The highlight of my placement experience was the excitement of being somewhere new that presented me with lots of new opportunities every day."
Chloe Ridyard Marketing and Events Assistant, Garden Court Chambers
A-Level: ABB from 3 subjects. General Studies accepted. BTEC Extended Diploma: DDD*Variable offers available.
Apply: 3 years full time Apply: 4 years with integrated placement year
ABB from 3 A Levels. 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.
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) / BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate: Distinction plus two A Levels at grade BB*.
BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF) / BTEC Level 3 National Diploma: Distinction, Distinction plus grade B* in one A-level.
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) / BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma Distinction, Distinction, Distinction.
*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.
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, Social Sciences or Business Access course preferred, but other courses considered on an individual basis.
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.
3 years full time or 4 years full time with integrated placement year
UCAS Code: LL42
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.
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:
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.
The Politics strand of the course is concerned with the study of government and political action. In year one you will study introductory modules in Politics, the European Union, and governance. At the core of your second year are modules dealing with the history of political thought, as well as a focus on British, foreign and domestic policy. In your final year a politics research dissertation on an agreed topic of your choice counts for a substantial and challenging part of your programme.
The Sociology strand of the course will provide you with an in-depth understanding of social processes, social change, organisational dynamics and inter-group relationships. You will complete introductory and intermediate modules in research methods in preparation for designing your own independent research project in the Final Year. You will also take courses that deal with more complex issues including the relationship between science and ‘race’, reproductive politics, corporate power, climate change, ageing, religion and media power.
In your final year a politics research dissertation on an agreed topic of your choice counts for a substantial and challenging part of your programme.
The Sociology strand of the course will provide you with an in-depth understanding of social processes, organisational dynamics and inter-group relationships. They combine an introduction to specific skills such as research design and use of comparative method, with an emphasis on social change. Strengths of the programme include its focus on key contemporary social issues, social policy and decision making, and international comparisons of social structures and policies.
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.
Core modules: Introduction to Studying and Researching PoliticsBritish Politics since 1945Introduction to the European Union
Social Theory 1Becoming a Social Scientist
Core modules: Comparative Government and PoliticsHistory of Political Thought
Research MethodsContemporary Social Theory
Optional modules: Introduction to Political EconomySecurity Studies in a Changing WorldRegional Politics and Society
Advanced Contemporary Social TheoryAdvanced Research MethodsGlobal SocietyEmbodiment and Feminist TheoryCSI: Crime, Subversion and InjusticeMedia and SocietyKith and Kin: Family Lives in a Social ContextThe Social Life of StuffHealth MattersRace and RacismsContested Cities and Changing Neighbourhoods
Optional placement year
Core modules: DissertationResearch and Dissertation Skills
Optional modules: EuroSim: Learning Negotiation through Simulation GamesThe International Relations of East AsiaReligion and Politics in Contemporary EuropePolitical CommunicationThe American PresidencyNationalism & Political PowerPolitical Parties and Party SystemsConflict and Politics in Contemporary BalkanContemporary ConflictDiplomacy and Soft PowerThe Far Right in EuropeThe Politics of Climate ChangeUnderstanding Foreign PolicyNortheast Asia: From Conflict to CooperationGender and PoliticsInterest groups and lobbyingRegions and Regionalism in EuropeContemporary Political TheoryPolitical Leaders: Case Studies and Comparative PerspectivesIntellectuals and Politics Power and Parliamentary Decision-MakingEthics and International Politics
Ageing, Society, and PolicyWork, Organisations and SocietyRacism, Class and GenderContemporary Social MovementsCorporate Power in a Globalised WorldSport, Culture and SocietyPregnancy and PoliticsFood and Society in a Global ContextLearning to Labour: Education and SocietyReligion and SocietyPopular Music and SocietyInternational Migration and PolicyHealth PolicyThe Challenges of Climate ChangeThe Citizen and the State
The Placement Year is optional for students studying Politics and Sociology. 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.
You will be involved in lectures and seminars, small group work projects 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 fro group and collaborative work. Students undertake a major piece of independent research in Final Year. You will be allocated an academic supervisor for this work and a Personal Tutor who can provide you with help and advice throughout your studies.
Assessment is through a combination of exams, project-based course work, essays, presentations and an extended dissertation during your Final Year.