Welcome to Aston University
Compact and charming, Aston University is set around a green lake based in Birmingham. Ideally located for the city centre, it’s been here for more than 100 years.
The university has a hefty selection of departments including an extensive business school, plus courses in areas such as modern languages, life sciences, engineering, and health.
Perfect if you’d like to attend a community-focused university, Aston has a student body of just over 11,000.
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Courses and fees
A wide selection of courses are on offer at Aston University, both undergraduate and postgraduate. For entry to undergraduate courses you’ll typically need between BBB and AAA at A Level, or a triple distinction in BTEC qualifications.
Many of the courses incorporate a year’s placement within your industry of choice and most courses share a first year of study so if you feel like you want to change course you may be able to easily.
There are four schools at Aston University: School of Engineering and Applied Science; School of Life and Health Sciences; School of Languages and Social Sciences; and the Aston Business School.
The university has a well-established course history with Aston Business School founded more than 60 years ago, and the School of Pharmacy is more than 90 years old.
Courses cover subjects in chemistry, computer science, electronics, engineering, mathematics, biology, pharmacy, optometry, modern languages, international relations, sociology, law, economics, marketing and finance.
The university has less of a focus on creative studies and has a renowned history with traditional subjects, in particular business and engineering courses are highly esteemed.
International students are welcomed to study at the university, plus you can also incorporate study abroad as part of your degree course for a term or even a year. More information on undergraduate study placements can be found on the university’s website.
For undergraduate courses the fees are £9,000 per year for UK and EU students. For international students it costs £13,000 for business, languages and social sciences courses and between £14,000 and £16,000 for engineering and health sciences programmes.
Postgraduate fees vary, so consult the university’s website.
Aston University has seen many changes over the years and has recently been upgraded, with the library refurbished in 2010 and the sports centre upgraded in 2013. New residences were added to the campus in 2013 and the Business School saw a £22 million upgrade back in 2006.
Situated in the centre of Birmingham on a green and vibrant campus, Aston University has convenient transport links to London and the rest of the country, and is only a five minute walk away from the main shopping and social areas of the city.
Library and study facilities
The library is the gem of Aston University, only redeveloped in 2010. £6 million went into refurbishing it, and it now hosts the Learning Development Centre plus more than 300,000 books to choose from. During term time the library is open for extended hours. The library is spread across four floors, some of which are designated as silent areas so students can study in peace.
The university has full wifi coverage and there are around 1,500 open access computers to use across campus, many of which are accessible 24/7. Each department has their own computer lab, and you will also be given a university email account to communicate with staff and fellow students.
Aston University is supportive in whatever path you want to take after you finish your course, whether it’s further study, employment or volunteer work. The university participates in the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme which provides a pathway into the Navy, Army, RAF or Civil Service for engineering students.
There is a shop, hair salon, cafes and a bookshop on site, many of which are run by the Student Union. The location of the university means that all of the shops of Birmingham city centre are right on the doorstep.
The Student Union is in charge of three bars and organises regular club nights and events out. There are more than 100 clubs and societies to join, and the union operates a jobshop and advice centre to help you through your time at uni. The main highlight of the union calendar is Astonbury, a festival of events held at the end of the year.
There are extensive sporting facilities at the Sir Doug Ellis Woodcock sports centre, which was refurbished in 2013, including a swimming pool, two sports halls, a 100 station gym, two floodlit pitches and dance studios. There is also a huge sports ground off-campus with floodlighting and all weather facilities.
Medical and welfare services
A counselling service is on offer at the university, plus there is a drop-in centre, optician and dentist on campus. If you need support or advice there is also a Representation Centre on hand to help you with anything from financial difficulty to finding somewhere to live.
Aston University has perhaps the most modern and up to date accommodation options of any university out there, with every room upgraded to an ensuite in 2013. No more queues for the bathroom! Bills and internet are included in the price of rent, and the accommodation on offer is ideal if you want to get to know your fellow classmates and immerse yourself in the full university experience.
Find more about accommodation on the university’s website.
Aston Student Village
The newest accommodation of William Murdoch, Mary Sturge, James Watt and Harriet Martineau offer every student modern rooms with en suite facilities. The hall is located in the centre of town, and you can either share in a five or seven bedroom flat, with five bedroom flats boasting more space and larger beds.
These halls are ideal if you want to stay on campus, and with larger beds and en suites are also perfect if you want your own space. Rent starts from £120 per week for a larger room and £113 for a smaller room in the seven bedroom flats.
Picturesque, with views over the main lake, Lakeside is the most affordable option on offer at Aston with rent starting at £107 per week. All rooms are en suite and you’ll be in a flat consisting of between six and 10 bedrooms. Wifi is equipped throughout, and it’s just a five minute walk to the Student Union bar.
The university hosts plenty of open days and campus visits so you can make your mind up over whether Aston is the right place for you.
On an open day you can tour the campus, meet with staff and students, and find out more about your course of interest. You can also talk with admin staff about matters such as finances and accommodation.
The next open days take place on:
- Tuesday 15th September
- Saturday 10th October
You can additionally take a tour of the campus if you cannot make the main open day, and there are also drop in sessions and meetings for those interested in postgraduate study.
The university year is divided into three terms, with the dates for the 2015/16 year as follows:
- Term 1: 4 October – 19 December 2015
- Term 2: 10 January – 19 March 2016
- Term 3: 10 April – 11 June 2016
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