One main reason Aston stands out is the the placement year. It can be life changing."
Radhika Madlani Parliamentary Affairs Officer, Industry and Parliament Trust
A-Level: ABB-BBB from 3 subjects, including at least one of French, German or Spanish Grade B.BTEC also accepted, see below for details.*Variable offers available.
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4 years full-time with integrated year abroad UCAS Code: International Relations and French LR2C International Relations and German LR2G International Relations and Spanish LR2K Please note these UCAS codes apply to applicants who wish to apply for Post A-Level German/Spanish or for beginners German/Spanish. Typical OffersA Levels: ABB- BBB from 3 A-levels, including at least one of French, German or Spanish Grade B. General Studies accepted. Applicants for beginners Spanish or German 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 Spanish 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 (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 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 and 6 in Higher Level French, German or Spanish. 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. A-level grade B in French, German or Spanish or equivalent. BTEC: National Extended Diploma DDD. A-level grade B in French, German, Spanish or equivalent. 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.
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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Core modules: Introduction to the Concepts and Methods of International RelationsThe Making of the Modern WorldIntroduction to the European UnionWhat’s trending? (Current affairs in International Relations and Politics)
Optional if taking French: Introduction to the French -Speaking CountriesIBE (France)
Core if taking German: German Language Skills IIntroduction to the German -Speaking CountriesIBE (Germany)
Core if taking Spanish: Spanish Language Skills I Optional is taking Spanish: Introduction to Spanish-Speaking CountriesIBE (Spain)TESOL
Core modules: International Relations: Theories and IssuesRegional Politics and Society
Optional modules: Introduction to Political EconomySecurity Studies in a Changing World
Core if taking French: French Language Skills II Optional if taking French: Politics and Society (French-speaking countries)Culture and Conflict (French-speaking countries)IBE (France)TESOL
Core if taking German: German Language Skills IIPolitics and Society (German-speaking countries)IBE (German)
Core if taking Spanish: Spanish Language Skills II Optional if taking Spanish: Culture and Conflict (Spanish-speaking countries)IBE (Latin America)
Placement / Year Abroad
Core modules: DissertationResearch and Dissertation Skills
La France d’Outre MerVichy France: Occupation, Collaboration, LiberationContemporary FrenchTechnology in France: Inventing Progress and DisasterFrench Research DissertationRepresentations of Minorities
Cultural Identities in the German-speaking countriesGlobal GermanyIBE (German)
Cultural Studies in the Spanish-speaking countriesPolitical Landscapes in Spain and Latin AmericaIBE (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 French/German/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.
“My research focuses on post-conflict societies and their democratisation and reconciliation, drawing on Serbia and Kosovo as specific cases. Throughout my research, I also collaborate with other scholars, and therefore the issues that I look at can be quite wide ranging. For instance, I’ve recently investigated how Serbia as a society deals with war crimes and legacies of the past, but also how Serbia and Kosovo – previously at war – interact in peacetime. Much of this feeds directly into my teaching. I teach a module called ‘Conflict and Politics in Contemporary Balkans’, where I include insights from my research and trips to the region. On a module called ‘Conflict, Intervention and Reconciliation’, there are sessions dedicated to post-conflict justice and prosecuting of war crimes, so Serbia and Kosovo often feature as examples which we compare to other parts of the world. Most recently, I spent some time at the Centre for European Studies, Harvard, as a visiting scholar, where I worked on a new research project on social movements in Serbia. There is a rich tradition of protest and social movements in the Western Balkans more generally, so this will be the basis of one of the lectures I will teach next semester.”
“At Aston, research is not an ‘ivory tower’ activity but a way of engaging with the world around us. We aim to make a real impact through our research – and that begins in the classroom. My own teaching is always informed by the latest thinking in my areas of specialism, which include migration studies, German history and society, and European Studies. A recent example is my volume on EU-enlargement. The material is perfect to be used in my seminar on German Politics and Society. Should Turkey join the European Union? Should Greece leave? Why does Croatia join and not Serbia? And what about the UK? After I chart Germany’s position on these questions, students engage in lively and sometimes controversial small-group discussion about the nature of the European Union. This is just one example of how my research feeds into and enlivens my teaching. We aim to equip our students with an in-depth and relevant understanding of the modern world. Our research helps us to achieve this aim.”
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. 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 International 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.