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Undergraduate Study

BA Sociology and Modern Languages - 2020 entry

Please note: The below is for 2020 entries. Click here for 2021 entries.
UCAS code LR03
Duration 4 years
Entry year 2020
Contact

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Entry requirements

A levels: AAB - ABB
IB: 34/665 - 32/655
BTEC: DDD - DDM

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Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Sociology

Overview

  • 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

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5th for Sociology in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020

9th in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research

Research Excellence Framework 2014 based on the percentage of research categorised as 4* and 3*

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!

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Nia

Undergraduate student, BA Sociology

Entry requirements

Qualification Required grades 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
Contextual Offer

A-Level: BBB
IB: 30
BTEC: DDM

Specific requirements must still be achieved, therefore where a grade A is required, offers will be ABC or ACC. Find out more about contextual offers.

International equivalences

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NB General Studies is not included in any offer.

Language requirements

  • 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:

French Fren
Chinese (Mandarin) Chin
German Germ
Italian Ital
Portuguese Port
Russian Russ
Spanish Span

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Course content

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.

Fees

Tuition fees for 2020 entry

UK and EU students: £9,250 per year
International students: £18,500 per year

Please note that these figures may be subject to change.

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Learning and teaching

Sociology

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.

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Group work
  • Small group tutorials
  • Independent study

Modern Languages

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.

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Your future

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

Career paths

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:

  • Interpreter/translator
  • Journalism and media
  • Finance and commerce
  • Social research
  • Teaching
  • Publishing
  • Business and Management
  • The voluntary and charity sector
  • Social and community work

Exeter Award and Exeter Leaders Award

Many of our students participate in the Exeter Award and 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 based within Colleges.

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.

Further study

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.

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