Course details

A Levels ABB Other entry requirements
UCAS code QW33
Duration 3 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects English Literature Music

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Undergraduate admissions team
School of English
Telephone +44 (0) 114 222 0236
Email english.admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/english/undergraduate

School of English

1st for research environment
Research Excellence Framework 2014

Course description

As a dual honours student you'll take half your modules in the School of English and half in the School of Music. The many optional modules mean you can design your degree around your individual interests.

The dual or combined degree in English and Music encourages you to continue to pursue your creative and critical passions across the arts. The English provision includes study of theatre, film, novels, poetry, as well as politics and philosophy, and offers you the chance to develop your creative writing or to develop a theatre practitioner.

The close reading of form, the contextual history of developments in style, and attention to the use and reception of literary, cinematic and musical works, are shared endeavours across these complementary subjects.

Both English and Music facilitate the study of art forms from the Middle Ages to the present day, and our combined honours students develop their aesthetic sensibilities, as much as their clarity of expression in written work.

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 typically including English Literature, English Language & Literature, or English Language and Music, or Grade 8 Practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) at Merit + Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity) at Merit
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification BBB + B typically including English Literature, English Language & Literature, or English Language and Music. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject Evidence of interest in language and linguistics, demonstrated through the personal statement
International Baccalaureate 33, typically including 6 in Higher Level English Literature or English Language & Literature and Music, or Grade 8 Practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool) at Merit + Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity) at Merit
BTEC DDD in a relevant subject with 12 units at Distinction + an appropriate Music qualification
Cambridge Pre-U D3 M2 M2 typically including English Language, English Literature or English Language & Literature and Music, or Grade 8 Practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) at Merit + Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity) at Merit
Scottish Highers + 2 Advanced Highers AABBB + AB in Music, or Grade 8 Practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) at Merit + Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity) at Merit, and typically including English Language, English Literature or English Language & Literature
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels A + AB and typically including English Language, English Literature or English Language & Literature and Music, or Grade 8 Practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) at Merit + Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity) at Merit
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • Applicants not presenting English Literature or English Language & Literature may still be considered where relevant interest and experience in the literary arts (including film or media) can be demonstrated
  • 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

Our students usually select from a range of compulsory and optional modules to add up to 120 credits.

Some departments offer courses that don't feature optional modules whereas other courses are fully flexible.

You can find out more by:

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.

Learning
Scheduled teaching 14%
Independent study 86%
Placement 0%

Assessment
Exams/tests 12%
Coursework 73%
Practical 15%

School of English

Jessop West

We are a research intensive department with an international perspective on English studies across four distinct degree programmes. Students can specialise in their chosen degree, whilst also taking modules from different programmes, forging interdisciplinary connections about the ways in which humans use language.

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 draw on 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 are committed to providing our students with the pastoral support they need in order to thrive in 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 our regular office hours, if there's anything you want to ask.

School of English website

Department of Music

The Soundhouse

- Top 10 for research excellence in music in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework
- 100 concerts and musical events every year

Our rigorous curriculum is exceptionally diverse, covering psychological and anthropological approaches to the study of music, alongside performance, composition and musicology.

Our departmental ethos combines high achievement with a sense of community and a shared passion for music. Our internationally recognised research informs our high quality teaching and our student experience is second to none.

We offer academic and practical study in most music genres, including classical, pop, jazz, folk and world music. Our £8.5 million facilities provide the ideal home for some of the UK's most diverse and cutting-edge music research and teaching.

- The Jessop Building houses specialist study and rehearsal rooms, dedicated spaces for world music and Western historical performance, and music psychology labs.
- The Soundhouse is our purpose-built facility for instrumental lessons, practice, small-scale rehearsals and sound recording, and includes four studios.

Department of Music website


What our graduates do

Our graduates are confident and articulate. They have highly developed communication skills, preparing them for a wide range of career paths, from information technology, to media and public relations, to marketing and advertising. Many of our students go on to postgraduate study, research, and an academic career.

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
English



"The department of music is a really welcoming, inspiring place to study. What I study is incredibly diverse. I've just returned from a year in Brussels to complete my final year."

Emily Compton
Music

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