Business Management and English Language BSc

A Business Management and English Language degree from Aston gives you the chance to combine in-demand commercial and leadership skills, alongside theoretical knowledge and understanding of the English language, how it works in business and its role in the workplace.

Location: Aston University, Birmingham

 

Course type

Full-time

Course format

Placement year (UK/abroad)

Duration

4 year with integrated placement year /3 year course without integrated placement year option only available for international students.

UCAS code(s)

QN75

Start date

This course is currently available through Clearing.

Call 0800 917 5923 or apply online.

Entry requirements:


A Level: BCC 

BTEC UnRef: DDM | BTEC Ref: DDM

GCSEs at C/4 in English and Maths

Overview
Explore Business Management and English Language BSc at Aston University
Zanub Gul

"The staff at Aston are incredible and always willing to help. Having a tutor really helped me balance university work and outside life. They really helped me during my final year."

Zanub Gul

BSc English Language

Pranay Sonwalkar Business Management and English Language

“Learning two different subjects was exciting as it allowed me to vary my knowledge and find ways of integrating them, which helped increase my skills and development.

My lecturers were always contactable and it was clear that they wanted to help us achieve the best grades possible.”

Pranay Sonwalkar

BSc Business Management and English Language

Pranay Sonwalkar Business Management and English Language

“Learning two different subjects was exciting as it allowed me to vary my knowledge and find ways of integrating them, which helped increase my skills and development.

My lecturers were always contactable and it was clear that they wanted to help us achieve the best grades possible.”

Pranay Sonwalkar

BSc Business Management and English Language

Course outline and modules

What you’ll learn

You will be taught by lecturers who are internationally recognised researchers in fields such as leadership communication, marketing, economic development, multi-national enterprises, forensic linguistics, language and gender and TESOL.

With a professional placement year as one of its key features, the programme is geared towards increasing your employability by providing you with the knowledge and skills required of professionals working in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

Placement year

The placement year is compulsory for this course. It takes place during your third year at Aston and is worth 10 per cent of the final degree result. You can choose to spend the year on a work placement in the UK or, if you choose to go abroad, there are both work and study placements available. In recent years, Aston students have undertaken placements with a range of employers including Airbus, Friends of the Earth, Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, and Warburtons, with others going overseas to undertake placements in countries including Japan, Spain and Germany.

Post-study work visa

Aston University welcomed the creation of a new immigration route which will enable international students to remain in the UK for two years after they have completed their studies to find work. The new post-study work visa will apply to international students starting undergraduate and postgraduate courses from 2020 at universities with a track record of compliance with immigration policy. Click here for more information on post-work visas.

Modules

Year 1

Core modules:

  • Language and Society
  • Introduction to Discourse Analysis
  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Practical Applications of Language Description
  • Introduction to Marketing Management
  • Introduction to Organisational Behaviour
  • Introduction to Business Economics
Year 2

Core modules:

  • Psychology and Work
  • Effective Teamwork
  • Fundamental Strategy
  • Operations Management
  • Introduction to Intercultural Communication
  • Working with Language Data
  • Language at Work

 

Optional modules:

  • Written Text Analysis
  • Language in the News Media
  • Literature, Culture and Society
Year 3

Integrated placement year - find out more about the Aston placement year

Final Year 

Core modules:

  • Dissertation
  • Leadership and Management Communication
  • Advanced Leadership and Management Communication
  • Theories and Practice of Leadership
  • Business Ethics

 

Optional modules:

  • International Marketing
  • Sustainable Operations Management
  • Consumer Research and the Customer Experience
  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Computer-mediated Communication
  • Spoken Discourse Analysis
  • Communicating Across Cultures
  • Multimodal Analysis

Entry requirements

Typical offers:

A Levels

BBC-CCC from 3 A Levels. General Studies accepted.

BBC in 3 A Level subjects

BCC with B in Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) or Core Maths

*CCC in 3 A Level subjects for our contextual offer scheme

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.

For details on our Aston Ready contextual offer scheme, please see here. 

BTEC

BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM  

BTEC Diploma (QCF/National) with A Levels - Distinction, Merit (DM) and Grade B at A Level

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) or Extended Certificate (national) with A Levels – Distinction (D) and grades BC at A Level.

IB

29 points overall with grades 5, 5, 4 in 3 higher level subjects

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

Access to HE & other

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.

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. For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage.

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.

GCSE

GCSE English Language and Maths Grade C/4.  

Learning, teaching and assessment

What you'll learn

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 a 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 the 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 offer support by writing references for placement/graduate employment and academic research.

Assessment is through a combination of written and oral exams, coursework, essays, presentations and an extended dissertation during your final year. Exams take place in January and May/June.

English at Aston is ranked 1st in the UK for staff/student ratio (Guardian, 2020), so you’ll have our attention at all times.

Course Director

Dr Chloe Harrison

Fees and scholarships

UK/EU students (2020/21)

Annual tuition fees: £9,250

During placement year: £1,250

International students (2020/21)

Annual tuition fees: £15,600

During placement year: £2,500

Tuition fees are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.

More information on fees

Scholarships

At Aston University we are committed to supporting the most talented and hardworking students to achieve their potential by providing a range of scholarships to help lower tuition and living costs. Find out more about our scholarships here.

Career prospects

Business management and English language graduates go on to a range of professions in industries including recruitment, education, marketing, IT and the media.

Potential employers include The Institute of Engineering and Technology (The IET), IBM, Ketchum, Interserve, Capgemini, Virgin Active, and the BBC.

Employed English graduates earn £3,400 (20 per cent) more than expected one year after graduating (Longitudinal Education Outcomes, 2019).

Frequently asked questions

Why Aston University Business School?

Aston University’s Business School is amongst the top 1% of business schools in the world to have triple accreditation, the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) rates us ‘Gold’ and we are first in the UK for ‘Value Added’, comparing our students’ entry grades with their final degree result, showing the quality of our teaching (Aston University, Guardian University Guide, 2020). All of this means we really value your learning experience and the skills you develop and demonstrate as part of your course.

Why study Business Management and English Language at Aston?

Aston’s innovative programme offers skills and abilities sought by employers. Leadership and management skills are among the top skills currently needed by employers to fill vacancies (Employer Skill Survey, 2017).

Why should I do a placement year with Aston?

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 and encouraged to look back on in your final year. Aston pioneered the placement year in the 1950s and has over 50 years experience in offering sandwich courses. As a result, we have built up an enviable reputation with employers many of whom return to us each year hoping to take on more Aston University students.

 

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