• Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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  • Student Satisfaction Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.17 / 5.00
  • Research Quality Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    3.05 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in research in the University.

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    0.57 / 1.00
  • Graduate Prospects Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    78.8 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • Academic Services Spend Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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  • Facilities Spend Facilities Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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  • Good Honours Good Honours

    The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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    86.2 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion Degree Completion

    The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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    93.7 / 100.0


  • Founded in 1895.
  • Became one of the first institutions to offer placement years in the 50s.
  • Received Royal Charter from The Queen as Aston University in 1966.

Location and Transport

  • A green campus in the centre of Birmingham, with all academic, accommodation and social facilities on one site.
  • Five minutes walk from the main shopping and social areas of the city and fifteen minutes walk from Birmingham New Street station (a national rail hub).
  • A 20-minute journey by rail to Birmingham International Airport.

Entry Requirements

  • Most programmes require BBB–AAB at A level or triple distinction at BTEC.

Student Mix

The 11,065 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 79%
  • Postgraduate 21%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 84%
  • Part Time 16%


  • UK 77%
  • EU 7%
  • Other 16%

Student gender

  • Male 51%
  • Female 49%

Course Flexibility

  • The majority of programmes have an optional or compulsory professional placement year in business or industry. Over 70% of Aston students take this opportunity.
  • Many courses have a common first year (e.g. Business, Biological Sciences, some Engineering courses).
  • Joint honours options are available, as well as single honours programmes.

Teaching Standards

  • In the National Student Survey 2014, Aston was awarded a student satisfaction rating of 89% – an all time high!
  • More than 70% of students are on degree programmes with Teaching Quality Assessment scores of 22/24 and higher.
  • Professional accreditation and exemptions are available on many degree programmes. Degrees at Aston are reviewed and updated in consultation with industry and professional bodies.
  • Free modern language tuition is offered to all Aston first year undergraduates to support global awareness, networks and language skills. Options include French, German, Portugese, Spanish, Mandarin and Arabic.

Research Standards

  • Aston University has received 'world leading' and 'internationally excellent' accreditation for nearly 80% of its overall research in the Government’s Research Excellence Framework 2014.
  • In specific research subject areas, Aston University’s Area Studies is rated 3rd in the UK; Allied Health Professions 5th in the UK; and Business Studies 17th in the UK for research classed as world leading (4* star) or internationally excellent (3* star).
  • Business Studies, Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Computer Science and Informatics all received a maximum 100% for Research Impact – the real world effect the 4* and 3* academic research has upon society, communities and businesses.

Academic Strengths

  • Strengths include Business and Management, Engineering and Applied Sciences, Life and Health Sciences, Languages and Social Sciences.
  • Aston pioneered the university placement year and was one of the first UK universities to offer undergraduate degrees in subjects such as Business Management, Human Psychology, Translation, Pharmacy, Audiology and Optometry.
  • Aston has an excellent graduate employment record, ranking consistently in the top ten universities for graduate employment for the last 20 years.

Undergraduate Courses

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Student Facilities

  • On-campus gym, swimming pool, basketball, squash and badminton courts, as well as an outdoor all-weather pitch. Aston's swimming pool is one of the oldest pools in Birmingham and features an ornate Victorian design.
  • Huge on-campus university library with a wide range of digital as well as physical resources. Open 24 hours during exam period.
  • Large number of computer workstations across campus.
  • Free high-speed internet across campus.

Disability Services

  • Assistance with applying for the Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) or other available funding.
  • Information and guidance relating to the DSA Needs Assessment.
  • Appointments for a diagnostic assessment for dyslexia or other Specific Learning Differences (SpLDs).
  • Arrangement of support including as study support workers, BSL interpreters, mentors, and dyslexia/specialist support tutors.
  • Coordination of adapted accommodation.
  • Assistance with any general queries relating to disability advice.

Students' Union

  • The Aston Students' Union offers shops, hair salon, eating and social spaces, events, bookshop, Subway sandwich outlet, three bars and regular club nights and events.
  • The union also operates an Advice and Representation Centre and Jobshop.
  • There are more than 100 clubs and societies.
  • Over 80% of students are regularly involved in activities supported by the union – an extremely high proportion.
  • The union organises Astonbury, a festival of events held on campus in June, after end of exams.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The University Jobshop is run by the Students' Union, and helps students find part-time work to support their studies.
  • There are lots of opportunities for part-time work. Birmingham city centre and the massive Bullring shopping centre are 10 minutes walk from the campus. The financial and legal quarter of Birmingham is 5–10 minutes walk.
  • Professional placement schemes are available for more career-oriented paid work. The average placement year salary for Aston students is £15,000 per year.

Careers Guidance

  • Aston University has an award-winning Careers and Placements team that advise students on their career, professional development and the best way to secure their ideal job.
  • Meet with our Careers Consultants to talk over your plans.
  • Learn from consultants bout how to create professional CVs, good applications and undertake successful interviews.
  • Receive support and advice on alternative options such as considering further study, working abroad, finding voluntary opportunities, taking a gap year or starting your own business.
  • A careers newsletter keeps you up to date with the latest news, views and global careers information via our regular updates and social media family.
  • Students can take advantage of the careers network, applying for paid internships with SMEs based in the West Midlands via Graduate Advantage.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • A large-scale redevelopment of campus in 2014 removed old buildings and replaced them with open green space.
  • The university's new residences project was completed in 2013 with the addition of 1000 en-suite rooms.

Further Details

Address Aston University
Aston Triangle
B4 7ET
UCAS Code A80