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Undergraduate FAQs

How do I apply? // What if I miss a UCAS deadline? // Do I need A-Level Mathematics?

Do I need A-Levels? // Do I need an English language qualification?

Do you accept mature students? // What about accommodation?

Can I work while I am studying? // Can I swap courses?

Are there any scholarships or bursaries? 

What is the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme? // What is a Foundation year?

Do you award Foundation Degrees? // How does the Sandwich Year work?

Can I start in the 2nd or Final Year? // Do you have January intakes?

What if I want to apply to more than one engineering course at Aston?

What is the minimum age for a student to pursue an undergraduate course at Aston?


How do I apply?

All undergraduate applications, including overseas applications, must be made through UCAS.
More information can be found at www.ucas.com

What if I miss a UCAS deadline?

Even if you have missed a UCAS deadline, we can usually process your admission throughout the year. Please note that applications must still go through UCAS.
Please contact us if this applies to you.

Do I need A-Level Mathematics?

A-Level maths is required for the following programme areas:

  • Mechanical & ElectroMechanical Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Applied Physics

For other programmes, ‘AS’ Level maths may be an advantage, but not required.
Maths support is available through our fully staffed maths drop-in centre.

Do I need A-Levels?

We accept a number of alternative qualifications, including international qualifications.
E.g. National Diploma, International Baccalaureate and Polish Matura.

Do I need an English language qualification?

All Aston students need an English Language qualification.

UK students will be expected to have GCSE English at grade C or above.

See below for the  international section:
All students require a recognised English language qualification such as

  • GCSE/‘O’ Level English (Grade C)
  • Indian CBSE/ICSE Std 12th English (70%+)
  • WAEC SSCE English (Grade C or better)
  • IELTS 6.5 overall (for undergraduate)
  • TOEFL 90 (IBT) Contact School's Admissions Team for specific details (for undergraduate)

Do you accept mature students?

Prospective students over the age of 21 are classed as mature students.
We welcome mature students, and can make offers based on industrial experience or access courses and other qualifications.
Please contact us Here for undergraduate queries 

What about accommodation?

Campus accommodation is available to all students, but places are limited and priority is given to first year students who chose Aston as their first choice and final year students.
There is plenty of local student accommodation offered by private landlords.
Please consult our website or prospectus for current accommodation prices.

Can I work while I am studying?

The university does not recommend that students work more than 12 hours per week, as it would interfere with studies severely.
In practice, we notice student performance falls off with as little as 8 hours per week.
University deadlines must come first.
Work cannot be used as an excuse for failure.
You must not rely on work to earn enough money to finance your studies.

Can I swap courses?

Contact us if you wish to change the course you applied for on your UCAS application.
If you wish to change to a similar course, it is usually straightforward in the first few weeks after enrolment.

Are there any scholarships or bursaries?

The University itself does not provide any scholarships for undergraduate UK and EU students.
International students may be eligible for a bursary from the School of Engineering & Applied Science.

What is the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme?

Aston University has been chosen by the Ministry of Defence as one of only five universities to participate in the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS).

The scheme supports potential engineers and logistics personnel who wish to serve in the Army, Royal Air Force, Ministry of Defence and the Civil Service.

Please see the DTUS page.

What is a Foundation year?

The Foundation year prepares you for many, but not all, of our degree programmes.
It is intended for students without the normal entry qualifications.
Our Foundation year is suitable for School of Engineering & Applied Science and Joint Honours programmes.

Please see the Foundation years page.

Do you award Foundation Degrees?

Yes, in collaboration with local colleges and employers.
Please ask us about:
Mechanical Engineering
Electronic and Control Engineering
Electrical Installation
Manufacturing Engineering
Logistics Management
Electrical Power Engineering

Also, please see the Foundation Degrees page.

How does the Sandwich Year work?

The sandwich year is an optional, paid placement in industry.
We can help you in your search for a placement position.
While on placement you will be supervised, visited by staff, and expected to write a report on your experience.

Can I start in the 2nd or Final Year?

If you are suitably qualified, or have previously completed the first year of a similar course elsewhere. University regulations forbid admitting students directly into the Final Year.
Contact us

Do you have January intakes?

All our undergraduate programmes start in late September/early October.

What if I want to apply to more than one engineering course at Aston?

If you want to apply to more than one similar course at Aston, you only need to put us down as one of your UCAS choices.
We can then discuss your situation after your examination results are published, right up until enrolment.

What is the minimum age for a student to pursue an undergraduate course at Aston?

Applicants must be 18 years old by the date of the first term (October) of their first year.

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