BSc English Language

Why choose this course?

  • English Language at Aston is ranked Top 25 in the UK for Graduate Prospects in both the Complete University Guide, 2017 and Sunday Times League Table, 2016.

  • Aston's English Language and Literature degrees received a 5-star rating in the 2016 QS rankings.

  • English at Aston achieved 93% overall student satisfaction in the 2016 National Student Survey.

  • Staff work routinely with law enforcement as expert witnesses in cases where speech and/or text constitutes part of the evidence

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3 years full time or 4 years with integrated placement year

UCAS Code: Q310

Typical Offers
A-levels: ABB - BBB from 3 A-levels, including English Language/Literature (or combined Engish Language & Literature) A-level Grade B.  

If your predicted grades are close to those stated in Aston's typical offers and if you are interested in Aston University and the courses we offer we encourage you to apply to us as one of your 5 UCAS choices. In addition to your predicted grades, when making offers we also consider your previous academic performance (eg AS grades, 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.

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 in English Language or Literature - DDD. Mix of Diploma/ Subsidiary Diploma/A-levels acceptable - as long as this includes a B in English Language or Literature. 

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.

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.

Our innovative English Language degree aims to provide you with a theoretical knowledge and understanding of the English language, how it works in society and its role in the world today. At the same time we emphasise the practical application of English Language studies to the real world through professionally relevant modules in areas such as Teaching and Learning English or Language in the Workplace or Language and the Law. Your First Year of studying English Language at Aston will give you a broad introduction to language and meaning, to the influence of form and context and to the role of language in society. In the Second Year you build upon the themes introduced in your First Year through the study of core and elective modules designed to equip you to describe the features of spoken and written language in technical detail, as well as collecting, managing and working with linguistic data. In the Final Year you can choose from a wide range of elective modules to suit your interests and/or career plans. You will also 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 below are indicative only. When an offer is made, students will receive a detailed programme specification which forms part of our terms and conditions.

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Year 1
Core modules:

Introduction to English Language: Across time and space     (LE1090) 
Academic Communication Skills     (LE1087) 
Introduction to English Language: Contexts, modes and media     (LE1085) 
Words and Meaning     (LE1083) 
Grammar and Meaning     (LE1008) 
Introduction to English Language: Language in Society    (LE1086) 
Sounds in Action: Phonetics & phonology     (LE1089) 
Theories of Language and Identities     (LE1088) 

Year 2

Core modules:
Research Methods in Language & Communication    (LE2019) 
Variations of English     (LE2053) 
Working with Language Data     (LE2032) 
Written Text Analysis     (LE2034) 

Choose 60 credits from the following optional modules:

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages     (LE2012) 
Computer-mediated Communication     (LE2057) 
Language at Work     (LE2007) 
The Language of the Law     (LE2056) 
Language in the News Media     (LE2022) 
Psychology of Language & Communication     (LE2030) 
Introduction to Intercultural Communication     (LE2003) 
Work-based Project (10 Credits) (LE2058) 


Work-based Project  (20 Credits)  (LE2059)     

Year 3

Optional Placement

Final Year
Dissertation    (LE3014)

Choice of options to total 80 credits:
Spoken Discourse Analysis     (LE3022) 
Language as Evidence     (LE3031) 
Learning English     (LE3026) 
Corpus Linguistics     (LE3028) 
Multimodal Analysis     (LE3029) 
Linguistics of the Individual     (LE3030) 
Leadership and management communication: 1     (LE3024) 
Leadership and management communication: 2     (LE3025) 
Language Contact and Globalization     (LE3033)

Our graduates are in demand from a wide range of employers who value their understanding of different organisations, their communication skills and motivation for team work.  For information on graduate destinations please see the careers service:http://www.aston.ac.uk/current-students/careers-centre/graduate-destinations/lss/

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 exams, coursework, essays, presentations and an extended dissertation during your Final Year. Exams take place in January and May/June.

Dr Krzysztof Kredens - Director of Undergraduate Programmes in English Language

Dr Kredens

“In my five years at Aston possibly the most flattering praise I received came from a student who said ‘This module messes with my head’. ‘Messing with students’ heads’ is not necessarily what the official course description promises but in my teaching I try and challenge students’ perceptions of what language is and what it can – and cannot – do for them. The key message I try to get across is that understanding the linguistic phenomena we encounter, but rarely notice, on an every-day basis is crucial for understanding and shaping the world around us. We all acquire knowledge in essentially two ways – either through direct experience or from others. For most of our knowledge we have to rely on other people’s perceptions, which, before reaching us, are encoded into language. Language then carries knowledge; once we realise the importance of this simple notion, we can make fully informed and conscious choices as to how we can use language as a powerful tool to achieve certain aims. At Aston our focus is on language use rather than structure. We do make sure our students acquire the relevant theoretical concepts, but our ultimate aim is to show how language works in actual interactions. We focus on the practical applications of English Language studies. We are passionate about teaching and, importantly, use our own research to inform it. As a result our students often have access to the latest research findings even before they are published in academic journals or the media.”

Dr Urszula Clark - Reader in English Language

Urszula Clark

“At Aston University, I teach a module on Variations in English. This module considers the different ways in which we express ourselves through English and its multifaceted varieties, particularly through regional variation. I am Director of Aston’s West Midlands English: Speech and Society project. The work of this project is included in the syllabus for this module. Students who take it work with the data my research team have collected and actively take part as researchers for this research project. I also teach a module on Critical Discourse Analysis. This module is based upon the premise that language is never neutral, and that any text, spoken and written, will be biased to tell a particular story, however ‘neutral’ it may pretend to be. All staff in our Group at Aston are active in research. We also collaborate with researchers in other Groups in the School. At the moment, I am involved in a research project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) which is allowing us to integrate the data such as that covered by my West Midlands English project into the ways research methods are taught in undergraduate programmes of study such as that of English language.”

The placement year is optional for students studying English Language. If you choose to take a placement year, this will take 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.

A distinctive feature of our placement year is the flexibility that we offer. You will be able to choose between undertaking a paid work-experience placement with a company or working as a teaching assistant in a school (either in the UK or abroad) - 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 placement year.

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Student Profile

Student Profile

Amarjit Dubb

BSc English Language

The excellent careers service provided by Aston University enabled me to communicate and network with various lecturers and heads of department in and out of the UK. This will undoubtedly stand me in good stead when applying for teaching jobs and embarking on a teaching career in the future.


Student Profile

Student Profile

Holly Morgan

BSc English Language

The relationship with my lecturers has definitely benefited my studies and is something that makes LSS unique, the small classes enable this relationship to be developed.


Graduate Profile

Graduate Profile

Charles Donnell, Graduate 2013

BSc English Language and Psychology

A highlight of studying at Aston is the lecturers. They are so supportive and you have friendly relationships with them. Another great thing is the emphasis on doing a placement. As a result of my placement, I have been offered a graduate role with IBM on a Leadership Development Program me.


Fees and Funding

Fees and Funding



All our accommodation is based on campus and over 80% of our rooms are ensuite. We offer a guarenteed place scheme for first years.

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