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English Literature and German Aston University, Birmingham Degree level: Undergraduate

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Our innovative 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.

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

Modules

Please visit our website for module information: https://www2.aston.ac.uk/study/courses/english-literature-and-modern-languages-bsc

Assessment method

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 language content in French and German, 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.


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

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code Q3R2
Institution code A80
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level BBC - CCC BBC (including B in German): Standard offer

BCC (including B in German) : If student is also presenting either Core Maths or Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) grade B

CCC (including C in German): Contextual offer (more details https://www2.aston.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/contextual-offer)

Applicants for beginners German 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 Personal Statement. Applicants with GCSE German are welcome to apply for the beginners programmes. Applicants with AS would normally be interviewed and may receive an offer for the beginners 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 (eg 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.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM Applicants who are studying German at A-Level must obtain a grade B. Applicants for beginners German 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 Personal Statement. Applicants with GCSE German are welcome to apply for the beginners programmes. Applicants with AS would normally be interviewed and may receive an offer for the beginners programme or for the post A-Level programme depending on the level of language demonstrated at interview.
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. Applicants who are studying German at A-Level must obtain a grade B. Applicants for beginners German 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 Personal Statement. Applicants with GCSE German are welcome to apply for the beginners programmes. Applicants with AS would normally be interviewed and may receive an offer for the beginners programme or for the post A-Level programme depending on the level of language demonstrated at interview.

GCSE English Language and Maths Grade C/4 is required.

We accept a wide range of UK, EU and International qualifications. 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.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
International £15,600 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

For Sandwich courses the placement fee is £1250 for Home/EU students and £2,500 for International students. * Please note that the tuition fees stated are for 2020 entry. 2021 tuition fees are subject to approval and will be published on this website at the earliest opportunity ** International Students: Tuition fees for international students 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.

Provider information

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Aston University, Birmingham
Aston Triangle
Birmingham
B4 7ET


Course contact details

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Undergraduate Admissions

0121 204 3000