German Combinations BSc

Study German at Aston University alongside either international relations, Spanish, French, English literature, TESOL or international business, and turn your talent into serious future employment prospects.

Location: Aston University, Birmingham

Course type

Full-time

Course format

Placement year (UK/abroad)

Duration

4 years with integrated placement year / 3 years without integrated placement year (option only available for non-UK/EU students)

UCAS code(s)

See below

Start date

Overview
Explore German at Aston University
Janeesh Hans German and English Language

“The highlight of my placement was having the opportunity to take part in classes, where the language of instruction was German. Not only was this the best way to work towards fluency in German, but it was also an invaluable opportunity to experience a new culture, make lifelong connections and prepare for the international job market and a future career in a German-speaking country.”

Janeesh Hans

BSc German and English Language

Janeesh Hans German and English Language

“The highlight of my placement was having the opportunity to take part in classes, where the language of instruction was German. Not only was this the best way to work towards fluency in German, but it was also an invaluable opportunity to experience a new culture, make lifelong connections and prepare for the international job market and a future career in a German-speaking country.”

Janeesh Hans

BSc German and English Language

Course outline and modules

UCAS codes

LR2G – International Relations and German

RR2K – German and Spanish

RR12 – French and German

Q3R2 – English Literature and German

XR12 – German and TESOL

NR12 – International Business and Modern Languages German

NR33 – International Business and Modern Languages French and German

NR24 – International Business and Modern Languages German and Spanish

 

What you'll learn

Our German combination courses have a practical focus, with an emphasis on language as a means of communication and mutual understanding. These courses are also designed to develop your understanding of German 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 language. These focus on contemporary German society, and particularly 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 German-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 International 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 that 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. More information is available on post-work visas.

Modules

BSc International Relations and German (Beginners/A Level) UCAS code: LR2G
Year 1

Core modules:

  • Introduction to the Concepts and Methods of International Relations
  • Introduction to the European Union
  • German Language Skills I*
  • Introduction to the German-Speaking Countries*
  • International Business Environment (Germany)*

 

Optional modules:

  • The Making of the Modern World
  • What's Trending (Current Affairs in Politics and International Relations)

 

* Beginners (ab initio) students do not take these modules as they have more language skills classes.

    Year 2

    Core modules:

    • International Relations: Theories
    • Critical Approaches to Security Studies
    • German Language Skills II*
    • Politics and Society (German-speaking countries)*
    • International Business Environment (Germany)*

     

    Optional modules:

    • West European Politics and Society
    • Russian and East European Politics and Society
    • North American Politics and Society
    • East Asian Politics and Society: China and Japan
    • South Asian Politics and Society
    • International Relations in Political Thought
    • Security Studies: Theories and Issues
    • The Politics and Policies of the European Union
    • International Political Economy

     

    * Beginners (ab initio) students do not take these modules as they have more language skills classes.

      Year 3

      You will spend your third year in an integrated professional placement and/or an international study abroad opportunity at one of our partner institutions within a German-speaking country.

      It is also possible to divide your year abroad between work and study if you prefer. Find out more about the Aston placement year.

      Final Year

      Core modules:

      • German Language Skills III

       

      Optional modules:

      • Research Skills and International Relations Dissertation
      • A Great Misunderstanding: Britain and the EU
      • African Politics: From the Colonial Period to the Present Day
      • American in the World
      • The American Presidency
      • BRICS and Emerging Power Shifts in World Politics
      • Chinese Politics and Society
      • Conflict and Intervention
      • Democracy, Authoritarianism and Regime Change
      • Diplomacy and Soft Power
      • Ethics and International Relations
      • EuroSim: Learning Negotiation through Simulation Games
      • Gender and Politics
      • Interest Groups and Lobbying
      • International Institutions
      • Nationalism and Political Power
      • Political Communication
      • Leaders and Leadership: Case Studies and Comparative Perspectives
      • Politics and Islam: Past and Present
      • Politics and Protest in a Globalised World
      • Politics of Development
      • Religion and Politics in Contemporary Europe
      • Sport and Politics
      • The International Relations of East Asia
      • The Populist Radical Right in Europe
      • Understanding Foreign Policy
      • Debates in Contemporary British Politics
      • Cultural Identities in the German-Speaking Countries
      • Global Germany
      • International Business Environment (Germany)
      • Research Dissertation (German)
      BSc German and Spanish (at least 1 A Level language) UCAS code: RR2K
      Year 1

      Core modules:

      • Spanish Language Skills I
      • German Language Skills I
      • Introduction to the German-Speaking Countries
      • International Business Environment (Germany)

       

      Optional modules:

      • Introduction to Spain and Latin America
      • International Business Environment (Spain)
      Year 2

      Core modules:

      • Spanish Language Skills II
      • German Language Skills II
      • Politics and Society (German-speaking countries)
      • International Business Environment (German)

       

      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)
      Year 3

      You will spend your third year in an integrated professional placement and/or an international study abroad opportunity at one of our partner institutions within a Spanish/German-Speaking Country

      It is also possible to divide your year abroad between work and study if you prefer. Find out more about the Aston placement year.

      Final Year

      Core modules:

      • Dissertation
      • Spanish Language Skills III
      • German Language Skills III

       

      Optional modules:

      • Cultural Studies in the Spanish-Speaking Countries
      • National and Transnational Identities in Spanish-Speaking Countries
      • International Business Environment (Spain)
      • Cultural Identities in the German-Speaking Countries
      • Global Germany
      • International Business Environment (German)
        BSc French and German (at least 1 A Level language) UCAS code: RR12
        Year 1

        Core modules:

        • French Language Skills I
        • German Language Skills I
        • Introduction to the German-Speaking Countries
        • International Business Environment (Germany)

         

        Optional modules:

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

        Core modules:

        • French Language Skills II
        • German Language Skills II
        • Politics and Society (German-speaking countries)
        • International Business Environment (German)

         

        Optional modules:

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

        You will spend your third year in an integrated professional placement and/or an international study abroad opportunity at one of our partner institutions within a German/French-speaking country.

        It is also possible to divide your year abroad between work and study if you prefer. Find out more about the Aston placement year.

        Final Year

        Core modules:

        • Dissertation
        • French Language Skills III
        • German Language Skills III

         

        Optional modules:

        • La France d’Outre Mer
        • Vichy France: Occupation, Collaboration, Liberation
        • Contemporary French
        • Technology in France: Inventing Progress and Disaster
        • Representations of Minorities
        • Cultural Identities in the German-Speaking Countries
        • Global Germany
        • International Business Environment (German)
          BSc English Literature and German (Beginners/A Level) UCAS code: Q3R2
          Year 1

          Core modules:

          • Literary Genres in English
          • Literature in History
          • Literature and Film
          • German Language Skills I*
          • Introduction to the German-Speaking Countries*
          • International Business Environment (Germany)*

           

          * Beginners (ab initio) students do not take these modules as they have more language skills classes.

          Year 2

          Core modules:

          • Literature, Culture and Society
          • Writing and Ideology
          • German Language Skills II*
          • Politics and Society (German-speaking countries)*
          • International Business Environment (Germany)*

           

          Optional modules:

          • Stylistics
          • Crime Fiction
          • Creative Writing
          • Post-apocalyptic Fiction

           

          * Beginners (ab initio) students do not take these modules as they have more language skills classes.

            Year 3

            You will spend your third year in an integrated professional placement and/or an international study abroad opportunity at one of our partner institutions within a German-speaking country.

            It is also possible to divide your year abroad between work and study if you prefer. Find out more about the Aston placement year.

            Final Year

            Core modules:

            • German Language Skills III
            • Dissertation (Literature or German)

             

            Optional modules:

            • Cognition and Style
            • Marriage in Literature: Class, Race, Gender and Money
            • Language and Literature in Education
            • Ghouls, Goths and Vampires
            • Cultural Identities in the German-Speaking Countries
            • Global Germany
            • International Business Environment (Germany)
            BSc German and TESOL (Beginners/A Level) UCAS code: XR12
            Year 1

            Core modules:

            • Introduction to Linguistics
            • Introduction to Discourse Analysis
            • Language and Society
            • German Language Skills I*
            • Introduction to the German-Speaking Countries*
            • International Business Environment (Germany)*

             

            * Beginners (ab initio) students do not take these modules as they have more language skills classes.

            Year 2

            Core modules:

            • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
            • Language Awareness
            • Language Learning and Teaching
            • German Language Skills II*
            • Politics and Society (German-speaking countries)*
            • International Business Environment (Germany)*

             

            Optional modules:

            • Language Policy and Language Planning
            • Work-based Project
            • Introduction to Intercultural Communication

             

            * Beginners (ab initio) students do not take these modules as they have more language skills classes.

              Year 3

              You will spend your third year in an integrated professional placement and/or an international study abroad opportunity at one of our partner institutions within a German-speaking country.

              It is also possible to divide your year abroad between work and study if you prefer. Find out more about the Aston placement year.

              Final Year

              Core modules:

              • Learning English
              • Teaching Practice
              • German Language Skills III

               

              Optional modules:

              • Dissertation
              • Communicating Across Cultures
              • Language Contact and Globalisation
              • Technology in Teaching and Learning
              • Course and Materials Design
              • Teaching Young Learners
              • Cultural Identities in the German-Speaking Countries
              • Global Germany
              • International Business Environment (Germany)
              BSc International Business and Modern Languages German (Beginners/A Level) UCAS code: NR12
              Year 1

              Modules taught in English:

              • Introduction to Accounting for Business
              • Introduction to Organisational Behaviour
              • Introduction to Marketing Management
              • International Business Environment

               

              Modules taught in German:

              • German Language Skills I
              • International Business Environment (Germany)
              • Introduction to the German-Speaking Countries*

               

              * Beginners (Ab-Initio) students do not take these modules as they have more language skills classes.

              * A-Level students may choose to replace these modules by Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, French or Spanish (available from Beginners onwards, 2 hours a week).

              Year 2

              Modules taught in English:

              • Principles of Business Analytics
              • Operations Management
              • International Business Environment
              • Emerging Market Economies
              • Strategic Finance
              • Business Tax
              • Business, Government and Society
              • Fundamental Strategy

               

              Modules taught in German:

              • German Language Skills II
              • International Business Environment (Germany)
              • Politics and Society (German-speaking countries)*
              • Culture and Conflict (German-speaking countries)*

               

              * Beginners (Ab-Initio) students do not take these modules as they have more language skills classes.

              * A-Level students may choose to replace these modules by Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, French or Spanish (available from Beginners onwards, 2 hours a week).

              Year 3

              You will spend your third year in an integrated professional placement and/or an international study abroad opportunity at one of our partner institutions within a German-speaking country.

              It is also possible to divide your year abroad between work and study if you prefer. Find out more about the Aston placement year.

              Final Year

              Modules taught in English:

              • Strategic Decision Making
              • Advanced Topics in International Business
              • International Finance
              • International Marketing
              • International Operations
              • Global Working
              • Business Ethics
              • Business Analytics and Data Mining

               

              Modules taught in German:

              • German Language Skills III
              • International Business Environment (Germany)
              • Research Dissertation*
              • Global Germany*
              • Cultural Identities in the German-Speaking Countries*

               

              * A Level students may choose to replace these modules with Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, French or Spanish.

              BSc International Business and Modern Languages French and German (2 A Level languages) UCAS code: NR33
              Year 1

              Modules taught in English:

              • Introduction to Accounting for Business
              • Introduction to Organisational Behaviour
              • Introduction to Marketing
              • International Business Environment

               

              Modules taught in Target Language:

              • German Language Skills I
              • French Language Skills I
              • International Business Environment (Germany)
              • International Business Environment (France)
              Year 2

              Modules taught in English:

              • Principles of Business Analytics
              • Operations Management
              • International Business Environment
              • Emerging Market Economies
              • Strategic Finance
              • Business Tax
              • Business, Government and Society
              • Introduction to Strategy
              • ICT Policy/Strategy

               

              Modules taught in Target Language:

              • French Language Skills II
              • German Language Skills II
              • International Business Environment (France)
              • International Business Environment (Germany)
              Year 3

              You will spend your third year in an integrated professional placement and/or an international study abroad opportunity at one of our partner institutions within a German-speaking country.

              It is also possible to divide your year abroad between work and study if you prefer. Find out more about the Aston placement year.

              Final Year

              Modules taught in English:

              • Strategic Decision Making
              • International Finance
              • International Business Environment
              • International Marketing
              • International Operations
              • Global Ethics
              • Business Ethics
              • Managing ICT in a Global Context
              • Business Analytics and Data Mining

               

              Modules taught in Target Language:

              • French Language Skills III
              • German Language Skills III
              • International Business Environment (France)
              • International Business Environment (Germany)
                BSc International Business and Modern Languages German and Spanish (2 A Level languages) UCAS code: NR24
                Year 1

                Modules taught in English:

                • Introduction to Accounting for Business
                • Introduction to Organisational Behaviour
                • Introduction to Marketing
                • International Business Environment

                 

                Modules taught in Target Language:

                • German Language Skills I
                • Spanish Language Skills I
                • International Business Environment (Germany)
                • International Business Environment (Spain)
                Year 2

                Modules taught in English:

                • Principles of Business Analytics
                • Operations Management
                • International Business Environment
                • Emerging Market Economies
                • Strategic Finance
                • Business Tax
                • Business, Government and Society
                • Introduction to Strategy
                • ICT Policy/Strategy

                 

                Modules taught in Target Language:

                • Spanish Language Skills II
                • German Language Skills II
                • International Business Environment (Spain)
                • International Business Environment (Germany)
                Year 3

                You will spend your third year in an integrated professional placement and/or an international study abroad opportunity at one of our partner institutions within a German-speaking country.

                It is also possible to divide your year abroad between work and study if you prefer. Find out more about the Aston placement year.

                Final Year

                Modules taught in English:

                • Strategic Decision Making
                • International Finance
                • International Business Environment
                • International Marketing
                • International Operations
                • Global Ethics
                • Business Ethics
                • Managing ICT in a Global Context
                • Business Analytics and Data Mining

                 

                Modules taught in Target Language:

                • Spanish Language Skills III
                • German Language Skills III
                • International Business Environment (Spain)
                • International Business Environment (Germany)

                   

                  Entry requirements

                  4 years with integrated placement or 3 years without integrated placement year (option only available for non-UK/EU students).

                  LR2G (International Relations and German)

                  Typical offers:

                  A Levels

                  BBC-CCC from 3 A Levels including German

                  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 German 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 their personal statement.

                  Applicants with GCSE German 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.

                  BTEC

                  BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM (+ German at A level).

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

                  BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) or Extended Certificate (national) with A Levels – Distinction (D) and grades BC at A Level grade B in German 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 German. German 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 German or equivalent. German can also be taken as a beginners course.

                  GCSE

                  GCSE English Language and Maths grade C/4.

                  RR2K (German and Spanish)

                  Typical offers:

                  A Levels

                  BBC-CCC from 3 A Levels including German and/or 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 German or Spanish 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 their personal statement.

                  Applicants with GCSE German 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.

                  BTEC

                  BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM (+ German 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 German or Spanish).

                  BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) or Extended Certificate (national) with A-Levels – Distinction (D) and grades BC at A-Level grade B in German 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 German and Spanish. German 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 German and Spanish or equivalent. German or Spanish can also be taken as a beginners course.

                  GCSE

                  GCSE English Language and Maths grade C/4.

                  RR12 (French and German)

                  Typical offers:

                  A Levels

                  BBC-CCC from 3 A Levels including French and/or German 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 French or German 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 their personal statement.

                  Applicants with GCSE French or German 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.

                  BTEC

                  BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM (+ French or German 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 German).

                  BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) or Extended Certificate (national) with A-Levels – Distinction (D) and grades BC at A-Level grade B in French and German 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 German. French or German 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 German or equivalent. French or German can also be taken as a beginners course.

                  GCSE

                  GCSE English Language and Maths grade C/4.

                  Q3R2 (English Literature and German)

                  Typical offers:

                  A Levels

                  BBC in 3 A Level subjects (with grade B in German)

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

                  CCC in 3 A level subjects for our contextual offer scheme* (with grade C in German)

                  BTEC

                  BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM (+ grade B in German).

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

                  BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) or Extended Certificate (national) with A Levels – Distinction (D) and grades BC at A Level grade B in German 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 German. German 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 German or equivalent. German can also be taken as a beginners course.

                  GCSE

                  GCSE English Language and Maths grade C/4.

                  XR12 (German and TESOL)

                  Typical offers:

                  A Levels

                  BBC in 3 A Level subjects (with grade B in German)

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

                  CCC in 3 A level subjects for our contextual offer scheme* (with grade C in German)

                  BTEC

                  BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM (+ grade B in German).

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

                  BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) or Extended Certificate (national) with A Levels – Distinction (D) and grades BC at A Level grade B in German 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 German. German 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 German or equivalent. German can also be taken as a beginners course.

                  GCSE

                  GCSE English Language and Maths grade C/4.

                  NR12 (International Business and Modern Languages German)

                  Typical offers:

                  A Levels

                  BBB in 3 A Level subjects (with grade B in German)

                  BBC with B in Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) or Core Maths (and grade B in German)

                  BCC in 3 A level subjects for our contextual offer scheme* (with grade C in German)

                  BTEC

                  BTEC Extended Diploma – DDD (standard offer)

                  BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM (contextual offer)*

                  Please note relevant language(s) competency must be separately qualified at minimum of A Level grade B standard.

                  IB

                  31 points overall with grades 5,5,5 in 3 higher level subjects

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

                  Access to HE & other

                  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.

                  Please note relevant language(s) competency must be separately qualified at minimum of A Level grade B standard.

                  GCSE

                  5 GCSE grades A*/9 – C/4 to include:

                  GCSE Maths grade C/4

                  GCSE English Language OR English Literature grade C/4

                  General Studies does not contribute towards the UCAS point’s requirement but is welcomed as an additional qualification.

                  NR33 (International Business and Modern Languages French and German)

                  Typical offers:

                  A Levels

                  BBB in 3 A Level subjects (with grade B in French and German)

                  BBC with B in Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) or Core Maths (and grade B in French and German)

                  BCC in 3 A level subjects for our contextual offer scheme* (with grade C in French and German)

                  BTEC

                  BTEC Extended Diploma – DDD (standard offer)

                  BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM (contextual offer)*

                  Please note relevant language(s) competency must be separately qualified at minimum of A Level grade B standard.

                  IB

                  31 points overall with grades 5,5,5 in 3 higher level subjects

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

                  Access to HE & other

                  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.

                  Please note relevant language(s) competency must be separately qualified at minimum of A Level grade B standard.

                  GCSE

                  5 GCSE grades A*/9 – C/4 to include:

                  GCSE Maths grade C/4

                  GCSE English Language OR English Literature grade C/4

                  General Studies does not contribute towards the UCAS point’s requirement but is welcomed as an additional qualification.

                  NR24 (International Business and Modern Languages German and Spanish)

                  Typical offers:

                  A Levels

                  BBB in 3 A Level subjects (with grade B in German and Spanish)

                  BBC with B in Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) or Core Maths (and grade B in German and Spanish)

                  BCC in 3 A level subjects for our contextual offer scheme* (with grade C in German and Spanish)

                  BTEC

                  BTEC Extended Diploma – DDD (standard offer)

                  BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM (contextual offer)*

                  Please note relevant language(s) competency must be separately qualified at minimum of A Level grade B standard.

                  IB

                  31 points overall with grades 5,5,5 in 3 higher level subjects

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

                  Access to HE & other

                  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. Please note relevant language(s) competency must be separately qualified at minimum of A Level grade B standard.

                  GCSE

                  5 GCSE grades A*/9 – C/4 to include:

                  GCSE Maths grade C/4

                  GCSE English Language OR English Literature grade C/4

                  General Studies does not contribute towards the UCAS point’s requirement but is welcomed as an additional qualification.

                  View our Admissions Policy

                  *More details are available on our Aston Ready contextual offer scheme.

                  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 Programme in Social Sciences may be 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 (e.g. 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 by emailing  undergraduate admissions. 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.

                  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 language 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. Students who are made an offer will receive a detailed course specification which forms part of our terms and conditions.

                  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 year abroad 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 Directors

                  Dr Claudia Gremler (Languages)

                  Dr Yaprak Gursoy (International Relations)

                  Dr Chloe Harrison (English)

                  Dr Caroline Gray (IBML)

                  Fees and scholarship

                  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

                  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 Modern Languages at Aston?

                  You’ll acquire near-native linguistic fluency in your chosen language, which means you’re at a real advantage when it comes to applying for jobs. What’s more, the integrated placement year 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 Aston languages graduates earn on average £3,300 (14 per cent) more than expected three years after graduation. (Longitudinal Educational Outcomes, 2018).

                  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-knit 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 International Foundation Programme in Social Sciences will help you develop specialist knowledge to ensure that you are fully prepared to study your chosen undergraduate course

                   

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