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BSc Sociology and English Language  

Sociology Banner Charlotte Wise
The diversity of modules gave me a comprehensive and diverse insight into the social world."


Charlotte Wise
Now studying for an MA in Sociology and Social Research

Entry requirements

ABB from 3 A-levels. General Studies accepted. 

*Variable offers available. 


This multi-disciplinary programme takes an applied approach to the teaching of Sociology and English Language, through the optional placement year and professionally relevant modules which draw directly on our cutting-edge research. 

Employed Aston Social Studies graduates earn £4,800 (27%) 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.

 

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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.
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English at Aston achieved 93% Overall Satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2015.
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Sociology at Aston is ranked Top 20 in the UK for Research Quality (Complete University Guide, 2017)
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Aston's Sociology course is ranked Top 25 in the UK in the Sunday Times League Table, 2016.

ABB - BBB 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.

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.

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 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.

Key Information

3 years full time or 4 years with integrated placement year

UCAS Code: LQ33

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.

This multi-disciplinary programme takes an applied approach to the teaching of Sociology and English Language, through the optional placement year and professionally relevant modules which draw directly on our cutting-edge research. You will be provided with a theoretical knowledge and understanding of the English language, how it works in society and its role in the world today. You will also examine social processes, organisational dynamics and inter-group relationships. Important strengths of the course include the research-active teaching staff who are internationally recognised researchers in fields such as ethnic and gender equalities, global change, theories of social change, forensic linguistics, language and gender and TESOL studies. The placement year is an optional feature of the programme and is designed to give you real life experience and to act as a springboard for your future career. Our graduates are in demand from a wide range of employers where a sound understanding of societies, organisations, institutions and communication skills are required.

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: contexts, modes and media     LE1085 
Introduction to English Language: Language in Society     LE1086 
Grammar and Meaning     LE1008 
Academic Communication Skills     LE1087

Social Theory 1     LK1007 
Becoming a Social Scientist     LK1011 



Year 2

Core modules:

Research Methods in Language and Communication     LE2019 
Variations of English     LE2053 
Working with Language Data     LE2032 

Research Methods 2     LK2002 
Social Theory 2     LK2001  


A choice of options to total 20 credits:
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages  (20 Credit)   LE2055 
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages  (10 Credit)  LE2012 
Language at Work     LE2007 
Computer-mediated communication     LE2057 
The Language of the Law     LE2056 
Language in the News Media     LE2022 
Work Based Project (10 Credit) LE2058
OR 
Work Based Project  (20 Credit) LE2059


And a choice of options to total 20 credits:
Global Society     LK2004 
Embodiment and Feminist Theory     LK2005 
CSI: Crime, Subversion and Injustice     LK2006 
Media and Society     LK2007 
Government and Globalisation     LK2010
Government and Management     LK2011
Environmental Policy     LK2014
Welfare States and Welfare Change     LK2015
Comparing and Evaluating Public Policies     LK2016
Kith and Kin: Family Lives in a Social Context     LK2017
The Social Life of Stuff     LK2018



Year 3

Optional Placement


Final Year

Core:
English Dissertation     LE3006 


Choice of options to total 40 credits:
Spoken Discourse Analysis     LE3022
Learning English    LE3026
Corpus Linguistics     LE3028 
Multimodal Analysis     LE3029 
Language as Evidence     LE3031
Language Contact and Globalization     LE3033 

Choice of options to total 60 credits:
Dissertation     LK3001 
Ageing, Society, and Policy     LK3006 
Work, Organisations and Society     LK3008 
Modern British Governance     LK3002 
Racism, Class and Gender     LK3010 
Health matters: understanding patterns and policies     LK3009 
Contemporary Social Movements     LK3011 
Corporate Power in a Globalised World     LK3004 
Sport and Society     LK3012 
Pregnancy and Politics     LK3013 
Learning to Labour: Education and Society     LK3007 
Religion and Society     LK3014 
Music and Society     LK3016 
International Migration and Policy     LK3018
Health Policy     LK3019
The Challenges of Climate Change     LY3031
Kith and Kin: Family Lives in a Social Context (Final Year Version)     LK3020

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 Chrissie Rogers - Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Chrissie Rogers
''Sociology enables us to understand the personal and private lives of individuals and engage with the messy nature of everyday life. All of this can then be viewed in the context of the public sphere. For example, one of my areas of research is around the impacts of inclusion and exclusion for children and young people and in the UK ‘Every Child Matters’ promotes a meaningful sense of well-being for all children and ‘Education for All’ positions a global inclusive education strategy. These are just two of the policy contexts that address education as a means to promote inclusion and meaningful learning. But do they? Large numbers of pupils are not included, have poor educational experiences and are either marginalised or demonised. Education is failing children and young people. Not least of
all because they are disengaged, alienated and excluded from a meaningful learning process. League tabling and competitive schooling is stifling. We need to address these divisions as sociologists. This focus is just one area that within teaching sociology we can really get to the heart of understanding difference and diversity. More broadly, as a sociologist I have written Parenting and Inclusive Education, Critical Approaches to Care (with Susie Weller) as well as working on Intellectual Disability and Social Theory.”


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.”

The placement year is optional for students studying English Language 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.

Find out more about the placement year.

Contact Details

Tel: 0121 204 3777
Email: ugadmissions@aston.ac.uk 

 


 

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

Nur Hooton
Dr Nur Kurtoglu-Hooton - Programme Director

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