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Aston University, Birmingham

International Relations and Spanish

UCAS Code: LR2K

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C-C,C,C

BBC: Standard offer BCC: If student is also presenting either Core Maths or Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) grade B CCC: Contextual offer (more details https://www2.aston.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/contextual-offer) Applicants who are studying Spanish at A-Level must obtain a grade B. Applicants for beginners 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 the Personal Statement. Applicants with GCSE Spanish are welcome to apply for the beginners programmes. Applicants with AS would normally be interviewed and may receive an offer for the beginners programme or for the post A-Level programme depending on the level of language demonstrated at interview.

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. Applicants who are studying Spanish at A-Level must obtain a grade B. Applicants for beginners 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 the Personal Statement. Applicants with GCSE Spanish are welcome to apply for the beginners programmes. Applicants with AS would normally be interviewed and may receive an offer for the beginners programme or for the post A-Level programme depending on the level of language demonstrated at interview.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

Applicants who are studying Spanish at A-Level must obtain a grade B. Applicants for beginners 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 the Personal Statement. Applicants with GCSE Spanish are welcome to apply for the beginners programmes. Applicants with AS would normally be interviewed and may receive an offer for the beginners programme or for the post A-Level programme depending on the level of language demonstrated at interview.

This course is suitable for beginners or those who have previous Spanish experience.

UCAS Tariff

96-112

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time with time abroad | 2021

Subjects

Spanish society and culture

International relations

Spanish language

This programme highlights the benefits of an interdisciplinary course of study. A combination of courses reflecting the current state of global affairs, with a particular European focus, allows students to maximize their understanding of political institutional arrangements and practices while honing their chosen language skills while focusing on topics of contemporary social and political interest. Students will begin their course of study acquiring a sound knowledge of domestic and international politics. Upon completion students will have a sound understanding of the nature of global and European and domestic political institutions, which, when combined with the year abroad component of this degree program, will set them on a strong career path further developing the language and critical thinking skills acquired during their four years at Aston University.

**Turn your talent for languages into serious future employment prospects.**
Acquire near-native linguistic fluency and the high-level political, social and cultural insights that make Aston’s students stand out.
Spend a year abroad on a study, or work placement and return equipped with the experience, resilience and emotional intelligence needed to flourish in the world of work.

Whether you are coming to us post-A-level or picking up a new language from beginner’s (or ab initio) level, a BSc joint honours degree in Modern Languages at Aston offers something quite different:
- A GOLD standard ranking in the Teaching Excellence Framework;

- World-leading academics with cutting-edge research and teaching experience on French, German, Spanish and Mandarin-speaking regions of the world (from Beijing to Brussels to Berlin to Bogotá);

- Teaching almost exclusively in your chosen language(s) to work quickly towards the kind of fluency and adaptability that employers value;

- Innovative assessment techniques tasks based on real-world professional scenarios;

- A small and friendly department where you’ll be at the heart of a supportive academic community.

**What jobs can I get with a languages degree?**
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 & Commonwealth Office and in schools, colleges and universities across the UK and overseas.

**Key benefits of the Aston Modern Languages Joint Honours BSc:**
- Modern Languages at Aston are ranked 5th for Teaching Satisfaction (Guardian, 2020)

- Comparing our students’ entry grades (A Levels/BTECS/IB etc) with their final degree shows the quality of our teaching: We’re ranked 1st in the UK by this measure (Guardian, 2020)

- 84% of Aston students achieve first or 2:1 degrees, ranking us 20th in the UK (CUG, 2020)

- Employed Aston languages graduates are ranked 12th in the UK for earnings one year after graduation (Longitudinal Educational Outcomes, 2018).

Modules

Please visit our website for module information: https://www2.aston.ac.uk/study/courses/international-relations-and-languages-bsc

Assessment methods

You will take part in interactive seminars, presentations and group work as well as attending lectures and tutorials. There are also opportunities for individual research and guided study. We teach our courses in French/German/Spanish, which means that our students are at a real advantage when it comes to gaining maximum benefit and experience from the year abroad.

You will be allocated a Personal Tutor when you join us and you will be encouraged to make regular contact with them throughout your studies. Personal Tutors are there to help discuss academic and, in some cases, personal issues. Personal Tutors can also often offer support by writing references for placement/graduate employment and academic research.

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.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£15,600
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Aston University, Birmingham

Department:

School of Social Sciences and Humanities

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

68%
low
Spanish society and culture
75%
low
International relations
68%
low
Spanish language

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Spanish society and culture

Teaching and learning

74%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
69%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
78%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

82%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
65%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
41%
Male students
59%
Female students
80%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

International relations

Teaching and learning

83%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
78%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
63%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

80%
Library resources
84%
IT resources
79%
Course specific equipment and facilities
78%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
48%
Male students
52%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
C

Spanish language

Teaching and learning

74%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
69%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
78%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

82%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
65%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

100%
UK students
0%
International students
24%
Male students
76%
Female students
89%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Spanish society and culture

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
73%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Teaching and educational professionals
15%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
15%
Other elementary services occupations

International relations

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
70%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
10%
Public services and other associate professionals
9%
Administrative occupations: records

The numbers of people taking politics degrees fell sharply last year and we'll keep an eye on this one - it can't really be because of graduates getting poor outcomes as politics grads do about as well as graduates on average. Most politics or international relations graduates don't actually go into politics - although many do, as activists, fundraisers and researchers. Jobs in local and central government are also important. Other popular jobs include marketing and PR, youth and community work, finance roles, HR and academic research (you usually need a postgraduate degree to get into research). Because so many graduates get jobs in the civil service, a lot of graduates find themselves in London after graduating. Politics is a very popular postgraduate subject, and so about one in five politics graduates go on to take another course - usually a one-year Masters - after they finish their degrees.

Spanish language

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
73%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Teaching and educational professionals
15%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
15%
Other elementary services occupations

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Spanish society and culture

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£22k

£22k

£27k

£27k

£29k

£29k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

International relations

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£19k

£19k

£27k

£27k

£23k

£23k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Spanish language

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£22k

£22k

£27k

£27k

£29k

£29k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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