English Language BSc

Study the BSc English Language degree course at Aston University to learn theoretical knowledge and cutting-edge linguistic skills alongside gaining plenty of real-world experience.

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.

UCAS code(s)

Q310

Start date

This course is currently available through Clearing.

Call 0800 917 5923 or apply online.

Entry requirements:

A Level: CCC (inc C in English) | BTEC UnRef: DDM (+ C in English) | BTEC Ref: DMM (+ C in English)
GCSEs at C/4 in English and Maths
 

Overview
Explore 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

Alex Szczekulska 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

BSc English Language

Alex Szczekulska 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

BSc English Language

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, Stylistics and Creative Writing. 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.

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:

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

Core modules:

  • Advanced Topics in Sociolinguistics
  • Working With Language Data
  • Written Text Analysis

 

Optional modules:

  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Psychology of Language & Communication
  • Language at Work
  • The Language of the Law
  • Language in the News Media
  • Language Policy and Language Planning
  • Phonetics
  • Literature, Culture and Society
  • Creative Writing
  • Stylistics
  • Work-based Project
Year 3

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

Final Year 

Core modules:

  • Dissertation

 

Optional modules:

  • Spoken Discourse Analysis
  • Learning English
  • Multimodal Analysis
  • Computer Mediated Communication
  • Language as Evidence
  • Communicating Across Cultures
  • Leadership and Management Communication
  • Advanced Leadership and Management Communication
  • Forensic Phonetics
  • Language Contact and Globalisation
  • Theories of Language and Identity
  • Cognition and Style
  • Language and Literature in Education

 

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  
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 or Social Sciences 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.  

 

View our Admissions Policy. 

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 above).

Entry onto our Foundation Year maybe offered as an alternative to the degree course if lower entry grades are achieved.

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.

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

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.

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.

 

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. English at Aston is ranked 1st in the UK for staff/student ratio (Guardian, 2020).

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.

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

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.

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

Frequently asked questions

Why study English Language at Aston?

English at Aston is ranked 1st in the UK for staff/student ratio (Guardian, 2020).

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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