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BSc English Literature and Spanish

French Spanish John Kay
My year abroad helped me develop my teaching skills and my language skills. I enjoyed sampling the Spanish culture and travelling"

John Kay
BSc French and Spanish

Entry requirements

A-Level: ABB-BBB from 3 subjects, including Spanish Grade B if studied at A-Level.
BTEC also accepted, see below for details.
*Variable offers available


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 Spanish. Whether you start from beginners level or post A-level, you will develop 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).

Read about recent Languages and Social Sciences placement experiences.

 

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Aston's Spanish section is the first and only Cervantes Accredited Centre in the UK.
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Spanish at Aston is ranked in the Top 10 in the UK for Student Satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2017).
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English at Aston is ranked top 25 in the UK for graduate prospects in the 2017 Complete University Guide.
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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: Q3R4

Typical Offers
A-levels:
ABB - BBB from 3 A-levels, including Spanish Grade B if Spanish 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 Spanish 6 is required if Spanish 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 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.

Why choose this course?

  • Staff regularly take part in local and regional arts events, such as the Birmingham Literary Festival. 
  • Aston's Spanish course is ranked 12th in the UK for Teaching Quality in the 2016 Sunday Times League Table.
  • Aston's English degrees received a 5-star rating in the 2016 QS rankings.

 

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.   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.

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 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 

Spanish Language Skills Ab Initio I
Introduction to Language and Communication
Introduction to Film Studies


Year 2

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

Spanish Language Skills Ab Initio II 
Crossing Boundaries: Migrant and Transnational Cinema

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


Year 3

Year abroad


Final Year

Core modules:
Dissertation
Research and Dissertation Skills

Spanish Language Skills III

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

Cultural Studies in the Spanish-speaking countries
Political Landscapes in Spain and Latin America
IBE (Spain)

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 

Spanish Language Skills I

Optional modules:
Introduction to Spanish-Speaking Countries
IBE (Spain)
TESOL 


Year 2

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

Spanish Language Skills II

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

Culture and Conflict (Spanish-speaking countries)
IBE (Latin America)


Year 3

Year abroad


Final Year

Core modules:
Dissertation
Research and Dissertation Skills

Spanish Language Skills III

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

Cultural Studies in the Spanish-speaking countries
Political Landscapes in Spain and Latin America
IBE (Spain)

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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