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Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years

UK fee

£9,250 per year (2024/25)

International fee

£14,900 per year (2024/25)

UCAS points

112 (September 2024 entry)

UCAS code


Course level



BA (Hons)

Start date



Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

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Sociology and English at Derby

How do equality, opportunity and social structures shape life today? Explore the human experience through a sociological and literature-based lens to explore questions about who we are, why we are here, and the nature of the world in which we find ourselves.

By examining the past, present and future you’ll see how social and linguistic structures affect interactions of those currently living in society. You’ll learn about social justice, distribution of power, globalisation, self-expression in the modern world and politics of the household. The English programme’s distinctive core of engagement with critical and cultural theory will simultaneously enable you to develop a highly nuanced and sophisticated approach to the analysis of literature, language and culture.

Academic Expertise

You will be taught by experienced researchers whose work is shedding new light on some of the most pressing issues facing our society as well as on a range of cultural topics. They regularly publish articles and books and deliver conference papers internationally.

English academics have specialised knowledge in fields such as Romanticism, blasphemy and censorship, nineteenth-century literature, post-colonial theatre, critical theory and postmodernism. The Sociology team are recognised for their expertise in research areas such as social policy, childhood and war, extremism and counter terrorism, conspiracy theory, humour and society, politics and social movements, Marxism and social theory.

Explore the human experience

English incorporates not only literature, but also the contexts in which literature is produced and read. You’ll examine the intellectual and cultural study of art, film, philosophy, linguistics and sociology within contemporary politics.

Literature asks questions about who we are, why we are here, and the nature of the world in which we find ourselves. We’ll introduce you to a range of cultural expressions from across the globe and from varying historical periods. This will broaden your understanding of the variety of human experiences and how a diverse range of literature seeks to encapsulate it.

Choose your pathway

Studying a Sociology and Joint Honours degree allows you to choose whether you major in one subject or study them both equally.

You begin this degree by studying both subjects equally in your first year. By the end of your first year, you will then decide whether you would like to major or minor in a chosen subject or continue to study them both equally.

In this combination Sociology is the major subject and English is the minor subject.

In this pathway you study Sociology and English equally.

In this pathway you study English and Sociology equally.

In this combination English is the major subject and Sociology is the minor subject.

What is a Joint Honours degree?

A Joint Honours degree offers students the opportunity to study two subjects.

A Joint Honours degree is a great option if:

What you will study

The modules below indicate the range of modules you may study as part of this combination, however prescribed and optional modules will vary depending on whether you choose to study both subjects equally, or choose to major or minor in a subject. To find out exactly which modules you would study as part of your chosen combination please contact jhs@derby.ac.uk.

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

You’ll learn through lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials and independent studying.

How you are assessed

You’ll be assessed through a variety of methods including coursework, oral presentations, seminar participation, on-line learning tasks, extended projects and work-based assignments. Modules often include a formative non-assessed task that will act as preparation for the main assessments. These include essay plans, online tests, bibliographies and participation in class debates.

Who will teach you

You will be taught by our team of engaging, passionate and inspiring subject experts.

Dr Helen Brocklehurst
Senior Lecturer

Phil is a Course Director and Senior Lecturer in Sociology within the College of Business, Law and Social Sciences.

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Robin Sims

Dr Robin Sims
Programme leader specialising in critical theory and postmodernism.

Programme Leader

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Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Entry requirements

2024 entry

These are the typical qualification requirements for September 2024 entry. Contextual offers may apply to students who meet certain criteria.

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points112
A LevelBBC (At least a grade C in English or related subject (or equivalent qualification)
T LevelMerit
GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade 4/Grade C (or above) or equivalent qualification
Access to HEPass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 with a minimum of Distinction: 15, Merit: 24, Pass: 6

English language requirements

IELTS: 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each skills area)

Fees and funding



£9,250 per year



£14,900 per year


Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.

UK students

If you are in Year 13 and applying for a full-time undergraduate course (including our joint honours courses), we recommend that you apply through UCAS.

Apply through UCAS

If you are applying to study part-time, or already have your qualifications, or wish to join at Year 2 or 3, you should apply directly to the University.

Apply directly to the University


This course provides graduates with a diverse range of skills and knowledge to lead onto a variety of careers. Many Sociology graduates are attracted to careers that centre on the challenges and demands that members of a society face. This leads to jobs in social services, education, criminal justice, welfare services, national and local government, counselling, charities and the voluntary sector. They include charity fundraiser, community development worker, counsellor, lecturer, housing officer, teacher, police officer, probation officer, researcher, social worker and welfare rights adviser.

Our English provision opens up a range of career options. English at Derby involves innovative assessment practices which include assessed seminar participation, presentations, research projects relating to the creative industries and conference papers, as well as essays and dissertations. We aim to produce confident and articulate graduates who are well-prepared for the world of professional employment. Our forms of assessment will enable you to develop high-level transferable skills in the context of an academically satisfying course. Our English graduates have gone into fields such as teaching, publishing, journalism, librarianship, marketing, human resource management, law, and arts administration.

Careers and Employment Service

Our Careers and Employment Service can help you boost your employment skills by connecting you with employers for work placements, part-time jobs, and volunteering. They can also offer guidance on career options, CV writing, or starting your own business.

Contact us

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Additional information about your studies

You will typically study your two subjects equally at stage one, before choosing whether you want to major in one subject at stages two and three.

Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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