Marianne Cowie Project Manager at Comtec Translations
ABB - BBB from 3 A-levels, including French Grade B.*Variable offers available. BTEC also accepted, see below for details.
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 OffersA-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 (e.g. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.
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 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 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.
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 CountriesInternational Business Environment (France)
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)International Business Environment (France)TESOL
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 MerVichy France: Occupation, Collaboration, LiberationContemporary FrenchTechnology in France: Inventing Progress and DisasterFrench 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.