Course details

A Levels ABB Other entry requirements
UCAS code QL33
Duration 3 years
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Related subjects English Language and Linguistics Sociology

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Course description

This is a three-year dual degree. The combination of subjects gives you a unique insight into the development of language and its place in society.

In Linguistics, the core modules provide you with the analytical tools and concepts essential for anyone studying human language. Optional modules give you the chance to specialise in areas of the subject that catch your imagination, including language acquisition, historical linguistics, or the study of language in its social and cultural contexts.

In Sociology you'll learn about institutions and social structures and their impact on our daily lives. You'll explore concepts of community, identity and welfare and examine issues including discrimination, globalisation, religion and belief, migration, deviance, feminism and modernity.

Modules: what you study and when

About dual honours and major/minor degrees

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels ABB, plus evidence of interest in language and linguistics, demonstrated through the Personal Statement
International Baccalaureate 33 plus evidence of interest in language and linguistics, demonstrated through the Personal Statement
BTEC DDD in a relevant subject plus evidence of interest in language and linguistics, demonstrated through the Personal Statement
Cambridge Pre-U D3 M2 M2 + evidence of interest in language and linguistics, demonstrated through the Personal Statement
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher AABBB + B with evidence of interest in language and linguistics, demonstrated through the Personal Statement
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B+AB plus evidence of interest in language and linguistics, demonstrated through the Personal Statement
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • General Studies is accepted
  • International students need an overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or an equivalent English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department direct.

School of English website

Department of Sociological Studies website

First year

Core modules:

Classical Sociological Theory
Exploring Classical Social Thought Seminars
Introduction to Social Research
The Sociological Imagination Seminar
The Sociology of Everyday Life
The Sounds of English
The Structure of English

Optional modules:

History of English
Introduction to Research Methods in Linguistics
Varieties of English
Gender, Sexuality and Society
Globalisation and World Cultures
Introducing Criminology
Understanding Inequality
Welfare Politics and the State

Second year

Core modules:

Sociological Theory and Analysis

Optional modules:

A Sense of Place: Local and Regional Identity
Big Data: Language & Digital Corpora
Crime, Justice and Social Policy
Dynamics of Social Change and Policy
First Language Acquisition
Introduction to Middle English
Introduction to Modern Irish
Introduction to Old English
Language Attitudes
Language Politics and Language Policy
Language and Cognition
Media Studies
Race, Immigration & Multiculturalism
Social Problems: Policy and Practice
Social Work in the 21st Century
Sociology of the Family
Special Subject
The History of Persuasion
The Internet and Society
Writing the Real

Third year

Optional modules:

Advanced Phonetics
Approaches to Discourse
Children and Youth within Developing Societies
Children, Families and Welfare States
Conversation Analysis
Dialect in Literature and Film
Extended Essay in Sociology
Extended Essay in Sociology
Historical Pragmatics
Historical Sociolinguistics
How the World Gets Made
How to lie with statistics
Intimacy and Personal Relationships
Language and Gender
Men, Masculinities and Gender Relations
Migration and Families
Narrative Style in the Contemporary Novel
Psychology of Language
Research Practice
Researching Readers
Social Media, Data and Society
Social and Cultural Aspects of Death & Dying
Sociology of Evil
Sociology of Health, Illness and Medicine
Sociology of the New Genetics
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
The Sociology of Culture and Identity
The Sociology of Organised Crime
The Sociology of Surveillance
What it means to be human
Whiteness, Power and Privilege
World Englishes

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Learning and assessment

These figures give an indication of how you'll learn and be assessed. They're a combined average of all the years of the two single honours courses on which this dual degree is based. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Scheduled teaching 12%
Independent study 88%
Placement 0%

Exams/tests 23%
Coursework 77%
Practical 0%

School of English

Jessop West

Our staff are researchers, critics, writers and practitioners. They're also passionate, dedicated teachers who work tirelessly to ensure their students are inspired. Two members of the department, Professor Brendan Stone and Dr Duco van Oostrum, are National Teaching Fellows. Many others have received awards for their teaching, as well as for their research and creative practice.

We keep seminar groups small because we believe that's the best way to stimulate discussion and debate. You will have regular timetabled meetings with your personal tutor. But it doesn't stop there. We organise extra lectures, reading groups and study sessions. All our modules are supported by online resources - many of our students work on blogs and discussion boards each week.

We're famous for our pioneering work with communities and we encourage all our students to get involved. This could mean helping people find a voice through our Storying Sheffield project or working on Lyric, our annual city-wide festival of music and words.

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Department of Sociological Studies

You'll learn about key concepts like community, identity and welfare. Our degrees explore important sociological issues including crime, migration, religion and poverty.

Our international reputation for world-leading interdisciplinary research develops our teaching, so you're always challenged and up to date. Our staff are experts in their field and work with organisations in the UK and worldwide, bringing fresh perspectives to your studies. They'll give you the advice and support you need to excel in your subject. There are around 130 places available on our courses.

Department staff also play key roles in the Faculty of Social Science's Digital Society Network (DSN), an active group of researchers working on all aspects of digital-society relations. The DSN hosts events and activities to stimulate and support research in this area.

Department of Sociological Studies website

What our graduates do

Our graduates go into a wide range of careers. Teaching is a popular option for those who want to make direct use of their subject knowledge. Others apply the transferable skills they have acquired in many different sectors. Their job titles include Radio Presenter, Charity Administrator, Retail Management Trainee, Copywriter, Language Assistant, Marketing Officer, TV Researcher, Parliamentary Researcher, Press Assistant, Learning Disabilities Key Worker, Informatics Assistant, Recruitment Consultant, Assistant Brand Manager, Audit Associate, HR Assistant, Assistant Export Administrator, Public Relations Account Executive, and Pastoral Support Worker.

Some graduates stay on for postgraduate study. Approximately half of students taking a masters course choose to study aspects of English in greater depth. Other choices for further study include journalism, law conversion courses, human resources and other types of management.

Student profile

"I've always been pretty interested in language innovation and language use, and the degree can be related to the outside world. So we focus on, say, how texting and social media affect language."

Lewis Clarke

"I think it's a really good department, the staff are very hands on and they all have their special subject knowledge.""

Sarah Langford

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