Available modules

Submitting module choices

You can submit your module choices by downloading, completing and returning the Initial Module Selection Form.

Deadline for submitting module choices

For students arriving in September:   31 July 2016

For students arriving in January:        15 November 2016

Number of credits to choose

If coming for one teaching period:     30 ECTS credits

If coming for the full year:                 60 ECTS credits

If you wish to take less than this, your coordinator will need to provide written permission to Mrs Elsa Zenatti-Daniels (e.f.zenatti@aston.ac.uk) allowing you to do so.

Please also choose up to 20 credits of alternative modules on your initial module registration form, in case your modules are affected by timetable restrictions.   

Explanation of module codes

Aston modules are numbered according to the level of the module. The first number in the Module Code indicates the level (typical year of study). As examples, BF1114 is studied by first year Undergraduates, BN2201 by second year students and BS3355 by students in their final year. 


When you make your choice of modules, it is important to remember that many of them are built on previous study/knowledge. You need to check the pre-requisite information as you make your selection. It is the responsibility of the student and the home institution to ensure that students have the correct level of prior study/knowledge for each module. You may not study a module and its pre-requisite in the same Teaching Period, or in the wrong order.


Are all module choices guaranteed?

We will try to make it possible for you to study your choice of modules, but as exchange students are given such a wide variety of modules to choose from, some timetable restrictions are inevitable. In addition, modules may not run if fewer than 10 students enroll for them overall. Occasionally, changes may be made to Aston Business School modules after the deadline for exchange students.

Should any of these limitations impact on your module choices, the Student Support Coordinator will contact you via email after the module deadline, and will also be available for Subject Advice sessions held in the welcome week/s before teaching begins. In the event that changes or restrictions affect a module you have marked as compulsory, we will work with your home institution to source alternative modules prior to your arrival.

Changing modules

All Aston Business School Undergraduate students are permitted to change their optional modules during the first week of term. You are expected to make an informed choice before you come to Aston through the Initial Module Registration Form, and to book a Subject Advice session if you wish to make changes. You will not be allowed to change your module choices after the first week of term. You will be required to sign a final Learning Agreement or a Final Module Registration Form at this time.

English language courses

There are no specific English language courses on offer at ABS. However, you are able to receive free help with written and spoken English through CELCA. More information can be found here: http://www1.aston.ac.uk/lss/english/


For modules assessed by examinations, these are held at the end of each teaching period, eg. in January, for teaching period one. Students must remain at Aston for the examinations.

Please note: It is not possible for exchange students to re-sit examinations that they fail, nor is it possible to offer special assessments in place of re-sit (referred) examinations.


Examination results and Transcripts

Teaching Period one results will be released in March.
Teaching Period two and Full Year results will be released in July.

Transcripts will be sent directly in the post to students after marks have been confirmed by the relevant exam board, and copies will also be sent to the home institution.

Marking Scheme

The guidelines in the document below indicate the marks and classifications to be awarded for various standards of student work. They are not intended to replace the specific guidelines given by staff in respect of individual pieces of coursework, not least because modules taught within Aston Business School will have their own focus and assignments will vary in their approach (e.g. essays, reports, calculations, computing based projects etc.). The descriptions offered here are, therefore, generalised and will need to be interpreted and adapted to the specific requirements of each assignment. These guidelines do, however, emphasise the type of approach students should be developing as they progress through their degree studies. Students are, therefore, advised to read through all work before submission in order to judge how well it matches the criteria set for a good grade.

Aston Business School Undergraduate Marking Matrix


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