Aston University, Birmingham

Degree level: Undergraduate

History and Spanish

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Course summary

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History at Aston has a resolutely contemporary focus on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, encompassing international, national and local dimensions. Studying cutting-edge techniques such as digital and oral history will give you new insights into some of the most exciting historical research and, together with the compulsory placement year, boost your employment prospects. You’ll have opportunities to study topics such as nationalism, state-building and inter-state relations; the history of war and peace; religious and ethnic conflict; trauma and memory; and issues of globalisation in the present that can only be understood by looking to the past. Turn your talent for languages into serious future employment prospects. Acquire near-native linguistic fluency and the high-level political, social and cultural insights that make Aston’s students stand out. Spend a year abroad on a study, or work placement and return equipped with the experience, resilience and emotional intelligence needed to flourish in the world of work. Whether you are coming to us post-A-level or picking up a new language from beginner’s (or ab initio) level, a BSc joint honours degree in Modern Languages at Aston offers something quite different:

  • A GOLD standard ranking in the Teaching Excellence Framework;
  • World-leading academics with cutting-edge research and teaching experience on French, German, Spanish and Mandarin-speaking regions of the world (from Beijing to Brussels to Berlin to Bogotá);
  • Teaching almost exclusively in your chosen language(s) to work quickly towards the kind of fluency and adaptability that employers value;
  • Innovative assessment techniques tasks based on real-world professional scenarios;
  • A small and friendly department where you’ll be at the heart of a supportive academic community.
What jobs can I get with a languages degree? Our recent graduates are often our best ambassadors, with former Aston students now working at companies such as Bloomberg LP, Deutsche Bank and Apple, as well as for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and in schools, colleges and universities across the UK and overseas. Key benefits of the Aston Modern Languages Joint Honours BSc:
  • Modern Languages at Aston are ranked 5th for Teaching Satisfaction (Guardian, 2020)
  • Comparing our students’ entry grades (A Levels/BTECS/IB etc) with their final degree shows the quality of our teaching: We’re ranked 1st in the UK by this measure (Guardian, 2020)
  • 84% of Aston students achieve first or 2:1 degrees, ranking us 20th in the UK (CUG, 2020)
  • Employed Aston languages graduates are ranked 12th in the UK for earnings one year after graduation (Longitudinal Educational Outcomes, 2018).

Course details


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course codeRV41
Institution code A80
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level BBC - CCC A minimum of grade B in A-Level Spanish BBC: Standard offer BCC: If student is also presenting either Core Maths or Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) grade B CCC: Contextual offer (more details https://www2.aston.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/contextual-offer)
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM
Access to HE Diploma 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.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £15950 Year 1

Additional fee information

For Sandwich courses the placement fee is £1250 for Home/UK students and £2,500 for International students. * Please note that the tuition fees stated are for 2021 entry. 2022 tuition fees are subject to approval and will be published on this website at the earliest opportunity. **The latest information relating to EU students and tuition fees for 2021 can be found on the UCAS website at: https://www.ucas.com/finance/finance-international-and-eu-students. ***The United Kingdom government has confirmed that European Union (EU), other European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals commencing academic courses in England from August 2021 will no longer be eligible for home fee status.
History and Spanish at Aston University, Birmingham - UCAS