- Develop an understanding of the contemporary world, human behaviour and the forces shaping society
- You’ll develop strong written and spoken skills in your modern language whilst gaining an understanding of other cultures and spend your third year studying abroad developing your language skills
- Our diverse range of modules cover everything from multilingualism in society to addiction and cyborg studies meaning you can tailor your degree to your own interests and career aspirations
- Get involved with the various Language student societies, make friends, attend socials and seminars and hear from guest speakers
- Your degree will provide you with insight into the major challenges facing society as well as transferable skills sought after by major employers in the private, public and third sectors
Top 15 in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022
Commitment to interdisciplinary teaching and research
100% of our Sociology research has internationally excellent impact*
*Based on research impact rated 4* + 3* in REF 2021, our research in Sociology, Philosophy, Anthropology and Criminology was returned to this UoA
86% or more of our students go into graduate employment or further study within six months of graduating
HESA DLHE Record 2016/17
It has been extremely interesting to have such a vast array of different topics within each term, I have studied subjects which I did not know existed!
I have also met so many people through the flexibility of the course being mixed with criminology, politics, anthropology, psychology (and more) students which has meant that I have also been able to see how different disciplines think academically compared to my main discipline of sociology. It is really interesting to have friends who think very differently to you but on the same thing!
Undergraduate student, BA Sociology
Entry requirements (typical offer)
|Qualification||Typical offer||Required subjects|
|A-Level||AAB-ABB||Dependent on subjects chosen|
|IB||34/665-32/655||Dependent on subjects chosen|
|BTEC||DDD-DDM||Dependent on subjects chosen|
|GCSE||C or 4||English Language|
Specific subject requirements must still be achieved where stated above. Find out more about contextual offers.
|Other UK, EU and International equivalences|
NB General Studies is not included in any offer.
Grades advertised on each programme webpage are the typical level at which our offers are made and provide information on any specific subjects an applicant will need to have studied in order to be considered for a place on the programme. However, if we receive a large number of applications for the programme we may not be able to make an offer to all those who are predicted to achieve/have achieved grades which are in line with our typical offer. For more information on how applications are assessed and when decisions are released, please see: After you apply
- Grade B at A level is required in any language you intend to study from A level.
- You may only choose one language.
- Students wishing to pursue language study on the basis of a GCSE are normally classed as beginners.
- French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish can be studied either from A level or beginner’s level, with both cohorts reaching degree level in the final year. Portuguese and Chinese can normally only be studied from beginner’s level, not from A Level; students of these two languages reach degree level in final year.
Languages and levels available for Combined Honours courses
I want to study a new language at beginner level alongside my other subject (excluding programmes with Arabic)
|Modern Languages requirements||GCSE grade B/grade 5 (or equivalent) in any Modern Foreign Language|
|Advanced level languages available||n/a|
|Beginners level languages available||Chinese (Mandarin); French; German; Italian; Portuguese; Russian; Spanish|
I want to study my A level (or equivalent) language at advanced level alongside my other subject (including programmes with Arabic)
|Modern Languages requirements||A level grade B or IB HL 5 (or equivalent) in the language chosen at advanced level|
|Advanced level languages available||French; German; Italian; Russian; Spanish|
|Beginners level languages available||n/a|
Completing your UCAS form
In the section named ‘further details’ on your UCAS application form please indicate in the ‘choices’ field the language and route you wish to study using the abbreviations below, separated by a space:
The Sociology and Modern Languages degree programme is made up of compulsory (core) and optional modules, which are worth 15 or 30 credits each. Full-time undergraduate students need to complete modules worth a total of 120 credits each year.
Depending on your programme you can take up to 30 credits each year in another subject, for instance a language or business module, to develop career-related skills or just widen your intellectual horizons. However this is not normally available for Combined Honours programmes which feature a language.
The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.
Tuition fees for 2022 entry
UK students: £9,250 per year
International students: £20,000 per year
* Please note that the fees for students starting in 2023 have yet to be set. The fees provided above are the fees for students starting in 2022 and are for guidance only. We will post the fees for 2023 entry shortly.
The University of Exeter has over £2.5 million in scholarships available for students applying to study with us from September 2022 - including our Global Excellence Scholarships* for international fee paying students and financial support for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, lower income households and other under-represented groups to help them access, succeed and progress through higher education.
* Terms and conditions apply. See online for details.
Learning and teaching
We use a wide range of teaching and learning methods and also ensure that you have regular tutorials with your tutor, together with a small group of students to discuss oral and written assignments.
- Group work
- Small group tutorials
- Independent study
In Modern Languages our teaching aims not to just improve your production and comprehension of the language but also help to develop your language-learning skills.
- Written language taught through weekly classes of about 18 students
- Weekly oral practice in classes of around eight with native speakers
How will I be assessed?
- Essays and projects
- Practical assignments
- Oral language tasks
- Field work notebooks
- Project work
You must pass your first year modules in order to proceed but your performance at this level does not count towards your final degree classification.
The Foreign Language Centre
All language students have access to the language-learning facilities provided by the Foreign Language Centre, which include satellite television channels in each of our languages and audio, computer and multi-media language-learning packages.
Combining Sociology with a Modern Language will not only develop your understanding of human behaviour, society and culture but you will also graduate with language skills that are particularly valued by a wide range of employers within the private, public and third sectors. Alongside this you will gain a range of academic and professional skills including:
- Analytical, critical and independent thinking
- Qualitative research
- Interview techniques and running of focus groups
- Sensory analysis and interpretation and use of data
- Independent research
- Discussion and group work
- Written and verbal communication
- Articulating ideas and arguments
- Organising, planning and time management
The wealth of transferable skills gained on a Sociology and Modern Languages degree enables graduate to pursue further study or employment in a wide range of careers including:
- Actuaries, economists and statisticians
- Archivists and curators
- Information technology professionals
- Insurance underwriters
- Legal associate professionals
- Management consultants and business analysts
- Police officers
- Prison service officers
- Teaching professionals
- Youth and community workers
Exeter Award and Exeter Leaders Award
Many of our students participate in The Exeter Award and The Exeter Leaders Award. These schemes encourage you to participate in employability related workshops, skills events, volunteering and employment which will contribute to your career decision-making skills and success in the employment market.
Developing your skills and career prospects
We provide a range of support to help you develop skills attractive to employers. You will be able to access a range of specific activities such as careers skills sessions and employer-led events, or seek bespoke advice and support from Employability Officers.
The Career Zone also organises a busy schedule of activities including careers fairs, skills workshops, and training events, and can advise on graduate opportunities and volunteering.
A Sociology and Modern Languages degree is also excellent preparation for postgraduate study, and recent graduates have progressed to a range of courses, including: MA European Politics, Graduate Diploma in Law, PGCE Secondary French, MA International Relations, MSc Globalisation and Latin American Development and MA Translation and Professional Language Skills.