English and Sociology BA (Full time) 2018 start
UCAS code: QL33
Start date: September 2018
3 years full time
Typical A-level offer: AAB
(specific subjects required)
UK/EU fees See fees section below
International fees £17,500 (per year)
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component
Study abroad option: Yes
Work placement option: Yes
This degree gives you the chance to combine the study of very human subjects. You’ll learn about the ways in which societies are organised and structured, as well as one of humanity’s most popular forms of cultural expression – literature.
You’ll be introduced to the key principles of sociology and study English literature across poetry, drama and prose in core modules. But we also offer a wide variety of optional modules, giving you the chance to explore the literary periods and themes as well as the sociological topics that interest you.
Leeds is home to expert tutors covering a wide range of topics in both English literature and sociology. As a result, we can offer flexible degrees with plenty of choice so you can pursue your own interests. You could explore topics such as American fiction, drugs policy, Old English, class division, the digital humanities or disability studies. Whatever you’re looking for, the chances are you’ll find it at Leeds.
Leeds has plenty of excellent resources for studying English and sociology. The world class Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscript, archive and early printed material in its Special Collections – a great asset for original research – and the Library offers plenty of training so you can get the best from our resources.Back to top
A Joint Honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each Single Honours course, but you’ll take fewer options and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects.
In your first year, you’ll take introductory modules covering the key concepts and approaches in sociology, as well as choosing to explore poetry, drama or prose. This allows you to build a good knowledge base on which you can build in the following two years.
You’ll choose from modules covering the full range of English literature we teach, from medieval Scandinavia right through to contemporary fiction, as well as optional modules on everything from children’s literature to post-Apartheid narratives and the politics of language. At the same time, you’ll select from a range of modules in major topics in sociology such as gender, racism and crime.
Throughout your studies you’ll develop analytical and research skills that allow you to form your own conclusions from the information you find. In your final year you’ll get the chance to apply them to an independently researched dissertation in either subject.
You’ll choose from a wide range of optional modules while maintaining a balance across your subjects. Follow the links to the Programme Catalogue for more examples of optional modules and the full course structure.
|Studying and Researching English||5 credits|
|Sociology of Modern Societies||20 credits|
|Formations of Modernity||20 credits|
A sample of the optional modules are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.
|Writing Critically||20 credits|
|Prose: Reading and Interpretation||20 credits|
|Poetry: Reading and Interpretation||20 credits|
|Drama: Reading and Interpretation||20 credits|
|Central Problems in Sociology||20 credits|
Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.
|Literature of the Romantic Period||20 credits|
|Renaissance Literature||20 credits|
|Language in the Museum||20 credits|
|Crime, Law and Regulation||20 credits|
|The Sociology of Gender||20 credits|
|Racism, ethnicity, migration and decolonial studies||20 credits|
|Final Year Project|
|Postcolonial Literature||20 credits|
|Quiet Rebels and Unquiet Minds: writing to contemporary anxiety||20 credits|
|Class in Everyday Life||20 credits|
|Globalisation and the Sex Trade||20 credits|
|Understanding Interpersonal Violence||20 credits|
Broadening your academic horizons
Learning and teaching
We use a range of teaching and learning methods to help you benefit from our tutors’ expertise. Lectures, seminars and tutorials are among the most common, but workshops are also occasionally used in some modules as well.There’s also an important element of independent learning throughout your degree – this is where you build your research skills and learn to think critically about what you find. We have excellent library resources to help you do this, and the University Library runs training programmes to help you get the best from them.
In addition, we use different types of assessment – normally a mixture of exams and essays, but oral presentations and group may also be used from time to time. We do offer plenty of support, such as extra classes on public speaking, exam technique and other issues that will be available throughout your time at Leeds.Back to top
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: AAB including A in English, excluding General Studies or Critical Thinking.
GCSE: Mathematics at grade 4/C.
Access to HE Diploma
Pass diploma with 60 credits overall, including at least 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher.The Access course must include English modules. Grade 4/C in Mathematics at GCSE is also required. An interview and a piece of written work may also be required.
We will consider this qualification in combination with other qualifications. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.
D3, M1, M1 including D3 in English.
35 points overall with 16 at Higher Level, including 6 in English at Higher Level and 5 points in Mathematics at Standard Level
Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)
H2, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3 including H2 in English
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers
AB in Advanced Highers including A in English and AABBB in Highers, or A in English in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers
European Baccalaureate: 80% including 85% in English.
Where an applicant is taking the EPQ in a relevant subject this might be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A Levels, this would be ABB at A Level including A in English (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) and grade A in the EPQ.
Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.
Typical Access to Leeds offer: BBB at A Level including English (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) and pass Access to Leeds.
We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the School of English admissions team.
English language requirementsIELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
How to apply
UK/EU: See fees section below
International: £17,500 (per year)
For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250.
The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.
Read more about paying fees and charges.
A degree in English and Sociology equips you with skills that are highly valued by employers.
You’ll have advanced communication skills, and you’ll be able to research a topic thoroughly and draw your own conclusions by thinking critically about the information you find. You’ll be analytical and capable of working independently or in a team. Of course, because you’ve managed two different subjects during your degree, you will also have organisational and time management skills.
As a result our graduates are attractive to a range of employers and have gone into careers in social work, the charity sector, education, journalism, law, the civil service and the creative industries. Many others have gone into postgraduate study.
On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America.
Find out more at the Study Abroad website.
Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.
Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.
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