- Undergraduate Students
- Postgraduate Students
- International Students
- 4.16 / 5.00
- 3.05 / 4.00
- 0.57 / 1.00
- 82.3 / 100.0
- 75.8 / 100.0
- 90.4 / 100.0
Aston is a campus university located in the centre of Birmingham. A top-20 university for graduate employability. Students benefit from optional or compulsory placement years, and free language tuition.
- Most programmes require BBB–AAB at A level or triple distinction at BTEC.
- The university uses a mixture of different approaches to teaching inclusive of Blackboard, the virtual learning platform; Aston Replay allows students to view material in their own time; and MAP (My Aston Portal) is a web-based system where students can access personalised timetables, module lists and more.
- Free modern language tuition is offered to all eligible first year fee-paying Aston undergraduates to support global awareness, networks and language skills. Options include French, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Arabic and Japanese.
- The majority of programmes have an optional or compulsory professional placement year in business or industry. 75% 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.
Student Services and Facilities
- The large on-campus university library provides a wide range of digital as well as physical resources. Open 24 hours during the exam period.
- More than 50 computer laboratories, many with 24-hour access, plus free high-speed Internet across campus.
- The Disability Service provides assistance with applying for the Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) or other available funding, along with 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, as well as coordination regarding adapted accommodation.
- The service also responds to any general queries relating to disability advice.
- Aston Students' Union has more than 410 course reps to fully represent the academic interests of students, as well as an Advice and Representation Centre, and Students’ Jobshop.
- There are more than 110 different clubs and societies.
- The SU has a number of useful shops along with areas to study (the Loft, a social study area with IT and presentation facilities) and relax (the B4 Bar), plus prayer rooms. There are plans for the union to relocate to a brand new building, right in the heart of the campus.
Availability of Part-Time Work
- Part-time work is accessed via the Jobshop, based in the Students’ Union.
- The Jobshop helps students find part-time and vacation work to fit around their studies, including access to volunteering opportunities to develop employability skills.
- Advice and guidance appointments are offered on the recruitment, selection and interview process of casual/temporary/volunteering position.
- Employer and part-time recruitment fairs take place on-campus to bring employers and students closer together.
- The award-winning Careers+Placements service supports students with career planning including exploring options, applying for graduate roles, considering further study, working abroad, finding voluntary opportunities, taking a gap year or starting a business. Students can get help with CVs and applications, learn how to improve their performance at interview or assessment centres, and practice a variety of psychometric tests.
- The dedicated placements team offer tailored support to students seeking a placement year including help with the recruitment, selection and interview process. They also guide students through securing suitable placement grants like Erasmus. Currently 75% of Aston University students take a professional placement year, including studying or working abroad and enterprise placements. The Professional Mentoring Scheme matches industry professionals with students looking to develop their professionalism and commercial awareness to aid their placement search.
- The Employer Engagement team organises employer events and recruitment fairs on campus to bring employers and students closer together, covering employer guidance and advice across multiple industries.
- Tailored newsletters keep students up to date with the latest news, events, views and global careers information alongside careers blogs and regular updates on the university’s social media channels.
- Students can take advantage of the Careers+Placements services for up to 3 years after graduation and apply for paid internships with local businesses via Graduate Advantage.
12,493 students in 2015–16:
Level of study
- Undergraduate 80%
- Postgraduate 20%
Mode of study
- Full Time 84%
- Part Time 16%
Where students come from
- UK 81%
- EU 5%
- Other 14%
- Male 52%
- Female 48%
- Founded in 1895.
- Became one of the first institutions to offer placement years in the 1950s.
- Received Royal Charter from The Queen as Aston University in 1966.