Combined Honours

Course Structure

Course Structure

Overview

In Combined Honours, you can take either two or three subjects which you will study over three years full time.

Each academic year (Stage) is divided into two semesters. You'll study a total of 120 credits over a Stage, and you can take no more than 70 credits in any one semester.

Most of the modules on Combined Honours are 10 or 20 credits each, with the exception of dissertation modules which are usually 40 credits. This is so you can easily divide your credits across your chosen subjects. 

The modules you take may be assessed throughout the year or at the end of the semester in which they taken, though some subjects delay all assessment until the end of the Stage.

You can choose to combine two or three subjects in Stage 1 and you must continue with at least two throughout the remainder of your degree.

If you wish to study a combination of only two subjects, then take a look at our Undergraduate prospectus for joint degrees.  Newcastle has a range of joint degrees on offer.

Year abroad

If you're taking a language, you'll spend an additional Intercalating Year Abroad. This is taken between Stages 2 and 3, making your course four years in total.

If you're not studying a language, you can add a Work Placement or Study Abroad Year between Stages 2 and 3  - making your degree four years long, too. 

Stage 1

Modules offered at Stage 1 are worth 10 or 20 credits. You must take 120 credits over the 2 Semesters with no more than 70 credits in any one semester.

You must study two or three subjects in Stage 1.

Stage 1 students can also take HSS1100 Combined Honours: Investigating Newcastle (20 credits) which helps students manage their subject combination as well as organisation.

Three subjects

  • Subject A (40 credits) + Subject B (40 credits) + Subject C (40 credits) = 120 credits

Three subjects (and HSS1100)

  • Subject A (40 credits) + Subject B (40 credits) + Subject C (20 credits) + HSS1100 (20 credits) = 120 credits

Two subjects

  • Subject A (60 credits) + Subject B (60 credits) = 120 credits

Two subjects (and HSS1100)

  • Subject A (60 credits) + Subject B (40 credits) + HSS1100 (20 credits) = 120 credits

Stages 2 & 3

You will continue studying subjects from Stage 1. If you studied three subjects, you have the option to drop a third subject at the start of Stage 2. In Stage 2 you also decide the weighting of your subjects.

Each module is worth 20 credits. You must take 120 credits over the 2 Semesters with no more than 70 credits in any one semester.

A minimum of 40 credits and a maximum of 80 credits may be studied in any one subject. Also note that you must take the same credit split in Stage 3 as you take in Stage 2.

Choosing the weighting of your subjects

Combined route option

Students who study three subjects equally are awarded the 'Degree of BA Combined Honours in Subject A, Subject B and Subject C'. Your subjects are listed alphabetically.

  • Subject A (40 credits) + Subject B (40 credits) + Subject C (40 credits) = 120 credits

Joint route option

Students who study two subjects equally shall be awarded the 'Degree of BA Combined Honours in Subject A and Subject B'. Your subjects are listed alphabetically.

  • Subject A (60 credits) + Subject B (60 credits) = 120 credits

Major / Minor route option

Students who study two subjects, majoring in one and minoring in the other, shall be awarded the 'Degree of BA Combined Honours in Subject A with Subject B'. The major subject is always mentioned first.

  • Subject A (80 credits) + Subject B (40 credits) = 120 credits

Intercalating Stage

All Combined Honours language students will go abroad between Stages 2 and 3 to a country where the studied language is spoken.

The Intercalating Year Abroad is a fantastic opportunity - and our students love it!

If you're taking any of our language subjects, you'll spend an Intercalating Year Abroad between Stages 2 and 3, making your degree four years in total.

You can choose to study at a University, find a work placement, or be a language assistant in a school through the British Council.

If you study two languages, one semester is spent in each country (with the exception of China or Japan where a full year must be spent at a University in that country).

We've listened to feedback from our students, and developed a year abroad option for non-language students as well. Available to take between Stages 2 and 3, you can choose between a work placement, study abroad, or a mix of both. The assessment for this module is pass/fail and does not contribute to your degree classification, but it will be referred to on your degree certificate.