Undergraduate

q100 - Linguistics BA

Linguistics BA Honours

UCAS Code: Q100 (3 Years)

Course Overview

This degree focuses on how language works, how it is structured and what it does, from the physical properties of speech, to how languages change and develop over time.

Students work in the social learning area of the Robinson Library. Group work is used to consolidate learning and give students the opportunity to study a topic in more depth.
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At a Glance

UCAS Code
Q100

UCAS Institution Name and Code
NEWC, N21

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Degree Awarded
BA Honours

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Course Duration
3 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Level: AAA-ABB
IB: 34-36 points

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Opportunities

You learn about the growth and development of language in the brain as well as methodologies for the scientific study of the human language faculty.

In addition, you study a modern language from a choice of French, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese or Japanese.

Modules cover topics such as:

  • phonetics/phonology
  • grammar and sound patterns
  • social contexts in which languages are learnt

You can complete a dissertation in your third year, investigating a topic that you are passionate about. You will also be offered a range of opportunities to participate in staff research projects.

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Course Details

Modules for 2016 entry

Please note

The module and/or programme information below is for 2016 entry. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Modules/programme information for 2017 entry will be published here as soon as it is available (mid-May 2017).

Our degrees are divided into Stages. Each Stage lasts for an academic year and you need to complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each Stage.

Stage 1

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You take 40 credits of modules in a modern language.

Stage 2

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You take three of the following modules:

You may replace one module from the above list, or other optional modules available from outside the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics, with one from the following list:

It may also be possible, over the course of Stages 2 and 3 together, to replace up to 60 credits of Linguistics optional modules with modules from the School of Modern Languages, with approval of the Degree Programme Director.

Work Placement (optional)

You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months on an optional work placement between Stages 2 and 3. You can apply to spend your placement year with any organisation and will receive University support to do so. It will extend your degree by a year and is subject to availability. It isn't available if you're spending a year studying abroad. Find out more about Work Placements.

Stage 3

Optional modules

You choose one of the following modules:

You choose five modules from the following list:

You may replace one module from the above list, or other optional modules available from outside the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics, with one from the following list:

It may also be possible, over the course of Stages 2 and 3 together, to replace up to 60 credits of optional modules with modules from the School of Modern Languages, with approval of the Degree Programme Director.

You may replace one of the five modules from the list above, with one of the following modules (some prerequisites may apply):

You may also replace one module from both of the optional lists above, with the following module:

Entry Requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis. If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our additional entry requirements web pages to find out which other qualifications are considered. 

The entrance requirements below apply to 2017 entry.

Undergraduate Admissions Policy

See our Admissions Policy 2017 Entry (PDF: 109 KB).

See further policies related to admission.

Careers

Linguistics careers

English students acquire a range of valuable skills, which they can transfer to many different employment situations. Your literary and linguistic training can be used in journalism, librarianship, teaching and the highly competitive fields of writing, acting and directing.

You will also gain other skills such as the capacity to analyse and summarise material, to communicate, to work to a deadline, to argue a case, to work independently as well as collaboratively, to think logically and to be able to use computers.

This is excellent preparation for a wide number of professions and as such, our graduates have gone on to a variety of career areas including editorial, marketing, PR and other forms of media. Others have gone to work in law, politics, HR, teaching and supporting specialist learning.

Visit the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics website to watch video interviews with former students talking about their experiences at Newcastle and their careers since graduating.

Find out more about the career options for Linguistics from Prospects: The UK's Official Careers Website.

What our graduates go on to do: employment and further study choices

See what our recent graduates went on to do and view graduate destinations statistics. These statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation. The most recent data available is for graduates who completed their course in 2014/15.

The destination data is available in varying levels, beginning with the University and moving through Faculty and School down to individual course reports. This final level may give you some useful ideas about possible options after your course or a course you are considering.

Careers and employability at Newcastle

Newcastle University consistently has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK.

94% of our 2014/15 UK/EU graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.

Of our graduates who entered employment 85% were in a professional or managerial position.

We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through an initiative called ncl+. This enables you to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and to give you the edge in the employment market after you graduate.

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers.

Fees & Funding

 

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Before you apply you will need to check the entry requirements for your chosen degree. We accept a wide range of qualifications offered for entry to our degrees. We welcome applications from international students.

Applying to Newcastle University through UCAS

To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

UCAS codes for Newcastle University

  • institution name - NEWC
  • institution code - N21

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If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.

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Application decisions and enquiries

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