Course details

A Levels ABB Other entry requirements
UCAS code QL33
Duration 3 years
Fees and additional costs Home students Overseas students Fee status help
Related subjects English Language and Linguistics Sociology

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School of English
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School of English

1st for research environment
Research Excellence Framework 2014

Course description

Studying English language and sociology together gives you a unique insight into how language has developed over time and its place in society. You'll learn how to apply analytical skills and concepts to the study of human language. You'll also examine issues such as discrimination, globalisation, religion and belief, feminism and modernity.

As a dual honours student, you'll divide your studies between the School of English and the Department of Sociological Studies. Choice and flexibility are at the heart of our teaching, which means you can pursue and develop your own interests. At every level, there is a wide variety of modules to choose from. You will be taught by world-leading experts from both departments.

You'll be required to take a minimum number of credits within both departments each year, but how you choose to divide your modules after this is up to you: split your modules evenly between English and sociology, or choose to weight your degree in favour of one subject or the other.

Your English language modules will develop the skills and knowledge you need to become a successful linguist. You'll study the fundamentals of linguistic theory - syntax, semantics, phonetics, phonology - and apply these to a huge array of real-life contexts, exploring the relationship between language and gender, discourse, history and place.

In your sociology modules, you'll explore concepts of community, identity and welfare, and study a range of topics such as crime and deviance, digital health, surveillance, race and racism, new genetics and masculinities.

Research is central to the student experience here in Sheffield. All our teaching is informed by the latest findings, and all our students have the opportunity to carry out their own research project as part of their degree. Outside of your degree, there are many opportunities to develop your interests, insights and critical faculties.

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 + evidence of interest in language and linguistics, demonstrated through the Personal Statement
A Levels + additional qualifications BBB + B in a relevant EPQ
International Baccalaureate 33 + evidence of interest in language and linguistics, demonstrated through the Personal Statement
BTEC DDD in a relevant subject + evidence of interest in language and linguistics, demonstrated through the Personal Statement
Scottish Highers AAABB
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + AB + 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
  • You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade 4/C; IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
  • Access Sheffield - find out if you're eligible for additional consideration or an alternative offer
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.

Course information on 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:

Early Englishes
History of English
Linguistic Theory
Practical Stylistics
Varieties of English
Gender, Sexuality and Society
Introducing Criminology
Social Divisions Seminar
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 Corpra
Crime, Justice and Social Policy
Digital Media and Social Change
Dynamics of Social Change and Policy
Exiles and Monsters: An Introduction to Old English
First Language Acquisition
Global Perspectives on Family Change and Continuity
Historical Linguistics
Men, Feminism and Gender relations
Social Problems: Policy and Practice
Sociology of Work
The History of Persuasion
The Sociology of Crime and Deviance
Understanding 'Race' and Migration
Writing the Real

Third year

Optional modules:

Advanced Phonetics
Advanced Syntax
Conversation Analysis
Dialect in Literature and Film
Digital Health
Digital Identities
Experiments in Digital Story-Telling
Extended Essay in Sociology
Extended Essay in Sociology
Historical Pragmatics
Intimacy and Personal Relationships
Language and Gender
Language attitudes, perceptions and regard
Narrative Style in the Contemporary Novel
Organised Crime & Illicit Markets
Perspectives on inequalities
Protest, Movements and Social Change
Psychology of Language
Queer Theory and the Media
Research Practice
Social Media, Data and Society
Sociolinguistics Project
Sociology of Evil
Sociology of Health, Illness and Medicine
Sociology of Health, Illness and Medicine
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
The Sociology of Surveillance
The Value of Sociology
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

We are a research-intensive school with an international perspective on English studies. Students can specialise in their chosen subject, whilst taking modules from other programmes, forging interdisciplinary connections. We are famous for our pioneering work with communities, locally and internationally. We encourage our students to get involved and to apply their academic learning, working in partnership with external organisations both within the city of Sheffield and beyond.

Our staff are researchers, critics, and writers. They're also passionate, dedicated teachers who work tirelessly to ensure their students are inspired.

We keep seminar groups small because we believe that's the best way to stimulate discussion and debate. Our modules use a range of innovative assessments and can include designing websites, writing blog posts, and working with publishing software, in addition to writing essays and delivering presentations.

We're committed to providing our students with the pastoral support they need in order to thrive on their degree. All students are assigned a personal tutor with whom they have regular meetings. You are welcome to see any of the academic staff in their regular office hours if there's anything you want to ask.

School of English website

Department of Sociological Studies

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

Our world-leading research shapes our teaching, so you're always challenged and up to date. Our interdisciplinary approach brings sociologists, social policy analysts and social workers together under one roof.

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.

Our courses develop students who are socially aware, with strong analytical skills and a flair for approaching problems in new ways. You'll become skilled at research and bring your own insights to key issues that affect our lives. In your third year, specialist modules allow you to investigate current thinking on a wide range of topics. You'll learn about the latest research from subject experts and explore your ideas in workshop-style sessions.

Department of Sociological Studies website

What our graduates do

The academic aptitude and personal skills that you develop on your degree will make you highly prized by employers, whatever your chosen career path after university:

- Excellent oral and written communication
- Independent working
- Time management and organisation
- Planning and researching written work
- Articulating knowledge and understanding of texts, concepts and theories
- Leading and participating in discussions
- Negotiation and teamwork
- Effectively conveying arguments and opinions and thinking creatively
- Critical reasoning and analysis

Our graduates are confident and articulate. They have highly developed communication skills, equipping them for a wide range of careers in journalism, the charity sector, marketing and communications, theatre and television production, PR, copywriting, publishing, teaching, web development, accountancy, and speech and language therapy, among other fields.

Many of our students go on to postgraduate study, research, and an academic career.

Student profile


"One of the best things about studying Linguistics at Sheffield is the passionate staff and their support - you can tell that they love their subject. It's very welcoming and I always feel at home."

Megan Wood
BA student in the School of English

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

Sarah Langford

Work experience
You can study our courses with the Degree with Employment Experience option. This allows you to apply for a placement year during your degree where you'll gain valuable experience and improve your employability.

Study abroad
There are opportunities to study abroad, for a semester or a year, as part of a three or four-year degree programme. We have exchange agreements with universities in the USA, Australia, Canada, Singapore and throughout Europe.

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