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BSc English Literature and French  

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 Grade B.


This innovative programme combines literature, culture and history, offering the opportunity to develop creative writing skills and investigate the impact of new technologies on the study of texts in English and French, while developing your linguistic skills to near-native proficiency.

Employed Aston English Studies graduates earn £3,300 (21%) more than the UK average one year after graduating, according to the government's Longitudinal Education Outcomes survey (LEO).


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French at Aston achieved 100% overall student satisfaction in the 2016 National Student Survey.
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Aston's French course is in the top 10 for both Teaching Quality and Student Experience, Sunday Times League Tables 2016.
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Aston's English degrees received a 5-star rating in the 2016 QS rankings.
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English at Aston is ranked top 25 in the UK for graduate prospects in the 2017 Complete University Guide.

Why choose this course?

  • Staff regularly take part in local and regional arts events, such as the Birmingham Literary Festival. 

  • French at Aston is ranked 6th in the UK for Student Satisfaction, in the Complete University Guide 2017 

  • English at Aston achieved 93% overall student satisfaction in the 2016 National Student Survey.

Duration: 4 years with integrated year abroad

UCAS Code: Q3R1

Typical Offers
A-levels:
ABB - BBB from 3 A-levels, including French Grade B.  

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. Higher level French 6 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 may be asked to attend an interview prior to an offer being made.
BTEC: National Extended Diploma - DDD. 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 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?

  • Staff regularly take part in local and regional arts events, such as the Birmingham Literary Festival. 

  • French at Aston is ranked 6th in the UK for Student Satisfaction, in the Complete University Guide 2017 

  • English at Aston achieved 93% overall student satisfaction in the 2016 National Student Survey.

Our English Literature degree aims 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, 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 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.

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 

French Language Skills I

Optional modules:
Introduction to the French -Speaking Countries
IBE (France)


Year 2

Core modules:
Literature, Society and Culture
20th Century Literature 

French Language Skills II

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

Politics and Society (French-speaking countries)
Culture and Conflict (French-speaking countries)
IBE (France)
TESOL 


Year 3

Year abroad


Final Year

Core modules:
Dissertation

French Language Skills III

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

La France d’Outre Mer
Vichy France: Occupation, Collaboration, Liberation
Contemporary French
Technology in France: Inventing Progress and Disaster
French Research Dissertation
Representations of Minorities

You will be involved in: lectures, tutorials, seminars, e-seminars, small-group work, project work and independent study. 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.

The Third Year of your course is spent abroad in a French 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. 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 International 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.


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

Dr Marcello Giovanelli
Dr Marcello Giovanelli - Programme Director

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