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BSc English Language and Modern Languages

French English Marianne Cowie

Studying in France was great for building my confidence, determination and self-belief."

Marianne Cowie 
Project Manager at Comtec Translations

Entry requirements

ABB - BBB from 3 A-levels, including French/German/Spanish Grade B.
*Variable offers available. 
BTEC also accepted, see below for details.


Our modern languages courses are designed to develop your linguistic skills to near-native proficiency and fluency. We stress the development of your practical command of French/German/Spanish, emphasising language as a means of communication and mutual understanding.Our innovative English Language degree aims 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. 

Employed Aston modern languages graduates earn £3,900 (21%) more than the UK average one year after graduating, according to the government's Longitudinal Education Outcomes survey (LEO).

Read about recent Languages and Social Sciences placement experiences.

 

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French, German and Spanish are all rated Top 10 in the UK for Student Satisfaction (Complete University Guide, 2019)
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French, German and Spanish are ranked top 10 for Teaching Quality in the Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide
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English achieved 90% Overall Satisfaction in the National Student Survey, 2017
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Teaching draws on cutting-edge research to give you an understanding of the English language and how it works in society

4 years full-time with integrated year abroad

UCAS Code:
 QR31 (French), QR32 (German), QR34 (Spanish)

Typical Offers
A Levels:
 ABB - BBB from 3 A-levels, including French/German/Spanish Grade B.  General Studies accepted. 

Applicants for the beginners language route 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 AS Personal Statement. Applicants with GCSE languages are welcome to apply for the ab initio programmes. Applicants with AS would normally be interviewed and may receive an offer for the ab initio 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 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 and English 5 required and Higher Level French grade 6.
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.  A-level grade B in French or equivalent.
BTEC: National Extended Diploma DDD.   A-level grade B in French or equivalent.  Mix of Diploma/ Subsidiary Diploma/A-levels acceptable.

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 2018/19: £9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students. £14,300 (£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. 

Our innovative English Language degree aims 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 produce a substantial piece of individual work in the form of a dissertation on an agreed topic of your choice.

French
Our French studies course is designed to develop your linguistic skills to near-native proficiency and fluency. We stress the development of your practical command of French, emphasising language as a means of communication and mutual understanding. Our programme is also designed to develop your understanding of French culture and society – its traditions, its complexities, its underlying ideas – and to develop your critical, analytical and collaborative skills. Language classes are supplemented by a series of thematic modules, also taught in French, which focus on contemporary French society, and particularly on French politics, history, sociolinguistics, media, film and literature. You will be taught by research experts with international reputations in their fields, all in a lively, friendly, experienced and enthusiastic department.

German
By the end of our programme you will be able to work effectively in a professional German-speaking environment. Our focus is on the practical application of a range of skills within their wider context. Your linguistic skills will reach near-native proficiency, acquired through a combination of up-to-date modules and a well structured and supervised year abroad. You will also acquire transferable skills such as teamwork and independent research. These will be essential for any of the career choices the course will open up for you. Teaching is conducted in a stimulating environment by internationally renowned experts in their field. Almost all courses are taught in German and provide in-depth insights into current affairs. Subject specialisms include German society, film studies, socio-linguistics, translation studies, popular culture, literature, history and politics, and business studies.

Spanish
Spanish is spoken by more than 400 million people worldwide, so the global market has a huge demand for people with a knowledge of the language and the cultures of the Spanish speaking world. The Spanish programme at Aston is committed to equipping you with the tools, skills and knowledge necessary to operate effectively in this global, multilingual and multicultural world. We are devoted to the study of Spanish in context and therefore we consider the understanding of the diverse cultures and societies of the Spanish-speaking world to play an essential role in understanding the world in which we live. This means that along with near native proficiency in written and spoken Spanish, you will also graduate with an in-depth understanding of the issues that shape contemporary Hispanic cultures and societies.

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

Click on the tabs below to see the sample modules for each combination.

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

Click on the module titles to find out more. 

Year 1

Core modules: 
French Language Skills I     (LF1005) 
Introduction to French Culture     (LF1024) 
France since the Revolution     (LF1025)

Introduction to English Language: contexts, modes and media     (LE1085) 
Introduction to English Language: Language in Society     (LE1086) 
Grammar and Meaning     (LE1008) 
Academic Communication Skills     LE1087 

Year 2

Core modules:

French Language Skills II     (LF2005)
Reading the French Press     (LF2016) 
France in the Fifth Republic     (LF2050) 
French Society: Conflict and Consensus     (LF2009) 
History of the French Language     (LF2014) 
 

Research Methods in Language and Communication     (LE2019) 
Variations of English     (LE2053) 
Working with Language Data     (LE2032) 

Choose 20 credits from the following: 

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages  (20 Credit)   (LE2055) 
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages  (10 Credit)  (LE2012) 
Language at Work    (LE2007) 
Computer-mediated communication     (LE2057) 
The Language of the Law     (LE2056) 
Language in the News Media     (LE2022) 
Work Based Project (10 Credit) (LE2058)
OR 
Work Based Project  (20 Credit) (LE2059)
 

Year 3 - Year Abroad

Integrated Year Abroad

 

Final Year

Core:

French Language Skills III     (LF3002) 
French Research Dissertation     (LF3203)  

English Dissertation     (LE3006) 

Options:

La France d’Outre Mer     (LF3404) 
Vichy France: Occupation, Collaboration, Liberation     (LF3006) 
Contemporary French     (LF3007) 
Technology in France: Inventing Progress and Disaster     (LF3009)

Spoken Discourse Analysis     (LE3022)
Learning English    (LE3026)
Corpus Linguistics     (LE3028) 
Multimodal Analysis     (LE3029) 
Language as Evidence     (LE3031)
Language Contact and Globalization    (LE3033) 

As an ab initio student, you will take an intensive 40 credit language module in year one and two and will be taught separately from those students who already have an A-level to ensure that your language skills progress rapidly. You will spend your third year in a German-speaking country in order to allow for maximum exposure to the language and culture, and can choose between an approved study programme at a partner exchange university, a work placement or a post as a Teaching Assistant in a school. If you are studying two languages (including one language ab initio) you will normally divide your time equally between the two countries where each of your languages are spoken. After the Year Abroad, students who studied Spanish/German ab initio are taught with those who started university with an A-level and take the usual final year modules, including modules taught in the target language.

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

Year 1

Core modules: 
German Language Skills I  (LG1001) 
Introduction to the German-speaking countries   (LG1038) 
Postwar Germany   (LG1039) 
German Language Past and Present  (LG1011)
German Current Affairs   (LG1023)

Introduction to English Language: contexts, modes and media    (LE1085) 
Introduction to English Language: Language in Society     (LE1086)
Grammar and Meaning   (LE1008) 
Academic Communication Skills   (LE1087)

 

Year 2

Core modules: 
German Language Skills II    (LG2002)
Austrian Cultural History    (LG2014)
German Politics and Society   (LG2026)
Metropolis Berlin   (LG2018)
The Legacy of National Socialism   (LG2025)

Research Methods in Language and Communication    (LE2019)
Variations of English   (LE2053) 
Working with Language Data   (LE2032) 


Choice of options to total 20 credits: 

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages  (20 Credit)   (LE2055)
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages  (10 Credit)  (LE2012) 
Language at Work     (LE2007) 
Computer-mediated communication  (LE2057) 
The Language of the Law     (LE2056) 
Language in the News Media   (LE2022) 
Work Based Project (10 Credit) (LE2058)
OR 
Work Based Project  (20 Credit) (LE2059)


Year 3 - Year Abroad

Integrated Year Abroad


Final Year

Core:
German Language Skills III    (LG3003)
German Research Dissertation     (LG3204) 

English Dissertation    (LE3006)

Optional: 

Global Germany     (LG3017)
German Identity Since Reunification  (LG3016) 
German-Jewish Biographies    (LG3013) 
East Germany on Film     (LG3015)

Spoken Discourse Analysis    (LE3022)
Learning English    (LE3026)
Corpus Linguistics    (LE3028)
Multimodal Analysis     (LE3029)
Language as Evidence    (LE3031)
Language Contact and Globalization   (LE3033)

As an ab initio student, you will take an intensive 40 credit language module in year one and two and will be taught separately from those students who already have an A-level to ensure that your language skills progress rapidly. You will spend your third year in a Spanish-speaking country in order to allow for maximum exposure to the language and culture, and can choose between an approved study programme at a partner exchange university, a work placement or a post as a Teaching Assistant in a school. If you are studying two languages (including one language ab initio) you will normally divide your time equally between the two countries where each of your languages are spoken. After the Year Abroad, students who studied Spanish/German ab initio are taught with those who started university with an A-level and take the usual final year modules, including modules taught in the target language.

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

Click on the module titles to find out more.

Year One

Spanish Language Skills I   (LS1001)
Introduction to Spain     (LS1015) 
Introduction to Latin America    (LS1019)   

Introduction to English Language: contexts, modes and media     (LE1085) 
Introduction to English Language: Language in Society     (LE1086) 
Grammar and Meaning     (LE1008) 
Academic Communication Skills     (LE1087)


Year 2

Core modules:

Spanish Language Skills II    (LS2001) 
Contemporary Spain    (LS2016) 
Contemporary Latin America    (LS2017) 
Spanish in the World     (LS2018)
Spanish Media     (LS2019)

Research Methods in Language and Communication    (LE2019) 
Variations of English     (LE2053) 
Working with Language Data     (LE2032) 

Choose 20 credits from the following: 

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages  (20 Credit)   (LE2055) 
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages  (10 Credit)  (LE2012) 
Language at Work     (LE2007) 
Computer-mediated communication    (LE2057) 
The Language of the Law     (LE2056) 
Language in the News Media     (LE2022) 
Work Based Project (10 Credit) (LE2058)
OR 
Work Based Project  (20 Credit) (LE2059)


Year 3 - Year Abroad

Integrated Year Abroad


Final Year

Core: 
Spanish Language Skills I & II     (LS3001)                   
Spanish Research Dissertation     (LS3004)            
Hispanic Film     (LS3006)                

English Dissertation     (LE3006)

Optional:
Major Hispanic Authors     (LS3009) 
Human Rights in Contemporary Latin America     (LS3012)

Spoken Discourse Analysis     (LE3022)
Learning English    (LE3026)
Corpus Linguistics     (LE3028) 
Multimodal Analysis     (LE3029) 
Language as Evidence    (LE3031)
Language Contact and Globalization     (LE3033)

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 French studies courses in French, 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.

Campus accommodation guaranteed for first year and final year students returning from year abroad

The Third Year of your course is spent abroad in a French/German/Spanish speaking country - increasing your fluency, enhancing your cultural awareness and adding value to your degree. The year abroad is an integral and assessed part of language studies at Aston University, fully supported by us, and of direct relevance to your degree. A distinctive feature of our year abroad is the flexibility that we offer. You will be able to choose between undertaking a paid work-experience placement with a company, working as a teaching assistant in a school or studying at one of our partner universities - you might even choose to combine two of these options. We are extremely proud of the high level of preparation, orientation and support that we provide before and during your year abroad. We have a full-time Placements Team who will give you plenty of individual help and advice, and even come and visit you during your time away. Find out more about the Year Abroad.

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Tel: 0121 204 3777
Email:ugadmissions@aston.ac.uk



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