French and Spanish BSc

Study the BSc joint honours degree course in French and Spanish at Aston University to develop your linguistic skills to near-native fluency and turn your talent for languages into serious future employment prospects.

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)

RR1K

Start date

Overview
Explore French and Spanish BSc at Aston University

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Emily Downes French and Spanish

“I spent my year abroad working as an English Language Assistant in Condom, France where I met some lovely friends who really helped me improve my French. I spent the second half of the year in Peru, which was overall the best experience of my life, especially having the opportunity to live with a family and learn first-hand about the culture.”

Emily Downes

BSc French and Spanish

Emily Downes French and Spanish

“I spent my year abroad working as an English Language Assistant in Condom, France where I met some lovely friends who really helped me improve my French. I spent the second half of the year in Peru, which was overall the best experience of my life, especially having the opportunity to live with a family and learn first-hand about the culture.”

Emily Downes

BSc French and Spanish

Course outline and modules

Modern languages

Our modern languages courses have a practical focus, with an emphasis on language as a means of communication and mutual understanding. The course is also designed to develop your understanding of French and Spanish culture and society – their traditions, complexities and underlying ideas – and to develop your critical, analytical and collaborative skills.

Language classes are supplemented by a series of thematic modules, also taught in the target languages, which focus on contemporary French and Spanish society, and particularly on French and Spanish politics, history, sociolinguistics, media, film and literature. You will be taught by research experts with international reputations in their fields, all in a lively, friendly, experienced and enthusiastic department.

In the third year of your course, you’ll spend a year in a French/Spanish-speaking country - further increasing your fluency, enhancing your cultural awareness and adding value to your degree.

International students

Aston University is a diverse, close community and welcomes international students. 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. 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:

  • Spanish Language Skills I
  • French Language Skills I

 

Optional modules:

  • Introduction to Spain and Latin America
  • International Business Environment (Spain)
  • Introduction to the French-Speaking Countries
  • International Business Environment (France)
Year 2

Core modules:

  • Spanish Language Skills II
  • French Language Skills II

 

Optional modules:

  • Politics and Society (Spain and Latin America)
  • Culture and Conflict (Spain and Latin America)
  • International Business Environment (Latin America)
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Politics and Society (French-speaking countries)
  • Culture and Conflict (French-speaking countries)
  • International Business Environment (France)
Year 3

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

Students must undertake a 1 year work and/or study placement in either a Spanish or French-speaking country.

Final Year 

Core modules:

  • Dissertation
  • Spanish Language Skills III
  • French Language Skills III

 

Optional modules:

  • Cultural Studies in the Spanish-Speaking Countries
  • National and Transnational Identities in Spanish-Speaking Countries
  • International Business Environment (Spain)
  • La France d’Outre Mer
  • Vichy France: Occupation, Collaboration, Liberation
  • Contemporary French
  • Technology in France: Inventing Progress and Disaster
  • Representations of Minorities

Entry requirements

Typical offers:

A Levels

BBC-CCC from 3 A Levels including French and Spanish Grade B. Beginners/Ab Initio routes available - see below. 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*

Applicants for beginners Spanish or French are not required to have any previous experience of language learning but we would anticipate that applicants receiving an offer would demonstrate a clear commitment to studying languages via the Personal Statement. Applicants with GCSE French or Spanish are welcome to apply for the ab initio programmes. Applicants with AS would normally be interviewed and may receive an offer for the ab initio programme or for the post A-Level programme depending on the level of language demonstrated at interview.

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.  

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. 

If you already have your grades and would like to check your suitability for one of our courses please contact us via e-mail.  

Applicants and their teachers/advisers are welcome to contact us with individual queries about entry qualifications via ugadmissions@aston.ac.uk

BTEC

BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM (+ French or Spanish at A level depending on what Language is to be studied).

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

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) or Extended Certificate (national) with A-Levels – Distinction (D) and grades BC at A-Level grade B in French and Spanish or equivalent.  

Mix of Diploma/ Subsidiary Diploma/A-levels acceptable.

IB

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

Standard level Maths and English grade 5 required and 6 in Higher Level French and Spanish. French or Spanish can also be taken as a beginners course. 
 

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. A level grade B in French and Spanish or equivalent. French or Spanish can also be taken as a beginners course. 

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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’ll experience our innovative approach to teaching, which combines a range of teaching methods including interactive seminars, presentations and group work as well as attending lectures and tutorials. Teaching is delivered almost exclusively in your chosen languages to work quickly towards the kind of fluency and adaptability that employers value. There are also opportunities for individual research and guided study.

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 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. The year abroad is an integral and assessed part of language studies at Aston, fully supported by us, and of direct relevance to your degree.

Personal development

Alongside your language skills, you will develop a range of skills that transfer to the workplace, such as critical thinking, team working and communication skills.

The integrated placement year gives you an immersive language experience that is invaluable in developing experience, knowledge and cultural awareness that cannot be replicated in the lecture room.

Course Director

Dr Claudia Gremler

Fees and scholarships

UK students (2021/22)

Annual tuition fees: £9,250

During placement year: £1,250

International/EU students (2021/22)

Annual tuition fees: £15,950

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

Modern languages graduates are in demand from a wide range of employers, with former Aston students now working at companies such as Bloomberg LP, Deutsche Bank and Apple, as well as for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and in schools, colleges and universities across the UK and overseas.

Recent graduates have gone on to work in roles including Analyst, EFL Teacher, International Sales Coordinator, HR Coordinator, Languages Teacher, Operations Support Analyst, Senior Project Manager and Translator.

Frequently asked questions

Why study French and Spanish at Aston?

You’ll acquire near-native linguistic fluency in your chosen languages, which means you’re at a real advantage when it comes to applying for jobs. What’s more, the abroad will give you the high-level political, social and cultural insights that make Aston’s students stand out. We’ll make sure you’re happy: Modern Languages at Aston are ranked 5th for teaching satisfaction (Guardian University Guide, 2020).

 

What jobs can I get with a modern languages degree?

We’ll make sure you’re career-ready. Employed Languages graduates earn on average £3,300 (14 per cent) more than the UK average three years after graduation (Longitudinal Educational Outcomes, 2019).

Our recent graduates are often our best ambassadors, with former Aston students now working at companies such as Bloomberg LP, Deutsche Bank and Apple, as well as for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and in schools, colleges and universities across the UK and overseas.

Why do a placement year at Aston?

A distinctive feature of our year abroad is the flexibility that we offer. You will be able to choose between undertaking a paid work-experience placement with a company, working as a teaching assistant in a school or studying at one of our partner universities - 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 Careers and Placements Team who will give you plenty of individual help and advice, and even come and visit you during your time away.

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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