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 (Hons)

Course format

Placement year (UK/abroad)


4 years with integrated placement year /

3 years without integrated placement year (option only available for international/EU students)

UCAS code(s)


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Explore Business Management and English Language at Aston University

Aston alumnus, Rachel Appiah, shares her success story of studying Business Management and English Language at Aston University.

Why study business alongside English language?

Dr Erika Darics gives a quick insight into the Business Management and English Language course at Aston University.

Pranay Sonwalkar - BMEL testimonial

“Learning two different subjects was exciting as it allowed me to vary my knowledge and find ways of integrating them, which helped develop my skills. My lecturers were always contactable, and it was clear that they wanted to help us achieve the best grades possible.”

Pranay Sonwalkar

BSc (Hons) Business Management and English Language

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Aston University recognised as the 'Best University Careers/Employability Service' at the National Undergraduate Employability (NUE) Awards 2020.

Syeda Nishat BSc (Hons) Business Management and English Language

“A joint honours course provided the best of both worlds! Business management gifted me unparalleled business acumen which I carried with me to interviews and ultimately led me to receiving an internship and graduate position at my dream firm – PwC! English language taught me how to communicate effectively – communication is essential but not everyone can do it well. Being able to communicate in an effective manner is critical in the workplace, it’s how organisations form!”

Syeda Nishat

BSc (Hons) Business Management and English Language

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Syeda Nishat BSc (Hons) Business Management and English Language

“A joint honours course provided the best of both worlds! Business management gifted me unparalleled business acumen which I carried with me to interviews and ultimately led me to receiving an internship and graduate position at my dream firm – PwC! English language taught me how to communicate effectively – communication is essential but not everyone can do it well. Being able to communicate in an effective manner is critical in the workplace, it’s how organisations form!”

Syeda Nishat

BSc (Hons) Business Management and English Language

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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.

International students

For International Students intending to do a foundation year, visit ONCAMPUS.

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.


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

The Aston placement year forms an integral part of your educational journey and is compulsory for all home students. International/EU students can request permission to opt out of the placement year, but we strongly recommend that it is completed where possible.

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


Availability of any optional modules will be subject to staff availability and a minimum number of students who express an interest in studying the optional modules.

Entry requirements

Typical offers:

A Levels

BBB (standard offer)

BBC (with EPQ or Core Maths minimum grade B)

BBC (contextual offer*)


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.

BTEC, Access & other

BTEC Extended Diploma – DDD (standard offer)

BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM (contextual offer*)

The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate/BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 National Diploma/BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry onto degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that are equivalent to three full A2 Levels.

We accept the QAA-recognised Access Diploma which must consist of 45 credits at Level 3. You must obtain a minimum of 30 distinction and the rest must be at merit or distinction. Please note that we do not accept the English and Maths components within the Access qualification and you must meet the GCSE entry requirement.

Further requirements

5 GCSE grades A*/9 – C/4 to include:

GCSE Maths – grade C/4

GCSE English Language or English Literature – grade C/4

Learn more about admission to this course

View our Admissions Policy.

All applications are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed carefully, including previous and predicted qualifications, experience, reference and your motivation to study the course. 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.

*Click here for details on our Aston Ready contextual offer scheme.

Entry onto our Foundation Programme may be offered as an alternative to the degree course if lower entry grades are achieved. Aston University welcomes applications from students with a wide range of qualifications from the UK and overseas, including combinations of qualifications. If your qualifications are not listed here and you wish to check whether they meet the entry requirements for this course, please contact the university.

International students

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. 

Aston University provides a range of opportunities for international students to join our community and study on our campus. A key part of our strategy is our relationships with teaching partners, providing multiple pathways to Aston. Find out more.

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.

Programme Director(s)

Dr Chloe Harrison (English)

Fees and scholarships

UK students (2022/23)

Annual tuition fees: £9,250

During placement year: £1,250

International/EU students (2022/23)

Annual tuition fees: £16,300

During placement year: £2,500

The United Kingdom government has confirmed that European Union (EU), other European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals commencing academic courses in England from August 2021 will no longer be charged the same tuition rates as home students. Further information can be found here.

Tuition fees for students 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. Any such increase shall always be in accordance with the law. When undertaking a placement year, a placement year fee applies.

More information on fees


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 Aston business graduates earn £11,000 (40 per cent) more than the UK average, five years after graduating (Longitudinal Education Outcomes, 2020).

Best University Careers Service Award

Aston University was recognised as the 'Best University Careers/Employability Service'.

The Careers and Placements team at Aston University won the 'Best University Careers/Employability Service' category at the National Undergraduate Employability (NUE) Awards 2020 for its use of innovative ideas to engage a high number of students with the service in order to support them with their career planning.

Aston University has strong links with national and international organisations with over 200 employers interacting with students on campus each year.

Languages for All

Learn a language for free with Aston University's Languages for All programme...

First year students at Aston have the opportunity to learn one of the following languages for free at beginners, improvers or intermediate level:

  • Arabic
  • French
  • German
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Spanish

Fancy learning French?

Hear from one of the Languages for All tutors, Dr Nathalie Mrgudovic...

Click here to find out more

Give German a go!

Hear from one of the Languages for All tutors, Dr Stefanie Kreibich...

Click here to find out more

Make the most with Mandarin!

Hear from one of the Languages for All tutors, Dr Qiaochao Zhang...

Click here to find out more

Strengthen your prospects with Spanish!

Hear from one of the Languages for All tutors, Elena Cancelas-Rodriguez...

Click here to find out more

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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