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About this course

This combination of subjects will give you an insightful look inside how modern day society functions, while exploring the key themes within English literature through a variety of texts. Studying sociology and English literature together will especially equip you with transferable skills involving communication and an understanding of human behaviour.

Our two-year fast-track degrees are awarded by the University of Surrey. They have been created so that you can:

  • Start your career or masters course a year sooner
  • Save money by paying for just two years’ tuition fees
  • Save money on the costs associated with being a student

Based at Farnborough College of Technology, we offer classroom-based lectures, a small campus experience and plenty of personalised support. This makes us a popular choice locally for those who want to study higher education in a down-to-earth setting – where you won’t get lost in the crowd.

Modules chosen at Level 5 and Level 6 will define the particular degree title awarded, of either BA (Hons) English Literature with Sociology or BA (Hons) Sociology with English Literature.

What will I study?

English Literature

English literature is naturally an ideal subject for those with a passion for books, reading, and the spoken word. We encounter literature every day - in books, magazines, poetry, advertising, plays, song lyrics, and TV boxsets. The ability to analyse these texts and their subtle meanings is a skill that could lead to a range of interesting careers.

At Farnborough, you will read a range of stimulating and diverse texts. This ranges from the Renaissance period to the modern day while learning about historical contexts, gender and literature, poetic language and more along the way.

A degree in English will hone your own communication skills and encourage creative writing – skills that can help set you apart from other graduates when starting your new career.

Sociology

Sociology is an enlightening subject for those who like to think about social issues in the world, such as inequality, sexuality, class and mass media. Studying these fascinating topics with us will encourage you to think objectively about why people behave in certain ways. You will be considering questions such as:

What role does crime play in shaping society? How can society address inequality? Why doesn’t society do more to improve global issues?

During your degree, you will uncover the theories that seek to explain why some groups of people can flourish together, while others try to tear each other apart. You will delve into contemporary theories and discover how different cultures fit into our society.

As a sociology student, your critical-thinking skills will be honed as you begin to broaden your understanding of society and its relationship with our everyday lives.

£2,000 Bursary

A limited number of £2,000 cash bursaries are available to eligible new undergraduates in their first year. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply on our Finance webpage.

Fees

FEE COST
Fee Per Year £8000

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Studies include

How will I be taught?

The style of teaching and learning used in this programme has been carefully designed to suit the subject matter. We recognise that students learn in various ways, so we use a range of different teaching methods and situations to best deliver the learning outcomes for each module. The range of teaching and learning methods used in this programme includes:

  • Lecture-based presentations
  • Individual and group project work
  • Individual presentations
  • Group and individual tutorials
  • Case studies
  • Classroom activities promoting interaction at peer and tutor level

What modules are covered?

Level 4 (Year 1: September – April)
The aim of the Level 4 programme is to give you a thorough grounding in a both sociology and English literature. Typical topics studied include:

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • The Sociology of Gender
  • The Sociology of Inequality
  • Academic Skills
  • The  Novel Genre: Narrative, Cultural and Historical Context
  • Poetic Language
  • Introduction to Critical Theory
  • Global Issues

You will also benefit from a course in academic skills for degree students.

Level 5 (April in Year 1 – December in Year 2)
Level 5 of the programme offers you the opportunity to develop your skills in more depth in a range of topics. Options are chosen from the following:

  • 'Race' and Racism in Modern Society
  • Contemporay Sociological Theories
  • The Sociology of Education
  • Social Research Methods
  • Victorian Literature
  • The Romantics
  • The Long 18th Century
  • Introduction to the Renaissance
  • Using Quantitive Research Methods 

Level 6 (January in Year 2 to July in Year 2)
In the final Level of study you have the opportunity to specialise in your chosen area. For example:

  • The Sociology of Culture and Media 
  • Risk Society in a Digital Age 
  • The Sociology of Literature 
  • Dissertation (Sociology)
  • 20th Century Literature Studies: 1880 - 1945 
  • Gender and Literature
  • 20th Century Literature Studies: Post-War Literature 

In addition to taught modules a dissertation will allow you to conduct research and investigate a topic in greater depth.

How will I be assessed?

A wide range of assessment methods are used in this programme, which have been chosen to suit the subject material being taught. The range of assessment methods you will experience will give you the confidence and capability to complete an honours degree and progress further in your career. Your tutor will be on hand to provide support during the assessment process and discuss any queries you may have.

The range of assessment methods used in this programme includes:

  • In-class tests
  • Assessed assignments
  • Formative assessment through assignment work feedback
  • Formal seen examination
  • Formal unseen examinations
  • Poster presentations
  • Powerpoint presentations
  • Reflective report
  • Literature review

Programme Structure

The structure of our programmes follows educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the Programme Specification documents found under our Quality Assurance page, including further details such as the learning outcomes.

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Progression

What Next?

As a joint honours graduate, you could start a career in either of the two subjects you have studied. You could also look into studying a Masters in a subject related to your degree.

There are a wide number of careers where your new degree will be relavant. Some of the examples below may require extra training and experience first. Please speak to our careers advisers to discover which career routes are best for you.

English Literature

Jobs directly related to English literature degrees include:

  • Digital copywriter
  • Editorial assistant
  • English as a foreign language teacher
  • Lexicographer
  • Magazine journalist
  • Newspaper journalist
  • Publishing copy-editor/proofreader
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Web content manager
  • Writer

Jobs where an English literature degree might be useful include:

  • Academic librarian
  • Advertising copywriter
  • Arts administrator
  • Information officer
  • Learning mentor
  • Marketing executive
  • Media researcher
  • PPC specialist
  • Primary school teacher
  • Private tutor
  • Public relations officer
  • Records manager
  • Social media manager

Sociology

Jobs directly related to degrees in sociology include:

  • Advice worker
  • ​Community development worker
  • Family support worker
  • Further education teacher
  • International aid/development worker
  • Social researcher
  • Social worker
  • Youth worker

Jobs where a degree in sociology might be useful include:

  • Actuarial analyst
  • Chaplain
  • Charity fundraiser
  • Detective
  • Housing manager/officer
  • Human resources officer
  • Life coach
  • Probation officer
  • Public relations officer
  • UX analyst

Transferable Skills

  • Independent working
  • Time management and organisation
  • Planning and researching written work
  • Leading and participating in discussions
  • Negotiation and teamworking to present ideas and information
  • Effectively conveying arguments and opinions and thinking creatively
  • Using your judgement to weigh up alternative perspectives
  • Critical reasoning and analysis
  • Using IT

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Entry Requirements

What is the entry process?

You can apply for this higher education course in the following ways:

  • Via the UCAS website. Visit www.ucas.com and browse the courses available under 'University Centre Farnborough'. 
  • Directly to University Centre Farnborough via the button on this webpage. Applications take around 15 minutes and are free of charge. You can apply to us direct at any time in the year (including after the UCAS deadline). Applications of this type are seperate to the UCAS system, which means you could also apply for more than the five universities that UCAS allows.

UCAS Code:QL33

What previous qualifications and experience will I need?

Either:

  • 72 UCAS points from relevant subject(s)
  • An Access to Higher Education Diploma, with suitable grades
  • As a mature students who has relevant evidence of work experience and/or relevant recent study following a successful interview

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