Studying in France was great for building my confidence, determination and self-belief."
Marianne Cowie Project Manager at Comtec Translations
ABB - BBB from 3 A-levels, including French/German/Spanish Grade B.
*Variable offers available.
BTEC also accepted, see below for details.
Duration: 4 years with integrated year abroad UCAS Code: Q3R1 (French), Q3R2 (German), Q3R4 (Spanish) Typical OffersA-levels: ABB - BBB from 3 A-levels, including French/German/Spanish 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.
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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.
French 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.
German 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.
Spanish 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.
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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
German Language Skills Ab Initio I Introduction to the German-Speaking Countries Introduction to Language and CommunicationIBE (Germany)
German Language Skills Ab Initio II Politics and Society (German-speaking countries) IBE (German)
German Language Skills III
Cultural Identities in the German-speaking countriesGlobal GermanyIBE (German)
German Language Skills IIntroduction to the German -Speaking CountriesIBE (Germany)
German Language Skills IIPolitics and Society (German-speaking countries)IBE (German)
Spanish Language Skills Ab Initio I Introduction to Language and Communication Introduction to Film Studies
Spanish Language Skills Ab Initio II Crossing Boundaries: Migrant and Transnational Cinema
Core modules: DissertationResearch and Dissertation Skills
Spanish Language Skills III
Cultural Studies in the Spanish-speaking countriesPolitical Landscapes in Spain and Latin AmericaIBE (Spain)
Spanish Language Skills I
Optional modules: Introduction to Spanish-Speaking CountriesIBE (Spain)TESOL
Spanish Language Skills II
Culture and Conflict (Spanish-speaking countries)IBE (Latin America)
Spanish Language Skills III
You will take part in interactive seminars, presentations and group work as well as attending lectures and tutorials. There are also opportunities for individual research and guided study. We teach our courses in Spanish, which means that our students are at a real advantage when it comes to gaining maximum benefit and experience from the year abroad. 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/German/Spanish 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 - you might even choose to combine two of these options. 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 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.