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BSc English Language and Literature 

French English Marianne Cowie
Placement year was great because I learned so much and came back to university with a greater focus than ever before."


Marianne Cowie
Project Manager at Comtec Translations

Entry requirements

ABB - BBB from 3 A-levels, including English Language/Literature (or combined Engish Language & Literature) A-level Grade B.  


The study of English Language and Literature is integrated: we focus on literacy as a social practice - how and why do people read and write at all levels of society and consider all its manifestations from graffiti and electronic writing practices on the one side of the spectrum to poetry, novels and theatre on the other.

Employed Aston English Studies graduates earn £4,800 (27%) more than the UK average one year after graduating, according to the government's Longitudinal Education Outcomes survey (LEO).

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Aston's English Language and Literature degrees received a 5-star rating in the 2016 QS rankings.
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English at Aston achieved 93% overall student satisfaction in the 2016 National Student Survey.
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English at Aston is ranked top 25 in the UK for graduate prospects in the 2017 Complete University Guide.
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This innovative programme offers the opportunity to develop creative writing skills and investigate how new technologies impact upon the study of literature.

Duration: 4 years with integrated placement year

UCAS Code: Q321

Typical Offers
A-levels:
ABB - BBB from 3 A-levels, including English Language/Literature (or combined Engish Language & Literature) A-level Grade B.  

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 lss_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 lss_ugadmissions@aston.ac.uk. 

View our Admissions Policy. 

IB: 32-33 points in the IB diploma including TOK/Bonus points. Standard level Maths S and Higher Level English 5 required.
Access: Pass Access to HE Diploma with Merit in each module. Humanities or Social Sciences Access course preferred, but other courses considered on an individual basis. Applicants must demonstrate that they have successfully completed English Language/Literature/Linguistics modules as part of their Access course (minimum grade Merit.) Applicants may be asked to attend an interview prior to an offer being made.
BTEC: Mix of Diploma/ Subsidiary Diploma/A-levels acceptable, as long as this includes a B in English Language or Literature, or combined Engish Language & Literature A-Level.  


We accept a wide range of UK, EU and International qualifications: please contact us for further advice.

Specific subject requirements:
GCSE English Language and Maths Grade C/4.

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.

Tuition fees 2017/18: £9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students. £14,000 (£2,500 during placement year) for overseas students. More on fees.

Applicants receiving offers are invited to an open day.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements.

Why choose this course?

  • This is a degree that enhances your employability after graduation due to its integrated placement year.
  • Staff in English regularly take part in local and regional arts events, such as the Birmingham Literary Festival. 

Our innovative English Literature modules aim 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, language, 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.

Our English Language modules aim to provide you with a theoretical knowledge and understanding of the English language, how it works in society and its role in the world today. At the same time we emphasise the practical application of English Language studies to the real world through professionally relevant modules in areas such as Teaching and Learning English or Language in the Workplace or Language and the Law. Your First Year of studying English Language at Aston will give you a broad introduction to language and meaning, to the influence of form and context and to the role of language in society. In the Second Year you build upon the themes introduced in your First Year through the study of core and elective modules designed to equip you to describe the features of spoken and written language in technical detail, as well as collecting, managing and working with linguistic data. In the Final Year you can choose from a wide range of elective modules to suit your interests and/or career plans.

You will also have the opportunity to produce a substantial piece of individual work in the form of a dissertation on an agreed topic of your choice.

Sample module options: The modules listed below are indicative only and subject to final approval. When an offer is made, students will receive a detailed programme specification which forms part of our terms and conditions.

Year 1
Core modules:

Literary Genres in English 
Literature in History 
Literature and Film  
Literary Texts in Society 
Introduction to Discourse Analysis
Language in Society
Grammar and Meaning
Academic Communication Skills

Year 2

Core modules:
Literature, Society and Culture
20th Century Literature 
Written Text Analysis 
Psychology of Language and Communication
Working with Language Data

Optional modules:
The Language of Literature 
American Literature 
Creative Writing 
Ghouls, Goths and Vampires 

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages 
Language at Work
Computer-mediated Communication
The Language of the Law
Language in the News Media
Language Policy and Language Planning

Work-based Project 

Year 3

Study/work Placement 

Final Year

Core modules:
Dissertation

Optional modules:
Literature and War
Children and Young Adult’s Literature 
Crime Fiction
World Literature in English 
Literature in translation 

Spoken Discourse Analysis
Learning English
Corpus Linguistics
Multimodal Analysis
Language as Evidence
Language Contact and Globalisation

You will be involved in: lectures, tutorials, seminars, e-seminars, small-group work, project work and independent study. Many of your English modules will be in workshop format, alternating theoretical input with practical analysis, and allowing you to test out your understanding in discussion with other students and your tutor. There are also opportunities for group and collaborative work. Students undertake a major piece of independent research in final year.

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.

You can choose whether your placement has a language or literature focus and your may be in the UK or abroad. Placements taken by Aston students are generally paid, with the average salary being around £16,000.

You'll receive plenty of help and advice in finding your placement and specialist support and supervision from the University during your placement.

Find out more about placement years at Aston.


"Interested? I'd love to hear from you."

Dr Marcello Giovanelli
Dr Marcello Giovanelli - Programme Director

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