Our previous Combined Honours courses have now been replaced by nine Joint Honours courses and a range of joint courses offered by the School of Languages & Social Sciences. This does not affect existing Combined Honours students.
Why have these changes been made?
Our new Joint Honours programmes focus on the most popular subjects amongst our students, and are more closely aligned with some of Aston's many teaching and research strengths.
Joint Honours will truly ‘combine’ two subjects into a single degree programme, for the benefit of students and academic staff alike.
Most Joint Honours students will be required to take a placement year. This will ensure Joint Honours students have the opportunity to achieve the same high levels of graduate employability as Single Honours students, and give them an advantage over Joint Honours students from other Universities when they enter the employment market
I am a current Combined Honours student - what impact are these changes going to have on me ?
There will be very little impact on current Combined Honours students or new Combined Honours students joining in 2011.
Combined Honours students who are due to graduate after 2012, when the new Joint Honours programme has been introduced, will continue with their existing programme. All current degrees will continue and all existing Combined Honours combinations will remain - but will benefit from the greater alignment, integration and focus that will be brought in by Joint Honours.
Combined Honours students will be encouraged to take a placement year and will benefit from the same level of placement support and opportunity as Joint Honours and Single Honours students. A placement year is proven to improve employment prospects and overall life and workplace skills.
Combined Honours students will also benefit from the more integrated timetable, the greater focus on the student experience, and a better sense of belonging to the Schools-based community.
I was hoping to start a Combined Honours Course in 2012/13, how will these changes affect me?
New students will be admitted for academic year 2012/13 but to the new nine Joint Honours courses, not the existing Combined Honours courses.
New students will benefit at once from the new integrated Joint Honours package, and will enjoy the same opportunities for placement years, and for student support as do all Single Honours students.
Academic staff will be closely engaged in the success of the new Joint Honours programme and will be able to call upon specific teaching and research strengths from within their School to support new students. As a new student, you will have a programme director and a tutor who will be based in one of the Schools.
How will these changes impact on admissions and student support ?
Rather than being handled by a Combined Honours team, admissions and student support will be managed by Aston's four Schools of Study. The Combined Honours team will continue to support existing Combined Honours students.