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Aston University

International Relations and English Language

UCAS Code: LQ23
BSc (Hons) 4 years full-time, sandwich 2017
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

120-128

% applicants receiving offers

67%

Subjects
  • Politics
  • English studies
Student score
82% MED
85% MED
% employed or in further study
96% MED
100% HIGH
Average graduate salary
£21.8k HIGH
£20k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
ABB

Scottish Highers
BBBBB

Scottish Advanced Highers
BBB-ABB

BTEC Diploma
DDD

BTEC Certificate
DD

BTEC Award
D

BTEC Level 3 Diploma
D*D*

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
D*

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
DDD

UCAS tariff points
120-128

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120-128 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

67%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£9,250

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Modules

All Years: modules include: introduction to international relations; information and study skills; Europe and the making of the modern world; politics and policies of the European union; security studies in a changing world; research methods; international relations: theories and issues; international security; central and east European politics; conflict and politics in contemporary Balkans; international security; politics and international relations dissertation.

Aston University

Lakeside residences

At Aston we are dedicated to developing people and ideas that will shape the businesses and communities of tomorrow. Aston is ranked as the top UK University outside London for graduate employability, and is in the top 10 UK universities for producing millionaires. The Aston Student Village is transforming accommodation and the redeveloped Woodcock Sports Centre offers top sports facilities.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
18%
82%

Year 1

19%
81%

Year 2

100%

Year 3

14%
86%

Year 4

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
38%
58%
4%

Year 1

32%
68%

Year 2

100%

Year 3

15%
83%
2%

Year 4

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 85%
Student score 82% MED
Able to access IT resources

92%

Staff made the subject interesting

89%

Library resources are satisfactory

83%

Feedback on work has been helpful

66%

Feedback on work has been prompt

65%

Staff are good at explaining things

92%

Received sufficient advice and support

78%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
18% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
53% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
3% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
310 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
78% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
7% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 96% MED
Average graduate salary £21.8k HIGH
Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals

9%

Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals

9%

Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals

12%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Most politics or international relations graduates don't actually go into politics - although many do, as activists, fundraisers and researchers. Other popular industries include marketing and PR, management consultancy, youth and community work, the finance industry and academic research (you usually need a postgraduate degree to get into research). Politics is a very popular postgraduate subject, and so about one in six politics graduates go on to take another course to get a Masters after they finish their degrees.
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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 93%
Student score 85% MED
Able to access IT resources

92%

Staff made the subject interesting

94%

Library resources are satisfactory

86%

Feedback on work has been helpful

67%

Feedback on work has been prompt

71%

Staff are good at explaining things

91%

Received sufficient advice and support

79%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
38% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
76% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
26% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
325 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
80% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
10% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 100% HIGH
Average graduate salary £20k HIGH
Graduates who are teaching and educational professionals

6%

Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals

16%

Graduates who are childcare and related personal services

12%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
English is one of the most popular degree subjects and in 2012, more than 12,000 students graduated with English degrees. As good communication is so important to modern business, you can find English graduates in all parts of the economy, although obviously, you can't expect to get a job as a doctor or nuclear physicist. There isn't a lot of difference in terms of outcomes between taking English language or English literature, so choose the one that suits you and don't worry about whether one is more likely to get you the job you want than the other. About one in five English graduates went into further study last year, and apart from further degrees in English, graduates were also likely to go onto teaching, law or publishing. All in all it's a flexible option – some even changed career direction entirely and took postgraduate courses in subjects like nursing or maths.
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