BSc Business Management & English Language (QN75)

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Entry requirements

A-levels: ABB-BBB from 3 A-levels. General Studies accepted.

Our BSc in Business Management and English Language takes a practical approach to both subject areas through professionally relevant modules which draw directly on Aston’s ground-breaking research. You will gain a theoretical knowledge and understanding of the English language, how it works in society and organisations, and its role in the world today.

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).

English at Aston achieved 96% Overall Satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2017
Currently 78.8% of Aston graduates find a grad-level job or further study within six months of graduation
An innovative programme offering an attractive combination of subjects
English Language at Aston is ranked Top 25 in the UK for Graduate Prospects

4 years full-time with integrated placement year

UCAS Code: QN75

Typical Offers
ABB-BBB from 3 A-levels. General Studies accepted.

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 must demonstrate that they have successfully completed English Language/Literature/Linguistics modules as part of their Access course (minimum grade Merit.) 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. £14,630 (£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 BSc in Business Management and English Language takes a practical approach to both subject areas through professionally relevant modules which draw directly on Aston’s ground-breaking research. You will gain a theoretical knowledge and understanding of the English language, how it works in society and organisations, and its role in the world today. You will also gain the academic knowledge and the commercial and leadership skills of business management. With a professional placement year as one of its key features, the programme is geared towards increasing your employability; it is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills required of professionals working in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

The bridge between Business Management and English is provided by modules centred around the themes of (international) communication and leadership, and professional discourse. For example, you will investigate the range of ways in which leaders and senior managers use spoken, written and multimodal communication in the workplace to achieve certain aims. The modules will introduce a range of models of discourse analysis and invite students to participate in simulated contexts such as business meetings, interviews, presentations, and so on. You will be taught by research-active lecturers who are internationally recognised researchers in fields such as leadership communication, marketing, economic development, multi-national enterprises and location, forensic linguistics, language and gender and TESOL studies.

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 module titles to find out more.

Year 1

Core modules:
Language in Society  
Introduction to Discourse Analysis
Grammar and Meaning    
Academic Communication Skills

Preparing for Integrated Studies 
Introduction to Marketing Management 
Introduction to Organisational Behaviour
Economic Environment of Business  

Year 2

Core modules:
Psychology & Work    
Exploring Integrated Studies  
The Business Game   
Business, Government & Society
Operations Management 
Written Text Analysis  
Introduction to Intercultural Communication 
Language at Work  

Choose from the following optional modules:

Computer-mediated Communication    
Language in the News Media
Language Policy and Planning

Year 3

You will spend this year in a professional placement or you may choose to take up an international study opportunity at one of our partner institutions. This year is compulsory for all UK and EU students.

See placement year section or find out more about the Aston placement year. 

Final Year

Leadership and management communication: 1   
Leadership and management communication: 2 
Theories and Practice of Leadership

Choose from the following list:
Consumer Behaviour   
Advanced Consumer Behaviour
International Marketing    
International Operations    

The placement year is compulsory for Business Management and English Language BSc. It takes place during your third year at Aston and is worth 10% of the final degree result.

Unlike some other universities, the placement year at Aston is not a “bolt-on” year, it is an integral part of your degree for which you are prepared in your second year and encouraged to look back on in your final year. Aston pioneered the placement year in the 1950s, and has over 50 years experience in offering sandwich courses. As a result we have built up an enviable reputation with employers many of whom return to us each year hoping to take on more Aston University students.

You can choose to spend the year on a work placement in the UK or, if you choose to go abroad, there are both work and study placements available. Examples of placements recently completed by students of English Language include:
  • Teaching Assistant, Haybridge High School
  • PR & Administrative Assistant, Interdirect Ltd
  • Internal Communications & Community Relations
  • Government Affairs placements, Airbus UK
  • Local Activism Volunteer, Friends of the Earth
  • Policy & Patron and Press & PR placement, Birmingham Chamber of Commerce
  • Learning & Development placement, Warburtons LT
  • The Atlantic Initiative, Editorial International Affairs placement, Germany
  • English Language Teaching Assistant at Tokyo Gakuen Univeristy, Japan
  • Teaching English in Spain with the BEDA Programme
  • Study placements at Korea University.

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.

Dr Erika Darics - Lecturer in Applied Linguistics

I am a linguist-slash-communication scholar interested in how language functions in professional contexts and in the digital realm.

My work is primarily qualitative and discourse-centered, focusing on issues such as written non-verbal cues, linguistic politeness or the interactional creation of identity and power. I hold a PhD from the University of Loughborough. I am currently co-authoring a coursebook on Language and Business.

I am also a passionate advocate of the importance of communication and linguistic skills in professional contexts. I am excited to be able to lead our new joint honours programme BSc Business Management and English Language.

The modules I teach at Aston are strongly linked to my research interests that lie at the intersection of three fields: business communication, computermediated communication and discourse analysis.

I am really interested in how language works online - especially in professional or business contexts. I have previously analysed, for example, how power and hierarchy is negotiated in virtual teams, or how professionals use non-verbal signals in writing to achieve their goals. I regularly consult organizations on communication issues and use these experiences in my teaching to ensure my materials are up-to-date and relevant.

"Interested? I'd love to hear from you"

Erika Darics
Erika Darics, Head of Business Management and English Language

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