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BSc English Literature and Sociology

Sociology Banner Charlotte Wise
The diversity of modules gave me a comprehensive and diverse insight into the social world."


Charlotte Wise
Now studying for an MA in Sociology and Social Research

Entry requirements

ABB - BBB from 3 A-levels.  


This integrated degree offers the opportunity to develop creative writing skills, investigate how new technologies impact upon the study of literature and focus on key contemporary social issues.

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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Sociology as Aston is ranked 6th in the UK for overall student satisfaction (Guardian University Guide, 2017).
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Sociology at Aston is ranked Top 20 in the UK for Research Quality (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 is ranked top 25 in the UK for graduate prospects in the 2017 Complete University Guide.

Duration: 4 years with integrated placement year

UCAS Code: Q3L3

Typical Offers
A-levels:
ABB - BBB from 3 A-levels.  

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.
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?

  • English at Aston achieved 93% overall student satisfaction in the 2016 National Student Survey.
  • Aston's Sociology course is ranked Top 25 in the UK in the Sunday Times League Table, 2016. 

 

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. 

Our Sociology course will provide you with an in-depth understanding of social processes, inequalities, organisational dynamics and inter-group relationships. It combines an introduction to specific skills such as research design, use of comparative method, written and oral presentation with an emphasis on social change. Strengths of the programme include its research-led nature and focus on key contemporary social issues, social policy and decision making, global trends and international comparisons.

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 

Social Theory 1
Becoming a Social Scientist


Year 2

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

Research Methods
Contemporary Social  Theory

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

Advanced Contemporary Social Theory
Advanced Research Methods
Global Society
Embodiment and Feminist Theory
CSI: Crime, Subversion and Injustice
Media and Society
Kith and Kin: Family Lives in a Social Context
The Social Life of Stuff
Health Matters
Race and Racisms
Contested Cities and Changing Neighbourhoods


Year 3

Placement year


Final Year

Core modules:
Dissertation
Research and Dissertation Skills

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

Ageing, Society, and Policy
Work, Organisations and Society
Racism, Class and Gender
Contemporary Social Movements
Corporate Power in a Globalised World
Sport, Culture and Society
Pregnancy and Politics
Food and Society in a Global Context
Learning to Labour: Education and Society
Religion and Society
Popular Music and Society
International Migration and Policy
Health Policy
The Challenges of Climate Change
The Citizen and the State

You will be involved in: lectures, tutorials, seminars, e-seminars, small-group work, project work and independent study. 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 exams, coursework, essays, 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 sociology or literature focus and can choose to take the placement 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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