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BSc English Literature and German 

German Katherine Hyvarinen
I got a lot out of my year abroad and, after graduation, Aston gave me the confidence, drive and enthusiasm to take on new challenges in business."

Katherine Hyvärinen
CEO of Hyvärinen Language Training

Entry requirements

ABB - BBB from 3 A-levels, including German Grade B (if German is studied at A-Level).


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 German. 

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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German at Aston is ranked in the Top 5 in the UK for overall student satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2017).
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German at Aston is ranked top 15 for Graduate Prospects in the UK (Complete University Guide 2017).
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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 achieved 93% overall student satisfaction in the 2016 National Student Survey.

Duration: 4 years with integrated year abroad

UCAS Code: Q3R2

Typical Offers
A-levels:
ABB - BBB from 3 A-levels, including German Grade B (if German is studied at A-Level).

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 German 6 required if German is studied as part of the IB.
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?

  • Whether you start from beginners level or post A-level, you will develop your linguistic skills to near-native proficiency.

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

  •  English at Aston is ranked top 25 in the UK for graduate prospects in the 2017 Complete University Guide.

Our innovative 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.   

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.

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 optionsThe 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 

German Language Skills Ab Initio I
Introduction to the German-Speaking Countries
Introduction to Language and Communication
IBE (Germany)


Year 2

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

German Language Skills Ab Initio II
Politics and Society (German-speaking countries)
IBE (German)

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


Year 3

Year abroad


Final Year

Core modules:
Dissertation

German Language Skills III

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

Cultural Identities in the German-speaking countries
Global Germany
IBE (German)

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 

German Language Skills I
Introduction to the German -Speaking Countries
IBE (Germany)


Year 2

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

German Language Skills II
Politics and Society (German-speaking countries)
IBE (German)

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


Year 3

Year abroad


Final Year

Core modules:
Dissertation

German Language Skills III

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

Cultural Identities in the German-speaking countries
Global Germany
IBE (German)

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

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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