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BA (Hons) English with Social Sciences

  • 6

    Level 6

  • Duration
    3 years

  • Start Date
    September 2020

  • Venue
    Norfolk House, Exchange Street

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • September 2020, Full Time

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This programme provides a grounding in English Literature combined with additional modules in Psychology and Sociology. It is ideally suited to the modern workplace where employers are looking for graduates with a wide range of skills and knowledge across the humanities and social sciences.

The English modules explore texts from different genres and periods and develop skills of critical thinking, argument and analysis. The social science components have been chosen to suit students who are interested in the organisation of society and the more people-centred aspects of Psychology, and Sociology.

All of City College Norwich’s Degree programmes are validated by the UEA, meaning that the quality of the awards you get is assured by a world-renowned Higher Education organisation.

Teaching is usually over three terms of ten weeks, each with a weekly attendance of two days a week. You will normally study two modules, worth 20 credits, each term (plus a dissertation worth 40 credits in the third year). Teaching will involve lectures, guest speakers, small group sessions or seminars, tutorials, workshops, theatre and cinema and field trips. The list below indicates the modules that make up the programme. For details on each of these modules, see the course particulars for the English BA and Psychology with Sociology BA.

Year 1 (level 4) modules

  • Higher Learning Skills
  • Myth and Criticism
  • Genre
  • The Evolution of Western Society
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Childhood Psychology

Year 2 (level 5) modules

  • Preparation for Work and Research
  • The Renaissance
  • Madness, Trauma and Culture
  • Revolution and Reaction
  • Media, Crime and Deviance
  • Human Lifespan, Development and Personality

Year 3 (level 6) modules

  • Dissertation (40 credits)
  • Victorians and Victorianism
  • Modernism
  • Contemporary Literature and Culture.
  • Race, Racism and Cultural Identity

Why our College?

Outstanding progression

97% of our full time gradates and 100% of our part time graduates are in employment of further study 6 months after completing their degree (Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes).

This places our College in the top 10% of providers and provides you with excellent routes to get you to where you want to be.

Flexible study options

Most of our courses require no more than two days attendance at college. This means you can continue to work alongside your studies and balance other commitments.

Smaller class sizes

Our smaller class sizes mean you get all the support you need during studies. This is a crucial difference to larger universities and provides you with access to your lecturers when you need them.

Entry Requirements

We attract students from varied backgrounds and encourage them to reach their full potential. We take into account your reference, motivation and commitment to the course, as well as any projected or actual A level grades or other qualifications. Our standard offer for A level students is 80 points and 30 credits at Merit for Access students. We welcome students from Access Diplomas and applicants may be invited to interview.
Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading), the required minimum is:

  • IELTS (SELT): 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components)
  • Or GCSE English A*-C or grade four and above
  • Or equivalent qualification. Please contact the Advice Shop for advice and guidance
    International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the International Students webpage.

Learning Outcomes

The programme seeks to ensure that on graduation you should be able to:

  • Work with confidence both independently and as a member of a group or team.
  • Demonstrate a capacity for systematic, conceptual and critical thinking.
  • Show flexible and creative approaches to problem solving.
  • Communicate clearly and appropriately, demonstrating a sense of audience.
  • Manage information effectively in a range of media.
  • Act in an ethical manner demonstrating political, social and cultural awareness.
  • Produce output that is literate, numerate and coherent.


All modules are assessed at the end of the semester and some modules have additional mid semester assignments. We use various assessment methods, including examinations, essays, in class assessments, presentations, portfolios, dissertations and projects.


Graduates from the course have embarked on research careers by undertaking Masters and PhD programmes of study at other institutions. Many students progress onto teaching training, through university or school based programmes.

Career Progression

Past students have gone into a variety of careers including teaching, librarianship, publishing, local radio, management and administration, sports coaching, social work, nursing, health and social care, youth work, marketing and website design and graduate trainee schemes with the police, banking or retail organisations.


£7,500 per year