English Language BA

Study the BA (Hons) English Language degree course at Aston University to learn theoretical knowledge and cutting-edge linguistic skills for the explanation of language in applied contexts.

Location: Aston University, Birmingham

Course type

Full-time (Hons)

Course format

Placement year (UK/abroad)

Duration

4 years with integrated placement year /

3 years without integrated placement year

UCAS code(s)

Q310

Start date

Overview
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Best Placement Service

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Aston University was recognised as the 'Best University Placement Service' at the National Undergraduate Employability (NUE) Awards 2022.

 

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Alex Szczekulska BSc English Language

“Due to its flexible nature, my course enabled me to explore the area of linguistics from different perspectives. I learned about language in news media, business, literature and forensic contexts. This helped me to find myself. I realised that forensic linguistics was just for me, and that is why I’ve pursued further study in this area.”

Alex Szczekulska

English Language graduate

Alex Szczekulska BSc English Language

“Due to its flexible nature, my course enabled me to explore the area of linguistics from different perspectives. I learned about language in news media, business, literature and forensic contexts. This helped me to find myself. I realised that forensic linguistics was just for me, and that is why I’ve pursued further study in this area.”

Alex Szczekulska

English Language graduate

Course outline and modules

What you’ll learn

By studying English language in-depth, you will develop critical awareness and gain invaluable communication, analytical and critical skills for your future working life.

Your first year of studying English language at Aston will give you a broad introduction to language and meaning, to the influence of form and context and to the role of language in society.

In the second year, alongside core modules, you can pick the elective modules that interest you the most – such as Language in the News Media, the Language of the Law, Reading and Society, and Intercultual Communication. These modules are designed to equip you to describe the features of spoken and written language in technical detail, as well as collecting, managing and working with linguistic data.

Through practical sessions, you will develop the skills to teach English as a foreign language and understand the roles, techniques and dynamics of the classroom.

In the final year, you can choose from a wide range of elective modules to suit your interests and/or career plans, whether you see your future in education, business, law or elsewhere. You will also produce a substantial piece of individual work in the form of a dissertation on an agreed topic of your choice.

An optional placement year offers the chance to apply your learning in a work or study placement in the UK or overseas. Whether you choose to study abroad, work for a company or to teach, Aston’s links with employers, schools and universities around the world mean you will have a wide range of options to boost your employability. Finally, our versatile range of joint honours courses means you can pursue your passion for English alongside a wealth of language and social science options.

International students

Aston University is a diverse, close community and welcomes international students. Students from over 120 different countries chose to study with us every year. Based in the centre of Birmingham, Aston is not only a great place to study, it’s also a great place to live.

Aston’s professional work placements can improve your chance of securing a graduate job. Placements give you experience, confidence and opportunities and as an Aston student, you’ll be better prepared for your future career. One of the great things about Aston is our focus on employability and our close links with businesses, industries and professions make this possible.

Choosing to start your Aston journey with our foundation programme in social science will help you develop specialist knowledge to ensure that you are fully prepared to study your chosen undergraduate course. During your foundation year, you’ll have excellent support from academics and group projects will give you the chance to meet new people, make new friends and build a network of peers who will share your university journey. We also have a Learning Development Centre that can provide additional support and offer pre-sessional English language programmes.

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

Post-study work visa

Graduate Immigration Route

Aston University welcomed the creation of a new Graduate Immigration Route which enables international students to remain in the UK for two years after you complete your studies to find work. This new post-study work visa applies to international students completing full-time undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Find out more information about the Graduate Immigration Route.

 

Modules

Year 1

Core modules:

  • Introduction to Language Study
  • English Language Across Time and Space
  • Introduction to Discourse Analysis
  • Language and Society
  • Practical Applications of Language Description
Year 2

Core modules:

  • Spoken Discourse Analysis
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Working With Language Data
  • Written Text Analysis

 

Optional modules:

  • English Language Teaching
  • Language at Work
  • The Language of the Law
  • Language in the News Media
  • Introduction to Corpus Linguistics
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Reading and Society
  • Language and Style
Year 3

This course is available as a 3 year BA without a placement, or a 4 year BA with an integrated sandwich placement. Both options are available to home, EU, and international students.

Find out more about the Aston placement year.

Final Year 

Core modules:

  • Dissertation
  • Applied English Linguistics

 

Optional modules:

  • Learning English
  • Multimodal Communication
  • Language as Evidence
  • Leadership and Management Communication
  • Advanced Leadership and Management Communication
  • Language Contact and Globalisation
  • Reading and Wellbeing
  • Creative Writing
  • Cognition and Style
  • Language and Literature in Education
  • Advanced Corpus Linguistics

 

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

BBC (standard offer)

BCC (with EPQ or Core Maths minimum grade B)

BCC (contextual offer*)

IB

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

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

BTEC, Access & other

BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM (standard 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.

T Levels

The following T levels are accepted qualifications for this course:

  • T-Level - Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction Grade D
  • T-Level - Digital Production, Design and Production Grade D
  • T-Level – Education and Childcare Grade D
  • T-Level – Onsite Construction Grade D
  • T-Level – Building Services Engineering for Construction Grade D
  • T-Level – Digital Business Services Grade D
  • T-Level – Digital Support Services Grade D
  • T-Level – Health Grade D
  • T-Level – Healthcare Science Grade D
  • T-Level – Science Grade D
Further requirements

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

Learning and teaching

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.

Study skills

There is a much stronger emphasis on reading and on your own private, independent study than at pre-degree level. The University offers training courses in study skills, and the Library’s Learning Development Centre provides one-to-one instruction, workshops and study guides for academic research and writing. 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. To help you manage your learning, we set out your work for the year in online student guides and module handouts, which include full details of all modules including week-by-week lecture breakdowns, reading lists and all coursework assignments for the year.

Assessment

Assessment is through a combination of coursework, essays, oral presentations, posters, exams and an extended dissertation during your final year.

Programme Director(s)

Dr Robbie Love (English)

Fees and scholarships

UK students (2023/24)

Annual tuition fees: £9,250

During placement year: £1,250

International/EU students (2023/24)

Annual tuition fees: £17,750

During placement year: £2,550

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

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

English language graduates go on to a range of professions in industries including law, education, marketing, engineering and the media.

Potential employers include Interserve, Capgemini, Virgin Active, and the BBC.

NUE

Aston University was recognised as the 'Best University Placement Service'.

The Careers and Placements team at Aston University won the 'Best University Placement Service' category at the National Undergraduate Employability (NUE) Awards 2022. This was achieved by launching Virtual Employability Festivals and recognising the power of peer-to-peer communication by pairing 500 students looking for placements with 500 students who had completed placements.

Frequently asked questions

Why study English Language at Aston?

Founded in 2019, the Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics (AIFL) is the first of its type in the world. It combines leading-edge research and investigative forensic practice with postgraduate teaching and professional courses.

What careers can I do with an English Language degree?

An English Language degree from Aston will stand you in great stead for a range of careers, from teaching to forensic linguistics. English language graduates go on to a variety of professions in industries including law, education, marketing, engineering and the media.

Is a placement useful for English Language?

The optional placement year helps to demonstrate to employers that you are able to transfer your knowledge to a real-world environment. A placement also helps you to understand the type of career you may want to establish once you graduate. Recent English language graduates have spent their placement year working in countries including France, Spain and Vietnam.

Why should international students choose Aston University?

Aston University is a diverse, close community and welcomes international students on many of our undergraduate programmes. Students from over 120 different countries choose to study with us every year. Based in the centre of Birmingham, Aston is not only a great place to study, it’s also a great place to live.

Aston’s professional work placements can improve your chance of securing a graduate job. Placements give you experience, confidence and opportunities and as an Aston student, you’ll be better prepared for your future career.

Choosing to start your Aston journey with our foundation programme in social science will help you develop specialist knowledge to ensure that you are fully prepared to study your chosen undergraduate course.

 

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