Politics and English Language BSc

Study the inter-disciplinary BSc Politics and English Language degree course at Aston University, to explore global political topics that are impacting the world today while gaining a fascinating insight into the role language plays in society and culture.

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)

QL32

Start date

This course is currently available through Clearing.

Call 0800 917 5923 or apply online.

Entry requirements:

A Level: CCC |

BTEC UnRef: DDM | BTEC Ref: DMM

GCSEs at C/4 in English and Maths

Overview
Explore Politics and English Language BSc at Aston University
Mohammed Khonatt

"My placement year at the Office for National Statistics was crucial in helping me discover what I was passionate about. I’m really happy I’ve secured a graduate internship there."

Mohammed Khonatt

BSc Politics and Economics

Grace Marr

"The most amazing thing about my placement, teaching English in Vietnam, was the opportunity to live in an incredible place and being able to immerse myself in a new culture made the experience even more challenging and exciting. I now feel far braver when facing new challenges that I would have previously found scary and maybe not have taken."

Grace Marr

Marketing and PR Manager at Sherwood Event Services Limited

Grace Marr

"The most amazing thing about my placement, teaching English in Vietnam, was the opportunity to live in an incredible place and being able to immerse myself in a new culture made the experience even more challenging and exciting. I now feel far braver when facing new challenges that I would have previously found scary and maybe not have taken."

Grace Marr

Marketing and PR Manager at Sherwood Event Services Limited

Course outline and modules

What you’ll learn

On the politics strand of the course, you will have the unique opportunity to explore political topics going beyond the UK and Europe, covering North America, South Asia, China, Japan and other emerging global powers.

You will study the traditional subjects of the discipline, such as security, political economy or democratisation but also have the chance to delve into politics and ethics, sports, gender, protests or religion.

Through the study of English language, you will combine theoretical study with practical, professionally relevant modules that emphasise the role of English in society, the workplace, teaching, law and other contexts, providing you with adaptable skills that will provide a great foundation for a range of careers.

From understanding linguistics to learning how language can be used to solve crimes, Aston’s innovative English Language degree will give you theoretical knowledge alongside cutting-edge skills and plenty of real-world experience. You will develop critical awareness and gain invaluable communication, analytical and critical skills for your future working life.

The placement year is optional for students studying politics and English language. If you choose to take a placement year, this will take place during your third year at Aston and is worth 10 per cent of the final degree result. Unlike some other universities, the placement year at Aston is not a ‘bolt-on’ year, it is an integral part of your degree and in your second year we’ll make sure you’re ready to get the most from this opportunity.

A distinctive feature of our placement year is the flexibility that we offer. You will be able to choose between undertaking a paid work-experience placement with a company or working as a teaching assistant in a school (either in the UK or abroad) - 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.

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:

  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Introduction to Discourse Analysis
  • Language and Society
  • Introduction to Studying and Researching Politics
  • British Politics since 1990

 

Optional modules:

  • The Making of the Modern World
  • Introduction to the European Union
  • What’s Trending (Current Affairs in Politics and International Relations)
Year 2

Core modules:

  • Working with Language Data
  • Written Text Analysis
  • Political Theories and Ideologies
  • Comparative Government and Politics

 

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
  • Advanced Topics in Sociolinguistics
  • 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
  • The Politics and Policies of the European Union
  • Introduction to Political Economy: Institutions and Rational Choice
Year 3

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

Final Year 

Core modules:

  • Dissertation (Politics or English)

 

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
  • A Great Misunderstanding: Britain and the EU
  • African Politics: From the Colonial Period to the Present Day
  • America 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
  • Changing Patterns of Warfare
  • and ISI
  • Political Parties

 

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*

We welcome applications from students who have tried to improve their examination grades by taking resits. We treat these applications in exactly the same way as other applications.

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

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, Social Sciences or Business 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 may be 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 (e.g. 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 per cent 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 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

The scheduled contact hours are only part of your learning and development journey. 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 to help you with your final year dissertation 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.

English at Aston is ranked 1st in the UK for staff/student ratio (Guardian, 2020), so you’ll have our attention at all times.

Course Director

Dr Yaprak Gursoy (Politics)

Dr Chloe Harrison (English)

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

Politics and English Language graduates go on to a range of professions with recent roles including Business Analyst, Digital Marketer, Corporate Engagement Executive, Marketing and Communications Specialist, Languages Teacher, Project Manager, Recruitment Administrator, Insurance Broker, Mental Health Support Worker, National Project Coordinator, Support Worker and Procurement Manager.

Potential employers include Morgan Stanley, the Department for International Development, HSBC, Bosch, the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the United Nations Economic Commission, IBM, Capgemini, Virgin Active, Hayes, Bosch, British Gas, Airbus and the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS).

We’ll make sure you’re career-ready. 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 Politics and English Language at Aston?

Our joint honours degree means you can pursue your interest in politics alongside your passion for the English language, providing you with a great springboard for a wide range of careers.

Why should I do a placement year with Aston?

Aston is one of the leading universities for professional placements abroad. A placement year at home or abroad gives you the opportunity to apply what you have learnt on your course while gaining valuable professional and paid experience. It can enhance your graduate employment prospects and help you to make more informed career decisions. Around one in five of our placement students are offered graduate jobs by their placement employer.

What careers can a Politics and English Language degree lead to?

Our politics and English language graduates are in demand from a wide range of employers where a sound understanding of societies, organisations and institutions is required. Employed English graduates earn £3,400 (20 per cent) more than expected one year after graduating (Longitudinal Education Outcomes, 2019).

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.

 

Chat with current students

 
Register your interest
Register your interest form


The information you provide will be used by Aston University to contact you about the University, courses you may be interested in and events you may wish to attend, for anything outside of this purpose we will obtain your consent. Your data is subject to Aston University’s privacy policy and cookie policy.  For further information, please visit www.aston.ac.uk/dataprotection