
IBE (Spain)

 

Sociology and Chinese

Year 1

Core modules:
Social Theory 1
Becoming a Social Scientist

In your first year you will cover Mandarin Chinese language skills and Mandarincharacters as well as an introduction to China.


Year 2

Core modules:
Research Methods
Contemporary Social  Theory

Your second year builds on the foundations with further Mandarin Chineselanguage skills and Mandarin characters, while also exploring the internationalbusiness and markets of China.

Optional modules:
Advanced Contemporary Social Theory
Advanced Research Methods
Global Society
Embodiment and Feminist Theory
CSI: Crime, Subversion and Injustice
Media and Society
Kith and Kin: Family Lives in a Social Context
The Social Life of Stuff
Health Matters
Race and Racisms
Contested Cities and Changing Neighbourhoods

 

Year 3

Integrated year abroad. You will work or study in a Mandarin-speaking region.

 

Final Year

Core modules:
Dissertation

Your final year completes your study of Mandarin Chinese language skillsand Mandarin characters, with further study of perspectives on internationalbusiness in China.

Optional modules:
Ageing, Society, and Policy
Work, Organisations and Society
Racism, Class and Gender
Contemporary Social Movements
Corporate Power in a Globalised World
Sport, Culture and Society
Pregnancy and Politics
Food and Society in a Global Context
Learning to Labour: Education and Society
Religion and Society
Popular Music and Society
International Migration and Policy
Health Policy
The Challenges of Climate Change
The Citizen and the State

 

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