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q306 - English Literature BA

English Literature BA Honours

UCAS Code: Q306 (3 Years)

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Course Overview

English Literature has a long and prestigious history at Newcastle University, having been taught here for over a century. This degree provides you with an excellent education in literature, drama and film, combining a flexible approach and wide range of option choices with extensive historical coverage.

Students have the chance to gain valuable work-related experience by undertaking a work placement in one of the cultural industries. The Literary and Philosophical Society, shown in this image, is the largest independent library outside London.
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At a Glance

UCAS Code
Q306

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-AAB
IB: 35-36 points

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Opportunities
Study Abroad

You will deepen your knowledge of literary texts and gain a firm foundation in the critical and theoretical skills needed to analyse them.

We introduce you to a wide range of literary texts – poetry, prose, plays and film – and offer a balance of pre-twentieth-century topics and more contemporary ones.

There are also opportunities to practise creative writing and theatre, to make films or take a work placement in one of the region's cultural industries.

Highlights of this degree

Student profile

At a lot of other universities I had looked at, the English Literature courses were very rigid and traditional, but at Newcastle, it was very flexible.

Dani, English Literature BA Honours
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Course Details

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.

Please be aware that programme modules do change and therefore may differ for your year of entry.

Stage 1

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You may take the following modules:

Alternatively, you may choose to take 40 credits of modules offered within Stage 1 of the Combined Honours degree programme.

Stage 2

Compulsory module

Optional modules

You choose two modules from Group 1 and two modules from Group 2.

Group 1
Group 2

You choose a further module from Group 1 or 2 to bring your total to 120 credits, or you may choose to replace one module with one from the following list: 

Other optional modules may also be available from outside the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics, with the approval of the Degree Programme Director.

Stage 3

Optional modules

You choose one of the following modules:

In exceptional circumstances (and with the approval of the Degree Programme Director) you may replace SEL3362 (above) with both of the following:

You take 80 credits from the following, choosing at least one module from Group A and Group B.

Group A
Group B

You may substitute one module from the above lists, with one from Group C and/or one from Group D. Other optional modules may also be available, as well as modules from outside the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics.

Group C
Group D

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.

Careers

English Language and Literature 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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Applying to Newcastle University through UCAS

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UCAS codes for Newcastle University

  • institution name - NEWC
  • institution code - N21

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