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.
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.
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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.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: AAB including A in English, excluding General Studies or Critical Thinking.
GCSE: Mathematics at grade 4/C.
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.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
Study abroad and work placements
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.