BSc English Language

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Entry requirements

A-level: ABB-BBB from 3 subjects, including English Language/Literature grade B
BTEC also accepted, see below for details
*Variable offers available

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.

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.

English at Aston achieved 96% Overall Satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2017
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
Staff work routinely with law enforcement as expert witnesses in cases where speech and/or text constitutes part of the evidence

ABB - BBB from 3 A Levels to include grade B in English Language or Literature (or combined). General Studies accepted.

A Level applicants who select this course as their Firm UCAS choice may be eligible for our lowered offer scheme. This means that the grades that you will need in order to be accepted on to the course will be reduced.

We welcome applications from students who have tried to improve their examination grades by taking resits. We treat these applications in exactly the same way as other applications.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) / BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate: Distinction plus two A Levels at grade BB*  (one A-level grade B must be obtained in English Language / Literature.)

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF) / BTEC Level 3 National Diploma: Distinction, Distinction plus grade B* in A-level English Language or Literature (or combined).

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) / BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma  Distinction, Distinction, Distinction. A-level grade B must also be obtained in English Language or Literature (or combined).

*Applicants who select this course as their Firm UCAS choice may be eligible for our lowered offer scheme. This means that the A Level grades that you will need in order to be accepted on to the course will be reduced.

 32 points in the IB diploma (including TOK/Bonus points) with 6,5,5 at HL (including English Language / Literature).

Standard level Maths and English grade 5 required in lieu of GCSE English and Maths grade C/4.

Applicants who select this course as their Firm UCAS choice may be eligible for our lowered offer scheme. This means that the grades that you will need in order to be accepted on to the course will be reduced.

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.

EPQ: A Level applicants who meet our offer criteria will be made the standard offer for their programme of choice, plus an alternative offer which will be one grade lower plus a grade B in EPQ, providing this course is selected as their Firm UCAS choice.

Other qualifications: If your qualification is not listed, please contact us using the form at the bottom of the page.

International Qualifications: International students can discover more about the qualifications we accept on our international pages. 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.

Foundation Programme in Social Science (Aston University): For students with good A-level (or equivalent) grades, but who narrowly miss our standard requirements, it is also possible to gain entry to this course by completing a Foundation Year, although please note the progression requirements.

Key information:

3 years full time or 4 years with integrated placement year

UCAS Code: Q310

GCSE requirements:
GCSE English Language and Maths Grade C/4.

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.

  •   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, initial offers will not be lower than stated below).
  •   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.
  • Application for second year entry will be considered by the programme director if there is space on that year of the programme. Typically, successful applicants for second year entry will:

    • Have A level (or equivalent) qualifications similar to those required for first year entry
    • Have gained (or be expected to gain) 120 credits on an equivalent programme at another recognised university
    • Obtained (or be expected to obtain) an overall average of 60% or above on an equivalent programme at another recognised university
    • Have not previously attempted the second year of a programme elsewhere
    • Individual programmes may have additional requirements in addition to those stated above. These will be clarified upon application.
  • Applicants receiving offers are invited to an Applicant Visit Day

View our Admissions Policy. 

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.

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.

Click on the module titles to find out more.

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) 
English Phonetics   (LE1091)

Year 2

Core modules:
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:
Theories of Language and Identities     (LE1088) 
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)

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 coursework, essays, oral presentations, posters, exams and an extended dissertation during your Final Year.

Dr Nur Kurtoglu-Hooton - Director of Undergraduate Programmes in English Language

Nur Hooton

"On our English Language programmes we help you explore how language works in actual interactions.  We help you discover your own potential as individuals and provide you with opportunities for guided investigation into specific aspects of English language. For example, on one of our option modules, the Computer Mediated Communication module which I teach, we study social media. We look at relevant theoretical concepts and put them into practical applications to explore how people perform identity online and to analyse how people interact in a range of virtual communities. Throughout the programme we help you reflect on the learning opportunities you encounter and to become independent learners. We provide you with the opportunity to specialise in specific areas of English language: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Language Policy, Professional Communication and Forensic Linguistics."

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.”

Recent English Careers 

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Recent Organisations 

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  • BBC


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

Nur Hooton
Dr Nur Kurtoglu-Hooton - Programme Director

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