English Literature with Sociology BA (Hons) – 2019 entry

Why choose this course

Surrey is one of the UK's leading universities for English literature and sociology, with our English literature and creative writing courses ranked top 10 in the Guardian University Guide 2018 and our sociology courses ranked top 10 in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

The academic disciplines of literature and sociology share a common goal ­to further our understanding of society. This course is a particularly well-balanced choice for anyone who wishes to master a wide range of methods, theories and critical skills while gaining greater insight into both subjects.

What you will study

Choosing to study literature at Surrey means you will examine the most vital and influential works of literature from the medieval period to the present day.

On this course you will acquire extensive knowledge of literary texts and discourses, learning the critical skills to analyse these works and developing the cultural vocabulary to communicate your ideas about them.

You will be introduced to a range of thought-provoking critical and theoretical approaches to literature, including historical, social and psychological perspectives.

Your sociology modules will give you a sound grounding in the concepts, theories and principles of sociology, and their application. They will enable you to use a range of analytical tools in order to evaluate and conduct sociological research on contemporary society and culture.

Course facts

Qualification Course length Professional Training UCAS KIS code
BA (Hons) 36 months CCA7 View KIS data set
BA (Hons) 48 months MH64 View KIS data set

Professional Training placements

As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement. These will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, equipping you to be adaptable, resilient, globally minded, confident, entrepreneurial and digitally savvy in the workplace. These qualities are widely recognised by employers and a significant proportion of placement students at Surrey are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.

Find out more about Professional Training placements and discover how these have transformed our students’ lives and career choices.

English Literature with Sociology placement

Unusually for an English literature degree programme, we offer the opportunity to undertake a Professional Training placement.

A placement will help to enhance your employability by giving you experience in degree-related professions such as publishing, marketing, the media industries, teaching, creative writing or arts administration.

A Professional Training placement will give you the opportunity to develop valuable transferable skills in analysis, reflection, communication and organisation.

Applying for placements

Professional Training placements are usually applied for and secured via an open and free-to-all process, within which students can select and apply for numerous opportunities. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way. However, support is also provided to students wishing to source their own placement, subject to university requirements being met.

Students are generally not placed by the University, however they are given thorough support and guidance alongside access to a vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.

Our English literature courses provide you with a range of valuable skills to prepare you for a variety of careers.

Recent graduates have entered employment in roles such as:

  • Editorial assistant
  • Commercial graduate
  • HR assistant
  • Junior project manager
  • English teacher
  • Account manager
  • Social media account manager
  • Purchasing assistant.

Should you wish to pursue further study, our courses will provide you with essential knowledge and skills, as well as offering informed support and guidance to assist you in your studies.

Study and work abroad

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. Visit our global exchanges pages to check where you can go.

It is possible to spend a semester or a full academic year abroad while earning credits which contribute to your degree. We operate Erasmus+ exchanges in Europe with the following universities:

  • Bamberg University
  • Freiburg University
  • Aarhus University
  • Lyon III University.

We also have exchanges with:

  • Nanyang Technological University
  • Seoul National University
  • Cincinnati University
  • North Carolina State University
  • University of Central Florida
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Texas Tech
  • North Texas
  • Monash University
  • La Trobe University
  • University of Sydney
  • University of Wollongong
  • University of Queensland
  • Universidade de São Paulo
  • University of Victoria, Wellington.

If you choose to study at one of the European partners you may be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant.

In addition to the amazing time you will have, you will be exposed to new cultures, practices and approaches that will strengthen your academic performance for the successful continuation of your studies. This will also enhance your employment opportunities and add a bonus to your CV.

Arts and culture at Surrey

As an English literature student at Surrey, you will be introduced to an exciting and challenging environment that combines conventional teaching with a wide range of opportunities for you to engage with a vibrant research culture and arts activities.

Regular visiting guest speakers and research seminars will enhance your study in the specialist areas covered by the course and encourage you to consider areas for further study.

English at Surrey enjoys connections with contemporary writers through its Distinguished Writer in Residence (currently the acclaimed novelist Monica Ali), the Poet in Residence, and the annual Morag Morris Poetry Lecture. Each year the School of Literature and Languages also runs the Surrey Poetry Festival and the Surrey New Writers Festival, and is a partner of the Guildford Book Festival.

The University of Surrey has close ties with the charity English PEN, which campaigns to protect freedom of speech and human rights for writers around the world. English PEN regularly hosts talks by prominent writers and other events at the University.

Guildford itself provides considerable access to arts activities, including the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, which puts on new and canonical plays, the Guildford Book Festival, and a host of galleries, libraries and archives that will stimulate and support your independent studies.

Above all, the University is only 35 minutes by train from London, one of the world’s most important cultural centres.

You will have opportunities to see plays at the National Theatre, the Barbican and the Globe Theatre. You will be able to watch new films in the major West End cinemas and classics at the National Film Theatre.

This wide choice of activities will complement your studies in English literature at Surrey, and you will be encouraged to draw inspiration from them in your work for your degree.

Academic year structure

The academic year is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks each. Each semester consists of a period of teaching, revision/directed learning and assessment.

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. All taught modules are 15 credits. Project modules and dissertation modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes.

Modules

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Timetables

Timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).

Teaching

Teaching on our English literature courses is both stimulating and encouraging. You will experience a wide range of teaching methods, including lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. Our academics produce internationally excellent research and are skilled and dedicated teachers who convey ideas enthusiastically and accessibly.

In Year 1, in addition to lectures, you will work closely with tutors and your fellow students in smaller seminar groups. During years 2 and 3, you will become increasingly independent, working on your dissertation, and eventually contributing to student-led sessions in Year 3.

Critical essays and group presentations will give you opportunities to crystallise your thoughts, communicate what you have learned and demonstrate your understanding of literature from a more complete perspective.

All learning is fully supported by the University’s virtual learning environment, and you will acquire a range of computing skills through the programme. You are also encouraged to supplement classroom work with participation in activities outside the University, such as theatre visits and trips to regional festivals such as the renowned Guildford Book Festival.

There may be occasions when the delivery of your teaching is supported by postgraduate research students. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.

Staff

This course is taught by academic staff from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Programme leader

PALMER BL Dr (Lit & Langs)

Personal tutor

All taught students are assigned a personal tutor before beginning a programme of study. Personal tutors offer support and advice to students in the areas of:

  • Academic progress

  • Pastoral/welfare issues

  • Personal/professional development and employability.

Assessment

Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports. Check individual module information to see full details at a module level.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.

Policies and regulations

Please refer to our academic regulations and student policies and regulations. These may be amended from time to time.

Learning and disability support

We have two services, the Student Personal Learning and Study Hub (SPLASH) and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.

Student Personal Learning and Study Hub

SPLASH is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.

Find out more about the study support available.

Additional Learning Support

ALS is the University’s disability and neurodiversity service which supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (for example: dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (for example: autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

If you have a disability, we encourage you to disclose your condition and register with the service so you can be appropriately supported during your studies.

The ALS team can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance and screen students for dyslexia and dyspraxia. Regular study skills and mentoring support is also available.

See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.

What qualifications do you need?

A-level

Overall: ABB.

Required subjects: English Language or English Literature.

Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element.

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C (4) (or equivalent). 

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Overall: DDD.

Required subjects: Please contact us to discuss suitability.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C (4) (or equivalent).

International Baccalaureate

Overall: 32.

Required subjects: English HL5/SL6.

GCSE or equivalent: Maths HL4/SL4 or Maths Studies HL4/SL4.

European Baccalaureate

Overall: 78%.

Required subjects: English with at least 7.5.

GCSE or equivalent: Maths 6

Access to HE Diploma

Overall: 45 Level 3 credits overall including 30 at Distinction and 15 at Merit.

Required subjects: Please contact us to discuss suitability.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).

Scottish Highers

Overall: AABBB.

Required subjects: English Language or English Literature.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language - Scottish National 5 - C; Maths - Scottish National 5 - C.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall: Pass overall with ABB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels.

Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element.

Required subjects: A-level English Literature or English Language.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Select your country

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element.

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.

Recognition of prior learning

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. 

Please see the Code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.

Fees

Qualification Course length Professional Training UK/EU fees Overseas fees Professional Training fees
BA (Hons) 36 months To be confirmed To be confirmed Not applicable
BA (Hons) 48 months To be confirmed To be confirmed To be confirmed

View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate courses.

The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

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