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BSc English Literature and Modern Languages

French English Marianne Cowie

Studying in France was great for building my confidence, determination and self-belief."

Marianne Cowie 
Project Manager at Comtec Translations

Entry requirements

ABB - BBB from 3 A-levels, including French/German/Spanish Grade B.
*Variable offers available. 
BTEC also accepted, see below for details.


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 French/German/Spanish, while developing your linguistic skills to near-native proficiency.

Employed Aston modern languages graduates earn £3,900 (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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French, German and Spanish are all rated Top 10 in the UK for Student Satisfaction (Complete University Guide, 2019)
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French, German and Spanish are ranked top 10 for Teaching Quality in the Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide
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English achieved 90% Overall Satisfaction in the National Student Survey, 2017
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Develop creative writing skills and investigate how new technologies impact the study of literature

Duration: 4 years with integrated year abroad

UCAS Code: Q3R1 (French), Q3R2 (German), Q3R4 (Spanish)

Typical Offers
A-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 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 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 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.

Sample module options: The modules below are indicative only. When an offer is made, students will receive a detailed programme specification which forms part of our terms and conditions.

Click on the tabs below to see the sample modules for each combination.

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 

French Language Skills I

Optional modules: 
Introduction to the French -Speaking Countries
International Business Environment (France)


Year 2

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 


Year 3

Year abroad


Final Year

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 Mer
Vichy France: Occupation, Collaboration, Liberation
Contemporary French
Technology in France: Inventing Progress and Disaster
French Research Dissertation 
Representations of Minorities

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 (with Ab Initio / Beginners German)

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 (with Ab Initio / Beginners German)

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 (with Ab Initio / Beginners German)

Year abroad


Final Year (with Ab Initio / Beginners German)

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 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 (with post A-Level German)

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 (with post A-Level German)

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 (with post A-Level German)

Year abroad


Final Year (with post A-Level German)

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 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 (with Ab Initio/Beginners Spanish)

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 (with Ab Initio/Beginners Spanish)

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 (with Ab Initio/Beginners Spanish)

Year abroad


Final Year (with Ab Initio/Beginners Spanish)

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 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 (with Post A-Level Spanish)

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 (with Post A-Level Spanish)

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 (with Post A-Level Spanish)

Year abroad


Final Year (with Post A-Level Spanish)

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 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.

Campus accommodation guaranteed for first year and final year students returning from year abroad

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.

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Contact Details

Tel: 0121 204 3777
Email:ugadmissions@aston.ac.uk



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