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I've just finished my first year at Aston University now doing an BSc Economics and Management degree, I initially applied for BSc Business and Management but there is a common first year so I was allowed to change, more on that later though.
The grades you need to get are highly dependent on your course ranging from AAA for business courses to CCC for courses such as engineering. Aston is said to be a specialist business university, however looking at rankings, it is actually the best university in the country for Optometry (as told by my friend that does Optometry quoting league tables he looked at when applying a year ago) so Aston is a good university to go to for a wide range of courses. My offer was AAA-AAB and I only got ABB s I'm guessing your personal statement carries a lot of weight when applying here so make it good!
Aston Uni is located in the center of Birmingham with most things you could ask for within a 15 minute walking distance. If you live on campus in your first year, which I highly recommend, all university buildings will be less than a 5 minute walk from your accommodation. There is a small shop in the student guild and there are cash machines at the guild as well. I rarely used these though, since there was a Tesco Express about 5 minutes away for a quick shop and a Tesco Metro about 15 minutes away for the weekly shop. Also around 15 minutes away is the Bullring, one of the biggest shopping centers in the country. Not only that, there are loads of shops outside ranging from Cybercandy and Poundland to M&S and Jack Jones. To top it all off a lot of it is completely pedestrianized so there are no cars or roads to cross making the shopping experience even better. If you want to watch a movie there is a little known IMAX movie theater which we discovered in Millennium Point, a building which is just across the road from the university... and it has the biggest movie screens in the Midlands! There is pretty much everything you can think of and want so close by that you will never have a boring day, and who knows, if you explore a bit you might find something new as well!
I lived in New Build Block A1 and I can hands down say it is the best student accommodation I have ever seen. They were only just built a few months before I moved in so most rooms hadn't even been lived in yet, and even now, they are only a year old. It is modern and spacious with ensuite bathrooms and shared kitchens - although slightly pricey, I think it is worth it. You have the option of 7 bed and 5 bed, I lived in 7 bed because it is cheaper, and to be honest, the upgrade to 5 bed isn't that impressive. For those on a tighter budget, Lakeside still provides accommodation far superior to most you will see. The rooms are slightly bigger and the bathrooms are slightly nicer, but you share with 10 people and get a smaller kitchen. Fridge space in New Build is adequate, but in Lakeside it is slightly on the tighter side, but for the lower price is is very much acceptable. Then there is Stafford 'soon to be demolished' Tower. If you want to live there, the 2012-13 academic year is the last year it will be in existence, after that it will be taken down brick by brick *yawn* I was looking forward to an explosion but it won't happen. I have not been in there when sober so I cannot give a truly descriptive account of it, but from what I have heard it is not the best - just liveable. I can't speak for Lakeside or Stafford, but at New Build our kitchen was cleaned weekly and our bathrooms were cleaned monthly which in student life is VERY useful although not so much when they decide to start work early and wake you up at 8am after a night out...
Just a bit about the nightlife because it is a big part of being a student. The nightlife is brilliant! There are tons of clubs and bars with rock bottom prices. The places I recommend are; Monday - Gatecrasher, Tuesday - Risa, Wednesday - HMV, Thursday - Risa/Gatecrasher, Friday-Sunday - Everywhere has good deals and is a decent night out! There are several clubs at the Arcadian as well which is basically a complex of bars and clubs, but the major thing they have is they bar crawls. I would recommend going on Barsity and all the bar crawls at Arcadian - they offer the best value without a doubt.
The library is a great resource for all students. You get free wi-fi, in fact you get free wi-fi all through the campus, and there are hundreds of computers for your use as well as 2-4 printers on every floor. There are hundreds of textbooks, and if you want to save some money there are a few copies of the essential textbooks which you can snag if you get there quick. For those doing a business degree, I highly recommend this, I purchased all the books and soon came to regret it - many are not useful at all and the ones that are even slightly useful are limited by things like using American terminology which we can't use in our exams.
The internet in your rooms was £140 for 12mb/s and £180 for 20mb/s for the year 2011-12 but apparently it will be changed to be included in your rent for following years, although rent will also increase. It wasn't great for me, it was run by StudentCom and frequently (at least 5 times a day) redirected to their homepage, but again that may change. There is also a gym for students which is £100ish for a year. If you want the pool and sauna it will be more but I am not sure of the price. There is a football pitch, badminton courts, squash courts and table tennis available at a small cost every time you use it. The badminton courts are £2.50 to £4.50 an hour and football pitches are £10/hour with deposits required if you want a football/racket.
When you arrive you will be greeted by Aston Aunties who help you move into your flat (I carried one bag up to my 8th floor flat - the aunties dd the rest!) and you are then assigned one auntie per flat to introduce you to your flat/floor mates and to help you out if ever you need. Freshers week is full of partying but also contains a lot of useful information for the future years so attend as many events as possible. The one definite event you attend should be Freshers Fair. This is where you apply to all sorts of groups and clubs from badminton to extreme bbq! Also there is a ton of free stuff to be had so make sure to sign up to anything interesting and pick up anything that's free on the way.
I totally love everything about the university and actually can't wait to go back for my second year! Anyone who plans to come to Aston send me a message!
I did a 4-year Modern Languages (French) degree at Aston University from 2001-2005, & very much enjoyed my experience there.
The main reason I chose Aston was that I wanted to do a degree that was half French & half Chemistry, & as such had very little choice of university. When I went to the open day, what most impressed me was the small, compact campus & the proximity to Birmingham city centre, both of which are some of the best things about Aston.
The campus is probably one of the smallest ones you will find, & everything is on one site, which is very handy. Although for your first couple of days you'll feel like you can't tell which hall of residence is which, you'll very quickly learn your way around the whole campus. I lived in Stafford Tower for my first year, which was less than 5 minutes' walk from the main university building where most of the teaching takes place. In fact, no part of the campus is more than 5 minutes' walk from any other part. The surroundings are very attractive, with a nice pond you can sit by to watch the geese & ducks, & plenty of greenery.
Some of the important buildings on campus are the main building, plus separate buildings for certain subjects (for example a business school & an optometry school); a good-sized library; several halls of residence; a sports centre with swimming pool, plus sports pitches; & the students' union (joined by a walkway to the main building, but also accessible from outside).
There are several places to eat on campus; my favourite was definitely La Serre, on the ground floor of the main building, which sold some of the nicest baguettes I've ever eaten, with a massive choice of fillings.
The student union shop is handy for things like sweets, magazines, cards & stationery, whilst there is also a separate convenience store on campus for food shopping, although this is quite over-priced.
HALLS OF RESIDENCE
There are 2 'levels' of accomodation available on campus: standard, or 'Lakeside'. Lakeside is a new building of more modern, larger rooms (which include their own bathroom) & posher, larger kitchens. As such Lakeside is more expensive (currently £106.66 per week). I was in the standard accomodation (much cheaper at £68.57 per week), which consists of both low-rise & high-rise blocks (I stayed in both in different years). When I was there, there was talk of knocking down the high-rise accomodation & building a more modern replacement. According to their website the new buildings have been started & the first new rooms will be available in 2010.
My first year was in the high-rise Stafford Tower, & my room was in a corridor of 9 rooms, on a floor of 18 rooms. Each corridor shared a kitchen, & the toilets/showers were shared by both corridors (so 18 people). My floor was all girls - you get the choice on your application form of single-sex or mixed. This was a good way of meeting people in your first year & I had no problem with sharing a kitchen as my flatmates were reasonably tidy!
In my final year I was in the low-rise Old Cross House. I liked the flat as it was over 3 levels rather than on a corridor so it felt more like you were living in a house. 5 other people had rooms in the same flat & shared the kitchen (slightly larger than in the high-rise tower) & the bathroom (slightly smaller).
The rooms in both places were very similar, & quite basic but perfectly acceptable, each containing a bed, desk, chair & shelves. Personally I don't see the need to spend all the extra money on Lakeside just to get your own bathroom & a slightly posher/more modern room.
One of the best things about Aston is that you can walk into Birmingham city centre in 5 minutes. This is obviously handy for all sorts of things, including practical ones like getting the train & going food shopping (there's Sainsbury's & Tesco right in the centre of town). It also means there are plenty of things to do socially such as the cinema, pubs, restaurants, bars, clubs, theatre & lots more. Birmingham is a brilliant city to live in.
Obviously, the most important part of a university is the standard of their courses. Aston is particularly well known for its degrees in the areas of business & sciences, & a large proportion of the people I met seemed to be doing either Business Studies, Optometry or Pharmacy. I would most recommend this university to people who want a practical degree that relates to the real world, business & the European Union.
It is much less suitable for people who are interested in more academic subjects & does not provide courses in many common areas such as English. Personally, this is the only thing I regret about my time at Aston, as although it was a great experience & a lovely university, I probably would have been better suited to a more 'academic'-type university. It also limits the types of societies that are there, as I would have liked to join something like a book group or quiz society, but there weren't any at the time.
There are lots of sports societies, & other ones I can remember were a drama group, choir & orchestra. I joined the Aston branch of St John's Ambulance & got a free First Aid at Work qualification.
Although I started off studying Combined Studies (Chemistry & French), after the first year I dropped the Chemistry & transferred to Modern Languages (French). The combined studies programme at Aston is unusual in that you can combine all sorts of different subjects, but I would not recommend this unless the two subjects are closely related. I found that I felt I was doing two half-degrees & because I was therefore missing two halves, I wasn't really learning anything useful in either area & was finding it hard to keep up with the students doing full Chemistry degrees, for example.
I found the Languages department at Aston to be a very friendly place. It is quite a small department & is located over the top two floors of one of the wings of the main building (I'd recommend using the lift as it's a very long walk up to the 10th floor!). The staff were all very friendly & supportive. In my first year I was always too nervous to ask for help but later learnt that the lecturers were happy for you to come & see them in their offices (most lecturers advertise their office hours on their doors & you just sign up on a sheet of paper to say what time you'll be coming).
Although there were some of the stereotypical, hall-full-of-students lectures, most were in small groups of around 12 students in small, more school-like classrooms. In the first year I used to dread 'Communication Studies' in which the emphasis was on spoken French, but quickly became used to it & these classes were very good for my general confidence & communication skills, as well as my French. These classes were often run by the 'French students', meaning students who came over from universities in France as teaching assistants, so it was a good opportunity to interact with French people not much older than us. About 50% of the lecturers themselves were native French-speakers.
The third year of a language degree is an obligatory year abroad (& many other degrees at Aston also offer this as an option). The department is extremely helpful in preparing you for this year, including having a member of staff dedicated to helping sort out your year abroad & being available for support once you're there. You can choose to study abroad, work in a school as a language assistant, or find other employment. I chose to study at Tours University in the Loire Valley & it was a brilliant experience, although I missed home lots!
In all years of study at Aston you have certain compulsory modules, & then you choose which other ones you'd like to do from a list. There are lots of varied options, for example I did modules on translation & interpreting, the EU, literature, culture, media & the French colonies. In the final year you write a dissertation, although it is much shorter than in most degrees, possibly due to the fact that you write it in a foreign language.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Aston & found it to be a very friendly, compact campus. However, make sure the course you choose is really right for you.
I went there for an open day when deciding where to go to continue my studies. At first i was reasonably impresses however as soon as i entered the Uni grounds my opinion swifty changed due to the treatment, and the general attitue of most of the people there. They were generaly rude which i found wired as they were trying to advertise the university as a great place to go and study. No doubting the education tha they offered was good but did i really want to be part of a place where i did not feel comfortable and basically not wanted. No is the answer to that. However Birmingham itself is a lovely place and it well worth many visits to see all the great places and attractions. I know this is very negative but i think its always good to get both sides of the coin. And you never know, i might have just caught them on a bad day.
After being a student at Aston University now for a year and a half I thought it was probably about time to write a review of it and its many services. Unfortunately I live at home so I probably can't give a thorough review as someone who has lived there but I have tried many of its services so hopefully I can give you a pretty good description of the entire goings on at the University.
Well to start off with getting in to Aston you have to have a few A levels or at least the equivalent. What that ask for really does depend on the course that you take, whether it is a popular course or not makes a large difference on the grades they ask of you. I applied for Human Psychology which they asked BBB for. I know for business courses they ask for higher. But what they accept is up to them, I got BBC but they still accepted me so I guess personal statements mean quite a lot to them.
There are literally hundreds of courses for you to pick from ranging from the most popular, Business studies, to languages, sciences and history. There is quite a variety taught so Aston is quite good for how much it caters for. Aston has just been ranked the 13th best University in the country so it has a pretty good reputation.
Aston University is located in the heart of Birmingham in the West Midlands. Only a short walk from the Bullring and the shopping and nightlife in England's second city, it really can be considered one of the liveliest Universities in England. Aston University is known for being very green, and for good reason. Right in the middle of a busy city it is quite strange to find a place with tall trees, plenty of green areas and surprisingly a lake which is home to geese and swans! It truly is a lovely place to be as it has all the convenience of a major city but also the peacefulness of a small village.
The actual address of the University is: Aston University, Aston Triangle, Birmingham, B4 7ET.
The University comprises of the main building which houses hundreds upon hundreds of lecture theatres, the library with thousands of books. The student guild/union, the business school, two leisure facilities, housing for over three thousand students and two pitches.
So getting on to what University life is like, well it primarily goes on lectures. The lecture rooms are quite large and can fit hundreds of people in. Some lecture halls feel massive while others feel quite intimate. The lectures are quite interesting, well this being my general response from my first year. They pick good subjects and provide a clear and intriguing syllabus for us to learn. The different modules you have can be very different, and all require certain coursework and computer tasks that need to be completed. However in general I would say that the material we learned in the first year was interesting and useful.
The staffs at Aston are very friendly and are willing to help you with what you want. There are only a few people I have met who were a bit frosty but most are very enthusiastic and love to help you. Most of my lecturers have been superb and made coming to the lecture a joy as they made the hours go quick and the lectures fun.
I think I only had one lecturer in my first year that I wasn't too fond of but in the end it's the information they give you that's important.
The guild is the one big place that the students at Aston love to go to. It has everything you want, a bookshop, hairdressers, job centre, convenience store and take-away restaurants. The main part is Einstein's bar at the bottom which is quite a busy place at night. With pool tables, cheap booze and food, it's a place every student wants to be. A great place for a night out with friends.
The library at Aston is extremely well stocked, holding literally thousands of texts and journals. It has lots of computers and tables to study; the place is four floors high so you can imagine how much there is there. The loan out system is very good and easy to manage. Depending on the book you want there always seems to be at least a few copies so you can always get what you want. At the bottom of the library is a Costa Coffee which serves drinks and food so it's a good place to go for an afternoon of studying.
As I live at home I can't really comment much on the nightlife at Aston but my friends have told me many stories of what they get up to! Different societies seem to have nights out at least once a week. The main place to go is Broad Street which houses lots of clubs and places to make a night out. In a city as big and lively as Birmingham you are bound to have fun on a night out whether it being to a pub, club, theatre or just walking about.
Aston University has quite a few amenities such as a swimming pool and a large gym as well as football pitches. It always has different activities on at night such as judo, badminton or fencing. They are loads of clubs that you can join such as movie clubs or language societies. I think the gym is actually open to the public for a small price and it has all the equipment you would find in a normal gym so it's quite a good place to go for a workout.
The housing at Aston University comes in the form of apartment blocks. There are three main ones such as Dalton and Stafford tower which can house thousands of students. There is also Lakeside which houses a few hundred and is a nicer apartment complex with all rooms having en-suite and larger rooms. However it costs more than the other apartments. I have been in my friend's room in Stafford Tower before and the rooms aren't that big but they can fit a bed, a wardrobe and desk in, so pretty much all you need. The communal kitchens are quite small but provide a very camaraderie atmosphere within the place. Overall they are ok for student housing, a little on the small side but overall ok.
So I am now half way through my degree at Aston University, scary. Overall I am enjoying it, the first year was brilliant and I loved everything about it. The second year is as expected a little harder but my course seems to have changed. This is the only negative part about this University. The fact that a year through the degree and they change the major aspects of the core syllabus really bugged me. This year is mostly about how to conduct research and was not the course that was 'advertised'. A very sneaky thing to do as no-one can really quite a year through, but I'm trying to enjoy it.
The facilities are great at Aston and it is a very easy place to get to. Only a twenty minute walk from the New Street Station and it is literally five minutes away from a bus stop that has multiple services such as the number 51 from Walsall which is a main bus route.
The nightlife is great at Aston, as I've been told, the staffs are friendly, there are lots of courses and to top it all off its one of the best Universities in the country!
I have come to notice that there are no RECENT (last two years) reviews of my university, Aston, Birmingham, so here I am, to paint a pretty picture for all to see. I am currently on placement in London, and so may not be able to give you an overall picture, but a fairly clear one of the first and second year experience of the Business School.
I chose Aston University because it was one of the few universities in the country that did the course that I want to do, International Business and German. I was accepted into all 6 universities that I applied to through UCAS (not because I am that clever, but because everybody is crying out for language students, Oh, OK, I am that clever!). I chose Aston as my first choice, as it was higher on the Times Good University Guide (3rd for business in 2003), and Swansea as my reserve. I did not actually get the grades I was meant to for the course, but was accepted anyway, which was a great relief.
Aston University is a small campus, with a small intake of students. I believe the total population is about 8,000. It is situated on the edge of Birmingham City Centre, and is described as one of the greenest areas of central Birmingham. There are 3 different types of halls of residence available, the deluxe, the low-rise, and the high rise. Lakeside (so called because of the large pond by which it is situated) was the deluxe, and where I spent my first year. It has bigger rooms, with better décor (being much newer), and ensuite bathrooms. The downside is that Lakeside is £25-30 more per week than the others (so approx £90 a week and still rising). Although the luxury of having my own bathroom, and much better kitchen facilities was there, I feel that (and many agree) that the cheaper option is the best.
Lawrence, Stafford and Dalton are the high-rise halls. They are each 20 floors high, and I won't try and talk them up, they are fairly grotty. There are two showers and two toilets for each flat, which contain 8-12 people. The kitchens are smaller, as are the bedrooms, and the décor is not as nice as the beech wood ways in Lakeside. Another downside of the towers is waiting up to 20 minutes for the lifts
The difference between the two if that I found, as did a lot of my friends, that most of the people in Lakeside were spoilt and rich, and not in a good way. Our flatmates flashed their cash with the best of them, and I grew to dislike most of them intensely by the end of the year. My friends in the towers seemed to build up much stronger relationships and bonds, and so if this is what you are looking for from your university experience, then I recommend accommodation in the towers. If however, you are going to university purely for the academic side, then go for Lakeside, as it is probably much quieter.
In the second year the majority of students live in difgs in Erdington, which is a good 10-30 minutes away on the bus. There are many new developments of student accommodation in town, so act quickly and you may get in. I lived in Erdington and had a great time. Bus passes are however £96 per term, and so I am opting for back to campus for my final year, in order to be closer to the bar-I mean, library.
Now for the academic bit (yes, I know, boring, what about the nightlife?! Later, children, later.) Aston University is split into 4 schools.
· Aston Business School
· Life and Health Sciences
· Languages and Social Sciences
· Engineering and Applied Science.
Aston Business School and Languages and Social Sciences are my two schools, as I am a combined honours student.
I changed my course after a month or so, as it suddenly dawned on me that I wasn't really interested in doing German for the rest of my life. I was however not given much choice in the way of changing. I was told that I could swap to French (not helpful, I didn't want to do a language anymore), or carry on, or leave and start again the following year, but there was no guarantee that I'd get onto my preferred course (which was a single honours business course, Marketing.) Eventually, I was reluctantly given the option of a combined honours course, of which there are many, from maths to languages, to sociology. I chose sociology, so now, my course is Business Administration and Sociology. I am pleased with my decision and am glad I stuck it out and was determined enough to stick around, I think leaving would have been a real blow to my confidence, and I would have probably never gone back.
Enough about me, what about the university?! An a-z of the course offered at Aston can be found here, with links to the courses available.
Aston specialises in sciences, rather than arts, and so most of the courses offered are BSc courses (Batchelor of Science), and there is also a wide variety of postgraduate offerings. Aston was once a technical college but is now a fully fledged university, and requires fairly high grades to get in. I originally needed BBB (A-Levels) to get in, but was let in with BCC (I think because languages are so under-subscribed). When I changed my course, the expectancies were lower, BCC. Please note: this is according to 2003 admissions, so things may be different now, please check the website or prospectus if you are hoping to go to Aston.
The teaching is great, in my subject disciplines. My timetable during the first and second year was never two full, about 10-15 hours a week, including tutorials and lectures, and the lecturers are engaging. The Business School offers a range of business related topics, including Organisational Behaviour and Financial Accounting. Sociology is a very broad subject, encompassing politics, history, philosophy and data analysis.
Library services at Aston are good, although there is a need perhaps for more computers. There are three storeys, and plenty in the way of journals, and books. There are short, medium, and long loan books available (although often not enough, so it is advisable to buy your own copies in the onsite Blackwells, you can always sell them on afterwards to new students). Reading lists for all modules are usually extensive, but pinpoint the essential reading, and if you act quickly, they are easy to find.
My placement year is an integrated part of my course, on which I am expected to do an essay and a logbook. On combined honours, a placement year is optional, but essential for single honours students.
The placements team give a lot of help when it comes to finding a job for the third year. We were encouraged to attend lectures for the first term of the second year, about skills needed for job-hunting and interview success, and these were indispensable. We were also given access to a website through which big companies advertised their positions (BMW, IBM, Kraft, NHS as wel as many lucrative positions abroad) facilitating the job-hunting process. We were able to go to CV clinics and mock interviews to brush up on our techniques (highly recommended, I performed much better as a result of these). We were not spoon-fed our placement positions, but the way the department was run was fantastic. My advice: Start early, and don't worry if all your friends have a job before you do, I got mine on the last day of term.
We have already chosen business modules for the final year, of which there are many, in many different areas, Marketing, HRM, Finance and Accounting, so you can really tailor your course to your own needs. I have picked for example on top of the obligatory Value Based Strategy and Finance, to study Marketing Psychology and Entrepreneurial Management.
Shopping, Eating and Going Out
Aston's prime location in the centre of Birmingham makes it great for shopping, with the much loved newly reconstructed Bullring centre, and of course the exclusive Mailbox, which also contains some fantastic bars and restaurants. You can more or less get any type of food you want in Birmingham, from Indian, to West Indian, Spanish, French, Italian and Chinese, and if you look carefully, you will find some great, cheap places to eat.
I love the Birmingham nightlife. There are loads of options, for whatever kind of night out you want. There are student nights at Bar Risa, Bambu, Gas Street, and 52 Degrees. There are flashy places like Mechu on Summer Row, and The Living Room, 3 Wetherspoons pubs (one a Lloyds), and Flares and Reflex for all your cheesy needs. On top of this there are always gigs at the Carling Academy, and then Snobs and Bar Academy for the rockier types. Birmingham is also a prime location for gigs and events, with the NIA and the NEC.
Aston Students Guild is flailing a bit, but I really do hope it gets better again. There just isn't enough funding, and there has been talk of getting rid of the guild altogether. There are however some great events, so if you end up going to Aston, support your guild by throwing money in their general direction, in return for pints of beer! There is a pounded night every Wednesday (so-called because selected drinks are £1), then School Daze, Beach Party, and other such typical student nights, with some legendary pub crawls thrown in. There is also the great Freakers Ball (sexual fantasies ball), which take splace in November (and oh, yes I will be there, with 5 friends, dressed as builders). The Guild has some great clubs and Societies for whatever your interests may be, from religion, to Extreme Ironing, and Rugby, Film and Dance.
Because of my fairly empty timetable, it was easy to have a part time job to fund my shopping and drinking habits, so I would recommend making the most of it. I've worked at Disney on Ice, Tesco, and two different pubs while at uni, as well as some catering work through an agency in Cardiff and Twickenham for the 6 Nations this year. There is always barwork and flyering work available, but nab yourself a good job quickly.
Right, that's it, I hope I've covered everything I can, do let me know if I've missed out something vital. All in all though, Aston University is a great place to visit, and I'd sure as hell like to live there (again)!
I have been a student at Aston for 4 years now and am currently finishing the last 5 weeks of my degree. Throughout my time here I have really enjoyed being here. Birmingham is a busy, bustling city that has something for everyone and the university is small and friendly and close to the city centre. The department of languages is quite a small part of the university - many students take a language with a business degree. So in my degree there are not many students and I rarely have lectures, the seminars and tutorials i have have always had vetween 6 - 30 people in them. In that respect it is a good course because you get more attention from the teachers. The workload is quite hard, unlike other courses where you do not often receive homework on this course you pretty much have something to complete every night. Saying that you proably need that in a language degree so that you can improve. The constant assessment allows you to see how well you are doing. The compulsory year abroad is an excellent idea and most students find that this is where they learn the most. I decided to work for 6 months in France and then Germany and the experiences were rewarding and very helpful, as well as giving you a taste of the working world. The degree you receive at the end is a bachelor of science as opposed to a bachelor of arts, which is unusual for a languages degree but i think this is a bonus. Many employers look more favourably on BScs. My only complaint is with the organisation of the courses, studying dual languages i believed that the courses would run parallel to each other and therefore it would be easier to study both languages. However both subjects are taught differently and the structure of the courses are not the same. For example in the final yr dissertations the word limit for the french dissertation was 4500 wrds whereas the limit for the german one was between 6-10000 wrds. As both dissertations carry the same wei
ghting i wasn't sure why they would be different. Finally the accommodation on offer at Aston isn't great. The towers and low rise blocks are small and not great to look at. The rooms are fairly small, but they are adequate. The rent is not too bad, inclusive of all bills it is about £60/week. You can however choose to live in the luxury flats which is called Lakeside and it is really lovely in these flats. You get much bigger and lighter rooms, en suite bathrooms and phones. The drawback is the price rising up from about £80/week. On the whole I have enjoyed my course, and i recommend it.
Aston University is a great place study - in the heart of Birmingham you have access to all the city can offer whilst gaining a highly prized degree. Your time at Aston will be a great adventure - it is a relatively small college with approx. 4000 student but this ensures a family atmosphere. Aston graduates are highly prized and the employment opportunities after graduation are some of the best in the country. Aston offers you excellent modern facilities which continue to be improved from the library through to the splendid accomodation and sporting facilities. Birmingham is a great places that caters so well for students. There are numerous pubs, clubs, museums, sporting venues and art centres. It is a highly under-rated place that needs to be seen. Aston offers a range of subjects but tends to specialise in business, languages, psychology and engineering. Entry grades tend to be high typically BBC at A level but the standard of lecturing is great.
I'm in my first year at Aston Universty and I'm having the time of my life! Based on the edge of Birmingham city centre, the campus is small, giving a great community feel to it. Everyone on campus seems to know each other! All shops and facilities you could need are within easy reach and the Students Guild is only 2 minutes walk away! There's now a decent It's A Scream pub called Gosta Green right next door, so the Guild has some competition! Birmingham is a great place to be and the simple fact is if you come to Aston you will make some fantastic friends! Another plus point is the newly opened Birmingham Academy just 200 yards from the Uni, a medium-sized live Indie/alternative venue that Birmingham so desperately needed. I was there for the opening, an Ocean Colour Scene gig, and Reef, Toploader, King Adora, the Levellers, Muse and Pitchshifter are all playing there in the next few months. The University itself has an excellent reputation, in particular the Business School. Recent talk suggests a merger with the University of Birmingham is in the offing, well if that happens it will completely ruin the Aston atmosphere. I'm against the merger myself, but we'll find out soon enough what's happening. Aston forever!
I agree with most of what has already been written about Aston. I was there from 1991 to 1994, so this is an old opinion! It's a great campus 'cos its small and friendly, its pretty impossible not to make friends. One of the best things is the accomodation, I got into campus halls in both my 1st and final years, not many Uni's can boast that. Even if you live out, Brum is so cheap, and accomodation is plentiful. Coming from the country, I did find Brum a bit grey, and had serious tree withdrawal symptoms, but the campus itself is lovely, with sculptures and fountains! My course was Applied and Human Biology, which was very practical and lab-based, which is good. Also, when I was there, I had less hours of work than any of my friends, ha-ha! Brum is also en excellent place to get around the country from, as every train seems to pass through Birmingham New Street Station! The only down side is I sometimes found the city centre a bit scary.When I was there, there were a lot of mentally ill men on the streets, and I was assaulted more than once in a subway, so I think girls need to be streetwise. Also, 'cos Aston is so small, they cannot afford any good bands, so if you love the band circuit, forget it! But go and have a look, you'll fall in love with the place!
It's August 17th. If you are taking interest in Universities, chances are you have just had A-level results? You've finished. Well done. Thay were the hardest exams you will ever have to do. And on to University..... ASTON!!! There, subtle enough? I was at Aston for four years, and stayed on an extra year working in the area. It's that good. What I did, and the result I got are not relevant really - I now do a job that is entirely unrelated, but it is the experience and skills I learnt at Uni. that got me here. But sod that..who wants to know about the academic side? The University will tell you that themselves. Aston is in the centre of Birmingham, the second city, and greatest place in the world (beleieve me, I'm now in London). Everything you could possibly want is there, relatively cheap, and very accessible from the inner city campus. Any type of club (check Edward's No8), pub, bar, cinema, sport etc. can be found, day or night. You don't even need to leave campus! Aston has enough pubs within 5 minutes of the residences to go somewhere different every night of the week. It has numerous clubs and societies for all tastes, and due to the small size of the Uni. you will get to know everybody really quickly. The campus is compact and pleasing to the eye, and facilities such as banks and shops are there too. You could spend you life at Aston guild, with 2 bars and something to get involved with, from DJing club nights to writing for the newspaper to just meeting people. And there is RAG - the student charity fundraising group. A nicer bunch of nutters you will never meet again, always ready to socialise with anyone, and do anything for a worthy cause. YOU MUST go and meet them.....tell them Wally sent you. Aston....APPROVED!!!
I went to Aston University in 1996 and graduated in 1999. I took a combined honours degree in sociology and psychology. I would recommend both the university, and the course. The Uni itself is nice, it's quite small so it's easy to find things, make friends, get about, etc. It's large enough to stay anonymous if required. It's quite leafy and green but is surrounded by tower blocks and a major city centre. Because the university is a science and technology university, there are may things that you don't get here. There are no arts or humanities subjects. Therefore, there are no arts students either. This means that most of the students seem very like-minded (all scientists together). I thought that this was a shame really, as you miss out on a lot of really diverse personalities. However - with all the budget and the staff devoted to only a few subjects, the support you get is great and the facilities are fantastic. And Birmingham's not that bad guys! I know we've always had a grey, industrial and 'thick brummy' reputation, but all I say is, you have to see it to believe it.
I really, really like Aston university. Graduated from Coventry university three years ago and enjoyed my time there. Aston is a totally different experience. I believe that Aston is one of the smaller universities around and it certainly feels a lot "cosier" (?) than Coventry (which is 3 times bigger). The campus itself is really nice with lots of grass and trees which is really good in the summer. The Aston campus is an oasis of green in the concrete jungle that is Birmingham city centre (about ten minutes walk away). There are a couple of decent (cheap) bars on campus and with the city centre so close there is always something to do. I've just finished my first year as an undergraduate at Aston and I've had a great time. I would recommend Aston to anyone (if they don't mind being in Birmingham every day).