Undergraduate

q302 - English Language BA

English Language BA Honours

UCAS Code: Q302 (full time: 3 Years)

Course Overview

This degree explores the English language, which has over 330 million native speakers, and 810 million who speak it as a second language. If you want to find out more about how people learn and use English, and how the language has evolved over time, this is the degree for you.

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At a Glance

UCAS Code
Q302

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: AAB-ABB
IB:34-35 points

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Opportunities

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You will examine:

  • how the English language is acquired and develops in the mind
  • social, regional and stylistic distinctions
  • the grammatical structure of English and general phonetics/phonology
  • social and historical contexts in which the English language has changed and developed
  • methodologies for studying the human language faculty

The degree includes a strong element of linguistics (the scientific study of language), drawing on our considerable expertise in this area.

Highlights of this degree

Student profile

I loved the atmosphere on campus and in the city when I came up to visit on an Open Day. It was definitely the friendliest university I visited and all the students I spoke to were really positive about being at Newcastle.

Khadija, English Language BA Honours

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Course Details

Modules for 2017 entry

Please note

The module and/or programme information below is for 2017 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 2018 entry will be published here as soon as it is available (end of May 2018).

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

40 further credits will be chosen from modules offered from other subject areas. If you have an A Level in French, German or Spanish you may select two modules from the following options:

Stage 2

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You take one of the following modules:

You select one module, and may take up to three, from the following list:

You may replace one module from the above list for one module from the following list:

Other optional modules may also be available from outside the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics, to the same credit value.

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 take one of the following modules:

You take two modules, and may take up to three, from the following list:

You may replace one module from the list above for a module in the list below. Other optional modules may also be available from outside the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics:

*Only if you have taken a Career Development module at Stage 2.

It may also be possible to choose one of the following optional modules if not already taken at Stage 2:

    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 2018 entry.

    Undergraduate Admissions Policy

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

    See further policies related to admission.

    Careers

    English Language 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 English Literature, Language and 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.

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    • institution code - N21

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